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What Situations Make You Paranoid When You’re High? We Debated Cannabis Paranoia

June 19, 2016

Just as the journey is more important than the destination, sometimes the discussion is more important than the conclusion. As such, we’re kicking off a series of informal chats published largely unabridged. Viewpoints expressed are participants’ own.


Cannabis and paranoia have a curious relationship. On one hand, may people have great success using cannabis to de-stress and combat social anxiety. On the other, it’s well-established that paranoia can sometimes tag along with a cannabis high depending on the strain or situation. Sure, there are certain tricks you can try, but it’s also helpful to pinpoint exactly what makes you paranoid and determine the best way of dealing with it.

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To that end, we at Leafly took to our office Slack channels to debate the situations that spook us, and how we deal with them. From public transit to the threat of raccoons, here’s what we talked about.

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  • Ken A

    I suffer from paranoia when I use and I thought you were going to have a serious discussion here. Instead you are like a bunch of little girls giggling. Thanks for taking something that is of great concern to some of us and making a joke of it.

  • Sergio Farias

    What makes me paranoid is going for a walk in the park and seeing police cars or police officers walking. Legalize so we can use responsibly and safely.

  • Kwame Alexander

    What makes me paranoid is when my heart beats to fast what is good o for me anyone?

  • Rachael Hercik

    Being in my house alone makes me paranoid. I constantly feel like someone is going to break in and murder me.