“A wildcat is definitely lurking in the dark forest,” I thought to myself as my friend and I went off alone, because nature called! I spent what felt like an eternity waiting for my friend to finish. “This isn’t a pretty way to go” I thought in a midst of panic. My friends and I just finished toking up by the campfire, and an anxious high hit me hard. I decided to smoke more, which made matters worse.
Eventually, I talked myself out of my anxious high. I wrestled with my thoughts, and decided that I was in fact just having an anxious high. I focused on the campfire before me, remembered why our campsite was not at risk of a wildcat attack, and eventually my anxious high turned in to a rager I won’t forget.
My friends, with few exception, have experienced anxious highs too. Below, please find our tips and tricks to get yourself out of your anxious high and to get your night back on track!
- CBD – this natural compound found in weed actually counteracts the negative effects (anxious high) THC can bring. If you don’t have access to CBD, then…
- Change your perspective– I was having a very panicked high last weekend, so I just went out for a walk. I hadn’t even left my block before I forgot why I left my house in the first place. As a healing tool, cannabis is very effective. However, if you consume too much or consume marijuana harvested too early, you may find yourself at the end of the rabbit hole!
- List List List- Nothing calms the chaos of a bad high better than listing things (in my book). I count five things around the room, then I start naming different types of restaurants on my street. Before you know it, I usually feel in control, and able to return to my relaxing high.
- Meditate- Or practice your meditative breathing techniques. We like…
- Sitali breathing, from the Prabayama tradition, is one of our favorites. It’s known as a “cooling breath.” You may know it as “Taco breathing” in the western world thanks to the mindfulness trend of late. To enjoy this cooling breath, you…
- Stick out your tongue. Now, roll your tongue. If you don’t have the genes to do this, stick your tongue out, or use your fingers on your cheek to allow your tongue to roll in to a u shape
- Breathe in through your rolled tongue, breathe out through your nose.
- Repeat for 30 seconds, or as long as you need
- Breathe in for 3 seconds, hold for 3 seconds, release for 3 seconds. Repeat as necessary.
- Do a vinyasa flow! Anything to get your mind moving. The concentration of movement and breath not only connects you spiritually, it creates a sense of peace to those who practice. Even if you just move from downward facing dog to plank to child’s pose, it helps.
- Tell your friend! I once had a friend sit through an anxious high RIGHT NEXT TO ME and had NO IDEA they were going to a weird place. They were suffering right next to me, and I was none the wiser. Don’t be this friend. Just speak up if you’re having an anxious high and are with your people.
I like to make tea, tell my friends what I love about them, and remind them of a fun memory we’ve shared or of a fun upcoming event when they’re in an anxious high. Distract from the anxious thoughts and shift your pal’s attention to something they love or a youtube video of cute animals.
8. Talk yourself out of it.
- This is at the bottom of our list, because it’s difficult to do. But as someone who does this, I’m telling you it’s effective and can be done with some discipline and courage. Start to wrestle with your anxious high.
- Are you afraid of a bear coming up to you while you’re in your apartment? The odds of that are slim to none! Think of why your apartment is safe and bear free, then claw your way through the thought train. Maybe bears remind you of forests which remind you of maple which reminds you of pancakes which remind you of how AWESOME BREAKFAST FOR DINNER IS! And all of a sudden you’re making breakfast for dinner.
Remember this high will most likely be over in 3-12 hours (method of consumption depending). This is not forever. This feeling is not forever. This is temporary. Happiness may soon be yours!
Have any tips or tricks to get over your anxious high? Comment below with your remedies.