Before everyone scoffs at the title of this article, let us remember there are always instances when we are a little too high. Whether you have anxiety, need to be somewhere, or you went overboard on the edibles, sometimes we all need to sober up in a hurry. But what to do when you get too high? There are plenty of rumours about how to come back down to Earth, but some methods may be causing more damage than good. It’s about time we straightened this out and delivered some answers on how to mellow the THC buzz.

Truth is, most of us can play the role of the sucker when looking for an antidote while stoned. For most of my life, I was under the assumption that the cure-all was vitamin C. Something I took for truth in my youth developed into years of keeping stocked up on orange juice and supplements. And, while consuming plenty of the vital vitamin probably offered me multiple benefits, I eventually learned it wasn’t helping sober me up at all. Beyond feeling stupid, some basic internet research provided me with some interesting facts. 

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Carbs like bread, rice and potatoes can help to mellow you out when you get too high

Surprisingly, various foods can enhance, or alter your high, oranges being one of them. By now, I am sure you have heard of terpenes, the organic compounds that give cannabis and all plants their distinct and unique aromas. Many studies are being conducted on how these terpenes cause different results when inhaling cannabis and therefore give us differing highs depending on the strain. Well, many of those terpenes are found within the foods that we eat. Limonene, a terpene commonly found in citrussy smelling strains of weed, is also present in fruits such as grapefruit, lemon and, yes, oranges. Consuming more, or a different terpene can drastically affect your experience when inhaling THC.

Terpenes in food that affect your high

Here are some examples of fruits with terpenes that may alter your high:


Found in: Mangoes, Lemongrass, Hops, Bay Leaves

Effect: Anti-inflammatory, pain relief, sedative effects. There is a lot of evidence to show that myrcene can enhance your high.


Found in: Pine Nuts, Rosemary, Sage

Effect: Mood enhancement, anti-inflammatory, a muscle relaxant. Adding this terpene to your high may help to improve your mood and may even help you breath better and be less forgetful.


Found in: Black Pepper, Cloves, Basil, Oregano

Effect: Pain relief, supports immunity, anti-inflammatory. There is not much to suggest that this terpene alters your high immediately, but the benefits can help if you suffer from any of the ailments mentioned above.  


Found in: Citrus fruits

Effect: Boost immunity, reduce acne, treat heartburn. Limonene can be useful in helping to reduce the psychoactive effects of cannabis. Citrus fruits can be effective in bringing down the paranoia that cannabis can bring on.

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Foods high in protein like meat are also thought to calm the intense effects of cannabis.

So, there was something to my orange juice theory. It just had little to do with vitamin C and was all thanks to those beautiful terpenes. The key to bringing things down when you are feeling too high is in education. Knowing your terpenes and the strain of cannabis that you are consuming can help you in finding methods to chill back down.

What to eat when you’re too high

Although all plant-based foods carry a certain amount of terpenes, not all of them are as prominent as the ones mentioned above. If you’re wondering what to do when too high, here are a few suggestions on foods that can fill your tummy, help you relax, and hopefully mellow you out:

  • High carb foods like pasta, bread, rice or potatoes.
  • Proteins, because nobody can feel the effects of cannabis after a big turkey dinner.
  • High-fat foods like cheese.
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High-fat foods such as cheese can also help to take off the edge when you’re too high.

Getting some foods in your body that won’t mess with your high may be the ticket you need to come back down to Earth. Although, there really is no scientific evidence that eating reduces the psychoactive properties of cannabis. For me, I will stick to my orange juice, or even a good squeeze of lemon could help to ease the anxiety. Others, like musician Neil Young, swear by black pepper, which can have a calming effect. 

For the most part, though, if you are in a situation where you need to bring down your high in a hurry, the best recommendation is to stay calm. Focusing on something else, having a shower, or cuddling a pet are all sure-fire ways to keep your high chill.


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