For many people, it’s pretty easy to count the number of reasons they choose to smoke. However, for people who don’t use any form of marijuana, it’s equally as easy to list the reasons they don’t use it. One of the biggest reasons that people choose not to engage with cannabis is that they claim to feel paranoid while using it. In fact, many people have reported feeling this way, including some of my closest friends.

However, there are ways in which people can avoid the paranoia when using marijuana, which you might want to consider telling people you know who have had rather paranoid experiences. The first possible way to avoid paranoia when using marijuana is to simply smoke less! Too many people really try to push the limit when they smoke or use edibles. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Just because you choose to get high doesn’t mean you have to get ridiculously high.

Something else, which is also pretty important for regular smokers as well, is to not smoke on an empty stomach. There is no real scientific research behind this, but various testimonies speak to this very point. And if it works for some people, there is no harm in eating a nice meal before taking a few hits. However, it is known that sugar tends to work against THC, “and will therefore decrease the amount of TCH in your body and ease the trip.”

There is also additional insight that sniffing black peppercorns, yes- sniffing peppercorn, can help reduce paranoia felt by using marijuana. As odd as that sounds, writer Owen Smith noted that “while at Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club, he witnessed the impact pepper had on pot,” citing that “a few sniffs of the black pepper… [took] an almost immediate effect.”

Peppercorn as a remedy for marijuana induced paranoia already sounds strange enough, but people wouldn’t do it if it didn’t actually help them. There are connections between THC and the terpenoids found in the pepper plant that actually have the ability to ease more than one thing. For example, the properties in cannabis and peppercorn, when combined, can also “help with pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, fungal and bacterial infections.”

Luckily, for those who do not want to sniff peppercorn, you can also apparently chew on the kernels. Though honestly, neither sniffing nor chewing seem like attractive options.