Now as someone that has been a heavy smoker for over 7 years, I’ve regrettably, at times, pushed the limits of my consumption and therefore gotten a nice reminder of why this plant is so powerful. My daily routine at this time consisted of around 5 to 8 grams a day – varying between dabs, hash and the good old blunt.
The massive issue is at first it just seemed natural to up my consumption as my tolerance started to rise. My understanding was that I would have no choice but to up my consumption in order to still reap the benefits of weed in my day to day life – but oh was I wrong.
So as this carried on and evolved into an unhealthy level of consumption, things began to change and the world slowly became a mental reality instead of a physical one. Let’s take a look at my suggested 4 signs that you may be slipping into psychosis.
- Shadow members – Now to the common man or woman a shadow member simply means a hallucination. This is often a telltale sign that the psychosis is starting as you will be constantly thinking there is someone behind you or watching you.
- Emotional erraticness – Better known as the roller coaster effect or EEE. This is usually an early sign which is mainly represented through anxiety, paranoia and extreme personality flips.
- Twisted perception of reality – Now this is not something that just happens. It slowly begins to set in and is often accompanied by a flush of anxiety whenever you are faced with a reality based scenario and something that isn’t a fabrication of your imagination.
- Extreme paranoia – This is awfully obvious, as the mild effects can be felt by a non-regular smoker, so imagine you are a heavy smoker. Its feel likes that horror music is playing in the background, but you’re not being chased by anything.
These were my telling signs during my days of extreme cannabis consumption. So be aware and make sure to take a break from cannabis if these things start to happen to you. Most importantly, make sure to use cannabis as a way to heal yourself – not harm yourself.
Peace, love and success
– Billy Bong