How To Sober Up From Weed

Cannabis is used for different reasons, but it is mostly used to experience the effects such as happiness, and calmness which is a very pleasant experience for a lot of people.

How to Sober Up From Weed

However, there is a place and time to get high, and sometimes life throws us a surprise that we are not prepared for such as being called into work for example – the worst place to be high! 

In circumstances such as this, getting sober as fast as possible is the best thing to do. You may also want to get sober quickly because you are experiencing some negative effects of being high, and if so you have landed on the right page. 

Signs That You Are High, Or Possibly Too High

Usually, the feelings that come with being high are nice and pleasant, but it depends on how much weed you take and what kind it is that will make the experience vary each time.

Even though you have been getting high regularly for a while, there is still a chance that you will be caught off guard and end up too high. 

The most common symptom of being high is feeling really happy and relaxed. You may also have an increased appetite and want to eat everything in sight which is referred to as having the ‘munchies’. Being more sensitive to colors, lights, and sounds is also possible.

Taking too much weed can make things go a bit sour as you can end up too high which can make you feel paranoid, anxious, and impaired judgment.

Hallucinations can also occur which a lot of people find distressing and can make you feel like you are going crazy. 

Combining weed with other substances such as opioids or alcohol puts you at a greater risk of experiencing these negative effects, so it’s always best to stick to only using weed in these circumstances. 

How Long Does Weed Make You High For? 

So how long exactly will you be high for? Unfortunately, we cannot give you a straight answer as it depends on a lot of different factors such as how the weed was consumed, how strong it was, and how your body normally reacts to it. 

When weed is smoked, the effects of being high are almost instant and can last between two and 10 hours.

If you eat or drink the weed, you might not feel high for an hour or so afterward but can last for the same time or even longer than if you had smoked it. 

If you are a regular user of cannabis, traces of it can stay within your body for weeks. 

How To Sober Up From Weed

How to Sober Up From Weed

If you want to sober up quickly, here are some ways that you can help speed up the process. 

Be Aware Of How Much You Are Taking 

Having high doses of strong weed will make you much higher so in order to prevent yourself from getting to this stage in the first place is to be careful of how much you are taking and what strength it is.

People react to weed differently, so it is up to you to know what kind of weed and how much works best for you. If you are unsure, you should start slowly by only taking a bit and building it up from there. 

For weed products that have been purchased legally, you should look out for ones that have a THC percentage of 10% or less and take one hit before waiting for about 15 minutes to see how you feel.

With edibles, you will have to keep in mind that the effects take a lot longer to show up than they would if you smoked the weed.

That means that you have to stay patient and not take more because you think that it is not having an effect on you because it will all hit you at once and leave you feeling too high. 

Be Patient

Worrying about being high when you need to be sober will only make you panic and stress which will do you no favors so just try to be patient with yourself and give the process time to resolve itself.

Keep reminding yourself that you will not be high forever, and this feeling will end. 

If the cannabis was inhaled, you will probably start to feel more normal in about three hours, but if it was eaten or drunk, you might be feeling high for six to 10 hours. 

Keep Calm

If you are experiencing bad side effects of taking cannabis such as anxiety, panic, and paranoia then you need to try to stay calm, which is easier said than done in situations such as this, but it will stop you from spiraling. 

By trying some relaxation techniques, you will be able to take more control over your effects which will help you sober up more quickly.

It is best to practice relaxation techniques before you are in that position though so that you know what to do and what technique works best for you.

How to Sober Up From Weed

Stick To Water

You may feel the urge to have a coffee when you are wanting to sober up from weed since you feel fuzzy and hazy, but this will not do you any good.

Instead, you should drink plenty of water so that your body can process the weed and flush it out of its system faster.

Alcohol is also a big no-no as it is found to increase the amount of THC in the bloodstream, giving you the opposite of what you want and making you feel higher for longer. 

Just as you should avoid alcohol when you are high, you should also avoid other substances such as cocaine or any other stimulating drug because it can lead to hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia. 

Try To Distract Yourself

Sometimes it is best not to think about it too much because if you focus on how high you are as it will bring your attention to those feelings and make you feel even worse.

Instead of worrying about it, find a distraction such as talking to a friend, watching a movie, playing a video game, being creative, or going for a walk if you feel safe enough to do so. 

Ask For Professional Help

In some cases, no matter what you do cannot shake the unpleasant feelings that come with being too high and the best thing to do is turn to a professional for help.

Healthcare professionals have access to charcoal that is used in a special way to control the effects of being high and works well on those who are feeling very agitated, paranoid, or confused. 


Unfortunately, there is no magic pill that you can take that will sober you up instantly but by trying the techniques listed above in this article, you will feel more relaxed and have a smoother ride.

You will also find that being aware of how much you are taking in the first place will prevent a lot of negative experiences of being high at the wrong time or being too high in general when all you wanted to do was relax. 

Remember, if you are repeatedly having bad experiences with being high, or you just don’t like the way it feels, do not let other people pressure you into continuing with it because it’s not worth it if you are not enjoying it.

David Lumis