Marijuana sensitivity and panic anxiety

J Clin Psychiatry. 1988 Nov;49(11):427-9.


The authors explore the relationship between marijuana smoking and panic anxiety by examining the effects of marijuana smoking on patients with panic anxiety compared with marijuana's effects on both patient and nonpatient controls. Patients with panic anxiety were found to be particularly likely to experience increased anxiety while smoking marijuana. The majority of panic anxiety patients spontaneously stopped using marijuana because of increased anxiety; continued marijuana smoking in these individuals was found to be infrequent. The results suggest that current marijuana use is atypical of panic anxiety patients.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Anxiety Disorders / etiology
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology*
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Fear*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Marijuana Smoking / psychology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Panic*
  • Research Design
  • Surveys and Questionnaires