‘Greening out’ is defined by the urban dictionary as… – actually, there are no good definitions from the urban dictionary to describe the experience of greening out. I know, I’ve looked, and they’re all terrible.

For those of you who don’t know (this is my own description of a ‘green -out’ and this is not legitimized by any statistics); ‘greening-out’ is essentially the feeling or experience that follows when a person ingests an exceeding amount of cannabis through any means such as edibles, smoking and/or vaping in a short amount of time. Where their body exudes symptoms that can range from hallucinations, episodes of anxiety and/or panic discomforts, paranoia, vomiting, fainting, dizziness and just overall distress.

I know that it sounds terrible to have a ‘green-out’ experience and I can’t agree with you more! Looking back at it now, I can’t say that it was all bad, to be honest. It was a first time experience that I had to have in order to know what my limits were – a definite lesson I had to learn the hard way.

First and foremost I have to tell you what I ‘greened-out’ on – thesegummies. It was a busy Saturday afternoon but I wanted to have a nice relaxing start as I ate my breakfast and had my coffee. So I took one gummy and then another, a silly move I know, but in my defence, I had remembered I didn’t feel any of the effects the first time with one gummy and I was being very impatient and decided to take a third to see what would happen.

Never again.

*Just a rule of thumb – always wait an hour between each gummy before taking another if you’re not feeling the effects, this way you can pace yourself and avoid overdoing it and greening-out.

And before I knew it, I was sitting there watching Gossip Girl and the room began spinning and I felt like I was falling off my seat. Being inexperienced with the feeling of being high, I honestly didn’t know what was happening. Five minutes into trying to figure out what was wrong with me, I felt the dry mouth, and then nausea started to sink in. The worst part was the panic – I thought I was going to die because the words ‘overdose ‘ started going through my mind. Then I realized, I was ‘greening-out’ and I was alone.

This went on for about 10 minutes and then for two seconds I had a desperate moment of clarity and remembered what to do when a person is ‘greening-out’. Sleep.

I fell into my bed and shut my eyes, I immediately went into the deepest slumber I could remember. I stayed there for five hours without moving a single muscle, literally stayed in the same position. That was my Saturday afternoon. 

I woke up and it was Saturday night and I had recovered and was totally fine and calm though still a little bit high. I knew I needed to eat and rehydrate. It was the strangest experience, I was weirdly efficient afterwards. I guess I wanted to salvage what was left of the evening and went along and answered a few emails.

After dinner and washing up, it was midnight and I went to bed and slept like a baby until the next morning and woke up happy as ever.

This all began very naively, went very terribly, but ended amazingly. It was the rest my body really needed. Even though my Saturday was basically spent in bed, the next day I woke up completely fine and went about my day without any kind of hangover or illness from my ‘green-out’.

I do not recommend anyone doing this and would not want anyone to experience it, because everyone’s experience is very different. However, I did learn some powerful lessons, like how to pace myself with edibles and what my limits were, but I walked away from my ‘green-out’ feeling educated and unafraid.

Be Blunt, Be B.A.E., just B.

Jess