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Understanding and Managing Marijuana Overdose (Green-Out) Effects

Although marijuana overdoses do not lead to fatalities, they can lead to uncomfortable and distressing experiences. As per findings published in The British Journal of Psychiatry, excessive consumption of THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana, can lead to a condition colloquially referred to as a “green-out.” This phenomenon is often associated with edibles, which can take longer to produce the desired high, resulting in some individuals ingesting more than initially intended. Since the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, there has been an increase in emergency room visits related to marijuana-induced symptoms.

A marijuana overdose, or green-out, can manifest with various symptoms, including:

  1. Severe Anxiety and Paranoia: Excessive THC consumption can lead to intense feelings of anxiety and paranoia, causing significant discomfort.
  2. Lack of Mobility: Some individuals may experience a sense of immobilization, making it difficult to move or perform regular activities.
  3. Cottonmouth: Dry mouth, often referred to as “cottonmouth,” is a common side effect of marijuana overdose.
  4. Trouble Breathing: Breathing difficulties can occur, particularly when individuals become overly anxious.
  5. Accelerated Heart Rate: An increased heart rate is a typical physiological response to excessive THC consumption.
  6. The Shakes: Shivering or trembling, like experiencing chills, can be part of the green-out experience.
  7. Disorientation: Confusion and disorientation may occur, making focusing or maintaining a straightforward thought process challenging.
  8. Nausea: Some individuals may experience nausea or an upset stomach as a result of marijuana overdose.

While green-outs can be uncomfortable, it’s important to note that they typically resolve on their own and do not cause lasting harm. However, the duration and intensity of the symptoms may differ based on the quantity of THC ingested.\

Suppose you find yourself amid a marijuana overdose. In that case, there are some steps you can take to alleviate the discomfort. First and foremost, it’s crucial to recognize that the anxiety and unease you’re experiencing are primarily psychological and related to the THC’s effects. To manage a green-out:

  • Stay Calm: Remind yourself that you will be fine. Try to relax and take slow, deep breaths.
  • Create a Comfortable Environment: Dim the lights, play soothing music, or engage in activities that help you feel at ease.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink water or hydrating fluids. Adding some lemon or lime to your water or consuming fruit juice may help counteract the dry mouth associated with marijuana use.
  • Consider CBD: If available, using CBD-dominant products like tinctures or transdermal patches may help balance out the effects of THC, potentially reducing anxiety and discomfort.

It’s essential to emphasize that seeking medical attention is advisable if you genuinely believe you are in severe distress or facing a medical emergency. However, for the majority of marijuana overdoses, the symptoms will gradually subside, and there are generally no long-term consequences except perhaps a reevaluation of your cannabis consumption habits.

Suppose you find yourself facing legal issues related to marijuana, such as a DUI-D (Driving Under the Influence of Drugs) charge in Denver. In that case, it’s advisable to consult with experienced attorneys who specialize in alcohol and drug-related driving offenses. They can offer valuable advice and legal representation customized to your particular circumstances.

Do you have further questions or concerns? Call us or contact the attorneys at Thomas & Ahnell, LLC, and we will be happy to help.

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