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Marijuana=Panic attacks and Anxiety?
Hi, first time poster looking for some help and answers. Im a 19 year old male who has used the drug marijuana for the past two years heavily( 2-4 times a day). I would experience a very good time from and it would help me relax and chill out form a long day of work ect. Then one night i used the drug and started to experience a rapid heart beat, hot flashes, it was hard to breathe, which i then found out was a panic attack after visiting the ER. I didnt think much of it untill a week later when i smoked again and expereinced another panic attack which was like the first one but a little more intense with a since of losing control i ended up falling a sleep while trying to control my breathing. It has been two months since having a panic attack because i have stopped smoking. However, i think i am experiencing some anxiety. For example, headaches, tingling sensations, feelings that i might have a panic attack, always thinking somethings wrong with me, and their has been some problems with my bowel movements which i heard can be cause by anxiety. so any answers, help, or support would be wonderful. Thanks.
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585414 tn?1288944902
Yes these are common after effects. I would speak to a psychiatrist for more advice about follow up. They should mitigate in time but a consultation would be a good idea regardless.
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669746 tn?1228602745
yea i smoked weed for 8 years straight then boom, same thing that happened to you.countless trips to the ER for chest pain shortness of breath,feel like your gonna die all the time.ive had blood tests,echos,x-rays, and its all good, just that youll never smoked weed for a long time or if ever again.welcome to this hell we all live in.if you have questions were all here

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Any drug use can increase one's anxiety.  The best thing you could is stop.  Marijuana can increase your long term anxiety exponentially in my opinion.  Have you ever thought of getting counseling for your anxiety/drug use?  They often go hand in hand...let us know how it goes!
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My first panic attack came when I smoked marijuana for the first time in my life. It can most definitely cause it if your body is sick of losing control. If you must smoke weed once in a while, I would decrease the amount of weed you smoke to around 2 or 3 hits.
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657036 tn?1229927156
i used to smoke a lot of weed without problem and after about a year i would suddenly have the most horrible panic attacks after smoking a bowl. my psychiatrist has told me that, most likely, the chemistry of my brain has altered and it simply triggers my anxiety. also, i find that if i smoke within a few days of abusing a chemical (e, coke, k, etc) the panic attack will be worse.
i've learned to avoid it and i seem to have a better time without it so abstinence is most likely your best bet.
good luck
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Hey,
I know exactly what you mean and the same happened to my brother. When I was in high school I would smoke and laugh my brains out, -But; Soon after high school it was way different. Bad Bad anxiety attacks! I have been on lots of benzos since- But the panic attacks stopped when I finally quit smoking pot. I am now 30, and have many friends who experienced the same scenario; when entering adulthood. Though, not as many people experienced anxiety quite as bad- as I. No E.R. trips, but same shift from: Fun Buzz to...Tachacardia! ~Amber
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I fainted after a bong hit last night. I got very high and introverted and started zoning in on a feeling in my chest that I have and then i passed out cold. I feel scared now. Been smoking the good stuff for years, I think I'm just going to stop because that was no fun. I've fainted 3 other times, all when I was high, all the same feeling. Weed just isnt for everybody, and maybe its not for me. I tell people that all the time.

The more I talk about my problems, the better I feel though which leads me to believe I just tripped myself out.
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Hello there,

I've been smoking pot for about a year and two months now. I usually smoke it on occasion, but all through the month of November, I smoked it every day (sometimes twice a day) and I have gotten panic attacks due to the amounts I was smoking. It's rare that I get a panic attack while being high because that's the exact reason why I smoke weed; is to ease my panic disorder. It does happen though.
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I've had the same thing happen a couple of times. The only difference is I also have PTSD! The worst time was a couple of days ago, I had just got done smoking a reallllly fat blunt and I was washing the dishes and BAM it came out of no where. I felt my heart beating so fast, I thought I was going to die. I just started walking around the house, and telling myself that I was just stoned and I needed to calm down. When that did nothing I tried to have my boyfriend help me, but he was of no help. So, finally, after what seemed like a hour of hell, I started doing the dishes and daydreaming about World of Warcraft. After I stopped focusing on the panic attack and on something else, I felt better.

My only main worry is having another one out in public, or some place where everyone would know. I'm really ashamed of it. Oh, and being on acid and having a PTSD flashback. That's another big one.
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I'm exactly the same, I'm 18 and have been smoking weed since I was about 14, when I started smoking I whited occasionally, which never really bothered me and continued smoking regardless but about 2 years ago I started feeling like I have some terminal ilness constantly, and I can't smoke now. The anxiety didn't start while i was smoking but now if a smoke, which i still do (i don't know why) 95% of the time i feel like my heart is beating really fast, even if im just lying around. i dont understand whats wrong with me.
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I do not smoke marijuana for that very reason. I have generalized anxiety disorder and  I have to take medication for it.   I never smoked much, but I noticed that occasionally I would have anxiety symptoms when I did smoke.  I have not smoked in over 5 years.  I figured that I have spent thousands of dollars on therapy and medication to avoid the very feeling that marijuana gives me, so I decided not to smoke anymore.

Well, I wish you luck as you go through this. Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you.

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Its from smoking garbage and then actually getting some good smoke. Your body can't handle it. Try taking fewer hits. Also don't smoke till you are high, take a hit or two and let it roll in. If you smoke till you are high it is too much some times. I say smoke up just regulate youre intake.
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whats going on JD...weed is tricky when it comes to anxiety, im starting to form my own theories about it but all i know for sure is that i have an anxiety problem and that now, every single time i smoke weed my anxiety gets a lot worse...i think it may be because when you're high it intensifies your senses..so if you have any anxiety symptoms while high you feel them more, and in turn think about them and focus on them more because you're high...which tweaks you out a bit and then the anxiety ends up getting worse or developing into an attack...and i don't think its any coincidence that there are so many people that smoke weed on this anxiety forum, it seems very likely to me that smoking weed causes anxiety problems..
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There have been recent studies that have linked marijuana use to anxiety and full fledged panic disorder.  In fact, I was discussing this with my psych doc and he informed me that in the last two years he's had to hospitalize quite a few of his patients due to this.  Personally, I was panic disorder free for two full years.  However, due to taking care of a terminally ill parent, I used MJ nightly to relax after the day.  My panic disorder came back, though not as badly as it did the first time.  The good thing is that with medication AND the discontinuation of using MJ, the panic attacks will cease.  Also, this is not our parent's marijuana.  It is way more potent, so be careful.  For me, just like kjmeow, being anxiety free outweighs the short high I got from MJ.

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HAHA We are all in the same boat  and i'm glad some others are with me I smoked every day as a matter of FACT I only went less then 50 days of not smoking in 5 years  I would smoke 10- 20 blunts a day some times, I loved smoking and then BAM! one day I got a mean panic attack I was shaking so bad and just could not stop thinking i was going to die kepts feeling like i was going to pass out/blackout throw up even did throw up I was in FL and got on a plane within an hr and flew all the way home to MI with my family thats how bad it was your not alone anyone that is wondering  or that is stoned right now freaking out MOST likely it is a panic attack and everything below is true    heart racing shaking even blurry vision or feeling like your going to pass out  all just apart of the proses  and YOU ARE FINE there are things that will help you online just go look at them alot has helped me the best thing for a panic attack when it is happening first timers forsure is to go research what is happening during a panic attack and understanding what is going on during the panic attack that will calm you down ALOT    If it keeps happening when your smoking the best cure is to do what i did STOP SMOKING easy as that   although I still now battle anxiety 3 times a week avg because of that one day it hit me  sometimes I wake up with it     there are books that do work I was bed ridden for 3 days after FL still the Doc gave me all kinds of meds and nothing helped I read a book online for 80|$ called "Panic Away " took me about 2 hrs to read   and I swear on my life and I'm a 21 year old kid this is no bull **** i X'ed out of the book after reading it and went out and hung of with my friends  (still a little shakey)) but once i new that it could not hurt me and what was going on     it was easy to turn it off when i have small outbreaks             sorry for this long novel  everyone i'm really on here for a bump i have on my head but this struck my attention because this was just last year i had my first panic attack   hope i can reassure someone or something
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so i'm 18, i smoke pot almost daily and have since i was like 15...and i don't just take a few hits, i smoke till i'm high. which could be my problem after all. but last night i smoked kush with my boyfriend and i don't remember what happened after the last hit..i think i must of lost reality and i could hear him talking to me but not really it was kind of echoed and slurred. then i like realized it and i freaked out and my heart was beating extremely fast and i was shaking..and i didn't know what was going on. i was so confused and lost and disorientated. he tried to calm me down and tell me i was just high and i was okay. but this has never happened to me before and it was the worst feeling ever. was it a panic attack or did i just trip out?
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yep i think it causes anxiety attacks. i would really try to quit if i were u. good luck, when i quit, and the wds were not to bad.
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yeah tell me about it. I will never do it again. It might be one of the other causes to my anxiety besides stress and the ulcer that I'm having. I recently just had my first panic attack (which my doctor says) a couple of weeks ago and all i get now is a tingles and sometimes I feel like my heart will stop.  Hope we all get healthy one day!
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when you smoke or take meds drink water it lessens side effects-drifter0213
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i can't tell you how anxiety prone i am.  it effects my heart rate, i get sweats, it prevents me from sleeping.  both marijuana and drinking have hurt me, not helped me, so i've learned recently to stay away from both.  everyone once in a while, though, the anxiety creeps up on me.
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I've been a daily user for 25 years and hit on a problem patch a couple of years ago with anxiety attacks on use. I followed the advice here and have not had any since.

Cannabis & Anxiety
The causes of cannabis anxiety and paranoia are both mental and chemical.

Changes in blood sugar levels can be responsible for pretty extreme effects (both good and bad) when you're high, so you have to pay real attention to it if you want to get, and keep, a good high. Too much blood sugar, from eating a lot of candy for example, and you get a rush as the cannabis high and the sugar high combine – but the sugar high is short-lived, and will make you want to fall asleep as soon as your system burns off the excess insulin that all the sugar has forced the release of. Too little blood sugar, and things go from uncomfortable to extremely unpleasant very quickly. As you first start to get high, your metabolism may hike up a notch and cause a sudden dip in blood sugar. That's no problem if you've just eaten, but if you're already on the edge of being hungry without realising it, that first toke can make you feel pretty nasty in less than ten minutes. Never take the chance of getting high when you're somewhere without access to the right kinds of food and drink, just in case. If you have the added 'pleasure' of being a borderline diabetic and you don't know it, you could get into quite a state from just that one first high, if you're not careful.

Many regular cannabis users begin their day's session in the late afternoon as work is winding down, and maybe an hour or two before their evening meal – just at the very time when their blood sugar is already on the wane. If this is you, you'll more than likely feel a lot of the symptoms below within ten minutes or so of getting high. Eat! Better still, make sure that you've eaten well in advance of getting high. Look out for any of the following as indicators of low blood sugar:

Sweating, shaking, anxiety, hunger, dizziness, faintness, pounding heart, personality changes, confused thinking, impatience, numbness of lips and tongue, headache, nausea, blurred vision, slurred or slow speech, convulsions, coldness, white hands and face. Eventually, if it is not attended to, it can lead to unconsciousness.

Adrenaline & Cannabis
A second cause of dope-anxiety is something I term here the 'Adrenaline Cascade'; really a mild form of 'shock'. After any event that has made you anxious, the anxiety causes your system to dump adrenaline (also called epinephrine) into your blood-stream, creating a rapid heart-beat, a growing demand on your BSL, and thus deeper and deeper feelings of anxiety as your BSL levels drop. Of course, you'll usually find these effects uncomfortable or worrying, thus causing the release of even more adrenaline and a worsening of symptoms. This vicious circle of adrenaline release will be increasingly hard to overcome, and the deeper it gets the more likely it is to lead to a 'white-out' due to its depressive effects on your blood sugar.

Many things trigger the release of adrenaline:

Apprehension about potentially bad highs
Stress
Anxiety
Fatigue
Stimulants, such as alcohol, caffeine, cocaine, and heroin.
Bright lights
Loud noises
Exercise
Sugar sensitivity
Abnormal glucose metabolism

Again, do not underestimate the mental effects that adrenaline can cause by itself - irregular heart-beat, palpitations, abnormal behaviour, anxiety and headaches - even before it starts reducing our BSL to a point where it can no longer support full brain function (about 60% of our blood sugar is used by our brains).

Unfortunately, there's very little you can do to remove excess adrenaline from your system once it's in there, and it can only really be counteracted by 'nor-adrenaline', something that usually only our bodies can provide. It can be burned off by exercise, but if adrenaline has caused a very deep dip in your BSL then that may not be a viable option. The only things you can truly do are: eat to get rid of some of the more unpleasant symptoms; or, simply wait it out, knowing that it is a brief physiological effect.

I've seen a number of people offering advice to 'just suck it up and it'll go away' on this particular kind of anxiety and, to some extent that is helpful, as relaxing and trying to be calm will help break the cycle of adrenaline release. On the other hand, if someone is having an intense version of this then relaxing is far easier said than done and, if you should experience the above yourself, then you need to treat yourself as you would for low BSL and remove yourself from any strong stimuli - lights, noises, etc. - that might help promote the effects of the high and further adrenaline release.

If we look at the actions of adrenaline in this respect then the mechanism that prevents this rise becomes obvious (remember that this same effect will be present in anyone who has a burst of adrenaline in their systems, not just diabetics): adrenaline prepares the body for 'fight or flight' in an emergency by increasing the supply of glucose and oxygen to the brain and muscles, whilst at the same time suppressing other less-important processes, digestion in particular. This means that the initial elevation in blood-sugar (through increased catabolism) may be short-lived, and whether it then leads to a later dip and anxiety is dependent on the amount of adrenaline present in the blood at the time. Not only does it reduce the bodies ability to take in new blood sugar to redress the balance, but it increases speedier depletion of stored blood sugar, preventing restoration.

Some people, particularly those with bad diets or who are subjected regularly to stress, may have semi-permanent hypoglycemia (a deficiency of glucose in the blood), resulting in adverse reactions to cannabis through their bodies inability to control adrenaline and/or cortisol through 'adrenal fatigue'.

The Answer
In light of the above, those who know they're already at risk from fluctuating BSL will find that their symptoms of anxiety during cannabis use will be significantly reduced if they can pay full attention not only to those levels before use, but also setting and mood.

Excerpted from 'Cannabis & Meditation – An Explorer's Guide', by Simon Jackson.
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I thought I was having a heart attack or something.  It was so damn scary.  But at the ER, one shot of Ativan, and within minutes I was totally FINE.  

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I'm 15 and I just started smoking a couple months ago. Sometimes I smoke alot, sometimes I don't. One night me and my boyfriend decided to go smoke weed, it was probably my 10th time smoking it. I did 5 or 6 hits and I felt really high, so I told my boyfriend he could have the rest of the bowl. I felt really good, then we had to walk back to his house. I started feeling really weird, everything looked blurred, my boyfriend was talking to him but it sounded like i was in a tunnel, then i passed out and landed in a puddle, i got up seconds later and everything looked green and i could barely function. After I got inside my heart started racing, I couldn't stop shaking, and I kept saying I was going to die. I was sooo scared. I know how you all feel. I smoked after that and nothing happend.
BUT then i smoked again and it happend again.
just not as bad, I didn't pass out or anything. but I did end up having a really bad panic attack.
My boyfriend helped calm me down and tell me i was going to be fine. When i started concentrating on other things I calmed down but my heart was still racing.
Both times this happend to me i took excederin during the day for a headache. I don't know if it has anything to do with it but both times i had a panic attack excederin was in my system. But just remember you have to tell yourself you'll be fine. and redcue the amount you smoke to 2-3 hits =] thats what i did.
and i felt the same old good high i remembered.
I'm thinking about going to a psych though for anxiety.
Well, yeah just don't worry.
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Well maybe my story will also help you feel not so alone. i smoked weed for my first time when i turned 16. i only took a few hits and nothing happened. i tried it a couple more times and until about the 4th time nothing happened. this 4th time, i had bought my own sack for the first time because i have always had problems with insomnia and wanted to see if i could get weed to help me out with that. so i smoked a couple bowls, and when i got in bed, i started feeling the most bizarre tingling hot feeling in my whole body. it scared me which caused my heart beat to raise and i started panicking. i eventually calmed myself down to the point where i could sleep it off but it was definitely not enjoyable.
i eventually shook that time off, and tried getting high again about a week later when sleeping over at my buddys house. i smoked 3 or 4 bowls with my friend, and about 15 minutes after i had started smoking, i walked over to my friends bed, and the best way i can describe it is i just think i blacked out for about a minute. i remember blabbering some nonsense that was really bizarre during that minute but nothing visual comes to mind when im trying to remember. when i came out of the blackout i realized what just happened and it scared the crap out of me. i sat on my friends bed and i started rambling to my friends that i was starting to freak out, and slowly things started turning worse and worse. it seemed as if i was looking through a dark hallway, and everything i saw was going frame by frame very slowly, almost like a strobe light effect. after mumbling a bunch of nervous nonsense to my annoyed friends, i told myself i just had to sleep it off so i tried lying down. i couldnt fall asleep because i just couldnt shake the intensely odd tingling and heat flashes i was having throughout my body. this rambling nonsense and body freakout went on for about a couple hours till i passed out.
i really wanted to get to the bottom of this, because i thought maybe i just got too high to agree with my body, so i smoked again a couple weeks later. i smoked a bowl by myself, got in bed, and got a crazy tingling feeling that i couldnt shake, and basically it was the same exact thing as my first high but way worse. it felt like a body part falling asleep, except it was my face and my throat. i felt like i couldnt breathe correctly and i was scared i would have a heart attack. i then told myself i would never smoke again.
abstinence is probably your best bet kid.
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This is exactly how my panic attacks started. Im a 23 year old female + when i was 18 i experienced my first panic attack after smokin weed + it went on for about 3 hours. I had been smokin it on a fairly regular basis 4 about 2 1/2 years before it happened. I thought i was gonna die and had all the same symtoms. I was tellin myself if it just stops now i will never touch a spliff again. True 2 my word i never did until the end of september this year. I desided 2 have a few drags off a friend + straight away i felt it startin all over again. I realized that weed was the clear trigger but over the past 2 weeks i have been experiencing them every few days with no reason or trigger 4 them. They are not as bad or last as long as when i was smokin but terrifing all the same.
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Just adding my 2 cents to the debate.  In my personal experience, weed as been the most useful aid through all my anxiety problems.  I've smoked daily for the past 10 years, and never had a panic attack b/c of smoking,  but I am also of the strong opinion that "WEED IS NOT FOR EVERYONE".  My anxiety and stress always triggers stomach problems first.  I get sick to my stomach real easy, and that normally makes me feel like crap and I lose my appetite completely. Pot is the only thing that seems to mellow me out and get my appetite back, otherwise I dont eat which leads to way worse problems.  Certain strains will also give you completely different highs.  Some have a real strong high and others will just make you hungry. I make cookies for my mom, that just seem to help her sleep at night, and she gets panic attacks once in awhile when she tries to smoke. So everyone has there limit.  
My biggest worry with the pot was getting caught with it,  which would lead to anxiety for me. But now I live in BC canada, where I can carry like 15 grams with no criminal charges, just a fine,  so that takes away the anxiety about it for me.

I do know that if I start getting panic attacks and blacking out like some of you state,  I would quit smoking for sure. That sounds pretty scary to me, and I hope to never experience it.  I guess what im trying to say is that weed is like any other drug out there......if your getting bad side effects from a certain drug, you dont keep taking it, you try something else.  I know that some of these anxiety pills ive tried make me feel like crap, so i've recently got off effexor. Its only been a month so far with its ups and downs, but i know that without the pot, there would be alot more down times. Anyway, only you know how you feel, so you be the judge.
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I was an addict for 27 years, yeap 27. I would smoke 1/4 lb a month, every day ( except when i would run out) for 27 years. I've spilled more weed then some of you folks have smoked. And, I agree with and have had everything ya'll talk about. But I wanted to add something. I quit 10 years ago at the end of this month, im 48 now.
I thing i can make a fact about is memorie loss. I had good memories when i smoked weed, and sence i got off "bam" no more good memory. The panic desorders i still have from time to time, there fifty times worse now then when i was on the weed. I shiver to think about haveing one today. I'm not going to tell anyone to stop, i sugest it tho. It is better to not smoke the weed. Peace to all

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Okay,so i smoked pot for like 2 years.Everyday all day.It was GREAT,i LOVED it,i built my life around it.Then shortly after doing acid,i realized every time i smoke now,its diffrent.Idk if its panic attacks,or acid?
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Activating the CB1 receptors with THC (smoking cannabis) is producing a decrease in GABA levels. Decreased GABA levels can be linked with anxiety.

A good example is the benzodiazepine drugs. They produce anti-anxiety effect by agonizing GABAa receptor therefore producing a release of GABA.

The acid role in this might indicate you are prone to psychosis and I would avoid taking acid again if I were you.

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I smoked for 3 years straight, two years skunk, had a mild panic attack, told myself it was the skunk and so started smoking hash and all was fine. I went to a festival recently and had two tabs of LSD and had a panic attack (whilst hallucinating - not fun!), anyway i then smoked for about a week longer and suddenly one night i had a panic attack, i have tried to 'test' hash again to see if i can handle it but after years of smoking 6-7 zoots in front of the tv everynight, i can now not handle a toke. This maybe a naive question, but will I ever be able to smoke again? To be honest I do miss it!
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i experience anxiety daily..it comes and goes so much that im at the emergency room about 2 or 3 times a day jus because i cant nor know how to handle anxiety.this anxiety thing has messed up my life to da point where i cant work nor can perform things as i used to..i had a heart attack not so long ago and since then ive developed anxiety issues that will not go away,im scared to sleep at times thinking i may never wake up and my chest pains is so painful..its so bad the docs at the e.r. are tired of seeing my face but i have yet to know a good way to deal with it!! i need sum input as to how i can cope with this? i call it a disability bcuz right now it has me to the point of feeling disable?? any help with this hell i call anxiety..it has me more fustrated as each day passes
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So can anybody tell me if i had a panic attakc alreadyy and recently got another one today is it going to keep happening even tho i stoped smoking weed?? Is there any help i can get??
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Thank you for everyones stories, and especially to Cannahelp for a more scientific expalnation to what happened to me recently. I feel so much better knowing that I'm not alone and that this is a common reaction to pot.
I'm a 50 year old female who was at a BBQ and decided to have a pot brownie for the first time ever. After all, how innocuous does that sound...pot, harmless enough, brownies yum, who doesn't love those, right?
Within 10 minutes I had spiralled down in to what, at the time, seemed like the very depths of hell on earth. All the symptoms mentioned in the other posts were there, including extreme neck and head pain, triggered by someone taking flash photography. This all continued for 2-3 hours, I finally got relief when I was bought a cup of hot sweet milky tea, which I drank & then puked it all up 5 minutes later. Within minutes I started to feel better & could walk again.
I have been searching for an explanation of what physically and mentally happened, and this one has bought me most comfort.
I had worked very hard in 100 degree temps that day & not eaten very much at all, plus I'm recovering from hernia surgery,  I think that all this was the "perfect storm" for a very BAD TRIP on my very first experiment in pot. I won't be doing that again, needless to say.
This was four days ago, & I still feel pretty bad all round, will this pass?
Thanks for the support, glad to know I'm not going mad!!
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I recently had the same experience, been smoking weed for about 6 months now. 1-2 times a day on workdays and i keep a buzz going on weekends. Anyways, about a month ago i had a really bad panic attack after work (~12 hours) after smoking last. Went to the er and was looked at. They told me everything was fine and ever since my panic attacks have stopped, and I've continued to smoke without issue. I realized that i had an underlying fear that something was wrong with my heart, but once they had relieved that fear i was in the clear. I hope this helps.
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I've Been smoking for about four years and in the past week I have had panic attacks from any large amount and serious stomach pains and vibrations in the stomach area even off of 1 hit I will feel the pain a bit in my stomach
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u know i feel the same way icant belive this **** i love to smoke weed but damn i dont want suffer these affects on it...hard to breath,tiggling,i feel like im going to swallow my throat. my mom wont take to the docter and its been going on for weeks she just tells me i have an axiety.
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Same here guys, was an avid smoker for years one day, BAM tachycardia of 210bpm and er visit, 2nd time weed brownie ER again, had anxiety ever scene. Have not smoked in years and on low dose SSRI its under control. Only way to stop attacks for me is having 2 or 3 beers it stops it in its track.
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Just a friendly warning, alcohol is not the answer.  Alcohol actually exacerbates anxiety something terrible.

You need to work with a therapist to learn how to cope with your panic attacks.  Drinking will actually end up making you worse, plus it's not a healthy way of dealing with this.  That kind of self medicating can lead you down a dark path to addiction.  Plus, drinking alcohol while taking an antidepressant is not advised.  It actually can cause the AD to not work effectively, not to mention other issues.

An antidepressant takes time to see results...it can take up to 4-6 weeks before significant improvements are seen, and even after that, a higher dosage may be needed, so it's definitely a process that takes time and requires patience.

Get yourself into therapy, start learning about anxiety, what things are good to stay away from, and you will be on your way to managing it.  MJ has proven time and time again to trigger or exacerbate anxiety.  You'd be smart to steer clear of that all together also.

Best of luck to you.  If you want some more input, please start your own thread, as this one is older.  You can click on the orange "post a question" button on the top right of the page.  


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The best thing you can do is not runaway from it. I beat this, it was very hard but it is beatable. You have to confront it head on. Do the things that make you anxious incrementally increasing these activities until you are again comfortable with them. If you got this from weed then smoke very small doses, tiny hits at first, 1 small hit is normally enough to begin, do this for a week or more. Give yourself something to do where you are not over thinking and freaking yourself out. Video Games are good, light exercise, even masturbation if it will relax you. Very gradually smoke more. I got anxiety for the first time and first panic attack on shrooms and was a nutcase for about 2 years with constant anxiety, even in my sleep where I would have dreams where I could not breathe or wake up. Gone are those days. Meditation helps a lot at first if you decide to drop marijuana for a while. I would also strongly recommend tapping technique for anxiety google it, it may take you years to get over it, but if you confront the things that stress you out then you get comfortable with them and the anxiety goes away. I was afraid of movie theaters for a while due to a Panic attack during a creepy film as well as public transport, taxis etc where my stomach would flip out and make me want to **** myself. You have to confront all these things, and most importantly say to yourselves that it is all in your mind and hove the power to control them. In a way your are letting your own thoughts bring on anxiety, you are not scared you are afraid of being scared. As soon as you get a grip on these the anxiety will go away. To avoid any heart conditions eat better, diet and exercise, this way you will know you are healthy and mentally know that you are safe and fine. If you must go back to smoking then do it alone at first. Everytime you feel anxious just change your thoughts, this is why it is important to keep occupied and not dwelling on dread or depressive thoughts.

My mantra: “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”


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Trust me, from someone that smoked everyday for 5 years, some people are just not cut out for it. I had to quit fairly soon after I started getting paranoid.

To begin with it was fun, got the giggles, munchies and enjoyed it but realised I was doing it more and more on my own. I had a nice flat, lovely girl and nothing wrong but thought people were after me. It messed me up, I always worried but this was irrational.

Some can smoke and be fine, others need to be careful and I had to quit for my own sanity. When the bad times outweigh the good,it's time to move on.

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Hey guys. I know this post has been closed for quite a while, but this is the only discussion i could find.. so im literally shaking and my heart is racing and getting crazy heat rushes, feels like I'm having a heartattack! Im parked outside the ER, don't want to go in and cause a fuss about nothing... Just going to try and wait it out and see what happens i guess.
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Dude. You are a machine, great stuff !! You could seriously be an anxiety therapist, you'll make some good money ;)
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I smoked for years, a few times a day for about one and cut down to just before bed and random occasions for a few months and now Its been about 2 months that I just don't smoke. I was hungover and with my stoner friend a couple days ago and I know that smoking always cured my hangovers so I thought I'd get in on his doob and i was okay for a bit, but then I just felt really really high like everything was slow and I couldn't put words together. I smoked like half a cigarette and by the time we got back to his house I just finished it and got out of the car and everything went like green and couldn't stand I thought I was about to have a panic attack at first so I turned around and hugged him but everything was going black and I couldn't hear or stand anymore then I started shaking uncontrollably and I was getting cold sweats. Then I passed out for a second and I opened my eyes and tried to get up but I couldn't so j just sat there leaning against the house for a few minutes and finally got up and passed out again as soon as I got inside.. then got up and passed out again before I got to his bedroom and then finally made it to his bed and slept it off and was totally fine when I woke up. It was so scary it's never happened to me before, I had one incident a couple months ago but it was more of an anxiety attack then whatever this was. I guess I greened out. I don't think ive ever passed out before too so that was just so awful.
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I went to the Er for similar reason I got a panic attack from eating a really potent muffin I ate but I did not make the butter my friend told me he made a cup of butter with 4 oz of weed but i didn't use the the whole cup I maybe used 10 spoonfuls in to 6 muffins I ate one and 1 hour later I started to feel slow with tunnel vision it kinda of felt shaky and I told my gf to take me to the Er because I felt like I was going to die I had a heart rate of 190 the doctor made an iv and gave me atival which put me to sleep for 6 hours and ever since that day I didn't feel like myself I thought there was something wrong with me getting high and drinking weren't the same anymore as if my tolerance restarted so I decided to smoke a week after the incident and start to get a bad panic attack almost the same as the day I ate the edible I think it might have been the atival still in my system so I decided to not smoke from now on or drink because when I'm sober I feel fine just a couple of tingling sensation But I don't think I can smoke now which I was a daily smoker I would smoke up to 5 times a day and never tripped out like when I ate the edible hopefully one day I can smoke again and have the relaxing feeling I got from weed but for now staying sober keeping the anxiety away
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Hey all, hopefully we can help each other out here.

I relate a lot to what you've all said and it looks like I've found the reason to my persistent anxiety after weed use.

I started smoking (first time) around early August, I got 1g of Indica and smoked it over the course of a few days, of which I had 0 problems with it, sure I had the increased heart rate (which is an unavoidable symptom of THC intake that everyone gets) but none to minimal anxiety during or after use.

Early September time (little over a week ago) I got 3.5g of a Indica-dominant hybrid strain. First few times I smoked got some anxiety but it subsided after the high; it was tolerable. But come Sunday night just gone I smoked more than I ever had before (which was only 1 small joint and 2 bowls tops). I got visuals like everything was tinted green/yellow, and everything looked goopy, on top of this my heart rate was pretty high but once again no anxiety.

Some time between the peak and comedown I got the feeling in my chest again, that feeling that told that I risked having a panic attack. I fought it by keeping distracted and moving a bit, and I went to bed. Bearing in mind stayed 'high' for several hours during this session, just taking a hit or 2 when I felt myself coming down.

The following day I woke up with increased heart rate and anxiety, and was okay for a few hours, but after that it turned into a miler-panic attack that lasted the entire ******* day (I kept it under control). It was a miserable and exhausting experience, I thought I had damaged my heart or something. I contemplated asking my parents to drive me to the ER as it wouldn't end, hell even an ambulance drove past my house on that night on the way to someone elses aid (sirens and lights where active).

The following day I went to the urgent care center as the anxiety was killing me (figuratively) and stopped me from eating combined with chills, rapid heartbeat etc. They done tests and nothing was wrong.

It took 4 days since that experience for it to subside, I still had a slightly increased heart rate but I knew this was just from the residual anxiety. Last night I smoked again to see if this was a one off things, I only had like 1 and a 1/2 small joints before I felt the anxiety. I put it away and followed advice online to just divert my focus away from the anxiety and keep moving, went to sleep okay.

Aaaaand now I'm back to square one it seems, as the following morning (i.e today) I have anxiety, who knows if it will follow the same pattern it did last time (I hope not as I didn't smoke as much). So hopefully this will go away again, or it will be another trip to the urgent care center only a week later.
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TL;DR -- this is what I've gathered... for some reason, weed use in some people unearths underlying anxiety, that may or may not be present during the high itself, and is not the result of a heart condition or otherwise. All the nausea, sleeplessness, rapid heartbeat, shallow breathing etc. is caused by the anxiety, all of it, at least in most people. I've found 3 things that may help here:

>>This thread on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/Drugs/comments/33y3a6/for_everyone_who_has_anxiety_when_using_marijuana/

>>Check this out: http://cannabisdigest.ca/black-pepper-relieves-cannabis-anxiety/

Inhaling a few whiffs of black pepercorns, or Black Pepper Essential Oil can reduce cannabis-related anxiety (I think it only applies during use as it involves interaction is active-THC). Never tried it yet, but as hard to believe as it sounds, it works. A guy on a weed forum told me about this when I posted my problem. One idea I had would be to get an inhaler (old or new) remove the cotton stem in the middle, buy a new one, soak it in Black Pepper Essential Oil, then put the cotton stem back into the inhaler and use it on the go.

>>Look into CBD-heavy cannabis with low levels of THC, CBD is a cannabinoid that is responsable for most of weed's medicainal effects (you can look them up), this also includes anxiety. This guy has reviewed the most useful strains for anxiety, the best being the ACDC strain: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoAtxPh--wffhic5fev5IoQ

He used to smoke regular weed, but due to the same issues we all have here he moved onto CBD weed. I'd be interested in finding out what would happen if you mixed ACDC with a regular type of weed? Maybe it would work the same as taking a Xanax before smoking or something, I dunno.

>>Search "best weed strain for anxiety" or look here: http://www.medicalmarijuanastrains.com/tag/good-for-anxiety/

One review said that the "Chocolate Chunk" strain worked as well as Xanax for calming anxiety. Think of the strains in the above link as ones that and will help your anxiety, and think of the CBD heavy strains as ones that won't get you high, but will totally relax you, then again it's all subjective. Once again there's a possibility to mix.
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Hopefully this helps others.
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Please be very careful when taking the advice to use marijuana for anything, as it is still illegal in many places. We are not taking a stand on it either way here, and as always, no judgement, but it is not legal for even medical use in most places still, which is a consideration for many.

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I have a take on this.  First, I'm old, but when I was young and using pot it was a very different thing than it is today.  Unfortunately, in my opinion, some greedy yuppies in California started hybridizing natural marijuana, which wasn't that strong a drug, and turned it into another drug altogether.  It's much much stronger now, but even back when in my youth a lot of people got paranoid on it.  Eventually, I started getting anxious on it, and so I stopped using it, but went on to develop agoraphobia.  My own feeling is that it's not necessarily the marijuana that does this, but marijuana brings out of us what's on the inside and intensifies the experience, which explains the munchies, the laughing, the heightened sense of enjoyment of sex, movies, music.  If you didn't already like those things you won't like them while high, but if you do like them they'll feel more intense while high.  This is also true if you are anxious or depressed.  So if you get anxious while smoking, the logical thing to do is stop using the stuff.  If you feel you have to force it into you by taking another substance to control the anxiety, then you're not smoking to have fun anymore, you're smoking to be smoking.  Because marijuana, as with all drugs that affect the brain, targets neurotransmitters, if you have bad experiences on it they can become imprinted in your thinking, and slip over to when you're not high -- thus many get chronic anxiety from using marijuana.  A lot of this is just lifestyle because marijuana has been illegal and when something is illegal those who use it bond over it.  The same happened with alcohol during prohibition.  The use of the substance becomes a lifestyle instead of something fun to do.  That makes it hard to stop doing when it turns out not to be enjoyable anymore.  This can also happen to people who learn they're intolerant to eating wheat products or dairy -- there's a lot of societal pressure to keep eating the stuff.  One other thing -- the trend in marijuana is heading back to becoming illegal, because pharmaceutical companies are racing now to develop synthetic drugs for medical use.  Right now synthetic marijuana has a lot of unwanted side effects on too many people, but when they get it right, and this has already started, the will get FDA approval and the FDA will ban all other marijuana products for medicinal use just as they've done for opium.  So the turn to greed in this drug is heading back toward making it illegal.  That would be unfortunate.  As with all drugs, including strains of marijuana grown to emphasize certain active chemicals, the stronger you make any one chemical the weaker you have to make the other substances in the plant which probably help make it safer to use -- more balanced.  So be careful what you wish for.
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so im 18 and yesterday had a friend stop by my work when i was on break and he just bought a new piece and supposedly some high grade top shelf chronic from the local dispensary. i say supposedly because when i got in the car to smoke i was only intending to take one hit because i have been on probation for a long time and i knew my tolerance was not going to be very high, but within 1 minute i was already feeling veerrry high and then i said i had to get back to work but just went inside and sat down not even clocking back in. i couldnt say exactaly how long it took but maybe 10 -30 minutes after sitting down i started feeling like i was goin to puke so i got up (which was very hard to do) and walked very slowly to the restroom and got on my knees by the toilet. nothing happend after a few minutes so i got up and when a did a massive headache hit me and my vision started getting kinda blurry but it looked like everything around me was pulsating and getting very bright. i had to grab the counter so i wouldnt fall but the fast pulsating and brightness was just getting worse and worse until finnally  one of my arms and one leg just started to rapidly twitch and i immediatley fell to the ground . ihave no idea how long i was laying on the floor in the restroom but as i got up the twithcing and pulsating was all still there but i manged to get up and go sit back down. after a while i did end up puking...quite a bit too...and not until someone told me to go for a short walk did i start to have a little more control over my body. pretty much i just wanna know am i a light weight or did i smoke synthetic marijuana because i have before and it was almost exactly like that...and i have been to the ER for it before and was told my heart for 6 seconds and other times i sware its happened too but i cant be sure.

so is it possible to get that high from taking 1 mean rip of top shelf marijuana?
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wow I get those exact symptoms when I smoke aswell but some heart palpitations when I don't and I too smoked for 2 years. Sometimes 14 joints a day now a good joint can last me up to 2 days and never been higher. But can cause the worst feeling in the world from panicking. Never gone to the ER but I did think about it.
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So I got a question like last year I smoke some pot and it was laced with meth and heroin and I was freaking out I was afraid I was going to die my mom almost took me to the er. so now every time I smoke pot or I try to drink or I try to take any type of pills I start freaking out and having really bad panic attacks to where my heart rate goes up and I'm afraid I'm going to die. do you think if I quit smoking and drinking and doing everything for a couple of years it will die down? because after I smoke that pot I have panic attacks so bad like I won't be doing anything and then all the sudden I'll have a panic attack and I'll be feared for my life. How do I make this go away
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