How to Get Less High

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Hey there, weary traveler. Have you overindulged a bit? Don’t you worry about a thing. Everything’s going to be just fine. You had a little too much mariweedo, that’s all. We all do it. We all think, “Oh, it’ll be fine. I can eat these three brownies and then go to the airport.” Just take it easy.

You’re not gonna be high forever. You’re not going crazy. Nobody’s looking at you weird. Nobody cares. 

The most important thing to remember is that you’re just high. It will end, and whatever you’re worried about will seem very silly to your sober self.

But, maybe you can’t wait that long. Maybe you’re about to have dinner with your new girlfriend’s parents, and her dad’s a DEA agent. Maybe you’re about to have dinner with your new girlfriend’s parents, and her dad’s a DEA agent. Yes, that was the same thing twice— sorry, that was mean. The point is, there are a few things you can try to cheat the system and get un-high. Fast.

Sniff Black Pepper

black pepper

This may sound like something your friend is telling you to do while they film it so that you start choking and make a funny goose sound, but it’s actually scientific. Apparently if you sniff black pepper or chew on black peppercorns, the β-Caryophyllene terpene inside interacts with the same CB2 cannabinoid receptors in your endocannabinoid system as THC.

Neil Young, the famous rock musician, says he chews black peppercorns all the time, and it works for him. I wonder what would happen if you chewed Neil Young. That would probably be a bad trip.

Have Some CBD

It seems counterintuitive, but CBD can lessen the anxiety and paranoia effects of THC. This has been indicated time and time again by studies in psychopharmacology.

You may think that it would be silly to ingest CBD if you’ve already smoked weed, but this is a common misnomer. Hemp is grown to have much higher concentrations of CBD than a typical strain of cannabis, and CBD consumed alongside THC acts as an antagonist to lower paranoia and anxiety.

Not the bad kind of antagonist, like the Joker, or your narcissistic mother. This is a good kind of antagonist! Like MY narcissistic mother.

The exact relationship between CBD and THC would be an entirely separate article to explain in detail. We may cover this in the future. To put it in simple terms, CBD is thought to be a sort of regulatory cannabinoid when it comes to the body's endocannabinoid system as a whole.

Suck a Lemon

No, I’m not trying to tell you to “Go f*ck yourself,” using an outdated 50s expression. Similarly to black pepper, lemons contain limonene— which is a calming compound. Believe it or not, the peel actually contains the highest concentration of limonene, so if you really want to zen out, steep the peel in some hot water.

Or, if you’re freaking out, you could just desperately try to eat the entire thing, but that would be pretty gross. And like, look, it’s a lemon. We’re not talking about Valium here. But, hey. It’s worth a shot.

Eat Pine Nuts

Similarly to black pepper and lemons, pine nuts contain pinene— which research indicates may counteract some of the anxiety inducing effects of THC.

Don’t try this method if you have a nut allergy. That will make everything much worse.


This may sound like a load of crap, and it can be sometimes-- but in this case, there is actual science to it. Getting up and going for a walk can help metabolize the drug in your system.

"Metabolizing" a drug means breaking it down and absorbing it. Your body does this naturally with pretty much everything, but you can try to aid that process by exercising, eating, and staying hydrated. 

Change Your Setting and Situation

The two most important words to remember for any psychoactive drug experience are setting and situation. This is the key to a pleasant trip. For any connoisseurs of the psychedelic experience, this is probably a very familiar concept. Oftentimes it is discussed when dealing with stronger drugs, like LSD and shrooms, but the power of cannabis should not be underestimated. Especially for a THC naive person.

“Setting” is your physical location, “situation” is your present circumstance.

These elements essentially describe where you are, who is there, and what’s happening. Your environment. And when you’re under the influence of a psychoactive drug, your environment is crucial. Because the normal mechanisms you may ordinarily possess for coping with the stressors of your environment are now gone.

So, a good way to change how you feel, is to change where you are! If you’re on the Sidewinder at Hershey Park and you’re feeling a little too high, get off and go home. Just don’t drive.

Am I going to die?


Are you sure?

Yes. No one has ever died from a cannabis overdose.

How long will it last?


Effects peak within 10 minutes and last between 1-3 hours. Residual effects could linger for up to 8 hours.

If you ate an EDIBLE:

Effects peak within 1-2 hours and last 6 or more hours. Residual effects can be felt up to 24 hours.

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