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Are any of you on medical marijuana for mental disorders?

Unread postby Example » 7 March 2017, 22:25

I'm curious about people's experiences with marijuana for treating their anxiety or depression.
I might be ready to try some medications and it was one of the options I was looking at.
or maybe you can tell me about your experiences with other medications that worked and didn't work.
or maybe your experiences with other treatment methods as well

I started cipralex once and it was pure torture so im terrified of meds
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Re: Are any of you on medical marijuana for mental disorders?

Unread postby Prince_G_24 » 8 March 2017, 05:11

Depending on body/brain chemistry, type of strain, and other factors, it can help but shouldn't be used as a replacement for your treatment or 100% relied on.

Not gonna go into my personal life, but I'll give the basic gist of what I've experienced/know. *Disclaimer - I'm not an expert*

If used in small doses it can help give you a little pick-me-up, but constantly using it in large doses can mess with your coping skills and actually worsen depression. Something about a part of your brain being overly affected from chronic use, but that's too science-y for me to effectively discuss so I'd recommend looking into it if it interests you.

If your medication is the route of your issues, I'd recommend trying to just see if there's more effective medication options out there, some kind of therapy, or exercise/activities to help your brain pump out endorphins.
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Re: Are any of you on medical marijuana for mental disorders?

Unread postby irenerheflin » 8 March 2017, 07:28

Example wrote:I'm curious about people's experiences with marijuana for treating their anxiety or depression.
I might be ready to try some medications and it was one of the options I was looking at.
or maybe you can tell me about your experiences with other medications that worked and didn't work.
or maybe your experiences with other treatment methods as well

I started cipralex once and it was pure torture so im terrified of meds


You can try meditation, it is good.
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Re: Are any of you on medical marijuana for mental disorders?

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Re: Are any of you on medical marijuana for mental disorders?

Unread postby canguy » 13 March 2017, 06:40

Example wrote:I'm curious about people's experiences with marijuana for treating their anxiety or depression.
I might be ready to try some medications and it was one of the options I was looking at.
or maybe you can tell me about your experiences with other medications that worked and didn't work.
or maybe your experiences with other treatment methods as well

I started cipralex once and it was pure torture so im terrified of meds


Marijuana can alleviate symptoms temporarily, but in the end it will most definitely exacerbate your symptoms. I abused marijuana for almost three years, it was the only escape for me from my constant racing thoughts. In the end, I only became more depressed and anxious. My psychiatrist, who is one of the best in BC, has told me that she'd prefer if I drive than smoke weed. She has done a lot of research on it, and has worked with the military with individuals who have PTSD. She's also on the board for Canada's ADHD society and gives lectures to doctors from around the world. Basically, she knows her shit. As she explains, marijuana interrupts your brain development, especially if used from a young age. If you are someone who has ADHD, your brain does not stop developing until your 30s. For a normal person, their brains reach full maturity at around 25 years of age. I don't know how old you are, but I would definitely seek an opinion from a professional before resorting to weed. Obviously, you'd wanna use an indica weed over a sativa. Only downside is that you'll feel more tired while using indica, which in my opinion, can be quite boring.

As for medication, I am a big advocate for this route. I have a bipolar disorder. I am level II, which means that I do not become manic, however, I do fall into depression a lot. I've been on antidepressants since 2012. Antidepressants will not work for you if there is a bigger underlining issue. For example, they did not help me in any way because of my bipolar disorder. Actually, my symptoms got worse, which led me to dropping out of university 4 times. When I got diagnosed with my disorder, it was a bit of a shock / relief. After being put on the right medication, I could tell my mood was getting better. I was willing to work harder, in school, and create healthier relationships with friends.

Okay, I'm writing a lot here. Let me tell you my experience with medication. I was on Cipralex for 2 years, and I agree with you, it is fucking hell. I lost any desire to have sex. I'd go months with out masturbating, and when I did masturbate, I'd often last over 2+. I'm curious as to what MG you were on? I was on a fairly high dosage, which did not have any effects at all. It was a bitch to get off of it; I had racing thoughts and suicidal thoughts.

I then switched to Prozac, an SSRI, which just means it is a stimulant-type medication. Let me tell you, Prozac is great in the beginning. It's a mild stimulant, but the effects of the stimulant wear off very quick (usually within the first few months). I remember that, just like Cipralex, I'd forget entirely about masturbating. It was almost like a task or a chore. When it would occur to me that I haven't masturbated, I would say to myself: "I should probably do that." I'd recommend avoiding Prozac.

Oh, I've also been on Lorazepam and Clonazepam for a good while, too. I've never gotten addicted to my medication. If you need the medication, generally, it is hard for you to become addicted to it. I'd always choose Clonazepam over Lorazepam, also known as Ativan, because of its half-life. It last way longer, and actually helps reduce my anxiety for the entire day.

I've since been switched to a mood stabilizer, known as Lamotrigine. That is only if you are diagnosed with a bigger disorder than just anxiety or seasonal depression. I am still on an antidepressant, which is known as Pristiq. It is a fairly new drug, and deals more with depression. Pristiq is an SNRI--a non-stimulant antidepressant medication that does not have a lot side effects. I'd recommend this medication because not only have I gotten better with my depression, but I actually have a better sex-drive. The only downside to it, is that it is not covered by MSP, and there is no generic version because of its patent, which makes it very expensive. I'm on 4 different medications for my mental disorders. I am on two types of ADHD medication: Vyvanse and Dexedrine & lamotrigine and Pristiq, obviously :P. My medication, in total, cost about $800 a month. Thankfully, I get it all covered. Your doctor can also send in a form to your extended health insurance, if you have it, or MSP saying that you need this medication, which can often enough, allow them to reduce the cost. I am well above the recommended dosage, 100 MG, at 200 MG. Dosages do not really matter based on your weight or height, it's more so how your body absorbs the medication.

Haha, okay I need to stop. I know a lot about medications because of the countless hours of research I've done. I'm actually going to switch my major from political science to Psychology. Oh, forgot to mention, you could also try Burpropion, also know as Wellbutrin. It is an entirely different class of antidepressants as I described above--it belongs to the NDRI group. This medication is also a stimulant, which is also used to treat ADHD. I've never been on it, but I've heard great things about it. It is also the most prescribed medication on the market. It has a very high success rate.

Also, to add to Prince's point. I do agree that exercising is important while on a medication regimen. However, doing things like exercising do not really solve your issues. They can easily come back, especially if you stop working out. There are a few cases where people have improved by doing activities like that, but it can be very rare. One piece of advice I can give you is that if you do not decide to go on medication, then, adding to Prince's point, I'd try eating healthy, exercising, yoga, gardening etc. There is a long list of de-stressing activities, but you just have to find the right one for you.

See if your doctor will recommend you to a psychologist. It is often an alternative route to medication. A shrink might take a while to see because of their insane waitlists and scarcity. You can do procedures like CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). It'll help you learn how to manage your emotions / anxieties. I am currently waiting to see a psychologist, which I should be getting in the next month or two. -_--

ALSO, I'd ask your GP, if you have one, to refer you to a psychiatrist or a psychologist because the sooner you are on a waitlist, the better. Family doctors cant really treat depression as it is not really their field of expertise. They can give you medication, but it is not ideal.

You can ask me questions any time. I enjoy talking about stuff like this, and I really understand how scary the thought of going medication can be. This is a very controversial statement that my shrink tells me, but you have to learn to love your drugs if put on them. Don't be scared! :D :D :D :D
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Re: Are any of you on medical marijuana for mental disorders?

Unread postby Example » 15 March 2017, 13:00

I'm deciding to cross marijuana off my list
I was only on cipralex for three days sometime's I wonder if I'm just a big baby
I messaged he bc government and asked them to link me to their government health care covered therapists or something for help cause I couldn't find anything anywhere

my family doctor did refer me to a place i was covered for but they said they dont have any services in my town and I'd have to go to abbotsford which I cant

I have lorazapam for panic attacks but im not going to put myself in situations where ill panic so i never use them
i think im just going to get off all my social media and meditate since i feel stuck and dunno what to do right now or what id even be willing to do if i could
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Unread postby idfk » 3 April 2017, 08:09

I'm on medical marijuana for other peoples mental disorders.
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Re: Are any of you on medical marijuana for mental disorders?

Unread postby Brenden » 3 April 2017, 09:15

Have you considered cannabidiol (CBD) oil? Cannabidiol is the main compound in cannabis responsible for the soothing, calming effects, and it can definitely help quite overactive minds — literally (epilepsy) and more figuratively (like anxiety). René's dad, who has always had issues with anxiety, has been using it with much success, as has his cousin and I believe other relatives.
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Re: Are any of you on medical marijuana for mental disorders?

Unread postby Yeauxleaux » 3 May 2017, 01:10

idfk wrote:I'm on medical marijuana for other peoples mental disorders.

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Re: Are any of you on medical marijuana for mental disorders?

Unread postby Daylen » 3 May 2017, 03:54

idfk wrote:I'm on medical marijuana for other peoples mental disorders.

I concur :thumbsup:
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Re: Are any of you on medical marijuana for mental disorders?

Unread postby Nilthing » 3 May 2017, 06:59

Weed aggravates my anxiety and usually causes depression that I don't usually struggle with at all to manifest after use. I would never use it for medical treatment personally, but I understand everyone has different reactions to it.

I only ever use it recreationally and sporadically at most.
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Re: Are any of you on medical marijuana for mental disorders?

Unread postby acpro » 3 May 2017, 12:13

My ex had mad social anxiety due to aspergers. Weed in small quantities effected him massively. Micro-dosing was like a god send for him. It was almost like alcohol for him though. He would lose inhibitions and say shit he wasn't supposed to say while smoking, so that was weird.

I think overall it really helped him though.

Myself, I do not smoke weed, but I drink alcohol. I rarely, believe it or not drink anymore though, and I haven't drank since like last August. Mainly because I'm in a state right now where I don't know anyone and it got old drinking by myself. I move back to my home state in about a month, so we will see what happens.
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Re: Are any of you on medical marijuana for mental disorders?

Unread postby Eryx » 13 October 2020, 13:10

Is this a bot or is it someone really committed? I always wonder. If it's just a bot, they are getting pretty good at this...

Anyway, I like smoking weed but I agree it shouldn't be a treatment on its own, and high amounts for people who aren't doing okay can have unpredictable effects. I've upped my consumption during quarantine but I think I'll stop buying it again after I start going to bars with my friends. It's fun but it's not something out of this world (especially because the weed here is complete garbage).
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Unread postby René » 13 October 2020, 13:33

Eryx wrote:Is this a bot or is it someone really committed? I always wonder. If it's just a bot, they are getting pretty good at this...

I say it's a bot and it's banned now. :)
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Re: Are any of you on medical marijuana for mental disorders?

Unread postby Fishzhil » 16 October 2020, 14:06

It is the wrong way to treat mental disorders. My friend advised me to try this method of treatment. I almost died! I needed quickly to do the detoxification my organism! And this is not the most pleasant procedure. I don't remember the exact name of this medicine, I took this medicine in https://www.ceasar-boston.org/quick-fix-reviews/. So don't repeat my mistakes. If you want to be health and if you really have a mental disorder, try an oil with a calming effect. It is recommended by many doctors, as it is not addictive.
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