If you have a 'psychotic' condition; & you are using UK 'street cannabis'; which has high levels of THC - it will exasperate symptoms, often severely.lola86 said:i dont know his is the right place to write this but just because i smoke a bit of cannabis now and then does not mean i dont want to get better.
I don't think it's simple; & very much depends on many factors & the individual involved.
I smoked it for 17 years - very heavily. There were little breaks away from it in that time - but generally I'd get through a quarter ounce a day.
In the past 8 years I have smoked it once - 2 years ago, for one day. In the past 8 years I have also been following a recovery off all alcohol & all other drugs (apart from one med). I had a 'slip' with the alcohol too; & had the odd drink - I got drunk around 4 times. I am tee-total again; for these past 2 years.
Cannabis is stored in the fat cells of the brain. It takes 6 months of an initial detox to come out from the system; physically. Deeper physical, psychological & bio-chemical changes can take years to balance back out - some changes are permanent from cannabis smoking.
I have read the in depth story of a man who smoked half a cannabis joint; & suffered extreme psychological problems as a result for the rest of his life. Such stories are extreme, but they do happen. I was in hospital with a guy who had been there 30 years. He was originally sectioned at around 16, with a cannabis psychosis, he used to smoke it with his dad. Upon discharge (at 16) - he smoked it again - & spent the main part of his life in the psych hospital.
Although not all the 'mentally ill' have substance misuse issues - a huge amount of them do. It appeared that most of the people I have met in psych hospitals have indeed used substances. I am not saying this caused their mental illness - but there is a relationship to exasperating symptoms.
When I stopped smoking cannabis I hallucinated permanently for a very long time. It took 2 years before I balanced out to any degree. 8 years later I still get some very odd days & experiences; that a lot I put down to past substance abuse. I was told by quite a few people to give it 10 years before things really settled down - after 17 years of drug taking. I think it's silly to expect to feel better straight away after putting down drugs - even after a year. We aren't talking about smarties.
Psychiatric hospitals are full of people; who are there in part due to habitual drug use. There are wards in London specifically utilised for the treatment of 'cannabis induced psychosis'. Personally I think all drugs should be legal - & for most people a joint isn't a problem - but 'we' are not most people. Promoting, condoning, & portraying drugs as a bit of light hearted fun & relief from severe MH conditions - is I think; irresponsible; especially on a MH forum. There are plenty of 'cannabis forums' that people can go to, & chat all day about the 'joys' of cannabis addiction.