by Alex Robles and Xochipilli

Cannabis is a psychoactive substance that’s been used for centuries for its potential therapeutic effects, including the ability to reduce anxiety.  However, it’s important to note that cannabis can also cause or worsen anxiety at high dosages, and in some cases, it can even lead to panic attacks.

One of the main factors that can contribute to the anxiety-inducing effects of cannabis is the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound in cannabis.  THC is known to produce a range of psychological effects, including feelings of euphoria and relaxation. It can also produce unwanted effects such as anxiety, paranoia, and psychosis in some individuals.

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The’ is some evidence to suggest that individuals who are predisposed to anxiety or who have a personal or family history of anxiety may be more likely to experience anxiety or panic attacks after using cannabis.  Similarly, individuals who have a history of trauma or who are experiencing high levels of stress may also be more vulnerable to the anxiety-inducing effects of cannabis.

The dosage of THC is also an important factor to consider when it comes to the potential for cannabis to cause or worsen anxiety.  Higher doses of THC are more likely to produce unwanted psychological effects, including anxiety.  In contrast, lower doses of THC may be less likely to produce these effects.

It’s also important to consider the method of consumption when it comes to the potential for cannabis to cause or worsen anxiety.  Smoking cannabis can produce a more rapid and intense onset of effects, including anxiety, compared to other methods of consumption such as vaporizers. This may make it more likely for an individual to experience anxiety or a panic attack after smoking cannabis.

While cannabis may have potential therapeutic effects for some people, it’s important to be aware of the potential for it to cause or worsen anxiety at high dosages, even leading to panic attacks.  It’s always a good idea to use caution when using cannabis and to be aware of your own personal risk factors for anxiety.