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How To Come Down From A Marijuana High Quickly?

Okay, let’s face it, we have all been there. A joint is getting passed around and we take a few more hits than we should have and now we are feeling way too high. Depending on what type of weed you have been smoking, this can be a pretty uncomfortable situation to be in.

We are all aware of how marijuana affects your body positively. However, an intense marijuana high can, unfortunately, leave you with some unwanted side effects, too, such as:

● Increased levels of anxiety
● Increased heart rate
● Racing thoughts
● Nausea
● Panic
● Hallucinations
● Changed in mood

While all of these are temporary and will usually fade away within a couple of hours, that may be too long to wait for some people. If you were wondering how to come down from a high, you have come to the right place.

In this article, we will go over some easy steps to take to escape from a marijuana high that has gotten just a little too much. Let’s get into it.


take a breath With the cannabis law in California changing over the last few years, it’s now as simple as heading out to your nearest cannabis dispensary to pick up some weed. This has undeniably caused a surge in first-time users looking to benefit from the medicinal and recreational uses of cannabis.

However, first-time smokers are prone to consuming way too much on their first try which can leave them suffering from a few of the symptoms listed above. If that is you, then the most effective and most important thing to remember is to BREATHE.

One of the great things about cannabis is that you cannot overdose from it. All of the negative effects that you are experiencing and are extremely temporary.

So how long does marijuana stay in your system? For most people, a high will last around 2-3 hours, depending on how much you ingested, up to a maximum of 6 hours.

If you are feeling too high, take yourself to a calm, quiet place and do some breathing exercises and try to calm yourself down. When you consider how temporary the high is and that it presents no real danger to yourself then you should be able to get things into perspective.


Always make sure you have access to a drink of water or any other sort of beverage that you prefer. Smoking weed can often cause dry mouth that can present difficulties with swallowing and sometimes can make people start to panic.

Stay calm, drink some water and try not to panic.

NOTE: This doesn’t mean that you should drink alcohol. It is better to stay away from alcohol altogether while you are consuming cannabis.


One of the most commonly known effects of smoking marijuana is an increased appetite, or “the munchies”. We can often crave junk foods that are high in sugars because cannabis and THC can deplete our sugar levels.

If you consume food that is high in fat or sugar then you may start to come down from your marijuana high, just make sure you don’t eat too much and increase your levels of nausea.


A long warm shower can help to calm the level of anxiety and stress that we may be feeling from an intense marijuana high. People often report that taking a shower can drastically reduce how high they are feeling and can help to bring people back down to earth from an uncomfortable experience.

Take A Nap

taking a nap

Cannabis and sleep are two things that go hand in hand. People have been using cannabis as a sleep aid for a long time now as it helps to relax the mind and sets us up for a night of deep and peaceful sleep.

If you were wondering how to come down from a high, then taking a nap or just going to sleep may be the best option. It’s the best way to calm down and it removes any external stimulation that may be triggering feelings of panic or anxiety.

Try some lemon or black pepper

Lemons are said to contain some chemicals that can counter the psychoactive effects of the THC in marijuana. This is a great trick if you need to do something immediately to try to come down from your high. Make yourself a lemon drink using fresh lemon pieces and try some breathing exercises.

Similarly, black pepper is said to have anti-psychoactive effects. You can either eat some food that has high black pepper content or you can simply smell some black pepper powder. The aroma should be enough to activate the calming effects required.

Bottom Line

So hopefully by now, you know how to come down for a high that has gotten to be a little too intense for your own liking. For best results, it would be wise to mix a number of these strategies together so that you can come down from your high a little faster and get back to a more comfortable level.

One final tip – Consume cannabis that has a higher cannabidiol (CBD) level. This typically helps with lowering anxiety and feelings of panic.

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Ian Baker

Ian Baker does content and customer communications with Happy Leaf Collective through the website and blog. With 5 years of total experience working in cannabis niche, 3 were spent as a budtender in Arizona. 2 years ago, following his passion of writing and educating, Ian made the move into content and communications.