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Cool Anxiety from pot. - December 27th 2009, 04:27 PM

Before I blab about my issue i'll give a bit of background into my past. I started smoking pot when I was 17 but didn't like it until after I started doing it more often. The past 3 years have been great whenever i've been high and I went through the space cadet stage and slowed down around 19. I'm 20 now. It seems now though that whenever I do smoke I get anxiety and think about negative things and over analyze little hassles in my life and then I can't even enjoy my high anymore and I don't know where it came from. I'm just wondering if anyone has ever had this issue before? Although I understand smoking can uncover a hidden illness that may have been there all along, I just don't really understand how out of nowhere my smoking sessions could make me feel this way, but it's not like I smoke that often anymore and i'm not going to stop because it's just a part of who I am and I don't mind it. I find that alot of time I need to take a xanax or have a beer before I smoke and i'm fine but if not it's just not that enjoyable. I know it sounds a bit confusing but are there easier ways to enjoy my high? I don't want to have to feel that I need to take a sedative before smoking pot. Should I meditate or something?
   
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Re: Anxiety from pot. - December 27th 2009, 07:29 PM

It's not confusing actually, honestly, I get anxiety on and off when I smoke pot. My friends I smoke with are really good at talking me down from it, and I can get myself calmed down if I'm by myself.

Have things in your life changed? If you smoke weed while you're in a bad frame of mind, it will just multiply that. That's why you really shouldn't smoke when you're feeling down - it really can just make you feel worse. I don't know if your mind frame is down, or you're more prone to anxiety overall lately, but if so, that'd make sense.

Honestly, it'd probably be best to stop. But sometimes that's not always reasonable. Perhaps try to stop for a few weeks? Or a significant amount of time compared to how often you smoke. And see how things are, then if you want try again and see if things are better.

You can also try keeping yourself busy. Have things planned out for after you light up, and make sure to write it down so you don't forget that you're not just going to sit there. Watch tv, get some food, make popsicles or something. Everyone has different things that appeal to them when they're smoking and I'm sure you know yours. If you're busy your mind can't wonder in insane directions.

When you catch yourself thinking too much, take a deep breathe, and remind yourself that you're NOT going there, then think about something else. Remind yourself that you're okay, things are okay, and you're going to enjoy your high.

Also try to smoke around friends, and let them know what's been going on so they can be like, "Hey, everything's okay" and talk to you to get your mind off of whatever bad things you may be thinking of.

Overall, make sure you're safe. If your anxiety will pull everything out of hand and harm you, don't smoke. It's not worth it. There are so many other options for relaxing and just hanging out than being high.

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Re: Anxiety from pot. - December 28th 2009, 10:56 PM

Yeah my boyfriend always tries to talk me down and I also think to myself that this is so silly. It's the little annoyances that become huge issues when i'm high and no nothing's really changed! That's why it's so confusing to me. I used to smoke a gram a day and now I only really smoke like once or twice a week if that and alot of time now it's not pot. It's legal herb like peace out. I'll lay off a bit but I just want to figure out what's going on you know?
   
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Re: Anxiety from pot. - January 10th 2010, 06:10 AM

yeah... i used to smoke and was completely fine for over a year... but then i got this huge amount of anxiety and freaked out so much i had to go to the hospital... i thought i went crazy and was almost to the point of passing out... in short whenever i try to smoke now, even one hit i get nervous... so i just don't smoke anymore really... it really compromized my health... for certain people it can... but for people that are relaxed on it... i dont see the harm, but it is your decision... my advice though is if you can't control your anxiety with distractions, you should stop cuz it can really mess with you and it can get worse if you keep doing it.


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Re: Anxiety from pot. - January 10th 2010, 05:59 PM

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