Not everyone gets into a “fog” after smoking marijuana. But it does happen.  Some people have reported having a sort of “out  of body” experience shortly after smoking marijuana, and it does not always happen and it certainly does not happen often to the same people you might be smoking with at the time. This fogginess seems isolated, and at times the user can make some wild claim that the weed was tainted or somehow impacted by some other chemical or additive that caused this detached and confused sensation.    This experience is caused by marijuana depersonalization.

That belief seems to turn into something else entirely when it is found by the user that other users of the same marijuana were not experiencing the same sensations of mental fog or detachment. Suddenly, the user now starts believing there is something wrong with him or her and wonders if some serious adverse effect has been executed on the brain (maybe the “killing brain cells” idea).

Marijuana Depersonalization Explained

Psychiatrists and other professionals tend to call this effect “depersonalization,” which is defined as the act of losing self-awareness or  the sense of the reality that is around – thus the feeling of detachment from the world. While on the one hand, it can be a relief to know that marijuana is not necessarily the cause of this – if it were, many more people would experience it after smoking marijuana – on the other hand, marijuana can be a trigger or catalyst for the sensation, which is actually contained within a person.

This depersonalization may be linked to a “reactive” or “addictive” personality, in which a person may react more strongly (in a positive or negative way) to various outside influences, such as medication, bright lights, sugar, caffeine, or even a lack of sleep.

This fog and detachment can lead to more anxiety when it lingers for a period of time, and that could then lead to a fatigued mind, which may exacerbate the problem. When in this condition, some of us may want a quick fix since very few like the sense of a lack of control that they feel when in this state of marijuana depersonalization.

Can I Cure Marijuana Depersonalization?

There is a process to overcome this marijuana depersonalization, but it involves more than one step and thus will take time and patience in accordance. However, if the process is followed strictly without deviation, relief can come and be permanent.

The first step is a form of mental behavior modification. If you can get back to a process of thinking productively and thus calming an extra-active mind to be more focused and less anxious, that will go a long way toward beating the fogginess. It’s about making sure you understand where your intense reactions are, what triggers them and the underlying source of these issues and taking the steps to move past those triggers.

The second step involves knowing the right kinds of foods – many of whom already exist in your house – to regulate the production of seratonin and balancing of blood sugar that can bring your body and mind in proper harmony and balance, which will help prevent future episodes of depersonalization with whatever stimulus is used.

But of course, if you find marijuana is a trigger for this, just taking these two steps alone won’t do the job. To keep the gun from firing, you have to take your finger off the trigger.

    2 replies to "Marijuana Depersonalization"

    • Barbie


    • Luciano

      I smoked a ton of marijuana back on February 24th, 1978. It left me in a state of derealization. I’ve had it 24/7 ever since, almost 40 years. I’ve done everything that exists to rid myself of it, but found that the only thing that helps is to just ignore it. It’s never gone away, but at least it does not occupy my mind all the time. I’m able to live my life for the most part, although living in a dream wouldn’t necessarily be called living normally.

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