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It’s hours later after ingesting an edible, when out of nowhere, things seem to get a little too intense. We’ve all been there - a relaxing evening suddenly turns into an experience full of anxiety and fear. Do you need to hold on for dear life, or is there a way out of this bad trip?
Luckily, there are a few ways to bring yourself out of one, but we first need to recognize what a bad trip consists of. What we experience as a bad trip, in reality, can be a domino effect from discomfort to full-blown panic.
Our mind gets caught in a vicious cycle that drives us to feel more and more fear and anxiety the higher we get. This elevated anxiety can then raise your heart rate, and possibly cause minor breathing discomfort. However, these side-effects seem more intense than they usually are, and it might be comforting to know that nobody has ever died directly from an overdose on weed.
Despite that, having a bad trip can be an incredibly uncomfortable or even terrifying experience. They can leave a lasting negative impression, making us fearful of having another similar experience.
In this article, we’ll discuss how to get out of a bad trip when you are having one, and what you can do to prevent them from happening.
#1 Prevention Is The Best Remedy
“One of the best ways to keep from getting into a bad trip is to be in a positive and calm environment.”
Before we jump into the ways to rescue yourself from a bad trip, we need to discuss the ultimate remedy - prevention. It’s much easier to keep yourself from getting too medicated than it is to get out of it.
One of the best ways to prevent yourself from getting into a bad trip is to be in a positive and calm environment. The more you have control over your surroundings, the less likely you’ll have a negative reaction.
Try to be in a place that is familiar to you, and one where you can be comfortable. Your own home, a close friend’s house, or perhaps a peaceful park are all good starts.
It’s also a good idea to be with friends that you’re comfortable with, and not with others you don’t know so well. Being alone can also be a good strategy, since sometimes just being around others can be stressful.
Another way to keep yourself from having a bad trip is to limit the amount of cannabis you consume. If you’re smoking or vaping, take a puff or two and then relax. The effects are immediate, and within 20 minutes, you’ll probably know if it’s safe to have more or not.
With edibles, it’s a different story. Since edibles sometimes take hours to have an effect, it may be difficult to initially gauge what is too much or too little. We recommend starting with a small dose (2.5mg for most), and to only have more after at least 8 hours.
We know this process may take all day to figure out your specific edible dosage, but trust us, it’s worth it. When you have your edible dose figured out, you can almost always eat the perfect amount of a THC gummy bear without going overboard.
#2 Getting Out of a Bad Trip
“The number one thing to do is try to stay calm. Of course, that’s easier said than done, but it will keep you from spiraling into a panic.”
Sometimes it just happens out of nowhere, and there’s no warning when the bad trip will strike. Maybe you had a little too much cannabis, or perhaps you’re not in the best mental state. Whatever the reason, there are a few ways to help you get back on track.
The most important thing to remember is to avoid panicking. It may feel like your heartbeat is louder than normal, or the weight of the world is crashing on top of you - but it’s not.
The number one thing to do is try to stay calm. Of course, that’s easier said than done, but it will keep you from spiraling into a panic. If you feel yourself starting to panic, try to relax your body and focus on your breathing.
Practice some light meditation by breathing in deeply and exhaling slowly. As you do this, relax each part of your body to keep yourself from being too tense.
As you breathe, remind yourself that there’s nothing actually wrong, and you’re just feeling too medicated. Remember that in some time, the feeling will pass and that it’s all temporary.
Once you partially calm yourself down, then you should try to do something else. Putting on some calm music or watching a movie can help you focus on something other than being too high.
If that doesn’t seem to help much, then a change of scenery might be in order. If you’re inside, try getting some fresh air outside, or even go on a brief walk. If you’re having an uncomfortable trip outside, then going inside might help calm you down.
Another thing to always keep in mind is hydration. We recommend drinking a lot of water, even when you’re not on a bad trip. However, during a problematic high, hydration can help keep you from spiraling out of control.
You can also have a relaxing tea or juice if you’d like, but definitely avoid alcohol. Drinking a beer or hard liquor can increase the THC levels in your blood, potentially making things worse.
If you’re around friends, they can help calm you down too. If you’re alone, then picking up the phone and getting some reassurance from someone can be a “lifesaver”.
When you have simple conversations with someone, it helps your mind stay grounded in reality. As long as they are calm and relaxed, their energy can rub off on you too.
#3 Always Have CBD On Hand
“Cannabidiol behaved as a non‐competitive negative allosteric modulator of CB1 receptors."
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a non-intoxicating compound that’s often used to help reduce anxiety. Aside from helping you to relax during a bad trip, research shows that CBD can actually decrease the intensity of THC.
CBD is an allosteric modulator, which means it decreases or increases the receptor size that THC binds to. By doing so, THC is unable to bind to receptors at the same capacity, therefore making you less high. Be careful though, as you may need a very high dose of CBD to calm you down, and small doses could intensify the psychoactive effects.
If you’re worried about experiencing a bad trip from cannabis, then CBD is a must-have on hand.
Never Experience a Bad Trip Again
By following these tips, you should never experience a bad trip again. There’s nothing worse than getting too high, and it’s always best to take too little rather than too much while indulging in cannabis. If you’re ready to experience the best effects that edibles and other cannabis-based products have to offer, always keep these tips in mind.
*Disclaimer* Baked Bros NEVER recommends avoiding medical treatment if you truly think you need it. We are not doctors, and pre-existing conditions can be exacerbated by cannabis. If you feel you truly need medical attention, please seek it out. Trust your body and know your dose!
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