Why does weed make us PARANOID?

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It has long been known that an unfortunate side effect to our lovely friend maryjane is paranoia. Paranoia is defined as an instinct or thought process believed to be heavily influenced by anxiety or fear, often to the point of delusion and irrationality. I would say that sums it up. While a lucky few may have brain chemistry that makes them impervious to this, the rest of us are wondering WHY it happens.

A region of the brain known as the amygdala is responsible for many of our emotions- including fear, anger, and pleasure. We have two; one in each hemisphere of our brains. A study by Vanderbilt University has located cannabinoid receptors in the amygdala. When THC attaches to those receptors it provides you with either mellow feel good vibes, or paranoia and fear. It can go either way.

The environment and dosage play an important role in your experience. You are much more likely to avoid anxiety by being somewhere comfortable and not overdoing it. I have personally been to some dark places after eating too much edibles. More recently was a magical trip to Disneyland high on just the right amount of edibles. It’s best to build your high so you can gauge how it affects you.

Stoners just want to be happy! Our brain chemistry certainly plays a role in how we respond to cannabis, but we ultimately control when and how much. Stay away from the dark side of edibles my friends. Let me know in comments if you’ve got any wild paranoid while high stories. Signing off with a trippy picture of Disneyland which just felt right.

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Pax 2 Review

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I received the Pax 2 as a gift and wanted to share my experience for anyone interested in purchasing one. It’s a portable vaporizer for shredded herb. It’s small, lightweight, and easy to hold. You can easily conceal it in one hand. It comes with two mouthpieces; one that’s flush with the unit, the other raises up for your lips slightly. The box also includes the charger and a cleaning kit.

The ‘oven’ is in the bottom and the cover is super easy to remove. Overall it works best when you pack the oven tightly and to the brim. Shredding the herb as fine as possible provides the best hits.

Tapping the top powers it on and it takes about a minute to heat up. The light on the front indicates when it’s powered on and which heat setting you are at. There are four heat settings available. I prefer settings 2 to 3. It takes roughly three hours to charge, which gives at least 90 minutes of usage. If you take decent (medium) draws, you can expect about 15 hits from one packing. Cleaning it thoroughly every 10 sessions (or so) is going to keep it working at peak performance.

VERDICT: 5/5 – I’M IN LOVE! I’m just as excited about it now as I was when I first received it. It’s fun to use, whether I’m alone or with a friend. A bonus is that you can taste the herb just as you would with a joint, yet the smell is minimal. It’s perfect for outdoor concerts, movies, or a quick session on your lunch break. Treat yourself!

Find the Pax 2 HERE

-Thanks for reading. Let me know in comments if you have tried any other Pax products.