1. Drink a coke: Drinking sugary soft drinks loaded with glucose will help boost your insulin levels, and may help you snap out of couch lock quickly.
That’s couch lock.
2. Consume caffeine: Like sugar, caffeine is great at boosting energy levels. Whether you prefer coffee, mate tea, or even energy drinks like Red Bull, try to consume a strong dose of caffeine as soon as you feel couch lock kicking in to bring you back to life.
Couch lock is a colloquial term used by stoners to describe a strong feeling of physical sedation brought on by cannabis, essentially leaving them feeling “locked” to the couch.
We’ve all been there; one minute you’re sitting on the couch, enjoying a delicious sample of your favourite strain. The effects are starting to come on, but nothing seems out of the ordinary. Suddenly, your body starts to feel warm and fuzzy; your limbs and head feel heavy, and you start to get the sensation that you’re literally melting into the couch. At this point, you’re certain that even the immediate threat of an atomic bomb coming down on your house wouldn’t be able to get you off your a**.
There is no consensus on what chemicals in cannabis cause couch lock, but most people put the blame on indica strains, loved for producing strong “body highs.” However, the chemical profiles of indica and sativa strains are generally quite similar, and some sativa strains are just as capable of causing strong sedative effects as indica strains.
Cannabis has strong sedative properties, which is why some people find it provides them with effective relief from insomnia and other sleep issues. These sedative properties are also what cause couch lock, which is essentially just an overly strong feeling of sedation.
Most of the time, you’ll experience couch lock after simply consuming too much cannabis. However, sometimes you’ll get your hands on a specific batch of weed that leaves you seeping into the couch even after consuming just a small amount.
Overall, there is a lack of research into what gives cannabis its sedative properties in order for us to make a solid conclusion about what causes couch lock. However, the statistics referenced by Sirius J suggest that myrcene may not be the culprit.
In this article, we take a look at couch lock, arguably one of the biggest nuisances to cannabis connoisseurs around the globe.