For those who have not had the experience of greening out after consuming marijuana, it means that you have some negative effects after you smoke or consume cannabis. My first greening out experience took place last summer on a beautiful clear summer evening, not too hot with a slight breeze. The apartment building where I live has a rooftop deck with a 360 view of the city and I was up there enjoying the evening, watching the sun go down and had started with a bowl of Pineapple Kush, one of my favorites. I was also sipping on a glass of white wine and had a bottle of water, gotta stay hydrated!
My neighbors showed up and had a massive joint to share which was infused with some shatter and dipped in kief. We sat at around looking at the night sky, talking about the camping trip my neighbor was preparing for and just generally chilling out. All was right with the world and I was super stoned but as an avid marijuana smoker, I was definitely not feeling anything but happy and relaxed. Enter yet another neighbor, this was a large building, who had just returned from his favorite dispensary and he must have had five different strains to show us. He started packing bowls, mixing strains together and the evening continued. Maybe an hour passed and I realized I was feeling a little cold and decided to head down to my apartment and watch some videos.
As soon as I stood up, I knew something was wrong. I felt dizzy but it was a different kind of dizzy, almost like the rooftop itself was vibrating, trying to knock me off the feet. Weird sure but I steadied myself, said good night and started walking down the stairs to my apartment. Halfway down the second flight of stairs it really hit me hard. Had I smoked too much marijuana? Was I drunk? Since I had only had half a glass of wine, I ruled that out and decided I was just a little too high and needed to focus all my energy on getting back to my apartment. By the time I made it to the door to my place, I was sweating like crazy, despite being cold five minutes ago and was feeling shaky and nauseous but more was coming! I was greening out after consuming marijuana.
As soon as I opened the door to my place I immediately slid down the wall to the floor and stayed there for a while, hoping I would start feeling better. I remembered to drink some water but at this point even sitting down was making me dizzy, I needed to lay down. Once I made it to my couch I was sure it was just a matter of time and I’d either fall asleep or at least start feeling human again. Nope, I was staring out the window and realized I was hallucinating. That was a first for me with cannabis so I freaked out and texted my friend, who thankfully called me immediately and explained I was greening out. I told her how much I had smoked and she said it probably was just too much weed on an empty stomach. I wanted to sleep but couldn’t as I was still feeling pretty sick. My friend, who is the coolest person on the planet, told me to put the phone down next to me and turn on the speaker. She began to read aloud from The Hobbit to me. Her calming voice was really all I remember, I must have fallen asleep soon after.
I woke up the next morning to a text message “you snore” from my friend and although I felt a little dehydrated, I felt fine, like it never happened. The next couple times I smoked weed, I took it easy in terms of how much I smoked because that experience scared me a little bit but I realize now that greening out can happen to anyone and as long as you don’t panic and have good friends, everything will be fine. I did pick up another lesson from that experience of greening out after consuming marijuana, reading The Hobbit will put me to sleep almost instantly! Be sure to check out: Greening Out with Cannabis – What to do if it happens to you or a friend.