Why Some People Can’t Handle Their Weed

She had no clue what she was in for, but certainly couldn’t have imagined this. Ellie Reid, a 26-year-old graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, had one of the worst nights of her life—and all she did was eat a weed brownie.

“I had no sense of the time. I was very shaky. It was almost like an out of body experience,” recalls Reid, who asked we not use her real name for professional reasons.

Reid had never experienced panic attacks or anxiety before, but felt completely out of control. “Every minute felt like three hours. I felt like I was trapped inside myself,” she says. “I was sitting in a bathroom for a while because I just felt so out of control and freaked out.”

Reid’s experience might seem surprising given that one of the factors driving the widespread consumption of

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