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Re: Marijuana and meds

Posted by Annie S. on November 15, 1999, at 15:07:32

In reply to Marijuana and meds, posted by Manic Fox on November 14, 1999, at 21:52:42

> I have been on meds for several years for manic depression, having gone from Lithium to Depakote and from Zoloft to Effexor. Though I'm taking my meds, attending support groups, etc., I do not seem to be improving. Someone told me the other day their psych suggested marijuana to help maintain that "even keel." Any ideas?

Dear Manic,

I'm in my 40's now and often wonder if my anxiety and depression problems in part may be connected to marijuana usage in my teens and all of my 20's. My advice would be to avoid marijuana. It has been my experience that it tends to intensify feelings. It doesn't even them out. Initially marijuana makes you feel euphoric and on top of the world. That feeling lasts for a very, very short time. If you are prone to depression or anxiety you will become depressed and later the anxiety will start. Marijuana will instensify whatever you are feeling--not even things out. I'm no expert and this is just my personal experience. The only medical usage for marijuana that I'm aware of is nausea associated with advanced cancer and Aids.

Good luck and I hope you find something that works.

Annie S.




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