Many people will feel some bad side effects from eating edibles long after the high has subsided.
However, there is no need to worry. There are plenty of things you can do to relieve yourself of these symptoms, and we are here to help you discover them!
In this article, we will discuss how to know when you have consumed too many edibles, how long the high will last, what the symptoms of a “weed hangover” are, and how you can recover from edibles. If you’re interested, read on for more!
Is Smoking Marijuana And Eating Edibles Different?
Yes, smoking marijuana and eating edibles are different from one another. Smoking marijuana allows THC to enter your body via your lungs.
Meanwhile, when you consume edibles, the THC will enter your body and be broken down by enzymes in your liver into metabolite 11-OH-THC.
This is far more potent than the THC that you smoke. This THC from edibles will cross the blood-brain barrier to give you a stronger high. However, it can take longer to feel this high, especially when compared to marijuana smoking.
So, people will eat more edibles, thinking they’re not working, and then all of a sudden, chaos ensues…
How Do You Know When You Have Consumed Excess Edibles?
Sometimes, people will go overboard with their edible consumption and have too much. Some key signs to look out for are panic, anxiety, confusion, paranoia, or excessive sweating.
If this sounds like you, then it is likely that you have had one marijuana brownie too many.
It will take some time for your body to break down the cannabis. This can also depend on many other factors, such as your metabolism, gender, age, weight, how much you have eaten in the day, etc.
Generally, people begin to feel the effects of edibles around an hour and a half after taking them, and these psychoactive effects should last for around 4-6 hours at a time.
However, the effects of edibles can last for a lot longer if you take them in excess. So, the best way to take edibles is to start slowly and top up if you need to.
However, after eating edibles in excess, you may experience what is known as a weed hangover.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Weed Hangover?
Weed hangovers typically happen when an individual has consumed too much marijuana and has had a bad sleep. The symptoms of a weed hangover are:
- Dry eyes
- Brain fog
- Memory issues
- A headache
- A Dry mouth
If you want to avoid a weed hangover, then you need to be aware of how much THC you are taking.
How To Recover From Edibles
Unfortunately, nothing you do will get rid of your high. The best thing you can do if you need to recover from excess edibles is to simply wait for your body to process the excess THC in your system.
However, there are things you can do to help ease this process and make your recovery a more comfortable experience. Let’s check out the solutions in more detail below!
1. Drink Plenty Of Water
Of course, to help your body recover from edibles, you need to drink plenty of water. Water will keep you feeling hydrated. However, you do not need to drink water, you can also opt for juice or any other non-caffeinated drink.
2. Eat Some Food
There is a chance you will feel too nauseous to eat anything. However, if you can, try to eat a light, healthy snack to give your body some energy. Some great snack ideas are nuts, fruit, or veggies and hummus.
Alternatively, if you do feel too sick to eat, you can drink some fresh ginger tea to ease the feelings of nausea.
3. Chew Black Pepper
Under normal circumstances, chewing black pepper is not the most pleasant experience. However, chewing on some black peppercorns will provide you with instant relief from the psychoactive effects of edibles.
4. Go Outside
Stepping out into the fresh air is a great way to help recover from edibles.
The fresh air will help you to feel refreshed. However, if you are still feeling high, it is best not to go alone. So, take a sober friend with you on a quick walk close by.
Alternatively, you can try doing some yoga or light exercise (again, with others, not alone.)
5. Perform Breathing Exercises
Taking a deep breath in and out is a great way to help you relax and ease feelings of paranoia or anxiety. The best thing to do is to breathe deeply and let yourself unwind and relax.
6. Have A Cold Shower
Cold showers can wake up both your mind and your body and help smooth the recovery process.
7. Seek The Help Of Friends
It can be helpful for anxiety and paranoia relief to speak to friends when recovering from edibles. You and your friends can do some easy activities together while waiting for symptoms to subside.
Examples include watching a movie together or listening to your favorite songs.
8. Speak To A Medical Professional
If your symptoms have persisted for an extensive period of time, it may be better to contact a medical professional and follow their advice.
It does not matter if cannabis is illegal in your state, doctors and nurses are there to help you and will prioritize your well-being.
Smoking marijuana and taking it in the form of edibles are very different. The psychoactive effects of THC when smoked happen a lot faster than the THC eaten in an edible.
Not only that, but the latter is far more potent and will result in a stronger high. So, the risk of taking excess edibles is far greater, and it often results in what’s known as a “weed hangover.”
However, there are many things you can do to relieve the side effects of a weed hangover while you wait for your body to break down the cannabis.
For example, you can drink plenty of water, eat food, seek the help of friends, do some breathing exercises, or speak to a medical professional if your symptoms persist.
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