Too high? Here's how to sober up fast.

Liz Filmer
09 Aug 2021

We've all done it once or twice, smoked too much and lived to regret it for a few hours! A few hours that has felt more like a few days! Generally speaking, the average cannabis high will last between 30 minutes and 3 hours, with some mild effects still noticeable for a while after this.

Concentrates such as shatter, wax and oil are the most potent form of cannabis, followed by Flower and edibles. Consumption method, dosage and tolerance will mean that effects will vary, however. Generally speaking, though, the higher the potency, the longer the high will last.

Luckily, there are many things to try and help you sober up if you feel that you have gone too far.

Water and snacks!

Not alcohol!!! Let's get that in there now, as that will only make things worse. Fresh cold water is your friend and always your first port of call. Not only will it help hydrate your body, but it will also help fight any symptoms of dry mouth and get you to focus on doing something nice and straightforward.

Have a snack, too, if you can stomach it, as this can help bring you back down to earth and give your body something else to concentrate on. Just go light though, don't go ordering a takeaway just yet!

Black Pepper

Weird as it sounds, many people swear by this little trick! Chewing or sniffing on some black peppercorns can provide quick relief from symptoms like anxiety and paranoia.

Black pepper contains the terpenes caryophyllene and pinene. These terpenes are known to negate the psychoactive tendencies of THC, creating a calming, more therapeutic effect.


Similarly to Black Pepper, Lemons contain terpenes that have anxiety-reducing qualities. In this case, the terpene in question is Limonene. Sucking on a lemon slice is probably the most efficient idea, but if you can't bring yourself to do that, try sniffing it.


Taking a dose of CBD can help to combat the unwanted mental symptoms of too much THC. CBD acts like a dimmer switch and dampens down the euphoric effects of THC, such as panic and anxiety, whilst at the same time enhancing the benefits of THC as a painkiller. 


A recent study found that anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen can suppress the unwanted side effects of THC. Like CBD, Ibuprofen enhances the ability of THC to produce anti-inflammatory pain relief. It simultaneously has the power to reduce the "high" feeling you get, the lethargy and any adverse effects on the memory. 

Hopefully, some of these tricks might work for you, should you need to use them but remember, the best tool of all is to know your limits in the first place!


Liz Filmer