We know that Cannabis oil is looking like a miracle cure for all sorts of terrible diseases but what about smoking it long term?
Smoking Cannabis is often described to me by my clients as something that helps them to chill-out and relax, a way of calming any nerves or anxiety they may have, or alleviating boredom, ‘just like having a few pints with friends’, helping them to laugh more and be ‘themselves’, socialise without shyness without self consciousness, helping them to unleash their creativity.
That all sounds great yet they have come to me to stop and for them that is due to less desirable effects from abusive long term smoking:
- Depression, anxiety, panic attacks, paranoia
- Confusion, delusions, hallucinations, psychosis
- Short term memory loss
- Sudden increase in heart rate and heart health implications from that
- Dizziness, a lack of coordination and muscle strength
- Decreased concentration and loss of interest in life
- A form of senility which can be extremely frightening
All this and the well known health effects from tobacco too, not the best of combinations.
About 18 years ago, I had a friend staying with me for a week, as he waited for his house purchase to go through. He was a well respected businessman and, at that time, had smoked Cannabis a lot at home for many years. I had no idea how this had affected him. His fear at night was overwhelming. He panicked in the dark, he sweated with fear. We had to leave all the lights on in communal areas in case he had to move around the house. His room was lit up as if it were daytime. He was depressed, he couldn’t settle, he had a terrible cough that never went away and his paranoia, kept hidden from me before, became evident as I spent more time with him. When he moved in to his new home I lost touch with him. My experience of his suffering was long before I trained as a Hypnotherapist and Counsellor, long before I started working with addictions. I regret that I wasn’t able to help him then. But I can help you now.
I know that after long term smoking of Cannabis people can find that when stopping smoking ‘Cannabis withdrawal’ can kick in. Depression, anger, irritability, lack of motivation and a real inability to focus on tasks and work. Insomnia is extremely common, after being able to sleep when smoking Cannabis suddenly sleep is disrupted when they are abstaining. This can last a few days or a couple of weeks. Often they tell me they have nightmares and vivid dreams. These frequent, vivid dreams typically begin about a week after quitting and can last for about a month after stopping using Cannabis.
It is, therefore, understandable how people try and give up only to start again when they are faced with some or all of these harrowing side effects. They start to feel more helpless, more depressed, more isolated and fear kicks in. ‘How am I going to stop? How am I going to get through this dark and painful time?’ and the motivation to stop, which has taken everything they have, starts to fade away. So I want you to ask yourself one question: Is your desire to give up stronger than your desire to stay where you are? And if the answer is yes then there is always help at hand. Reach out and ask for help. Ask and receive. You are never alone. You can choose a better thought, choose a better feeling. You can give up Cannabis abuse just like many have done before you. It is 100% possible. You CAN do this.