I think you're missing one point, though. All marijuana will have high levels of THC in it compared to the stuff we used when I was a kid many eons ago. They've bred it that way, even the indica, so while it's lower in THC than some others, it's still way higher than the natural weed that used to grow wild and unmolested. The problem with generalizing about marijuana is the same problem generalizing about any substance -- different people react differently. You're describing studies done on pharmaceutically isolated parts of marijuana, meaning studies that led to the development, for example, of synthetic THC. The other problem with marijuana is it makes you stoned and keeps you stoned for a fair amount of time these days, again unlike the natural weed that is stronger in certain parts of the world but was naturally lower in all active compounds because it wasn't bred to be mostly flower tops and which had a fairly short high. So if you respond badly, it will take awhile for the high to pass. I can say from us anxiety sufferers, a different ailment, that for most of us marijuana makes us more anxious. The reason in my opinion is that marijuana generally makes you feel more intensely whatever you're feeling anyway. If you're horny, you'll get hornier, if you're sad, you'll get sadder. It's wise you're doing this as an experiment in concert with someone with medical training who knows how to talk people out of being high. That's what they did originally with LSD when it was still pure and not a street drug almost always cut with speed. And it's good your marijuana is medical marijuana, so you won't accidentally get some laced with PCP or LSD. Zyprexa certainly isn't the only med out there. Also remember that abilify isn't really a stand-alone med, it's approved as an augmentation for depression for those whose meds are working but just aren't working well enough. By itself, I'm not sure it's shown much promise. Continued good luck in your experiment.
marijuana is a mild hallucingenic probably won't help :)
That's the THC part of it. THC is what creates the psychosis-like symptoms. The CBD part of it tends to level out the effects of THC. Weed these days are classified into three categories. There's Sativa, which has a higher concentration of THC, then there is Hybrid which is a mix of both THC and CBD, and then there is Indica which has a higher concentration of CBD.
There a multiple studies out there that have proved such that Cannabis Indica may possibly be used as an alternative anti-psychotic.
"In addition to examining the effects of THC, Bhattacharyya also assessed whether cannabidiol (CBD) affects brain function, since this cannabinoid has been reported to be anxiolytic and neuroprotective, and might even counteract the negative effects of THC. In contrast to the latter, CBD did not induce psychosis, anxiety, or psychomotor symptoms and showed very different effects on brain activation during task performance. It induced opposite effects to THC in a number of regions, including the ventral striatum. Finally, he presented preliminary data from healthy subjects co-administered THC and CBD. Intriguingly, he reported that, so far, CBD has blocked all the psychotic symptoms induced by THC..."
IT can only make you worse, it can bring on psychosis in vulnerable people.
It is not the solution.
Let me reiterate. The psychosis is only induced by the THC. CBD does not induce psychosis. I really think that it has the potential to be an alternative anti-psychotic with less side-effects than most prescription medications out there.
"IT" is actually making me a lot better.
I went ahead and (with the support of my therapist) got myself a medical card. I now have been smoking Cannabis Indica since July 23rd and have been at a much more stable level. I don't see the faces anymore or any of the emotionally-triggered hallucinations anymore. I still have my bear, although he's not as talkative as he used to be. It really has helped me a lot. The voices are gone. It's just like I was on a low dose of Zyprexa, except this time there is no negative side-effects. Except for maybe the munchies, but that isn't terrible at all.
I think with more research marijuana has the potential to be a "solution" for generations to come.