Marijuana Overdose: What Does It Mean?

Here is some good news for people who are interested in trying cannabis, but are nervous to take the first step: it is physically impossible to die due to a marijuana overdose. Nobody in recorded history has ever died from THC toxicity, so it’s safe to say you won’t die either.

Cannabis sativa is a non-toxic botanical herb. There is absolutely nothing within the plant that is poisonous to the human body. As far as THC goes, you would have to ingest nearly 50 grams of marijuana in one shot to reach a true overdose. If you tried, you’d likely become sick to your stomach, or fall asleep before you even got halfway.

There are, however, levels of THC that can make you feel uncomfortable. This is typically called THC “overuse,” and can manifest in the form of symptoms like sweating, dizziness, headache or extreme paranoia.

Thankfully there are a few things you can do to make yourself a little more comfortable until the THC’s reaction, or the marijuana overdose, subsides.

Start Low, Go Slow

When it comes to dosing cannabis, remember that you can always take more, but once it’s been ingested, you certainly can’t take less. Many new patients experience the scary symptoms of marijuana overdose when they are first learning about edibles and how to dose them properly. Concentrate dabs that are improperly dosed for beginners can also often result in the same undesirable side effects. The key to staying comfortable and safe with THC is to start with a small portion, then wait 30 minutes to an hour before smoking or eating more.

Put Your Feet Up

The best thing to do when you are experiencing a physical or mental overreaction to THC, is to simply lie down. Find a soft and safe spot on the ground, or even a chair, and have a friend grab you some water and a bite to eat. Close your eyes and bring your breathing to a slow, deep and natural rhythm. The symptoms of marijuana overdose may subside quickly, but can also last as long as a few hours, so try not to panic, and enjoy the “ride” as much as you can.


One of the recent discoveries made about cannabidiol, or CBD, is that it tends to “cancel out” some of the more psychoactive effects of THC. Perhaps this is why higher-CBD strains lost their popularity early on – CBD counteracts the feeling of being high. Though most patients want the full effect, this trait is very useful to remember when you’ve taken off too big of a bite from your edible brownie. A CBD-infused water bottle is a common item at many cannabis festivals, and may be a great help in hydrating and calming down someone who is feeling “too high” and who may be experiencing a marijuana overdose.

We hope these tips help you feel more comfortable using THC – or maybe you’ll be able to help another patient understand, knowing what you know now. Either way, we can help you here at Jardín.

Stop in today to find the perfect medical cannabis strain with a level of THC that you can handle, and even pick up a few CBD products to keep around, just in case you need some extra help in the relaxation department.

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