Why Does Blazing Make Me Nauseous?

Why Does Blazing Make Me Nauseous?

For most people, weed is an incredibly relaxing experience. Whether you're smoking, vaping, dabbing, or eating edibles, from the moment it hits, they're floating into a world of euphoria and bliss. But for some people, cannabis a very different experience. If you're one of the unlucky few who get nauseous from smoking, then you know exactly what we're getting at.

For some people, blazing induces paranoia, panic attacks, and for some people, nausea. It sounds crazy, especially because weed is known for helping with all of these symptoms, but for some, it wreaks havoc on their bodies. Read on to find out some of the reasons why weed might be making you sick.


It may seem second nature to want to lean on bud when you're feeling stressed out or anxious about something, but it may not always be the best idea. If you're in a state of prolonged stress or experiencing extreme anxiety, smoking weed - or vaping, or eating edibles - may just make matters worse.

Your emotional state affects how cannabis interacts with your brain, so if you're hyper focused on whatever gives you stress of anxiety, getting high isn't necessarily going to help you to not think of those things. It can quite often have the opposite effect, and cause you to hyper fixate on your stressor and begin to spiral. This increases your anxiety and nausea and vomiting are textbook side effects of anxiety. If you've been feeling super stressed or anxious, or just not yourself for a little while, it's best to take a pause on the bud and hit your doctor for some real help.


Let me tell you, there are tons of users that indulge in the classic doobie blunts. You save up all your little roaches from smoking blunts and joints, then when you have enough, you can roll an entire blunt, which are full of resin and THC from being previously burned and smoked. One thing many don't realize is that these doobies are extremely harsh and, if you're not fully prepared, making sure to remove all the ash and blackened bud, then you're basically asking for dizziness and an upset stomach. Inhaling too much ash and charred buds fill your lungs with harsh chemicals that can make you feel sick and most definitely nauseous. If your doobie blunts or bowls have been leaving you feeling physically sick, try skipping the act altogether and see how you feel. If you're still feeling sick, you may need to consider one of the other factors on the list.


Have you ever had one of those weekends where you're blazing and blazing and blazing, and then suddenly, you blaze and don't feel anything? It's a shocking and horrible feeling to inhale weed deep into your lungs and exhale it without feeling even the slightest twinge of euphoria or relaxation rush through your body. If this has happened to you, you are experiencing a classic stoner phenomena called 'greening out.'

You can't overdose on weed the same way that you can overdose on hardcore narcotics such as cocaine or heroin, but you can certainly consume too much at one time, and this is called greening out. It usually happens after a period of heaving use in one day or spread over a short period of time.

Your endocannabinoids system helps to regulate several different processes throughout your body, including appetite, pain sensations and mood. It's also the system in our body that interacts with weed. When you consume too much THC, the endocannabinoid system receptors go haywire and starts to malfunction. This process, where the system malfunctions after an overconsumption of THC  is called greening out and its experience can range from just not being affected by the cannabis to feeling, you guessed it, nauseous. The good news is that greening out doesn't last forever and after a short tolerance break to clean out your system, your endocannabinoid system will begin to function normally again.


We've said this before and we'll say it again: having a high tolerance is overrated.

It takes more product to get you high, and sometimes, people with too high of a tolerance experience what is called a paradoxical effect. This means that instead of experiencing the euphoria and relief most stoners experience, you feel the opposite effect. This is likely caused by the endocannabinoid receptors in your brain being overstimulated, which instead of decreasing the likelihood of experiencing nausea and anxiety, you are more likely to experience it. The best remedy for this is to take a tolerance break.

Cut down blazing for a few weeks until your tolerance is back down at a manageable level. This helps to improve your response to nausea when smoking and will making the experience much more enjoyable (and affordable).


Did you know changes in your blood pressure can make you nauseous? You probably also didn't know that smoking lower your blood pressure, which could be one reason why you get nauseous while smoking weed. Changes in blood pressure can have tone of unusual effect on your body. Some people faint, some get sick, others can't see or become confused. If your blood pressure is on the lower end of healthy, the blood pressure drop that occurs while you're blazing could be causing unwanted side effects. If you continuously feel nauseous when smoking, it may be worth it for you to find out what your baseline blood pressure is to understand how it might be affected by changes brought on by smoking.


If you're a long time smoker who becomes nauseous when consuming and none of the other factors listed above apply to you, it could be that you are one of the small percentage of people who experience Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS). CHS is a complex syndrome that can happen from daily, long-term cannabis use. The active compounds in weed, THC, and others, affect the stomach and digestive system, and, like greening out, can malfunction from too much THC in your system.

This can cause the effects associated with CHS including abdominal pain, nausea, and cyclical vomiting. Some people control their symptoms with hot showers but this is only a temporary solutions and symptoms are usually only resolved when users cut back significantly for an extended period of time. Even then, it's possible for symptoms to return every time you smoke. CHS is just one example of why it's extremely important to always be aware of how much cannabis you're using and how often, and to always enjoy it responsibly.

Getting nauseous when you blaze is definitely not a fun experience, but if you pay attention to your body and your smoking habits, you can get to the bottom of what's making your nauseous and fix it.

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