Story time from the last time I smoked a bong, and the first time I got the weed shakes…
After consuming too much marijuana out of a friend’s three-foot bong, my body started to shiver as if suffering from hypothermia. As most mental spirals go, I assumed the ‘shaking uncontrollably’ would last for the rest of my life, but luckily it didn’t last long at all.
Weed shakes, or simply the ‘shakes,’ can put a serious damper on your evening, inducing paranoia or anxiety and more.
So learn from my mistakes and avoid another THC-induced hypothermia through this guide, where we break down everything you’ve ever wondered (or were too scared to ask) about weed shakes.
WHAT ARE WEED SHAKES?
Muscle spams and light tremors can occur when an individual consumers large amounts of marijuana. While these shakes and spasms may cause anxiety and paranoia while in the throws of the tremors, cannabis shakes are commonly not seen as dangerous.
They are essentially an over-stimulation or hyper-nervousness of the nervous system caused by too much use of marijuana. There is no need to raise an alarm around this, as the effects of the THC will fade in time.
While no official scientific studies have been conducted around weed shakes, there are hundreds of stories from people who use marijuana that have reported the effects of weed shakes and have all reported that the effects are harmless.
HOW LONG DO THE SHAKES LAST?
The shakes and tremors that are side effects of cannabis, luckily, don’t tend to last for very long.
If you are experiencing the effects of too much THC, know that they will typically fade within 20 to 30 minutes if you are smoking flower and up to an hour if you have eaten edibles.
If you are symptoms appear to be even more startling, alarming symptoms though, or if they persist for a few hours, it may be best to check with your doctors as there may be underlying health conditions that are causing your body to interact with specific strains or stimulants. If this is the case, simply switching strains or altering your preferred method of smoking may be all that is required to reduce your trembling or shaking.
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Published: June 29, 2022
Founder & Interim Editor of L.A. Cannabis News