THC Make You Paranoid? This Will Help.

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by Dan Larkin.

Does too much THC make you paranoid? Anxious? Maybe freaking you out a bit? It can happen to anyone. Just remember, you’re not going to die. If it’s happened to you and you want to block that feeling there are some things you can do.

You may have read our story about Neil Young’s remedy for this problem. (Black peppercorns) If not, you can read it here.

black peppercorns do the trick for Neil Young

Now, while black peppercorns apparently do the trick, you might not have any available when you need them and, let’s face it; if you’re paranoid and freaking out you’re definitely not going into a grocery store to shop the spice racks.

Here’s what science says will help.

So, what else can help you calm down and hopefully keep you from rushing to the ER, thinking you’re going to die? (Don’t laugh, it happens all the time.)

Well, as it so happens, the darling of the cannabis world, CBD, can do the trick. That’s right. Cannabidiol (or CBD) is scientifically proven to beat back the effects of too much THC consumption.

The Journal of Neuroscience recently published its findings from a study that shows how it works. The study is titled “Cannabidiol Counteracts the Psychotropic Side-Effects of Δ-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol in the Ventral Hippocampus Through Bi-Directional Control of ERK1-2 Phosphorylation

Kind of just rolls off the tongue, right? (I’m betting the movie will have a shorter title.)

Let’s break that down for you.

So, what the researchers did in this study was to give lab rats high doses of THC. They confirmed that THC stimulates a molecule located in the brain’s hippocampus, where we store memory, learning, and emotional associations. When that molecule is triggered it can have side effects like anxiety, depression and addictive behaviors. Sounds fun, right? (No.)

Next, they gave the rats CBD and THC simultaneously and they found the CBD blocked the effects of the THC. Those rats experienced less anxiety and less sensitivity to fear-based learning.

“Our findings have important implications for prescribing cannabis and long-term cannabis use. For example, for individuals more prone to cannabis-related side-effects, it is critical to limit use to strains with high CBD and low THC content.”

Steven Laviolette– Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.


So, my advice would be to keep your CBD handy if you are prone to paranoid feelings or anxiety from too much THC. Also, the best advice is always to start “Low and Slow” when experimenting with new or stronger strains of cannabis products that contain THC. Microdosing is your friend. Take the time to know what works for you and respect yourself and the plant.

Do you have a remedy that works for you? What’s been your experience with THC-related paranoia or anxiety? Let us know! Email your story to us here.

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