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The mystery of the "Weed shakes"

The mystery of the "Weed shakes"

Cannabis use is associated with in some cases, unpredictable side effects like paranoia, red eyes, and increased heart rate may occur. One of the lesser-known yet intriguing phenomena is the occurrence of involuntary shakes or tremors, often referred to as 'Weed Shakes'.

Cannabis use is associated with in some cases, unpredictable side effects like paranoia, red eyes, and increased heart rate may occur. One of the lesser-known yet intriguing phenomena is the occurrence of involuntary shakes or tremors, often referred to as 'Weed Shakes'.


Tuesday, July 18, 2023


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Understanding the Enigma of Weed Shakes

Weed Shakes refer to the involuntary tremors or shaky movements that some individuals may experience after consuming cannabis. These tremors can range from mild, intermittent muscle twitches to intense shaking that may impede normal speech or handwriting.

The occurrence of Weed Shakes is often linked to the consumption of larger than usual cannabis doses or inexperience with Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - the primary psychoactive component in cannabis. Furthermore, Weed Shakes are also reported by users who resume cannabis use after a substantial "tolerance break".

Possible Causes Behind Weed Shakes

While there exists a dearth of peer-reviewed research on Weed Shakes, several plausible explanations have been proposed based on anecdotal reports and common sense. Let's explore the most likely culprits behind these involuntary tremors.

Overconsumption Triggering Anxiety

Although cannabis is often hailed as an anxiety-relieving wonder, it can paradoxically induce anxiety when consumed in large doses. This is particularly true for inexperienced users or those who accidentally consume more THC than they can handle.

Research suggests that high levels of THC may overstimulate the amygdala - a part of the brain responsible for emotions, leading to feelings of panic, paranoia, and anxiety. This heightened anxiety can manifest physically as muscle spasms or shakes.

Body’s Response to Cold

Yes, it might seem obvious, but it is worth stating - when humans get cold, they shiver! Interestingly, THC overconsumption can lower the body's core temperature, leading to an uncomfortable chilliness and subsequent shivering. So, if you find yourself experiencing Weed Shakes, consider adding an extra layer of clothing or grabbing a warm blanket.

Dehydration and Low Blood Sugar

Dehydration is another common cause of Weed Shakes. Smoking cannabis can make your mouth dry quickly, leading to dehydration. When the body is dehydrated, muscle contractions can become more pronounced, leading to shakes, sweats, chills, and dizziness.

Moreover, smoking cannabis can increase heart rate and reduce blood pressure, potentially inducing faintness or lightheadedness. Therefore, it's crucial to stay hydrated and maintain blood sugar levels while enjoying cannabis.

Nicotine Overdose

While the practice of mixing weed with tobacco (creating a 'spliff') may not be prevalent everywhere, in some places, it's still the go-to choice. This can sometimes lead to Weed Shakes, especially for people who don't regularly smoke cigarettes.

Excessive nicotine intake can cause the heart rate to spike, leading to a trembling sensation. Therefore, if you're using tobacco, it's crucial to understand its effects on the body and use it moderately.

Prevention Strategies for Weed Shakes

We've addressed how to manage the primary causes of Weed Shakes. Here are some additional tips to prevent them from happening in the first place:

  • Ensure you're consuming high-quality cannabis. If Weed Shakes are a concern, opt for strains with a balanced CBD to THC ratio.

  • Change your environment and keep moving. A simple change of scenery and some physical activity can significantly enhance your cannabis experience.

  • Know your limits. Don't dive into the deepest end immediately. Take time to understand your tolerance levels.

  • Cut back on stimulants. If you're a coffee or energy drink lover, consider reducing your intake when smoking cannabis as they can increase heart rate.

  • Relaxation is key. Cannabis can be a perfect way to unwind after a stressful day, but if you're already overwhelmed, you might be more susceptible to Weed Shakes. Get cozy, play some soothing music, and enjoy the cannabis-induced relaxation.

Can Cannabis Cause Seizures?

Contrary to popular belief, cannabis alone is unlikely to cause seizures. However, if you're mixing drugs, there is a low probability of experiencing seizures, especially if you have a predisposition to certain medical conditions.

In fact, certain CBD-rich cannabis strains are known for their potent anti-seizure properties and are often used therapeutically for conditions like epilepsy. So, if you're looking for a strain that can help reduce the risk of seizures, it's best to opt for one that is high in CBD.


While Weed Shakes can be somewhat disconcerting, once you know how to manage them, they should pose no significant problem. Understanding their causes and knowing how to prevent them can significantly enhance your cannabis-related experiences and reduce any anxiety you may feel.

So why not kick back with a movie or enjoy some time in nature? Just make sure you choose the right strains and savor the "green sensations" without any anxious thoughts clouding the experience.

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