If you’ve ever smoked weed, you know the experience can come in a range of different effects. For many, the experience is pleasurable and relaxing.
For some, the high can quickly turn into an anxiety-filled nightmare. It can feel like every negative emotion and thought you’ve ever had comes rushing in.
Sometimes it’s best to think of these experiences as a chance to learn more about yourself.
When the high gets too intense for you, there are a few tricks you need to try. They can help reduce some of that anxiety. Here’s how you can mitigate anxiety from weed when the going gets too tough.
Take a Breather
Think back to a time you were so upset you just wanted to roll on the ground crying. Someone told you, “Breathe!”
Take a moment to yourself to sit back and take a few deep breaths. Don’t worry about looking like a fool.
If you’re in a group of people, we doubt they’ll care very much if you close your eyes and breathe. Try to clear your mind. If you’ve ever practiced meditation, you know how useful it can be to stop thinking.
Take a Shower
If you have access to running water, it may be a good idea to jump in the shower. Water is one thing which will relax anyone in a moment.
If you have access to a natural body of water, that’s even better. Try heading to the nearest shore or river if it’s within walking distance.
We probably all find ourselves at some point sitting by a rushing river after smoking too much.
Rest and Relaxation
It may be difficult to get yourself to a state of relaxation. Don’t worry, the world isn’t ending. Experienced smokers can help you figure out how to overcome fear.
Once you achieve that peaceful state, try lying down and taking a nap. This can reset your mind. You may wake up feeling a bit groggy and heavy, but you won’t feel panicked.
Water and Snacks
You should always focus on staying hydrated, especially when you smoke weed. Failing to do so could lead to increased levels of anxiety and dehydration.
You may notice you’re a bit hungry. It’s okay to reach for a handful of potato chips – no one is going to hold it against you.
If you want healthier snack options, try keeping a bowl of fruit around. Fruit is a great way to eat your water.
Staying hydrated will keep you from getting dry-mouth. Plus, your breath won’t smell as bad.
Coping With Anxiety From Weed
Every experienced smoker knows anxiety happens to the best of us. They also know some people are more likely to feel anxious.
If you have a lot of anxiety when you smoke, try out the above tips. Try to think about the things that make you feel at ease – music, food, nature, etc. Apply those ideas to coping with anxiety from weed.
To learn more about smoking weed, visit our section on legal cannabis. Happy smoking!