Cannabis users can experience temporary “Greening Out.” Cannabis Greening Out is an unpleasant side effect that Cannabis users sometimes feel when consuming too much of their favorite herb.
There are many ways to get high and do it safely. This section discusses the dangers of overdose and how you can reduce the risk of overdose through proper use of Marijuana while smoking, vaping, or consuming Cannabis edibles (e.g., cookies or brownies).
Can Cannabis Get Dangerous?
“It’s not how much I know; it’s how much I understand.” – Albert Einstein.
Cannabis is a natural drug, and as such, it is not any different from drinking too much alcohol or over-eating certain foods. It can be dangerous if abused or used in combination with the wrong drugs or alcohol.
Cannabis can relieve pain, decrease anxiety and even help to reduce the symptoms of depression. Research suggests that you could use Cannabis to treat PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) by increasing neurotransmitter levels in the brain linked to feelings of anxiety, fear, and panic attacks.
However, there are times when increased Cannabis use can have adverse effects.
There are multiple reasons why patients may need to stay away from Cannabis. They include:
Increased levels of THC in certain Strains
Impairment of cognitive ability due to lack of sleep or poor appetite, which can result in increased consumption and overdose symptoms
Tolerance with the development of physical dependence
Greening Out Symptoms
The main symptoms of Cannabis overdose are dizziness, paranoia, losing consciousness, not being aware of your surroundings, and not moving or communicating.
With Cannabis overuse, you can trigger longer-term symptoms such as;
Headaches and migraines
Dizziness and light-headedness
Extreme anxiety and paranoia
Nausea and vomiting
Anxiety or panic attacks
Insomnia or hypersomnia (difficulty falling asleep)
Depression and suicidal thoughts
It is important not to assume that Cannabis is solely responsible for these symptoms. They are often a combination of lifestyle factors. If any of these symptoms persist over the long term, please consult a medical professional.
How Long Does Greening Out Last?
There are many varieties of Cannabis strains, each with its unique characteristics. As a result, each type of Cannabis may have different strength, effect, and smell levels.
Our article on “How Long Does a Weed High Last?” has more details.
The effect length depends on the consumption method; e.g., Edibles have a much slower absorption time as they have to be digested before taking effect.
How to Avoid Greening Out
Several factors cause this unpleasant feeling, including stress, anxiety, and over-reacting to environmental changes.
Cannabis consumers generally experience temporary “Greening Out” before their tolerance eventually returns to normal levels, and they can then reduce consumption even more without causing any harm.
What to Do When You Use Too Much Weed – How to Help Someone Greening Out?
It’s important to remember that there has never been a fatal Cannabis overdose, and the feeling will pass.
With Cannabis-induced anxiety and paranoia, some people may feel like they need to quit or cut back on their drug use.
Is too Much THC Dangerous?
Novel extraction methods, combined with increasingly potent strains, have increased the quantity of THC in Weed products.
As always, apply the motto; “Start Low and Go Slow” when experimenting with new products and strains.
Even though Cannabis does not contain any ‘dangerous’ chemicals, it still can cause serious issues to people with neurological problems that affect their brain activity and memory functions. This is due to THC and other cannabinoids (potent psychoactive substances) that block parts of the nervous system in the brain by inhibiting specific receptors.
We should be aware of the risks associated with frequent use and apply various ways to reduce health-related effects such as anxiety, nausea, and paranoia.
What is an Overdose?
Unintentional overdoses are when someone takes too much of something without intending to do so and may experience some side effects such as nausea and vomiting, which could lead to serious health problems later on in life if left untreated.
Overdosing on Marijuana?
It’s important to note that there is no single way of diagnosing Marijuana overdose. It depends on the type of Marijuana used and how you ingested it.
While considering Cannabis as the cause of Greening Out, it is also essential to check whether any of the following could be the culprit?
- Allergic Reaction?
- Is It Drug or Alcoholic Delirium?
Tips For Marijuana Overdose Treatment
If a person has overdosed on Marijuana, it is not good to assume that he has simply consumed too much. He may also suffer from other conditions such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
When dealing with such cases, a first step is to determine whether there was any past trauma or abuse.
Therapy for PTSD and anxiety disorders should be offered immediately and followed up by medical treatment for overdose patients. Therapy can help prevent future overdoses from occurring and save lives.