Marijuana and OCD/OCPD

Discussion in 'Medicinal Marijuana' started by cinnamon, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. cinnamon

    cinnamon New Member

    Marijuana, like any herb or, in this case, "drug," has medicinal purposes. Whether those medicinal purposes are right for you, individually, depends upon a huge number of individual and health factors. Marijuana is not for everyone, and marijuana was not put on the planet simply to use to get high, or use as a crutch with which to cop-out or drop-out from life.

    Marijuana has some incredible uses in various disorders and ailments. It should be used responsibly, sensibly, and if prescribed, by directions on the prescription. Smoking an excess of pot is not a good idea. Chronic use of excessive amounts of marijuana, especially by young people, teens, and young adults will not really help you cope with life and anxiety, but can rather be self-destructive and "mess-up" your ability to cope and remember, as well as creating other potentially self-destructive issues.

    In reviewing this website, I notice that a lot of the messages were written by teens or young adults who seem to be struggling or groping for answers to problems. For example, the use of marijuana in relation to OCD and OCPD appears to be confusing to some of you. It seems that the clarification between the two disorders also raises questions.

    OCD is a clinical type of disorder. A person with OCD experiences constant, repetitive, anxiety producing, and often fear and/or anger or guilt-producing thoughts that never shut off in the brain. These thoughts are agitating, disruptive, worrisome, unwanted, intrusive, and usually highly negative in content, but simply cannot be turned off or refocused onto something else. In order to help calm the chronic high-anxiety and even fear, OCD people are usually driven, without understanding why, to perform compulsive behaviors such as hand-washing rituals, multiple checking of doors, appliances, etc.

    OCD in some people does favorably respond to a very small amount of marijuana daily and often temporarily -- around 5-10 mg, or approximately 4-8 hits off a joint. Writing from personal experience, if a person responds favorably, it will be within almost seconds. Suddenly, the anxiety-ridden thoughts simply disappear, enabling the OCD person to focus on other things, think calmly and much more clearly and creatively, and actually get something accomplished in their lives without obsessive thoughts or compulsive actions. Others with OCD do not respond favorably, and their symptoms worsen. They may also get depressed or paranoid. Like all naturally occuring "drugs," marijuana isn't right for everyone. Even people with the same disorder or condition can have varying reactions. Most likely, a lot of the varying reactions have to do with differences in neuro-chemistry in the brain.

    OCPD, however, is not the same thing as OCD. Obessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is basically inherent within the personality and nature of individuals who are prone to perfectionism, orderliness, rigid kinds of structure, details, etc. People with OCPD are driven to keep control of their lives, their relationships, and keep everything functioning in the most "perfect" way possible -- the way they, individually, "see" (or perceive) perfect to be.

    People with this disorder often have a distorted thinking pattern which makes everything black or white, ie., wrong or right, good or bad, perfect or imperfect, saint or sinner, acceptable or unacceptable, etc. There is no room inbetween for gray shades or "good enough" thinking. Many OCPD people also tend to rate themselves not only upon how "perfect" they do things, but also rate self-worth on performance issues. If, for example, they achieved and performed well today, it was a good day. Self is acceptable. If they fell short of goals, things didn't come up to exact expectations, etc., it was a bad day -- self is unacceptable.

    OCPD is best addressed by educating oneself about the disorder and addressing the lies inherent within the distorted thinking patterns. For example, no one is perfect. People make mistakes. People fall short of their own expectations at times. People are human; people are not God. Worth is not based on performance, either.

    I suggest proper nutrition, food testing, addressing digestive issues, enough sleep, relaxation techniques, regular exercise, stress management applications, proper nutritional supplementation, a sound, Biblical spiritual program, and working with a good counselor or Christian counselor. A great book and workbook, both of which are titled, The Lies We Believe, by Dr. Chris Thurman, can be extremely helpful.

    Smoking pot to address (or cure) OCPD is not the answer. Many people with OCPD are some of the most talented, "with-it," creative, productive people on the planet. They simply need to learn how to relax a little and "tune-down" their rigid perfectionist and performance expectations a few notches. They need to learn how to accept themselves without always berating themselves (and others) for falling short of perfection.

    I am all for the legalization of medical marijuana and for the expansion of it's proper use for pain and varying mental and physical conditions. I also believe many could sincerely benefit from marijuana "medicine," provided, of course, it is right for the individual person in relation to their health or mental condition. It's never the best thing for anyone to abuse or mis-use a good thing. After all, many healing herbs have been used medicinally since ancient times, but not every healing herb is right for everybody. Marijuana is no different.

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