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  1. THC actually binds to CB2 receptors not CB1
    As for causation of mental health issues, well it majorly depends on the individual person & the genotype of cannabis – for example a Sativa strain (well known to give an uplifting energy high) will actually exacerbate pre-existing mental health issues, whereas an Indica strain (known for their sedative effects)
    Actually calms mental health issues
    Our endocannabinoid system actually requires exogenous cannabinoids in order to function 💯

  2. As a therapist I love your channel.  I have a question, not on marijuana, but what your thoughts are on psilocybin, how it effects the brain and the research starting to come out for its practical use in therapy for trauma and end of life patients.  Keep up the great videos.  They are a joy to watch.

  3. I know someone who has schizophrenia and has had psychotic episodes after smoking regular marijuana high thc. My friend currently vapes pure cbd oil but wants to try the cbd marijuana flower, My friend wants to try the flower since their is only 0.3 of thc. He’s scared he’ll have the psychotic episodes. I want to give him the best advice and not tell him anything wrong because I admire our friendship.

  4. Hi Dr. Marks! I have just discovered your videos… really a great help to learn more about psihosys! What can diferentiate a marijuana induced psihosys/ schizoaffective/ bipolar disorder vs a marijuana triggered ilness based on a genetic predisposition? I have a dear one, brilliant but now struggling… we do not have any genetic factor in the family but he is diagnosed now with schizoaffective disorder (first diagnose in his episode last year was bipolar disorder). Doctors are saying that marijuana usage cannot cause on its own this illness… How long can the symptoms be present and being under antipsihotic medication after stopping smoking marijuana? Thank you so much.

  5. It's very interesting that marijuana can have negative effects on one's memory. One of the most intense effects edibles have on me is getting comforting flashbacks from my past. Walking down memory lane, basically. Recalling people, places, feelings and almost even smells from pleasant points of my life.

  6. Thank you for this. In my town there is a cavalier attitude about pot that I find a bit disturbing. People desire a way to get high that causes no harm. Pot has long been accepted as the drug that fits that bill. THC levels today are higher than when I was a kid, and I don't think we thoroughly appreciate the effects of that. There is also the question regarding the other hundreds of chemicals in the plant. What are they and how do they affect the human body, especially one that is still maturing?

    I am so glad you bring your knowledge to us in this format. You do a wonderful job of making sense of things.

  7. At last someone with intelligence and gets it.i have dp/Dr due to breathing in second hand weed smoke thanks to my neighbour,I've had people who are pro weed tell me I am talking crap about what has happened to me but it's the truth

  8. If you indulge in thc cannibas a couple times a month can it decrease your intelligence? Also I read something from a study that they believe CBD may protect the brain from damages done by thc,, so if one was to use CBD oil sublingually a half hour before they used thc cannibas could one reek the benefits of thc without risking brain issues?

  9. With my hypochondria I realized any substance producing 'high' effect was a no no, because I could very easily talk myself into bad trips, but on the other hand I felt very relaxed after smoking. When I'm really stressed out nowadays, I got few weed strains that can help me out without giving me high, which are like ~1% thc and ~20% cbd, like "sweet pure CBD" or "charlottes angel" from my friends little plantation. They are cloned, so there is no % variations. Anything else, or "street weed" is a huge nope.

  10. Different tokes for different folks! Don’t forget to be mindful, educate yourself, know your limits and practice your cbt while you smoke that cbd. I’ve made that mistake in the past and I’m doing a lot better now. I bought weed from the government that was laced with angel dust due to my roommates lack of education on street names and that’s when I finally hit my breaking point. I’ve learned that when I eat edibles i overdo it, can’t function, or I black out and become aggressive so I’m staying away from those because the last thing I want to do is cause harm to others. You’re one of the few doctors I trust on here so thank you for always educating. It’s important for patients to know further knowledge outside of the treatment they are receiving inside of healthcare. I’ve been using oils lately which I’ve had no problem with.

    I have recently been diagnosed bipolar after years of fighting the system that I’m something else aside from bpd (not that I’m against bpd I just knew my issues were rooted primarily at the time from unjustifiable mood swings) I am still looking for the right medication for me but my primary causation of mood disorder stems from prolonged insomnia and poor eating habits which I’ve been fixing over the last few months and I’ve dropped 100 pounds. I didn’t start smoking it regularly until I was in my 20s so I don’t think it’s effected my iq, that’s just due to me not reading enough. I find marijuana has helped with my anxiety, chronic pain and insomnia now that I’m continuing to educate myself about physical health. I definitely still have remaining aggressive tendencies after overcoming alcohol, vyvanse and cigarette abuse but hopefully I’m back to my old self soon.

  11. Hi doctor please refer if CBd can use for bio polar I know that sativa marijuana made me feel good at start but I got fullblown mania episode ,what do u think about cbd as treatment ,?

  12. Fuck college and who wants a job anyways, sobriety makes a person more susceptible to going along with the status qou. Not to sound like a hippy but hey I mean, only our entire world was changed by the revolutionary ideas of the counter culture in the 60s. I honestly think that the best way to live is by getting high naturally, however that takes time and effort. Smoking Cannabis, drinking coffee, these things can be done while doing other things. So if I have a 10 hour work day doing something I hate, I'm not going to get off work and do yoga and go for a bike ride and read a book to stimulate my mind. I'm going to get high as fuck all day at work, come home and smoke more weed and then go for a bike ride and do yoga and read a book for the sake of doing those things, not just as tools of destressing. What a bizare concept I have here. but i do everything opposite, and I think my poor memory is a result of a lack of paying attention, but how much attention do we have to pay? Who is the attention collecter, where is our attention debt? Pay attention they say, bah I will save my attention, put it in the bank of attention and rack up interest on my attention, and maybe then I will finally have something interesting to pay my attention to.

  13. I am on Zoloft for anxiety and depression. Mainly anxiety. I take a very low dose, like 50mg/day. I take such a low dose so I can smoke weed or have a drink. Zoloft help me feel well balanced. Like steady state. So the weed just makes me high with loads of creatively. In not blunted. I love this combo for me. I'm not a heavy smoker. A 1 gram joint can last me from 5-7 days. I love it!

  14. Dr. Marks thank you for the information about this "drug" that so many people use. I still call it a drug because it alters a person's state of mind. I have a neighbor that smokes the stuff practically every day plus drinks copious amounts of wine. Tried speaking to her and she breaks out in this laugh that sends chills up my spine. She has hung numerous security cameras and lights all around her apartment. She cries to the management that someone is sabotaging her vehicle because she had a flat tire and says she has water in her gas tank. My other neighbor won't talk to her because she fights with them and enjoys pushing her weight around and then blames them for not doing things her way. In addition, she cries that the same neighbor (their a married man and wife) won't invite her over for dinner and the wife won't get close to her. They're great neighbors and people: they mind they're own business and I respect that about them. The apartment management supports her wholly and can't see her manipulation(?) is that what you call would call it. What is your opinion about this woman? Thank you again and I look forward to listening to more of your videos. Cheers.

  15. Could you do a video and some research on cbd oil? I recently started cbd in place of my antipsychotic and so far it's working but it's hard to find professionals well versed in cbd for antipsychotic treatment. I was on invega previously sustenna. And am 2 weeks out from my last appointment for a shot usually I get bad a week before my shot but it's gotten harder the past 4 months with symptoms returning. The cbd has really helped I'd just like more professional advice on the topic after you do some asking around or research

  16. Medically prescribed Cannabis has allowed me to build up a better tolerance for pain from my Behcets Disease and it stops my nausea, vomiting and pancreatic symptoms, I sleep better too. And feel more relaxed and less anxious about living with a chronic illness. My skin and allergies are a lot better on it. Taking cannabis means I don't have to take morphine and Opiate use is minimal. However, the negative effects are that it can make you lay and less active so I only use a little in the evening. If I had to I could stop Opiate use altogether and edible cannabis is actually more powerful but I wouldn't function well. When tackling my pain and keeping my mind healthy I find a small dose of a combination of meds means I'm healthier than a massive dose of one substance. I also have diabetes Insipidus and need a drug to help nocturnal peeing. So I take Nortriptyline , Pregabelin, low dose Fentanyl, Cyclizine, occasionally ibuprofen and Desmopressin and prednisone. All minimal doses only once daily. That's possible because cannabis is so effective. When I've had phantom limb pain opiates are hopeless for median nerve severance but can abis works. I prefer not smoking and swallowing a fixed dose but it's hard to regulate the amou ts and effects.

  17. After losing my mom 5 months ago, I am just beginning to realize I have borderline personality disorder. Also, my mom clearly had it, as does my sister and possibly my father, as well, with some narcissism. I am the kind of person who turns her anger inward and buries her pain, especially since my favorite person, Mom, has left the earth. For now, I am alone in my pursuit of healing from BPD. As I scour the internet for all info on the disorder, I have been digging deeper into how I ultimately got here. Without a therapist, marijuana has the effect of stimulating my thought process, helping me to explore things on a deeper level. Of course, once the effect wears off, I realize that some of my thoughts were exaggerated because of the drug, but there were also clues left behind about underlying motivations and perceptions, which later prompted more thought. I have only been using it for a year, but it's been long enough to learn that there are so many different strains of marijuana in existence (and more being bred every day), that there is likely a perfect one out there for anyone interested in seeking its benefits. That said, be in a calm state before partaking, as thc also has the effect of intensifying your current mood. If you're already feeling angry or agitated, weed will likely intensify your woes. But if you start from a place of purpose, whether it's personal exploration, sexual or intimacy enhancement, appetite stimulation, sleep or simply to enjoy a movie or time with friends, you'll have a better experience. Start small and slowly discover your tolerance level. I would be interested in finding a therapist who is comfortable doing an occasional session with patients using thc, to see how it really enhances that process, if it indeed does.

    Also, this is my first time commenting on any of these videos, and I'd really like to express my gratitude to everyone who shares these kinds of videos, from personal survivors to medical professionals. This platform is priceless for those who need help, but have little to no access. Thank you so very much, for taking the time to record and post your valuable insight!

  18. How does someone know if they are "already prone to developing psychosis?" There's no way that I, or any other young person who experiments with drugs think, "Oh hey, I may be prone to psychosis. I probably shouldn't hit this blunt." My point is that if marijuana can trigger psychosis then it should be stated absolutely. I get this weird inkling that their is a huge push for legalization and some doctors are behind it. Therefore, they have to state that marijuana does not equal causation but of course, their is correlation. Am I wrong? Can you further expand?

  19. I no longer smoke weed or can because I have pyschosis. It's crazy because I'm rediculously sensitive to the smoke. But I'm learning more and more about cbd to treat migraines. Great video!! Very informative

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