Postby Cthompson21 » Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:11 pm

When will they end? I have them and wake up with terrible anxiety. A lot of times they involve death or some painful experience of rejection or punishment and are negative and disturbing in tone and imagery. Thinking about them after I wake up feels traumatic, and triggers anxiety. This happens several times a week, not every day, but quite often. I have had PAWS for a while and I wonder if its PAWS or something like permanent brain damage or a triggered incurable mental disorder. I don't want to go to the doctor or psychiatrist where they'll just shove meds down my throat. I'm trying to rely on God and be strong but it is hard and the anxiety makes it worse! I wish it would get better and life would be like the old days before PAWS. I guess I just have to keep fighting and see what the two year mark brings. Does anyone have similar problems? Any support would be appreciated.
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Postby HDog455 » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:05 pm

Vivid dreams are common amongst those who have quit smoking pot. Whether or not they are nightmares probably has a lot to do with what is going on in one's life. Whatever you do don't go back to using pot - keep on doing your best to stray strong.

It's been 12 years since my last smoke and I still have vivid dreams almost every night, but they are rarely nightmares so I can't fully relate to your situation. Try putting it all into perspective - after all, they are only dreams, not real-life experiences.
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Postby FriendlyFriend » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:23 pm

Do you ever wake up with your mouth hanging open? Mouthbreathing during the night can cause nightmares.
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Postby SparkleFly12 » Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:50 pm

For me the really intense dreams lasted a good 6 months or so; and I still get vivid dreams about every other day but not as intense and not *as* scary (1 year now). Every now and then Ill get a really scary dream but nothing like the first few months - in other words it is getting better.

Timeline is different for everyone; and in my experience weed really, really messes with your sleep...I sleep poorly every night.
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