I had fun on it as a teenager. I just didn't have an interest in school, as would be the case with anyone trying to do school and drugs at the same time. I don't believe the usage caused bipolar disorder. If anything, the use was likely an instinct to self-medicate.<quoted text>you felt less intelligent and unmotivated? wouldn't you think that not only your interest in using marijuana and those feelings were more directly related to your age and the onset of your bipolar disorder? it is statistically known bipolars have a history of experimenting with marijuana. many factors in a teenagers life would cause them to feel those feelings...and perhaps in your last period of usage you were entering the depressive lethargic state of bipolarism? i just think not enough scientific facts of marijuana have been studied, but more opinions are based on hype or fear...like the whole 'gateway drug' theory. it's like coffee, scientists still can't decide whether it's good or bad...for every 50 studies that say it's bad, there's another 50 proclaiming the health benefits. so why we may just end up 'agreeing to disagree' i just don't buy into the whole pot makes you stupid or lazy theory, only b/c i've known many intelligent, highly motivated people who were closet users.
Where we seem to differ on opinion is that the effects last longer, but are not permanent. It's nothing to pole vault over mouse turds over. The government having a patent on cannabis oil as a treatment for cancer is suggestive, but government agencies are as well known for incompetency as anything else. For myself, I found it more difficult to solve problems for the first few weeks of use, after heavy use for over a year, for a period of about 2 weeks at 18, and for a period of 3 weeks in 2003. Like you I don't subscribe to the fear mongering nor gateway drug opinions. I don't think it should be an illegal substance either, as it costs more to regulate and imprison than it's worth as a real problem in society.