Depersonalization: The Marijuana Trigger

by Dr. R. E. Freedman on August 4, 2015

The strong sensation of unreality, detachment and inability to relate to your surroundings hits you out of the blue. It might occur while smoking marijuana with friends, but why are you the only one experiencing this disconnection from reality? A wave of fear washes over you and near panic combines with this feeling of unreality. You fearfully wonder about the marijuana you were smoking and why such a strong reaction occurred. It’s hard to believe you were the only one reacting in such a disturbing way and once again, why just you? You convince yourself that a good night’s rest might be the answer but find it difficult to settle down and disengage from your fears concerning this frightening reaction.

You awaken the next morning only to find you are still plagued with this strange disconnected sensation and the terrifying memory of the night before. You try to describe it but words are difficult. You feel as if still high from the marijuana, as though it never wore off.

You try to resolve this puzzle by retracing  the events of the night before and continue to come to the same alarming conclusion that the marijuana must have harmed you in some way! Once again you call everyone from the previous night who all state they are fine, which only adds to your feelings of dread and uneasiness. Your concern grows as you realize you still feel “strange,” “odd,” “high” and extremely fearful of the core sensation of unreality. You come to the conclusion that you must be “damaged” from the marijuana and your fears escalate. Even though you never experienced reactions previous to this event, you are now overcome with the notion that something went terribly”wrong.”

Convinced you are damaged for life, you begin searching on the internet for answers, which instantly fuels your fears as you are barraged with the upsetting tales shared by others with similar reactions. Symptoms and length of time others have suffered with these symptoms hit you right between the eyes and ramp up your already adrenaline fueled mind and body. Your cold sweat finally abates when you ultimately find what you were looking for… a name for what you have been experiencing. At this moment you feel both relieved and fearful at the same time. Depersonalization describes exactly what you have been experiencing and you’re no longer alone.


Definition: The feeling of unreality brought on by extreme stress, fear or shock or trauma. The experience of feeling detached, unreal, separated or numb.


Definition: Experiencing a difference or change in the way you perceive your surroundings, where they feel or look different and strange to you

Though experienced in a slightly different way (some experience both), depersonalization and derealization are treated identically and respond well to the same treatment when correctly approached.


There are many triggers which initiate feelings of depersonalization/derealization and marijuana is now one of the foremost triggers, along with extreme stress, certain medications, prolonged worry, intense anxiety and other mood altering substances.

Symptoms of Depersonalization/Derealization

Feelings of Unreality

Fuzzy feeling in head

Inability to concentrate

Detached Sensation

Surroundings look different



Loss of Appetite





Racing Heart

Natural Treatment of Depersonalization/Derealization Triggered by Marijuana Use

It’s imperative to know that depersonalization and derealization is the result of a shock or traumatic experience resulting in a strong memory experience leading to the compulsion to fearfully worry. This habit or behavior takes on a life of its own, well after the trigger has disappeared. The new behavior cycles all through the day and exhausts the mind in a way that makes concentration difficult, which adds to the cycle of fear. It is essential that one learns to BREAK THE CYCLE and allow the mind to refresh, so clarity returns.

                              TWO STEP RECOVERY PROCESS

First Step of Recovery

Retrain the Brain: One must recognize this habit of fearful worry and immediately begin the process of interrupting this behavior. You are training a fearful mind to recognize this disruptive behavior and replace it with the proper correction. This is not difficult but is quite specific and requires strict adherence.

Second Step of Recovery

Nutritional Therapy: In conjunction with specific behavioral therapy, one must learn how to boost Serotonin levels naturally and maintain balanced blood sugar levels through diet and nutrition. The food plan is a strong part of the therapy and as important a factor as the behavioral therapy. This combination results in rejuvenation of the mind (and body), as clarity replaces foggy thought and life returns to normal.

In Conclusion

This process does not require a long or drawn out period of time. Remember, you are not ill. This is a tired mind, exhausted by the habit of constant fearful worry. It does require one’s full commitment and willingness to follow the process as presented in detail. It is as simple as following as recipe but one’s participation is required.


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Depersonalization Induced by E-Cigarettes and Vaping

by Dr. R. E. Freedman on August 3, 2015

There are many triggers linked to feelings of depersonalization and derealization but lately a high rate of reactivity to E-Cigarettes and Vaping is reaching noticeable levels.

Symptoms of E-Cigarette and Vaping Use include:

– Feelings of Unreality and Detachment

– Severe Anxiety leading to Panic Attacks

– Severe Chest Pains when Breathing (which stop when use is discontinued)

– Lightheadedness, often extreme

– Racing Heart, Palpitations

– Insomnia

– Sweating and Irritability

– Excitability

– Inability to Concentrate

 Recovery from Symptoms

1- Discontinue Use of These Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping

The symptoms often abate when usage is discontinued with the exception of those who become sensitized to these reactions, creating further symptoms until they learn to interrupt the process of fearful worry.

It’s essential that the individual recognizes the trigger and makes a choice concerning their health. Through proper approach one is able to interrupt the habit of fearful worry and allow a sensitized body to calm down, and a tired mind to refresh.

Application of the correct process is crucial for the fatigued mind to rejuvenate and a full return to clarity. One learns to interrupt this habit of fearful behavior and step out of one’s own way. The process is simple to use but requires strict adherence by the individual.

2- Begin the Process of Self Nurturing

Proper diet must be applied that creates a less reactive mind and body through naturally increased Serotonin levels in the brain and Stable Blood Sugar levels in the body.

Daily activity and exercise outdoors also boosts Serotonin levels in brain.

3- Retrain the Brain to quiet the mind naturally rather than exacerbate the behavior of fearful thinking.

Learn how to train the mind to think correctly through a specific process which eliminates the habit of fearful thinking. This is not difficult but requires a different mindset that brings forth relief from these symptoms.

4- Know Your Reactivity Levels

It’s also necessary to realize that some individuals are highly reactive to outside stimuli, such as these Electronic Cigarettes. They contain substances that the reactive individual will find difficult to process and intrusive in their system.

Nicotine is a stimulant that the reactive person is going to process with difficulty.

5- Find Other Ways to Relax Rather Than the Use of E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Choose true methods of relaxation such as:

Proper Breathing, which makes a huge difference in our physical and mental health.

Meditation (short 5 minute meditation is often a great release of tension)





Breathing Correctly

Bottom line, you are in charge of how you feel and  you have choices. When the mind and body are signaling you to stop using substances that result in negative reactions, LISTEN. Heed these signals and choose to nurture rather than hinder  your body.

Feelings of anxiety and depersonalization are essentially red flags that you are doing something to interfere with proper functioning of both mind and body. It is your choice, always your choice, to create a lifestyle that fuels good health. Make that choice and notice an immediate improvement in both mind and body.


Depersonalization Induced by E-Cigarettes and Vaping
By Dr. R. E. Freedman
Depersonalization Treatment Center
Depersonalization Recovery Program Package is available on CD’s and MP3 Download







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