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Buzzkill: This THC 'Antidote' Promises To Bring You Down In Minutes

Recall the example of Icarus, marijuana lovers: if you fly too close to the sun, you're gonna get burned.

No matter how diligently prepared you are, you can't always know when you're going to consume too much. In the past, the only solution was to curl into a ball and ride it out - or, worse, convince your friends to take you to the ER.

The folks over at CannaSafety claim to have devised an antidote to cannabis-induced anxiety and paranoia. Sold in 2 oz. cannisters, CannaRelief is marketed as a "synergistic" blend of 20mg of pure, hemp-derived CBD, ginger for nausea, citicoline for brain energy, B and C vitamins and a "variety of anti-anxiety herbs."

Paradoxical as it may seem, ingesting CBD - itself a component of cannabis - can actually counteract the panicky, confused feelings you get from consuming too much THC.

Quell your paranoia, torpedo your high

An (admittedly small) double-blinded study published in Psychopharmacology found that "CBD blocks the anxiety provoked by delta 9-THC, however this effect also extended to marijuana-like effects and to other subjective alterations induced by delta 9-THC." In other words, it'll both quell your paranoia, and torpedo your high.

So this is exactly what you want if you're stuck in a "panting and paranoid" loop. Taken before you consume, however, CannaRelief blocks you getting high in the first place.

"For about the price of a gram of cannabis, users and patients can ensure a safer and more comfortable experience," writes Dr. Erika Henry, the company's chief research scientist.

The effect varies from person to person

Whether or not 20mg of CBD is enough to bring your high down to a manageably dull roar is, however, debatable. Manufacturers warn that, "everyone's physical make-up, brain chemistry, and circumstances vary, and some people may need more or less than one bottle to achieve the desired relief."

Once you've consumed the appropriate amount of antidote, the grounding effect can take between 10 and 25 minutes to kick in.

Even if CannaRelief relies just as much on the placebo effect as on its active ingredients, any new tools that allow users to channel cannabis in a positive way are, in our opinion, a good thing.

And if you really like to, ahem, get down with CannaRelief, good news: the company has plans to release several new products, including an extra-strength version, in 2016.


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