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do you smoke weed to help alleviate anxiety and depression?

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dewey

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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....
To anyone out there considering smoking to relieve mental illness I want to give this advice.
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.
 
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Y’all....my buddy brought me some coffee beans w/ CBD in from Colorado! Ha! Don’t know when I’ll try it, but you can be sure as shit I’ll report back!

In further weed news...I smoked three hits on Friday and got very freaked out. Bad girl...I knew that’d happen. I was at a bday party, I don’t drink, I was feeling really good. So anyhoo, I took half a klonopin to settle down, and it worked Friday night, but Saturday and Sunday I felt really off. Today is much better.

I am definitely going to abstain from my dear ganja.
Interesting to hear so many with mental illness that have had these negative experiences with weed.

This is why I cut it out, and I believe completely cutting weed out (and drastically reducing alcohol too - now I very rarely drink and never smoke weed) have been important steps for me on the road to getting mentally better.
 
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Im autistic, schizophrenic and BiPolar type 1. I smoke daily, i mix indicas and sativas. I switch between flower and concentrate. I recently was incarcerated for a month and then an inpatient in a psych hospital for almost 2weeks. I call those forced tolerance breaks. I definitely function better stoned.
 
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Which type do you normally smoke? Is it expensive?
I choose an Indica. It has more of a body high than head high. I like it because it makes me not as anxious and my mood increases. It's around $10 a gram.
 
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Dewey you talk sense. People posting in this thread should take note of what you are posting. As an Ex weed smoker you have really hit the nail on the head.
 
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I choose an Indica. It has more of a body high than head high. I like it because it makes me not as anxious and my mood increases. It's around $10 a gram.
I should add that it may not be for everyone. But every person and their situation is different. It has been known to help anxiety.
 
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Dewey you talk sense. People posting in this thread should take note of what you are posting. As an Ex weed smoker you have really hit the nail on the head.
I'm grateful to have been able to hit a chord with an ex weed smoker. :thanks:
 
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You may not become physically addicted to weed but your mind can become accustomed to it.
Definately pro's and cons to smoking it, disregarding the cost. I would say yes it can take away the pain same as painkillers would. It can help some people to concentrate aswell as enjoy things on a higher level.
I started smoking weed very young and experienced paranoia aswell as anxiety on some occasions.
ive seen both sides to the extreme, paranoia rarely happens without outside interferance. Meaning its not the cannabis which causes it, only heightens it in my experience.
If you feel like starting i will say this. Cannabis is rightly classed as a drug, take what you know about drugs or research how they change a person, addictions are something to consider generally but how you react to it might change over time and i have heard different experiences. I guess i would advise keeping safe, smoke with ppl you truly trust, not just aquiantances. Otherwise smoke alone.
Truth is i hope you stay clear, you may have potential in the conscious thinking world. Meaning ambitions, plans etc. These are at risk if you choose to indulge in drugs. And we are talking about two different realities here. Its your future so choose wisely.
 
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Weed just makes me paranoid, anxious and depressed. Also too much induces hallucinations, when I smoked some about a year ago I was that Paranoid I had to get a taxi home, while in the car. I heard the dispatcher say "we have been ordered to take him off and bury him." So it's a no no as far as I am concerned.

As for spirituality well drug states are just dreams inside the dream of samsara. And it wouldn't help with Buddhist meditation which requires a clear mind.

The calm, peace and happiness I get from a session of meditation is far superior to any hit I got from weed even when I used to enjoy it and it's free.
 
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Do you find that it helps?
You know, I’ve been using it since 1976.
It’s the only prescription I use. It’s not perfect but I’m certainly not complaining.
It definitely takes the edge off being overly sensitive and anxious so YES!
I grow my own and make my own canna products. That way I know exactly what’s in them.
 
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You know, I’ve been using it since 1976.
It’s the only prescription I use. It’s not perfect but I’m certainly not complaining.
It definitely takes the edge off being overly sensitive and anxious so YES!
I grow my own and make my own canna products. That way I know exactly what’s in them.
At least you grow your own so you know what's in there
 
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