Started smoking in the late 60’s - early 70’s as a freshman in HS. Got me out of my shell and talking to people. I smoked heavily with a lot of bikers in knew (had a '57 Harley Panhead as a junior in HS) and continued until I graduated in '73. I went into medicine in 1975 and pretty much left it alone until I got medically retired due to disability in 2012.
Now use it as medication for my PTSD, Anxiety and Depression. Didn’t have any problems with any of those until I got out of the military. Used meds to try to treat my problems but all they did was make my problems worse. Finally when I didn’t have to worry about losing my medical license (gave it up when I got disabled) I started using pot as my medicine and my life got better fast! I can have good days now that I wasn’t having when I was on meds. Cannabis is my medicine of choice now !
Also has brought me to a community of friends at ILGM that believe in Cannabis as a medical treatment, not just as a fun time thing, although there is NOTHING wrong with using it like alcohol to relax you.