- Jan 16, 2019
To anyone out there considering smoking to relieve mental illness I want to give this advice.hey peeps I wish medicinal cannabis was legal In the UK although it's not...
Do any of you smoke weed to help with your anxiety and depression?
I don't want it to get high, I want it to get rid of the pain....
Weed is complicated.
There is no judgement implied, this comes from my own past experience and being around others who have smoked.
1) What weed are you smoking?
What is the percentage strength of the weed?
What chemicals are in it and what are the known effects of those chemicals?
You have to do your research and make sure your research comes from a reliable source i.e. not biased information such as a seller, champion for weed, etc.
We know a lot of poor quality street weed these days is contaminated, or very high strength, and can have a harmful effect on mental health.
If you do get very mentally ill, you will likely regret that you didn't know what you were smoking.
2) What is your character/disposition like, e.g. as a child/teenager/ young adult do you notice very strong anxiety, panic and depression? Are you an over thinker/ highly emotional and turbulent? If so, weed is NOT advisable.
Weed is known to increase paranoia, anxiety, induce panic attacks and known to make any existing mental health problems worse. I have seen it too many times.
If you have a calmer disposition, and have not got a turbulent personality, you may find smoking low strength weed helps take off the anxiety of life. Whatever works for you... right?
However, the warning is this: I have friends with chiller disposition, without pre-existing mental health problems in their teenage years, who have on the whole found smoking weed habitually relaxing. It works for them, it helps them fall asleep etc, and they don't have to stress so much BUT it clearly increases laziness, and is an avoidance mechanism. I.e. they smoke weed to avoid facing up to stuff etc. I'm not saying I don't get why they would want to avoid, but is it really helpful to them in their life goals? No. Some point they will have to face up to the fact they can't just smoke weed forever.
3) What was your first weed experience like? If you try weed, and find you are getting a mixed experience - both the good buzzing feelings but also nausea, sickness, PARANOIA, then weed is not for you. Don't keep on smoking it just for the good feeling because the fact you are getting bad symptoms is a sign weed is not for you.
And the bad symptoms just get worse and worse.
4) Can weed 'take away your pain'. No. It can't, and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. It DISTRACTS you from your pain, it doesn't take it away, and in the case for people with severe mental illness, it can likely make your pain worse long term.