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Does Marijuana help or worsen anxiety?

I have found it to be more of a help when i smoke it. It makes me feel relaxed, but i really don`t think it`s a great idea. What are your thoughts ?
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Tried it. Didn't work for me.
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There's alot of factors that go into smoking marijuana. It depends on the person and the type of environment he's in. But to me smoking marijuana made my anxiety worse. I wouldn't recommend smoking marijuana to anyone especially if they have SA and are new to the whole thing.
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I would say worsen with out a doubt.
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Definately helps for me.

After smoking it I feel more more relaxed and carefree. But not so much as it eliminates my social anxiety, its more like a reduction of my social worries.

But i always feel in total control of what I think and do, contrary to alcohol.

Once in a blue moon, i let my alter-ego come out to play.
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When i am with others it does not help because im an air head to begin with so its a bad combination. Perhaps if marijuana was free or if I grew some of my own I would smoke again but otherswise its just a giant waste of money and is a burden on my health.
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Smoking in moderation makes me feel much better. In the past I've smoked way too much and started having paranoid thoughts about my friends laughing behind my back (which they probably were, even if it wasn't at me, seeing as they were just as high as me), but I still managed to stay somewhat grounded. While alcohol's anxiolytic effects increase with intake, the effects from smoking seem to plateau off at a certain level and at higher levels of intake, they disappear completely and it starts having the opposite effect. That's my experience anyway. The type of weed you're smoking has an effect on this, I find sativa strains are far more likely to increase your anxiety when you smoke lots of them, while indica strains seem to have less effect on anxiety, both decreasing and increasing it. Though, even when I start having aforementioned increase in anxiety and paranoid thoughts, my inhibitions are still lowered, so I can still function better socially than when I'm sober.

Your mileage may vary though. Personally I don't think it's a good idea to rely on any kind of substance. The only time I'd use any kind of substance (usually weed or alcohol) to reduce my anxiety is at a party where other people are doing it anyway, or for recreational use/relaxing. I'd never want to self-medicate my SA with any kind of substance on a regular basis though, even with something as innocuous as weed.
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Either worsen or neutral, depending on the setting. I can't say it's ever improved my anxiety in any way.

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Makes it much worse for me around other people, too much paranoia on top of what is already there. Alone it can help when I can't sleep.

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I mean it only worsens when I'm in public. I like being high when I'm just like, hanging out at home. But I went to IHOP one night with my boyfriend when we were high and I was really really uncomfortable majorly.
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I'm not saying I don't like weed either, I smoke it pretty much every day, but as far as anxiety goes, I've seen no benefits. So I pretty much stick to smoking it at home too.

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It depends with the person. I have found that with some people who I know have anxiety, it helps them relax, but with others with the same issues, it could amplify their emotions to the point of a serious breakout in anxiety/panic.

But it's illegal, so I don't know if it's the best idea to speak about it here.
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Makes mine way worse 95% of the time.

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It will usually make you more nervous while in public. Alone or with close friends it can be very enjoyable, but that has little to do with anxiety.

Although people with GAD or other worries who can"t ever calm themselves down might find it helpful.
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make me forget about whats really going on in life an escape of sorts and feel calm also helps me sleep wow i really wish i had some right now!
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Depends on the strain really. Some can make you totally chill, others send you in to panic attacks.

I don't think any intoxicating drug helps in the long run. I can feel totally relaxed listening to music whilst high at home... the pain goes and I get more positive (same with alcohol)... but then the high wears off. The only solution is being on the drug all the time, which is probably going to be just as harmful to you in society.
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When I'm actually high, my anxiety is worsened. When I smoke regularly though and when I'm not high, my anxiety is helped a lot. So much so, that when I quit smoking marijuana, I couldn't cope with the sudden increase in anxiety and suddenly quit work.

After quitting work, I was stuck at home which my anxiety even worse. After a few weeks I couldn't even leave the house. I eventually forced myself to go see my doctor and get on anti-depressants. I'm recovering quite nicely now.

If you smoke weed regularly, I advise that you gradually cut down and don't quit cold turkey like I did. :S
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It worsens it for me. Makes me paranoid and even more introverted than I already am.
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