Marijuana For Misophonia

One of the most asked questions about misophonia that I’ve seen has been whether or not marijuana, or weed, can help sufferers with misophonia. I’ll start this article by letting people know that I am Canadian. Weed was legalized here officially, for recreational use, on October 17th. In the past week I tried sativa, indica, and hybrid strains. I’d like to first mention that there is no scientific evidence that weed can help misophonia patients. You should not try a treatment that has not been tested. However, if you live somewhere that weed has been legalized (or your doctor believes it could have benefits), you might want to read this article first.

In my experience, marijuana does not help alleviate misophonia symptoms.

When I smoke (or ingest marijuana through edibles) I still hear and see triggers. I am still anxious about them, and I still have the “trigger” response. Sometimes I will recover faster, but in some instances I found that weed made the triggers worse. I am still thinking of one of the triggers that happened almost a week ago. I found that weed made me focus a little too much on triggers and I can say that even in the best case scenario, weed was not making my triggers better.

You should never take a substance for a disorder or test without talking to your doctor. While there currently is no research on how marijuana will impact misophonia, we may see more research come forward about anxiety. For myself, misophonia has not shown any impact on misophonia other than having triggers be more noticeable or being slightly less anxious.

Coping with misophonia is about more than just taking a substance. Until research finds a treatment we are going to have to look at a plethora of coping mechanisms. Instead of trying substances, I recommend that sufferers look into coping tips and sensory diets.

I am by no means demonizing marijuana or coming from a place where I believe that the substance is all bad, however, there is just no research (or any evidence beyond some anecdotal accounts) that weed is going to be a treatment for misophonia. While this may be disheartening for some sufferers, I think we should instead focus on the research that is happening and help spread the word that science is gaining an understanding of misophonia.

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Kevin McKinney December 26, 2018 - 7:14 am

There are a whole ton of us experiencing relief from marijuana and cbd… But i only ever see one article with a negative result. I don’t discount your experience, but it doesn’t mirror my experience along with a dozen or so others. “Sound Anxiety” is on my fl prescription.

Stivie January 8, 2019 - 6:08 pm

My experience is definitely the opposite of yours. I myself am very introverted and find it difficult to even talk to people who aren’t my family or spouse about my problem. Therefore, I can’t always just leave a room or tell someone to stop doing something that happens to be a trigger because I don’t like asking for favors or explaining to them why a sound on their phone, the way they chew, the way they breath, and so many other sounds bother me so much. Instead I suffer through it which as some of you know can be painful to even think about. I found that marijuana helps me focus on other things rather than the triggers around me. Keep in mind I don’t have a mild form of this I literately carry ear plugs with me everywhere and I sleep with them. I just wanted to share my experience. I hope you find something that helps you cope the way this helps some of us cope soon. It’s not a solution and yes there’s no research to prove anything but it works for some of us.

H January 16, 2019 - 1:54 pm

Personally, marijuana use has been the ONLY thing I have tried that has ever afforded me any relief from my misophonia. I find that when stoned i generally don’t notice triggers and if I do notice them they don’t bother me even a quarter as much as usual. I have a fairly awful case of misophonia myself and have spent the past seven years(I’m 16) trying every treatment option I could find and my search was so fruitless that one of my therapists actually wanted me to go through the process of grieving the loss of my hope for a cure so I wouldn’t be so hung up on it constantly. After all those seven years of medications, therapy, hypnosis, DBT, RODBT, and everything else in the books that I or my therapists could find, smoking weed has been the only thing that has ever helped and I personally think that says something. Along with this, the most recent thing I’ve found for suggested medications for misophonia is some derivative of shrooms. to me weed seems like a much simpler answer.

Laurie April 28, 2019 - 12:35 am

You tried the wrong strain. You need an indica or
Indica heavy strain to receive the benefit. Sativa is energizing and can actually worsen anxiety. I do find some relief from CBD as well as this also helps some with anxiety,

Shaylynn Hayes April 28, 2019 - 10:09 pm

Strain hasn’t made a difference. Reducing anxiety is also not the same as “curing” misophonia.

Brayden July 30, 2019 - 9:09 pm

For me, small amounts of THC have had no noticeable effects on my misophonia. However, large amounts (like, greenout levels) have made my reactions to certain sounds much worse. Insignificant, repetitive sounds triggered anxiety and caused me to focus on them intensely and uncomfortably. My friend chewed chips loudly beside me on the couch, and as soon as I focused on the sound, I got severe anxiety, and I immediately vomited uncontrollably and spontaneously. Very strange.

Clara April 12, 2020 - 12:29 pm

Wow it’s interesting to hear that it worked for some of you, and I’m really glad for you. Personally, marijuana usually worsens my symptoms because in general, after smoking I become more lazy and less able or willing to emotionally cope with situations. I’ve found (so far) that the only real coping mechanism is to be emotionally and physically balanced, through exercise, diet, routine, sleep and emotionally fullfilling/productive work. It’s really tough to find this balance though… Best wishes to everyone!

Todd Giglio May 10, 2020 - 4:50 pm

I have Misophonia bad as well (my Mother suffers from it as well as my sister). I, too, get extremely angry when trigger sounds are present. It’s almost an immediate response. I’ve found cannabis is about the only thing (other than leaving the situation immediately) that helps lesson the effects.

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