4 Steps to Helping a Friend Who’s ‘Greened Out’
Sometimes when people smoke or eat too much weed too quickly, they can become very pale and feel nauseous, dizzy, sweaty and possibly vomit.
‘Greening out’ is often a really horrible experience for the person going through it, and can be quite scary for friends or family who are trying to help that person. If you find yourself in a situation where one of your friends or a family member is ‘greening out’, the following four steps will guide you to help them through it.
- If you’re in a noisy or busy location, take your friend to a quiet and safe spot and sit them down so they are as comfortable and as relaxed as possible.
- If your friend is feeling a little green but isn’t vomiting, give them some water to help them hydrate or something sweet, such as juice or fruit, to help increase their blood sugar levels.
- If the situation is a bit more serious and your friend starts vomiting, lie them on their side, in the recovery position, so they are as comfortable as possible but won’t choke on their vomit.
- If your friend is experiencing the mental effects of ‘greening out’, they will likely be paranoid, anxious and possibly afraid or panicked. In this case, they really need your support more than anything else. Once in a quiet spot, stay with them and reassure them that you’re there to help, won’t leave them and try to distract them with other topics of conversation.
- If you feel out of your depth and you’re really worried about your friend’s well-being, Call 911 or the Manitoba Poison Centre, 1-855-7POISON (1-855-776-4766) immediately if you are worried about the health and safety of yourself or others.
- One important thing to remember is that there are no guarantees your friend won’t ‘green out’ again – the only way to avoid it is to stay off weed.