Self-control is hard, we all know that. Most people want more of what they enjoy, so even with the development of light-dose edibles and pens that limit the size of your toke, it’s possible to consume more THC than you wanted. When there is a box of infused chocolates within reach, it can be a Herculean task to eat just one.
Of course, cannabis for adult use is only legal in a handful of states, which means the majority of Americans don’t have access to the newer generation of cannabis products. The classic challenges of controlling THC consumption apply: when you smoke or vape, THC goes directly to your lungs where it is absorbed into bloodstream, so you feel the effects of THC almost immediately. As long as you take reasonably sized draws, you can control your high by stopping when you feel satisfied. Things get much trickier with edibles. Extraction of THC into oil is both an art and a difficult science, so it’s nearly impossible to know how much THC is in one serving of an unregulated edible. Beyond that, when you ingest cannabis, it takes more time for your body to absorb THC. Cannabis needs to digested by your stomach, where some THC absorption occurs. However, most of the THC passes through the stomach to the small intestine, where it is absorbed and then metabolized by the liver. The main metabolite, 11-hydroxy-THC, is even more potent than THC, so once it is released from the liver into the blood, its effects are strong. If you ingest too much THC, you won’t know until an hour or two later.
The good news is that all is not lost if you find that you’re too high. Historically, home remedies include staying hydrated to flush your system, eating sugary foods, and keeping yourself distracted. The science to support these recommendations is weak at best.
However, CBD is one surprising remedy that’s simple and supported by research. How can it possibly make sense to consume more cannabis to get less high? In the brain, THC works by acting on cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) receptors. THC binds to these receptors and activates them, producing the feeling of being high. CBD can also bind to these receptors and acts as an allosteric inhibitor; when it binds to the CB1 receptor, it causes the receptor to change shape. As a result, THC is not able to bind as well, and there is less activation of the receptor. Therefore, CBD counteracts the effects of THC, which should help you come down from your high while also helping you to relax.
A high quality CBD elixir like the the Peppermint Elixir by Green Witch can help with inflammation, anxiety, and moderating your high. Take a few drops under your tongue, where there are tiny blood vessels to absorb the CBD into the bloodstream. See Green Witch on Say Hi. >
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