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Effects – Paranoia

One of the oldest clichés about cannabis is that smoking weed can make the user paranoid. Yet there are thousands and thousands of people who use cannabis in order to relieve their anxiety and fear of something “out there”.

What Is Paranoia?

People suffering from paranoid personality disorder (PPD) often think they behave normally, however there is usually no reason for their fears and hostility towards others. They suspect that people around them want to harm them or have hidden motives, which may eventually lead to social isolation, depression and anxiety.

It Is Easy to Blame Cannabis

All of us remember episodes of paranoia when we were using cannabis for the first, second or third time.

The psychoactive effects of THC (interaction with endocannabinoid receptors in brain) and resulting change of perception may be accompanied by worries about intentions of people around us, but this side effect is usually short-term and affects mainly inexperienced users – regular users know how to suppress this feeling and persuade themselves that the paranoia is self-induced.

To minimize the odds of paranoid episode, use cannabis in friendly environment, around people you are comfortable with and be careful with dosing – especially when eating cookies or extracts.