Greening Out 101: Symptoms, Causes & Tips

Most of the time, getting high on marijuana is a fairly chill experience. In the best situations, a marijuana high elevates you to a Nirvana-like state where the most common attributes are enhanced euphoria, improved relaxation, and heightened creativity — feelings that can only be described as positive. After all, that’s why most people indulge in recreational marijuana in the first place.

Unfortunately, if you’re new to weed or trying a new cannabis product, it can be easy to over-indulge. Suddenly, the things everyone loves about the jolly green are quickly replaced with less comfortable symptoms, including anxiety, nausea, and dizziness. When that happens, it’s called “greening out.” 

Greening out can happen to anyone, and even though a green out is generally temporary, perfectly manageable, and no cause for alarm, let’s face it: It isn’t how you wanted your high to go. Fortunately, greenouts are easy to avoid if you know what causes them and the symptoms to look out for, and they’re equally easy to curtail if you know what to do. 

Greening Out Symptoms and Common Causes

What is greening out?

A marijuana greenout — sometimes called a “whiteout” — is basically a sign that you’ve been riding the magic dragon a bit too hard: essentially, overdosing on THC. Greenouts are almost never fatal or even medically serious, but they can ruin smoke sessions, harsh mellows, and put you out of commission for a few hours or the rest of the night.

The most common greening out causes include over-consumption of marijuana, exposure to extremely high-potency products, and mixing weed with other inebriants, especially alcohol. For new marijuana users who are still as green as the plant itself, it doesn’t take much to rise higher than your tolerance level, and even experienced smokers can sometimes catch a bad high and wind up greening out. 

When you do, you could experience some or all of the following greening symptoms:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anxiety and paranoia
  • Dizziness and disorientation
  • Pale skin and sweating

The high potency of certain strains and products, especially edibles, often causes greenouts in new and veteran users alike, but greenouts can happen regardless of how you choose to get high. 

That said, your chosen method can influence the onset and duration of a greenout. For example, greenouts from fast-absorption methods like smoking flower or hitting dabs typically happen sooner than those that occur after you eat a high-potency edible or down a THC-infused drink.

Getting Through a Green Out

Greenout symptoms can last for anywhere from ten minutes to an hour or two.

When you’re greening out, the most important thing to do is to try to alleviate the symptoms. Managing the most common greening out symptoms, from dizziness and nausea to anxiety and disorientation, is often as simple as employing the following greening out treatments:

  • Minimizing external stimulations
  • Lying down somewhere that’s quiet and comfortable

Like a common cold, it’s rarely necessary to seek medical attention for a green out. However, CBD may help ward off anxiety, while stomach-friendly, natural anti-inflammatories, such as those in terpene-rich citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and lemons, may help ease nausea.

Be the Master of Your Own High

Knowing which marijuana strains and products have a potency you can manage is the first step to avoiding green outs and getting high in a way that works for you. Fortunately, Campfire Cannabis has recreational marijuana products for users of all kinds, plus knowledgeable budtenders who can help you dose safely and master your high. 

Get started by learning more about Campfire Cannabis today. 

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