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Feelind disconnected with myself, days after smoking MARIJUANA.

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Two nights ago I got high by smoking marijuana. The high went away after 2-3 hours as normal. The day after smoking as well as today, when I ate a meal, I felt disconnected with the world. It felt like I was high again, but it was different and less intense - I wasn't giggily, I just felt like I wasn't connected with myself. I hope I'm explaining ok.

I assumed it wasn't a big deal but then like I said it happened again today. I'm able to converse ok and I'm fully responsive, I just feel foggy when I eat. 

Is this normal/is it even related to the weed? Should I be worried? I've been smoking for about a year but not very frequently, at most once or twice a month.

The weed wasn't spiked because I smoked recently from the same batch and this didn't happen. It's never happened before.

Thanks for any advice.

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Thanks for using for posting your query.
I have gone through your question in detail and I can understand what you are going through.
Well, the phenomenon that you are experiencing is called episodic de-realization and it does happen with marijauna. Infact patients have even reported such episodes months after they had their last smoke. So there is nothing much to worry and there is no medical cure. It will wean off by itself and such episodes are commonly reported for initial 7-10 days after taking marijuana.
However, try to refrain from taking weed further as it may not suit you and you may even go on to develop full blown psychiatric illness.
Hope this was helpful. If you have any further query, I would be glad to help you. Wish you good health.
Kind regards,
Dr. Srikanth Reddy MD.

Patient replied :

Thank you so much for the information; it makes me feel much better that it should go away in a few days.
I just have a couple follow-up questions. Do you have any theories as to why it happens when I'm eating specifically?
Is there a strong likelihood of developing "full blown psychiatric illness" if I continue smoking/what kinds of illness can develop?
Lastly, is episodic de-realization as you diagnosed similar to depersonalization? My friend gets depersonalization and I'm just wondering if they're related.
Thanks again, I really appreciate the help.

Well, its difficult to explain why it is occuring only when you eat. It could be a coincidence as well. When I say full blown psychiatric illness, it can be either depression or an anxiety disorder or even schizophrenia. Derealization is a bit different from depersonalization but both are disorders of experience. They are very much similar in many aspects. Life would be certainly better without the weed!

Dr. Srikanth Reddy
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Doctor of Medicine (MD), Psychiatry Residency Program,2001 – 2012
M.B.B.S,Mahatma Gandhi Institute Of Medical Sciences, Sevagram

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Sexology,Medikon Sexual Sciences, Mumbai

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Child Psychiatry Training in National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences, Bangalore

Sex Therapy and Counsellingat MEDIKON Sexual Sciences, Mumbai.
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