Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Off a dead-end dirt road, near a river, out of town, in the hills and trees
To the OP.
I had numerous clients in mh who self-medicated with cannabis, and as some have pointed out, it's not for everyone. For some, they perceived it as a cure, while in reality, -some- (not all) found themselves in repeated cycles of self-sabotage in work and relationships because of it.
Yet for others, it seemed to work, to one extent or another.
That said, each person's circumstances and metabolism/psyche have some unique variance, and little is truly known about why some medicines work for others, for some they don't work at all, and for others, the meds can make things worse... whether folk remedies or Rx drugs.
Add to that the vast lack of certainty in understanding the onset, causes, nature, etc., of many conditions that are categorized generally as 'mental illness.'
If you research cases purportedly misdiagnosed (??) loosely as 'chronic mental illness,' involving various forms or expressions of psychosis, you can find a niche group with what I believe is some validity to their observations. Stanislas Graff/Graf (spelling?) was one such person in that group..
I listened to a presentation at a conference in Oakland, back in the 1990's, by a Judith Miller (not the nationalist press stooge who fabricated and presented CIA-generated tripe re. WMDs during the Iraq invasion, via her 'articles' in the New York Times, but a different woman by the same name), who also referenced Aldous Huxley as a supporter of their theory/hypothesis.
Their 'group' believed that there are persons who exhibit symptoms easily misdiagnosed as chronic mental illness, that otherwise are more aptly attributed to phase of life, emotional growth obstacles that cause some of these symptoms. They claimed that the use of various strategies could take these persons through their hurdles and 'blockages,' and help them past the threshold of impasse, back into a 'functioning' life (yet another vague generality, in my opinion.. 'functioning life').
They stated in their research that those persons who were interviewed or involved in the study, who were among the group alleged to be misdiagnosed, stated that they had an experience of making their way through the process (I won't bore you with the somewhat common descriptions used for this process by the subjects in the research), but that the prescribed medicating/over-medicating with Rx psychotropic medications/anti-psychotic meds, caused them to feel pulled backward through this process, preventing them from exiting 'the other end of their struggle.'
A friend in under-grad school became markedly and actively psychotic, with delusions and hallucinations a-plenty, which was, in my opinion, wrongly attributed to some hallucinogens and coke. I had been involved in his life as a friend/acquaintance for some time, and knew of other factors in his life that were stressful, that may have gone unnoticed by those rendering their diagnosis with/in his case..
His psychotic episode was acute and pronounced, and lasted for most of a year or more.. I'll skip the more specific details of his expression of this condition.
He was initially diagnosed with a schizophreniform (sp?) disorder, and medicated. Over time he gradually removed himself from the Rx regimen the Docs had initially placed him on. He went on to be a well-regarded father, husband, and was a manager for a major information retrieval system, helping to provide reliable information to a fairly well-respected entity. Stress management was a huge part of his success, and he later commented on the necessity of this as a then-part of his life routine..
As another said, if cannabis seems to genuinely be working for your gf, then more power to her. If there's more going on than meets the eye, either now or later on, then I hope she's able to tell you these things in a way that you can act as a support for her when she needs it, and choose helpful paths in the event that cannabis ceases to benefit her.
The fact that cannabis has tens of active components also might have you/she question if it's cannabis in general that helps her, or if it's a specific strain or type of cannabis.
I'll refrain from elaborating further re. my time working in mh, or my general skepticism re. the mental health field. But I'd encourage you and your gf to put significant weight on your own perceptions/experiences/observations (both of you), and not handing 100% faith over to whom ever she's seeing in the mh field. There are many persons working within that field who are skilled, compassionate, thoughtful, and competent. There are many who should not be working in that field at all. And many in between.