No matter the difference in circumstance, the outcome of overdosing on marijuana is often the same: a racing heart, paranoia, and an urge to get medical help.
When it’s at its best, marijuana is both a wonderful mood and life enhancement. But when it’s being misused, we can end up in the hospital, swearing we’ll never eat another edible again.
Likely, at least one of you has experienced one of the following: an untested single weed brownie that has as much THC as the entire batch; a Sativa keeps getting passed around to the newbie in the group, who refused to tap out; the plunger on a tube of oil suddenly bursts into one’s mouth (personal experience). No matter the difference in circumstance, the outcome is often the same: a racing heart, sweats, paranoia, and an urge to check yourself in the emergency room.
These tips will keep you out of the ER and away from other problems that can arise.
Do Not Let Your Kids Near The Edibles
Many edibles look like they were made for kids: Cookies, lollipops, gummy bears and other candies can be very tempting to a young child. A simple, “No, those are for mommy,” will not suffice. Lock them away and eat them on your own time. Kids eating edibles is the number one cause of marijuana related ER visits.
Go To Bed
The simplest way to avoid the ER is to not go. Do yourself a favor and write yourself a note right here and now: “There have been no reported deaths from cannabis overdoses in history. I may be feeling uncomfortable or even just plain scared right now, but this too shall pass. I am not dying. I am not having a heart attack. I will never eat _____ again in _____ quantities. This too shall pass. Drink plenty of water and breathe.”
If you are an “every single day” kind of ingesting pro, you probably have less to worry about, but in any case, it’s always a good idea to start with half an edible dosage and see how you feel after an hour. You can always eat the other half if you haven’t gotten as elevated as you’d like. It’s also smart to tap out when you’re good – and you’ll know when you’re good. This is especially true of those new to cannabis. Start slow, believe us, a little goes a long way.
Don’t Blow Yourself Up Making Dabs
Though not entirely weed related, this would be the time to actually go to the ER if it happens. So don’t let it happen! DIY butane cannabis extraction is the fifth leading cause of ER visits in relation to cannabis. If you really want to make your own extractions, there are safe methods to do so, i.e. rosin presses. Please research the various, non-explosive ways to extract and save you and your buddies a whole lotta hurt.