Bad highs are almost like meltdowns, where your body’s reactions become stressful and scary.
People tend to have two reactions when it comes to using weed: they find it very relaxing or they don’t. Those who belong to the latter group accuse the plant of causing them paranoia and anxiety, making them feel like they are too “in their heads.”
Bad highs are almost like meltdowns, where your body’s reactions become stressful and scary. These episodes are temporary, but they still feel terrible and the only relief is either waiting them out or trying to sleep off the effects. Bad highs may be a reason why some people choose to avoid cannabis altogether.
These different experiences leave weed in an interesting spot. The same plant can produce exact opposite effects in different people, all because of genetics, experience and predisposition to the drug.
Marijuana produces effects by interacting with the cannabinoid receptors in the body, located in different areas, including the brain and skin. Cannabinoids, such as THC, bind to the receptors in the brain, causing either relaxing or stressful effects. Some of these receptors are located in spots governed by the amygdala, a section of tissue that’s responsible for managing emotions such as fear, stress and paranoia.
THC is also known for increasing heart rates and producing an influx of thoughts — both behaviours that can cause anxiety for people who are naturally anxious or who haven’t experienced these feelings before.
Studies show the positive and therapeutic effects of cannabis are the result of the influence of cannabinoids on the endocannabinoid system. These positive results reportedly appear even more markedly in patients who have experienced trauma and PTSD, who usually have low levels of chemicals like anandamide.
The clearest link between freak-outs and cannabis occurs when people are new to the plant or they’ve had a negative experience with it — both of which, some have suggested, create a predisposition towards certain behaviours.
What people can do to prevent these reactions is to stick to low and manageable doses (avoiding oils and edibles since they’re harder to manage) and smoke somewhere that’s comfortable and private, surrounded by people they trust.
For newbies and people who’ve had bad experiences with weed, but are willing to give it another shot, the type of marijuana smoked, location and companions could prove pivotal factors. Perhaps try a strain focused on the body and not the brain.
By trying to manage these factors you can try to curb freak-outs and reintroduce yourself to fun experiences with cannabis.
The FreshToast.com, a U.S. lifestyle site that contributes lifestyle content and, with their partnership with 600,000 physicians via Skipta, medical marijuana information to The GrowthOp.
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