Originally Answered: Does smoking weed help with depression? It ALL depends on two things: Your personality, and how you use it. buy marijuana online massachusetts
When prescribed medicinally by a doctor, cannabis has a lot of useful potential to treat depression among other things. The key in this, is it’s not self-treatment. Where most people go wrong is exactly that: they self-treat themselves, usually going overboard in the process. However, I think doctors only prescribe cannabis in edible form, and your question is about smoking, so I’ll answer that.
Smoking weed has definitely helped with my depression, but there are a couple key things I do that I believe helps the process. First, weed is not happiness. You are your own happiness, and drugs will not produce any happiness you don’t already have. buy marijuana online massachusetts
You need to find that within yourself, and that’s the hardest part of the process. If you have depression, you absolutely cannot use weed as the only means of treatment. You need therapy, you need exercise, and you need to see a doctor. What weed has done for me personally, has allowed me to clear my mind from the bombardment of daily thoughts racing through my mind, in order to meditate.
Yes, meditate. Meditation is great with or without cannabis in my opinion, as it allows you to clear your mind and start building a fresh foundation upon which your thoughts build upon. In other words, it aids in changing your mindset. Other therapeutic techniques work amazingly well in conjunction with weed, and I recommend you look up some techniques yourself and find which ones work for you.
Second, take a tolerance break annually. Every year, starting around new year’s day, I quit weed until I’m able to pass a drug test. After smoking for most of the year, it can take up to 2 – 3 months for my system to entirely clear out, but it allows my head to ‘clear out’ and my thought processes become noticeably different.
It’s difficult for me, yes. And it will be very difficult if you have an addictive personality (in which case you shouldn’t even smoke weed if you can’t stop cold turkey out of sheer willpower). But by taking a long break, I prove to myself that I can stop whenever I want, and that I am in control of my life and the substances I use. If I didn’t take this break, I fear that I would never stop smoking, and that would make me start to feel stuck.
Third, don’t overdo it. Smoking can get expensive and time consuming. If you don’t let your tolerance die down before smoking again, you will have to gradually smoke more and more in order to achieve the same high. This in and of itself isn’t usually the issue. The issue is overdoing it and spending too much of your budget, which can hinder your depression treatment more than smoking weed even helps it. Don’t let weed be the cause of other stresses in your life.
Four, and most importantly, if you use weed as a means to escape, then it cannot and will not help with depression in the long term. Weed should be used as an aid to work through problems in your life by allowing you to think in a different mindset. If you’re using weed because there’s “too much bullshit in my life”, then you’re only doing more harm than good.
In conclusion, smoking weed can definitely help with depression, and it helps me personally in overcoming mine… But you need to find a good balance. It’s different for everybody. If you smoke to escape, then don’t smoke.
If you have a hard time recovering from the ‘crash’ after the high ends, then don’t smoke. But, if you are prepared to seek help, to start exercising more, and to make a real effort to improve your own quality if life even when life knocks you down again and again… THAT is when weed can, and probably will, help with depression.
Edit: This is written on the basis of my own personal experience. But I am open to healthy discussion to anyone who wants to discuss, inquire about, or dispute anything I’ve written above.