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Marijuana led me to the psych ward

Tuesday, 30 October, 2018 - 9:56 am

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This is not your typical marijuana story, but this was my reality.  

My first bad trip

Five years ago, I started experiencing psychotic symptoms whenever I smoked a joint or ate an edible (it was a daily occurrence).

I had been using for awhile. I tried other drugs but weed was my go to. It always gave me what I was looking for.

For many years it was good, but suddenly the paranoia started. It was terrifying but semi-manageable. Then came my first psychotic episode.

I lost complete control. My mind was active, hyperactive, as my body was shocked with paralyzing fear. I couldn't move a muscle. I couldn't scream. I felt like I was going to die.

My roommate found me and called the ambulance. That was my first trip to the psych ward.

Frozen in fear

I was kept there for a day or two, then they released me and I returned home.

I vowed I would never use again.

Boy was I wrong.

One week later I found myself on that same couch, paralyzed. Except this time, my roommate was out of town.

Inside I was panicking. My brain was racing. You can't imagine the terror of being unable to move. I tried reaching for my phone. In my head it was an easy task but my body wouldn't allow it.

After about an hour I snapped out of it. I thought things were going to be better but then I smoked another joint.

A way out

After six weeks of this hell and a few more visits to the psych ward, I was finally willing to go to any length to get my sanity back.

A doctor in the psych ward referred me to Chabad Lifeline. I was nervous, but when I got there, it wasn't what I had envisioned.

It was a home. Somewhere I felt safe.

My counselor at Chabad Lifeline prepared a treatment plan that included abstaining, weekly one on one counseling, random urine samples, and 12-step meetings including Marijuana Anonymous.

I did some research on CIP (Cannabis Induced Psychosis). I thought my story was unique but did you know that according to a recent study, 15% of regular cannabis users reported similar symptoms that I experienced? 

That was 5 years ago, and I haven't used or had a psychotic episode since.

My name is Jack, and this is my story.


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Comments on: Marijuana led me to the psych ward

Paula wrote...

Hello, Our daughter admitted to taking large quantities of marijuana a year ago. We are not certain if she is still taking it. In those months and continuing to today, she sleeps 16-22 hours on most days. The sleep often seemed like a coma. She
does not seem rested when she awakes. She is often in a haze when we try to wake her up to start the day. She says that she has anxiety (due to us her parents). We sometimes hear her say that she "needs sleep" in mid sentence. Then goes to bed for more hours of some sort of sleep. We are wondering if those long sleep episodes could be psychotic events.

We are in a Chabadlife group for families.

packersinpocket wrote...

Psychotic events.