Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.
Cannabis (Weed) abuse is associated with a variety of psychiatric problems, and anxiety / panic attacks are indeed very coomonly reported adverse after effercts. The feeling of disconnection from the world (termed as "derealization") is also another symptom frequently associated with cannabis abuse
. Cannabis can also result in an "unmasking" or triggering of underlying anxiety-related problems.
(Escitalopram) is an SSRI medication
effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders, but like your doctors have mentioned, some people can experience a transient worsening of anxiety in the first 1 to 2 weeks. There are other anti-anxiety medication
which may not have this side effect and can help you. There are also many psychological therapies which can help you deal with the anxiety. So, please consult your doctor regarding further treatment options.
Wish you all the best.
Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar