Now, if it were up to me, I’d prefer to stay high all the time.
But if we have an important meeting or you get called into work, you’ll wish you knew how to sober up from weed real fast.
The problem is, it just doesn’t work like that.
There isn’t a button you can press to sober up, but you can use these tips to help you get to a functional level, or calm down, as fast as you can.
How Long Does it Take to Sober up From Weed?
How long your high lasts is going to vary based on any number of factors.
But you can figure out a ballpark time if you start to pay attention to how long you stay high when you smoke how much of what.
If you get a good idea of how long you stay high on average, you’re able to know when to stop smoking so you can be sober when you need to be.
Here are the factors that will control your high:
- The strain you smoke (THC/CBD Percentages)
- How much you smoke
- How you smoked
- What you’ve eaten
- Your body height/weight
- Your Mood
- And of course, your tolerance
So what can you expect on average?
I’d say if you’re not an everyday smoker, at least 2-3 hours.
If you smoke all day every day, it can EASILY be less than an hour.
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How to Sober up From Weed
I’ll say this up front:
Most of these ways to “sober up” just calm you down while you wait out the high—which is what most people will have to do.
There’s very little science behind this now, but, hopefully, we’ll see some studies once cannabis is removed from the schedule 1 drug list.
Till then, most of what we have to help us out is wisdom passed down from our stoner ancestors (and random youtube commenters).
One way to sober up may seem counterintuitive, but it’s one of the few that’s back by science.
While CBD is a cannabinoid, it will reduce your high.
The most effective way to use it would be to inhale a CBD oil.
CBD works because it blocks the THC from binding to your cannabinoid receptors.
If you tend to always get too high when you smoke (paranoia, anxiety, nausea), you might consider switching to CBD heavy strains.
This will help you balance out from the start.
Have you ever heard of β-Caryophyllene?
It’s a dietary cannabinoid that is the primary sesquiterpene contributing to the spiciness of black pepper.
It’s even found in things like cloves, hops, rosemary and cannabis.
What β-Caryophyllene does is reduce your stress and anxiety.
So, if you’re feeling too high, and need to sober up quick, you can try to pop a pinch of pepper in your and suck on it.
People will also chew on a peppercorn whole if they have them.
Some even will use lemon combined with pepper to create a chemical reaction with the cannabis, piperine and limonene that increase the anti-anxiety effects.
You can’t make up what I’m about to tell you.
As humans, we have what’s referred to as the mammalian dive reflex.
What this dive reflex does is amazing.
It’s a phenomenon by which water triggers an immediate decrease in heart rate.
You only need to submerge your face in water that is cooler than the surrounding air to make it kick in.
This will calm you down and allow you to collect your thoughts while you come down.
Eat to Raise Your Blood Sugar
An old cannabis myth is that eating will bring you down from a high.
While the science on this just isn’t there yet, we can take a look at some of the studies that have been done.
This study on the impact on marijuana use on glucose showed us that lower blood sugar levels are found in marijuana users.
You also see some theories out there on why eating might reduce your high.
I came across a few saying that it was because of the way cannabinoids made fatty food metabolize faster, but I couldn’t find any real research showing this to be true.
Most of these tips aren’t quick fixes, and breathing is no different.
It is, however, always the most readily available tool at your disposal to help calm you down.
Now, it’s important to note that’s it’s not just any old breathing that was doing here.
This is controlled and focused breathing.
You want to take deep breaths into your belly, hold it in for a second, and then slowly exhale.
See, most of us are breathing all wrong 99.99% of the time.
Taking the time to take deep breaths like this will give your brain a boost of oxygen helping it to get a better grip on the situation and calm you down.
You want to help calm your body, and help it restore its balance.
Drinking water can help you to detoxify your body.
Drinking juices like orange and cranberry can help too.
But you want to avoid drinking anything close to a soda (and definitely no beer).
If you think you really need something carbonated, try hydrating with some kombucha.
Sometimes, you can’t do anything but sleep it off.
Even a quick power nap will help the high pass by quickly.
But be aware:
You might be a little groggy after waking up.
Don’t worry, though.
It will wear off quickly, and you’ll be a little closer to feeling prepared to take on any challenge again!
Now, if you’re trying to sober up because you got WAY too high, then I think sleep is the best thing you can do.
It can get hard with your mind racing and your world potentially spinning, but once you finally pass out you’ll feel better
“First you tell me to sleep, now you’re telling me to exercise!?”
I know, I know.
But hear me out on this one.
There is a little bit of science around how marijuana and exercise play off one another.
When you exercise you release a sudden rush of these neurotransmitters known as endorphins.
You may have heard of these before.
They are the ones that make you feel real good, and help you to relax.
You Might Just Have to Wait it Out
As far as I know, there aren’t any companies out there with a product claiming that they can help you come down from a high faster.
But if I did come across such a product, I’d probably approach it with caution, and certainly wouldn’t use it as a fail-safe.
The only solid way that will work for sure work 100% of the time is to wait it out.
If you have to be sober somewhere, plan ahead.
If you smoked way too much, go to sleep.
To cut the standard 2-3 hours a high last down, here are the best ways to try:
- Black Pepper
- A Cold Shower
These are just a few of the ways people swear will sober you up.
Now, my research sent me to some pretty dark spots on the internet.
And as a treat for reading this far, I’ll give you a tip that a lot of people claim works for them.
I could elaborate more, but I won’t.
To truly ensure your sober when you need to be, just be sure to stop smoking at least a few hours before, or, better yet, don’t smoke at all.
Do you have any tricks to sobering up from weed? If so, let us know about them in the comments below!