Discussion in 'Medication' started by LS Connection, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. LS Connection

    LS Connection New Member

    so I've tried SSRIs and MAOIs... Ive tried lots of pharmaceutical medication but nothing seems to help my anxiety the way marijuana relaxes me.

    Now as much as I wish I could boast about how much a miracle drug it is... It isn't. I've been smoking since I was 15 and daily since I was 18... Long before my brain was fully developed (which may have aided in giving me this anxiety disorder).
    Even though it helps me day to day, (for instance it'll help calm me down before work) I get extremely anxious and paranoid when I can't smoke (I.e going to see girlfriends family). I suppose I could just say "its my medicine" but it's also an illegal narcotic as of right now (although I do use legal medical cannibas) so I feel uncomfortable doing that and not to mention I don't want to rely on anything. I'm not sure if that's even possible though.

    In any case it helps me but it also really hurts me on days like yesterday where I ended up being violently sick in public because I was so anxious that I wouldn't be able to eat at a restaurant with my girlfriends family. Which sinks into my depression because I know I need to change something, I'm pretty sure I'm straight up addicted to marijuana, but change gives me extreme anxiety... I just don't know what to do... I wish suicide was acceptable and won't cause pain to others.

    Sorry its long and if it comes off like rambling... Ive been suffering with chronic anxiety for 5 years by myself and this is the first time I'm able to express it...
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  3. Rinka

    Rinka Moderator Staff Member

    Hi @Ryan welcome to the forum.
    Hmmm as you mentioned you used marijuana for quite some time and that you are getting really anxious and paranoid when off of it. So I think that you are definitely addicted.
    There are alternatives to marijuana that help relax and ease anxiety.
    One would be kava kava. It’s from Hawaii and tastes like dirt but has the ability to relax you with a clear mind.
    I really would suggest coming off of it. It seems to do more harm to you then it really helps you.
  4. LS Connection

    LS Connection New Member

    This is what my girlfriend says too... I believe it's true but the change literally scares the daylights out of me.. I don't know where to start, what if my life gets worse. What if I can't stop my addiction, what if I'm always like this... (I'll have to do some research on kava kava)
  5. Concernedgal

    Concernedgal Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry, I have to disagree here. Although I am not a user myself... I still believe in the benefits. I do not believe that anyone could possibly become addicted to marijuana. It's natural. He's feeling anxious because he has found something that makes him feel better when he feels anxiety. Do I believe that he may have developed some type of dependency on this ... kind of like a crutch if you will but, I don't believe he's addicted to it.
  6. janemariesayed

    janemariesayed Junior Member

    Hello Ryan. I smoke hash and although I heard it was supposed to help with anxiety, I'm not sure if it does or not. I get anxiety if I've been smoking or not been smoking. I get flashbacks too and there is no difference to the amount and severity whether I have smoked or not.

    It seems that you are going through anxieties having to eat out, or be out. Especially with your girlfriends family maybe?
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  7. _Lukas

    _Lukas Active Member

    Marijuana relaxes me too to an extent, and while I think it's possible to develop a "dependency" on it the way someone could develop a dependency on pretty much anything that eases their anxiety (like eating a lot of sugar or using the internet, for example), I don't believe it's addictive.
    Like @janemariesayed said above, I get flashbacks whether or not I've been smoking. Smoking weed does help a little with my general level of anxiety, but it doesn't do anything to help with flashbacks or dissociation or anything.

    It sounds like the things that are causing the anxiety are more of the issue than the marijuana itself. Does being with your girlfriend or her family trigger your anxiety? If so, you may want to address that first.
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  8. janemariesayed

    janemariesayed Junior Member

    The shame about hash is that non-users think that users are not straight or in their right frame of thinking mind when under the influence of marijuana. It actually makes you feel calmer but anxieties and disorders like flashbacks can still occur. It also helps to stop pain. MS sufferers benefit a lot from hash and it allows them to move about more easily.

    It makes me think too, but not in a bad way. When I'm feeling suicidal, a smoke is the best thing for me to do because the side effects help so much. Instead of thinking about doing something silly, when I'm under the influence, I notice how beautiful the clouds look instead, or my mind will float away to an acceptable place.

    Hash can affect focus as well. Sometimes it can make you focus on something that is really interesting to you. (I spent 15 years studying ancient Egypt on hash. I'd smoke a joint and really get into the research. So that is how it helped me. It helped my suicidal mind go somewhere more interesting, and safer.

    In fact, it would be safer if it was consumed rather than smoked.
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  9. LS Connection

    LS Connection New Member

    I work evenings and I get anticipatory anxiety for work cause I have to wait around all day for it, so marijuana will help calm me down before hand. It doesn't always help, but it has made world's of difference before.

    Addicted/ dependant... Whatever you wanna call it is the reason I'm anxious to go out to eat. I can go out and eat with anyone so long as I can smoke first, I act completely normal (more relaxed and talkative as a matter of fact). But on long days where I don't have time to go home and smoke and I'm not a big fan of advertising I smoke marijuana so I prefer not to bring a joint out with me.

    Maybe I just need to get used to the fact I may need to bring a joint with me, or I need to stop using marijuana to give myself an appetite (I find I can't even really eat if I don't smoke... Or maybe that's the anxiety thats doing that)
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