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Aug
22

Would smoking weed help my anxiety and depression?

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I have minor both, ive only had one anxiety attack and i dont have any thoughts about killing myself It is just sometimes i dont want to do anything id rather stay at home then go out with friends, I jsut went on a vacation with my family and i dident really want to do anything because of the anxiety and for the last 3 weeks i havent gotten high, what should i do?

Smoking weed actually makes anxiety and depression worse. I’ve had friends go to their doctors to ask about their depression, and they are always told to quit smoking pot for quite a while before they consider going on meds or anything like that. It also heightens anxiety, I have seen more than one person, who granted, was already probably prone to anxiety, go on to have full fledged anxiety attacks from smoking pot. Sometimes doctors will prescribe it for anxiety and things like insomnia, but I can guarantee that most of those prescriptions are given on suggestion from the patient. I live in an area where there are decriminalized areas in the city, marijuana dispensaries, and for things like 4:20 they extend the decriminalized areas to hold big, public, pot-smoking parties in front of art galleries. I have never met a single person who was prescribed pot that didn’t already smoke it, but I have met many people who agree that they don’t smoke pot anymore because of the anxiety is causes them. In addition I would say that the only way that pot might be able to help someone who is suffering from anxiety and depression is by making them lethargic. This pseudo-addiction to lethargy actually turns into a cycle, because it goes from being anxious and depressed to being lethargic and okay with it, but as you continue on that path you realize that you are doing basically nothing in your life and you start to feel like a failure, then you start to think that you are where you ought to be because you can’t do anything anyway and the world is just so hard to face that you develop more anxiety about trying to face up to your fears and the various obstacles that living a life might present outside of your basement, and then you are depressed more because you realize this and you realize that if you continue on that path you will never amount to anything that you dreamed of. I’m totally serious, I have seen this cycle a hundred times. I know it seems like it helps sometimes, but it is a temporary facade that leaves you dependent, and seriously, but without being prejudiced against pot; it really isn’t what you need, and you probably already know that. Get up and get for yourself exactly what you need because trust me, it is by no means impossible no matter what you have to deal with, but it will never happen if you will not let it.

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No. It will Just make you a druggie.
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Probably, but it won’t cure your problems :)
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thomas stantonfield
August 23rd, 2011 at 3:51 am

i live in california and the doctor gave me a medical marijuana card so i can smoke weed for my anxiety. so….yes, it will help a lot. it will calm you down. i don’t know about the depression though.
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Not permanently. Perhaps for an hour or so. But this could turn problematic later on.
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Stop smoking marijuana. This is certainly NOT helping your anxiety and depression. Avoiding friends, not having fun on vacation – these are signs of depression. If you were not depressed, you would enjoy these things. You need to see your doctor for the help you need. Not marijuana.
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My experience with depression.
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I deff think so. I havent smoked weed since 2008, before I found out I was pregnant. I have alot more anxiety now than when I used to smoke. It just really helps you to relax and not focus on the little stuff that makes you anxious. Idk if thats reason enough to get a medical marijuana card but if youd rather stay home and smoke, then it sounds to me like thats what you should do instead.
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It helps some people, for others it makes it worse. However, smoking weed can damage you even more. I would not recommend it.

Please type anxiety disorders on google and see if you might have one. Also, look online for for an anxiety disorder forum to help you with treatments. There are plenty of non-medical ways of helping you deal with anxiety and they actually work.
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Smoking weed actually makes anxiety and depression worse. I’ve had friends go to their doctors to ask about their depression, and they are always told to quit smoking pot for quite a while before they consider going on meds or anything like that. It also heightens anxiety, I have seen more than one person, who granted, was already probably prone to anxiety, go on to have full fledged anxiety attacks from smoking pot. Sometimes doctors will prescribe it for anxiety and things like insomnia, but I can guarantee that most of those prescriptions are given on suggestion from the patient. I live in an area where there are decriminalized areas in the city, marijuana dispensaries, and for things like 4:20 they extend the decriminalized areas to hold big, public, pot-smoking parties in front of art galleries. I have never met a single person who was prescribed pot that didn’t already smoke it, but I have met many people who agree that they don’t smoke pot anymore because of the anxiety is causes them. In addition I would say that the only way that pot might be able to help someone who is suffering from anxiety and depression is by making them lethargic. This pseudo-addiction to lethargy actually turns into a cycle, because it goes from being anxious and depressed to being lethargic and okay with it, but as you continue on that path you realize that you are doing basically nothing in your life and you start to feel like a failure, then you start to think that you are where you ought to be because you can’t do anything anyway and the world is just so hard to face that you develop more anxiety about trying to face up to your fears and the various obstacles that living a life might present outside of your basement, and then you are depressed more because you realize this and you realize that if you continue on that path you will never amount to anything that you dreamed of. I’m totally serious, I have seen this cycle a hundred times. I know it seems like it helps sometimes, but it is a temporary facade that leaves you dependent, and seriously, but without being prejudiced against pot; it really isn’t what you need, and you probably already know that. Get up and get for yourself exactly what you need because trust me, it is by no means impossible no matter what you have to deal with, but it will never happen if you will not let it.
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That California Girl
August 23rd, 2011 at 5:57 am

It depends on the person and if the weed isn’t laced with anything. It can help, but weed DOES do things in the long run if you abuse it (memory loss and stuff). It obviously doesn’t solve anything, but it would probably be a decent coping mechanism.
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There are a number of things you can do to eliminate anxiety naturally without using medications. Bottom line is anxiety is caused by your negative THOUGHTS (either subconscious or conscious thoughts). By mastering your thinking you can eliminate or reduce anxiety.

Below are some proven methods you can use:

1) Meditation is proven to help reduce anxiety and is also not difficult to learn. 10 minutes a day is all that is required to help calm your mind

2) Self Hypnosis: This can help but may be difficult to learn and does not work for everyone, but it is shown to help

3) Repeating Positive Affirmations: The best time to do this is at night before bed or in the morning when you wake up. About 5 to 7 minutes is all you need.

4) Program your mind so your subconscious (or conscious) thoughts to become more positive. There are a number of great self help programs that can help you do this.
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http://www.mindmaster.tv/success.html

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No. Weed is great for plenty of things, but this is probably is not one of them. If you are having minor acute stress (like too much work), it might work for you, but if you are experiencing neurosis, it makes you uneasy and will amplify your anxiety, causing you to freak out.
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Weed smoker and occasional anxiety sufferer

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No. It is more likely to make matters worse. The most alarming side of smoking marijuana is the effect that it has on the brain, It limits the ability to retain information,concentrate, causes learning difficulties,depression and has been linked to mental illness. Get to your mental health professional,get help. Take care.
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It’s normal to go through phases where you want to spend more time alone. Our culture gives solitude a negative connotation and it isn’t fair to say that you need to want to be social all the time to be a normal, healthy human being. Maybe after your vacation, you just want a little more space?

The times when I’ve taken the time to reflect and make changes in my life for the better have been when I spent more time on my own. Getting high might help you to see things from a new perspective if you know how to control your high instead of getting lazy and distracted. I would remind yourself to contemplate your current situation and what you could do to improve it. No matter what therapist, or anxiety/depression drug you take, making changes is something that you need to decide for yourself in order for it to work.
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