9 Ways to Sober Up From Smoking Weed

Many cannabis users have found and thankfully documented several ways to sober way more quickly from intense marijuana high than just leaving it to pass by. According to research, you need anywhere from 2 to 10 hours to come down from a marijuana high, which depends on a range of factors, including your metabolism, tolerance, and weight. Furthermore, the crucial detail is the amount of cannabis used and its THC content. THC is the psychoactive compound of marijuana and, in rich concentration, can create an intense cerebral high.

There is no scientific way to sober up in an instant, but you can reduce the time needed, with a few valuable tips that we will share with you in this article. But remember, being too high is never a good idea.

  1.     Stay Hydrated

Water is life!! Drinking water is good for your overall health, and once you are high, your overall well-being depends even more on water. Dry mouth is a common symptom when you are on a cannabis high, and to soften it, drink a lot of water. The THC binds with cannabinoid receptors in your body, and the saliva glands reduce activity as they fail to receive messages from the nervous system. Reduced production of saliva leads to dehydration, which then only increases the fuzzy-headedness during the hangover. Therefore, drink a lot of water as it will help you with an overall feel and certainly reduce the waiting time for THC to evaporate from your system.

  1.     Take a Shower

A shower under hot water increases the blood flow in your body. This is somewhat helpful when you are high since your cognition, and motoric functions are jeopardized; the shower will make you feel more alert and functional. However, if you are out and about and a hot water shower isn’t an option, a simple water splash on your face could help restore your cognition.

  1.     Eat Carbohydrate Rich Food

After you have gone too high, a good strategy for coming back down in a quick way is to eat. Once the munchies set in, you will feel starving, but start eating even before that happens. You will have a head start, and the best way is to eat food rich in carbs, including french fries, burgers, pizza, etc.

This will help you in several ways; the fats in the food connect with the cannabinoids, which will then metabolize faster and reduce the effects of the psychoactive substances. Also, food in your stomach pulls blood away from your brain, further reducing THC’s effects.

  1.     Consuming Black Peppercorn

THC-induced high can make you feel anxious as it stimulates the amygdala, a brain region that controls emotional processes. However, black peppercorn can help you reduce anxiety and the overall THC influence. The reason behind this is that black pepper contains terpene, a beta-caryophyllene which when taken, lessens the effects of THC, eliminating anxiety and paranoia. In addition, it binds with cannabinoid receptors, which then metabolize at a faster level, creating a calming effect.

  1.     Sleep

Sleep is a fantastic cure at it does justice to symptoms that just need to wear off. One of them is the THC-induced high. A good night’s sleep will help you sober up and feel anew in the morning. However, if you don’t have time for a longer sleep, just 30 minutes quick nap is also satisfactory. It will still help you wear off the effects of weed. Nevertheless, during the night of sleep, your liver will go through the process called metabolization, eliminating psychoactive substances out of your system.

  1.     Exercise

The opposite of sleeping is to exercise, but it is also helpful when you want to sober up. You might not want to get physical, but it will help you vastly to come down from a bad high. For example, a good sting of 30 minutes of walking will get your heart pumping, therefore, increasing blood flow, which moves the THC out of your system. Also, it releases endorphin, which is connected to receptors that reduce pain, stress, and anxiety. Running and hiking are also helpful, and you will need just 30 to 60 minutes to reduce anxiety and the entire effect of the THC.

  1. Consume Cannabidiol (CBD Oil) and Lemon

Cannabidiol counters the effects of THC, making you less psychedelic. Keep a bottle of CBD oil at hand for situations like these, as it will help you in an instant. It is a potent remedy for a bad high, and even better, CBD doesn’t have any significant side effects.

One more helpful thing is lemons. They contain limonene, which is a terpene. It is a great calming agent; squeezing the lemon juice into your mouth counteracts the effect, so just suck it or press the juice out of it. Furthermore, you can squeeze out the liquid into a cup and add black pepper to it, which in no time will make you feel a lot better in an instant.

  1. Calm Breathing

If you are gone way too high, pushed the limits way more than you wanted, and can endure, then calm breathing is your first and only option. You will be just sitting or lying, fuzzing about numerous things all at once. In a situation like this, you will need to concentrate on your breathing. Breathe as deeply as you can for a count of four, and then exhale. Hold the breath up to counting to eight and repeat the same action until you start feeling that you are coming down.

Calm and even breathing is a helpful method as it helps circulate blood and thus move the psychoactive substance out of the system. Also, more oxygen comes to your brain, calming you down and making you able to deal with the smoking weed-induced high.

  1. Wait for Symptoms to Wear Off

If you did anything from the list, it should help you in a way to sober up. However, the last thing you need to do is wait for that paranoid anxiety to wear off. You can even take an anti-anxiety medicine, which will undoubtedly reduce the symptoms THC imposed on you.

But the last stance is undoubtedly waiting. It takes from 2 to 10 hours to come done, so if you are not in a hurry and the symptoms aren’t that bad, you can easily just lie and wait for the entire marijuana-induced high to pass by.


If you have gone over your limit but have something important to do or just have to get back home sober in a short period, these tips will help you sober out as quickly as you can do it. You don’t have to try out all of them; be sure to have water on you and high-carb food, as it will help you in a short amount of time. If everything else fails, a 30-minute nap will set you free from the THC high and make you sober enough to cover the symptoms you had just half an hour before. Edging boundaries a bit more every time is in our nature, but some limits shouldn’t be disturbed. Once you realize a bad trip is not what you want, don’t overrun your possibilities. Most importantly, don’t panic and breathe calmly; you don’t want to increase the paranoia and anxiety that has already taken over. Instead, try as hard as you can to remain calm, drink plenty of water, eat snacks, or try some other advice from this list, and in half an hour, you will be fine.

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