Why Does Pot Make Me Paranoid? Getting Help for Marijuana Addiction
If you’ve been asking yourself, “Am I addicted to marijuana/pot?,” you might have genuine cause for concern—but you might also be feeling paranoid. Paranoia is a mental state that stems from anxiety of fear, and can lead to delusions: thinking everyone is out to get you, thinking that bad things are about to happen, and so on. Paranoia is one of the most common side effects of marijuana use: when you’re smoking weed, it’s not at all unusual to have feelings of paranoia. You might feel like everyone can tell that you’re high; at a party, you might feel social anxiety; if you’re in public, you might become convinced that the police are following you. The more pot you smoke, and the longer you use marijuana, the more that paranoid feeling stays with you, even after you come down from your high.
The reason marijuana makes you paranoid is that it affects the cannabinoid (the chemical associated with pot) receptors in the amygdala section of your brain. That’s the part of your brain that deals with fear and anxiety, and it’s also the part that creates associations between different things. So when you’re high and those receptors are firing like crazy, you make associations you might not otherwise make—“Is that police car on the corner here to arrest me?”—and you experience fear and anxiety. Things that would not normally freak you out start to really, really freak you out. And if you are actually addicted to pot, then the pot in your system will keep those receptors firing even when you’re not high—so you’ll be freaking out all the time. If you’re worried that you’re smoking too much weed, if you’re asking yourself, “How can I stop smoking pot?” or “How can I get help quitting marijuana”—it’s time to seek professional help.
Where is the best marijuana rehab center? It’s Archstone Recovery Center of the Palm Beaches—and if you’re ready to quit smoking pot, Archstone Recovery can help you. Located in sunny Lantana, Florida (FL), Archstone Recovery is a state-of-the-art drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility that helps heavy pot smokers just like you get a handle on their addiction, bring their paranoia under control, and take charge of their lives. With a proven twelve-step approach, caring therapists, and customized programs designed with you in mind, Archstone Recovery treats you like a whole person—not just a marijuana addiction. Pot addicts from New York (NY), New Jersey (NJ), Baltimore (MD), Washington DC, New England, Florida (FL), and all over the United States come to serene, scenic Archstone Recovery. With transitional, residential, partial hospitalization, and extended care programs, Archstone Recovery has a marijuana rehab program that will fit your lifestyle. Stop living a life of fear. Call Archstone Recovery today.