I have heard the siren song of alcohol and marijuana. Craved the quieting of my thoughts, the slowing down. Prescribed medications do help immensely, but I still understand and am wary of alcohol&#…
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18 responses to “Siren Song”

  1. I wrote you a response to your comment, but it didn’t post. We both have heard the siren call of alcohol ourselves. It’s written in our genetic code. We both have lost loved ones to alcohol. My father’s alcohol related dementia brought about the loss of his mental faculties and memory. I miss his healthier brain. I miss being able to carry on a conversation with him.

  2. I’ve heard that siren song as well, and it was very loud!
    But I was fortunate in having no choice but to give up alcohol due to the MAOI. As if that wasn’t enough, having two close relatives due from alcoholism within two years of one another convinced me that alcohol has no place in my life.
    As for cannabis, I’m in 100% favor of others using it responsibly. I’m not sure where I stand with it for my own use. It has helped me with nausea before I started taking my MAOI.
    I’m very glad that pot was there for you when you needed it to slow down your thoughts!

  3. Yep. The law is outdated. My partner has insomnia and hates the way ambian and other sleep meds make him feel. He tried an CBN tincture which has very little sativa in it and he sleeps well and with no after-effects. I suspect that the laws will change soon…

  4. Thanks, Robert! Difficult for USA research due to federal restrictions, as marijuana was classified as Schedule 1 drug under Controlled Substances Act of 1970. From Wikipedia:
    “The use, sale, and possession of all forms of cannabis in the United States is illegal under federal law.[1] As a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970, cannabis (legal term marijuana) is considered to have “no accepted medical use” and have a high potential for abuse and physical and/or emotional dependence.[2] Cannabis use is illegal for any reason, with the exception of FDA-approved research programs.[3] However, states have created exemptions for various uses, mainly medical and for industrial use.[4][5]”

  5. I see your point…I think this is a better source. This is the UK site on Sativex. It’s primary use if in treating spasticity due to multiple sclerosis. There is a mention of a rule out for Sativex for people with mental health problems with the exception of depression.

  6. Unfortunately, an SF Gate article is not exactly a peer reviewed medical journal article. We do need more medical research. Plus, as you no doubt know, medication is individual and trial and error at the present. Look forward to the day when trial and error medicating is a thing of the past.

  7. Got it. At this point the different cannabanoids are better understood…it turns out that cannabis high in sativa has some indications for treating depression.

  8. I’m not informed. I was told by my physician when I was twenty to stop smoking it because it is a central nervous system depressant and I was depressed.

  9. Then you know! Are there indications for cannabis in the treatment bi-polar illness? That would be an interesting topic.
    I know that it is in use for the treatment of PTSD. There is a pharmaceutical version called Sativex on the market in several nations.

  10. I live in CA, too.

  11. I’m lucky to live in a State where docs can prescribe it…

  12. Yes. Without a doubt, it does have therapeutic purposes.

  13. I was going to say that for some people with attention deficit problems and dissociative disorders Sativa has the benefit of improving concentration. But it must be supervised…Thanks for the followup Kitt.

  14. As long as use is supervised by a legitimate physician familiar with its effects, I believe that cannabis can be therapeutic. But, self-medicating is a whole other matter.

  15. So sorry that you had that experience growing up. Truly hard on families, especially children.

  16. From what I’ve seen, it’s a constant struggle. So glad you can express these thoughts here instead of struggling alone. You’re strong enough for this.

  17. I certainly agree with you that etoh and cannabis are not easy on people with bi-polar illness. I have never had a taste for alcohol and hate any drug that dulls my senses.

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