Ever Got that "Bad High" and Freaked Out When Smoking Up? Experts are Still Trying to Know Why

Khryss | Published 2017-04-22 18:40
Rumor has it that weed can actually make you freak out. Sometimes when people smoke some of that dank, they get symptoms like blacking out or feeling dizzy, to the point of even having distorted vision or hearing. "My boyfriend and I had tickets to a Kate Nash concert and smoked a joint before heading out," one person told Motherboard. "I remember feeling kind of floaty on the cab ride over—almost like I wasn't fully in my body…Then, during the opener, the room started to go dizzy and I suddenly couldn't see or hear anything. The next thing I remember is waking up on the floor several minutes later, a crowd of people hovering around me, feeling like I'd died." Thing is, marijuana-induced anxiety's definitely not a nice effect though ironically, there is some evidence to show that weed can't actually catalyze anxiety. The closest we can get to this contradiction is a study in 2015 stating that cannabinoid receptors in the brain react with cannabinoids to regulate stress, and researchers theorizing that THC binds with cannabinoid receptors to both increase or decrease feelings of anxiety. But it isn't truly certain what causes what. And thanks to strict marijuana laws, we still can't use and standardize other factors for further research. "It's not just whether or not a person has a genetic risk factor," April Thames, an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles' Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, told Motherboard. "It's really looking at the expression of those genes, and that's brought on by environmental factors that change the way genes are expressed. It's conceivable that the use of these substances could impact one's trajectory to develop anxiety, but need there needs to be more research." So  don't let a "bad high" make you feel down just yet. Remember that at the end of the day, weed is supposed to give you good vibes, right? Go ahead and experiment with different strains if you must. Just learn your limits! https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/marijuana-induced-anxiety-is-weed-cultures-bigfoot
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