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Hi, I was a heavy marijuana user for 5 years just recentely i smoked and had a terrible panic attack it so bad that it caused me to quit smoking.. since i have quit i have been having severe anxiety and this sense that there is something seriously wrong with me i believe it has something to do with the withdrawal symptoms i also would smoke blunts which have tobacco wraps so i believe i also built a addiction to this as well.. I went to the doctor and told him my symptoms they proceeded to take in EKG of my heart which he said was fine besides my elevated heart rate they also did blood tests and urine test i got a call back and they said everything is fine but for some reason i cant shake the feeling that something is terribly wrong with me i have been obssessing over my symptoms and looking up every disorder known to man to see if it matches my symptoms... someone please help me and give me an idea of what this could be

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replied April 18th, 2011
Anxiety and Stress Answer A22100

First of all, the panic attack may not have been associated with the smoking. But when it does happen, it is normal to believe it could be due to the Marijuana. And if the panic attack was actually a panic attack as per the criteria, it can occur any time.

Marijuana (Cannabis) is not known to produce physical withdrawal symptoms and there is no physical dependence. But there can be a psychological dependence. And the anxiety can be explained. However, the anxiety cannot be an isolated occurrence without accompanying thoughts. You seem to have developed an unhealthy anxiety about your health. This is evident from the fact that you are looking to find out what can be wrong with a hint of obsession.

You may need to take efforts to reduce symptoms of your anxiety. You can take anxiolytic medication with your doctor's prescription. Often that is enough to tide over the withdrawal phase. Counseling is also known to help during the few weeks after cessation of Cannabis use. It is also important to "feel OK" that you have the anxiety. Do not let the secondary anxiety (anxiety about having anxiety) affect your ability to focus on reducing the primary anxiety.

Hope this helps. Take care.

Abhijeet Deshmukh, MD

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