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MMJ and Mental Health

Discussion in 'Medical Discussion' started by MedicatedVet1911, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. MedicatedVet1911

    MedicatedVet1911 Lord of The Seven Kingdoms.

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    I was just wondering if anyone here , other than myself , uses MMJ for mental health and how has it improved their quality of life.

    My PTSD and Depression are 10000% better when I medicate , even if it is not daily. It relaxes me but not too opressively like Xanax or Ativan does. It also slows my mind down. One of the major challenges of my PTSD is that I am constantly seeing traumatic events over and over in my head. MMJ reduces them and detaches me from them , allowing them to pass by and not ruin my whole day. Honestly , MMJ is probably the second strongest reason I'm not locked up in VA ward for the rest of my life (the first being my wonderful wife).

    So thats my two cents. Please feel free to share your own but please be mindful. The mind is a tricky thing and what may seem as easy to cope for some is not so for all.

    J
     
  2. darkrom

    darkrom Great Scott!

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    Short answer because I'm on my phone. Does wonders for anxiety. Instead of taking xanax or other benzos daily now, I just take it on the worst of worst days. For me not taking zombie pills is a great improvement.

    I'd be glad to share more from a PC another time.
     
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  3. Homie

    Homie "I Need An Eighth"

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    I fully agree with you, some strains really work really well and help with depression / anxiety. I hate taking pills...
     
  4. JCat

    JCat Well-Known Member

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    Definitely helps. I use it for my ups and downs. Amazing how versatile it is ...
     
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  5. G_pen_

    G_pen_ Member

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    It definately helps balance out my depression. I also get far less social anxiety when medicated, people find it hard to believe im a daily smoker and still such a braniac :)
     
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  6. mister_orange

    mister_orange Member

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    Hey, all

    So, I suffer from B1D. Earlier this year, I was taking anticonvulsants as "therapy;" they made me into a zombie, basically. I stopped taking them and, months later, started vaping harliquen. I feel great these days, though not all my symptoms are managed, I feel great. Not surprisingly, the psychiatrist that prescribed me the anticonvulsants opposed the usage of medical cannabis as an alternative therapy--they're in it for the money, mostly, right--not the welfare of the patients. Oh, well.

    That's my story
     
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  7. deadc0ffee

    deadc0ffee Inquisitive vaporist

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    I'm glad you're doing well, and to balance the scale, not all psychiatrists are like that. I'm not in a medical state and I actually had mine question me as to whether growing (for myself) would be feasible.
     
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  8. t-dub

    t-dub Vapor Sloth

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    Interesting recent material I found marked for professionals only, it examines cannabis use disorder in detail. Very interesting. PDF link:

    CANNABIS USE AND MISUSE
     
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  9. BigDaddyVapor

    BigDaddyVapor @BigDogJunction

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    It literally saved my life. I truly believe with the levels of anxiety and depression I have, that my aorta would have exploded in my chest by now... If not for MMJ.

    Unfortunately, it now seems to have become one of my wife's "issues". It was good enough for her, when she was trying it for her ailments. In fact she loves the MMJ balm we have. It was good enough for her dad, until his new g/f let it be known, she didn't like it. Everyone with the exception of my shrink (who knows its, but doesn't like to admit it) and my wife, have noticed exceptional changes for the better, in my mood and coping skills.
     
  10. missrocket

    missrocket Thor's Princess

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    I use cannabis for my anxiety.. it is especially effective during the onset of a panic attack. The only thing I've ever found to work on actually preventing a panic attack from escalating as it happens is MJ. I've been on many different pills for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and OCD. Now I am down to just going to therapy and a low dose of antidepressants, which I am hoping to go off soon as well.
     
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  11. BigDaddyVapor

    BigDaddyVapor @BigDogJunction

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    Wow. I've only had one full-blown panic attack (thought I was dying one), but it didn't come with any warning. I was sitting on the edge of the bed, relaxed, no bad feelings/thoughts and got hit with a pop that felt similar to my aortic dissection, which of course sent me into more of a panic, as that incident literally should have killed me. All warmth left my extremities and they had that dead pins and needles feeling.

    The only way I came out of it, was because during my dissection, I was supposedly coherent and talking. However, I don't remember a single minute of that night, after we hit the front door, leaving the house. This was different, plus I wasn't feeling the excruciating pain, I supposedly expressed during the dissection (its supposed to cause horrible back pain). So I knew it was something else.

    Once I came down from it, I type in all the symptoms that I had and no doubt... it as a panic attack. @#$% I don't EVER want to have one of those again.

    Now anxiety "attacks", those I can feel a mile away. It literally feels like someone is sitting on my chest, its that difficult to breath and just makes my entire body, tense. It usually takes Xanax to take that away, but I've been getting EXTREMELY lucky on meds lately and for the last month or so, the meds have been controlling the anxiety really, really well.

    The depression (which I haven't EVER scored high on any depression testing scale) is new to me... and is just dragging me down, because I'm not equipped for it. I haven't ever been one really lacking my faith. But, the living situation and being with a truly miserable person... I just want to be fucking happy, you know? Trying to do some proactive stuff, like spending more times with friends, moving around more often and taking care of stuff. But, its still there, like a black cloud in the back of my head. I'm not used to it, comfortable with it and just really, really do not like it.

    I need to find a woman that actually appreciates me, for who I am, instead of being the man who failed someone by almost dying and can't be the breadwinner anymore. Well, at least until I take BigDaddyVapor(tm pending for someday) nationwide, celebrity vaporist and product endorser extraordinaire on all expense paid trips, for High Times!

    That, or Stone Monkey will come to his senses and realize he needs me. (not sure what for, but give me some time to think about it. I can come up with something)

    Humor aside... you'll certainly receive both compassion and empathy here.
     
  12. missrocket

    missrocket Thor's Princess

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    Thank you. I have found CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) to be very effective for my depression. I really hope I will be able to be done with pharmaceuticals soon.. Lately they seem to be triggering IBS as well. No fun. :(
     
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  13. GenYHippie

    GenYHippie Well-Known Member

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    Been a while since there was a post in here but it seemed better than making a repeat thread :p.

    Along with a lot of years of a lot of medical issues naturally comes mental health issues. Im finding it interesting how the MJ affects me in that department. Something I want to keep an eye on. Ive never had an addictive nature especially with medications but part of that was that nothing ever worked all that well.

    Just trying to be proactive about how I use MJ for physical and mental reasons :). Only thing that I felt ok on was Xanax but no one really prescribes that anymore especially when your young. I only know people over 65 who are still getting RXed for it. Its ok im not a fan of pills anyway :p.

    Currently im noticing an increase in optimism while medicated which is great but it makes going back to baseline really hard. Today was just a rough day mentally and after the MJ had worn off I just sat and cried for a while about feeling "as usual". Once you feel something better its hard to go back to "normal".

    But I know I cant stay that type of medicated all day long so im meandering around trying to find a balance.
     
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  14. c01

    c01 New Member

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    I use m.j. primarily for anxiety but am most recently medicating menopause symptoms as well. I.'ve read that most estrogen supplement products can cause cancer.
     
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  15. mvapes

    mvapes Surrounded by the healthy!

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    to me it depends on the strain and the mood or state I'm in. I live on the east coast it's typical to be told bullshit names of bud, so more often then less I have no clue what I'm smoking. The weed could make me lethargic and calm and help with anxiety but at other times it puts me into what my family and friends call Yoda mode.

    I start reciting articles, talking about the science of cannabis and so on and so forth. Now with Herbie and I have the ability to pinpoint lower temps where I'm not releasing all the ingredients of the weed I function pretty well during the day.

    I will say that dabs have a different effect, quite the opposite from the flower I typically know the exact strain I'm using to medicate and I could dose based on my condition.

    Because of this I'm a 25% flower guy now. The oils are just to easy to dose.
     
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