Afraid of cannabis? Try this TikTok viral hack


Cannabis anxiety is a common ailment of many marijuana smokers. This phenomenon, which is more likely to plague newbies, people who smoke another strain of weed, or who are overly concerned with THC, can quickly disrupt an evening of relaxation. TikTok has discovered a well-known hack for this: peppercorns.

TikTok user @transstender’s viral hack suggests chewing or sniffing whole peppercorns or something sour like lemons to reduce the paranoia and anxiety that can come with consuming THC. While this hack isn’t new to seasoned cannabis users, the TikTok video makes it possible to reach a new and wider audience.

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The chemicals found in peppercorns and lemons help you relax by creating an effect similar to that of CBD. There is some science to support this.

As we previously reported, peppercorns contain terpenes (aromatic compounds found in many plants) that are able to interact with the terpenes found in cannabis. The terpenes in peppercorn, called pinene and caryophyllene, are known to dampen the psychoactive tendencies of THC and prevent reactions such as anxiety and paranoia.

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Other high terpene foods include mangoes, which many people use when consuming cannabis because they claim they produce a stronger high.

Cannabis is a pretty mysterious compound. Although it has been around for centuries, we are only now beginning to understand all of the plant’s complexities, such as how it works with our endocannabinoid systems and whether it interacts with other elements that we ingest. The next time you experience a weed-induced fear, keep some peppercorns close by. There’s no harm in trying.


Beth Edmonds