Weed is much MUCH more positive for me than alcohol., but it also depends on the strain. Indica exacerbates my depression considerably, but I'm still functional and has the bonus effect of killing my terrible allergy symptoms. Sativa worsens my allergies and sort of keeps me couch locked, but it doesn't make my depression worsen. I stay away from Indica now. When I worked as a journalist, it was nightly. Nowadays, occasionally.