Peppercorns & Cannabis
Your cannabis making you paranoid?
Or it’s just feeling like it’s too much to take? According the famous Canadian rocker Neil Young: ““Try black pepper balls if you get paranoid. Just chew two or three pieces.”
It all comes down to a terpene called alpha-pinene. And what’s a great source? Black peppercorns.
Pinene acts as “a potent inhibitor” to the cannabis THC-high that is making you feeling uncomfortable. The terpenes in black pepper work synergistically with THC to create a calming effect.
First try smelling ground black pepper and give it 15 minutes. If that doesn’t work then try chewing two black peppercorns. They are spicy so be prepared.
For more details read Ethan Russo’s paper “Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects.”
BTW – Other than black pepper, there is evidence that CBD may have potent anti-anxiety benefit as well. In “Taming THC,” Russo writes “The myriad effects of CBD … provide a strong rationale for this and other phytocannabinoids as base compounds for treatment of anxiety. Newer findings, particularly imaging studies of CBD in normal individuals in anxiety models … support this hypothesis. Even more compelling is a recent randomized control trial of pure CBD in patients with social anxiety disorder with highly statistical improvements over placebo in anxiety and cognitive impairment.”