Weed smoking has its own unique set of health risks. You might smoke to ease anxiety, but the weed could end up causing that anxiety. While many of us know that THC can cause anxiety, few people know about the specific symptoms of anxiety caused by weed. Researchers at the University of Michigan have identified six symptoms that may accompany weed smoking:

A form of anxiety, broadly speaking, is the fear of an undesired future event. How do we cope with it? Well, the most common response is to try to avoid that event as much as possible. So, if you are anxious about your performance in a job interview, for example, you might find yourself avoiding all sorts of situations that might cause you to sweat. The problem with this approach, however, is that it often creates more problems for you than it solves. For instance, if you avoid an interview, you might be leaving a really good job opportunity on the table because you are too busy running away from your problems.

Regular marijuana smokers are very familiar with feelings of anxiety. This phenomenon, which usually occurs with beginners, people who smoke a different strain of marijuana or are overly addicted, can quickly ruin your relaxing evening. And it looks like TikTok recently discovered a hack it knows about: Peppercorns. A viral hack by TikTok user @transstender suggests chewing or snorting whole peppers or lemons to reduce the paranoia and anxiety that sometimes accompany THC use. While savvy cannabis consumers already know this, the younger generation is now aware of it too. RELATED: 5 tips to quickly recover from a marijuana high @transstrenderyyou deserve to feel safe in your brain and body #fyp#smoke#420#ouidtiktok#anxiety#risk reduction ##queer#lgbt#mental health♬ Just Water – Bryansanon The chemicals in pepper and lemon help you relax and give a similar effect to CBD. There is scientific evidence to support this. As noted above, peppercorns contain terpenes (aromatic compounds found in many plants) that can interact with the terpenes found in cannabis. The terpenes in pepper, called pineene and caryophyllene, are known to reduce the psychoactivity of THC and prevent reactions like anxiety and paranoia. APPROPRIATE: How black pepper marijuana numbs paranoia, according to Neil Young and science photo by Fedor via Unsplash word-image-9049 Other terpene-rich foods include mango, which many people use when consuming cannabis because they claim it causes a stronger high. Cannabis is a rather mysterious compound. Although the plant has been around for centuries, we are only now beginning to understand all of its complexities, including how it works with our endocannabinoid system and whether it interacts with other things we ingest internally. The next time you feel spice anxiety, keep a few peppers nearby. It can’t hurt to try.

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