First off - what is that paranoia thing really? Well, like with everything else in this world it is possible to OD on marijuana, though an OD doesn't lead to death or anything dangerous. The worst thing an OD can cause is paranoia. The word paranoia refers to the fear of dying which commonly happens in a marijuana OD. It's also known as bad trip, but I find that term incorrect; you don't trip on marijuana so therefore you can't have a bad trip. Paranoia isn't at all dangerous, neither physically nor psychologically but it's one of the most unpleasant things I've ever experienced!
Okay now that we know that, how do we avoid that damn thing? Well, there're three things you can do to avoid it:
1. Don't smoke too much
That's of course an obvious one. If you're really new to smoking try smoking until you feel something, then wait 15 minutes before smoking some more...
2. Don't smoke on an empty stomach
I don't exactly know why, but it helps. I can only guess that it's because there's less minerals and stuff in the blood that the TCH can bind itself to, giving it better access directly to the brain. Well, at least you shouldn't smoke as much on an empty stomach as you would on a full stomach...
3. Don't drink and smoke
Marijuana and alcohol tends to amplify each other leading to the effect of too much marijuana and too much alcohol. You shouldn't smoke if you've had more than a couple of beers. This is the way most people come to hate marijuana; you're hammered at a party and have therefore no trouble trying this "dangerous" drug that you wouldn't dare try sober... However it's always nice to drink after you've smoked - that way it's more controllable and you'll have a fun evening
Set and setting:
This is important whenever you're trying a new drug. Make sure that you're not sad, upset, worried, etc. when smoking as that can affect the high in a negative way. Also make sure that you feel safe where you are. The first couple of times you smoke, smoke at home (or some place where you feel equally safe and comfortable) and make sure that there isn't anyone around who shouldn't know that you're smoking and that no one else visits you until the next day. The fear of getting caught is amplified too. (Thanks to Matt/H and Grunge for reminding me about this)
Okay, but what do we do if we get paranoia anyway? I can answer that question with one word: sugar. Sugar works against TCH and will therefore decrease the amount of TCH in your body and ease the trip. Eat lots of sugar even if you feel like puking. You'll walk around feeling bad but after a couple of minutes you'll feel all the badness disapear and you'll be able to continue where you left off.
Beside sugar, if you get the paranoia just place yourself in whatever position is comfortable. I find taking a walk helpful and lying still making it worse. Other people might have it vice versa. Remind yourself that marijuana isn't dangerous and it's only your brain fooling you. Remind yourself that everything is going to be allright in an hour or so - it isn't a permanent condition and will never be. Also just think of stuff that might make you feel happy - try to find a positive emotion that's stronger than the fear (love, happiness, etc.).
Then what about the future - will I be fighting this paranoia for the rest of my life if I keep on toking? No you won't. When you become a seasoned toker you'll know when you've had enough and be able to stop in time. I never get the paranoia anymore, unless I'm drunk and smoke (which sadly happens too often - I'm not a seasoned drinker ).
That's it. Keep this in mind and happy toking
Edited by Miklelottesen, 27 February 2009 - 05:20 PM.