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There is nothing quite like the trauma of smoking up and then getting too high. Being high when you don’t want to can feel like a never-ending nightmare. If you blaze, then you have likely had at least one prolonged high, at an inopportune moment. Maybe you remember you invited your parents over for dinner, or you had an important appointment that afternoon. You panic, and wonder how to sober up from weed?

Part of the problem with sobering up is that it’s almost 100 percent a mind game. Unlike other substances that have either a physical or chemical cure-all for being high or inebriated, weed is much different. This means, the most tried and tested method of getting sober, is to wait it out.

How to Sober up from Weed: 10 Tried and Tested Ideas

Sometimes, when time and patience are not an option, you might need something to jolt you out of the high. This is essentially a way to trick your mind and to refocus your attention. Yes, you might still technically be high, but you’ll feel soberer.

1. Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD - Sober uf from Weed

Ever heard of the other popular compound in weed called CBD? Unlike weed, it contains no psychoactivity. That means no matter how much pure CBD you ingest, you will not get high.

Scientists have discovered that CBD acts as a natural counterbalance to the prolonged experience of cannabis.

While a THC molecule will bind directly to different neurological receptors, CBD physically kicks it out. When you consume CBD, it doesn’t make you any less high, but it does reduce the psychoactive component of THC heavy strains. It effectively targets anxiety and panic attacks.

2. Eat

Eat - Sober uf from Weed

The munchies are a powerful tool to help you feel better when you want to sober up. There are a couple of ways that different foods could kill your THC buzz. The best part about eating is that it also soothes the munchies.

First, eating something delicious, whatever that might be, can simply offer a distraction from the high. Spiraling thoughts and anxiety are interrupted. Instead, you find yourself enjoying a delicious sandwich, sitting back and thinking about dessert.

More legitimately, sugary sweets like candies and fruit juice, boost blood glucose levels. Scientists have discovered that THC tends to reduce blood sugar levels. This is excellent for pre-diabetics but can also reduce dizzy spells for people who are too high.

Finally, eating something fatty like a burger or a piece of pizza may also help with the high. Cannabinoids like THC are fat soluble, and may more quickly metabolize with fatty foods

3. (Cold) Shower

Shower - Sober uf from Weed

Nothing like a cold shower to snap you back to reality. Showers, especially the cold variety, are a perfect way to sober up very quickly. Again, it just might come down to offering a sobering distraction, but there could also be more to it.

Some researchers have identified something called the mammalian diving theory. When we are exposed to cold water, our body tries to maximise our breathing capacity by pushing blood into our heart and lungs. This is a natural trait that lets us stay submerged for much longer. It also may come in handing during a sobering cold shower

4. Hydrate

Hydrate - Sober uf from Weed

What did your mother always say? Drink eight glasses of water a day! In fact, if you asked your mother about how to sober up from weed, one of her solutions would still likely be to drink more water.

We might also suggest drinking natural fruit juices or sports drinks in moderation. Alongside a cold glass of water, they can help maintain (or boost) electrolyte levels)

5. Anti-Anxiety Medication

Not always an option for everyone (us included), but for those who have a prescription for an anti-anxiety medication now might be the right time to take it. Unlike all the other cannabinoids in weed, THC actually can cause panic attacks.

Many older adults have experienced this change smoking weed. Suddenly it’s much harder to go out in public. You might feel increasing nervousness. It’s not you getting older; it’s actually your body’s natural response to smoking weed kicking in. Therefore, if you are prescribed an anti-anxiety medication, it’s acceptable to use it during times of need.

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