Although it’s been scientifically proven that it’s impossible to fatally overdose on marijuana, it may happen that you smoke too weed at once. That said, before you ever start throwing stones at stoners who went overboard with cannabis, remind yourself your first steps with the herb and pass the stone away. It’s completely fine if you smoke too much weed at once, as the worst things that may happen to you when you overindulge don’t even come close to the consequences of overdosing on, say, alcohol.
So what are those pains of going too far with your joint? Well, that depends on your weed tolerance, as well as on how well you live on a daily basis. For example, smoking your regular dose of marijuana may be too much if you’re doing this on an empty stomach. People vary in reactions to high THC content; nonetheless, we all experience common inconveniences after getting one hit too many. Let’s have a look at them!
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Also known as dry mouth or the pasties, cottonmouth is one of the most annoying symptoms of smoking too much weed. This feeling arises following the increased quantity of consumed cannabis, making the dryness almost impossible to quench, even with several glasses of water.
Why do we experience cottonmouth? It’s all related to the endocannabinoid system. THC, the active cannabinoid in the marijuana plant, resembles the structure of anandamide, the endocannabinoid that slows the saliva production. Given that our endocannabinoid receptors are spread through the entire body, they’re also located in our salivary glands. By mimicking the actions of anandamide, THC may also impact the saliva production, giving us the so-called cottonmouth.
If you experience the pasties, keep hydrating yourself with water, but most importantly, drink something sour, as this particular taste stimulates the saliva production, providing the mouth with instant relief.
The munchies is hands down the most popular effect of smoking too much marijuana. And while it’s quite moderate when the use of weed is also kept in moderation, the gargantuan Pacman will soon take over when you get super baked.
The munchies effect is also caused by THC. One of the ways this cannabinoid stimulates appetite is by making us more sensitive to the aromas of food. Since scent and taste are so closely related, it’s no wonder that food tastes better when you’re high.
Another scientific finding of the THC-and-appetite puzzle includes the interaction of THC with cannabinoid receptors in the section of the brain called the nucleus accumbens, which boosts the release of dopamine, the neurotransmitter responsible for the sensation of pleasure.
Last but not least, THC interacts with the same types of receptors in the hypothalamus region; thus, it leads to the release of the hormone ghrelin – the one one that strengthens hunger.
3. Blood Sugar Drop
According to recent studies, marijuana helps regulate blood sugar levels, which is invaluable for fighting obesity and type 2 diabetes. However, new users who are not accustomed to smoking large amounts of weed may experience green-out. Green-out is characterized by pale skin, overall weakness, nausea, and temporary loss of consciousness. If you happen to smoke too much cannabis, drink something that is rich in sugars or have a good handful of your favorite snacks. It will provide you with energy necessary to regain consciousness and by regaining the right levels of blood sugar.
Fortunately, green-outs don’t last long and hence they won’t be a significant burden for your body.
4. Anxiety and Paranoia
Although cannabis is actually used to treat anxiety, depression, and PTSD, intoxication with marijuana may lead to increased anxiety and paranoia. The overwhelming effect of THC on your brain will decrease as you begin to build up your tolerance for cannabis; however, the symptoms may become chronic for some users. Paranoia, in turn, is strongly associated with an escalation of existing depressive stance paired with low self esteem.
Whenever you feel anxious after smoking weed, don’t let your emotions reign over. Try to calm down and find yourself a stress-free environment. And if there’s a friend nearby to whom you may talk about your feelings, it’s all the better. In case you experienced chronic paranoia after hitting a bowl or joint, reduce the regularity and see if it helps mitigate anxiety.
The liberation of cannabis laws around the world provides scientists with greater opportunities for further research on the medical benefits of the herb. Along with the growing body of scientific evidence, it’s been proven that CBD (Cannabidiol), a non-psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana, can actually counter the effects of THC, not to mention that it also has stress-relieving and anti-depressant properties.
5. Impaired Short-term Memory Performance
When you smoke too much weed before engaging in memory-related tasks, you may be more than sure that these tasks will either fail or be procrastinated. Although this effect is not chronic and will occur only when you blaze too much of your pot, too much THC will also reduce your interest and motivation in your chores or other day-to-day activities. Last but not least, cannabis can aggravate symptoms of schizophrenia.
To prevent yourself from entering this lethargic state, simply keep your THC intake in moderation and you’re going to be all good.
What To Do When You Smoke Too Much Weed
First things first, don’t panic. Whether it’s anxiety or a drop in blood sugar, keep calm and remember that these symptoms will soon drift away. Thinking too much of how stoned you are at the moment will take you nowhere; in fact, your situation may deteriorate as you begin to drill in your thoughts.
As for the cottonmouth, always carry a bottle of water and in extreme situations, grab a sweet & sour drink to defeat the pasties once and for all. You’re free to take pleasure in unwrapping and devouring the ultimate burger or a huge slice of pizza, but keep in mind that overindulgment in food will add extra weight to your body instead of providing you with real value. This brings us to the final conclusion, which means that in order to prevent all the above symptoms from occurring, simply cut your cloak according to your cloth.
Have you ever went too far with cannabis? If yes, how did you manage to combat certain obstacles? I’m all ears!