Q: I’ve noticed that smoking high THC strains seems to cause anxiety or paranoia. Is this normal?
A: Yes, this is quite common. Unfortunately CBD, a natural component of cannabis that has anti-anxiety effects, has been bred out of most recreational strains, and many recreational users chase the “ultimate high”, so we will see more reports of such problems as more places legalize. That’s because people will blame “the pot” rather than the fools using it. Here are some simple remedies:
- Smoke less, FFS.
- Have some fresh black peppercorns around (they’re full of beta-caryophyllene). When someone starts freaking out, grind some and let them sniff (not inhale or snort) the ground pepper.
- Use only true indica strains, or ones with at least 5% CBD content.
(from a conversation on LinkedIn)