Cannabis and Depersonalization: How Anxiety Changes Your Perception

Cannabis, among other psychedelics, is known to be sought mainly for its mind altering properties. A change in perception can serve as a resource for creativity and carries the potential to uncover the answers to puzzling questions, however some things stay better buried such as many mental disorders. Many, mainly those with underlying anxiety disorders or related mental maladies, who experience depersonalization for the first time, be it drug or naturally induced, are left breathless due to the overt peculiarity the dissociated altered state of awareness brings along with it. Such an intense shock and overload of information the state can manifest and can be so convincing that one starts to question everything including their own personal integrity. Given enough attention these thoughts will remain ruminant as a consequence of the acrid shock which is difficult to shake off, leaving you in a vicious cycle of depersonalization and panic attacks, which helps to anchor the current deterrent state of mind even further. Because the contrast is so strikingly profound one will even start questioning his/her sanity and destiny falling deeply into depression and helplessness.

Being enslaved in such a disastrous, yet innocuous, perception can take the pleasure out of everyday life and turn every second on Earth into uninhabitable misery. However, as permanent and detrimental to ones physical health (due to many psychosomatic symptoms) the dissociation might appear it is, in fact, the exact opposite, only a harmless deceiving illusion skewing your view on reality. The initial introduction to depersonalization can be one of the most deliberating moments for the sufferer as he/she finds it difficult to define and comprehend. Therefore one step, among many, towards recovery from such an event is to realize the reality of the situation as paradoxical it may be and sound. Developing proper cognitive skills is essential for recovering from depersonalization and these include logically explaining and addressing the subjective feelings skewing one’s sensory perception. When you feel on edge and are about to panic turn your attention away from all the intrusive thoughts inherent to anxiety by explaining the real course of the situation: If you feel like you are going crazy then notify yourself that the truth is far from your apprehension as psychotic people do not realize when they are delusional. Among others, a healthy diet, supplements (B-complex, Zinc, Magnesium, BCAA, etc.) and exercise will prove of vast benefit in accelerating recovery, because all these serve to protect the brain and allow for regeneration and, in case of exercise and some supplements, even synthesis of new neural connections (neurogenesis).

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Marijuana Consumption For Your Health?

Marijuana use has been a controversial subject since the beginning of time. People have long used this agent with hopes of achieving a euphoric state. It is practically illegal to consume in most of the continental United States. Yet, there are people who feel the need to use marijuana under the guides that it is an herb and is something that is beneficial for the body. The biggest claim is that it “can cure” cancer. The issue that I find with that statement is that I have yet to see anyone with cancer be cured from smoking marijuana or consuming marijuana enriched products. Cannabis smokers love to cling to the fact that it is a natural plant. We find that the plant is frequently used more for recreational usage than for medicinal purposes. Tetrahydrocannabinol (also known as THC) is the main active ingredient in marijuana. It is responsible for being the catalyst for altering the mind.

As far as health is concerned, there does not seem to be much benefit for people who consume cannabis. Besides appetite enhancement, analgesia in cancer patients and glaucoma management there really are no other serious benefits to marijuana consumption. One of the biggest issues with gleaning the few benefits of cannabis is that one is required to constantly use the plant to experience a tangible effect. By doing so, it causes you to be high the majority of the time. It is not necessary for your cognitive functions to be consistently altered for you to receive such minute or insignificant results that can be achieved through alternative means.

The technical definition of a drug is anything that is isolated and concentrated from its original source. In its purest form, I’m quite sure that marijuana is not as bad as it is made out to be. However, once you begin to add and subtract substances from the equation under the auspices of fortifying the plant, things can get tricky.

Let’s name a few of the side effects of cannabis consumption for those who believe that marijuana consumption is a healthy thing.

1. The moment you consume marijuana your heart rate speeds up and the bronchial passages begin to relax. Blood vessels in your eyes start to swell making your eyes turn red and slightly close.

2. The THC in cannabis alters the mind’s ability to process information because of the effect it has on the hippocampus. The hippocampus is section of the brain that is responsible for processing memory information. As you grow older and continue to consume the weed the neurons of the hippocampus begin to die making it harder for you to recall things from your memory.

3. If you begin consuming marijuana in your teenage years it will have a more harsh effect on you. Studies show that consumption of cannabis in these early years can lead to dropping out of high school, lowering cognitive abilities, pushing you into stronger drugs and lower IQ scores.

Based on the information provided in this article one has to ask themselves if it would be worth the trouble to consume weed. Unless you have cancer or a severe degenerative disease and you are seeking pain relief then it is a waste of time. If you are just simply along for a euphoric ride then you must recognize the facts associated with the overconsumption of the drug.

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Cannabis Addiction Needs to be Treated Seriously

Cannabis is a plant normally found in the cold regions. The plant has leaves which contain a high level of drug content which is removed by workers and then a small brownish-black thick pulp (which is almost like fresh gum from a tree) is what is called “Hashish”. Hashish gives a person a feeling of being happy and hence many youngsters turn to it to stay away from tension and other worries. The pulp resin is normally taken in the form of smoke and youngsters normally inhale the smoke or intake the smoke by mixing small bits of the resin with tobacco and then roll it to look like a cigarette and then light it and inhale the smoke, many people do not roll it but just keep the mixture of hashish and tobacco on a piece of paper and burn it and just inhale the smoke.

Hashish is not legal in many countries and is prohibited to be carried in any public places or even smoke it, however, in the Netherlands though cannabis is illegal there is no rule in their book of law which states any punishment for the intake. If one is found carrying it he/she need not be penalized here. Since the drug is illegal it is very costly and each resin of the cannabis may be used by at least five people, the youngsters are the ones who easily get addicted to such drugs as a result they spoil their health.

The addiction of cannabis is very harmful to the human biological structure as the smoke which is inhaled is mixed with the blood and in time causes damage to the brain which makes the person remain in a state of trauma. When a person is addicted to cannabis then there is always a greed for the smoke released and this greed may be capable of harrowing the inhaler to such an extent that depression seeps in and the smoker may become suicidal.

There are many people and various organizations who protest against the cannabis plant and many other drug generating plants as they are just wasting human life as these drugs make addicts out of ordinary people and thus bring on the onset of a dreary future.

Hypnosis which is a very detailed subject matter and it has been noted that the use of hypnotherapy effectively can help resolve the issue of the addiction of cannabis. But many people find it really offending when some one asks those questions and tames their mind to quit the addiction. Since the use of hashish is illegal many also have the threat that they would be penalized by the law. However there is still room for such people who want to quit but at the same time do not wish to disclose their addiction. For them there is a beautiful option wherein they can keep their secret and at the same time to quit the addiction. There are hypnosis MP3′s available on the Internet that can be used to it’s full potential to help you kick the drug addiction.

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Osteoporosis – Cannabis Compound Hardens Bone

Another research paper has just been published that shows how plant based compounds can help to contain the brittle bone disease, osteoporosis. Scientists at the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, UK have discovered how a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis, cannabidiol helps to maintain bone strength.

The endocannabinoid system is a group of cell receptors that are activated by a group of endogenous lipids as well as compounds derived from the cannabis plant. The cannabinoid receptors are involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite control, pain, memory and mood. Recent research has shown that the endocannabinoid system also has a strong influence on bone metabolism, as the receptors are well represented on osteoclasts – cells whose principal function is to resorb (thin out) bone.

Bone is an active, living tissue that is being continuously formed, remodeled and shaped in response to both physical and physiological needs of the body. Bone matrix consists primarily of the macronutrients calcium, magnesium and phosphate and is the material that makes up both the dense parts of the bone and the bone marrow framework. Many people still believe that if one eats foods rich in these minerals then they will avoid developing osteoporosis. Epidemiological and other evidence suggests that this is not necessarily the case.

When it comes to bone health and disease the integrated processes that control the formation and resorption bone are just as important as the availability of calcium, magnesium and phosphate.

The formation and resorbtion of bone matrix is controlled by two main cell types:

1) Osteoblasts are bone cells that are responsible for the formation of bone matrix
2) Osteoclasts are modified white blood cells responsible for the resorption of bone tissue.

These two cell types are controlled by a complex set of signaling hormones, proteins and cell receptors that respond to the ever-changing demands on bone tissue and other physiological processes. If there are too many osteoclasts, or if these cells become overactive, they will resorb more matrix than the osteoblasts can produce. A predominance of osteoclast activity results in the bone becoming less dense – the principal characteristic of the clinical condition known as osteoporosis.

The Aberdeen researchers have discovered that cannabidiol binds to a specific cannabinoid receptor on the bone-resorbing osteoblast cells. By so doing it inhibits these cells from resorbing the bone matrix – thereby helping to prevent further weakening of the bones.

This is not the first time that plant compounds have been shown to influence bone metabolism in favour of stronger bones. In January 2009 researchers at Oklahoma State University in the USA found that, even in the presence of oxidative stress and systemic inflammation, polyphenols derived from plums inhibit the action of the bone-softening osteoclasts but enhance the generation and activity of bone-building osteoblasts.

For those who hope that smoking pot will help to strengthen their bones, they do so in vain. Although wild cannabis contains up to 40% cannabidiol, cultivated varieties contain very little of this compound. The important point arising from this research, in my opinion, is that it shows how vital plant compounds are in the prevention of chronic degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis. There are bound to be many other phytonutrients in other food plants that have a positive influence on bone metabolism – they just have not been “discovered” yet.

While we wait for that research to be carried out, it is important to eat (not smoke) a wide range of vegetables, fruit and spices to ensure an adequate intake of a host of beneficial phytonutrients.

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What Is Cannabis Doing To Your Mental Health?

While there is little doubt that it’s dangerous to use cannabis and then drive a car or go to work, debate has raged for years over the health impact of cannabis, particularly mental health. So what does the science say?

Before we get into what the science and research says, it’s important to realise that cannabis is a widely used drug. In many countries it’s the most widely used illicit drug and this is the case in many parts of the world. In some areas its cultivation is allowed and it’s part of our culture. It seems to have become common place for politicians to admit to trying it at least once, to show that they’re more human!

But trying it and using it regularly are two different things, and it’s more frequent users who are putting themselves most at risk. Because there’s little doubt that the use of cannabis can be bad for mental health and can cause a wide range of issues.

Credible research has found cannabis use associated with issues such as:

Psychosis, hallucinations and delusions. Add confused thinking, disturbances in emotions and behaviour, and muffled speech to this list.
Schizophrenia, which is a specific psychotic illness that we’ve all heard about. There is evidence that cannabis can cause schizophrenia in people who are already at risk of the illness. Most people who are at risk of schizophrenia aren’t aware they are, making a simple cannabis joint every now and then more of a risk than you might think.
It’s also commonly thought that cannabis use can cause depression, although there is no clear evidence of this. What the evidence does say is that people who use cannabis are more likely to be depressed than those who don’t, but the exact link is not known. It could simply be because of a common myth that cannabis helps make people happier, but the reverse can actually be true.
Cannabis users can also experience issues such as anxiety, panic attacks, lack of motivation, tiredness and difficulty concentrating.
Cannabis use is also one factor in suicides in young people.

So what does this evidence mean? Should you try cannabis? If you’re a regular user should you stop?

Like any drug – including legal drugs like alcohol and tobacco – there is a risk in the use of cannabis. You may use cannabis regularly all your life without an issue, but you might not be that lucky.

Perhaps the best advice is quite simple: if there’s a history of mental illness in your family, steer away from cannabis. With clear evidence that a cannabis user with a family history of mental illness is more likely to suffer mental health problems, it’s simply not worth taking the risk.

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Keeping Your Head When All Around You Are Losing Theirs – Positive Reasons to Quit Cannabis

Have you seen the film ‘Reefer Madness’?

‘Reefer Madness’ is an old black and white movie that was released in 1936. In reality it is nothing more than a propaganda vehicle that drives home the message cannabis leads to insanity, aggressive behaviour and sexual deviancy. Owing to its ridiculous and hysterical depiction the movie has since become a cult classic for all the wrong reasons. So much so that it is the butt of sniggers and giggles the world over. I might add the effects of inhaling cannabis are innocent of causing the laughter on this occasion. The film’s embellished message comically attempts to scare its audience with as much subtlety as a machete-wielding psychopath! Rather than persuading viewers to avoid cannabis it provides point-scoring ammunition (even after 70+ years) for the pro-campaigners cause instead.

Frankly, the illicit ingredient within your joint, bong or space-cake does not feature highly on the list of dangerous drugs. But whether you are concerned about your mental or physical health, the financial cost, the drudgery of living your life stoned or because you want to distance yourself from your current lifestyle, your reasons to quit are as credible as any. Reportedly, around 500 cannabis smokers in the UK seek out treatment every week. That statistic proves two important things: a) cannabis truly has the potential to ruin lives, and b) you are not alone in your desire to quit.

When cocaine and heroin addicts finally hit rock bottom they have all the reasons in the world to quit. With cannabis the decline is slow and barely observable. Its squeeze upon our lives is seemingly very gentle. So gentle in fact we get used to feeling sluggish and stoned and forget what it’s like to wake up in the mornings bursting with energy and vigour. Instead, listlessness, reddened eyes and drained skin tone become normal. Even when it becomes apparent we should at least consider stopping, the benefits always seem weighted in favour of continuing.

Such is the subtlety of cannabis most people have difficulty deciding if cannabis is their enemy or helpmate. The same drug it appears has the ability to soothe stressful situations and cause stressful situations by way of anxiety and paranoia. Likewise, cannabis appears to be a relaxant yet it’s not uncommon to experience introspective self-doubt and lack confidence in social situations.

It’s the subtlety of cannabis that also creates the confusion over whether we are simply in the habit of smoking too much or psychologically addicted to it. Whatever the truth of the situation is, it’s all too easy to trudge through your teens, twenties and thirties permanently stoned; yet feel terminally bored and deprived of fun and relaxation without it.

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Help The New Generation Out Of Cannabis Addiction

Human beings have several bad habits that affect them and their life. Cannabis addiction is an example of such a bad habit and the number of people affected is increasing day by day. If proper care is not taken in time, it will develop into serious health problems and there won’t be any way to come out of it once lost completely.

Cannabis addicts start the habit out of a fun. They start it out of curiosity and might be as a result of provocation by the friends. The result is that, they start practising it as a routine and find difficult to put a halt to it. When they can’t get it at their place when they want it, they will behave strangely and even become violent. This will be a disturbance to the people who are supposed to be with them.

Cannabis is a substance that is completely toxic. The health problems caused due to it can’t be neglected very easily. The long run effects are capable of taking him to the verge of death even. Slowly they are pulled into a state from where they won’t be able to come out.

The individuals addicted to cannabis generally changes into the features like that of a criminal. Their physical appearance and social behavior reminds that of a social disturbance. He is totally isolated from the society and he thus becomes someone hated by all. Thus he is isolated and this will fill in more evil thoughts in him.

He starts doing crimes when his demand for cannabis is not met. The symptoms that he shows will make others to keep away from him. He will be ready to do even the worst crime. He gets courage to do anything for getting his desires satisfied. His dreams changes and he fails to recognize the difference between right and wrong.

Cannabis addiction slowly changes to the addiction of still more dangerous drugs. When they fall into marijuana addiction, the condition alarms the danger of death. Marijuana addiction slowly makes him lose total control of his brain. He loses his intelligence and thus become good for nothing. And the worst situation is that he will become a mental patient if the situation persists.

It is possible to bring the addicts under the control of proper medicines. This can be done with the help of hypnosis. Hypnosis is capable of a revolution in their minds. When they listen to the CD and the mp3 with concentration, they will try to get rid of the bad habit. This can even invoke a feeling of hatred in the addicts towards these drugs.

Drug addiction is a serious problem affecting the new generation. They generate a youth that is not able to do anything under the addiction of drugs. Timely action is required to escape this situation. Otherwise, if it goes too late, it will reach a situation where you can’t do anything and this will put the entire nation’s wealth in danger.

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