Even though marijuana is known for creating a relaxing state of mind, in some rare situations, smoking the drug can lead to paranoia. In a new study, researchers from Britain set out to uncover how marijuana can cause paranoia. They discovered that the main active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which calms the body and mind, is also responsible for paranoia.
“The study very convincingly shows that cannabis [marijuana] can cause short-term paranoia in some people,” study leader Daniel Freeman, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Oxford in England, said in a university news release reported by Philly. “But more importantly it shines a light on the way our mind encourages paranoia. Paranoia is likely to occur when we are worried, think negatively about ourselves, and experience unsettling changes in our perceptions.”
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