Why Do Some People Freak Out on Marijuana While Others Don’t?

By Rolling Up


There are usually two camps when it comes to smoking: those who find it relaxing when they smoke it and those who don’t. Let’s find out why.


But wait, isn’t marijuana used to treat anxiety? It’s a confusing thought to get your head wrapped around. Many will argue that smoking marijuana is a guaranteed way to induce anxiety. The short answer to the debate is that everyone is different when it comes to how they process the chemical compounds. Each human being is unique when it comes to breaking down the compounds. The reaction due to how the chemical in our brain reacts to the predisposition of THC and how the brain processes the cannabinoids. 


In research, the association between cannabis and anxiety has received little attention. Marijuana often brings out the feeling of underlying conditions that are already present in the system that you might already be experiencing and will have a heightened feeling after smoking. THC can overexcite the neural pathways and produce a heightened sense of fear, anxiety, and stress. When you smoke marijuana, THC binds to the cannabinoid receptors, releasing neurotransmitter dopamine, serotonin, and GABA, a neurotransmitter that stops neurons from firing. This system doesn’t always go to plan. 


Higher THC doses can also lead to more inducing experiences, but THC is only one part of the puzzle. We know that CBD may also tone down receptors, but doesn’t that mean you find a strain that has more CBD than THC? The equation isn’t that easy. You really don’t know how much cannabinoid will be released in each strain. If you purchase the same strain from two different dispensaries you won’t get the same amount of CBD. 


Age can also play a big part on how your reactors function after taking a puff. Our brains age as we age and our receptor density gets lower over time. How you’re feeling when you smoke affects how you will react. If life is stressing you out then you might be more susceptible to an anxiety-inducing experience. If you find yourself feeling anxious the next time you smoke, take a breather. It is important to remember that consumption is dependent on the user, and discretion should always be taken responsibly. 

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