Just as you thought smoking or eating some cannabis would be a good idea, you end up losing your mind and doing something close to that Super Troopers scene where the kid's licking the protective glass from the back of a cop car.
But before you tweak out and worry about things too much, just stay calm, because bad highs happen.
That's why we spoke to some of the leading voices and influences in the marijuana community, who offer some sound advice on how to get through this without serious damage.
"Unfortunately, cannabis use has been known to cause severe paranoia or other mental distress, including infrequent users under the wrong conditions or wrong consumption experience. The best way I've found to personally handle a 'bad high' or help someone else experiencing a negative cannabis experience is to remain grounded and find something you can relate to that is mentally safe (i.e. I'm in my same living room as I was yesterday or I usually love hanging out with a big group of people) and remembering it is only a temporary negative sensation brought on by a psychoactive substance." — Mike Bologna, CEO of Green Lion Partners
"There are a couple of things you can do to make the most out of a bad high. The first thing you'll want to do is relax, reminding yourself that you can't overdose on cannabis and that the effects will pass soon enough. Relocating to a quiet area, perhaps with a friend who can help or watch out for you, can also mitigate the negative effects of a bad high. Lastly, when in doubt, a cold shower always helps with righting a wrong high." — Michael Trzecieski, CEO of Vapium
"Avoiding a bad experience will be much more effective than treating one, so to start, don't consume cannabis in amounts that are far greater than what you're accustomed to. Be sure to pace yourself when consuming, especially when it comes to edibles, and if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of experiencing a bad high, don't get behind the wheel! If overconsumption occurs, know that it will pass in a few hours and the worst that will happen is an upset stomach and headache. The biggest priority when it comes to dealing with an adverse experience is making sure everyone stays safe." — Shanel Lindsay, Founder and President of Ardent
"The first and most important thing to understand is that, while you may be both physically and emotionally uncomfortable in the moment, cannabis will do no lasting damage to your body and mind. (Unlike, for example, alcohol, which can literally kill you). Next, don't think of it as a "bad high," think of it as a "difficult experience," and realize that some of the most difficult experiences in life are also among the most rewarding. Find a dimly lit, quiet, place where you can sit or lay down and relax. Talk with a trusted friend or watch a funny movie, something to keep you in a happy place. But also don't be afraid to explore the idea that your anxiety might stem from some deeper issues, that you normally don't think about, and getting high has brought to the surface. In any event, chill out, stay hydrated, and the storm will pass. And remember next time, when it comes to cannabis, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure—so go easy on those dabs and edibles." — David Bienenstock, Head of Content for High Times
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