When it comes to weed, people differ in their tolerance levels, in what they enjoy consuming, and what they enjoy doing. Bodies react in different ways, making it difficult to provide super tailored advice for every consumer. Still, there are some common side effects that occur after consuming too much weed.
The effects of marijuana are experienced approximately 10 minutes after smoking it. With an edible, the wait is longer, ranging from 30 minutes to a couple of hours. This can be confusing for newcomers, making it important to be extra careful when trying out a new cannabis consumption method.
As recreational marijuana becomes more and more popular, new ways to consume it start popping up, so the more information you have on the subject the better. Here are some things that can happen when you have too much marijuana.
You experience dry mouth
Dry mouth is a common side effect of marijuana use, alarming for first-timers but something that grows normalized the more you’re exposed to cannabis. This symptom can be easily resolved by having some water and pausing your consumption of weed until you feel more comfortable for more.
While dry mouth and red eyes are common symptoms of marijuana use, vomiting and shortness of breath have also been reported as extreme side effects of overusing the drug. While cannabis is a known preventative measure for nausea, consuming it in large amounts can produce the opposite effect, resulting in vomiting and abdominal pain, a syndrome known as Cannabinoid Hyperemesis. This condition is thought to occur when THC overwhelms the autonomic nervous system, which regulates our breathing and digestive systems.
You’re feeling very sleepy
It’s common that after marijuana your body takes longer to respond to stimulus, leaving you comfortably lying on your couch or feeling sleepy. Sometimes, after consuming large amounts of cannabis, you might even fall asleep on the spot, something that might be embarrassing if accompanied by others, but that’s relatively harmless in the grand scheme of things.
A study conducted on 121 subjects suggested that 50% of them had to deal with of anxious thoughts and a general feeling of paranoia after ingesting cannabis. Something that can be corroborated by seasoned marijuana users is that the more THC there is in your system, the likelier it is for you to get more paranoid.
Your heart rate is faster
Elevated heart rate is one of the most fastidious side effects of overusing cannabis. It’s something that’s particularly stressful for newcomers to the drug, making it important to take it easy when first trying out a cannabis method and to surround yourself with people you trust, so they can help you stay cool in the case of a bad high.
Your blood pressure feels off
If the insides of your ears start feeling a little warm and your face is feeling flushed, your blood pressure is likely off. This is a common side effect of overusing cannabis. While it passes relatively quickly, it’s very disconcerting. This occurs due to the fact that THC is a vasodilator, thus reducing your blood pressure. When this occurs suddenly, it’s called a green out, and it’s not great, which is why moderation is key.