Possible Adverse Reactions to Smoking Weed

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Possible Adverse Reactions to Smoking Weed

Post by Weedguru Higher » Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:37 am

Possible Adverse Reactions to Smoking Weed

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Let's face it, there can be some adverse reactions to smoking pot...just as there are some for drinking alcohol (ex. hangover) or taking prescription drugs. It usually happens more commonly to first time smokers and lightweights, but can happened to anyone. If you know ahead of time what can possibly happen when you are high, it will be all that less scary because you will know it's "normal"...and that you're not about to keel over and die

Perception Changes

Maybe it doesn't always feel like it, but the real world carries on as normal no matter how stoned you get.

When you get stoned your perception of time is changed; you think of other things, you are not at your most alert. That isn't the best state of mind to be in when you're aiming a car or waving a chain saw around for example. When you get stoned you're not really up to driving or working any kind of dangerous, fast or sharp machinery. To be fair, you'll probably know this to be true without being told, so chances are you'll try to be careful if you do these things, but it's not a guarantee that you will be able to compensate for how stoned you are.

Some people argue that stoned drivers are safe because they are aware of how stoned they are. Indeed, this is supported to an extent by research - although cannabis does reduce reaction times and tracking ability, stoned driving isn't such a major danger as drunk driving, but try telling that to the plod doing the impairment test when you get pulled over, or worse, after a crash...

Also remember it may not be so easy to understand what's happening around you or how other people are behaving.

You may get the feeling that everything and everyone is running on slow motion around you...voices may seem to have a long drawl to them.

The advice is really simple, don't drive or do anything that requires alertness or fast reactions when stoned.

Getting the Worries


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Otherwise known as "The Horrors" or "the frights" by stoners, or "attacks of paranoia" by shrinks, it's perhaps best described as a feeling of anxiety . If you get the horrors you can think that people are watching you and talking about you, it can be really scary.

This is why it's always important that everyone you're with knows you're getting stoned or at least doesn't mind. The last thing you want is to be nagged or worse, threatened. Hard core stoners will tell you this is all a part of getting stoned and they'll spin you some story of how they coped when it happened to them, perhaps glossing over how they actually felt at the time, but they are basically right in most cases. Most of the time it doesn't last long and more often than not you realise you were in fact doing something to draw attention to yourself and what really happened was no more than a confused awareness that you were the centre of attention.

If things do get scary, go somewhere quiet if you can, or at least away from too many people, just keep remembering that you're stoned and that you'll come through it.

For the vast majority of people it's no more serious than that, but not everyone fits into the "majority of people" bracket and some people are put off using cannabis for life when this happens.

How to get the horrors


Although it can happen for no apparent reason, perhaps the best way to get the horrors is to get very stoned very quickly in an unfamiliar place with people you don't know. If it happens, stop toking and ride it out. Go find something "friendly" to do and take yourself out of the place you're in.

If you've eaten a strong hash cake there's no going back, this is the biggest problem with eating cannabis and it's why you should always have just one weak cake, take your time and wait for it to kick in before having a second. Not knowing the strength of the hash cake in advance doesn't help.

Can it be serious?

Most of the time it isn't serious, but in rare extreme cases a paranoia attack can resemble a form of psychosis and this is one of the things that's lead some people think there is a connection between cannabis use and mental illness.

For some people the horrors are enough to make them decide never to touch cannabis again. If it gets like that then perhaps cannabis isn't for you, never ignore a warning sign.

The concern is that cannabis might trigger schizophrenia in vulnerable people particularly when they are young, "bringing on" an illness which may not otherwise have happened. Alternatively it could be that cannabis gives an early warning of a developing problem to people who are going to become ill anyway. Which ever way, having paranoia attacks as a result of getting stoned - especially if it always happens and is very upsetting - may be a warning sign.

Pulling a Whitey

Symptoms of a "whitey" include dizzyness, clammy skin, nausea and vomiting. It gets its name from the paleness of the sufferer as the blood drains out the capillaries under the skin due to a decrease in blood pressure.

It usually happens if you smoke after drinking alcohol, or smoked joints rolled with a heavy tobacco, but isn't uncommon with pure cannabis especially very strong stuff taken quickly.

Some people suggest eating something sweet after having a whitey, but whether this has any real beneficial effect is unknown. Usually the only way to cope is to sit on the toilet and promise yourself not to do it again.

The claims by the Government's anti drug advertising camapign that cannabis makes people"puke" is, hower, not generally true. Indeed it is highly unusual for cannabis alone to actually make someone be sick. Vomiting when it does happen is usually associated from coughing to hard.

Red Eye


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This is certainly a sign of (heavy) indulgence.

Cannabis widens blood vessels (vasodilation). The eyes contain blood vessels which widen when you are stoned; hence the blood within the vessels is more visible against the white of the eye causing red-eye.

When the vasodilator is metabolized (when it wears off), the blood vessels return to normal and the red eye disappears.

Cannabis induced red eye is not the same as the red eye caused by inflammation, allergy or injury

The increase in the heart rate is linked to this widening of the blood vessels. The heart beats faster because the pressure is lowered. This is an effort to restore the pressure to normal, part of what's meant by homeostasis. Everything in the body is linked and balanced.

Your eyes may also get puffy and droopy...this is the classic "stoner look"

Short Term Memory, Er...

Being stoned is not the best state of mind to try to remember things in. There are many old stoner jokes which involve forgetting what you were saying in the middle of a sent.... er, sorry, what was I saying?

Mostly, it's just a part of being stoned and is even maybe apart of the attraction, it only becomes a problem when you need to remember things. What this means is being stoned at school or when studying isn't going to make you student of the year.

It is true that being stoned can allow you to be very creative in some ways, especially allowing you to "think around" a problem and perhaps especially with music and the arts (like maths, physics and IT programming).

But those wonderful logical thoughts you had whilst stoned can be easily forgotten.
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Re: Possible Adverse Reactions to Smoking Weed

Post by Bubbles » Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:40 am

i have the most fail short term memory ever even when im sober.

i think tonight ima watch random infomercials stoned as shit... if i can rememember too!@
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Re: Possible Adverse Reactions to Smoking Weed

Post by Weedguru Higher » Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:50 am

[quote="flyinhigh"]i have the most fail short term memory ever even when im sober. i/quote]

I have an accute case of it too. It scares me sometimes.....
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Post by weedguru_waffles » Tue Apr 20, 2010 4:53 pm

Weedguru Higher wrote:
flyinhigh wrote:i have the most fail short term memory ever even when im sober. i/quote]

I have an accute case of it too. It scares me sometimes.....
me too. =\

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Re: Possible Adverse Reactions to Smoking Weed

Post by DeeJayP » Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:43 am

Same man, I'll plan to go do something then I'll quickly think of something for like 3 seconds and I'll forget what the first thing was, I hate it. :(
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Re: Possible Adverse Reactions to Smoking Weed

Post by emilyblunt » Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:53 pm

yess, there are some side effects of using weed but they are only temporary. The anxiety, paranoia, disturbed perception and the red eyes only last when you're still under its influence.

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Re: Possible Adverse Reactions to Smoking Weed

Post by giraffes » Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:22 am

:bonghit: down where i live, we call whiteys "green outs", and ive only done that 3 times, all when i first started smoking, i still suffer from the...........erm.......the thing...i dunno :bonghit:
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