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I am wondering if this helps social anxiety. I think in some situations it could. I smoked pot with someone that lives in the same building with me. I think that it helped me think of things to talk about and it made me feel a little less anxious. But I smoked it before going to class and it made me feel a little weird. I would feel very anxious all of a sudden and then I would quickly start to relax. But when I was relaxed, I felt the most relaxed I have been during a class. What made me anxious the most was the worry that I smelled like pot. I tried not to though, I changed out of the clothes I smoked in before going to class. But I am a little worried my professor noticed. He looked into my eyes for a few seconds and I thought I saw him look surprised. Doesn't pot somehow affect the way your eyes look?
 

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whether you realized it or not, your professor probably noticed you were high. Weed is basically a mood enhancer. If you feel sad, you feel REALLY sad. A little bit nervous? incredibly anxious. Nothing? totally mellow.
 

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yeah, pot makes you eyes red. I find your story kinda humorous :)

weed has always worked for me as something to make me forget my SA. the problem was I liked it too much and became a pothead because I got high all the time. I used to use it before class but I realize it made me dull and I couldn't think as well.

I don't think theres anything wrong with using it to help you socially, just be careful.
 

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yeah, pot makes you eyes red. I find your story kinda humorous :)

weed has always worked for me as something to make me forget my SA. the problem was I liked it too much and became a pothead because I got high all the time. I used to use it before class but I realize it made me dull and I couldn't think as well.

I don't think theres anything wrong with using it to help you socially, just be careful.
I know it was a crazy thing to do, but it was available to me and I felt like I needed something to get through the day. I am starting to use it a lot and it is pretty expensive. I hope my professor doesn't think too badly of me for it. But from what I have seen I think he will understand. I'm glad you thought it was humorous. :)
 

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You definitely have to be careful. When you like cannabis way too much and it doesn't exactly motivate you to socialize. You are content with just ripping bong hits all day, unless the others like it as well, then you invite them to join in.

Also you can develop depersonalization from frequent use.

Your professional probably seen a lot of stoned students.
 

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I think a lot of people who smoke pot are actually pretty introverted. For me, it always helped me reflect on myself, but sometimes I would become very self-critical or critical of those around me. It never helped me with social anxiety or depression, at least not as any long-term solution.
 

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Every time I've smoked pot, and been around people I've never met before I was "normal" and made all these friends and had lengthy conversations with people I just met. So it's good if I have it and know I'm going to be in a social situation. But I agree, it does nothing in the long run.
 

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during my first year of smoking weed, pot helped my social anxiety - after this it started making me EXTREMELY nervous whenever I smoked. never have I felt more anxious in my life
 

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whatever makes you happy
 

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I'm against the use of it, for the same reasons other people have mentioned, it'll only mask the problems temporarily and after long-term use may in fact worsen anxieties and depression. My cousin spent 6 months last year in a drug rehab, she's only 25 and she has aged badly. I know she smoked pot and was underweight, but she also smokes cigarettes and has probably done some hard drugs. Her face is gaunt and weathered, and she looks at people suspiciously. I worry that even if she's off the drugs now their effects are permanent. She was also a very shy person as a teenager, she may have had social anxiety too, the drugs seem to have made her more introverted.
 

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pot makes my anxiety worse usually.
That is more of a person to person basis. It relaxes me, rather than worsening anxiety.

Sativa strains may increase anxiety, I am not sure. I only get Indicas around here, which is the lazy, couch-locked kind of high.
 

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That is more of a person to person basis. It relaxes me, rather than worsening anxiety.

Sativa strains may increase anxiety, I am not sure. I only get Indicas around here, which is the lazy, couch-locked kind of high.
well it also has to do with how high you get. I wanted to try sativas cause its mostly a head high and you can actually get up and function. But most weed sold illegally are indica strains. You can get good sativas from dispensaries but i dont live in california anymore =(.
 

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Marijuana is a social tool. The first time I had friendly social interaction in a while was because of it. (even if this sounds sad) people bond over it. In that respect, I think it can help more than hurt your SA. As far as feelings go, it made me more relaxed and open and felt like I could be more myself when I was around these people whereas I am usually distant and never fully there
 

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Marijuana is a social tool. The first time I had friendly social interaction in a while was because of it. (even if this sounds sad) people bond over it. In that respect, I think it can help more than hurt your SA. As far as feelings go, it made me more relaxed and open and felt like I could be more myself when I was around these people whereas I am usually distant and never fully there
It's not a social tool for me, that's what alcohol is for. Marijuana knocks me out too much to even form sentences. Of course, I could just smoke less, but I don't enjoy it as much if I do.
 
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