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panic attacks from weed

There is one at every party. It seems that just about the time the second joint starts getting passed around the room, the girlfriend of the guy that nobody really wanted there in the first place goes quiet. Her situation is a little suspect, as everyone notices that she keeps feeling her chest from time to time. But the consensus is that as long as the “friendlies” are still having fun, all is well and good in the world.

And since it is impossible to die from a marijuana overdose, and the herb cannot cause any damage to a person’s internal organs, calling 911 for a THC terror trip is really just a waste of time.
Courtesy of Chris Allport’s The Leaf.

But is summoning emergency assistance the right move in this situation?
The short answer is no. Depending on which state a person lives in, calling in the cavalry (Police, Fire Department and EMT’s) when someone starts flipping out after consuming too much marijuana can bring nothing but trouble. Sure, there are a handful of states where cannabis is perfectly legal for adults 21 and older, but there are still plenty of jurisdictions in the United States where pot possession is a one-way ticket to jail.
Pro Tip: Save yourself the embarrassment (and perhaps even some legal woes) — don’t call 911 the next time you fear marijuana is trying to kill you. It isn’t.
Some of the other girls try to help calm her down a little, while the less sympathetic of the group sit back and laugh, spouting off things like “I remember the first time I smoked weed.” It’s all fun and games until the girl’s cannabis-induced panic attack erupts into a full-blown spectacle of terror and she does everything but tear down the living room walls trying to get some fresh air. It is at that point when she starts belting out a cornucopia of strange, colorful obscenities and begging for someone, anyone to call 911.
The dispatcher told Allport that she was more than willing to send in the troops. But she did her best to discourage him from going this route, perhaps knowing the trouble he could get into once police arrived on the scene.

Medical experts say marijuana-induced panic attack is the leading reason why people call 911 for a bad reaction to pot. Most of these folks just need some reassurance that they are not going to die.

Sometimes cannabis-induced freak outs are funny.

AnyВ such detailВ could have contributed toВ your panic attack, and after it’s over, it’s worth considering whether they did — particularly if this was an isolated incident. You might choose toВ swear offВ potentВ marijuana strains with high levels of THC, the cannabinoid responsible for weed’s psychoactiveВ “high,” or pick the time and place of your weed use more carefully. Strictly limiting the size of your doses is an even better idea.

And while limiting your intake or indulging in a more comfortable environmentВ may prevent a repeat occurrence in the future, the best way to avoid a weed-related panic attack “is is to not use cannabis at all.”В
There’s also zeroВ chance you’veВ “overdosed”В on weed. Remind yourself that this condition is not lasting but temporary. In due course, it will all be over.В

These areВ someВ potential results of aВ “flight-or-fight” response, which is triggered by the brain’s hypothalamus when you instinctuallyВ detect a threat — either real or imagined. Your wholeВ body is placed on high alert, and fear of impending death or doom is palpable.В
In the moment, that can be overwhelming. But it’sВ not the end of the world. Here’s what you need to know aboutВ theВ scary, stressfulВ and sometimes overwhelming problemВ of weed-induced panic.
But, as Vandrey pointed out, none of thisВ is a guarantee against another panic attack. And if theВ oneВ you hadВ fits into a larger pattern of recurrent behavior, then seeking a doctor’s opinion on the nature of your anxiety is the smart move. Even if you think you’reВ self-medicating yourВ anxiety with marijuana, you could be doing more harm than good.В
While many find weed a relaxing drug, marijuanaВ alsoВ has a direct connectionВ to panic attacks. Even aВ habitual smoker who seems the very definition of “chill” has likely had the experienceВ of being way too high, man. В
That said, people whoВ experienceВ panic attacks have reportedВ symptoms including, but by no means restricted to:

“There’s no one way to treat this,” Vandrey said. “When it does happen in our lab we respond to the needs of the individual. We encourage people to get comfortable and provide them with whatever they need — whetherВ that’sВ food, or water, or sometimes just to close their eyes, lie down and relax.”

While many find weed a relaxing drug, marijuana also has a direct connection to panic attacks. Even a habitual smoker who seems the very definition of "chill" has likely had the experience of being way too high, man.  In the moment, that can be…