What Is greening out and how can you prevent or solve it?
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Some say there's no such thing as consuming too much weed. And for many, that is correct. Plenty of people can smoke as much pot as they want without any issues. But for others, too many bong rips can make them incredibly sick, or in other words, "green out."
WHAT IS GREENING OUT?
Greening out, in a nutshell, is getting sick after consuming too much cannabis. In addition to an upset stomach and/or vomiting, a person might experience an overwhelming feeling of paranoia, lack of mobility, sweats or chills, increased heart rate, and disorientation.
With all these symptoms combined (which can last anywhere from thirty minutes to six hours), one could easily mistake the situation as an overdose. Thankfully, no evidence exists to suggest that anyone could lethally overdose on cannabis. However, contrary to what many pot smokers believe, there is such a thing as too much when it comes to the amount of marijuana you ingest.
If it's just cannabis that you're dealing with here, then nine times out of ten, the above symptoms will subside without needing any professional assistance. But if you have consumed substances other than marijuana, like alcohol or drugs like cocaine, then seeking medical care is highly recommended.
WHAT CAUSES A PERSON TO GREEN OUT?
The reason one might get sick from cannabis has everything to do with delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and dosing. While some individuals can handle massive doses of THC, others cannot.
It's no secret that today's marijuana is a lot more potent than it was back in the 70s. Not only are breeders more experienced, but cultivation is also a lot more sophisticated nowadays. So if somebody smokes a particular strain that's overly rich in THC, they could very well become ill if they typically stick to doses with a lower THC content. The same can apply to a person that smokes more pot than their usual amount, even if the particular strain doesn't contain much THC.
How does THC directly relate to the odds of greening out? Well, as you may already know, THC and other cannabinoids act on the brain's primary cannabinoid receptor, CB1. Although the neurotransmitter anandamide naturally activates this particular receptor, it has a far less potent effect than THC. When the receptor is over-activated, the consumer might become sick as a result.
WHAT TO DO TO GET THROUGH A GREEN OUT
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get through a green out semi-comfortably. By far the most crucial step to take is to get to a safe space, or your version of a secure area anyway. In other words, go wherever you feel the calmest and most content.
Your surroundings during a green out will either make everything better or entirely worse, which is why it's vital to be in a more peaceful and relaxing environment, especially when you're dealing with paranoia. Turning on your favorite TV show or music can help ease the panicking. Dimming the lights might also be enough to calm you down. Or, perhaps even meditation.
Hydration and sugar can do wonders as well, so you would do well to keep a bottle of water handy and a sweet snack. Or, just sip on some juice. If none of the above solutions seem to do the trick, then some say chewing or snorting black pepper can also provide relief. Studies even show that black pepper contains beta-caryophyllene, which happens to be a terpene with anxiolytic qualities.
HOW TO PREVENT A GREEN OUT
It's tough to pinpoint the best remedy for when you're greening out. Some methods prove to be solutions for some, while they wind-up failing when others try them out. But if one thing is for sure, it's that green outs are 100% preventable. Although you might find it challenging to ease the symptoms of one, you can at least avoid the experience altogether.
One surefire way to prevent greening out is to know your limits and stick to them. In other words, don't smoke more weed than you can handle. Also, before you burn one, make sure you're well hydrated and aren't about to get high on an empty stomach. When your body is lacking nutrients, the effects of marijuana are bound to be stronger.
Finally, mixing substances like alcohol or prescription drugs with cannabis can make you green out as well. So, if you want to avoid all the negative symptoms of a green out, just stick to pot, and that's it. Or, start off slow and see how your body reacts.
Speaking of starting off slow, watch out for edibles. Since it can be hard to determine the dose of an edible and what effects it'll have on both your body and mind, you could easily consume too much and develop an unpleasant high as a result. Not to mention, you could become ill to boot, which along with a bad high, makes for one terrible combination.