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do you smoke weed to help alleviate anxiety and depression?

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I know that many people smoke weed and tell me it helps them to calm down. For some, it makes them more paranoid. It could be helpful to you, or like someone else mentioned CBD might help. So, it may be helpful to you, as long as you don't overdo it. But you said it is still illegal in the UK.
 
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I know that many people smoke weed and tell me it helps them to calm down. For some, it makes them more paranoid. It could be helpful to you, or like someone else mentioned CBD might help. So, it may be helpful to you, as long as you don't overdo it. But you said it is still illegal in the UK.
Yea it's illegal in the UK but apparently cbd with low levels of thc Is legal

I really badly could do with a spliff but my Mrs is against it :(
 
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I stopped vaping weed about 4/5 weeks ago because I thought maybe it was negatively affecting my mental health. Since stopping, my mental health has been horrible, and nothing about me has improved that might have been negatively affected by pot (motivation, energy, sleep/waking etc) and I've had absolutely no respite from my feelings which has been awful. Conclusion is that for me, weed doesn't help or make worse my mental health but it does give me respite and make me feel better for a short while.
 
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For me, anything that gives me a respite from mental health suffering is welcome. When I feel "bad" it is quite terrible. Very difficult to deal with. Worse than physical pain IMO.
 
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I stopped vaping weed about 4/5 weeks ago because I thought maybe it was negatively affecting my mental health. Since stopping, my mental health has been horrible, and nothing about me has improved that might have been negatively affected by pot (motivation, energy, sleep/waking etc) and I've had absolutely no respite from my feelings which has been awful. Conclusion is that for me, weed doesn't help or make worse my mental health but it does give me respite and make me feel better for a short while.
A negative effect from weed for me, that I had kind of forgotten about til I had some, is that if I start to think negatively the weed can make me overthink. Then I can realise things I hadn't thought of before. Also I end up feeling like I'm tricking or lying to myself because the happy feeling from the weed isn't real, but it reminds me that I am never happy because I remember feeling like that naturally at some point in the past. So then I feel a bit sad. Also sad that I know I'll wake up back to normal misery in the morning.
So even the respite factor isn't that amazing.
 
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@Topcat, before I had psychosis I had serious depression - I was stoned 24/7 to deal with it, even at work, when I was a maintenance man I used to smoke behind the bins!
 
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I can't smoke anything. I have never even tried regular cigarettes due to allergies. My sinus problems are so bad that my doctor forbade me to burn wood in the fireplace.
 
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@Topcat, before I had psychosis I had serious depression - I was stoned 24/7 to deal with it, even at work, when I was a maintenance man I used to smoke behind the bins!
I don't think I'd function well if I was stoned 24/7, not unless I could dose myself appropriately! Doesn't seem to take much to make me feel really stoned. It's bad enough if I accidentally have too much too early on in the evening and I have to deal with the kids and pretend not to be stoned.
 
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@Topcat, yeah well I didn't have your level of responsibility and it contributed to my psychosis in the end. For me anti-depressants don't work, mindfulness helps a lot, I was hit by a wave of suicidal ideation this afternoon and I was just able to take it in my stride mindfully. Sorry I can't be of more help.
 
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I couldn’t smoke it but have thought about cooking with it. But it would stop me from driving and that’s the time I’d need it most is when I’m out of the nouse
 
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I couldn’t smoke it but have thought about cooking with it. But it would stop me from driving and that’s the time I’d need it most is when I’m out of the nouse
True. I don't like anything that interferes with my ability to get out of the house -- especially after being locked up with agoraphobia for years.

I have no experience with drinking and driving either. In fact, it's getting so I don't even like the taste of wine or whisky. I think it's due to a need to stay as alert as possible.
 
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I haven't any definitive solution, everyone tries to cope the best they can. It is not easy in any event. I cannot criticize anyone, because I know how difficult it is to deal with mental illness.
 
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I haven't any definitive solution, everyone tries to cope the best they can. It is not easy in any event. I cannot criticize anyone, because I know how difficult it is to deal with mental illness.
I agree. This illness is the single most difficult and most horrible thing I have encountered, and I have been through many bad things in life. I don't blame anyone for coping however they can.
 
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