How To Sober Up From Weed

Andrew Ward
July 27, 2021

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Are you wondering how to sober up from weed?


Are you or someone you know feeling too high right now? Or has the uncomfortable experience happened, and you never want to go through it again? Don't worry. It's happened to most of us at some point. It may feel scary while you're going through it, but you will be ok. That awful feeling won't last as long as you fear. Let's not waste any time. Let's dive into how to stop being stoned as soon as possible. 


The Time It Takes To Sober Up From Weed Varies

First things first, let's start with some good news: you can start feeling better long before completely sobering up. 

Getting sober can take between 30 minutes to several hours, depending on how much pot you've consumed and your consumption method. The strength of your dosage is critical as well. The stronger the concentration of THC or whole plant profile, the longer the experiences will likely last. 

You will sober up much faster after smoking weed than you will from edibles. Photo by RODNAE Productions from Pexels

While it can take a while to sober up, most people start feeling better in a relatively short period. Unfortunately, we can't get more exact with just how long you'll be high. The experience varies for everyone based on numerous factors. Though, an excellent rule to keep in mind is that an edible will last longer than smoked or vaped products.


How To Sober Up From Weed

Consider the following tips whenever you're feeling too high:

Take Some Deep Breaths. You're Going To Be Okay

It may not feel like it at the moment, but you're okay even when feeling too high. Nobody has ever died from a cannabis overdose, even from the highest potency products. We don't recommend testing your limits to these points, but you should be fine. People make mistakes. You'll get through this one no problem. 

Deep breathing exercises can be extremely helpful when feeling too high. Photo by Monstera from Pexels

Keep that in mind and take a few slow, deep breaths. In short, stop thinking about how to get unstoned. Focusing on your breathing is usually a great way to do it. Follow yoga principles on breathing. Go back to this process whenever feeling overwhelmed. Doing so tends to slow our heart rate, which can lessen anxiety. 


Remember, This High Won't Last As Long As You Think

You may think you'll feel high forever, but it's all momentary. Momentary may be a stretch, but you'll be out of this in 30 minutes to a few hours. It's not ideal but it could be much worse. 

In general, if you smoked or vaporized cannabis, the heaviest effect of the high will wear off after about 30 minutes of the onset of the most uncomfortable symptoms. The lingering strong high usually lasts for about 90 minutes to 3 hours total. 

Feeling too high? Remember that this too shall pass. Photo by SHVETS production from Pexels

If you eat cannabis, it lasts much longer and will be stronger, but the strongest effects still only last a couple of hours. After you get over that massive peak, you'll probably still be strongly high for another hour or two and have lingering, but far more pleasant sensations for a few more hours.

Just remember that you'll get through the worst part soon and come out fine on the other end. In most cases, the peak of the adverse experiences lasts 30 minutes or less. This is not going to be an all-day ordeal. 


Chew On Some Black Peppercorns

Many seeking remedies for how to sober up from weed find solutions at home, namely in the kitchen. Black peppercorns are one of the better options. Terpenes in black peppercorns bind to the same cannabinoid receptors in our brains as THC. It's believed that those terpenes latch onto the receptors and offset or reduce the effects brought on by THC.

Head for the spice rack when feeling too high. Chew on some black peppercorns, or grind a generous amount onto some food and see if it works for you. 

Some people find chewing peppercorns helps to bring down that excessive high. Photo by Dids from Pexels


Stay Hydrated

Drinking water is the go-to solution for many of life's problems. Overdoing it on THC is no different. Staying hydrated helps keep cottonmouth at bay and gives us something to consume while stoned--and it's healthier than sugary drinks or alcohol. 

Staying hydrated is always a good idea, especially when you have cottonmouth. Photo by Joshua Poyer from Pexels

Consider adding some citrus while you're at it. Not only does fruit add flavor to your water, but it can also help sober you up. The rinds in citrus contain the terpene limonene, credited with anti-anxiety effects, among its many properties. 

On the other hand, it may be best to avoid anything with mango, hops, lemongrass, thyme or guava melon. Each contains the terpene myrcene. While myrcene has plenty of beneficial effects, it can increase the effects of THC. 


Have A Snack

Aim for simple, healthy and nutritious snacks calm down your high. Photo by Jane D. from Pexels

Snacks can be a great solution when trying to figure out how to stop being high--just be sure to avoid any infused edibles. 

Eating something is always a wise idea when feeling light-headed, which can happen when overdoing THC. A snack can help boost that blood sugar in short order. 

Perhaps it's best to stick to simple snacks that don't require cutlery. It may not be the best time to handle any knives or flames if you're feeling too high. Instead, consider fruit, nuts or some other healthy option. The nice thing about being high is that healthy snacks taste delicious. If choosing fruit, be sure to avoid the previously mentioned fruits containing myrcene. 


Find Your Mental And Physical Happy Place

When researching how to sober up from weed, you have to remember that every person is different. While the above tips may help, you may also benefit from other means, like getting comfortable. And just like the effects of peppercorns and certain terpenes, we all experience comfort in different ways. 

Bubble baths are a great way to relax, but avoid the bath and opt for a shower if feeling very sleepy. Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

Take a minute for yourself. Ask what brings you comfort. A few examples around the home include:

  • A relaxing bath or shower (avoid the bath you feel sleepy)
  • Chill music in a comfortable room 
  • Watching a happy movie, TV show or YouTube video(s)
  • Laying in a cozy bed
  • Being wrapped in soft blankets on the couch
  • Talking to a friend 
  • Going for a walk

Choose what works for you. The aim is to feel comfortable. Try to relax your way through this high. 

These tips should help ease your path out of this feeling. It may seem difficult, but just breathe. Find your comfort zone. You'll be over it soon enough. If you're concerned about potential drug testing complications at work, take a look at our tips on how to pass a drug test as well.

If you would like to talk to a physician about the best method of cannabis consumption and dosage for your particular condition, NuggMD is always happy to help. Just head over to NuggMD.com and start your new patient profile today.



Andrew Ward
Andrew is a Brooklyn, New York-based writer with a degree in Creative Writing from Montclair State University in New Jersey. After years of working in freelance and offices, he embraced the future of work and re-entered the independent workforce. Today, he provides creative solutions to Nugg and other respected cannabis companies.

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