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To a normal person and a mentally ill one.
I want NO stoners answering this question, because i am an ex stoner and am very against weed and drugs now because i believe they have given me psychosis and worsened my mental health. Any stoners that do answer will be REPORTED.
Recent studies suggest, and have proven, that the 'new wave' of growers cashing in on the production of marijuana are simply producing plants with high levels of THC and virtually zero levels of the other important cannabinoid CBD. The resulting marijuana, high in THC alone, is whats causing the high rate of psychological problems amongst users in recent years. Dosing ones self with THC gives an almost immediate alert feeling followed by rapid thoughts/mild confusion, and also a tendency to induce panic and negative thoughts in a high rate of users. Luckily these negative effects are short lived, …until the next dose is taken! If a person has such attacks then simply abstaining from high lone THC level marijuana will cure the problem!
The once thought inactive chemical CBD is now taking the spotlight as the savoir of marijuana. CBD is produced ONLY when marijuana is left to fully mature. It's easily identified by an amber trichome color on a mature flowering plant. Search for amber trichomes and you will find pictures. As you probably know its the trichomes which contain THC, and when these are clear or milky will be at around 90-100% at their peak (this is when 90% of people harvest). Once harvested the trichomes cannot progress any further or break down and CBD is only produced once the trichomes start to break down, which only happens towards the natural life cycle of the plant. Typically seed sellers say 8-10 weeks flowering, but in reality marijuana flowers for as long as 16-20 weeks! So this is what everyone does, flowers for 10 weeks, waits for cloudy trichomes and then harvests with little to no CBD content.
In a nutshell, CBD levels out the THC high, making it more enjoyable/less heady and also give a full body high that makes a user feel sedated. This theory is well bolstered by medicinal users and in places where marijuana is grown to contain high levels of CBD. Its also worth noting all imported hash contains high CBD levels as the marijuana used to produce it will have been grown in mass and only harvested at the end of the plants natural life cycle and then made into hash. If you ever used hash you will agree the high is more sleepy and less brain active.
Chances are you have given yourself a mild form of psychosis form over use of low level CBD marijuana. The damage done is completely reversible! Stop using high level THC only marijuana completely or use a lot less. Personally I would recommend complete abstinence for at least a year to allow the brain chemistry to right itself and for you to get your life back on track.
Ultimately education is what's needed here. Learning the why's and how's of something is often half the issue solved! Please take five minutes to read the link below. I hope this sheds some light on what you are dealing with and part answers your question.
I first smoked pot when i was 14 and it was amazing and i felt high and giggly and happy etc. And i RARELY smoke it but when i do some of the times a get really paranoid as i'm 'monged out'/'stoned' and i just have a bad feeling that people are looking at me and thinking 'what is he doing honestly' and 'he looks embarrasing' etc, and it really upsets me and i end up going to sleep and leaving the atmosphere, but other times i've smoked it i've felt happy and giggly and talkative, i was just wondering what can cause the paranoia… Is it the atmosphere? The type of weed? I just thought if i got some answers it might trigger something to stop the paranoia, i know its a very stupid thing to do but i do generally enjoy smoking it, its just the bad side-affects that i don't really enjoy would appreciate serious answers not 'don't smoke it its stupid' unless of course there may be nothing to stop the paranoia and it generally is my own head and i can't control it, would love some own experiences aswel? Thankyou
Not all Cannabis is the same! Since inhalation of smoke from cannabis may irritate the mucous membranes, it is not a recommended form of administering cannabis; however it is the fastest delivery system.
Did you know that THC is not the only or the most medicinal cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant? The genetic make-up of cannabis allows for a total of 30% of its mass to be cannabinoids. When one cannabinoid is present in a large quantity, the others must be present in smaller quantities to make up for the relative ratio.
THC is the most well known cannabinoid to date, probably due it causing the psychoactive effect, the mind-altering effect, or “high”. It also may help treat wasting symptoms such as nausea and vomiting caused from HIV/cancer or many other associated conditions.
The more THC in the strain of cannabis, the more you will feel the psychoactive effects.
THC causes a wide range of effects ranging from peaceful to paranoid, which can slightly vary from person to person based on differing biochemistry. For the most part, the high felt is euphoric. THC by itself may cause paranoia and temporary psychosis, however, any sense of danger is strictly perceived harm, as THC does not affect primary brain stem functioning required to sustain life. Some recent investigations show that THC in low doses improves the effectiveness of other anti-nausea drugs when given together.
On average, cannabis buds harvested and dried properly will contain approximately 15% THC. By selecting certain seeds or breeding cannabis plants, you can moderately alter this percentage, allowing you to obtain higher or lower levels of THC based on your needs.
CBD is the second most researched of the cannabinoids. It is non-psychoactive and works in conjunction with THC. CBD increases your current mood and can make you more energetic. Link to Fact Sheet for GW Pharmaceuticals drug called “SATIVEX”. Http://chealth.canoe.ca/drug_info_detail…
Studies have suggested a wide range of possible therapeutic effects of cannabidiol on several conditions, diseases, and disorders; including inflammation, pain, anxiety, nausea, Multiple sclerosis, muscle spasms, convulsions, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, epilepsy, and it may even help patients dealing with schizophrenia.
CBD in conjunction with other cannabinoids such as THC, has been known to kill cancer cells without harming normal, healthy cells.
Research by Pamela DeRosse, a scientist at Long Island’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, suggests that schizophrenia patients who smoked marijuana had faster brain processing speed, greater verbal ability and better memory than patients who didn’t smoke — not attributes usually associated with being high. The reason this works for patients with schizophrenia is that, although 9-THC can cause hallucinations and paranoia to be worse in schizophrenia patients, CBD has antipsychotic properties that counteract the ∆9-THC (http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2005559,00.html#ixzz1taWzUrQq).
CBN increases the body high and gives off more of a mellow and dreamy analgesic effect which increases feelings like dizziness, grogginess, and disorientation. It has been found to slightly lower blood pressure and heart rate. Much like THC, increased amounts of CBN has been associated with increased feelings like anxiety, paranoia, and nervousness.
High amounts of CBN should be avoided. We always recommend proper handling and storage. Cannabis is a medicine, let’s treat it as so!
What does all this mean for a medical marijuana patient?
Ask about how it was grown and ask to be shown the lab testing results which display the percentages of these cannabinoids.
In regards to THC and CBD, some strains of cannabis may be right for you and some may not be, aim for Low THC and CBN with high CBD.