Weed withdrawal

Postby seand307 » Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:04 pm

I have been smoking weed regularly for about a year and a half. At its worst, it would be 6 joints a day, but that would be rare, It was probably about 1-2 joints a day if I averaged it out.

After about seven months of smoking weed, I began to develop 'generalised anxiety disorder' looking back I always have had anxiety, but it was too little to notice and certainly too little to affect my everyday life. Since around a year ago my anxiety has gotten worse and worse, only when it began to affect my social life is when I decided to quit.

Over the last year, I have had about ten different symptoms which come and go which range from excess mucus to chest pains, to heart palpitations and even my whole face going numb. I had an anxiety attack in January in which I went to A&E and had the full works done on me, I had a chest x-ray which came back clear.

It was only in late May when my chest tightness came back that I realised enough was enough and decided to give up weed for good. The first ten days were really hard, all my anxiety symptoms came at once and I was a nervous wreck. Then for a few days things started to look up. Over the last two weeks the depression has kicked in and I'm feeling quite low, the physical symptoms have gone down, but sometimes flare up for a few hours and go away. I occasionally cough up mucus, mostly it's clear but sometimes it's a little brown, but apparently, that is the lungs cleaning themselves out.

Does anyone have any similar experiences?
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Postby existingpeacefully » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:45 pm

I think everyone who quits an addictive behaviour will kind of feel this way.. If you think about it weed has been allowing you to neglect other focuses of your life and sweep emotions under the rug..

It's ineviteable that there's going to be some pain when coming to grips with reality after an addiction. It's such a drastic change of being that we need time to adjust.

Congrats on quitting, hopefully you're still doing well.. if you are.. stick it out, things get better with time.
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Postby wannadobetter » Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:35 pm

Hi . I just recently turned 18, and i've only been smoking for about 4 and a half , 5 months, but it was extremely heavy smoking. Maybe 5, 6, or even 7 blunts a day with my friends. If i'm alone, I can only smoke about half a blunt, but with friends, I smoke like there is no tomorrow. I decided I just wanted to quit cold turkey, but yesterday I threw up, badly. I could barely stand and I could not sleep. I tried to take a benedryl to force me to sleep, but I threw that up too. I've read allot of testimonials and it's crazy that i'm fighting the same fight even though I haven't been smoking that long, less than half a year. Today is day 2 and it was a little better, I went for a walk and even ate 3/4 of an apple and two crackers. I've been drinking water and trying to read, but I am so weak, extremely weak. My dad thinks I have the flu, and that's what it feels like honestly. With college coming, I really just want to do better. The crazy thing is, now that i've stopped (only two days) , even the thought of a blunt make me gag, but ALL my friends smoke, literally. I've tried to tell them "It may be fun now, but when you're ready to quit, it's gonna be hell". I'm babbling, but it really feels good to get this off my chest. I'm just wondering if I will still feel the same intense pain that you guys do even though I haven't done years of smoking?
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Postby Raggamuffin » Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:44 pm

It sounds like you have a bug or some such. I quit weed cold turkey several times. When I finally quit a 7 year daily weed habit I was no stranger to anxiety. I've lived with anxiety for nearly 9 years now.

You can feel intense pain if you have anxiety. I've had daily aches and pains throughout my experiences with anxiety. Some periods i go without many symptoms and other times I get a lot.

A good way to instigate change is try and eat healthier. If you can reduce/eliminate the processed food and ramp up the fruit and veg then you'll be doing your mind and body a favour.

I'm in the process of a raw food detox. It's not easy and there's temptations abound but I know in the long run i'll be better for it. Although dietary changes should be for life and not just to try and gain a quick health fix (as that'd only be a temporary solution).

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