by Seshata on 29/05/2013 | Consumption

What happens when you ‘white-out’ on cannabis

White-out Almost every user of cannabis, from novice to stalwart stoner, has endured the sometimes terrifying experience of 'white out' after consuming a little too much—but what biological process is behind the phenomenon?

A ‘whitey’, white-out or even ‘green-out’ usually causes the sufferer to become suddenly dizzy, nauseated and weak, and loss of consciousness sometimes also occurs.

As the name ‘whitey’ implies, the symptoms of ‘pulling a whitey’ are often associated with extreme pallor of the skin. In extreme cases, sufferers who ‘whiteyed’ may even experience tremors or even convulsions, and may vomit profusely.

A woman 'pulling a whitey' and bending over as if ready to vomit. A white-out or to have 'whiteyed' can cause feelings of nausea, dizziness and weakness.
A white-out can cause feelings of nausea, dizziness and weakness

White-out and low blood pressure

As white-outs are usually caused by hypotension, or low blood pressure, it is important that anyone suffering from pre-existing hypotension exercise caution when consuming cannabis in any situation. The link between cannabis and hypertension and hypotension is well-known and has been widely studied.

Cannabis and alcohol

Rather than always being a result of consuming too much cannabis, a white-out can result from various factors. Consuming cannabis along with alcohol can greatly exacerbate the condition, as can lack of food and/or fluids, tiredness or illness, or even just hot, humid weather conditions. Therefore, even experienced cannabis users can become subject to such undesirable side-effects, even when the dose consumed is no more than usual.

What to do in case of a white-out?

However, with the correct care, a cannabis user undergoing a white-out will recover fully and experience no long-term effects. Usually eating something sweet helps enough.

But here are some more tips, also for other signals of using too much cannabis.

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Hi There,

Very interesting article.

You mention "However, with the correct care, a cannabis user undergoing a white-out will recover fully and experience no long-term effects."

Can you please clarify what would the 'correct care' would be?

Many thanks


David Cannafacts

Hello Arjen,
White-outs are usually linked to a drop in sugar levels in the person so the reflex is to compensate for this by providing them something sweet to drink. If nothing else is at hand, a glass of water with sugar added to it usually does the trick. Added to this, people tend to feel quite distressed when the symptoms appear. Settling them in a calm environment, calming them down and explaining what is happening to them also helps to put them at ease.
Hope this helps!




I just drank water and kept breathing in a calm way while putting my head down until it went away.


Shawn Al-Imran Hussain

I felt I am dying with all my negative thos. Finally, I somehow recovered from whiteout and fell asleep. Now I believe weed can kill a person.



feelings i get:
starts off about half an hr before when i get red hot tingles in my body
struggle to get up
feel dizzy
very hot and stuffy
my eyes want to shut
i feel sick

it sounds disgusting but i usually just shuv my fingers down my throwt to make it all end quicker. because, like when you vomit from drinking, you feel better afterwards.... to the extent that im normaly able to smoke again about 2 hrs after. but you will feel really drained.

the best thing to do if you start to feel these symptoms is to drink something like has a lot of sugar so stops your blood preasure becoming really low.
also... dont try and just focus on one spot if you feel dizzy. look around and try to focus on what people are saying. if you stare at one spot you just spin even more which makes you feel even worse

but seriously its not the end of the world. worse than vomiting from drinking but green is so worth it!



me and my friend got high yesterday we both hadn't smoked for a while until yesterday and i whited out :( I'm not quite sure why i did but i felt really good and just like a normal chilled out funny high and then my legs started to feel like they had no strength and i felt so disorientated was a shit experience.
i walked around with my friend for a while which really seemed to help me out by taking my mind off the situation. luckily she looked up a solution to symptoms of whiting out, the cup of sugar water and then after that i felt a lot better but extremely tired.
but yeah i agree IF YOU ARE WHITING OUT "dont try and just focus on one spot if you feel dizzy" i felt so much better just walking around and listening to what my friend was saying.



well i never knew what was going to happen:

i started to get ringing in my ears and followed quickly by everything slowing down and vomiting. then i only got worse, i was in December outside and it felt like i was in the carbeain i was that hot, then i passed out for what i was told 10 minutes or so. waking up only seeing outlines of people as my sight was impaired my arms and legs had gone dead i could not feel anything. still vomiting and a very bad headache i then became panicked and was drifting in and out of conciseness. and shaking out of control my friends called 999, and was taken into hospital to a HDU in A and E, where was pumped with drugs and put on a machines to measure my body etc.

dont do i i learnt a lesson not to try it i was told if my friend did not call 999 i could have died due to the way m,y body was shutting down to protect itself.


Glenn Ross

From all I hasve heard and expereanced I would say that the feeling you all are talking about is dysforia. a condition caused from too much cannabis. If their isnt enough CBD then the THC can cause this. I have had it bad. I learned a few things the very next day. first off even though you feel like you are going to die or at least a feeling of impending doom. It will not hurt you it cant. cannabanoids do not attach to the brain stem. SecondlyIt is easly cured. 1 Citicoline., 2 dark chocklet 3 CBD. That would be my first go to CBD.THC needs to be ballenced with CBD.



to whom it may concern i'm here to confirm what happened to me in my friends own words as i don't have a clear memory of any of this.

thanks lori, Doug and lori ii.

having recovered from a respitory flu a week or so prior to this at approximately 2:45pm on saturday after spending almost 3 hours traveling in an air conditioned car, i was welcomed by our first oppressive, full sun day.

arriving at my destination i toured the gardens, (in full sun) then we all shared cheese & crackers etc. and had a beer on the deck, still exposed to the sun i moved to a chair under the umbrella (this was approximately an hour into our visit). as the hosts cleared table i began to white out, everything was bright white and shining like under an intense sun, when lori came out with a bottle of water she found me with my head back, with my neck looking bigger than his head, and i was making low, deep gurgling breaths like a heroin addict over dosing on h.

she immediately got in front of me putting her hands over each other and compressing hard & steadily on my chest with her palms, about where the ribs separate, with up to 10 solid compressions' and yelling in my name and screaming come on, steve, come back.

my eyes opened head came up, and i asked what happened, she said i thought we lost you.

still disoriented i rose and moved to the bench around the table, lori asked me to stay still, as i was in my own world and began to stand.

immediately collapsing full force completely unconscious landing flat causing multiple scrapes and bruises to my face and knee.

lori ran back to me and screamed for help and then immediately screamed back to me again.

on my belly, head facing right she sat straddling his butt and started compressions pushing upward from center of back, first with 5 compressions i began to vomit and defecate myself, by then cousins had run out starting spraying my feet & legs with cold water from the garden hose.

still straddling me 6&7th compression the vomiting had stopped (possibly a cups worth) she reached in my mouth to make sure i wasn't going to choke. still NO response. still over me she asked for the hose, and hit my neck, wanting to cool me down when i started regaining consciousness all the while she was calling my name. she then shot the hose down my back and in my shorts. the only thing i remember is when that cold water hit my balls, i was WIDE awake with eyes open and only memory of whiting out. they continued to hose me my feet a bit.

lori's cousin doug got me up, after about 10-15 minutes of observation, i asked for a shower.

lori stayed outside the door communicating with me and i came out still confused by what happened. I believe the porch events lasted 10+ minutes.

lori took my vitals and heart rate and BP were in perfect range for a 50 year old man. they placed ice packs behind my neck when i began to feel and still do, the effects of the fall, i got onto the floor and began stretching.

a couple hours later i ate a normal sized meal, and seemed fine except for my neck and cuts and bruises.

lori was concerned about a concussion, wounds are obvious (which Neosporin was applied to)

i was lucky to be with caring people.




Scarlet Palmer

Hi Steve, thanks for your comment.

That sounds like a horrible and terrifying experience and I am glad to hear that you are recovered. Although your story is detailed, I do not see any mention of your experience being caused by cannabis? It sounds like bad sunstroke more than a cannabis white-out. Were you using cannabis at the time this happened?

With best wishes,




This sounds very much like the results of my nieces recent suicide. You were very lucky. (Multiple pills were involved so the cause was obviously unrelated, but the body's reaction sounds very similar!) Her grandmother walked 1 block to pick up her little twin sisters from school, and walked back. That small amount of time was all that it took.



sorry, it was right after touring the garden when we sat on the deck, I fired up a small bowl that was passed to me, took two hits and whited out about ten minutes after that. it wasn't my stash so I don't know what it was, but it hit me hard.


Scarlet Palmer

Hi Steve, thanks for your reply

I would guess - as a non-medical professional! - that the combination of recovering from flu, long car ride, very probably low blood sugar level, hot sun and alcohol created a perfect storm of conditions to cause such a severe reaction. The worst whitey that I have personally seen involved a gentleman who half-passed out and started to have seizures, his eyes rolled up into his head and he was foaming at the mouth a little. I got him outside into fresh air (we were in a coffeeshop) and put him in the recovery position on the ground. I then got my fingers into his mouth and made sure he was not swallowing or choking on his tongue, and was trying to figure out something to put in his mouth to make sure this didn't happen when he started to come round. I gave him sugar water and fruit juice, then made him eat a banana and stay sitting on the floor for a while. After about 40 minutes he was fine again. He was an experienced smoker, but he had been on a long flight from the US to Amsterdam, hadn't eaten anything for hours, and then drunk a couple of beers and smoked half a pure joint. So although this kind of reaction is (thankfully) rare, it is by no means impossible.

Thanks again for sharing your story,

With best wishes,




This article put me at ease i had my first white out last night and its came with convulsions which sent me into extreme panic, i had no idea that could happen i smoke cannabis for pain i'm on no other medication anymore except occasionally smoking. i didn't realize convulsions could happen, thanks for making me realize it was just a white out. i feel so much better for sleeping and seeing this article and eating. thank you.


Austin H.

I experienced my white out. I had a great time with friends and i ate a lot, but i had so much sativa i did my own thing for hours without sleep. All of a sudden it got hard to breath and my body started working too hard, too much blood flow with what it felt to be not enough oxygen. I read this article and i'm recovering now, thanks for the information.



Omg im not alone!!!
A few days ago I hit the bong with a few friends. I had just finished a workout and hadn't had weed in about a week or so. Exhausted, I thought it would of been a good way to relax me after my long workout, unfortunately it was my worst weed experience to date. I was okay after the first & second bong, but about 10 minutes after my third hit I started to feel really nauseous and my eyes were slowly closing. I thought it was just my body playing tricks on me from the gym, but then my heart started to beat extremely fast ? I was going in & out, in & out. I stood up and instantly the whole room went dizzy! Literally thought i saw the light that night because everything was white and hazy. Luckily with a few glasses of water, bit of walking around, a pump of oxygen inhaler and a well-needed sleep, the side effects slowly went away. Won't ever forget that moment though! Ps; I'm still a stoner and still love my Mary Jane even though she did me dirty like that....haha ;) ?



I went to a concert last night, and I just shared a blunt with my friends like we always do... I had a little bit of alcohol beforehand as well. But this was something I'm used to and have done before. I don't smoke or drink often or even in large quantities. But after that blunt we smoked in the crowd, suddenly I started to feel very strange. At first it felt like a normal anxiety episode so I tried to calm my breathing, but with focus it only got worse. I said to my friend, "I feel weird..." And I could tell she was asking why, but I could no longer find words... I started to get scared and with every breath it got worse, I felt like I was getting no oxygen, everything around me began to glow brighter and become pixelated... It was very hard to see. Then, it sounded like the crowd grew quiet, and I don't remember much but the voice of my friend behind me pushing me out of the crowd telling me to breathe and that I'll be okay. His voice was all I was hanging onto until he sat me down and got me water. My other friend was in shock from seeing me, she said I was convulsing? Like shaking... but not like I was cold but like I was seizing. It was hard to piece it all together to remember even though the entire episode only lasted a few minutes. I sat down and drank water and began to regain my senses. Definitely felt like a near death experience, so reading that it was likely just a "white out" is slightly more comforting.



Interesting article. But if you are going to have a white out you have more or less immediately after smoking and not 4 hours into your high as stated by one of the commenters on here. I have had this once or twice but only certain strains seem to have that effect on me, hawaiian snow being one of them if I smoke too much of it and malawi being the other. I only seem to experience this with sativas.


Never again

Experience my first and I will never forget it ..... I consider myself a healthy 48-year-old I haven't smoked for had to Eugene. Sometime probably few years .... had some dinner with an old girlfriend couple bottles of red wine .. she introduced me to a cookie with cannabis inside .. TKO 160 .. I said sure let's try it .... not really knowing the ramifications I pretty much ate the whole cookie ... well ! What a mistake !!! For about the first hour it was excellent euphoric funny exhilarating all the pleasures of marijuana with a little red wine... so within about an hour I was experiencing some of the worst feelings I have ever felt in my life !!! Very dizzy heart beating fast and hands. Shaking .. try to drive but could not drive thank God .. The symptoms are getting worse by the minute I reluctantly call 911 .... I was outside pacing with an out of body experience and hallucinating .... thank God The ambulance workers restrain me put me inside and drove me to the hospital .... I was in and out of consciousness hallucinating shaking a controllably severe dizziness out of body experience ...... I was diagnosed with a severe overindulgence of THC .... it is two days later now and I feel fine but the feeling I felt at that point was the worst I've felt in my life of doom !!!!! That words cannot describe I really felt as if I was dying !!!! I truly felt I was talking to the devil !!! I did my research on it and now I know smaller amount no alcohol with 60 minutes and be careful sugar levels hypoglycemic !!! Knowing all this now.. how I felt I will never do it again beware ... The overindulgence Thc .. for medical marijuana ! I do not recommend this to anyone don't let the cookie fool you..... thank you for reading hopefully this can help someone that will not do it ..... never again !!!!!!!!



This article has made me feel much better. I had one of the worst experiences of my life last night - it was only my 6th or 7th time smoking up - and at the worst point I thought I was going to die. I'm afraid the experience may have put me off drugs altogether.

It appears to have been the classic situation: I'd just driven for three hours, I'd had two beers before the sesh, I'd only eaten a few Doritos beforehand and had a massive night out the night before with not much sleep. I was fine for the first fifteen minutes after smoking, walking around the garden and talking about the trees with my friend (a hardened stoner). We then came inside and I started eating some ice cream while my friend warmed up some food. Weirdly this tasted very dry, like cardboard, and I could only have a little bit as I lost a lot of strength. Having felt pretty relaxed and light until this point, my heart suddenly started beating extremely quickly and very hard and I became more paranoid. I lost more and more strength and started becoming disorientated, before fully losing consciousness and passing out head first onto the floor. Although I'm told this consciousness loss only lasted a few seconds, I had vivid hallucinations/dreams which felt like they went on for a long time, although this was possibly caused by banging my head. I regained consciousness to the sound of a panicking stoned friend (who at first thought I was playing a practical joke on him). Once I had managed to get up, I stumbled - in the exact same way as I stumble when very drunk - towards a sofa to sit down. It wasn't really a dizziness I felt - it was more of a hallucination, very fast and strongly beating heart, wanting to shut my eyes though not necessarily being tired, and general paranoia that my brain and heart were not coping at all well. I'm quite pale, but my friend was freaked out at how I lost all color in my face and lips - I was whiting out. I felt very sensitive to conditions - having the TV on was very good, a rug to keep my legs warm was good, leaning forwards on the sofa and supporting my head with my hands was also good. I felt i couldn't move from the position I was in and every time I did I felt much less comfortable. Listening to the TV was very soothing - however, whenever there was a pause in the dialogue followed by someone talking again I would get a big shock and my heart would start beating even harder. I didn't feel like I could eat anything, although sipping at water made my mouth feel a bit better. How I felt fluctuated significantly from asking my friend to call 911 to telling him I was feeling less bad to wanting an ambulance again. Eventually he put me to bed and i felt much better when I woke up 14 hours later, although still feeling a bit strange.

Anyway, thanks for reading my post. My friend says the spliff was actually reasonably weak (for his standards) so maybe I'm just a light-weight novice!



Great post! Had my first one last night.

Healthy 34 year old. Smoke maybe once or twice a week. Had a bad case of the flu and had just finished a twelve hour night shift. Hit the bed at about 8am and slept for about eight hours and still felt a bit ropey so didn't bother eating.

Went over to my girlfriends place around 8.30pm. Had half a bottle of wine, a cig and then we both shared a joint. I could feel it straight away. Was grand but started getting cotton mouth so said I'll get us some water.

I walked out to the kitchen and started to feel sick. Thought to myself there is no way I'm getting sick in the kitchen and looked down at the floor and tried to concentrate on one spot to get my bearings (now I know that was a bad idea!). It is a square tiled floor and next thing I know the tiles are rotating and my legs start to shake.

Head gets dizzy and I'm holding onto the counter. My legs start shaking like crazy and the shakes move up my body. Next thing I'm on the floor, taking deep breaths. Vision gets weird and my hearing starts going in an out. No problem with my thoughts and I was thinking clearly. I just kept thinking "Shit I'm having a seizure! Is this a stroke?!? Hope she doesn't walk in she will freak out!"

After a few seconds(although it felt longer) I start to feel a little better and get back up. I take two glasses out of the press and put them on the sink then the shaking starts again and I'm gone! Same thing as before except my eyesight goes. Completely white. I can still think clearly at this point. Sliding down the counter I end up sitting at the corner unit. Eyesight started to come back and I keep hearing footsteps and thought she had came into the room but I hadn't seen her.

Then I realize it's not footsteps its actually my hearing coming back. Never felt anything like it. After a few seconds I get back to me feet and feel a lot better. Just a little achey. Went in and told the girlfriend what had happened. She said I wasn't even gone that long.

She told me it was a Whitey which made me feel better but she was still concerned. I felt grand and made a joke about it. Had another beer and a glass of wine and after an hour I had a toasted cheese sambo and another joint and was back on form.

Just got home and checked it out online. Felt very relieved to find this thread.

Anyway, that was my experience. Scaryish when it happens but it feels good to know it happens to lots of people.



Scarlet Palmer

Hi Bren,

Thank you for sharing your experience, and I'm really glad this article was helpful! Nearly everyone is familiar with getting sick from drinking alcohol, but there are many folk who don't realise that cannabis can have equally unwanted effects and so it can be really scary when it happens. The more sharing of information, the better!

With best wishes,





My friend suffered from the same problem. After smoking excessively during 15 mins. He started passing out and shivering. he would wake up and pass out again. I was calming him down by saying everything will be ok. Gave him a glass of water but he couldn't even drink it. After 2 hours and a small nap he seemed to recover from it. However, since that day he seems to have changed. He doesnt seem as sharp as she was before. 2 days passed since that day. I'm worried if he suffered some brain damage? Maybe I'm over calculating this but I'm really worried about him. Is there a possibility of brain damage of cannabis overdose ?



This has happened to me a few different times. The first time it took me by complete surprise when a friend and I were taking shelter at a local park because of the rain. We were at the park smoking before the rain, but when it came on fully we decided just to wait it out. As we're standing there I start to see my vision getting fuzzy and the white out started from the very edge of my field of vision and worked its way to the center. I felt like there was a drum beating in my head and the white out took over all of my vision there was a distinct ringing in my ears, like when somebody flatlines. I lost all the strength in my legs and fell to the ground where I rested until I finally came to and could feel/talk how i was supposed to. Super trippy experience and i thought i was having a seizure.

The second time it was in the middle of the summer and i was smoking with two friends. We were sitting in a spot coined "the ledge" that hung off some industrial building where nobody really messed with you. We were smoking with no shade, in the beating sun. It was extremely bright and extremely hot that day, and we were sitting directly in the sun. I don't doubt that had something to do with it. Thankfully I was already sitting down and could play it off as I just didn't feel too good. Same thing happened as the first time except i didn't lose all my strength and collapse. We ended up going to a subway where a friend worked, and I drank a coke and just tried to feel better. From what those friends tell me it looked like I had gotten the shit beat out of me, and thats what it felt like for hours. It took a long time for my vision to return to completely normal, more than an hour or two. Real shitty experience, white outs take all of your strength and energy and leave you feeling like shit



Hi all. Im in my 40s and have been smoke cannabis for 20 years and more. Had my first Amsterdam trip a few days ago and of course i had to visit a cafe. So bought a small amount of hash, rolled a spliff and had the biggest whitey of my life. And ive had my fair share. May i add, completely sober too. My wife had gone to the toilet, she does'nt smoke and i felt it comimg. For some reason i stud up as she come back and then 'boom' it got me. Vision went, hearing went. Luckily she sat me down so no falling over. Completely passed out. She thought i was having a stroke. No laughing matter. She even said i was snoring for a few seconds. Laughing matter. The staff were great. They gave me some sweet water and within 5-10 mins i was fine just very embarrassed. Got an ear full of the Misses though.



I have whited-out twice in my life. Once was a good while ago and the other incident was last night. My first experience whiting-out was by far one of the scariest things I have ever had happen to me. I had had a few too many hits of the bong, I had also taken my prescribed medicine about 2 hours prior to this. I had never heard of whiting (or greening) out before as I am an inexperienced smoker, so when my body suddenly got really heavy and it was becoming hard to breathe, needless to say I freaked the fuck out. The best way I can describe it was like everything was in slow motion around me, but my brain was still working at regular time, like I was trapped in my own body. I was very distressed, I only felt a bit better when a friend told me what was happening to me. I was at their house so I called my mum and had her pick me up and take me home. She was very understanding (but still pissed off) and stayed with me while it passed. Thankfully last night was a lot less distressing. I had less hits of the bong, but had still taken my other medicine (i'm stupid). It was a little less harsh than what had happened before, luckily I was at my home this time so I just cuddled up on the couch an tried to focus on the TV. Still pretty scary though, wouldn't recommend it to anyone.



So the whitey thing explains a lot for me. I thought it was a normal reaction for everyone because this happens almost every time I get high. Today though well it was bad. I had a pacemaker put in this past april and had problems with low blood pressure in the past which thinking now may have made me more prone to whitey's. This is good to know becuase I thought something was seriously wrong. The last vape i used was at 530 this evening and I passed out cold to the floor hitting my head on some furniture on the way down. My friend freaked out and I remember hearing him screaming at me that I had fallen and it was like a dream and someone was trying to wake me from a very sound sleep.

I do have the history with a low bp and my bp was really low, 79/43 when i came around, but the rest of the day it has been normal. Just have a gnarly headache now.



i quit smoking cannabis for some months(thou i do smoke ciggerett) but decided to chill on it again after smoking some little quantity i started feeling weak before i knew it i "white out" next i saw myself on the ground couldnt believe it at first, after taking some cold water i was walked home with company of friends still feeling weak but not as it was immediatly after the "white out" .I dont know if it got anything to do with my health aswell



Right so last night I whited out for the first time, or "white deathed" or "deathed" as they call it from where I'm from. And its weird because I have been smoking cannabis for a while and I have never deathed before, and yesterday i didnt smoke any more than usual. The mistake i did make was not eating before smoking. I hadn't eaten anything all day. I had shared a spliff or a zoot or whatever you guys call it with my boyfriend. We put about 0.6 gram in the spliff so there was a fair deal of cannabis in it. And we shared it. I stood up and we were going to leave our friends to go back to my boyfriends house and I lost control of my legs and I leaned up against a wall and tried to find the correct door to get through. I couldn't find it although there was only three doors and two of them were locked 😂, my vision went really hazy And blurry and then I blacked out. My boyfriend carried me to his friends toilet were i was being sick for over an hour and a half. I was sick up stomach acid and coffee and the water I was drinking as i hadnt comsumed anything all day. then when i could move, (any time before that I couldnt move without vomiting) our friend drove us to my boyfriends house even though it was just around the corner. Then i got into his bed and I passed out again. I was shivering and exclaimed I was freezing cold but when my boyfriend felt me he said I was like a radiator. He insisted I took some layers off because I was dehydrated and was sweating so needed to cool down. Eventually I snapped out of it and i was pretty much normal again, I drank some fanta and lots of water and ate some dry toast to get my blood sugar levels up. i sat up for a while to get my blood flowing correctly and then rested before returning home. Today my stomach still aches and I believe I threw up some of my stomach lining yesterday and my whole insides ache still.


Jack W

Hi, I had my first whitey yesterday after having 3 bongs (with bowl) and I started getting really scared and I was with a group of people of which I only knew 2, I was quite embarrassed so I got up and just left everything there and walked away and just sat in the field and chilled out, ate 2 pancakes and then drank tons of sparkling water, I was never sick thankfully but it was possibly the worst I've ever felt in so long, I was blinking lots, twitching and shaking, I've seen friends on whiteys before but they were all just static whereas I was very hyper, although later that night I had the same amount- if not more and I was fine. I'm 14


Scarlet Palmer

Hi Jack,

Thanks for your comment and for sharing your experience. I'm glad if this article helped you to understand what happened to you, and that you are doing your research into cannabis.

However - and I know this is probably going to sound annoying, but it would be remiss of me not to say it - please think carefully about the choices you are making. You are choosing to use a mind-altering substance before your brain has finished developing. This NCBI peer-reviewed study from 2014 makes the following point: "...teens who engage in heavy marijuana use often show disadvantages in neurocognitive performance, macrostructural and microstructural brain development, and alterations in brain functioning. It remains unclear whether such disadvantages reflect pre-existing differences that lead to increased substances use and further changes in brain architecture and behavioral outcomes." So although the jury is still out on causation and correlation, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that it is not a good idea to risk your developing brain in this way. Hang on for another few years. You're not going to regret waiting. Altered states are a wonderful playground if you're tall enough to go on the rides safely; if you're not, you can seriously make a mess of yourself.

Secondly, you are choosing to enter an altered state of consciousness with people you don't know. In a field. At night. This is not a good idea. I wouldn't recommend this to an adult, let alone a teenager. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't do this myself. Please consider that you are putting yourself in a situation where you are vulnerable, and then increasing your vulnerability by entering an altered state. I wrote this post about things to consider before trying cannabis for the first time; I realise that this is not your first time, but hopefully you can also find some good advice here if you are determined to carry on using it.

My advice for now though is to wait. Cannabis is still going to be here in a few years' time when your brain is finished growing and developing; it might even be fully legal by then. Sensi Seeds is still going to be here, with seeds and advice and support. You have time. Make the best use of it. Do the research. Get ready for the rides, and once you're tall enough, I'll be cheering you on.

With best wishes,



Chuck Schilling

This happened to me 3 times. First time was my worst white ever. I smoked a decent amount and me and my friends were in the woods on a hot day. I was sitting down feeling fine then suddenly I got lightheaded so I went to go into the shade to sleep it out. After 5 mins of sleeping I woke up and started seeing neon lights in the sky. I got up and had no strength in my arms and legs and had to go up a massive sand hill. I was walking for a little then started feeling extremely dizzy and sick I collapsed and hit the ground (luckily it was sand) and looked up and the sky was purple and green. I laid down for a good 2 mins then got up still dizzy ass hell, rode to my friends house that I was with and drank about 7 bottles of water.

My second whitey was at the same place (how lucky am i). This was the 3rd time smoking after my first whitey and I started bringing Gatorades when I go out and know I'm gonna light up. I pack the bong with kief from a grinder that was all different strains and different dealers bud. I pack the bowl small bc I didnt have that much so i clear the bowl and take a sip of my gatorade and about 5 minutes into my high I got the tingly feeling again. I was dizzy but not seeing purple and green and my hearing became fuzzy and everything seemed to echo. Even though this was happening I seemed to have it under control I chugged my gatorade took a quick nap got up without any of the symptoms.

My 3rd whitey experience was the shortest whitey I ever gone through. I took hits on a bong and drank a couple beers (3) we get to my friends house I'm sitting on the couch with everybody else and I started feeling the tiredness-tingling feeling in my legs automatically I ask my friend to run into his house and grab me lemonade I drink 3 cups of lemonade and started to feel better.

--If you have experienced a white out more than once then always smoke somewhere that is close to a gas station or bring a sugary drink with you when you plan on smoking--




I had a similar experience and it started to happen frequently, I was mixing dxm with weed I took about 7 before even smoking just to get a buzz........then the weed came which I wasnt expecting and that's why I popped the pills , so now I've hit the blunt it's good everything that whole day was amazing, had drinks good food but I was out side in the heat all day, body had these vibrations going through it everywhere felt awesome, then later on that night I'm in the car headed somewhere dazed out in the passenger seat when I suddenly find myself with my eyes close head leaning back and all of a sudden everything went white, I heard this crash what sounded like the time space continuum broken .....that's how I can only describe this particular sound, then I open my eyes and I'm staring down a tunnel of my faces looking back at me almost as if I'm looking at a real of my life I guess flashing before my eyes.......then I heard my voice say ( IF YOU DONT SAY YOUR NAME YOUR NOT COMING BACK) so I repeat my name 4 times and each time bringing myself back even more , I am back now everyone in the car is tripping and I tell them what's going on, then it got even trippy, as j look around everywhere everything is neon green pink purple and I mean everything, I then felt as if I lost control of my soul and it was departing from my body , I sat squimishley trying to keep my soul in my body and trying to be incognito because my cousin had just told me I needed to chill on the pills I was taking ........after a few more minutes it went away, then occasionally it would come back and I'd drink milk based products to bring down my high



A white-out? Really? We used to call that "getting a rush!"


Chaz Goodman

Thank god people understood what I went through, it was my first time smoking in about 2 months after getting caught up in school and then drug testing me. We had a week off so there was no way they could test me. Me and my friends picked up only a G and we rolled it up, we then walked to the woods and it was very cold. Once we got there we did a 2 hit rotation for about 4 minutes, I was feeling pretty high already being I haven’t smoked in a while. While the blunt was still going around, I looked around and saw a car, my body froze I was thinking, someone is recording us and they could be showing the cops. Me and my friend ran and the others stayed behind to finish the blunt, when I was running I felt a terrible feeling in my body, my friend told me to stop and go back. Once going back I realized it was my other friends and they pulled up in the whip, I quickly felt relieved, but was still paranoid and felt that terrible feeling. We then took a ride to Burger King to get some food, I was feeling paranoid in the car ride and couldn’t stay still. I was looking to see if there was cops anywhere, we then get back to my friends house after BK, I was chilling there acting goofy. I then went quiet, I decided to lay down cause I was nervous something was gonna happen, i have no clue what happened but I got up for some reason and my friends yelled “OMG” they saw my face and it was pure green, I was so nervous I then layed down and thought I was much smaller then everyone else, I did not wanna open my eyes at all and I couldn’t see anything, everything felt so far out, I really thought I was gonna die. I texted my brother cause he always looked out for me, he asked me dumb quick who did I buy off, I told him my friend who I had met recently, I have no idea what happened after that, then my moms friend told me to come down stairs, at that moment all the dizziness and paranoid feeling was done. I could see straight and wasn’t nervous. My friends mom was quiet nervous tho, she quickly told me go outside get some fresh air come back inside and take a nap. Did so, fell asleep for about 20 minutes I think. Woke up and actually felt high, didn’t feel anything else but being fried to the max, my face was still pale and I had to go home soon. I went home that night and ate some food and quickly passed out, had no idea what time I woke up, but when I did I couldn’t go back to bed. I felt terrible there, that’s when I was thinking about this whole night. I started to feel like I wanted to throw up, I felt so embarrassed and considered not smoking ever again. I just really felt like I was gonna die and needed to get this off my chest, took me a while to find people who have had this issue but feel more relieved.



Wow. I think this is what happened to me a few months ago and now I'm regretting smoking so much at the time. Back in October, just a normal day at home. I was in the kitchen with my boyfriend, cooking. I went to our room and took a hit off my bubbler, I was already high but I felt like it was fading, that's why I went to take another hit . I walked back into the kitchen to stir the pot of alfredo that I had cooking and I got dizzy, then BAM I fainted. Fell straight back on my head and burned my arm on the stove. I have 2nd degree burns on around half of my left arm and my head had swoll up. I went to the ER and was told I had low blood pressure and I didn't really understand why or why I had fainted. I had some cannabis left and I smoked the rest of it by the end of that same week. It's 3 months later (January) and I hadn't had any cannabis since that incident, so I decided to get some for my bday. Unfortunately I'm not responding well to it. I've been having panic attacks and just felt stuck this time around and I don't feel relaxed, I actually feel more bitchy and it's all making me kind of sad because I LOVED smoking cannabis. I'm going to take a break from smoking again and hope that my head and everything returns to normal soon. But this article helped me just now figure out why I must have fainted, so I appreciate this.



Hi Tiffany, how are you feeling now? My son had a bad whitey approx and 10 days ago and hasn't felt right since, his vision is distorted around the edges and he's in a constant state of panic, I'm really worried for him as he says he can't live like this and he's suicidal. He's gone white a few times before he told me but this was the worse. He's 16.



Thank goodness I found this article. I feel so much better and now know what to do if it happens to me or anyone else again. I've smoked on and off since I was about 17 I'm now 48. The last time I smoked was about 6 years ago. Last night was my first whitey. I was at home, I'd had not even half a glass of wine and a friend came over and she and I smoked a joint. Very quickly I knew something was wrong. I was very high, too high, I felt dizzy and my limbs felt wrong and very heavy, i couldn't see or hear properly. I managed to get up and go to the bathroom and be sick. I went back to my bedroom and laid down. My heart was racing and I could feel myself falling into unconsciousness. Bizarrely a voice in my head kept saying "don't go to sleep. Don't go to sleep. Come back", there was no one in the room with me. My friend came in and I could hear her asking if I was ok. I asked her to get me a bowl. I honestly thought that if I went to sleep my heart would fail and i would die. Oddly enough it was just my butt that was really cold. She got me the bowl and I kept hearing that voice in my head saying not to go to sleep. Eventually I vomited, a lot, and started to feel better. I was able to go to sleep rather than just pass out. I'm convinced if I had allowed my self to fall unconscious I would have choked on my own vomit and died or had heart failure. Well, maybe not heart failure I realised later my bra was digging into my chest and with the racing heart and the pressure of the bra, I pretty much thought I was going to die. It was a horrible experience, the awful sense of doom was the worst. However, now I know that I just need to have something to eat before I smoke again. Which probably won't be for another 6 years. Oh, and Yes, I do have low blood pressure so that wouldn't have helped.


Scarlet Palmer

Hi there,

Thank you for your comment, that sounds like a really awful experience and I'm glad this article has reassured you and helped you make sense of what happened. Hopefully it won't happen again!

With best wishes,




If u do a whitey an go skits just chill its becuase uve smoked so much weed after u go white or green ur tolerance gets higher so u can smoke more weed than u did before u went white what i uselly do is wait 5 min try eat somethin sweet or drink water or smoke another joint if u smoke another joint blunt bong pipe how ever u get stoned u will feel better if u have any other concerns about the the whole whitey stuff just ask a question an ill reply



I smoked for the second time yesterday and felt nauseous for the first time is this normally just a 1 time thing or? It happened after 2 joints. I'm asking this because the 10 mins of the high was great until it hit me nothing happened the first time i smoked.



I had a whitey they other day after I smoked purple haze, and it was definitely because of low blood pressure cause I hadn’t eaten anything beforehand but I’m not really seeing any comments about what I experienced, I didn’t throw up but had a super pale face, felt heavy and extremely nauseous, was sweating like CRAZYY, and At one point I couldn’t see absolutely anything and my hearing went all static, my friends were screaming at me and I could barely hear a thing, 100% the scariest thing I’ve had to go through, I was just wondering if anyone else has had that happenes to anyone else or if that’s common?



I get the exact same as you. I start seeing everything in a dark blue until I see nothing and my hearing go all static as well. One time I even fainted and got a seizure, so be aware. But DON'T panic. I feel like panic is like FUEL to whiteys. That's the last thing you wanna do. I have learned to control it by not freaking out, calming myself, living the present, not the future. Cause I always get anxious thinking about what could happen to me and that makes it worse. Eat something sweet and relax. Listen to some music, I personally like Sabrina Claudio's music, is so soothing and calming. But yeah, the key is not to panic, I feel like that's the way to control it really. And I usually eat something sweet and something salty, cause idk if my problem is with my sugar level or my pressure. Excuse my english and I hope I´ve helped.



does Hemp also give you the "white outs???"


Scarlet Palmer

Hi there,

No, but it won't make you high either. Industrial hemp isn't bred for recreational consumption.

With best wishes,




a few weeks ago i smoked hash and had an intense fucking whiteout i didnt pass out but i lost all control of my body and like smashed my head into the table and was shaking, couldnt see, talk and my hearing was as if i was under water. after a while i went inside and lied down on the sofa for a few minutes and then sat up as if it never happened? is that even normal cuz it kinda sounds like i had a seizure lol


Scarlet Palmer

Hi alex,

Thank you for your comment. We are sorry to hear about your situation. As Sensi Seeds is not a medical agency or practitioner, we cannot give any kind of medical advice other than to consult your registered healthcare professional. This article about the potential benefits of medicinal cannabis might be useful for you to show your healthcare provider if they are not familiar with it.

You may also find it helpful to contact a support group for medicinal cannabis patients. In the UK there is the United Patients Alliance, and throughout much of the rest of the world there is NORML, who should be able to put you in touch with a group in your area (search United Patients Alliance or NORML followed by your area name).

These are our pages on medicinal cannabis and medicinal cannabis strains, which you might also find interesting.

With best wishes,




Yesterday I was smoking with a friend for the first time in the sun and we couldn’t even finish the blunt but I told her all of a sudden I got really dizzy and hot. She said my face got rlly red and was just telling me to take deep breathes. I basically forced myself to walk back home but I had to continue taking long breaks because my vision was so blurry I couldn’t see. Once I got home I ate a snack and had water and I felt completely back to normal. It was the worse feeling, I thought I was gonna yack but every time I was sitting I felt better but when I got up to walk the dizziness automatically came back. This isn’t my first time experiencing this and I thought maybe it’s the type of weed bc before I lived in ny and never dealt with this.



I normally get a white-out from smoking good quality....



I have a stash of good quality stuff from cultivating several plants last year. I decarbed part of my my stash and then made a big dish of brownies using two cups of cannabis. Since I have no idea how much THC was in the brownie mix, I had to be careful during the first taste test.

I ate two small brownie squares about a half-inch by half-inch, about half what I would use on an average day. The high kicked in about 45 minutes later. It was a potent high but not close to a white out. After going to bed a few hours later, I woke up at 2:00 AM and went to the bathroom. I was still under the influence but not bad. It had been almost eight hours since I consumed the brownie and I assumed I was on my way down and would wake up after returning to bed and be completely sober later in the morning like I usually did. Well, I was in for a surprise.

While I emptied my bladder, the cannabis started coming back on me. In the space of a minute or two, I descended into a scary white out that forced me to sit down on the commode to let it pass. In addition to feeling dizzy, weak, and slightly nauseous, I also sweat through the T-shirt I was wearing until it looked as though I'd just gotten out of a swimming pool. The white out lasted 15-20 minutes while I just "hung on" waiting for it to pass. Needless to say, it was a rough 15-20 minutes.

The point I'm trying to make is that the white out started EIGHT hours after I originally ate the two small squares of brownie. What I assume happened was that a portion of the brownies I ate had not been digested (even though I did eat a small dinner) and was reinvigorated by my standing and walking to the bathroom, bringing on the white out. It's now been over eighteen hours after ingestion, and I still have a slight buzz.

My next cannabis consumption will be half what I took last night, and I'm hoping it won't cause another white out. Scary stuff.


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