Greening Out: What It Is And How To Avoid It

If you’re reading this, then chances are you like cannabis. But in what way do you like it? After all, there are many ways to consume it. Do you smoke it? Or eat it? Do you take it as a pill? Or drink it? Do you dab it? Or drop it as oil? Do you vape it? Did I miss any?

If you chose to smoke, dab, or vape, then you might have heard of the term “greening out” before. But what does that mean? To make things clear, you should never want to purposely green out. It should be avoided at all times. Unless, you know, you want to feel the opposite of a nice, relaxed high. Anyways, let’s talk about what “greening out” is and what you can do to stay away from it.

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What Is Greening Out?

So, what does greening out mean? According to Urban Dictionary, greening out “occurs when someone smoked a lot of marijuana in a short period” and “involves constant throwing up and feeling extreme nausea and dizziness for the rest of the night.” Now you understand why I said you should always try to avoid it (and I’ll show you how to).

While smoking weed cannot kill you, smoking too much of it can leave you feeling horrible. Now, smoking too much weed itself is sort of hard to do. Many stoners out there may have never even experienced greening out. It’s almost like something you have to try to accomplish, but don’t want to. Once you get as high as you want to, it’s best to just stop there. Greening out occurs when you don’t stop there, and see how high you really can get.

Greening out is more common amongst those who are new to smoking. This is because rookie smokers are not used to THC being present in their bodies. THC is the main compound responsible for causing one to green out and is also the compound found in cannabis that gets you high. Therefore, if a rookie smoker consumes a slight bit too much weed, then they might green out. However, if an experienced smoker consumes that same amount, they may just feel high and satisfied. This all has to do with something called tolerance.

What To Do If It Happens?

What should you do if greening out does occur? Well, there are a few tips you can take to help you through the process and slowly get you out of it.

Stay in a cool, safe area.

When you green out, you can become very uncomfortable and agitated. In some cases, you can also feel as if your body is heating up, which can only increase the feeling of nausea. To avoid this, try sitting in a cool room, with a fan blowing on you. Also, stay safe. Avoid becoming too anxious or paranoid. Cannabis can treat anxiety, but it can also bring it out in a person. Staying cool and collective will help you throughout your greening-out phase.

Distract yourself.

Whenever you green out, it’s all you can think about. You constantly overthink it and start to write your will. You’re telling your family you love them and that you’ll see them on the other side. You think back on all the amazing moments you had in life. But it’s not over. Greening out cannot kill you. Even though you feel horrible, it will not last forever (I promise). The best thing to do is to try and keep those negative thoughts away. Like playing video games? Put on your favorite game and get to it! Like movies? Watch a couple! Enjoy cooking? Whip up some delicious munchies! Whatever you enjoy doing in your leisure, do it.

Drink water and eat fruit.

Being hydrated can also play a big role in how long you stay greened out. Dehydration can increase the time you are greening out and can even make the experience seem worse. However, drink enough water and your body will appreciate it. Also, the fruit helps with greening out. Now, it won’t automatically get rid of the negative feelings, but it will slow them down. Drinking cold water and fruit also helps you stay cool, which was the first tip.

How Can I Avoid It?

Now you know what greening out is and how to help get rid of it. But what can you do to avoid it? Here are some pointers on that.

Know your limits.

This is the first and ultimate step in avoiding those horrible symptoms. Knowing your limits can save you* many times and in many cases. Learn your limits. If you smoke blunts/joints and think two is too many, then stick to one. If you smoke bowls and think 3-4 is enough, then stick to that. And sometimes, dabbing is too much for some, so recognize that. Going over your limits is the only way to green out.

Build up your tolerance.

Doing this can not only increase your limits but also increase your chances of not greening out. If you are a frequent cannabis user, then I highly suggest building up that tolerance. Even if you build it up more than you always smoke, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Don’t know how to go about building it up? Click here for our tips on that.

Avoid peer pressure.

Many times, greening out occurs when a group of friends or older peers encourage someone to “keep going” and smoke more, even if they say that they’ve had enough. This is especially common among male teens, as they may be told to smoke more by those they look up to. The older ones typically have a better tolerance, and won’t green out. However, the younger one trying to keep up with the older, “cooler” kids may not smoke as often and is struggling to keep up. Then, they begin to green out. Don’t worry about being “cool” or keeping up. If you’ve had enough, then you’ve had enough. Leave it as that and you won’t green out.

Using all of these tips, you’ll surely be able to avoid greening out. Those who have been through it have surely not wanted to unless they have an unusual desire for those things. Avoid it and you’ll enjoy your smoking sessions much, much more. Thanks for reading, and happy smoking!

FAQ: What Is Greening Out And How Can I Avoid It?

Q1. What is the difference between greening out and a regular cannabis experience?

A1. Greening out is an extreme form of cannabis intoxication that can produce symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. It is significantly more intense than a regular cannabis experience and often results in an unpleasant outcome.

Q2. Are there any signs that could indicate greening out is likely to occur?

A2. Yes, if a user experiences any adverse symptoms when consuming cannabis, such as anxiety, dizziness, sweating, etc., it is important to stop consumption immediately and rehydrate, as these could be signs of greening out. 

Q3. What are the best ways to prevent greening out?

A3. Start with small doses and work up gradually. Experienced users should also take regular breaks between sessions and pay attention to their body’s warning signs. Eating, drinking water, moving to a cooler environment, or taking a nap can also help in avoiding greening out. 

Q4. Are there any complications associated with greening out?

A4. While most cases of greening out are temporary and subside after rehydrating and resting, they can result in serious complications if left untreated. It is important to seek immediate medical attention if the symptoms linger for more than a few hours.

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Evan Weston

Evan Weston is a contributor to Reefer Posts, a growing community for exploring the developing market of Cannabis and CBD-related products. He spends a lot of time researching the development of health-related products that utilize Cannabis and CBD oils. He also keeps tabs on the developing legal environment regarding medical, recreational cannabis use, and production.

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