7 years daily smoker - Quit Diary

Postby Chronic Chronic » Sat May 19, 2018 9:51 pm

Hello everyone, after 23 days of quitting weed cold turkey i'm finally here to tell my on-going story - and let me tell you its not easy.. (this post is an edited version of my old post with more positivity and details since i plan on not giving up!)

Here's a little backstory about me: So i started smoking weed when i was around 13-14 years old and i quickly became a daily smoker. I'm 20 now meaning that i have smoked around 7 years daily through most of my brain developmental period. At the time that i quit, i was smoking around 5-8 bong rips a day of high quality weed. I am a relatively skinny male and had his first panic attack a couple of years ago caused by smoking too much weed, I've had problems with anxiety ever since (i also have health anxiety even though i am probably healthy - but am i really? hah).

Here are my experiences so far:

Day 0-3:
I felt good and productive! i felt good about my life and the choices that i'm making to improve it! My symptoms where minimal, did i even have any symptoms? I certainly felt like smoking weed alot.

Day 4-5:
That's when it hit me.. i woke up so dizzy, disoriented, in a fog, incoherent, tingly and weird sensations on hands and feet, muscle weakness, muscle cramps, fatigue, minor nausea, loss of appetite, fever like symptoms, my armpits were sweaty and had a strong odor. It hit me like a train and this triggered my health anxiety which made me think i was suffering from MS which caused me to panic.. i remember walking outside in a complete hopeless daze thinking that my happy life was about to end. I walked to the mall and stopped by the health store, i happened to get CBD oil for whatever reason and i gave it a try, it seemed to reduce my symptoms by 40% and my appetite was regained in full!. It was at this point that i found this forum and saw that other chronic smokers were having these symptoms too which made me so relived!

Week 2:
Knowing that my symptoms were most likely from withdrawal i continued to press on! After feeling so nauseous and bad on day 4-5 they very thought of smoking weed made me feel sick. During this week my symptoms gradually got better, i had less muscle pain and fatigue (its important to note that these feeling comes and goes and is not persistent), i still felt fatigue and for a few days i felt like i was tied to my bed. I still felt quite dizzy/foggy and some times incoherent, it was hard to focus on things that i was looking at with my brain (this dizzy/fog always persisted to some degree some days and times was worse then others). I didn't have much depression or anxiety or anything since i was very optimistic about my future and my life right now happens to be pretty stress free (no work or school lucky). In general i felt like my symptoms were mostly mental and not physical. I realize staying positive is half the battle!

Week 3:
At the beginning of week 3 i felt just like in week 2, pretty good, felt like i was less tied to the bed and extreme part of fatigue was gone. However as the week progressed i noticed that my anxiety was slowly building i also felt sadder, and this time from no triggers (maybe just life in general). On day 22 it seems that i caught the flu, this triggered my health anxiety pretty bad as i thought i was developing something serious but now that i'm on day 23 i can see that my world ending fear was all for nothing :) . However I can feel this feeling of anxiety welling up within me. After feeling so good on week 2 and most of week 3 why suddenly do i feel so bad! Well as cleanofgreen pointed out on my old post, i'm skinny and entering week 4 it seems that i'm most likely entering the PAWS (Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms) stage. Right now I'm using CBD oil to stave off anxiety, i can say that its working.

Anyways that's where i'm at right now, Ill make sure to keep you guys updated! I'm ready to kick weeds donkey, i know its gonna be hard but i'm ready to start living life fully again! :D
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Postby Chronic Chronic » Sat May 19, 2018 9:54 pm

cleanofgreen said:
Hey Chronic
I feel for you and know where you are right now. As a chronic smoker for years the THC in your body could take up to 6 weeks to leave. For me I was fairly ok for the first 6 weeks off weed after 24 years of smoking, it only hit me on week 6 when the anxiety came on strong and I thought my world was ending. As you said, your skinny and probably have a fast metabolism so your body might have already shed all its thc by now and so the paws symptoms are starting. Do a search for PAWS on this site to prepare yourself.

We're all rooting for you here so Stay Strong.
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Postby Chronic Chronic » Sat May 19, 2018 9:54 pm

dhae2604 said:
Hi there cleanofgreen. youre correct & very good advice. How are you doing now after your quit
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Postby Chronic Chronic » Sat May 19, 2018 9:55 pm

Thanks guys! I have to say that i think i caught the flu or something and my strength is regaining (fever and everything). Was pretty tough but i can say i'm 75% better. I think you may be right cleanofgreen, maybe PAWS is just making me scared of every little thing and multiplying it by 100. Will continue to post about my experiences.
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Postby Anxious_mary_420 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:01 pm

Chronic chronic how are you doing? Are you still sober ? Sorry I’ve not been around for a while but I’m back now so let me know how your getting on xx
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