The long term side effects of marijuana are well known to be paranoia, depression and delusions/psychosis.
Do PTSD sufferers really need to add this to their symptoms?
I do understand that the use of medical marijuana helps eleviate the symptoms in the here and now, but long term side effects need to be considered.
I know a relative of my husband, who is a long time daily marijuana user and she is definitely a paranoid person, and easily angered. So it hasn’t helped her long term. And she doesn’t have PTSD.
I’ve also witnessed people who use it and have PTSD – show very paranoid behaviours, and get nasty.
This happened the other day, a guy who clearly has big issues with anything Christian related, blew up totally unprovoked, lashing out at me – saying that I hate gays etc. Which is so far from the truth. I’ve never even mentioned anything faith related – ever – to this guy, I don’t preach at anyone.
But, he got really nasty, decided I must be one of those conservative, right wing, abusive types (which quite frankly was very offensive to me), and made up lies and acted like I have preached at him – which is 100% false. It really was like he was having some paranoid delusion as the lies were being tweeted about me. He was imagining things that has not occurred. Which is a delusional state. I didn’t react to his issues, but had to report him to Twitter.
I think it is only when stoned, people are actually benefitting, but the rest of the time, their symptoms become worse. Anxiety, anger, paranoia, delusions. All of which the regular use of marijuana can cause.
It was interesting hearing Sia (singer) state that she had been smoking weed since she was 13, and she believes that had an effect on her Bipolar, making it worse. I believe it would make that worse. Sia is in a program to stay off both drugs and alcohol – both of which worsen the lives of those who use them as a coping method, long term.
Now, I know there are all those who believe marijuana is safer than prescription meds and I’m not a believer in all of those being safe either. I think meds are highly over-prescribed and wrongly prescribed by negligent doctors who don’t have a clue what they should be prescribing for severe disorders like PTSD.
And I think that is the main issues about the safety of prescribed medications, for psychiatric disorders, not the medications/drugs themselves.
And I know there are all these arguments that marijuana is supposedly a huge threat to Big Pharma. And I see that argument, money and greed are huge issues in this world.
But, I know for sure, I am not taking any risks of adding paranoia, more depression, or delusions/psychosis to my symptoms. Those long term effects I have seen and witnessed myself and heard others talk about as huge issues for PTSD, Bipolar – are enough to make me steer well clear.
As far as I can see from research, there are no studies yet – into the ‘long term effects’ of marijuana and PTSD.
I know I have PTSD and Bipolar type symptoms and depression within my Complex PTSD symptoms.
Why on earth would I risk these becoming worse?
And I am not a ‘goody two shoes’ when it comes to drugs, alcohol and think they are ‘so terrible’. I don’t judge anyone who uses them, I’ve used alcohol to cope and binged every weekend for years. I am not being judgmental in this issue, at all.
Hey, if I thought and believed marijuana would actually help me – I’d be out buying my bong and bubbling away right now. Yeah I’m old skool.
I just really do not believe it helps. Short term maybe, but the long term effects are likely to make life a whole lot worse.
And I want my life to get better long term….not worse.