Looking After a Friend on Marijuana

Using Marijuana Can Have Unpredictable Effects

Some of the unwanted physical and psychological effects that may be experienced by a person when they are "high" on marijuana may include:

If you are with someone who is affected by marijuana in this way, you can help.

What Can You Do If Someone Is Physically Sick?

Some people feel sick after smoking marijuana. They can go pale and sweaty, feel dizzy, nauseous and may even start vomiting. They usually feel they have to lie down straight away.
You can assist them by:

If the person feels so sick that they start to vomit:

If someone is physically sick it is important that you never leave them on their own, not even for a little while.

What Can You Do If Someone Is Experiencing Panic Attacks, Anxiety, or Paranoia?

Unwanted psychological effects can range from depression to anxiety, which can go on to produce panic attacks and paranoia. Although this can be frightening for the person, most of the time these effects can be managed through reassurance.
If someone you know experiences these problems after they have used marijuana, here are some things you can do to assist them:

If nothing you try seems to help and the person continues to feel bad or their condition gets worse, it is important to get more help. Call 911 or take them to get medical help so that they can be treated quickly and safely. According to Washington’s 911 Good Samaritan Law, both you and your friend will receive immunity from criminal charges of drug possession if you seek medical help in the case of a drug-related overdose.

How You Can Help Prevent This From Happening Again

After the effects of marijuana wear off, talk to your friend about what happened, how it affected you and those around you, and how this can be prevented in future:

This information adapted with permission from the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre in Australia.