During a smoke session, you may have taken a few too many hits. What happens after that is you start to feel dizzy, lightheaded, and even nauseas. These are all symptoms of greening out.
What is greening out?
The term ‘greening out’ refers the symptoms associated to the overconsumption of cannabis.
Greening out symptoms
The symptoms can vary based on the individual. The most common are dizziness, nausea, increased heart rate, lightheadedness, anxiety, and vomiting. Symptoms usually last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. If you experience any of these symptoms while smoking, it’s important to remember that the feeling will go away with time and you are not in a dangerous situation. In fact, no one has ever died as a result of smoking too much cannabis.
What causes a green out?
From the outside, someone who has greened out will appear sick and dizzy. But what’s happening inside the body that causes it? Inside our bodies we have a natural endocannabinoid system. This system interacts with THC, CBD, and all other cannabanoids found in the marijuana plant. When we smoke cannabis, the body produces a natural substance called anandamide that reacts to THC. This is what plays a role in controlling our appetite, mood, and memory while we are high. When we consume too much THC, the CB1 receptors get overwhelmed and causes us to feel sick or dizzy. The severity of a green out all depends on a persons chemical make up, tolerance, and the potency of cannabis ingested.
How will you feel the day after greening out?
Unlike a hangover, there is are no next-day effects of greening out. Once your green out period is over, you’ll most likely feel a bit tired and want to rest. It’s recommended to stop consuming cannabis for the rest of the day after greening out. This will allow time for your endocannabanoid system to return to its normal function. However if you smoke well into the night and go to bed high, it is possible to wake up with a weed hangover. If this is the case, check out our article for how to deal with a weed hangover.
What does greening out feel like?
One you’ve greened out, you’ll most likely experience the following:
- Increased heart rate
- Chills or sweat
It’s important to stop consuming cannabis immediately if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above. The best thing to do is to find a quiet spot, lay down, drink some water and try to relax.
Will greening out cause damage to my body?
There has been no evidence to support that greening out causes damage to the body. It is a temporary situation that will be naturally resolved by your body. However, we do not recommend greening out on a regular basis, as it does increase your blood pressure and heart rate. Over time, this can put stress on your internal organs.
How can you avoid greening out?
If you find yourself greening out too often, then it’s time to try these ideas.
- Smoke slower
By smoking slower you’ll allow your body more time to fully feel the effects of the THC.
- Consume cannabis with a lower THC percentage
Not all cannabis is equal. Some strains contain over 30% THC while others contain less than 20%. Find a less potent marijuana strain next time you want to smoke. This will help tremendously in avoiding a green out.
- Take less hits
If you know you only need two hits to get high, then only take two hits. There is no use in trying to impress yourself or others with how much you can smoke if it’s only going to end badly.
- Don’t mix weed with alcohol or drugs
Cannabis is great on its own, but mixing it with other substances can be a recipe for disaster. To avoid a green out, stick to smoking only weed.
- If eating edibles start low and slow
Edibles take up to two hours to fully hit, so overconsumption is very common. It’s important to start with a low dosage and a small amount. We know that brownie tastes delicious, but it’s not worth a green out!