The Chilling Connection Between Marijuana and Anxiety That People Never Talk About

It’s no secret that marijuana can have a negative effect on your body. More specifically, it can have a less-than-favorable impact on your brain. We aren’t just talking about short-term paranoia and hallucinations — we mean when cannabis use can develop into anxiety.

Here, we break down the connection between marijuana and anxiety, and the one connecting factor that people rarely talk about (page 6).

But wait, isn’t bud supposed to mellow you out?

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Weed doesn’t always have a calming impact on the mind. | Israel_Patterson/iStock/Getty Images

For starters, it’s important to understand that not all weed is created equal. Yes, some strains of marijuana have a calming effect. But others, like sativa-based compounds, can ramp up the brain. While this can boost creativity, it can also have a negative impact on the brain.

Next: Breaking all of that down

The role cannabis plays

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Could this be to blame? | UrosPoteko/iStock/Gety Images

As Wikileaf explains, there is a never-ending debate on whether marijuana is good for treating anxiety, or if it simply makes it worse. Since anxiety can be a side effect of drugs, and studies have linked marijuana to psychosis, it’s no wonder there is a connection between the two.

Next: So, how do you know if the reefer has made you anxious?

Different shapes and sizes

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Anxiety may come in various forms. | iStock.com/Viktor_Gladkov

Anxiety comes in many forms, Wikileaf summarizes. These include panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and PTSD. These disorders may be brought on by stressors in a person’s life, like family or career pressures. It is also common for anxiety to be brought on by regular drug and alcohol use — or a mix of several factors.

Next: Beyond that uneasy feeling

More serious side effects

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Panic attacks are one side effect. | iStock.com/SIphotography

Anxiety is more than starting to feel anxious and paranoid after hitting the bong too hard. Side effects of anxiety include fatigue but a difficulty sleeping, and a constant nauseous feeling. In more severe cases, a person may experience shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and panic attacks.

Next: Is marijuana a good thing or a bad thing? 

So is marijuana a treatment or not?

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Is marijuana good or bad? | megaflopp/iStock/Getty Images

Medical Daily lays out the pros and cons of using marijuana as treatment for people with anxiety. They tell us studies have shown that short-term use of cannabis can have positive behavioral effects on the brain, but that long-term use can potentially lead to memory loss and a decline in cognitive function.

Next: A chilling realization

Anxiety is more common than you think

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Anxiety disorders are more common than most people think. | iStock.com/OcusFocus

According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in the country. This means cannabis is contributing to a group of people who are six times more likely be hospitalized with psychiatric disorders. Some forms of anxiety, like panic disorder, are twice as prevalent in women as they are in men.

Next: A final question …

Can anxiety to treated?

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Here’s what you can do to get help. | iStock.com/grinvalds

Medical New Today explains that treatment for anxiety depends on the underlying issues that caused it, and whether those factors can be brought under control. Medical professionals are less likely to prescribe marijuana to treat chronic anxiety because of its long-term effects, Wikileaf states.

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