How to Help a Friend Who Got Too High

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It’s not common, but it happens: You share some cannabis with friends, everybody’s having a good time, but then somebody gets too high. Way too high. They’re freaking out.

What do you do?

There are a lot of potential remedies. Some are familiar. Others may surprise you. The main things to remember: Help your friend seek calm, quiet places. Stay with them and offer confident reassurance. Encourage them to nap.

We reached out to professionals and amateurs, all of whom had one thing in common: They’ve been there to help when someone got too high. They told us what worked and what didn’t.

Their answers have been edited for concision.

First, Prevent a Bad High

Michael Backes, the author of Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana, suggests pre-dosing with CBD. “There’s evidence from scientists in several countries that CBD basically works like the seatbelt for THC,” Backes says. He recommends 40 to 60 milligrams of CBD before smoking to counteract the negative effects of too much THC.

A dose of CBD might help assuage the anxiety of a THC high, but Backes cautions that adding CBD after the fact won’t be so effective. Unless you took it beforehand, “you’re kind of on the rollercoaster.”

We asked amateurs about preventing the freakout. Not all live in legal states, so we’ve blinded their names to allow them to speak freely.


Calvin: Talk to your budtender. “Tell them what you like and don’t like about getting high. Listen to their suggestions. When they say, ‘No, that crispy rice treat is not for you,’ by all fucking means listen to them.” Buy pot online,dispensaries that ship,buy rso oil,oil smoke pen,online dispensary.

Gina: Stay within the dosage that works for you. “Knowing that 3 to 5mg is my ideal dose gives me a lot of insight into how to actually enjoy an edible. If you’re like me, when you want to hit a mystery preroll at a party, let yourself have one puff. Wait 20 minutes before deciding to take another. Don’t worry about looking like a party pooper or lightweight. Just know yourself.”

Richard: Read the label. “I had a friend who had a cookie with a big bold ‘10mg’ on the wrapper. Okay, no problem, he says, and eats the whole cookie. While he’s hanging out waiting for it to kick in, he reads the info on the back of the label: ‘10mg per serving. Servings per cookie: 12.’ Oops.”

Sheilagh: CBD can rein in the wilder aspects of THC (like paranoia), so stay within a THC:CBD ratio that works for you. “I carefully watch the THC:CBD radio and go for higher CBD content.”

Ned: Before you imbibe, have good friends by your side. “Years ago I was at a house party where Superstar DJ Keoki was spinning. Things were starting to pop off, and a four-foot bong got passed around. I took one hit and promptly passed out. I woke up at 6 a.m. to Keoki spinning to a group of whacked-out ravers. Lesson: Make sure you got people who will watch your back whilst you freak out, or at least won’t fuck with you when you’re vulnerable.”

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