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A 30-year-old male asked:

Smoked synthetic marijuana about a year ago and i still have anxiety from the dizzy experiences im now on celexa (citalopram) will it ever go away ?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Most likely: Synthetic marijuana products like spice & k2 have been found to contain a synthetic cannabinoid agonist called jwh-018. These products appear to be much more toxic/hazardous than genuine marijuana & i recommend they be avoided. Not much is known about jwh-018 but it should be mostly out of your system within a week or 2 of last using it. Any lasting effects may be primarily due to ptsd-see comment.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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PTSD is post-traumatic stress disorder, a lasting effect of a traumatic/stressful experience. While drugs like Celexa can be good for anxiety and may help PTSD, there are other useful approaches such as EMDR, hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback and other mind-body techniques. I advise seeing a psychologist of counsellor who specializes in PTSD. Certain herbs and nutrients like magnesium and tulsi tea may also help. If medical marijuana is legal in your state, it is even possible that the real thing could help your symptoms, but I strongly recommend pursuing treatments directed towards PTSD.
Sep 27, 2012
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Dizziness & Anxiety: Celexa (citalopram) alone will not likely resolve this, but ongoing psychotherapy might help a lot. Please consider seeing a therapist who's well-versed in emdr, to specifically work with your dizziness and other experiences that frighten you. For info on emdr therapy, see: http://www.Emdr.Com/general-information/what-is-emdr.Html also, please stay away from street drugs -- they'll only destabilize you.

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