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Sometimes Marijuana Makes Me Paranoid 

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Dear Reverend, 

I like to smoke pot. It often makes me horny, and I masturbate. The only problem is that sometimes the marijuana makes me paranoid, and I think my neighbors can see me. Am I crazy?

Stoner Boner (male, 23)

Dear Stoner Boner, 

There's nothing wrong with a little weed whackin'. Cannabis has been used for thousands of years as a libido booster. Among other things, it is included in the Indian Ayurvedic philosophy of medicine and is also used in tantric sex rituals.

THC can overexcite your neural pathways and cause anxiety and paranoia. A strain with a higher level of that psychoactive ingredient is more likely to cause that reaction. Perhaps you should try switching to something that has higher levels of CBD, which would help relax you. Or you can stick with your preferred kind and mix in some smokable CBD or edibles.

There are so many strains of weed on the market these days, a hybrid could be just what you're looking for. When properly dosed, indica is known to heighten your sensitivity to touch, while sativa is good for opening the mind to new sexual possibilities. Don't be shy; ask your dealer for suggestions.

As long as you're not playing five-on-one right in front of a window, chances are really good that your neighbors aren't watching you. But you might as well have a little fun with that idea and try out a little reverse-voyeur fantasy.

Marijuana and masturbation both have numerous health benefits, so keep on tokin' and chokin'.

Good luck and God bless,

The Reverend

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