Some folks can’t handle weed, and it’s not their fault. While you ride waves of relaxation and creativity, someone twice your size could be in the fetal position after consuming the very same dose of THC. So, why does marijuana bring on the “weed demons” for many people? Enter the science.
According to a paper published by Harvard Medical School, intense anxiety and panic attacks are the most commonly reported side effects of smoking marijuanaabout 20 to 30 percent of recreational users have experienced an unpleasant highand it’s likely all chemical.
An overstimulated endocannabinoid system (ECS) means normal functioning is disrupted. Even this small loss of control could cause elevated stress levels, paranoia, and even some mild hallucinations concocted by a very creative mind.
The cannabinoid and terpene makeup of a particular cannabis plant plays a vital role in the overall effects someone will feel. And the amount one uses can also trigger a panic attack. With low doses, THC can have a sedative effect, even for those who suffer from anxiety and use medical marijuana to treat the condition.
The many mysterious ways THC interacts with the brain are still unraveling before us, but it’s always a good idea to give everyone their freedom when it comes to consuming cannabis. No one knows their ECS until they start experimenting with cannabinoids and terpenes at different levels, and that’s why we say, “start low, go slow” when trying anything new.