Side Effects and What to do if you Over Indulge

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First thing you should know is that for healthy adults, cannabis is incredibly safe.

According to studies, you’d need to ingest 20,000-40,000 times the amount of THC in a single joint to be at risk of death. To put that in perspective, just 10 times the recommended serving of alcohol can be fatal, and just 20 times the recommended dose of aspirin can be fatal.

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Even though over consuming THC can’t kill you, it can make you feel pretty uncomfortable. THC can cause increases in heart rate, heavy breathing, dry mouth, red eyes, slower reaction times and, in cases of excessive use, paranoia and anxiety.

CBD on the other hand does not carry the same side effects as THC, and the worst that is likely to happen if you over consume CBD is that you get very sleepy. CBD has no known adverse side effects at any dose, but if you are taking it therapeutically you should be aware that drug interactions can be an issue. Additionally, excessive amounts of CBD could be less effective therapeutically than a moderate dose. Always discuss medical treatments with your doctor.

The effects from edibles can last in the body for 6 – 8 hours. So if you have accidentally consumed too much THC you could be in for several uncomfortable hours. If this does happen you should stay calm, and know that the way you are feeling is only temporary.

There are a few things you can try to attempt to lessen the effects from THC:

  • You can try taking one or two over the counter ibuprofen. Studies have shown that taking an ibuprofen can suppress the psychoactive effects of THC while retaining the therapeutic benefits. One or two ibuprofen is enough. Never exceed the dosing instructions on the bottle.
  • If it is available to you, pure CBD can naturally moderate the effects of THC. CBD modulates the receptor signaling associated with THC, which is why CBD can moderate paranoia or anxiety caused by overconsumption of THC.
  • Try smelling or chewing on a few black peppercorns and it should provide some relief from excessive paranoia or anxiety. Cannabis and pepper have very similar chemical traits. Both bind to the same receptors in the brain and, when combined, have a therapeutic, calming effect.

If none of these are helping, just remember to stay calm and find what works for you. You can find a quiet place to relax and maybe sleep it off. Or you might want to distract yourself by watching your favorite TV show, listening to your favorite music, or talking to a friend. Above all remember to stay hydrated and know that you’ll be back to normal soon!

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