Have you ever been too stoned?
You know the feeling: You can feel your heart beating through your chest, thoughts race through your mind too quickly to focus on, and you’re so self-aware that you can barely string a sentence together.
This isn’t uncommon. In fact, for people who don’t consume THC very often, a moderate dose of THC can pretty reliably produce uncomfortable reactions.
Even seasoned stoners can suffer from negative effects. Many people find that although weed used to always make them chilled and happy, it can now sometimes make them anxious and paranoid.
I’ve certainly experienced it.
Luckily, I’ve discovered a number of ways to keep anxiety under control…
1. Use CBD
In my opinion, CBD is the number one weapon against THC-induced anxiety.
Studies have proven when CBD is consumed before or alongside THC, the negative effects of THC, such as anxiety and short-term memory loss, are reduced.
CBD-rich bud/hemp flower is ideal for mixing with THC-rich weed to make the ‘high’ more manageable. It’s also great to smoke/vape by itself.
2. Use a dry herb vape
Dry herb vapes heat your weed without burning it. This gives off a vapour which is inhaled. Not only is it less harmful than smoking, I find it also produces a much smoother high.
I still feel stoned, but it’s not like the heavy-headed stoned I feel after a joint.
I also find that I get far less anxiety from dry herb vaping than I do from smoking. It could be to do with the chemicals that are produced when cannabis is combusted, such as carbon monoxide.
I can sit and puff away on 0.3g of bud for a good 15 minutes and get nicely baked. The AVB (already vaped bud) can then be eaten as it retains up to 20% of its THC content. The THC will be decarboxylated by the heat of the vape and ready to eat. Be careful when eating it, however, as THC edibles are no joke and AVB can easily be underestimated.
Buy a dry herb vape here.
If you keep finding that THC gives you anxiety, try reducing your dose. In fact, even a dose as small as 1mg (considered a ‘microdose’) could be a good amount for you get the benefots fo THC without getting too high and anxious.
I’ve written about microdosing cannabis before as a way to stretch out your supply, but it’s most useful for reducing weed consumption or dealing with cravings. A microdose of THC looks like a single puff on a dry herb vape or a joint, or a small amount of an edible.
A microdose of weed is perceptible, but you won’t exactly feel high. Most people report feeling relaxed, content and happy. A microdose of THC satisfies the itch to consume weed. If you’re like me, you’ll soon start to really enjoy the feeling in between being sober and being stoned.
4. Buy my book
I wrote a book about building a healthy relationship with cannabis, including how to avoid weed-induced anxiety and paranoia. It goes into detail on the tips I cover here, as well as a number of different strategies and techniques that can help you use cannabis to improve your life.
It’s got a few 5-star reviews and has seemed to have helped a few people. Check it out here.