Greening Out: What To Do If You’re Too High

Taylor Engle
Jun 2, 2021

You’ve heard of the term “blacking out” – a.k.a., when you’ve consumed enough alcohol that you no longer recall all of the details of your experience (yikes!) – but what do you know about “greening out”?

If you’ve been consuming cannabis for a while, chances are you’ve had a moment or two where you were just way too high to function – especially in the earlier days of your cannabis use. This concept is known as “greening out,” and while this is nowhere near as dangerous as blacking out from alcohol, it can definitely come with some unsavory symptoms you’re probably going to want to avoid.

How To Tell If You’re Greening Out

Cannabis can offer a wide variety of health benefits to your body and mind, depending on the person and how you plan to utilize the plant for your specific needs. But while many reap benefits from using cannabis to treat symptoms like stress or lack of energy, consuming too much of the plant at once can actually intensify these sorts of negative symptoms you’re trying to get rid of.

It’s difficult to measure the point of no return when it comes to getting high. Cannabis effects will vary greatly from person to person, depending on factors like body size, chemistry, how often you consume cannabis, and what method you use to consume cannabis.

For example, if you’re someone who only takes a hit or two off a weed pen on the weekends, taking a dab or consuming a potent edible is going to render you a lot more stoned than someone who dabs/takes edibles on a regular basis.

That being said, you should already have an idea of how much cannabis might be too much cannabis for you based on your consumption habits, but here are the most commonly-reported symptoms to watch out for if you think you might be close to greening out:

  • Nausea
  • Paranoia
  • Pale skin
  • Dry mouth
  • Burning eyes
  • sweaty
  • Loss of coordination/disorientation
  • Extreme lack of energy

You may only experience a few of these symptoms, but in general, if you’ve ever found yourself so high that you can barely keep your eyes open, you’ve experienced some degree of “greening out,” and it’s never very fun.

What To Do When You’re Greening Out

If you’ve experienced any of the above symptoms during a consumption sesh, chances are you’ve greened out – or at least gotten a little too close to it for comfort. Luckily, there are a few helpful tips our stoner ancestors have discovered after generations of getting way too high that you can apply when you need to sober up from being too high:


“Greening out” occurs because of the high amount of THC in your body, and one of the most effective ways to combat the power of THC is to throw more CBD into the mix.

Too much THC can result in severe paranoia or stress, and CBD is the cannabinoid that most consumers turn to to combat these very issues. In general, opting for strains that are higher in CBD and lower in THC is a great way to manage your highs.

Black Peppercorn

This may sound strange, but many cannabis consumers have touted the power of black peppercorn for reducing an intense high. Simply munch on some whole black peppercorns to reduce that THC-induced anxiety – many have experienced positive results from doing so.

This all goes back to terpenes – black peppercorn contains a high amount of beta-caryophyllene, which is recognized for its ability to tame the effects of THC.

Drink Water

One of the negative symptoms of greening out or being too high is dry mouth – a.k.a. “cotton mouth.” We’ve all been there.

The best way to combat this is by staying hydrated throughout your session. Opt for cold water if you can.

Sleep It Off

If nothing else is doing the trick, you can always turn to ending your day a little early. Once you’re at that point of being too high, sleep is probably the only activity you can handle anyway – except maybe for snacking.

Make Note of How Much You Consumed

Finally, the best thing you can do for yourself to prevent greening out in the future is to keep track of how much you consumed. This will help you understand your own tolerance level and allow you to utilize cannabis in a way that’s going to make you feel good – not totally paralyzed.

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