Taming the effects of too much THC

If after consuming THC or THC-predominant cannabis you experience paranoia, anxiety, rapid heartbeat or any other unwanted side-effects – don’t panic. It is not possible to die from high doses of THC. Take some deep breaths and seek some reassurance from a supportive person.

In addition, there are a few ways to help offset the unwanted effects of too much THC:

  • Take some CBD. CBD modulates the psychoactivity of THC and reduces its negative effects. CBD is considered an anxiolytic – meaning it neutralizes anxiety.
  • Smell some citrus essential oils such as lemon, orange or grapefruit. Or ingest some lemon zest (the rind of a lemon) as this part of the lemon contains the essential oils. Citrus oil contains the terpene Limonene and studies have shown it to possess strong anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects.
  • Sniff or chew a few black peppercorns. This can help reduce anxiety due to levels of the terpene Caryophyllene in black pepper and offer mental clarity provided by the terpene Pinene.

If none of the above suggestions subside the negative effects you’re experiencing, you can always seek out medical attention and tell a doctor or nurse that you are having a cannabis-induced anxiety attack.

The research article Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects by Ethan B Russo provides information to support these claims.

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