New Missouri Marijuana Card Holders: What Happens if You Get Too High and How to Sober Up if You Do
Missouri medical marijuana dispensaries offer flexibility and safety as you take control of your treatment plan!
The medical marijuana market in Missouri has been a bit of a confusing mess, but it’s worth the effort in order to get the natural relief that cannabis provides. Residents of Missouri qualify to use cannabis to treat a number of conditions and symptoms, ranging from anxiety and chronic pain, to cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. Despite the ease with which patients can get medical marijuana, many are intimidated by the whole process because it has been so aggressively marketed toward an experienced consumer base. Medical marijuana in Missouri feels a lot like the recreational market in some other states, which may cause some patients to feel left behind.
With products like dabs, shatter, and crumble being all the rage, and THC concentrations above 60 percent for most vape cartridges and pens, it may feel like there’s no room for beginners or old-school cannabis users who just want enough THC to relax without flying over the edge.
Whether you are new to cannabis entirely, or you’re just concerned that the new stuff is going to get you too high, we’ve got you covered at Missouri Marijuana Card. Keep reading to learn more about if you can overdose on medical marijuana, what to do if you get “too high,” and how to avoid having this happen to you in the first place.
Can You Overdose on Marijuana?
First, let’s get one thing straight. Using too much cannabis has not killed anyone yet. Some sources say that you would have to smoke 1,500 pounds of marijuana in 15 minutes in order to have a fatal overdose. (I guess it’s good to have goals.)
Overdoses from other drugs generally happen because of the fact that they cross the brain stem, which controls your involuntary bodily functions. People who die from opioid overdoses, for example, die because they stopped breathing. Cannabis binds with different receptors that affect your mood and perception, but not your lungs.
Too Much Cannabis Can be Damaging When You Have Heart Disease or a Mental Illness
Though you probably won’t die from using too much marijuana even if you try (which we don’t recommend), you can experience damaging effects. Especially if you have a heart condition or a mental illness that makes you prone to psychotic episodes.
Getting too high may lead to elevated blood pressure and anxiety attacks (not good for people who have heart disease), and it can cause hallucinations and psychotic thinking in cases where mental illness is present.
You May Not be Able to Overdose on Cannabis, But be Careful About Tainted Products
Our final point on this is that using marijuana that you purchased on the illicit market is never entirely safe. If you know the person who grows your product, you’re likely okay. However, you can never be sure what your marijuana might be tainted with unless you grow it yourself. This is doubly so for processed marijuana products like vapes and edibles.
We are a little biased, but we recommend always making your purchases from a Missouri dispensary, where you know your product has been regulated, monitored, and tested for potency and purity.
What Happens if You Get Too High?
Most likely, nothing worth noting will happen if you get too high—other than the story you’ll tell your friends about that time you got too high. Generally speaking, getting too high just means you’ll be very uncomfortable and feel out of control until the THC in your system starts to wear off. You might also be obnoxious to the people around you or fall asleep at the party. Or both.
And then you’ll be just fine.
How to Avoid Getting Too High
The good news for people concerned about getting too high, is that it’s entirely avoidable. One of our favorite things about using cannabis is the ability to get more control over your treatment options.
The variety of medical marijuana products available at Missouri dispensaries gives you complete flexibility when it comes to finding what you need in order to fit your lifestyle, tolerance, and preferences.
Start Low, Go Slow
We tell everyone who is new to cannabis, has not had cannabis in a long time, or has only used products found on the illicit market, to start low and go slow. It’s true that medical-grade marijuana is different (and more potent) than street products. But you can build your tolerance to medical marijuana slowly, until you find the dose that works for you.
You are not obligated to take what some might consider a “full dose.” Your body is completely different from anyone else’s body, and it may take some experimentation to find the right products and dosing for you.
Use Products That are Lower in THC
While the high THC products are definitely marketed as more popular, it’s not impossible to find products at your local dispensary that are lower in THC.
Lower THC Flower Strains at Missouri Dispensaries:
Chemacho Kush (12.97% THC)
Purple Sunrise (14.5% THC)
Gorilla Glue (15.04% THC)
Lower THC Vapes at Missouri Dispensaries:
Eco Therapy makes medical-grade CBD vapes, but it can be a real challenge to find a vape cartridge in Missouri with a THC concentration of less than 65%. However, dosing is very controlled when you vape, and you should be able to properly titrate your consumption to meet your needs even if you have a low tolerance. Simply take one draw at a time, and wait at least ten minutes before taking another.
Lower THC Edibles at Missouri Dispensaries
Honeybee Gummies (1 - 5mg THC each piece)
Core Gummies (5mg THC each piece)
Sweet Stone Honey (100mg THC total, but you can take as much or as little as needed)
What to Do if You Get Too High
Okay, so let’s say that despite our best advice and your attentiveness to details, you accidentally get too high or too impaired. Remember that things are going to be okay (unless of course you managed to smoke 1,500 pounds of marijuana in 15 minutes). The high will end, and you will feel normal again.
Take Deep Breaths
Deep breaths will help you relax, and concentrating on your breathing gives you something to focus on besides the fact that it feels as if your head is going to float away. If simply breathing in and out isn’t quite engaging enough, try this square breathing technique for even more distraction.
Drink Water with Lemon (Or at Least Plain Water)
Water will solve your cottonmouth problem, and it will keep you hydrated. The terpenes in lemons can help calm you, get you grounded, and counteract some of the effects of the THC.
Chew or Sniff Peppercorns
Black peppercorns are high in pinene and caryophyllene, which can boost the sedating and calming effects of medical marijuana.
Take a Walk
Get your heart pumping in a good way, get your blood flowing, and get some fresh air!
Watch Something Funny
Make the most of what you’re feeling and watch a funny movie. By the time it’s over, you’ll probably feel better.
Take a Nap
If you’re feeling sleepy, go with it. Take a nap and you’ll probably wake up feeling much better.
Take advantage of the fact that food is often extra delicious when you have taken a large amount of THC and get your nosh on!
Talk to a Friend
Having a chat with a friend will help keep you grounded, give you something different to focus on, and remind you that everything is going to be okay.
Do Some Art
Some people use cannabis as a source of inspiration, because they feel it boosts creativity. Put their theory to the test and get out the art supplies!
Get a Missouri Marijuana Card, and Get the Relief You Deserve!
Giving medical marijuana a try may be one of your best decisions in 2021. When you take an intentional approach to cannabis, you can take control of your treatment plan, safely using natural medicine for natural relief.
Give us a call at (877) 303-3117 to get all your questions answered, or simply schedule a marijuana evaluation appointment today! Our doctors are here to help you work through your concerns and build the kind of treatment plan that works best for you!
Doctors Who Care. Relief You Can Trust.
At Missouri Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.
Call us at (877) 303-3117, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!
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