How To Smoke Weed Without Getting Anxious
Have you ever been too stoned?
You know the feeling: You can feel your heart beating through your chest, thoughts race through your mind too quickly to focus on, and you’re so self-aware that you can barely string a sentence together.
This isn’t uncommon. In fact, for people who don’t consume THC very often, a moderate dose of THC can pretty reliably produce uncomfortable reactions.
Even seasoned stoners can suffer from negative effects. Many people find that although weed used to always make them chilled and happy, it can now sometimes make them anxious and paranoid.
I’ve certainly experienced it.
Luckily, I’ve discovered a number of ways to keep anxiety under control…
1. Use CBD
In my opinion, CBD is the number one weapon against THC-induced anxiety.
Studies have proven when CBD is consumed before or alongside THC, the negative effects of THC, such as anxiety and short-term memory loss, are reduced.
CBD-rich bud/hemp flower is ideal for mixing with THC-rich weed to make the ‘high’ more manageable. It’s also great to smoke/vape by itself.
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2. Use a dry herb vape
Dry herb vapes heat your weed without burning it. This gives off a vapour which is inhaled. Not only is it less harmful than smoking, I find it also produces a much smoother high.
I still feel stoned, but it’s not like the heavy-headed stoned I feel after a joint.
I also find that I get far less anxiety from dry herb vaping than I do from smoking. It could be to do with the chemicals that are produced when cannabis is combusted, such as carbon monoxide.
I can sit and puff away on 0.3g of bud for a good 15 minutes and get nicely baked. The AVB (already vaped bud) can then be eaten as it retains up to 20% of its THC content. The THC will be decarboxylated by the heat of the vape and ready to eat. Be careful when eating it, however, as THC edibles are no joke and AVB can easily be underestimated.
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If you keep finding that THC gives you anxiety, try reducing your dose. In fact, even a dose as small as 1mg (considered a ‘microdose’) could be a good amount for you get the benefots fo THC without getting too high and anxious.
I’ve written about microdosing cannabis before as a way to stretch out your supply, but it’s most useful for reducing weed consumption or dealing with cravings. A microdose of THC looks like a single puff on a dry herb vape or a joint, or a small amount of an edible.
A microdose of weed is perceptible, but you won’t exactly feel high. Most people report feeling relaxed, content and happy. A microdose of THC satisfies the itch to consume weed. If you’re like me, you’ll soon start to really enjoy the feeling in between being sober and being stoned.
4. Buy my book
I wrote a book about building a healthy relationship with cannabis, including how to avoid weed-induced anxiety and paranoia. It goes into detail on the tips I cover here, as well as a number of different strategies and techniques that can help you use cannabis to improve your life.
It’s got a few 5-star reviews and has seemed to have helped a few people. Check it out here.How To Smoke Weed Without Getting Anxious Have you ever been too stoned? You know the feeling: You can feel your heart beating through your chest, thoughts race through your mind too quickly
Five Ways to Prevent an Anxious High
Alone in my bedroom well past midnight, I began to wonder if that pot brownie I devoured earlier was laced with shrooms. With every twist and turn of the kaleidoscopic patterns forming before my eyes, my heart pounded even harder. “Wait, is the weed giving me a heart attack?” I worried. (I called my medical marijuana doctor the next day to ask if such a thing were possible. It’s not.)
Surely there couldn’t have been shrooms in the brownie—it came from a medical marijuana dispensary. But nonetheless, I was freaking out, and even worse, I was ashamed of the way I was feeling—why couldn’t I just get high and be chill?
I’ve had my ups and downs with weed for the now ten years it’s been part of my life, though I’ve always been a moderate consumer. Still, the journey through and past my weed anxiety has been a pursuit in self-knowledge and a rewarding path to becoming more grounded.
“As a society, there’s this stigma that anxiety is negative. Before we normalize cannabis, we have to normalize anxiety,” says Jessica Assaf, founder of Cannabis Feminist, a community that empowers women who use both recreational and medical marijuana. “Often, we are ashamed of the anxiety, and that is more dangerous than the anxiety itself.”
She also asserts that getting high is also about relinquishing control. “It’s ultimately recognizing that you have to let go and let the plant do the healing,” Assaf says. “If you go back to the facts and the science, it can be very reassuring: We all have an endocannabinoid system with receptors that exist to bind perfectly to the compounds in the plant.” Here’s some advice from a few experts on how to get your body and mind on the same page when trying to kick back and enjoy a high that actually feels like one.
Cannabis has a biphasic effect, meaning that a low dose can have the opposite effect of a high dose. Half a brownie could have you feeling euphoric, while the whole brownie will have you freaking out. The professionals I spoke with all recommended “start low and go slow.” Wait about ten minutes between hits, or—as Julie Holland, New York-based psychiatrist and author of The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis recommends—wait about two hours between edible doses to know a product’s effect before having more.
As I learned the hard way, THC—the main psychoactive compound in cannabis—is likely to feel more psychedelic when you digest it. That’s because your liver turns it into 11-Hydroxy-THC, an active metabolite, which is more psychedelic and lasts longer than regular THC, explains Holland.
Mind your surroundings.
Remember “set and setting,” cautions California-based psychotherapist Ron Alexander, a clinical trainer in the field of mindfulness meditation. “Most people who have a predisposition to social anxiety, generalized anxiety, and/or panic attack should use cannabis at home where they can create a quiet and relaxing atmosphere,” he says. “As the cannabis effect is coming on—for example after ingesting an edible—do some yoga and stretching, meditate, write in a journal, or look at beautiful art books and magazines.”Advice from someone who's had her share of anxiety from smoking weed. ]]>