How To Sober Up From A Cannabis High
3 min

How To Sober Up From A Cannabis High

3 min

Ever find yourself high on weed and wishing for it to end? Maybe it’s a “bad trip”, maybe you got called into work, or maybe you’re just not feeling it.

Fortunately, you’re more than a passive observer on this journey. There are steps you can take to sober up from weed, and they tend to be effective. Before we dive in, let’s take a look at how long a weed high lasts.


The length of a weed high varies depending on method of ingestion and type of weed. The biggest variation will come from how you took your weed. If you smoked the raw flower, you can expect it to last 1–2 hours. Concentrates last around 0.5–2 hours. Even once the high wears off, you might feel “out of it” for the rest of the day. Edibles can last a lot longer. They tend to take 1–2 hours to kick in, and once they do, can last anywhere from 4–8 hours. Edibles tend to be a lot stronger than smoking.

What causes these discrepancies? Well, when you eat edibles, the THC has to pass through your digestive system before entering your bloodstream. During this process, it enters the liver, which converts delta-9 THC into 11-hydroxy-THC, which crosses the brain-blood barrier easily and hits your brain hard. When you smoke, the THC enters your bloodstream right away, but most of it crosses the brain-blood barrier as delta-9 THC, making for a faster but weaker high. 11-hydroxy-THC dissipates in the body much more slowly than delta-9 THC, making for a longer and slower trip.

Different strains can produce highs of different lengths. The strongest effects will tend to be within the first hour of the cannabis kicking in, and will taper off from there.


How to Sober Up From Weed

There are a few strategies for getting back on the sober train:


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• Get to a safe environment

If you’re feeling anxious and paranoid, a nightclub probably isn’t the best place to be. Consider going home, to a trusted friend’s house, or to somewhere else you feel safe.

• Exercise

Exercise speeds up your body’s metabolic processes, and will help it work through that THC at a faster rate. Plus, the endorphins will help smooth out any THC-related anxiety.

• Lemon and pepper drink

Lemon and pepper combine to form a terpene-rich concoction that can help taper off the effects of THC. Pour yourself a glass of water, add some ice, then squeeze in a lemon and some freshly ground black pepper. If you’re also getting some exercise, add in a pinch of sea salt to make this an electrolyte drink.

If you don’t have the ingredients on hand, some good old-fashioned H₂O will do the trick. Gorge yourself on water, and the THC will move out of your system a lot faster.

Top 10 Things To Do While Being High

Enjoy getting high? Fancy broadening your horizons with a few stoner time activities? Then check out our top 10 list of things to do whilst high!

• Eat something

Food is known to diminish the effects of THC—for this reason, many potheads will avoid eating while high! Grab yourself something high in fat and protein for some especially grounding benefits.

• Take a shower

A shower can help “jolt” your body back to normalcy. Bonus points if you end your shower by turning the tap down to cold—nothing like freezing cold water to ground your body and clear your mind!

• Distract yourself

If you find yourself wrapped up in a THC-related tangle of your own neuroses, try bringing in some external stimuli. Watch a funny movie, read a novel, listen to some music—if you can manage to bring yourself to a different emotional space, you may find you’re not as high as you thought you were.


What Not To Do

• Chew on peppercorns

Many sites will give this advice, but “chewing raw peppercorns while high” could be in the dictionary next to “choking hazard”. Skip this and go with the lemon-peppercorn drink.

• Drink alcohol

Don’t reach for the booze—it’ll only make you feel more high and messed up.

• Drink coffee

If you get called into work, you might be tempted to start pounding back the espressos. Not the best idea—the jitteriness of caffeine can interact with THC for some serious anxiety. If you really need something to bring up your energy and clear your head, start with a green tea—it contains L-theanine, which takes the edge off the caffeine and produces a calm, focussed energy.

Being too high can suck, but at least with THC, you have options! Good luck getting back down to earth, and remember, if all else fails, this will be over by tomorrow.


Written by: Arielle
Arielle is based out of Toronto, Canada and loves topics relating to the brain. When not writing she enjoys making art, learning about bioremediation, and trying to prevent the robot apocalypse.

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