CBD won't cause you to feel paranoid, as it binds to receptors in your body rather than in your brain. Researchers are finding it may be able to counteract paranoia, especially when it's a result of THC. CBD can actually "quiet down" your cannabinoid receptors, while THC can cause hyperactivity which can lead to paranoia. Understand the science behind why cannabis can make users feel paranoid and learn how to avoid this feeling. Does CBD oil make you feel paranoid? Does CBD oil make you feel paranoid? https://i0.wp.com/thefarmula.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/paranoid.png?fit=1061%2C597&ssl=1 1061 597 The Farmula The
Does CBD Make You Paranoid?
It’s not uncommon to experience paranoia when consuming THC, but does CBD have the same effect? I set out to uncover the answer & have first-hand experience to share with you:
CBD won’t cause you to feel paranoid, as it binds to receptors in your body rather than in your brain. Researchers are finding it may be able to counteract paranoia, especially when it’s a result of THC. CBD can actually “quiet down” your cannabinoid receptors, while THC can cause hyperactivity which can lead to paranoia.
THC Hits The Brain, CBD Hits The Body
Although you probably already know how CBD is much different than THC, did you know it’s received by your body in an entirely different way?
THC is known to bind to the CB1 cannabinoid receptors located in your brain. Because of the location & function of these receptors, it can cause you to feel paranoid or anxious due to “hyperactivity” caused by too much THC! Your receptors are firing off with large amounts of THC & therefore it can bring on some intense effects.
CBD, on the other hand, binds mainly to CB2 receptors that are located throughout your body & largely in your immune system. Instead of being received by your brain, it’s received in the body. This also explains CBD’s promising results when it comes to inflammation & autoimmune conditions.
This is largely why CBD is not going to make you paranoid, where THC can. But, what about when CBD is used alongside THC in something like a Full Spectrum CBD Oil?
Will Full-Spectrum CBD Be Different?
An important factor in not feeling paranoid with THC is the amount you consume. When it comes to Full spectrum CBD, we are talking about a limit of 0.3% THC maximum. So, not a lot.
We still recommend Full Spectrum to those who’ve had previous negative experiences with THC. In all likelihood, the paranoia was a result of taking one too many gummies or puffs – we’ve all been there at one point. But, understanding that there is much less THC in these products than gummies you’d get from a dispensary in Colorado!
Also, we must understand the effect CBD has on THC & paranoia.
Using CBD Alongside THC
One of the biggest reasons people are using CBD today is to calm down anxious thoughts/relieving stress. So, it clearly has a natural calming effect. This especially comes into play when alongside THC.
Various studies including a 2019 controlled trial published to the National Library of Medicine showed that CBD has the ability to reduce the negative side effects of THC! Usually being paranoia & anxiety. CBD has the potential to help “calm” those cannabinoid receptors down & help your nervous system return to normal!
We advise our friends who enjoy THC to always have some CBD on hand! As it can really come in handy when you’re feeling like you just might never feel normal again.
THC can certainly be intense, but there are reasons you shouldn’t count it out completely.
Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of THC
We would tell anyone, especially newcomers, to be mindful about how much THC you are consuming. Because although you can’t overdose or become addicted to THC (physically), you certainly can reach a point of “too much”. Which can come with an existential crisis, an endless case of the munchies, & for some, nausea.
But, fear not! THC can be extremely beneficial when used correctly. As you may or may not know, it specifically empowers CBD so you can feel better results at lower doses! Having just a little bit of THC makes the CBD work much better & more consistently than when you take it away.
We recommend Full Spectrum as a first-choice for most everyone. The cases for not taking Full Spectrum CBD are things like drug testing for work or hypersensitivity to THC. As for some, even that little 0.3% is just too much. But, for most, choosing Full Spectrum is the best bet to finding the most relief.
CBD isn’t going to make you paranoid. It acts much differently than THC & delivers calming effects that are received by your body, not your brain.
This doesn’t mean it won’t help with anxious thoughts/etc. As we know, CBD has been showing promise in these areas & works more so with the Central Nervous & Endocannabinoid systems to help you remain calm.
So, don’t be afraid to give it a try! It usually comes with a ton of benefits without any sort of negative effects.
Why Does Too Much Cannabis Make You Feel Paranoid? [And How Do You Stop It?]
Cannabis is known to make people feel relaxed, but it’s similarly well-known that a little bit too much can lead to anxiety and paranoia. Several studies have confirmed that a little bit of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has anti-anxiety effects, but consuming too much has the opposite effect. Cannabinoids like THC therefore have what are called “biphasic effects”. This means the product delivers effects on a scale which looks like this:
Take too little, and the effects won’t be felt, but take too much, and the effects could be negative. The trick is to find the optimal dose. However, the optimal dose is different for everyone so you may need to experiment to find out what works for you.
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Why does THC have two different effects?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is complex, and we have much to understand about how cannabinoids interact with it. It seems that activating CB1 receptors can cause psychoactive, sedative, anti-nausea and appetite-increasing effects, but activating them too much can increase the chances of anxiety and paranoia.
Science doesn’t yet understand why this is, but we know that endocannabinoids work to keep our bodies in balance. They modulate stress and reward networks, consisting of the endocannabinoid system ECS, dopamine system, and hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis. These networks establish the balance between distress and well-being. Over-activating these networks can knock them off-balance, causing anxiety rather than reducing it.
Are there any other cannabinoids that have a similar effect?
The recently-discovered tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THCP), which is more potent than THC, could certainly have similar effects as THC in high doses. Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is anti-psychoactive in low doses, but is psychoactive in higher doses. High doses of THCV combined with high doses of THC may increase the chances of experiencing anxiety and paranoia.
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Are there any cannabinoids with the opposite effect THC has?
CBD does not necessarily have the “opposite” effect of THC in the strictest sense, but it does block THC’s psychoactive effects to a certain extent. CBD also has anti-anxiety effects at any dose, and doesn’t have the biphasic effects THC has – in other words, taking too much CBD won’t cause anxiety. This is because CBD prevents the over-stimulating effects that THC can have on the brain. THC’s psychoactivity is due to a molecule in the brain’s hippocampus called extracellular-signal-regulated kinase (ERK). CBD essentially regulates the production of this compound.
THC’s and CBD’s parent cannabinoid, cannabigerol (CBG), partially “turns off” CB1 receptors. This means that, like CBD, CBG can block THC’s psychoactive effect to a certain extent. CBG also has anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory properties, and could help new brain cells grow (neurogenesis).
Low doses of THCV can be said to truly have the opposite effect of THC, as THCV binds to the CB1 receptors as well as partially turning them off. THCV can also curb hunger, and has a more awakening or energizing effect.
How Do You Prevent or Stop an Anxiety or Panic Attack Arising From Cannabis Use?
We have written on this in more depth in our article ‘5 Ways to Counteract a Negative Marijuana Experience’, where we give the following advice:
- Rest, relax and don’t panic – put yourself in an environment where you’re comfortable and at ease, and remember that it’ll all be over soon. Soothing music can help in such circumstances.
- A hot shower or bath may help reduce any feelings of nausea.
- Have a mug of hot herbal tea such as chamomile, which can have sedative effects.
- Talk to someone and keep your mind off any negative thoughts.
- Black peppercorns – black pepper contains the terpene-cannabinoid, beta-caryophyllene. Beta-caryophyllene also has anti-anxiety and painkilling (analgesic) effects, and may also help refresh or awaken one’s senses when stuck in a paranoid or anxiety-induced thought loop.
- Using terpenes like pinene, which can also mitigate some of the negative effects high doses of THC may have, especially on short-term memory.
- Using CBD in equal or greater ratios compared to THC.
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Any advice on dosing cannabis to prevent anxiety and paranoia?
You can read about dosing cannabis in more detail here. When it comes to preventing anxiety and paranoia in particular, here’s some advice:
- Microdose THC – don’t go overboard
- Be particularly careful with edibles, as THC is more potent when eaten
- CBD is your friend – utilize strains and products high in CBD
- CBG, beta-caryophyllene and pinene all of stress-busting properties, and can also mitigate some of the effects of THC can be useful if you’re seeking a sedative effect with less of the psychoactivity of THC
- When trying a new product, do so in a comfortable environment and test it out to see what sort of effect it has on you
If you suffer from anxiety and you’re finding that prescription antidepressants or sedatives are having little effect (or even a negative effect) on you, then you can speak to a medical marijuana doctor online with Leafwell today!
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Dipak Hemraj Head of Research and Education
Dipak Hemraj is a published author, grower, product maker, and Leafwell’s resident cannabis expert. From botany & horticulture to culture and economics, he wishes to help educate the public on why cannabis is medicine (or a “pharmacy in a plant”) and how it can be used to treat a plethora of health problems. Dipak wants to unlock the power of the plant, and see if there are specific cannabinoid-terpene-flavonoid profiles suitable for different conditions.
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Many people are affected with anxiety and paranoid thoughts. It makes sense in today’s world, where stressful events seem to be more regular than the climate. Therefore, it is no wonder that people are turning to more natural supplements to help them stay calm and manage their paranoia and anxiety. CBD oil has recently gained a reputation as a miraculous cure for anxiety, but is it true?
As you may know, CBD is another compound from cannabis, just like THC. Both THC and CBD are cannabinoids, a kind of molecule that interacts with the body and generates a “feel good” effect, like endorphins or serotonin. However, you may also know that THC can cause feelings of paranoia and are wondering whether CBD will have the same effect.
What is Paranoia?
Though it is often thought that anxiety and paranoia are similar, and yes, anxiety can cause paranoid thoughts, it also works in the reverse. Paranoia can lead to anxiety.
But what is paranoia if it is not considered anxiety? Simply put, paranoia is a feeling that you are in danger somehow, even when there is no proof that you are. A lot of people can have paranoid thoughts throughout their life, and some individuals may even develop clinical paranoia, which is much more severe.
Clinical paranoia will affect someone most of the time, not just once in a while. They may be able to function normally, but the paranoia could strain relationships. Signs of paranoia include suspicions, fears, mistrust in others, and feelings of betrayal. Paranoid behaviours manifest as hypervigilance, defensiveness, distrust, and inability to remain calm and composed.
Why Can Cannabis Cause Paranoia?
In 2014, British researchers from the University of Oxford looked into reasons why cannabis can make some people relaxed and others extremely paranoid . The study had 121 volunteers between the ages 21 and 50. Every person had used cannabis at least once before. Two-thirds of the group received a high dose THC injection, while the remaining volunteers received a placebo.
After receiving the injection, half of the people who had gotten the THC developed paranoid thoughts. 30 percent who had received the placebo also became paranoid. The researchers concluded that THC could increase the levels of paranoia someone feels, especially when the paranoia started to lessen as THC left the bloodstream. Researchers also found that other psychological factors, such as anxiety, low self-esteem, and worry could be amplified by THC.
Although that is but one study on the nature of THC and paranoia, it does highlight one thing that many already know: that the THC in cannabis affects people uniquely—and not always positively.
Will CBD Cause Paranoia?
Now, we have talked about THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis, but what about CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) does not affect the endocannabinoid system within your body the same way that THC does. THC will cause a high. CBD does not. While both compounds can work together to create interesting results, it has been noted that CBD will enhance the ability of THC as analgesic (painkiller) while diminishing the paranoia THC sometimes causes [2, 3]. In fact, many of the negative side effects of THC, such as sleepiness, feelings of dysphoria, increased appetite, and so on, are augmented by CBD.
So does that mean that CBD can stop paranoia in its tracks? Is CBD truly the anti-anxiety miracle that many claim it is?
CBD is Anti-Anxiety
As mentioned earlier, CBD is the non-psychoactive compound present in all strains of cannabis, including industrial hemp. When CBD enters your body, it interacts with the CB1 receptor of the endocannabinoid system the same way a neurotransmitter would. For instance, CBD can inhibit a CB1 receptor and cause a decrease in serotonin uptake, which can help depressed people feel happier.
In the same way, CBD will react with receptors that signal anxiety by modulating just how much cannabinoid activity goes on within the body. That explains why CBD can be taken to counteract THC-induced anxiety, as well as paranoid, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Many psychological and mental conditions, like PTSD, are often characterized by overactive or underactive endocannabinoid systems. For example, people with PTSD have been found to produce very little amounts of anandamide, a natural endocannabinoid that functions like THC. So, when cannabinoids like CBD are introduced to the system, it can help regulate the underactive receptors and help those with PTSD deal with their anxiety.
Finding The Right CBD Product For You
If you are interested in trying CBD to treat paranoia, then you need to decide the best method for taking CBD oil. There are plenty of CBD products to try; Farmula has tinctures and salves and oils for every purpose. Yet, not every product is going to work exactly for you like it did someone else. To find the correct CBD product, consider the following:
• Tinctures and sublingual drops are one of the fastest ways to deliver CBD to your bloodstream quickly.
• Edibles take longer to digest into the body, but the overall calming effect will last longer than tinctures and ingestible oils.
• Topical products will do very little for anxiety and paranoid but can do wonders for muscle tension.
• Smoking or vaporizing CBD oil will provide the fastest relief. That said, vaping CBD oil can irritate the lungs and throat.
Keep Calm and Use CBD
So will CBD oil make you paranoid? The chances are very, very low. Most people have reported CBD oil making them feel less paranoid, and there is plenty of research going on to support these findings. Therefore, if you struggle with anxiety or paranoid thoughts and want to try a natural way to relax your body and mind, why not give CBD a try?
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