The effects of weed are different for everyone, and even seasoned consumers may not have the same reaction every time they use it.
In some cases, it may exactly work as you intended, whether it was used for the purpose of relieving mental health symptoms or stimulating appetite. But in other cases, it may make you more stressed and anxious.
It’s also common to worry that you’ll die or lose control. Despite being frightening, these feelings are normal during panic attacks.
Fortunately, panic attacks don’t represent a significant threat. In addition, they usually subside on their own after a few minutes. When you’re gripped by panic, those 10 minutes can seem like an eternity.
What are Panic Attacks?
Fear, panic, or anxiety can cause panic attacks when they occur suddenly and intensely. Both physical and emotional symptoms accompany panic attacks.
If you experience a panic attack, you might find yourself sweating profusely, trembling, and feeling your heart beating.
During a panic attack, some people may also experience chest pain and feel detached from reality or themselves, which may make them believe that they’re having a heart attack. People have also felt like they were having a stroke during panic attacks.
Panic attacks can occur to anyone at any time. Factors that contribute to panic attacks include:
- Age: Panic attacks tend to occur at the end of adolescence or in early adulthood. However, anyone can suffer from panic attacks, including children.
- Gender: The risk of panic disorder is twice that of men.
Cause of Panic Attack
There are many reasons why panic attacks happen, and sometimes there is no apparent cause.
Your chances of experiencing them are higher if you:
- Feel panicky
- One or more anxiety disorders
- Are addicted to certain substances
- Medication usage
- An overactive thyroid gland is an example of a medical condition.
- Psychosis is a complication of this condition.
The triggers that cause panic attacks vary widely from person to person. There may not always be a clear cause.
In some cases, however, the following can cause an attack:
- Parties and social gatherings
- Speaking in public
- You remember stressful situations from the past or present
What Is Weed?
It’s a mix of dried flowers derived from plants such as Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica, which is green and gray – also called cannabis, marijuana, Mary Jane, pot, herb, grass, bud, and ganja. Rolling it into blunts, joints, or roaches and smoking it, smoking it in a bong, or smoking it with a vape pen are all ways of smoking it. Herbs are also suitable for brewing as teas and baking as they are made of leaves. Alternatively, square resin dabs, which are concentrated versions, are available. The main psychoactive component in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Cannabis contains THC, which produces the high many people experience, along with its other side effects. Among these are:
- Relaxed and calm feelings
- Smell, hear and see with heightened senses such as seeing bright colors
- Being out of touch with reality or having a distorted sense of time
- Having difficulty moving or reduced motor skills
- Risky behavior is more likely when inhibitions are low
- An increase in appetite
The Link Between Weed & Panic Attacks
Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology published a study in 2010 that examined panic behaviors among Americans who use marijuana. Several factors were taken into account, including age, income, race, education, and socioeconomic status.
Taking these factors into account, the study found that marijuana use is indeed associated with an increased chance of experiencing a panic attack.
The study found that people with panic disorders were more likely to smoke weed for a long time.
Symptoms of Panic Attack while High
In some cases, cannabis-induced anxiety can manifest as a panic attack, which can lead to:
- Shaking or sweating
- You suddenly feel a sense of doom that cannot be explained
- Feelings of being watched or judged by others
- Heartbeats racing
- Breathing problems
- An intense feeling of fear
- Feelings of choking or chest pain
- Anxiety or nausea in the stomach
- You feel numb, tingly, or chilled
- Feeling detached from reality or your body
Risk Factors for Panic Attacks While Taking Weed
Currently, cannabis research is focused on teens who are more likely to experiment with marijuana for the first time. Regular users can provide us with better insight into those who are more likely to suffer from panic attacks.
Around 25 percent of users of weed become problematic. Another quarter of these users may have an anxiety disorder. Cannabis is more likely to be used in problematic ways by people who possess anxiety as children.
Problematic users share a few characteristics.
- Many children have been maltreated or bullied when they were young.
- Marijuana use may develop as an adult for some people because they had fewer friends who used weed as teenagers, causing delayed problems with marijuana.
- As early as age 9, persistent weed users usually had problems with the drug.
How To Stop Your Panic Attack While High
It can be frightening if you have never experienced a panic attack before. The first time you experience a headache, you should see a doctor as soon as possible so that any other serious health problems, such as a heart attack or stroke, may be ruled out.
You may find these remedies to be effective if you suffer from panic attacks and are familiar with their symptoms:
- Recall the last time you had a panic attack. Be reassured that they aren’t harmful and that you will be fine. You can calm yourself by understanding that the symptoms you’re experiencing are only temporary symptoms of anxiety.
- Take a deep breath. Although it seems like a no-brainer, many people forget to take a deep breath. Excessive tension is often caused by quick, short breaths. Fill your lungs with long, slow breaths as you inhale from your stomach instead of your chest.
- Aromatize yourself with lavender. There has been a belief for a long time that lavender relieves anxiety and calms the mind. According to new research, lavender, thanks to a compound called linalool, actually reduces anxiety by passing signals to the brain.
- Your body needs to be relaxed. You may not be aware of how tense you are when you have a panic attack. Begin at the bottom and work up. Become aware of how tense your feet are. Moving upwards, release your muscles until you reach your shoulders. When you reach your calves, do the same and then go up to your shoulders.
- Get distracted. You should ignore what’s happening when you have a panic attack, as the trigger is in your head. A game that engages your brain is the best game you can play on your phone.
- Turn on some calming music. Turn on something quiet, slow, and relaxing to alleviate the stress your body is experiencing. The mind tends to calm when listening to music with a slow tempo.
What does a high panic attack feel like?
An attack of panic is characterized by a wave of fear that comes suddenly and is debilitating and immobilizing in intensity. When you feel like you’re going insane or dying, you feel your heart pounding and you can’t breathe. It is often the case that panic attacks strike unexpectedly, with no warning, and with no apparent cause.
Why do panic attacks happen at night?
People experiencing panic attacks at night do not have a single, clear-cut explanation. It is known, however, that the brain does not ‘switch off’ during sleep, so any pent-up anxieties or worries can manifest in our unconscious brains, resulting in nocturnal panic attacks.
Does drinking water stop panic attacks?
Maintaining adequate hydration is a key part of managing anxiety. Water can create feelings of relaxation even if you aren’t experiencing anxiety. High anxiety and dehydration can lead to panic attacks.
How long do panic attacks last?
The average panic attack lasts between five and twenty minutes. However, there have been reports of panic attacks lasting for an hour or more. Depending on the severity of your condition, you might have several attacks. Attacks occur once or twice a month for some people, while others have them every week for others.