can weed cause depersonalization

Can Weed Cause Depersonalization?

Yes, weed can trigger Depersonalization Disorder. It usually happens as a result of a bad experience on weed, which can be very frightening and even traumatic. Symptoms include feeling like you 'still feel high' or 'can't come down' after the effects should have worn off. 

As the legalization of weed continues and stronger strains become available, Depersonalization from weed is becoming extremely common. Depersonalization (DP) can also be triggered by other drugs like Ketamine, magic mushrooms, MDMA and LSD, although weed-induced Depersonalization is by far the most common.

It's most common for teenagers and young adults, between the ages of 12 and 28. It often happens if while on the weed you experience:

  • A bad mental and physical reaction
  • Frightening thoughts like hallucinations and fear of 'going crazy'
  • Intense paranoia
  • A panic attack.

If you've had a particularly bad experience like this while on weed, Depersonalization can often be the result.

Cut Off From Reality

Your brain thinks it's going through trauma, and turns on feelings of Depersonalization to cope with it.

Depersonalization is a feeling of being removed from your own body and mind, that you're cut off from reality. Your brain uses it as a defense mechanism to get you through traumatic experiences.

It's an extremely common reaction to trauma and almost everybody experiences it at some point in their life. It could be due to abuse, stress, a car accident, a house fire, getting mugged, whatever.

And for most people it lasts only a few minutes, until they're out of danger.

Then it naturally fades away, which is what it's supposed to do. It's perfectly natural!

Depersonalization from weed

'Why Do I Still Feel High The Next Day?'

A bad experience on weed (or any other drug) can be extremely intense, lengthy and feel very traumatic. So your brain uses Depersonalization as a defense mechanism to cope with the fear. It makes you feel lightheaded, cut off from reality.

Initially, this is often described in simple terms like 'my brain feels weird after smoking weed'. But this can become much more frightening, especially if it lasts even after the drug should have worn off.

It's as if you still feel high and can't come down.

It can also feel like a weed hangover that's not going away. Maybe you're still feeling weird days after an edible.

The weed should be out of your system, right? But you're still feeling high all the time, even when you're not on any drugs.

You don't quite feel 'real', you're worried that you're 'going crazy'. This causes intense anxiety, which makes the Depersonalization worse.

The DP isn't allowed to fade away after the trauma itself is over, which is what it's supposed to do. The anxiety and Depersonalization become a feedback loop which can go on for days, weeks and longer.

This can result in asking yourself scary questions like, "Why do I always feel high when I'm not smoking weed?" or "What does it mean when you feel high but you're not high?"

Incredibly Frightening

The feelings of Depersonalization can be very frightening. But it's very important to remember that it's just your brain’s reaction to the perceived trauma of the bad drug experience.

You never hear of people who have a good drug experience and end up with Depersonalization, right? It’s always folks who have had a horrible time and then can’t seem to pull themselves back into reality once the drug has worn off.

Depersonalization from weed or any other drug can be incredibly frightening, because people are scared that they have somehow ‘broken’ or ‘changed’ their brain with the drug. The worry that you're now feeling high all the time and can't come down is particularly scary.

Depersonalization Disorder resulting from trauma / violence / panic attacks are scary, but the feelings of guilt and regret from drug-induced Depersonalization can be almost overwhelming.

Depersonalization from weed

Depersonalization Disorder Is Not Permanent

But this is very important: You haven't done any permanent damage to your brain.

There is nothing in the weed that caused you to become 'permanently high' or 'go insane' or anything remotely like that.

"But why do I still feel high when I don't do drugs?"

Because you just had a bad drug experience, your brain perceived it as trauma, and so it turned on the feelings of Depersonalization to protect you. You might feel unreal, like you're living in a dream, like you're high all the time -- but that's just your brain's way of helping you to cope with a really scary experience.

I know it feels weird but these are the exact same feelings that anyone who goes through a traumatic event will experience.

And the good news is that Depersonalization Disorder is not permanent.

It's a defence mechanism of the brain that's meant to last only a few minutes. It's perfectly natural. It doesn't matter if you got it from stress, a panic attack, or if it's Depersonalization caused by weed, LSD or any other drug.

The condition is always the same and you can always recover from it!


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