So you want to treat your anxiety and depression with cannabis? Before taking this step, it’s important to consider the potential of having a cannabis induced anxiety attack. Best to avoid this from the beginning.
In a previous article we took a look at the possibility that cannabis can actually cause an anxiety or panic attack. This is particularly true for edibles which affect the body differently than smoking. Proper dosing is the key to avoiding an anxiety attack.
Recognizing the symptoms of a cannabis induced anxiety attack
For those already suffering from anxiety or panic disorder, these symptoms should come as no surprise. Here are the most common ones:
- profuse sweating
- shallow breathing
- racing heartbeat
- numbness in your limbs
- tunnel vision
Do any of these sound familiar?
It can often be a terrifying experience to have an anxiety attack. It can feel like a heart attack or the dread that your imminent death is approaching.
So what can you do?
Reducing the symptoms of a cannabis induced anxiety attack
There seem to be endless tips, tricks, and techniques which claim to stop the effects of a cannabis induced anxiety attack. From eating an orange or drinking herbal tea, to meditation and prescription medication.
The truth, however, is far more simple:
You can’t do anything other than wait it out!
At best, laying down and taking deep breaths is recommended. Watching some comedy films or stand-up may also help to distract the mind from the uncomfortable feelings. Laughter, of course, is always the best medicine.
Proper dosing is the key
The compound THC is the main culprit that causes anxiety attacks in users. Take too much and the usually relaxing high can easily become overwhelming and uncomfortable. This is why CBD is such an essential part for treating your anxiety with cannabis. For more details about the importance of CBD read this article.
Edibles are not usually recommended to treat anxiety and depression unless you know what you are doing. They often have very high doses of THC and the effects last alot longer. Learn how to choose the best edibles for anxiety and depression.
Best practices for avoiding a cannabis induced anxiety attack
- Start slow.
- Use CBD oil instead. There is no high with CBD. High quality tinctures are best.
- Smoke if you have to. Any negative effects won’t last as long as edibles.
- Avoid edibles until you become comfortable with higher dosing. Negative effects can last for hours.
Remember…you will not die from a THC overdose or any resulting anxiety attack.
And as always…laughter is the best medicine!
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please leave them below.
To your health and well being,