Cognitive Biases

Cannabis, CBD, and Escape

In clinical speak, the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities is called escapism. For years, many have used cannabis as a way to escape from life’s difficult situations. But cannabis isn’t the only tool people use. Some use alcohol or other drugs, online chat rooms, video games, sex and – even food – to escape.  

However, not all escape tools are bad. For example, some use social activities, like card and billiards clubs, church, knitting, and family gatherings to get away from their stresses. These active experiences help individuals to reset and often to question and reevaluate their thoughts.

Some clinical psychologists and therapists have documented similar findings in their work. On the one hand, escape can be harmful, particularly when utilized to delay or avoid difficult real-world issues. But some people are able to use escapism as a coping strategy – or a productive time-out – to think more clearly about their problems, evaluate approaches or solutions and, often, to put a plan in place. 

But let’s take a closer look. Are there both good and bad ways to escape? And, if so, is cannabis a good or a bad way?

Using Cannabis & CBD to Escape

Using cannabis as a mechanism to escape is a sensitive issue. Because the United States’ government currently outlaws cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance, many people (and often society-at-large) tend automatically to associate it with bad outcomes. As a result, it’s important to look beyond social biases to effectively evaluate this issue.

There is anecdotal evidence that some people are, in fact, able to use cannabis positively as a way to escape. When people employ escapism positively, they tend to use cannabis minimally and as a supplement to an already enjoyable life. They use it to relax and clear their minds in an effort to think more clearly about real-life challenges and to pursue solutions. In other words, when used in this manner, it can be argued they are capable of using cannabis as a positive form of escape.

But others cannot. When people employ escapism negatively, they tend to use cannabis more frequently, in heavier doses, and as a way to escape pain or undesirable realities. When these people return to reality, they often haven’t made any progress towards solving their problems, creating further anxiety about facing their fears. This can often lead to a vicious cycle resulting in a mental paralysis, further exacerbating the issue. 

Similarly, other practitioners have noted that escapism can be the opposite of so-called mindfulness. The concept of mindfulness, in this context, refers to the ability to face one’s fears productively and with the intent of making progress towards alleviating or improving their situation. 

Using cannabis to enhance your life and to grow personally is certainly possible. Examples of doing so might include using cannabis when composing music, attempting new recipes in the kitchen, or seeking a better understanding of one’s relationships with friends. 

As for CBD’s use to escape everyday life, the cannabinoid is growing in popularity as a way to reduce anxiety and stress. Being a non-psychoactive compound, CBD provides an option for an escape without the unwanted side effects sometimes related to cannabis. This allows users to function normally, but with a little less worry. 

The bottom line seems to be that cannabis can be used both positively and negatively to escape. The key is whether or not the person using cannabis is trying to embrace life or to avoid negative emotions or difficult situations. The former is good and the latter can be bad.

If you think you can benefit from using cannabis or CBD for a productive escape, the Jointly app can help.

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