Our expert says:
Dagga ( cannabis ) isn't good for the brain, though those who regularly use it insist it causes no problems, and the lawmakers and police greatly exaggerate its dangers to similarly justify their own actions. One problem with the law as it stands, especially when clumsily and selectively applied as in the case you describe, is that it can make the young used feel a rejected outsider, more likely to cling to the use of the drug to reduce those unpleasant feelings.
And then of course, as you also describe, people often self-medicate with cannabis or alcohol or similar chemicals, when they are suffering from a disorder that needs proper treatment, like social anxiety disorder or depression. Yes indeed, like alcohol, cannabis often makes such a person feel a bit more comfortable in company, a bit more confident, and thus a temptation to use.
The combination of Cipralex ( or any other antidepressant, which on their own may indeed help social anxiety, though adding Cognitive-behaviour Therapy / CBT is also strongly adviseable ) with cannabis is untested in research, but unlikely to be helpful. We do know that combining such antidepressants with alcohol reduces their benefits, and increases some side-effects.
At least he is prepared to accept the expert help, which is a good sign, even if he is so far choosing to continue using the one substance he presumably knows from experience gives him some help and relief.
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