Guest Post: How Marijuana Benefits Schizophrenia

The below is a post from a Facebook friend about the benefits of pot on schizophrenia. I’m posting his thoughts unedited:


When people look at schizoeffective, they don’t understand much about it, other than a mental illness; for the more ignorant, crazy. When those who have an understanding look at it, they see the combination of bipolar and schizophrenia. Some of those people are doctors, nurses, therapists and other medical professionals who are actually trying to help, but most of them, not so much. I have been on so many different medications, some of which I can’t even remember the name. The medications would only have an effect on me for so long and it would have to be changed to something else, that would either be worse for me or back to something that had the same effect to cause the change. In result of trying to “cure” or “suppress” the illnesses; it was taking a physical toll on my body. It has actually been a few months, since I’ve had a refill on my medications.

Schizoeffective is not just about the mood swings and sudden change of emotions that causes irrational thoughts, but also the changes of perception. When someone sees something in particular as a painting, they can see multiple things, some of those things bringing emotion, thoughts, and reminders of other things. When some who has schizoeffective looks at the painting, they see it, but at the same time, they’re no actually seeing it. When the eyes make contact with the painting, they see it just for a brief moment. Because what they just saw, rushed a lot of thoughts and reminders, but at a different rate than someone different. Why is that? When the painting is perceived with the eyes, the perception is then shifted into the mind, but the awareness of reality is still there. So, the processing of thoughts has gained most of the attention of the individual. Some thoughts in particular of past or future will begin to dwell within the mind and ego. It’s easy to say that we don’t live much in the present. But this sort of thing is usually based on highly functional individuals who are diagnosed with schizoeffective; such as myself.

Some of us don’t liked to be gossiped about when it comes to our problems. Not many people do. Some of us just want to be left alone and isolated; and will develop a social basis on our own time. Not all of us get along with one or another, some even most people. It’s hard to trust others, when you know you can only trust yourself, but there are those select few that can be relied on, even at crucial times. Sarcasm doesn’t mix too well with our socialization, because we don’t understand if that’s what someone who is being sarcastic actually thinks of someone or something, or if they are actually being serious (like internet, without tone of voice or physical expressions), or something that they may have heard from others. There are or could be many reasons and possibilities that surfs through the thought process. We tend to over think a lot of things; some times those thoughts are influenced from voices we can’t call our own. Some times the influence from the unknown is dead on about a few things, which is why it is still taken into count, but not always acknowledged.

I wanted to share that bit with you, to give you a much better understanding from someone who experiences with it every day and night. This is not always the case with other. Now for the benefits from Marijuana.

When I get really upset, angry or just over-thinking a lot, I take a tiny pinch of weed, put it into a bowl and smoke it. It’s small enough for 2-3-4 hits at the most when I am smoking on my own. Practically, that is all I need. How it helps me, is it puts me in complete control of my thoughts and emotions. I am able to relax my mind from the chaos of the process and begin to perceive in the present; in the moment. I try to keep my tolerance at a certain level, but smoking so little, because I don’t want to be baked out of my mind and drain my supply in a short time to lose myself and become the highest I can be. Most people who smoke Marijuana smoke way too much in just 1 day. I can make a Quarter bag (7 Grams), last me about 30 days; and that is with smoking at least once to 3 times a day. I try to conserve the best I can with what I have, because it’s not cheap and it’s not easy to come by in my area. When the effect begins to hit, I am immediately aware of it influencing my mind and body. The perception changes from problem to present. The thought process becomes very calm, directive and more under control. The voices that aren’t my own become tuned out, because I am more aware of how mine sounds. Sometimes they are still there, but it’s not something that can’t be ignored like any other voice. They are much less overwhelming. Even though they are still there at times, there is always that truth that my own voice can be focused upon and head at all times over the others. I am more in a calm and rational state of mind, which then brings about positive influence for others. I can be care-free about things that would normally set me off. I can also be much more productive in activities, socialization, studies and research of things I’ve found interesting or wanted to learn. So, with all of this said, there is always one ultimate truth that comes with this. When I smoke Marijuana, my perception changes, but it always changes to the same thing, instead of something else, then another or a combination. It is something familiar and it is something comforting and relaxing.

I feel I can’t express everything and share all the knowledge about this, because I am still learning. At every age, we are always still learning. I hope this has brought a much better understanding to say the least and has a more positive outlook on the mixtures of Schizoeffective and possibly other Mental Illnesses with Marijuana.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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