7 Ways to Manage the Side Effects of Cannabis

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In a previous blog, we talked about the common concerns around cannabis, which spoke to unwanted side-effects from the chemical THC. Only time will slowly reduce its effects on the body and mind but there are a few things you can do to find relief from irritating symptoms.

1) Plan Ahead

Even regular users of cannabis sometimes smoke, vape or ingest too much, causing unpleasant symptoms to arise. Always keep to your prescribed dose, and know your strain. Until you’re comfortable with taking cannabis regularly, avoid high THC content. To avoid overdosing, stick to vaping over edibles.

2) Counteract effects with CBD

While THC is the main cannabinoid responsible for unwanted side effects, such as anxiety or paranoia, CBD can block them. This is from CBD’s ability to inhibit THC from binding with cannabinoid receptors in your brain, toning down THC’s effects. Products such as CBD oil can be ingested if you feel like you have overdosed.

3) Have Food and Water

Water is a great way to detoxify your body, along with Vitamin C enriched juices. Good hydration reduces a dry-mouth side effect and also helps keep the body’s defenses strong. By taking cannabis with rich and fatty foods, it allows the body to metabolize THC at a faster rate.

4) Use Black Pepper

Surprisingly, black pepper was cited in a study from the British Journal of Pharmacology and spoke to the smelling or chewing of peppercorns can produce therapeutic effects. Essentially, terpenoids beta-caryophyllene and others found in pepper bind to the same endocannabinoid receptors as THC, which mitigates THC’s side effects.

5) Exercise

Exercise is a great way to ‘sober up’ quickly as it causes endorphins to be released in the brain. Endorphins are neurotransmitters that temporarily block pain signals, decreasing stress, and in turn, take your mind off the cannabis side-effects.

6) Distract Yourself

Distractions can help take your mind off feeling distressed or paranoid. From watching TV on the couch, to listening to music, a podcast, or even drawing will help ease your mind while the effects of THC wear off.

7) Sleep it off

Sometimes, all it takes is a quick nap for the effects to drastically subside. This gives your body a chance to rest and recover. However, if you took a sativa strain, which fights fatigue, this may be difficult to do.


The best way to avoid or reduce cannabis side effects is to ‘start low and go slow’. Moderation is the key to easing yourself into the drug and allowing your body to adapt at a slow rate. To learn more about the short-term and potential long-term effects of cannabis, read the Health effects of cannabis page on the Government of Canada website.

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