What is “Greening Out” and How to Avoid it?


Have you ever smoked too much and started feeling ill? Maybe you took too many gummies because you were not feeling the effect, then it all hits you at once. During this time, if you felt sick and had intense paranoia, chances are you were experiencing what is called “greening out.”

Greening out is the slang term for when someone consumes too much THC. THC is a psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants. Greening out symptoms include chills, sweating, anxiety, and nausea. Greening out is a very unpleasant experience. This article will discuss how to avoid greening out and what to do if it happens to you.

What is Greening Out?

Greening out occurs when THC interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid. Endocannabinoid is a compound like cannabinoids but made by the human body. The body’s endocannabinoids become very overwhelmed when you ingest large quantities of THC. The potency of the cannabis and your tolerance are factors that will determine how, when, or if greening out will affect you.

Although greening out is not a pleasant experience, there have never been any recorded deaths from consuming too much THC. In fact, there has never been a cannabis-related overdose death recorded. Greening out can irritate underlying or unknown health concerns like heart arrhythmias, so make sure to consult a doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

How to Avoid Greening Out

You can avoid greening out by knowing your limits. If you only need two hits to get you feeling good, then just take those two hits. Don’t give in to peer pressure and never feel embarrassed. Everybody is different, including your chemical makeup that is out of your control.

Eating and drinking water before smoking or consuming cannabis can help keep you calm. Do not mix cannabis with alcohol or other drugs. By doing this, chemicals in your brain will become severely overwhelmed, causing you to green out and get sick. It is a very unpleasant experience you should adamantly try to avoid if possible.

Finally, simply stay aware of how you are feeling at all times; you know your body best. If you feel like you are getting to the point of greening out, pass on the blunt and get yourself some water.

What Should You Do if You’re Greening Out?

If you are already greening out, do not panic. Take deep breaths and repeat to yourself that this is only a temporary feeling; it will pass. If you are with friends or people you trust, have them hold your hand and walk you through it. Find a safe space and distract yourself by watching YouTube or Netflix. Maybe even try to take a nap or a shower to cool off.

CBD is great to have on hand to counteract the adverse effects of THC. CBD will help with the harmful effects of THC and help intensify the positive results as well.

What is Greening Out? – Conclusion

THC consumption should be fun and relaxing, not cause your feelings of sickness and misery. Only do what you are comfortable with and listen to what your body is telling you.


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