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Mental Health - How Does Cannabis Affect You

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by 1DMF, Jul 1, 2017.

  1. 1DMF

    1DMF Old School Cheesy Quaver

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    Hi Guys & Gals,

    I am curious to know from those who do not medicate a mental health disability, how cannabis affects your mental health.

    I am a sufferer with Asperger's and Dyspraxia and use cannabis to help me cope with the symptoms and the way this disability affects me in general.

    However, I am constantly coming across people in the mental health care profession banging on about the bad affects of cannabis on peoples mental heath and the depression, anxiety and psychosis it induces.

    Drugs affect me differently because my brain is wired differently and so can only speak from a personal perspective and am sure I haven't gone mad yet (or have I?), even after 25 years of consumption.

    So I was wondering what you guys think. Have any of you who medicate other ailments found mental health issues accruing which you didn't have prior to using cannabis and that you can attribute to your cannabis use?

    What are these issues and how did you identify them and how do you treat them?

    Obviously this is a sensitive subject and personal so I appreciate peoples candour in this discussion.

    Do you believe there are merits to these mental health issue claims, and were you advised by your doctor of any adverse side affects regarding mental health when being prescribed cannabis or is this simply the usual anti-bigade propaganda.

    I look forward to your insightful replies.

    Regards,
    1DMF
     
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  2. Squiby

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    ^^^^ That

    I am a happy, calm, well adjusted individual. I have never experienced mental health issues and have consumed weed most of my adult life. I'm retired now and consume weed daily, both for health and pleasure. No harm no foul.
     
  3. 1DMF

    1DMF Old School Cheesy Quaver

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    Hey Squiby, nice to hear your experience.

    It's hard to cut through the BS when reputable sources such as the Royal College of Psychiatrists

    http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/problemsdisorders/cannabis.aspx

    Talk about well known mental health issues, but when I read them, it;s mainly anxiety and as people such as myself suffering with Autism have constant anxiety and I find it helps stop that, I get rather confused.

    So I have to think in those whose brain is wired neurotypical perhaps it has this affect, but how am I meant to know if I am anxious because of my disability or because of the pot?

    So I thought I would ask those who perhaps don't have Autism to see what they say, you guys always seem to be honest an open, far more than Big Pharma!

    I accept that cannabis can have an adverse effect on young brains, and it can hinder brain development, so would never advocate anyone under 18 consuming cannabis, but I am not talking kids getting stoned for a laugh behind the bike sheds, many of us are grown adults carefully using cannabis to treat medical conditions.

    Will be interesting to see what others have to say.
     
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  4. Squiby

    Squiby Well-Known Member

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    I think that the poison is in the dose.

    When I smoked for purely recreational purposes decades ago, the volume of weed consumed was expotential greater than I vape now. I microdose throughout the day.

    I don't think that weed is harmful, but it can be abused. I know people who consume a LOT of it. There may be temporary negative effects, just like someone who drinks several pots of coffee a day.
     
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  5. GetLeft

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    I 'partied' (got high) too much as a teenager and that definitely affected my socialization, as I had not yet developed a clear sense of who I was. Being stoned all the time didn't seem to accelerate my capacity for self awareness and eventually in my mid-to-late 20's figured I'd better quit in order that, before I croaked, I'd have some semblance of who I really was as a human being.

    What I figured out by the time I was 50 was that I didn't manage certain stresses in my life related to both work and family relationships. I'd say that an inability to navigete stressful relationships falls into the category of 'mental health issues.' Meditation was what first made me realize my shortcomings and allowed me to improve upon them, but it was nipped in the bud because before I got too sttled into it I rediscovered the bud and that by vaporizing it I was far better able to recognize some of the challenges that my personality created for me. I clearly recognize now, a few yrs. back into stonerhood, that mj allows me to circumnavigate obstacles that in years past had adversely affected my ability to peacefully resolve relationship issues. And forget socializing with people that weren't on my wavelenght (like many of my wife's friends and acquaintences and co-workers). I simply wouldn't do it. Nowasdays heck let me get my buzz on and I'm good to go just about anywhere. This however is considered to be 'anecdotal' evidence that mj has valuable medicinal properties. No md or psychiatrist would likely subscribe to my interpretation of things. Which is one of th reasons why (there are others too), when it comes to figuring out solutions to medical issues, I never discard anecdotal evidence!
     
  6. C No Ego

    C No Ego Well-Known Member

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    who to believe... the company ( pharma) looking to sell health to you and monopolizing what is being offered... or some guy who found "nature" and healed himself with what nature offered.. one of those are biased and the other just experimenting
     
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  7. Ohmie

    Ohmie Govrnmnt fund adult circumcision & frenuloplasty!

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    I read an article claiming marijuana has ancient history of attracting carnivores with it's smell to scare away herbivores. I can't seem to find it again in a Google search but I believe
     
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  8. steama

    steama Well-Known Member

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    Cannabis can make many things better for many people, and yet some people do not enjoy cannabis' effects. It is a lot like coffee in this way. Many people find caffeine to be irritating while others find it stimulating.

    Listen to your mind and your body. If you are using 'any' substance and you find the effects to be 'negative for you' any reason is a good reason to avoid using that substance.

    :2c:
     
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  9. Ohmie

    Ohmie Govrnmnt fund adult circumcision & frenuloplasty!

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    not to imply that I'm the spaced out carnivores..it's more like weedheads would be the herbivores and the carnivores the antiweed ppl/antichriste. You've also got the antivapers who pride themselves on smoking baTs..
     
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  10. 1DMF

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    @C No Ego It drives me nuts those doctors who think they know my body and my feelings better than me because they have a PHD and went to university. They nearly killed me messing about with my brain chemistry and dangerous anti-depressants. When are doctors going to start listening to their patients instead of big pharma!
     
  11. Maryanna

    Maryanna New Member

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    I suffer from depression.

    For me it depends on the strain.
    Indicas relax me and get me really stoned, let me think less about my problems, but also enhance my creativity... which is great (I'm a songwriter in my spare time).
    Perfect for anxiety, I'd say.

    Sativa on the other hand makes me think more, analyse the situations, opens me up to new ways of thinking about problems. It can make me work on my depression, but it also gives me anxiety sometimes.
    When there's too much THC I can't even sleep.

    But I think using tons and tons leads to an even deeper depression than before... and you don't want to lose your emotions because it would give you apathy and make you feel worse.
    The best way is moderation and conscious usage.
     
  12. C No Ego

    C No Ego Well-Known Member

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    Great post! the come down from over use will have a depression like quality... just use wisely and avoid to many harsh type comedowns that leave you depressed
     
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  13. Ohmie

    Ohmie Govrnmnt fund adult circumcision & frenuloplasty!

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    So yeah, as for me mentally it gives me something to do and chillax to vs letting ppl be my drug and getting lied to and aggitated. It really HELPS me how tolerate ppl. I don't get depression from overuse as much as I do sleepy or drowsy
     
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  14. 4tokin

    4tokin Well-Known Member

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    I am hearing you on that.

    I am also finding a good sativa in mild doses can get the body moving even if the brain does not want to play. Then once the body starts to move the mind has no choice but to follow.
     
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