Cannabis Paranoia | How to Prevent Getting Paranoid When High

by Sugar Team September 24, 2021 3 min read

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If you use cannabis daily, you probably haven’t felt this way in quite some time. But you likely landed on this article because you’ve recently experienced what we call the “weedgrets.” Get it?  Like weed + regrets about smoking a bit too much. 

Well, you’re not alone. Some people report feeling the same way even though they’ve been smoking cannabis for years. Worry not, we’ve picked up a few tips and tricks to help you beat the weedgrets, and we’re going to share them with you today. From smoking CBD cigarettes to sniffing peppercorn, there are various things that you can do the next time you start feeling uneasy about getting too high.

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Pace Yourself

Once upon a time before medical and recreational marijuana, weed didn’t have THC percentages printed on its packaging. So, taking a monster rip from a bong could either turn your world upside down for a couple of hours, or it could just chill you out a bit, depending on whether you scored some good sh*t or not. Nowadays, a quick glance at the label on your cannabis packaging will tell you just how potent it is.

As a general rule, any flower over 25% THC is considered pretty strong, so pace yourself. Start off with a small hit or two, then take a break as it sets in. After about 10 minutes, if you’re still doing alright, you can go for round two.

For most novices, a 10mg edible is a solid dose. Consider eating half or three-quarters initially, especially if you’re getting high on an empty stomach. Then, wait 30-40 minutes before eating more. It should go without saying that pacing yourself will set you up to really avoid that dreadful anxiety from creeping in.

But accidents happen, don’t they? We’ve been there.

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Drink or Eat Something (without THC, obviously)

Drink a large glass of water. Better yet, make it two large glasses. Many people notice that dehydration is often the culprit. For whatever reason, hydrating can take off some of the edge of the paranoia.

Also, try eating something beforehand or afterwards. Getting high on an empty stomach is a sure shot way of feeling the weedgrets, kind of like how drinking alcohol on an empty stomach gets you drunk faster. Eating something delicious will also help to calm you down and allow you to refocus your mind on what’s in front of you.

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Set Your Environment and Ambiance

Being in a comfortable environment can make a world of difference when it comes to your cannabis experience. Here are some things to try:

  • Switching on chill music
  • Going somewhere familiar
  • Dim the lights
  • Watch a movie

whole peppercorn

Chew Pepper

People have known for a while that chewing on peppercorn, or black pepper, can help relieve the symptoms of weed paranoia. Next time you feel that anxiety or panic set in, it might be a good idea to head to the kitchen to try this nifty trick out.

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CBD is one of those magical things that seems to work, but no one can really explain why or how. We don’t have any science to back it, but smokers report that weed strains with higher CBD content seem to cause less weed paranoia than their low CBD counterparts.

We’ve also found that smoking high CBD hemp takes that edge off quite a bit. We think that it’s definitely worth a try. So pick up some CBD cigarettes or prerolls to prepare for your next smoke out session.

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Move Around

Sometimes, we just need to get our blood flowing. If you can muster up the energy, try doing some push-ups or sit-ups. Jumping jacks are also great. You’ll often find that active movement will help your mind and body find an equilibrium.

Be Prepared

Paranoia may be unsettling for some and terrifying for others. Fortunately, it’s just temporary, and usually starts to fade as your cannabis begins to wear off. Before you get high, it’s best to be prepared with water, healthy snacks, your favorite CBD product and good company. Being in a safe and comfortable environment will also make a big difference.

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