We’ve all been there. Usually, it’s when we start to experiment with cannabis. You know what I’m talking about – you end up taking slightly too much and then feel edgy and paranoid. If things go south, you might turn pale, feel ill and experiencing unwanted negative emotions and feelings. It’s certainly not the best thing that can happen when you are trying to enjoy the relaxing effects of cannabis!
Even though you are probably now a lot more experienced with cannabis, you might still feel paranoia begin to creep up every now and then. This could be because you are using a different strain that you aren’t used to. There are other factors involved in how you feel, though, including your mindset on the day.
Don’t worry if you do start to feel paranoid. There are a few things you can try which should help to stop it in its tracks. Here are some tips that you might want to use.
Opt For A Strain High In CBD
First of all, it’s necessary to point out that the best thing you can do to beat paranoia is to try to prevent it altogether. If you know that you are prone to anxious thoughts and feelings when you aren’t using cannabis, then you will be at a much higher risk of paranoia when you do. So, it’s best for you to look for a strain that has a high level of CBD in it. CBD is a naturally occurring chemical that is found in the cannabis part. It isn’t psychoactive and is actually thought to fight off feelings of anxiety and paranoia. As a result, if you do smoke, vape, or ingest a strain of cannabis that is high in CBD, you may experience a clear-headed feeling that is free from any paranoid thoughts.
Use A Small Dose
It could also be worth using a smaller dose of cannabis as well. Most people like to go by ‘low and slow’. That just means that you start with a very small dose of cannabis and then you slowly increase the dosage once you are comfortable and feel like trying more. Lots of people prefer to vape as they find it easier to control the dose. Smoking is the most popular method but some find dosing difficult. Although edibles can give a slightly different high to smoking, consumers find the dosage helpful as its provided with the serving sizes to control the amount of THC. Once you start sticking to a low dosage, you won’t have to worry about getting too high and inducing paranoia.
Use Cannabis In A Safe And Relaxing Space
One neat tip that helps a lot of people to stay calm when they are using cannabis is to take it in a safe and relaxing space. For instance, it probably isn’t a good idea to start smoking it if you are about to walk through a very crowded place – that could send your brain into overdrive. Ideally, the best place to use cannabis is always in your own home. You can then fully unwind, relax and will have nothing to worry about while you’re high on your couch. It’s always best to do it with some close friends as well so that you have some people to rely on if some paranoia does start to creep into your mind.
Use Some Supplements
It might be worth taking some supplements while you are using your cannabis too. For instance, it’s always a good idea to have some CBD supplement close at hand so that you can take some if you do start to feel the paranoia build. You could vape the CBD oil or take it in a capsule form. The more CBD you take, the fewer paranoid thoughts you may experience.
Practice Some Breathing Techniques
There are some breathing techniques that you might want to try out as well. If you get your breathing under control then you will find that it is a lot easier to calm your mind and take control of your thoughts and feelings. This should also help if you find that your heart starts to race. One of the best breathing techniques is to breathe, hold, then release. Simply breath in slowly for three seconds, hold for three seconds then release for four seconds. Using this breathing tactic allows you to release more oxygen then you’re taking in to help bring the racing heart down and less oxygen to the brain to send those shooting panic thoughts away.
Your experiences with cannabis don’t always have to be ruined by paranoia. As long as you try the tips above, you should find that you can enjoy a very relaxed experience without too many negative thoughts and feelings.