Before you read on please note that I don’t smoke pot anymore and I have zero desire to take it up again.
Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug in Australia, with one in three adults using it at some point in their life. It’s legal in some places around the world, and offered medicinally in others. But what does smoking pot do to your mental health? I’m on the fence. I don’t know if smoking weed on a daily basis for the past 15 years caused my schizophrenia and paranoia or that it actually helped me deal with my illness better.
Most people remember a time they felt paranoid after smoking marijuana. Paranoia can be described as feeling a sense of impending doom, such as when hearing police sirens, a person assumes they’re about to get busted for doing something wrong. Some describe it as a feeling that everyone knows that they are stoned, or that they might get hurt or even die. What can be puzzling is that more people have come to rely on cannabis to relieve their anxiety. Patients with PTSD have seen remarkable success in using cannabis to treat panic symptoms and stress.
One thing I know for sure is it increased my paranoia big time. This got worse as time went on. As a teen there was very little paranoia but over the years it got to the point where I wasn’t enjoying the high because it caused me too much stress. I would spend my high constantly battling my delusional thoughts. I thought people and especially the police were after me. I thought there were hidden cameras and recording devices in my electronics. I wouldn’t use the computer and I would turn my phone off as I truly believed I was being tracked. Even now I believe we’re under constant surveillance but this isn’t my head playing tricks, there is actual some truth to this conspiracy.
People say it relaxes them and helps them sleep but I found the opposite. The levels of paranoia were always at their worse when I hadn’t smoked for some time and then had a puff. Because it wasn’t in my system it would hit me hard. I’m sure this is the same for all pot smokers. The more I smoked the less high and paranoid I would get. I put myself through this torment for so many years. It has only been over the last 8 months without smoking that I feel better for it. I still get paranoid but nothing like what I experienced on THC.
One positive thing to say about weed is it never got me into any trouble like it’s friend alcohol. Alcohol is a far more menacing intoxicant.