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Re: Zoloft & Marijuana Interactions?

Posted by Sean on May 24, 1999, at 14:26:11

In reply to Zoloft & Marijuana Interactions?, posted by parent on May 23, 1999, at 5:21:56

> From a concerned parent: Just found out
> From concerned parents: Just found out that
> 16-yr-old who has been successfully treated
> for depression (diagnosed 6 months ago) has
> been smoking marijuana for past two months.
> Concerned about possible co-morbid
> addiction condition, interaction of
> marijuana with zoloft (100 mg), exacerbation
> of depression and anxiety, etc. Gifted and
> talented kid who needs real info. not
> propaganda to convince him of dangers.

This is an interesting issue because it gets into
the personality changes SSRI's are capable of
inducing. From personal experience, Zoloft made me
(a) more risk seeking (b) did not give a hoot about
other people opinions (c) smoked more pot and drank
(d) did not care about my health.

Basically, smoking pot on zoloft is wonderful. It
is really more enjoyable than without because the
anxiety and paranoia that often come along with
pot smoking in inhibited people is totally gone;
you can really enjoy the effect and in many ways,
it helps with the *total internal boredom* that
comes with SSRI's. In a way, I think people on
SSRI's should smoke pot because these drugs can
linearize your head something terrible...

There is no evidence that SSRI's and pot have any
kind of negative interaction; they effect different
neurotransmitter systems and if anything, go well

If you can't tell already, I am not anti-drug use.
I think drug use in responsible people has much to
offer both in terms of personal insight and looking
deeply at the society we live in, which by the way,
is so spiritually off-base and material, it is no
wonder that the search for meaning, which I must say
is part of any recovery, is so difficult...





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