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In 2007, an audio recording of a Michigan police officer’s call to 911 went viral. The medical emergency? They were high on pot brownies. Like, REALLY high. So high that they believed if they weren’t rushed to the hospital immediately they would be dead. As it turned out, they weren’t suffering from anything other than marijuana anxiety, an unpleasant but harmless and fleeting emotional state triggered by an unexpectedly potent dose of THC.
Since drug overdoses kill so many Americans every day, why was this incident so hilarious that even the 911 operator couldn’t keep herself from laughing during the call?
First and most importantly: You cannot die from overdosing from marijuana. Deaths from opiate and alcohol overdoses happen because those substances can depress the respiratory system after the user has become unconscious. Cannabis does not cause respiratory depression.
The other important thing to note is that the cop and his wife’s experience was very relatable and we were laughing with them, remembering when we felt the same way, only to be and feel absolutely fine (well, maybe a little embarrassed) in a matter of minutes.
Most cannabis users have experienced at least a moment or two of that anxious, paranoid, and even panicky feeling that comes after an unexpectedly intense buzz from THC. Listening to that 911 call reminded many of us of our own panic-stricken moments, staring at ourselves in the mirror in the bathroom, or stuck on the couch, wondering if maybe we had already died…
According to SEMrush, the exact phrase “how to stop being high” is submitted to search engines 4,000 times each month (and about 25 similar phrases are queried at least a thousand times every single month). In other words, if you have ever felt overwhelmed by THC, you are far from being alone.
What can you do the next time you are hit with an intense episode of marijuana anxiety? We’ve got the three best things to do to immediately relieve your discomfort. Not only do I personally vouch for their effectiveness, but so does science (and Willie Nelson)!
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The next time you start feeling that anxiety when smoking weed, chew or deeply inhale the scent of a few pepper balls. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel!
When you are feeling the symptoms of cannabis overindulgence and suspect you may be having a full-blown panic attack, consult a medical professional. Tell them you are having a cannabis-induced anxiety or panic attack and they will help you.
The most important thing to remember is that you will be okay despite the fact that you think you won’t be.
Your mind is playing a trick on you. Very soon, the trick will end and you will feel like yourself again.
Have you ever tried these remedies for marijuana paranoia or weed anxiety? Do you have any cures you’d add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!
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