Is self-medicating Depression with the chronic helping you?
If you’re not sure what “The CHRONIC” is…well, let me use some other Urban slang words you might be familiar with. We are talking about taking a hit of mary jane, reefer, ganja, a doobie or token’ the old pipe, blunt, herb…and the last clue if you don’t know what the chronic is by now, it’s WEED. Yes, we are talking about marijuana.
The psychoactive mind-altering ingredient in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). Without getting all preachy about the pros and cons of the illicit drug or the ethical use of using pot, I want to focus on what this gateway drug can do for someone with mood disorders.
I’m not a fan of the ideology that “using it is better than killing yourself.” Using it can put you at risk for out of control behavior and could not only get you killed but you could kill some incident bystander…
“Studies of marijuana’s mental effects show that the drug can impair or reduce short-term memory, alter sense of time, and reduce ability to do things which require concentration, swift reactions, and coordination, such as driving a car or operating machinery.” There are a lot of better things you can to do other than getting stoned to avoid suicide. One thing is to get “real” help from a trained therapist.
That brings me back to the problem of THC. If we are using it to avoid our problems; then guess what? The only thing getting high is our problems.
Getting a buzz to deal with life is just avoiding life. Now if you’re dealing with anxiety, you can have a super bad “acute panic anxiety reaction” and totally be “losing control!”
It’s been noted in some studies that Treating Chronic Depression with The Chronic only prolongs the Depression, and although it might give some users a feeling of euphoria…it’s short-lived and the Depression becomes more intense!
Marijuana can make you psychologically dependent on the HIGH… The trick of THC is that our body builds a resistance and you need more to get the same effect. In the end, if we are self-medicating with marijuana, hallucinogenic drugs, or alcohol, we are just making problems worse and hiding the real problem!
I’m sure I’m going to get a few comments about this, but the bottom line is self-medicating is just prolonging our recovery. It makes recovery twice as hard and pinpointing the real problem even harder. Yes, I speak from experience, at one time or another we all try to self-medicate. It seems like the simple solution but it’s only temporary.
So, next time you crank up some Chronic remember, you could be causing the very problem you’re looking to avoid.
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