Cannabis is a safe psychoactive substance that has many health benefits, and is not known to cause any fatal side effects, and it is rare for people to have bad reactions like sickness. There are, however, those who experience paranoia, anxiety, and shakiness when using cannabis.
What are the shakes?
Although cannabis is known to decrease tremors and muscle spasms in people with Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis, in some it can have the opposite effect and lead to what are known as the “cannabis shakes”. Many people experience shaking in their hands, back, or feet during or after smoking or ingesting weed. Tremors can start during or after the weed is consumed, but they seem to be just that – small uncontrollable shakes in certain parts of the body, that don’t cause anything other than surprise, and stop quickly.
There are several theories about why these occur:
- You’ve consumed or smoked too much THC, causing anxiety or paranoia. THC has been known to cause anxiety due to its psychoactive effects.
- You’re in a new environment. If you experience any stress over being in large groups, or around new people, your social anxiety combined with cannabis can cause the shakes.
- You are cold. Cannabis lowers your body temperature – this is known as THC hypothermia. It is not dangerous, but being in a cold place can exacerbate this side effect.
Ending the shakes
There are some easy ways to end a shaking episode quickly. The shakes normally diminish within minutes of starting, but these methods will provide immediate relief.
- Stop smoking or consuming weed for a while. If you feel the shakes start to happen, put down the pot. You have likely consumed enough for the time being and should wait a few hours at least, to have any more. also, make note of how much you consumed or smoked before the shakes started, and stick to a little less next time.
- Take some CBD oil. CBD oil has a calming effect and none of the effects of THC.
- Warm yourself up. Jumping into a hot shower, or moving to a quiet environment and wrapping up in a cozy blanket can alleviate your shudders.
- Move around. Take a brisk stroll, and breathe in some fresh air.
- Perform relaxation exercises such as deep breathing.
- Change your strain. Strains such as Indica have a more mellow effect than other strains.
The side effects of consuming cannabis are different for everyone, and although the shakes can be nerve-wracking, they are generally undamaging and can be easily moderated.
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*This blog is for educational purposes and should not be substituted for medical advice. Should you feel the need to seek medical attention, we encourage you to do so.