Post # 182
My SO smokes every once in a while. Usually when he is around friends or my family members that do it. I have before but I get super paranoid so it’s not fun for me LOL! Also, I’m currently on the job hunt so I have no plans on doing it even if I wanted to.
Weed is not really different from alcohol. The only difference is that it’s illegal. I’m sure people would be saying the same thing if alcohol was illegal.
Post # 183
“few close friends of mine have also suffered from marijuana induced mental illness”
Oh please, there is no concrete evidence of this, just a huge he said she said arguement, so it should not be thought of as fact.
Post # 185
how can you be so judgemental if, like you said, you don’t even know what it makes you feel?
Post # 186
Neither of us smoke weed.
Post # 187
yes, that is MY OPINION. I hope you continued to read my posts after my original one.
Post # 188
but it isn’t a matter of opinion only. if a couple has a succesful career, a happy loving marriage, are good parents to happy children, and before going to bed they share a joint, are they immature by default? no, and they aren’t just cause you think they are.
Post # 189
Actually, FI’s brother suffers from schizophrenia. He has seen trained GP’s, and they have said that marijuana has caused it. He also started hearing voices when he started smoking pot.
Another friend of mine also suffers from paranoia and shizophrenia, and believed that there were people following him. He was institutionalised, after carrying a knife around and saying it was to catch these people who were following him and kill them. The doctors said it was because of the weed, and he stopped doing it, and he hasn’t felt anything like that since.
My grandmothers best friends son started smoking pot at the age of 14, and is now 30 and lives in a mental health ward. My brother has been diagnosed for schizophrenia, and psychosis, and it all started when he started smoking marijuana last year. And, a friend of mine was doing well at university, getting B’s and A’s. and she started smoking marijuana, and became severly depressed, anti social, and dropped out of university.
I also developed depression because of smoking marijuana, and when I have smoked it I get severe panic attacks, and feel like I cannot breathe.
There are also a few studies that show that it can open the door to mental illness. Some people may smoke it for years and not be affected, but a huge amount of people become mentally ill.
Post # 190
I was very against the idea of smoking and likened it to immaturity like many bees on here. It was repulsive and I had no interest in smoking anything! However, SOs friend owns a company that sells medicated treats to dispensaries and he brought home some pastries. I did try those because I will not turn down a cake pop. It was fun! We also use a vaporizer occasionally because the smell isn’t as noticeable and there is no smoking involved.
We only use weed with each other and a few times a month. Being goofy and silly with him changed my perspective on it. Recreationally, with my loved one, its a fun time. I do think we will cut back on it though because like the PP said marijuana smoking is linked to mental illness. It really depends on the person but sometimes the ability to distinguish reality from fantasy becomes blurred when doing a drug for an extended amount of time (as with any other drug).
Post # 191
We both haven’t done it in maybe a year? I was tossing up the idea of going back to it to help me sleep/stress. But I haven’t. Plus my fella was a big weed smoker for a number of years, he was addicted and it took him a long time to be able to cut down his usage. We’ve had conversations about it as I have been worried our occasional usage will spiral back to what he was doing.
Post # 192
I’ve seen enough of it…if you must know, my dad smokes weed probably every week or so and I’m utterly disgusted with it. He was high the night of my engagement party and acted like a total moron and was super embarrassing….it’s juvenile, like I said. I’ve seen and dealt with enough potheads to know it’s not something I want for myself or would tolerate in my Fiance or friends.
Post # 193
Neither of us do. Fiance used to but doesn’t anymore (he stopped a few years ago), and I never have.
Post # 194
It’s much different than alcohol. Many people die from alcohol use, you can’t die from marijuana use. You can’t overdose from marijuana. You can overdose on alcohol. Alcohol provides much more physical health and long term health damages than marijuana (surprisingly, since most myths say otherwise). Alcohol is much more addictive than marijuana
Post # 195
I want to say that I recently read a study that alcohol proved to be a larger “gateway drug” than marijuana as alcohol lowers your inhibilitions and decision making more than smoking does. But of course that study wasn’t shouted from the rooftops…
Post # 196
@MissMfutureMrsB: “but a huge amount of people become mentally ill.”
I have to say, this is completely false statement. There are studies that is could induce mental illness, but it’s not proven for a few factors. One, it’s not common enough to test enough people, two more often than not the ones who end up with schizophrenia have a family history of it, there are also no physical reasons to show why it would cause psychosis with its use. There is no concrete evidence supporting the theory that it induces psychosis.
It’s a lot of hearsay when you get into this topic. The doctors are more than willing to blame marijuanna on anything, Hospitals and doctors a lot work closely with the pharmacuetical companies, smoking marijuana to cure something that they want to make money off of makes them really against it. Pharmacuetical companies don’t make a dime off of it and the doctors who are really against it are against you buying something that’s not going through the health care system, and something that helps so many things, so you wouldn’t end up a regular patient and they want their money. The only supported evidence they have is that it could be laced and that in itself can cause a while long list of problems, but if it were to be legallized this would no longer be an issue.