Marijuana is a substance that can be very easily abused, just like alcohol. There are lots of people who resort to self-medicating while battling nothing but moral pain. Moreover, people with a mental illness are especially susceptible to marijuana abuse. In 2014, approximately 20.2 million Americans dealt with substance abuse, and 7.9 million of them had some kind of mental disorder. Self-medicating can bring you quite serious side effects, at the least because it is not prescribed by a professional. Studies show that those who self-medicate with marijuana and alcohol are more likely to have a social phobia and other disorders. More than that, marijuana use may worsen the condition you already have, that is why it is not recommended to use it while sick (mentally or physically). However, a study conducted in 2016 found that THC, the main active component of cannabis, could treat different medical conditions, like epilepsy, glaucoma, chronic pains, Alzheimer’s disease, and a long list of other illnesses. Research held at the University of Toronto showed that 15 out of 18 examined people found pain relief after smoking marijuana and had no problems with falling asleep. Here are some signs that will notify you that you are self-medicating in a way that will not be healthy in the long run.
Weed is the first thing you think about when you feel upset
If you want to smoke weed every time you face difficulties and stressful situations, then you have a problem. Self-medication is a pattern, and to break it, you need a lot of efforts. Depression, anxiety, madness, anger—these are the emotions that force people to use substances when they have no idea how to express themselves.
You become irritated if you do not smoke
If you get used to solving problems with the help of weed, you probably feel out of control when you do not have a joint in the stressed condition. Once you have noticed that your mood changes when you do not have a chance to smoke weed when needed, take a serious look at what you are doing and start acting right.