Just sayin’…

Please share your experiences with cannabis.  Tell us whether cannabis has helped or harmed you or someone you know.  Cannabis appears to be poorly tolerated in slightly more that 50% of people.  The main complaints are anxiety and paranoia.  Others benefit significantly from cannbis’ anti-anxiety,  anti-pain, and other properties. Sadly, a small percentage of users will develop life-changing psychiatric symptoms.  Tell SchizoPot.com what you think.

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9 thoughts on “Just sayin’…”

  1. I am a 66 year old female. I tried marijuana a few times back in the early to mid 70’s. I had a paranoid episode one time when using at a party at our home. I was the only one it bothered. It must have been the strain of weed. I never enjoyed the feeling I had when trying it. Hence I haven’t touched the stuff in over 35 + years.

    1. It is predicted that the legalization of cannabis will lead to a 3-fold increase in the number of cases of schizophrenia in the population. There are several studies following groups of cannabis-free and cannabis-using adolescents over 20 years. the cannabis-using group consistently shows three times the incidence of psychotic disorders. The health insurance companies must be aware of this — they have been paying the medical bills for these “first psychotic breaks”. Plus they have complete access to medical and psychiatric records (there’s no confidentiality of your medical information in the real world). But there’s money to be made…

  2. I came across this website via Barnhardt.
    Working as a psychiatric public health nurse i can tell you, this information is spot on.
    Sadly I have seen young people present with psychosis after smoking marijuana. Some hearing several voices at a time, ending up on neuroleptic injections and mental hospitals. Suffering from anxiety so bad they will no longer attend school. Many others end up for years on anti-psychotic injections after being hospitalized just once for psychosis. After years they fear coming off these meds. Then they do not work and are assisted to obtain disability. At one time they may have had homes, wives, children and careers and then suddenly they are defecating on themselves and having delusions. Multiple trips to jail. Court orders to continue neuroleptic meds. It becomes blurry to figure out if they have organic schizophrenia/bipolar I w/psychotic features or this is drug induced and then they are in the system. In addition there are a few major anti-psychotic drugs I deal with. 1)Invega Sustenna , almost 2000$ per injection 2)Abilify Maintena , almost 2000$ 3)Aristada (similar to Abilify Maintena) 2000$ 4) Risperdal Consta (this is a 2 week injection, most clinicians are getting away from it. ) 5) Prolixin deconate or Haldol deconate. Much cheaper stock meds. They also come with some serious side effects such as Tardive dyskinesia that has the potential to never reverse. Then another medication is added to deal with the side effects (always stiffness) from above injections. Cogentin , Artane (both cheap anticholenergics) and the newest is Ingrezza (very expensive, but patients can get ‘grants’ and get it paid for by the pharm company). May I add 95% of patients are Medicaid, Medicare or self pay. Who pays for those injections? There is a patient assistant program and the pharm company sends these injections for ‘free’. We receive samples to get them started. I can assure you as a nurse and my psychiatrist, we are low level employees and we do try our best to help the patients. And as a government (state) employee we are pushed relentlessly to produce. We must meet productivity hours on a monthly bases. With minimum resources. Warned to never ask for a raise, ‘the state cannot afford it’. I am sure you are aware that mental health clinics and hospitals and regular hospitals work closely with drug detox/inpatient organizations. Most are also state run, pushed by numbers. Local drug detox facility will not admit for chronic marijuana use and this is also overlooked in mental health, ‘we are not worried about pot’. This is said by the mental health staff. All apologies for rambling on. Thank you again for this website.

  3. We have a May 3rd convergence here! How very odd- I am via Ann Barnhardt as well.

    Oddest thing about pot is how deeply habit-forming it is; yet not the slightest physical withdrawal symptoms are observed upon stopping use. What are those oxi-whatever opiods – sudden, unsupervised withdrawal can mean death! How very odd.

    1. There are complaints about depressed mood and irritability following discontinuation of cannabis – or even just a delay in getting ones morning dose. For many cannabis is part of a daily ritual that includes a coffee, cigarette and a joint. Cannabis, “the plant of the thousand and one molecules” risks exposing the brain to hundreds of chemicals that we know very little about. There are certain to be individuals in the population who will develop “dependence ” on one or several of those molecules. That is what the cannabis producers and the addiction treatment industries are betting on!
      Regarding the opioids, they are generally more addictive than cannabis; the severity of the withdrawal symptoms are so powerful that one can actually become suicidal– hence the daily trek to the methadone clinic. There will be certain individuals who will develop a similar powerful dependence on cannabis!
      Addiction has the capacity to disrupt fundamental human needs and behaviors. The drug becomes the principal relationship.

  4. Addiction is a huge source of revenue. Occasionally Trump will announce they are making available “$ 6 billion for drug addiction treatment”. Those of us in the field know that there is no “treatment”. Detox, rehabs, “sober houses”, have such low probability of success that they would never be FDA approved if subjected to the same scrutiny as medication trials. The acceptance of “medical” and “recreational” weed will insure an uninterrupted supply of addicts to keep the system running.

  5. Teen Challenge has a sky high success rate with addictions, and has for decades. I remember being taught about it in grad school, and then hearing it dismissed with “that’s a religious program, not scientific.” It is still being ignored today, despite successful treatment centers on every continent.

  6. My son at the age of 30 has developed what appears to be delusional disorder. He uses some form of cannabis everyday. He is very moody and the more stress he is under the worse it gets. We cannot convince him he needs to seek treatment or that the drug may be the problem.

    1. If he appears psychotic with impaired insight re the bizarre nature of his thoughts or behaviors you should contact your police. Mental health laws vary from state to state but you could ask the police to come to assess your son for safety. They may or may not bring your son to a nearby ER for further assessment. Some states allow family to go to court to explain how substance use is worsening a relative’s mental illness and the court can issue a type of warrant resulting in the patient being brought to the ER for an assessment. If your state has this mechanism you should make sure to arrive at the ER while your son is being assessed in order to give your side of the story– sometimes the relative can pull it together for the evaluation and ends up being sent home!
      Our big health insurance providers have the statistics re frequency of cannabis-induced psychotic disorders over the last 50 years. How they can collectively remain silent as state after state legalizes marijuana is indefensible! But they own the detoxes, rehabs, medical labs, etc so they stand to make sig revenue!

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