While greening out sounds like something the Incredible Hulk would do, it means something entirely different to a stoner suffering from green out because their body doesn’t agree with what they were smoking.
If you’ve ever witnessed someone getting sick from smoking too much weed, you’ve likely seen someone experiencing a green out.
Before we dive in too deep about what a green out is and how to prevent one, we need to clear the air: experiencing a green out is entirely different from the life-threatening cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS).
Although CHS isn’t entirely understood, we know that it induces sharp stabbing pains in the chest and stomach and causes severe nausea, vomiting, and even death.
The good news is that CHS is incredibly rare, whereas greening out is a much more common, but less dangerous occurrence.
With that in mind, let’s go over what a green out is and what to do if you or someone you know experiences it.
What is a Green Out?
Experiencing green out is a term used to describe the symptoms someone experiences when consuming too much cannabis.
Keep in mind it is impossible to die from consuming too much marijuana, so calling a green out an overdose wouldn’t be accurate.
However, you can overdo it to where it makes you physically ill, leading to the following symptoms:
- Disorientation/lack of focus
- Anxiety, fear, paranoia
- Increased heart rate
- Heavy limbs/lack of mobility
- Upset stomach/nausea
Like a regular weed high, green out symptoms vary from person to person, but typically symptoms last anywhere between 30 minutes to 6 hours. For most, it passes within a few hours, and if you can manage to keep yourself feeling relaxed — you can relieve a majority of the negative sensations.
Basically, create a good vibes only zone.
However, if you’ve also been consuming other substances like alcohol or other drugs, it’s nearly impossible to guarantee your safety or determine how long you’ll be affected.
If you’re trying to determine if you’re at risk for greening out, you’ll be disappointed to learn that doctors and scientists aren’t entirely sure why some people experience it and others don’t.
According to some experts, green out is caused by consuming a higher than normal THC dosage, the psychoactive compound found in cannabis.
They explain that all acute side effects have been dosage related, meaning it happened to those that weren’t used to weed, such as novice tokers or those consuming much more than usual.
Just like drinking too much alcohol, sugar, water, and even vitamins can make some people sick, so can too much Mary Jane.
What Does Green Out Feel Like?
As we stated before, everyone reacts to weed differently. So, naturally, some will be more predisposed than others.
If you’re an intermediate or veteran blazer, you should be aware of how much it normally takes to get you high, so we recommend sticking to that to avoid triggering green out.
In terms of how a green out feels, it varies depending on the person.
Still, those who have gone through a green out experience report it affecting their memory, concentration, coordination, appetite, and made them feel anxious, paranoid, and extremely nauseous.
Some also reported a bad case of dry mouth (also known as cottonmouth), cold chills, shakes, and burning eyes.
So, realistically, you could be at risk of experiencing all of these symptoms if you ever find yourself at the mercy of green out.
How to Deal with Green Out
Experiencing green out is a super unpleasant, potentially scary experience. You should do your best to prevent it at all costs. However, it is just as important to learn how to deal with it if it does happen.
Below are some of the most common and effective ways to help deal with green out:
Take Deep Breaths
One of the most frequent symptoms of green out is experiencing a feeling of panic or paranoia.
Creating a calming, soothing environment that promotes relaxation is ideal for helping combat these anxious feelings and help chill you out.
If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, one of the most effective yet straightforward remedies is to close your eyes, take deep breaths and focus solely on that.
Try and visualize an image in your head of a circle shrinking and expanding with every breath. Having something else to focus on can distract you from those panicked feelings and slow your heart rate, helping you feel more calm and relaxed.
Smell Black Pepper
Studies have shown that taking a whiff of black pepper can produce a soothing effect.
Focus on the scent itself with its spicy notes and take a moment to register the aroma and fully process it. This action can serve as a suitable distraction method for those experiencing green out as it provides a distraction, similar to focusing on your breathing.
However, we would advise against taking too deep of breaths when smelling black pepper as it may lead to coughing.
If you or someone you know is experiencing green out, one of the most effective methods to ease symptoms is to get some glucose and hydration.
Low blood sugar can make you more susceptible to greening out. Juices with sugar work double-time to supply the body with the glucose and hydration that it is missing while also potentially easing other symptoms, such as nausea.
If you don’t have fruit juice on hand, be sure to drink plenty of water to rehydrate your body.
We suggest taking some CBD as it produces the wonderful medical benefits of weed without causing any psychoactive effects because it does not contain THC.
This means that you will feel the relieving, calming effects without getting even more high, which is a relief for those feeling panicked.
Sleep it Off
Unfortunately, there is no one way to entirely stop the effects of green out once they have started. You just have to ride it out.
Sometimes, all you can do is find a quiet, dark, comfortable place to lie down and try to fall asleep. Sleeping is one of our body’s most primal instincts when it comes to combating stress or healing. It’s why you’re told to get plenty of rest when you’re sick.
Green out is no different. While it is an unpleasant experience that you need to see to the end, you don’t necessarily need to be conscious to do so.
Green Out – Protect & Prevent
When it comes to enjoying your favourite herb, there can be too much of a good thing.
If you find yourself caught in the grasps of a green out or are scared to experience it, you must learn the symptoms, methods, and prevention tactics to address it.
Ultimately, they are entirely avoidable. Make sure to keep your doses the same each time you partake in the ganja, and you shouldn’t run into any problems no matter what form you fancy dabbling in.
Of course, it is also essential to ensure that the product you are buying comes from a reputable, trustworthy dispensary, so you know exactly where your bud is coming from, the dosage, and that it’s safe to consume.
One final message that we want to communicate is that, while greening out can be scary and unpleasant, the effects won’t last forever. For novice tokers, learn your limit by starting low and going slow and building up your tolerance before going too hard all at once.
Stay safe, friends!