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A 48-year-old member asked:

why do i feel like i'm going crazy from smoking cannabis?

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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Dopamine : Cannabis is a mild hallucinogen which means it alters your sense of reality to some degree. Some of this is related to increased Dopamine which is a primary neurotransmitter system which is believed to be the culprit in schizophrenia. It can be disoriented and produce anxiety in some people. Usually gets better as the effects wear off. Common sense applies - feels bad - dont do it.
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Also, try a different brand of marijuana. There are MANY different varieties that all have different properties. Some are better for sleep, some are better for pain. Some have less paranoia, and others relieve anxiety. Go to a dispensary and discuss with the practitioners and vendors there the properties you are interested in, and try the 2 or 3 recommended types of marijuana they recommend. You probably will not get this kind of service from the neighborhood dealer on the corner...
Feb 16, 2013
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
I would not recommend that anyone experiencing "going crazy" from smoking marijuana, simply try another brand of marijuana. I would suggest stopping use completely, and if symptoms do not remit to see a psychiatrist for assessment and care.
Apr 17, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
THC: Thc is a powerful mood altering substance. You never know if your cannabis has been mixed with pesticides or other dangerous chemicals. Here are some of the possible effects from marijuana use: feelings of anxiety, depression, fear, panic or in some cases euphoria. If a high dose is taken it can lead to delusions, hallucinations or losing touch with reality.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
Derealization (a mental state in which the world around you seems unreal, different or surreal) or depersonalization (when you feel detached or disconnected from yourself; which can include out of body experiences). Other effects can include: inattentiveness, short-term memory problems and disturbances in your thought processes. You might feel tired, or have poorer concentration, slowed reaction times, slowed problem solving and difficulty with memory.
Apr 17, 2013
Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology 23 years experience
Side effect: You can become paranoid, edgy, nervous, and even psychotic from smoking cannabis.

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What kinds of different chemicals are in marijuana?

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How long could cannabis be detected in the body after use?

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Should I consult my health practitioner before using marijuana?

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Is there a link between cannabis and depression?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
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Link does exist: Chronic cannabis use has been associated with depression and other mood disorders. (adverse effects of cannabis on health: an update of the literature since 1996. Kalant h. Prog neuropsychopharmacol biol psychiatry. 2004;28(5):849). Those who self-treat depressive symptoms with cannabis can end up making the mood worse.

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