ADHD, Cannabis, Life

Hi everyone. Since so many people who have ADHD self medicate with Cannabis, I thought it might be nice to have somewhere to chat about it here.

I just got diagnosed within the last year and looking at my life through the lens of ADHD there are many things that make so much sense to me. When I was growing up and going through the Canadian school system, I think many people who leaned toward the inattentive side of ADHD often got left behind in terms of actually being identified as neurodivergent. Whereas the kids who were more on the hyperactive side of the spectrum, disturbing class and being impulsive got identified.

One thing many don’t realize about ADHD is that it also often involves hyperfocus on things that interest us. I was a book worm (fantasy nerd) growing up and I think that mostly kept my head above water as I always was great at reading and that alone will get you pretty far in public school. That being said I still failed a grade because I would always lack the motivation to do any schoolwork. I would fail not because I was doing bad on tests but because I didn’t hand in homework. I would almost always have the "is smart but needs to apply himself, easily distracted in class ect. on my report cards.

After school I tried going to post secondary a few times but couldn’t get it together enough to pass anything. I ended up following in my pops footsteps and taught myself on the job and studying at home how to become a land surveyor. It was a terrible job for me haha… I look back and wonder how I pulled it off sometimes as you need to be very meticulous. I had all the knowledge and had 10 years of experience by then end of that career for me, but I had to jump around companies as I would get fired or demoted when my ADHD inattentive tendencies would cause me to fuck something up. Forgeting to do a simple thing that I had done a million times, forgetting equipment ect ect. It was stressful.

I was very hard on myself for many years because everyone around me would wonder why I cant get it together and I would wonder why I couldnt find the motivation to do simple things like keep my house clean or remember to pay bills even at times I was flush with cash and could easily pay them… or have to come back to my house 3 times in a day because I keep forgetting thing is need to bring with me.

I think cannabis has helped me quite a bit in terms of self medicating even when I didn’t have diagnosis. It slows my mind down a bit… sort of like it downgrades it from a Lambo speeding at 200km/h where its hard to see whats passing you by because its going so fast to a K car just cruising smoothly at normal highway speeds. Actually typing for me is hard because I often skip typing words because my brain has already moved on and Im typing my next thought without finishing my last… I do a lot of editing! And run on sentences haha.

Recently got on stimulant medication and my life has completely changed… I actually FINISHED a post secondary course and am in the midst of changing careers away from surveying (finished with 91%), and I actually have the ability to start tasks that I dont want to do. Its fucking amazing. But also a sense of loss for all those years wasted spinning my tires and getting treated for a depression that stemmed from my ADHD.

Anyways that’s a bit of my story… I would love to hear some of yours. I know there a bunch of you are out there OG…

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Not wasted. Took some time to find yourself that’s all.

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Welcome to the Tribe. :sunglasses: :metal:

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Thanks bud… I know I shouldn’t think that way and I’m working on it. I just wished when I someone first told me hey you may have ADHD I did something about it. I would probably be Prime Minister TopicalWave by this point!

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Hell I’m still crazy but less crazy than I used to be.

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Heheh yeah…I actually missed ACDC when they came to town because I lost my tickets hahahah

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Oh boy I’m glad I didn’t know you then :joy: Cause you have lost more nuts than a magpie I think hahah

Just kidding :v:

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If I were to self judge I would say I was a lot more fun and a lot more dangerous. I live a pretty quiet life now and it suits me.

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Yeah certainly I have chilled out as well I’m also getting older… I was definitely a thrill seeker when I was younger though, skydiving, whitewater canoeing,/kayaking, nose beers, LSD…

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Then there was that year I went on 200 dates pinning the throttle on my motorcycle on the highway to get to them all…

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Maybe some criminal shit here and there… Glad that’s behind me tbh

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Well, a little is ok :innocent:

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It was just a little judge I swear… Haha unfortunately he didn’t see it that way lol

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:joy::joy: yeah the “c’mon your honor” defense doesn’t usually work.

Mrs Foreigner has ADHD. There are some consequences but it’s who she is and that’s fine with me.

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I’ve seen them 5 times. I guess they are planning a 2024 tour.
https://ontapsportsnet.com/music/acdc-world-tour-2024-rumors-50th-anniversary-evidence-points-to-comeback

I don’t drink energy drink and I once had a date after a 15 day at work… I stopped and decided I needed 15 hrs of energy so I got 3 of those little 5 hour energies and chugged em… my heart was beating out of my chest and I don’t think the chick was able to say anything I was taking so fast…

I did not in fact get another date!

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Your must be a patient mfer… My partner is.

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He has his issues. I think she is patient one. He has a hash pipe surgically attached to his hand.

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Yeah I sometimes seem like I’m on speed when I’m not. Sometimes I seem sedated and I’m not. It’s weird.

She is the patient one. Although I do have some degree of patience.

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You know what’s kinda weird? My medication Vyvanse which is basically Adderall with a extra molecule that get cleaves off in the body actually made me tired when I started taking it until I found the right dose which was higher. It actually calms my mind and makes it clear… I get the best naps when my Vyvanse is kicking hard.

I was reading some people with ADHD get a paradoxical effect which is interesting as fuck to me

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