What if I have (or a friend has) a bad reaction?

A common bad reaction to marijuana is the "acute panic anxiety reaction." People describe this reaction as an extreme fear of "losing control," which causes panic. The symptoms usually disappear in a few hours.

Unwanted psychological effects can range from depression to anxiety, which can go on to produce panic attacks and paranoia. Although this can be frightening for the person, most of the time these effects can be managed through reassurance.

If someone you know experiences these problems after they have used marijuana, here are some things you can do to assist them:

  • Try to calm the person down.
  • Reassure them that these feelings will pass in time.
  • Take them to a safe and quiet place and stay with them.
  • Let them know that you are there to help them. If there is something you can do for them, do it.
  • As they calm down, try to distract them with other things that may take their mind off things.

If nothing you try seems to help and the person continues to feel bad or their condition gets worse, it is important to get more help. Call 911 or take them to get medical help so that they can be treated quickly and safely.

Torrey Douglass