For most of her life, Elizabeth avoided marijuana. She came from a conservative family of the “just say no” variety, and her first experience with the drug at a party in her late 20s made her want to curl up into a ball and hide. “The whole world seemed frightening and loud,” she says. “Everyone was sitting around and laughing and having fun, and I was becoming paranoid.”
But Elizabeth (who requested we use a pseudonym) also struggled with anxiety and had a high-pressure job; complications with insurance made it difficult to get Xanax. She started hearing about the anxiety-relieving benefits of marijuana and learned about different strains of the plant, like sativa and indica. Maybe it wasn’t all marijuana that would cause her to panic. If she could find the right strain, maybe that would do the trick.
Elizabeth ended up using