Patient Comments: Marijuana Abuse - Personal History and Experience

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What is your history with pot? Please share your experience with marijuana use, abuse, and addiction. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: mj4life, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I love marijuana. Funny enough, I used to use an anti-depressant and an anxiety medication and when I took myself off of it because it wasn't even working, I experienced horrible withdrawals for three weeks; I thought I was going to die. I have never experienced anything like that when smoking pot and stopping. Of course, it's not something for everybody because not everybody likes the lightweight feeling of it but I believe it is life-changing.

Comment from: Cannamanna, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 16

I have used marijuana off and on for many years. Let's just say it was never my drug of choice. Beer is where l found my escape. Many years of alcohol abuse has led to health issues, and l now find myself revisiting cannabis. This time it is legal in my state for medical. I use tinctures of marijuana and CBD oil to alleviate the pains of ageing. I am still working for a living, home paid for, kids grown and about 7 years from retirement. Marijuana has given me my life back somewhat.

Comment from: frank, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 04

I smoke pot with friends or by myself. With friends, I have some laughs, get it on with the old lady, watch a movie (the hangover), and eat pizza, candy bars, Kit Kats, NutRageous, Reese's peanut butter cups, chips and water. I smoke more, shower with the old lady, listen to music and go to bed. I have been doing this for 35 years. I own my own home and make USD 60,000 per year.

Comment from: SEA BASS, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 27

I smoke pot with friends or by myself. With friends, I have some laughs, get it on with the old lady, watch a movie (the hangover), and eat pizza, candy bars, Kit Kats, Nutrageous, Reese’s peanut butter cups, chips and water. Smoke more, shower with the old lady, listen to music and go to bed. I have been doing this for 35 years. I own my own home and make USD 60,000 per year.

Comment from: Paul, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 19

I have used marijuana intermittently for 24 years. Perhaps once a week on average. Large daily doses will reduce energy levels. Small doses may induce sleep easier, it seems a strong relative sedative. It seems to still be a drug of choice for many friends, however the use has declined from high school years when most seemed to smoke it. Certainly some individuals prefer and use it way more than others. It will cause negative reactions of paranoid episodes in some. The worst case is of a regular heavy-using school friend and his wife who have had an autistic son that they find trouble coping with. Hence they have stopped its use. Their heavy use prior for 15 years may have caused this personality defect. You never know but if studies were published it could be the case! The doctor has repeatedly told me it will depress the general health system the next day, which I agree with. Having battled weight problems my whole life, it has helped control appetite. It also has given friendship, increased social activity (a positive for an un-partnered loner in me) and was a huge firm favorite after the 50th birthday party at the pub last Saturday night. Unfortunately I feel it may have contributed to me being a workaholic and a single person, which I am trying to rectify. I have used it for periods to eradicate bad memories of relationship/emotional pain. This includes a recent 43 year old alcoholic friend who died from a heart attack secondary to an enlarged heart from perhaps 10 years of reasonable hard spirit alcoholism such as vodka. He took amphetamines too for attention deficit disorder (ADD). The marijuana use has perhaps reduced my pain. Funny enough he hated marijuana, he would be alive probably if he did marijuana as opposed to alcohol. That ends my note, alcohol will more likely kill you before marijuana. In a small dose it can stimulate work tasks. I intend to cease or well reduce its use. I feel it may have made me less socially aware and more retracted (although I have lots of friends). I think it is best limited (if used) to weekends only. Similar to a brother who won"t drink alcohol during the week. You can"t ignore its popularity and how much pleasure it gives to some, especially daily users. They love the drug, hydroponic or natural. Each has their own preference and volume. I think if abused or overused the high is well, well reduced. It must have some benefits mentally. All doses give different results.

Comment from: scott, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 26

I have smoked marijuana for forty years, I feel that it does help with stress and trauma. I don’t know why insurance companies still test for pot, I don’t think it is necessary.

Comment from: nativegirl, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

I used pot for recreation 35 years or so ago... now contemplating using it alongside my pain medication. I have degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, etc. I have had 4 back cushion surgeries, and neurostimulator implant. There is no medical marijuana in my state. For other drugs, if marijuana is in my system I stand to lose my prescription for pain medicine and I don't want to go to higher pain medicines.

Comment from: kyoon pees, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 07

I smoke pot all the time.

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Comment from: Jazzy, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 24

My neighbors smoke so much marijuana, I have a one bedroom unit with 3 air purifiers and 2 air conditioners and still it is not enough to drown out their smoke. Why do others have to suffer, because you are too inconsiderate to use marijuana in a form that does not harm others, i.e., oil or baked goods! Some people are a waste of gray matter.

Comment from: Schotz, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 22

THC (main ingredient of cannabis) acts by binding with cannabinoid receptors which present in certain area of your brain. Following exposure, it starts to decrease your memory and learning function (hippocampus) and inability of fine movement activities (cerebellum). After quitting pot, you will be able to gain sharp memory and skillful activities in daily work.

Comment from: micki, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I have smoked marijuana for 40 years and there is no addiction. I have gone without it for long periods of time without headaches or vomiting or without stealing for it or killing for it.

Comment from: dynomite, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 09

My experience is that in order to get physical with pot one must be an extreme smoker and withdrawals are a tar nicotine type, much lighter than tobacco. Think of a razor sharp sword, when you smoke a lot the sword loses the razor edge but still is lethal!

Comment from: Mary, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 01

That seems false. I've been smoking MJ for more than two years and did not develop any withdrawals. In fact, I can go days or weeks without smoking and feel just fine. If anything, it helps. I am sick of the government and society creating a vendetta against smokers.

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