Article by Helena, GreenCamp
Paranoia is one of the most common side effects of marijuana. Some users experience it regularly almost every time they use the herb, while others have never felt it.
It can be frustrating and discouraging. Some people avoid using cannabis altogether because they prefer not to experience marijuana paranoia anymore.
To be honest, marijuana induced paranoia can happen to anyone…
…especially when you get too high.
But it usually goes away as the effects of marijuana wear off.
On the other side, anxiety patients have been using marijuana as a medicine for quite some time now. While doing so, doctors and clinicians are being extra careful and tend to recommend their patients the specific strains which are likely not to induce paranoia.
If you have short-term paranoid episodes when you are high, you don’t need to quit smoking marijuana all the way.
Using cannabis as both medicine and recreational drug can be wonderful, and I’ll try to teach you how to avoid annoying paranoia episodes and even better — I’ll give you some tricks to quickly reduce it if it happens.
So, let’s see why marijuana makes some people paranoid and others not.
What is paranoia?
Paranoia is a thinking process influenced by intense fear and anxious feelings. It’s characterized by feeling like being under constant threat.
When having paranoid thoughts people are usually overwhelmed with thinking about conspiracies against them.
For example, while most people would think of one incident to be a coincidence, person with paranoid thoughts would think of it as something planned and intentional.
These irrational thoughts and beliefs can get so fixated, it becomes very hard to convince that person otherwise.
For many people, it’s hard to tell the difference between symptoms and reality.
Some symptoms, though, are typical for the condition, such as mistrusting almost everyone, having difficulties to relax, constant vigilance and being unable to forgive.
Can Marijuana Cause Paranoia?
Anxiety sufferers have been using marijuana for decades, with reported noticeable improvements.
On the other hand, some marijuana users have been experiencing paranoia more or less often when using cannabis. Still, most of the recreational marijuana users are having a wonderful experience with the herb.
So, what’s the deal with this?
As it turns out, some marijuana strains can cause paranoid episodes. But that’s not the whole story. Whether you experience paranoid episodes or not, depends on your state of mind and well-being, as well as your psychological health, stress levels and everyday worries.
Once again, the endocannabinoid system in our body plays a role in causing (or not causing) marijuana paranoia.