What to Do When You’re Too High During the Holidays

To some, the holidays are a time of joy. To others, it’s a time rife with social anxiety, winter blues, and too many close encounters with distant relatives. For those of us who rely on cannabis’s calming hand to deal, there are few things worse than feeling “oh crap — I’m too high.”

Because we want this to be a season of merry and not a holi-daze, below are four tips on how to hold it together when you’re too high:

Relax and Remember It’s Mind Over Matter

Take a few calming breaths, and remember no one has died from being too high. It’s helpful to remember that cannabis and its effects will pass from your system, even if it doesn’t seem like it in the moment. Chant the mantra “I can hold it together” in your head (or out loud if you’re alone).

Take a Walk, Outside If Possible

Moving your body will help blood circulation. Fresh air and looking at objects in the distance can help clear your head. If going outside isn’t possible, walk to the bathroom and splash cold water on your face to wake up your senses.

Harness the Power of Terpenes

Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in plants, including cannabis. Two in particular can help moderate THC’s effects on the brain: beta-caryophyllene and limonene. No need to head to a science lab to find these compounds. You can get the benefit of beta-caryophyllene by smelling freshly ground peppercorns, while limonene is found in lemons. Take a big whiff of a fresh lemon, squeeze its juice, add some zest and sugar if you like, and drink up.

Sleep It Off

When all else fails, make your auf wiedersehen. Slip into some comfy pajamas, turn on some Enya, and tuck yourself into bed. Your mind will eventually slow, and you’ll drift off dreaming of that reindeer with the red nose.