What happens when you eat too much pot?
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 05/28/2015 in Medical Marijuana Research
We’ve heard the story of the kid who ate too much pot and jumped out of a window. It’s the same story they told us about LSD back in the day. Yet as Bill Hicks points out, “if they thought they could fly, why didn’t they take off from the ground?”
For most people however, eating a marijuana-laced brownie is a pleasant experience, which induces a deep heavy body sensation and usually ends up with the user passed out somberly sleeping. Yet, eating too much cannabis can have some unexpected side effects.
Edibles take longer to manifest the psychoactive qualities of cannabis and comes in a full dose. When smoking it, you have a much better chance at regulating your intake and would stop before you reach the ‘tipping point’.
While the effects of eating too much pot might be scary to some, knowing that it won’t induce death should make everyone breathe a bit easier.
A story from an inexperienced cannabis consumer
I have been smoking cannabis now for nearly 20 years, and while I know there are some of you reading this that far trumps my consumption period, I will revert to one of the events that happened to me in my earlier days of cannabis.
I once made a bunch of brownies, which was supposed to last me for a while. Yet thinking I was invincible, I began snaring them down thinking I could handle the high that was to come. At first, I did but as time progressed and the ‘high’ become more intense I realized that I bit off a bit more than I could chew.
Before I continue, I must admit that I am a bit of a psychonaut and have had plenty of experience with a wide array of substances, so going into an intense ‘trip’ wasn’t unusual and I knew how to handle myself under the circumstances. Most people freak out when submerged in an overwhelming sensation, I have learned to control my breathing, quite my mind and ride it out.
Nonetheless, my body became heavier, my eyes were like lead. My brain was awake but my body decided enough was enough.
I managed my way to my bed where I would lay on my back for roughly 12 hours, not asleep and not awake. At times, I would have intense inner-visions and at others, I would simply drift into sleep. Balance was an issue, speaking was an issue however throughout the entire experience I never feared for my life.
Some people become anxious and panic when they find themselves in this situation. The best thing you can do is to find a quiet place and simply ‘ride it out’. Have some water at hand and simply try to relax, breathe deeply and lay down. You’ll be all right.
Now, if I would have only eaten one brownie I would have had a wonderful experience, a deep body sensation without entering into ‘the void’. However, due to my inexperience, 20+ brownies in one sitting really made me respect cannabis much more.
I am happy to report that it only happened that one time and since then I have learned to wait 45 minutes to an hour before eating another brownie.
Cannabis has the ability to induce heavy trips, but rest assured that no matter what happens…you’re not going to die from it.