How to Flush Out a Cannabis Overdose

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Looking for tips on how to flush out a cannabis overdose? If yes, could it be that you underestimated the THC potency of your weed and now you are too high? Or maybe it’s a friend who consumed too much weed and you are worried about them?

Whatever your reasons for reading this article are, the very first thing you must do is relax – don’t panic. You see, unlike other psychoactive drugs and substances, a weed overdose will not harm you in any permanent way. What you or your friend is feeling at the moment will eventually fade away without any long-term side effects.

Signs of a Weed Overdose

The signs of a weed overdose, in brief, may include any or more of the following:

  • Dry mouth/cotton-mouth
  • Abdominal pains
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Racing heart
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hallucinating

So, how are you feeling now? If this is your first time taking weed, you are probably having a mini panic attack? If this is the case, you may be experiencing any or more of the following symptoms:

  • Fast breathing
  • Feeling restless
  • Pounding heart
  • A lot of fear
  • Sweating and shaking
  • Believing you are about to die
  • Feeling dizzy

Now, if indeed you are experiencing a mini panic attack, the best thing you can do at the moment is to relax as you won’t be able to help yourself in this state. Here is a quick way to relax your mind:

  • Inhale deeply through your mouth.
  • Hold your breath in your lungs.
  • As you hold it in, tightly tense every muscle in your body you possibly can tense for 5-10 seconds.
  • Breathe out slowly while at the same time relaxing your muscles.
  • Repeat the process 2-3 times until you are calm.

Once you are calm enough, you can either choose to sleep and wait for your body to ride out the high naturally, or try to quicken the process by lessening the THC levels in your blood. If you choose to allow your body to eliminate the THC/weed in your bloodstream naturally, the process will take some time, and you can expect to start feeling better in 8-12 hours.

Of course, your body may need more than 12 hours to completely eliminate the THC levels in your blood depending on how much weed you consumed. As expected, the higher the THC levels in your blood, the more time it will take for you to feel normal.

What is THC?

Just in case you are wondering what THC is, it is the primary compound or chemical that makes you high once you consume weed or cannabis. Weed contains hundreds of compounds but only a few have been identified to be useful as of now, including THC and CBD. They are both medicinal, but unlike TCH, CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t contain chemicals that cause one to be high.

Now, onto our first tip on how to flush out a cannabis overdose:

How to Flush Out a Cannabis Overdose – Drink Water

Drinking water may help lower the levels of THC in your blood as water technically flushes out the kidneys. Aside from that, water hydrates the body. This helps to keep the body’s defenses strong, thus improving its tolerance to THC.

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How much water is enough to achieve this? This will depend on various factors including sex, body weight, diet, and the levels of THC in your bloodstream. But all in all, 2-3 glasses of clean, pure water for a start should be enough to produce a quick diuretic effect on your body. This may help flush out some of the THC in your bloodstream.

Please note that drinking or taking in too much water at a go is not advocated for as it can trigger a condition known as hyponatremia, which happens when you flush important electrolytes from your system. The symptoms of hyponatremia include headache, nausea, lethargy, irritability, and confusion.

Take a Glass or Two of Natural Juice

Drinking a glass or two of natural juice may also help flush out some THC in your bloodstream while also hydrating and delivering essential nutrients to your system. Beet juice is a perfect example of a natural juice that will hydrate you and at the same time help with detoxification.

Cranberry juice and orange juice are also both a great choice for cleansing the kidneys. Lemon juice may also help –just add some water to minimize the acid and to dilute the tangy taste. Whichever juice you choose to take, make sure it is all-natural, i.e., it doesn’t contain added sugar. This is because added sugar may slow down the detoxification process.

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Dandelion root is another great alternative as it is not only a diuretic but a kidney and liver tonic as well. If you can find some dandelion root, you may make some tea out of it. To make the tea, you’ll need a small piece of roasted dandelion root and a mug of boiling water. Immerse the root into the water, simmer for 20 minutes, strain, and serve.

Dandelion root can be bought online or in a health food store. It is also available in the form of tea. However, if you are allergic to plants like marigold, daisy, ragweed, chrysanthemum, and other similar plants, you are likely allergic to dandelion root as well as should avoid it.

How to Flush out A Cannabis Overdose – Eat some Eggs

Eggs contain cysteine, an amino acid that’s known to soak up foreign compounds introduced to the body through cannabis, alcohol, and other psychoactive substances. You may eat them boiled, scrambled, fried, or any other way you fancy. It really doesn’t matter how you cook them. In fact, you can even drink them raw if you have the guts to do so though there’s a danger of acquiring salmonella that way.

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Wheatgrass Tea

Wheatgrass may help the body to get rid of some THC in your bloodstream as it is known for getting rid of stored toxins and other impurities within the body. Other than that, wheatgrass has therapeutic benefits – it is an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant.

Don’t take wheatgrass if you are breastfeeding or pregnant. As for the right dosage, a small dose is always recommended, especially for beginners. Generally, about a teaspoon in one cup of hot water should be enough.

The downside of this particular remedy is that it may cause some side effects in some individuals. These effects can include headache, nausea, constipation, and an upset stomach.

Drinking a glass of water immediately after taking your wheatgrass tea may help minimize the side effects, but if you already know that you are among the individuals who wheatgrass affects negatively, just stay away from it.

It is quite easy for wheatgrass to get contaminated with mold and bacteria during the growing, cleaning, and storing processes. This is why some people develop complications after consuming it.

Purchasing your wheatgrass from a reputable dealer can also help eliminate the possibility of developing these side effects. This is because a reputable dealer, such as a recognized health store, is very likely to stock products that have been grown, cleaned, and stored properly.

How to Flush out A Cannabis Overdose – Sweat it out in a Sauna

If you have access to a sauna, your body might be able to eliminate some THC through the skin. The skin is a major eliminative channel of the body, and being the largest organ too, it’s obvious just how effective it can be at eliminating impurities in the body.

Unfortunately, this is not the case with most people as various factors, like swimming in chlorinated water, exposure to various chemicals, and wearing synthetic clothing, have caused blood to be withdrawn from their skin, thus rendering their skin ineffective.

Using a sauna can, however, restore the skin’s ability to eliminate impurities from the bloodstream as sweat is a very effective elimination route for all kinds of toxins and impurities. Medical studies have even shown that the skin can be so effective in eliminating impurities through sweat that it can even temporarily relieve that burden off the liver and kidneys.

Sauna detoxification is believed to be especially effective in the removal or elimination of fat-soluble impurities from the body. Since this kind of therapy (sauna therapy) increases metabolism, which in turn, encourages fat burning, the body is able to convert fat-soluble impurities and other substances into water-soluble substances. These substances are then released through sebaceous glands and sweat glands.

Now, marijuana is an extremely fat-soluble substance. For this reason, it is believed that THC levels in the bloodstream may actually be reduced by sauna therapy.

Sweat It Out Through Exercise

Exercise might work pretty much the same way as sauna therapy only that with the latter, you will obviously use less energy. Once again, marijuana, cannabis, weed, or whichever name you prefer to give it is extremely fat-soluble. Since exercising raises metabolism, fat burning occurs, and THC may then be turned into a water-soluble substance and eliminated through sweat.

Another reason why exercise has been featured among our tips on how to flush out a cannabis overdose is because of its ability to release endorphins in the brain. If you are a regular runner, you might be accustomed to the term, “runner’s high. ” This is a kind of high that runners experience as a result of endorphins being released in the brain during or after exercise.

Endorphins have been christened as a “happy hormone” since once released, you will experience a rush of happiness or joy. You will also become more focused and alert. When all that happens to you, the stress and anxiety you may be going through as a result of a cannabis overdose is likely to melt away, and you will soon take your mind off how high you really are. That way, you can either relax or try out any of the remedies we have recommended in this article.

Take a Cold Shower

Just like with alcohol, cold water usually brings down cannabis high very fast. This is because it brings down the heart rate immediately. Once this happens, body temperature goes down, oxygen is preserved, and THC levels go down.

Generally, the colder the water, the better the result.

Just step into the shower and allow cold water to hit your body for around 5 minutes. If you don’t have the guts to hop into a cold shower, slashing some water on your face may help.

How to Flush out A Cannabis Overdose – CBD Oil

CBD oil brings down THC by blocking the brain from absorbing more of it. CBD hemp oil is generally legal even in states or countries where marijuana or cannabis is illegal.

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To manage a cannabis overdose with CBD oil, a low dosage of 2.5 mg should be enough. Also, if your state or country is cannabis-friendly, i.e., weed is legal, you might be able to purchase a special THC-neutralizer tonic online or at a dispensary.

Remedies for Your Dry Mouth/Cotton Mouth

We cannot complete our article on how to flush out a cannabis overdose without addressing cotton candy, also known as a dry mouth. Without doubt, if you have overdosed on weed, you are definitely experiencing a dry mouth. And it doesn’t matter whether you consumed it through smoke, vapor, or by eating a cannabis-infused food or drink.

Just in case you are wondering why your mouth is so dry, it is because the compounds present in cannabis or marijuana usually minimize the production of saliva. Here are a few signs of cotton candy:

  • A very dry tongue which can also be sticky
  • A very sore and dry throat
  • Very dry nasal passages
  • A very dry mouth

How do you relieve this?

Chew a strip of gum, this will stimulate the saliva glands again. With time, you’ll feel the symptoms easing off. If you don’t have gum, you may chew some dried fruit or any other chewable food like beef jerky.

You can also try sucking a lollipop or some candy. Sucking may have the same effect as chewing gum. Munching on a piece of lemon is also very likely to stimulate your saliva glands.

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