The largest study of the effects of the main ingredient of cannabis has shown definitively that it can cause short-term paranoia. The Oxford-led research also, for the first time, identifies psychological factors that can lead to feelings of paranoia in people who take cannabis. CBD won't cause you to feel paranoid, as it binds to receptors in your body rather than in your brain. Researchers are finding it may be able to counteract paranoia, especially when it's a result of THC. CBD can actually "quiet down" your cannabinoid receptors, while THC can cause hyperactivity which can lead to paranoia. Does CBD oil make you feel paranoid? Does CBD oil make you feel paranoid? https://i0.wp.com/thefarmula.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/paranoid.png?fit=1061%2C597&ssl=1 1061 597 The Farmula The
How cannabis causes paranoia
The largest study of the effects of the main ingredient of cannabis has shown definitively that it can cause short-term paranoia. The Oxford-led research also, for the first time, identifies psychological factors that can lead to feelings of paranoia in people who take cannabis.
The research team, led by Professor Daniel Freeman, found that worrying, low self-esteem, anxiety and experiencing a range of unsettling changes in perceptions most likely led to the feelings of paranoia.
‘The study very convincingly shows that cannabis can cause short-term paranoia in some people,’ says Professor Freeman. ‘But more importantly it shines a light on the way our mind encourages paranoia. Paranoia is likely to occur when we are worried, think negatively about ourselves, and experience unsettling changes in our perceptions.’
The study, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), is the most in-depth investigation ever of the paranoia-inducing effects of the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol). Participants were given a range of tests of excessive suspiciousness, including real-life social situations, a virtual reality simulation, self-report questionnaires and clinical interviews.
Paranoia is excessive thinking that other people are trying to harm us. Many people have a few paranoid thoughts, and a few people have many paranoid thoughts
Professor Daniel Freeman
All of those who took part had reported mistrustful thinking in their day to day lives. This is not an unusual sample as approximately half the population report similar paranoid type thoughts occurring in the past month. The scientists tested 121 participants between the ages of 21 and 50, all of whom had taken cannabis at least once before. None of the participants had a history of mental illness and all were screened to rule out relevant health conditions.
Two thirds of the participants were injected with the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis and one-third were injected with a placebo. The dose was equivalent to a strong joint. The advantage of injection was that it reduces variability across participants in how much THC is in the bloodstream during testing, compared to oral or inhalation administration routes. In the study participants, the THC had effects for 90 minutes.
The study found that the main ingredient of cannabis increased the likelihood of paranoia occurring. Half the participants had paranoid thoughts with THC, and 30% with placebo. That is, 1 in 5 participants had an increase in paranoia directly attributable to the THC. The paranoia declined as the drug left the blood stream.
The drug also caused a range of other psychological effects: anxiety; worry; lowered mood; negative thoughts about the self; various changes in perception such as sounds being louder than normal and colours brighter; thoughts echoing; altered perception of time, and poorer short-term memory.
The Oxford researchers used a sophisticated statistical analysis which indicated that it was likely that the increase in the negative feelings and the perceptual changes led to the increase in paranoia. There was no indication that the reductions in short-term memory caused the increase in paranoia.
Professor Daniel Freeman of the Department of Psychiatry explains: ‘Paranoia is excessive thinking that other people are trying to harm us. It’s very common because in our day-to-day lives we have to weigh up whether to trust or mistrust, and when we get it wrong – that’s paranoia. Many people have a few paranoid thoughts, and a few people have many paranoid thoughts.’
The researchers believe the study reinforces the idea that paranoia arises from multiple causes.
‘The study identifies a number of highly plausible ways in which our mind promotes paranoid fears. Worry skews our view of the world and makes us focus on perceived threat,’ says Professor Freeman. ‘Thinking we are inferior means we feel vulnerable to harm. Just small differences in our perception can make us feel that something strange and even frightening is going on.’
He adds: ‘The study provides a great deal more information about the immediate effects of cannabis, but it did not investigate clinically severe disorder. The results don’t necessarily have any implications for policing, the criminal justice system, or legislation. It tells us about the little discussed paranoid-type fears that run through the minds of so many people from time to time. The implication is that reducing time spent ruminating, being more confident in ourselves, and not catastrophizing when unusual perceptual disturbances occur will in all likelihood lessen paranoia.’
The study is reported in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin. As well as funding from the MRC, it also received support from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London.
Does CBD Make You Paranoid?
It’s not uncommon to experience paranoia when consuming THC, but does CBD have the same effect? I set out to uncover the answer & have first-hand experience to share with you:
CBD won’t cause you to feel paranoid, as it binds to receptors in your body rather than in your brain. Researchers are finding it may be able to counteract paranoia, especially when it’s a result of THC. CBD can actually “quiet down” your cannabinoid receptors, while THC can cause hyperactivity which can lead to paranoia.
THC Hits The Brain, CBD Hits The Body
Although you probably already know how CBD is much different than THC, did you know it’s received by your body in an entirely different way?
THC is known to bind to the CB1 cannabinoid receptors located in your brain. Because of the location & function of these receptors, it can cause you to feel paranoid or anxious due to “hyperactivity” caused by too much THC! Your receptors are firing off with large amounts of THC & therefore it can bring on some intense effects.
CBD, on the other hand, binds mainly to CB2 receptors that are located throughout your body & largely in your immune system. Instead of being received by your brain, it’s received in the body. This also explains CBD’s promising results when it comes to inflammation & autoimmune conditions.
This is largely why CBD is not going to make you paranoid, where THC can. But, what about when CBD is used alongside THC in something like a Full Spectrum CBD Oil?
Will Full-Spectrum CBD Be Different?
An important factor in not feeling paranoid with THC is the amount you consume. When it comes to Full spectrum CBD, we are talking about a limit of 0.3% THC maximum. So, not a lot.
We still recommend Full Spectrum to those who’ve had previous negative experiences with THC. In all likelihood, the paranoia was a result of taking one too many gummies or puffs – we’ve all been there at one point. But, understanding that there is much less THC in these products than gummies you’d get from a dispensary in Colorado!
Also, we must understand the effect CBD has on THC & paranoia.
Using CBD Alongside THC
One of the biggest reasons people are using CBD today is to calm down anxious thoughts/relieving stress. So, it clearly has a natural calming effect. This especially comes into play when alongside THC.
Various studies including a 2019 controlled trial published to the National Library of Medicine showed that CBD has the ability to reduce the negative side effects of THC! Usually being paranoia & anxiety. CBD has the potential to help “calm” those cannabinoid receptors down & help your nervous system return to normal!
We advise our friends who enjoy THC to always have some CBD on hand! As it can really come in handy when you’re feeling like you just might never feel normal again.
THC can certainly be intense, but there are reasons you shouldn’t count it out completely.
Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of THC
We would tell anyone, especially newcomers, to be mindful about how much THC you are consuming. Because although you can’t overdose or become addicted to THC (physically), you certainly can reach a point of “too much”. Which can come with an existential crisis, an endless case of the munchies, & for some, nausea.
But, fear not! THC can be extremely beneficial when used correctly. As you may or may not know, it specifically empowers CBD so you can feel better results at lower doses! Having just a little bit of THC makes the CBD work much better & more consistently than when you take it away.
We recommend Full Spectrum as a first-choice for most everyone. The cases for not taking Full Spectrum CBD are things like drug testing for work or hypersensitivity to THC. As for some, even that little 0.3% is just too much. But, for most, choosing Full Spectrum is the best bet to finding the most relief.
CBD isn’t going to make you paranoid. It acts much differently than THC & delivers calming effects that are received by your body, not your brain.
This doesn’t mean it won’t help with anxious thoughts/etc. As we know, CBD has been showing promise in these areas & works more so with the Central Nervous & Endocannabinoid systems to help you remain calm.
So, don’t be afraid to give it a try! It usually comes with a ton of benefits without any sort of negative effects.
Does CBD oil make you feel paranoid?
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Many people are affected with anxiety and paranoid thoughts. It makes sense in today’s world, where stressful events seem to be more regular than the climate. Therefore, it is no wonder that people are turning to more natural supplements to help them stay calm and manage their paranoia and anxiety. CBD oil has recently gained a reputation as a miraculous cure for anxiety, but is it true?
As you may know, CBD is another compound from cannabis, just like THC. Both THC and CBD are cannabinoids, a kind of molecule that interacts with the body and generates a “feel good” effect, like endorphins or serotonin. However, you may also know that THC can cause feelings of paranoia and are wondering whether CBD will have the same effect.
What is Paranoia?
Though it is often thought that anxiety and paranoia are similar, and yes, anxiety can cause paranoid thoughts, it also works in the reverse. Paranoia can lead to anxiety.
But what is paranoia if it is not considered anxiety? Simply put, paranoia is a feeling that you are in danger somehow, even when there is no proof that you are. A lot of people can have paranoid thoughts throughout their life, and some individuals may even develop clinical paranoia, which is much more severe.
Clinical paranoia will affect someone most of the time, not just once in a while. They may be able to function normally, but the paranoia could strain relationships. Signs of paranoia include suspicions, fears, mistrust in others, and feelings of betrayal. Paranoid behaviours manifest as hypervigilance, defensiveness, distrust, and inability to remain calm and composed.
Why Can Cannabis Cause Paranoia?
In 2014, British researchers from the University of Oxford looked into reasons why cannabis can make some people relaxed and others extremely paranoid . The study had 121 volunteers between the ages 21 and 50. Every person had used cannabis at least once before. Two-thirds of the group received a high dose THC injection, while the remaining volunteers received a placebo.
After receiving the injection, half of the people who had gotten the THC developed paranoid thoughts. 30 percent who had received the placebo also became paranoid. The researchers concluded that THC could increase the levels of paranoia someone feels, especially when the paranoia started to lessen as THC left the bloodstream. Researchers also found that other psychological factors, such as anxiety, low self-esteem, and worry could be amplified by THC.
Although that is but one study on the nature of THC and paranoia, it does highlight one thing that many already know: that the THC in cannabis affects people uniquely—and not always positively.
Will CBD Cause Paranoia?
Now, we have talked about THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis, but what about CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) does not affect the endocannabinoid system within your body the same way that THC does. THC will cause a high. CBD does not. While both compounds can work together to create interesting results, it has been noted that CBD will enhance the ability of THC as analgesic (painkiller) while diminishing the paranoia THC sometimes causes [2, 3]. In fact, many of the negative side effects of THC, such as sleepiness, feelings of dysphoria, increased appetite, and so on, are augmented by CBD.
So does that mean that CBD can stop paranoia in its tracks? Is CBD truly the anti-anxiety miracle that many claim it is?
CBD is Anti-Anxiety
As mentioned earlier, CBD is the non-psychoactive compound present in all strains of cannabis, including industrial hemp. When CBD enters your body, it interacts with the CB1 receptor of the endocannabinoid system the same way a neurotransmitter would. For instance, CBD can inhibit a CB1 receptor and cause a decrease in serotonin uptake, which can help depressed people feel happier.
In the same way, CBD will react with receptors that signal anxiety by modulating just how much cannabinoid activity goes on within the body. That explains why CBD can be taken to counteract THC-induced anxiety, as well as paranoid, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Many psychological and mental conditions, like PTSD, are often characterized by overactive or underactive endocannabinoid systems. For example, people with PTSD have been found to produce very little amounts of anandamide, a natural endocannabinoid that functions like THC. So, when cannabinoids like CBD are introduced to the system, it can help regulate the underactive receptors and help those with PTSD deal with their anxiety.
Finding The Right CBD Product For You
If you are interested in trying CBD to treat paranoia, then you need to decide the best method for taking CBD oil. There are plenty of CBD products to try; Farmula has tinctures and salves and oils for every purpose. Yet, not every product is going to work exactly for you like it did someone else. To find the correct CBD product, consider the following:
• Tinctures and sublingual drops are one of the fastest ways to deliver CBD to your bloodstream quickly.
• Edibles take longer to digest into the body, but the overall calming effect will last longer than tinctures and ingestible oils.
• Topical products will do very little for anxiety and paranoid but can do wonders for muscle tension.
• Smoking or vaporizing CBD oil will provide the fastest relief. That said, vaping CBD oil can irritate the lungs and throat.
Keep Calm and Use CBD
So will CBD oil make you paranoid? The chances are very, very low. Most people have reported CBD oil making them feel less paranoid, and there is plenty of research going on to support these findings. Therefore, if you struggle with anxiety or paranoid thoughts and want to try a natural way to relax your body and mind, why not give CBD a try?
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