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We've all been there...we've all underestimated the strength of an edible or the potency of a dab or cartridge and have had to undergo the experience of being uncomfortably high. While certain terpenes, alongside THC, are what get you high, other terpenes can counteract the THC.
I will repeat that for the first-time edible user who underestimated the potential of 11-hydroxy THC (the very potent, orally ingested THC), If you accidentally get uncomfortably high, specific terpenes can help get you back on track.
Beta-caryophyllene, pinene and limonene are all super helpful when you’ve accidentally taken too big of a puff, too generous of a dab, or consumed too much of an edible. Beta-caryophyllene is particularly good for those times when you’re feeling anxious, paranoid, or a helpless passenger to your thoughts, after taking too much THC. The terpene interacts with the CB2 receptor, which is known to regulate anxiety and stress levels and can bring you back to a state of content.
1. Smelling black pepper or eating a snack with black pepper is all you need to start feeling calmer. If you have black pepper oil, diffusing it is another way to find relief. Other foods and herbs which contain the anxiety-calming terpene are oregano, basil, cloves, lavender, true cinnamon, and ylang-ylang.
2. Pinene promotes mental clarity so if you’re feeling ‘out of it’ or unable to focus, eating pine nuts or pistachios, which contain pinene, can clear the fog. As mentioned in previous posts, limonene has been proven to be extremely helpful for both anxiety and depression.
3. Drinking some lemon juice or another citrus drink when you’re too high is another great way to combat uncomfortable feelings of anxiety and paranoia.
Other than sniffing black pepper, eating pine nuts or pistachios, and drinking lemon juice, simply laying down, listening to some calming music, or taking a shower or bath will calm the body and ease the paranoia and anxiety that can coincide with a deep dose of THC. Try it yourself - see it they work! These tips can be useful whenever you find yourself in situation where it would benefit you being more sober, more clear-minded, or less anxious and paranoid. Terpenes are often associated with cannabis and cannabis products, but not enough people know they can counteract the effects of THC as well! Maybe next time you're at the grocery store, remember to grab black pepper, pine nuts, and/or citrus juice to store in the cabinet... just in case.