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Posted by: Hans | 2010/07/28

Dagga Addict

What would normally be the result of many years of daily dagga smoking ( about four to six joints ) combined with two to three beers as well as two to three glasses of wine per night. This person ( female ) is also on an anti depressant and has been for the last ten years.
I would like to know the usual effect of this regime on an average person? as well as the usual effect this would have on a family?

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Ruby is right, here. Daily dagga smoking is just not good for the brain - and its as bad or worse than cigarette smoking, for the lungs. If she really feels she needs that much wine every day, she also has an alcohol problem.
It is pointless her taking an antidepressant ( if she is indeed depressed ) if she is taking this much alcohol ( always a brain depressant ) and dagga. Its just a waste of money.
I wonder if she has been treated these 10 years by a GP, when she should be seen for a full assesment by a proper, expert, psychiatrist, with whom she must be entirely frank about her drug and alcohol intake, and discuss both what her underlying diagnosis might be, and what are the best treatment options

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Posted by: Hans | 2010/07/29

Many thanks. In your oppinion, could this habit lead to her becoming more confrontational and angry and or emotional in the evenings. Her marriage has broken up, and she cannot see the connection between her husband wanting to leave her, and her addiction.

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Posted by: Ruby | 2010/07/29

Well, both dagga and alcohol are nervous system depressants - so they are actually making her depression worse, and mayeven be the cause of her depression! Also, she may be an alcoholic, if she needs to drink every day. Thi si damaging her brain and can lead to short term meory loss, as can the dagga. Further, constant use of dagga can sometimes lead to a condition known as marijuana-induced psychosis. She may also be psychologically addicted to the dagga.
What''s more dagga smoking can cause lung cancer, affect fertlity levels, and generally is not healthy for your body. Alcohol abuse damages your liver, can lead to cancer and cirrhosis of the liver.
Sounds like your friend needs ot get help - soon.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010/07/29

Ruby is right, here. Daily dagga smoking is just not good for the brain - and its as bad or worse than cigarette smoking, for the lungs. If she really feels she needs that much wine every day, she also has an alcohol problem.
It is pointless her taking an antidepressant ( if she is indeed depressed ) if she is taking this much alcohol ( always a brain depressant ) and dagga. Its just a waste of money.
I wonder if she has been treated these 10 years by a GP, when she should be seen for a full assesment by a proper, expert, psychiatrist, with whom she must be entirely frank about her drug and alcohol intake, and discuss both what her underlying diagnosis might be, and what are the best treatment options

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