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cannabis related panic attacks or worse?

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  • Posted By: LauraJayne28
  • November 21, 2006
  • 09:30 PM

for the first time last tuesday i smoked cannabis. exactly a week ago today. & as soon as i'd smoked it i went white. started feeling faint, feeling sick, shaking, everything was getting louder and more colourful. wasn't a nice experience. but now a week later i'm still getting the same symptoms. i spoke to a drugs advisor and she said that my mind was shocked by the experience and traumatised. she gave me the diagnosis that i'm having panic attacks. i thought this was exactly the truth. i seem calm at home, where i feel safe. and when i go out i just randomly feel faint and like i'm going to be sick. i look up and everything seems really sharp and really bright, i start panicking and breathing heavily. but now i've come onto this website and read about psychosis and now it's worried me slightly. how do i stop myself getting this feeling or these panic attacks and they have been referred to? i don't know why it's happening and quite frankly it's scaring the ***l out of me. please help.:confused:

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  • Everyone reacts differently to drugs, some people dont even feel the effects of cannabis at all. Panic attacks can be randomn and appear at any age, maybe since it was your first time you got scared without knowing it and that could have caused you to have a panic attack but I doubt the cannabis is causing you problems now, its not such a strong drug as to cause you long time issues by doing it once, unlike hard drugs like coke, etc. Sometimes when I'm worried about something it causes me a lot of anxiety and i dont realize it until i start feeling faint or shaky and breathless. It's true what the drug advisor said, for people who've never done drugs, to do it for the first time and have a bad experience with it can be traumatizing, but I think it will pass if you try not to worry about it.
    the_one 39 Replies
    • November 21, 2006
    • 10:35 PM
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  • drugs.. even a soft drug like cannabis.. if one is "predisposed" to a psychological condition eg panic attacks.. it could bring them on and cause permanent issues in some. If they keep continuing, you may need to go and see a doctor about them for medication. Not even the "softest" drug is safe for everyone. In the meantime, as a sufferer of panic attacks myself, I can say that it is possible to just breath thou them until the attack passes. What i do.. is i take slow deep breaths IMMEDIATELY i feel one coming on and at the same time focus on something else rather than what is happening with myself. I usually try to think of a place I like.. a calming relaxing place. eg think of laying in the sun on a beach listening to the waves or I think of being in a calm forest with filtered light coming throu the trees.
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies
    • November 22, 2006
    • 02:48 AM
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  • Panick attacks can be really scary, i have had panick disorder for 10 years now, and you can beat them. the fact that the cannibas triggered your panick attack is actually a reassuring thing, as it can be seen as perhaps a one-off. after i have had a panick attack i feel jumpy and anxious for quiet a few days after, and i am used to them. so i think this will pass. Panick attacks are all about where you do and dont feel safe, and even the slightest thing can trigger them. The fact that you start to feel one coming on ( the nausea and faintness ) when you go out, is a sign that you are feeling out of your 'safe' zone, like you said. but i wouldnt be afraid it is psycosis or anything like that. i just think you are in shock from the experience of a panick attack and that your body is still recovering. It will pass. and if not, dont be afraid to ask for help, you can manage them.but BREATHING is the most important thing.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 28, 2006
    • 05:04 AM
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  • First time I smoked weed I had the same thing happen to me. I could hear my heart pounding and I started to freak out really bad. After that I stopped using all drugs. I used to have panic attacks when and never leave my house because it was so bad. But I found out that you can't die from them. I know panic is brought on by stress and anticipation. For me I worry a lot and think of the worst. Every time I would get out of my comfort zone like my house or drive down the street I would feel like I was going to get one. One day I wanted to have one. No matter how hard I tried I could bring on a panic attack. I took it slow one day at a time. You can't fight this alone.... You need people to help you and reassure you that your ok. Panic attacks lasts for maybe 5 mins and they are gone. But I am living proof that I can be beat. I had the worst case. Now I live everyday and try not to sweat the small stuff. I know diet, stress and sleep has a lot to do with getting a panic attack. I've gotten so many panic attacks I tell my body to bring it on stronger. I am not going put up with this.... Try to make you symtoms worse.... I know that sounds werid but the more you avoid it the more it intesity of the panic. One thing that helps is writing down you thoughts on paper. What is is making you worry, or feeling sad? Write down every detail even when you get a panic attack. Most important is you have to learn to breath correctly. This is very important getting oxgen to your brain. But it will pass... Your not alone.... Today we have some great panic meds out that helped me. But every person is different. What might help me maynot help you. Good luck and remember it's 90% our in our head. buddrive28872 at yahoo
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 2, 2006
    • 05:41 PM
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  • Yes marijuana can cause panic attacks. I got very paranoid the first few times I smoked but then as I learned about how it has enough active chemicals that you can pretty much control the experience (uppers, downers, hallucinagens, etc), I started using it to treat anxiety caused from another medical condition. I would get stoned and practice math while focusing on the creative aspect, and the feeling of control and capability was amazing - or I would get high and go into a social situation that would normally make me uncomfortable and focus on the calming effect.I don't recommend you smoke, no, just realize you can control how it effects you. You may never see the world quite the same way again, but you are still always in control, ultimately, with what you do with what you see.Having symptoms for up to two to six weeks after smoking weed is NOT uncommon. The body stores THC in the fat cells for a long time. Drinking lots of water and acidic foods like pickles can help detoxification, but avoid caffeine as it will slow down the THC processing rate AND increase anxiety related symptoms. Once its fully run its course you will start to feel completely normal again, just with a series of unusual memories that make you wonder what normal really means :)Remember, things may look and sound stranger than they used to, but everything is the same. The only thing that has changed is your perspective. Try to remember how you once saw it, and remember what you see now is still the exact same thing. You can use that to your advantage, once the freak-out factor passes.One of my friends had REALLY bad panic attacks from weed, but he was always very anxious before hand too. I see it bringing out latent issues more than anything; it can be a good chance to face your weaknesses and learn to cope. For him, it was a realization that he was hanging out with the wrong groups of people. Once he started spending time with people more like him (and away from the weed & alchohol) his panic attacks dissapeared. For him, he could be happy in a safer more sheltered world. For me, I had to go face what I was afraid of because of what I really wanted in life. We both found different answers, but we both looked very hard at ourselves and came out to be very happy people. :)
    Azaral 152 Replies
    • December 2, 2006
    • 06:04 PM
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  • yea the same thing happened to me a month ago, i had a horrible panic attack and i havnt felt like myself since, everything seems different and i dont feel like me anymore, i think its depersoilization
    LSUT2003 1 Replies
    • December 19, 2006
    • 08:34 AM
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  • HI! many people get the panic attacks after smoking weed. Like someone above mentioned, drugs would cause different mental conditions in those predisposed to them. It would be best if you stayed away from drugs. I hope you get better and don't get any more of the attacks.
    KnowSUMthings 153 Replies
    • December 20, 2006
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  • I can't believe how you are all making something out of nothing, ALL that has happened is that you are ENABLED (yes, a positive thing..) to see life from a different perspective. Surely you have enough brain power to distinguish between these perspectives in the same way you would go at a math problem from different angles. There is nothing wrong with you (unless you had a predisposed condition, which is in your family...) and all YOU need to learn to do, is APPRECIATE this ability to see things in this way. Everything is in your mind. When you're happy..when you're sad, when you're *****d off! When you're only slighty happy...you can make yourself see the brighter side and be even happier!...When you are in the street, hold your head up high, be proud of yourself and your actions. Because there is noone in this world who is like you...and you should be completely proud of that. Don't be ashamed and panic when you leave your 'comfort zone' there is NO comfort zone, this WORLD is YOURS to take hold of! It's ALL up to you, WHERE do you want to go? HOW do you want to feel...
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
    • 10:26 PM
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  • Well, weed ain't what it used to be - pure and simple.Now it has so many chemical additives to improve the potency that many more bad trips are happening.Remember how hydroponic works - it's not just water the plants are growing in - lots of chemicals and synthetic compounds.Large scale grow ops also have many problems with pests and the crop is heavily sprayed with poisons to control them.All of this gets rolled up into a tight little bundle and burned and put deep into your lungs.Also, the strains that are grown now have been engineered to have the biggest effect and this is often more than most people can handle especially when they are looking for a little buzz to enhance the moment.Panic attacks and residual effects are more and more common because of all these factors.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
    • 10:43 PM
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  • I saw a scientific documentary on TV and some people are more pre disposed to issues with smoking grass than others. I wonder why as a kid we would laugh non stop after smoking but now it just sends me over the edge mentally with panic attacks and paranoia. In UK they have legalised it. Thats a huge mistake as the tobacco is so bad and hovering it into your lungs and holding it ........ BUT its a temp thing.My tips are: Persue a sport particularly swimming to calm you and hang out with sporty people they have a better attitude to life / outlook than smokersEverything is going to be ok dude.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
    • 02:17 AM
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  • In UK they have legalised it. Thats a huge mistake as the tobacco is so bad and hovering it into your lungs and holding it ........ huh? if youre saying people hold the tobacco in their lungs because they take an example from weed...then theyre just stupid.anyway i too have had my share of panic attacks after smoking weed. it sucks. sometimes ive been so paranoid that ive been completely convinced that the people around me wanted me gone, and were willing to physically hurt me. literally paralyzing me with fear. a few times i even thought the barking dogs in the neighborhood were police dogs that could smell the weed smoke. scary stuff.its not as bad as it was, but im still trying to figure out why i had those attacks...it might help to try to get better weed. more mellow stuff.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
    • 03:05 AM
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  • I tell ya, it's the chemicals that are all over the grass now. Check to see if any of the agricultural chemicals used for pests are safe for burning and inhaling? I wouldn't think so but that's what happens unless you go for the more homegrown variety not the big grow op kind. Hydroponic solutions are nothing but synthetic chemicals. You are what you smoke!And with the tobacco issue, many people roll their weed with tobacco so you are also pushing that substance further into the lungs. As a non-tobacco smoker I can't handle a joint if it's rolled with it and I get really really sick.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
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  • Iv'e been smoking marijuana for about two years now and I havent had any problems until this one time I went to my friends and I smoked this really good weed and I was fine for maybe 10 minutes after smoking and suddenly out of nowhere my HEART STARTED RACING and BEATING HARDER THAN NORMAL and I had TROUBLE BREATHING like someone was sitting on my chest,then my CHEST STARTRED HURTING and I had thoughts of dying or something bad was going to happen to me. I got REALLY COLD and I was SHAKING ALL OVER THEN I GOT HOT. After awhile all these symptoms went away and I just had a terrible headache and I fell asleep. Trust me when I say this though your NOT GOING TO DIE and nothing wil happen to you your just having an ANXIETY ATTACK or otherwise known as an PANIC ATTACK , WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IS try to calm yourself down the best you can do like concentrate on something that makes you feel happy and take slow deep breaths. Eventually it will go away and you will just fall asleep. BUT if these symptoms DO NOT go away within an hour to 3 hours get medical attention immediatly cause it can lead to something even severe than just a anxiety attack.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 13, 2007
    • 09:42 PM
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  • Keep puffing on those joints kiddies.....more and more it's being shown that doing so sets you up for serious mental problems later in life..You know what the saying is, "Dope is for lOSERS".."Researchers are offering new ammunition to worried parents trying to dissuade their teens from smoking marijuana: Evidence is mounting that for some adolescents whose genes put them at added risk, heavy marijuana use could increase the chances of developing severe mental illness -- psychosis or schizophrenia.This week, the marijuana-psychosis link gained ground when two major medical journals reviewed the research to date and concluded that it was persuasive. In PLOS Medicine, an Australian public health policy specialist wrote that genetically vulnerable teens who smoke marijuana more than once a week ''appear at greater risk of psychosis," while the British medical journal BMJ cited estimates that marijuana use could contribute to about 10 percent of cases of psychosis."http://www.boston.com/yourlife/health/children/articles/2006/01/26/studies_link_psychosis_teenage_marijuana_use/
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 20, 2007
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  • I am replying in response to "someone" who wrote a response on February 13th, 2007. So, we're making a big deal out of nothing? Have you ever had a panic attack? I had my first one this summer. I had no idea what was going on; I thought I was dying. I thought I was having a heart attack and would surely die. I have never been so scared in my entire life. So, excuse me for not "embrasing" ***l
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 17, 2007
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  • I smoked a week ago with my friend dave. Wasn't near my first time(god knows i've literally hundreds) and then it happened. I realized it wasn't because it was haze but because something was wrong. Then I started to become anxious about my worst (and only) fear about smoking. I know kids these days lace their **** with pcp, and it's happened a few times to my friend dave, but he was acting fine. nothing could comfort me, and then everything started moving in frames, my hands felt like they were a step behind my actions, couldnt feel my feet or hands. I decided to go to my apartment and wait this one out before work. Then some really ****ed up **** happend to me. I was on the couch when my entire body went paralyzed and my chest began to cave in. The whole thing lasted 3-4 hours, gradually reducing in strength. I had to miss work, but I don't care. This isn't gonna stop me from smoking, cuz now i know what it is
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 14, 2007
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  • Iv'e been smoking marijuana for about two years now and I havent had any problems until this one time I went to my friends and I smoked this really good weed and I was fine for maybe 10 minutes after smoking and suddenly out of nowhere my HEART STARTED RACING and BEATING HARDER THAN NORMAL and I had TROUBLE BREATHING like someone was sitting on my chest,then my CHEST STARTRED HURTING and I had thoughts of dying or something bad was going to happen to me. I got REALLY COLD and I was SHAKING ALL OVER THEN I GOT HOT. After awhile all these symptoms went away and I just had a terrible headache and I fell asleep. Trust me when I say this though your NOT GOING TO DIE and nothing wil happen to you your just having an ANXIETY ATTACK or otherwise known as an PANIC ATTACK , WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IS try to calm yourself down the best you can do like concentrate on something that makes you feel happy and take slow deep breaths. Eventually it will go away and you will just fall asleep. BUT if these symptoms DO NOT go away within an hour to 3 hours get medical attention immediatly cause it can lead to something even severe than just a anxiety attack. no one has died from a panic attack so i disagree a panic attack could lead to something more. but its not as easy to control them trust me. i call a amberlance or goto a+e more times in a month than most will in 5 years. my only suggestion would be distraction but you will find a way that you think helps. but i just think they wear off eventually . for me i lie on floor with a pint glass of water and count the 13 times table of hum for 30 mins and then sleep dont matter if i just slept for 14 hours soon as i had a panic attack they exhaust me . everyone is different.
    c0nfused 1 Replies
    • December 15, 2007
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  • I have been seeing a doctor for about a year now for panic attacks because i am now on meds for it.. The best thing to do is just trust your doctor when he/she tells you they are panic attacks.. im not a doctor but when i first started having the attacks i got scared that it was something other than just panic attacks that the doctors just over looked or something and i went from doctor to doctor and it ended up being a waste of time because it was just panic attacks... its called that 4 a reason because you "panic"... i sometimes have one so bad my whole body shakes and i swear to myself im dying.. but the best thing is to remind yourself your fine and they have happened before and you were fine when it was over and to just take long slow breaths
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 18, 2007
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  • I can't believe how you are all making something out of nothing, ALL that has happened is that you are ENABLED (yes, a positive thing..) to see life from a different perspective. Surely you have enough brain power to distinguish between these perspectives in the same way you would go at a math problem from different angles. There is nothing wrong with you (unless you had a predisposed condition, which is in your family...) and all YOU need to learn to do, is APPRECIATE this ability to see things in this way. Everything is in your mind. When you're happy..when you're sad, when you're *****d off! When you're only slighty happy...you can make yourself see the brighter side and be even happier!...When you are in the street, hold your head up high, be proud of yourself and your actions. Because there is noone in this world who is like you...and you should be completely proud of that. Don't be ashamed and panic when you leave your 'comfort zone' there is NO comfort zone, this WORLD is YOURS to take hold of! It's ALL up to you, WHERE do you want to go? HOW do you want to feel...YES, this man has it. The world is yours, and it doesn't mean you can do whatever you want with it like it's your property...that's just niave. I mean that you have to set your standards up so that you can control for what you want/need to the extent that what you can't control won't cause you anxiety. Sounds complicated, but trust, it's simple. It just means that what you want is confidently and/or comfortable attainable, and what you don't want, that you can't control, won't cause you anxiety...atleast only while its happening, which you can still control for to an extent. It takes skill to set it up like that, and I know it's hard to follow, but you'll realise it all just flows and works together...you make your brain realise its in your bodys own interests.First step is self-confidence in YOU, and WHO you are, instead of just WHAT. The confidence in WHAT will come once you figure out the WHO, because your intuition will make the best calls for you. For example, I didn't even force myself to stop makin such a dam big deal of sports...I started aprpeciatin what else I was capable of that would still lead to ends I wanted (ye ye, everyone wants girls, money, all that) which was just general happiness...I had that end too attatched to specific goals, so I broadened them out to things I could CONFIDENTLY/COMFORTABLY attain. That also meant a switch in the means to those ends. Where as I can never change the fact I have a need to succeed at something, a change resulted where I switched to something Im naturally better at and enjoy the process of more...the cause of this change was confidence in myself and WHO I am. I also worked to greatly reduce my fear of unsuccess, by broadening my likes to many very easy to attain things so that I know I will still have things I enjoy (started appreciating fine things...like food, beer, I smoke that piff, video games even, reading). This takes some mental expanding, but you can do it. This also takes some determination, as some things that can become easy (yes, girls, or guys for you ladies) seem hard from before...but once you get on that, you're a way more confident, well-adgusted individual. The other thing you have to do, is just take an honest look at the world and take it for what it is. It's readable and right in front of you, it isn't that complicated. And whatever is uncertain, its in YOUR best coping/adapting interests to not WORRY about it...none of you are sleepin with burners under your pillow, stashin bricks in your house, or are on witness protection or some ****...it doesnt HELP to be that paranoid. Anxiety destroys your people skills, cognitive abilities (excessive cortisol, adrenaline, etc.), amongst other things. You become a fumbling, bumbling, *****d. Focus on the situation, read it, process it, judge it...DONT focus on your anxiety, you know thinkin about it isnt constructive and is just useless worrying that is going make you worse at dealing with the situation, an outcome that will lead to more anxiety. You will realise that this stupid panic thing...it isnt natural, and it isnt YOU. YOU have it in you to naturally handle situations, thats proved by the well-known fact that overthinking leads to worse performance...overthinking is the part that requires the extra, conscious step.The thing is that most peoples lives arent so damaged by panic disorder taht theyre forced to make that step a conscious one thats under their control in situations of high anxiety...we are, and so THAT right there is that silver lining...I see the world for what it is, negative AND positive feel me?
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  • for the first time last tuesday i smoked cannabis. exactly a week ago today. & as soon as i'd smoked it i went white. started feeling faint, feeling sick, shaking, everything was getting louder and more colourful. wasn't a nice experience. but now a week later i'm still getting the same symptoms. i spoke to a drugs advisor and she said that my mind was shocked by the experience and traumatised. she gave me the diagnosis that i'm having panic attacks. i thought this was exactly the truth. i seem calm at home, where i feel safe. and when i go out i just randomly feel faint and like i'm going to be sick. i look up and everything seems really sharp and really bright, i start panicking and breathing heavily. but now i've come onto this website and read about psychosis and now it's worried me slightly. how do i stop myself getting this feeling or these panic attacks and they have been referred to? i don't know why it's happening and quite frankly it's scaring the ***l out of me. please help.:confused:Sometimes you shouldn't listen to the shrinks and learn to say "**** it" more. The more you do that the better off you will be. I've been battling panic attacks for 2-3 years now and now I know that the more you feel good about your life the better you will feel and the less you'll panic. Just feel good about yourself and chill more man. Don't waste your life..
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