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Postby Pawsreallysucks » Sat Jun 05, 2021 4:29 pm

Tokeless, thanks for the response. I do agree that this is not a great train of thought. While smoking I did not mind doing my own thing and spending the day alone. That totally changed these last few months. Unfortunately during my quit seems to be when I’ve lost a majority of my friends(due to most of them being friends I smoked and grabbed food with, then smoked again). Which has triggered maybe some sort of separation anxiety.
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Postby tokeless » Sat Jun 05, 2021 5:35 pm

Pawsreallysucks wrote:Tokeless, thanks for the response. I do agree that this is not a great train of thought. While smoking I did not mind doing my own thing and spending the day alone. That totally changed these last few months. Unfortunately during my quit seems to be when I’ve lost a majority of my friends(due to most of them being friends I smoked and grabbed food with, then smoked again). Which has triggered maybe some sort of separation anxiety.


I can relate to a few things you say. Happy to smoke alone but also with friends. All of which disappeared when I stopped, which made me realise weed was the glue that stuck us together... little else we knew of each other. In my experience but not personally, I think anxiety is the main issue with 99% on here, but it's hard to override it because it's a complex thing anxiety. It doesn't always look like it or is consciousness. It invades our thoughts and beliefs and shares many features with other issues or conditions... however, it is still anxiety and a state of mind, which is why I suggested you challenge yours because there is no way jealousy can be weed related...other than if someone had great weed and I couldn't get any or someone was off to the dam and I couldn't go...
Focus on the facts... you've quit, the hard part. The rest is fed by negative emotions and looking in to why you feel this way.... simple. YOU QUIT WEED which is psychoactive... why wouldn't you feel different? Accept it, embrace it and live life as a non smoker.
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Postby Pawsreallysucks » Sat Jun 05, 2021 8:18 pm

I agree with you that a lot of this is anxiety but I’ve never had anxiety last nearly 5 months straight. Depression, feeling/looking exhausted, very low joy and almost constant intrusive thoughts as well. From the advice I’ve been given and the information online it does sound like paws which comes with heavy anxiety amongst other symptoms. Either way I have some things I need to work on. The strange thing is, in my prior quit, I never got paws symptoms. I was feeling good after a week or 2 with no other side effects (aside from the initial withdrawal). Did you experience any side effects from your quit? Particularly anxiety, depression, anhedonia, intrusive thoughts, low motivation or even just looking tired all the time? If so how long did this last for you?
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Postby tokeless » Sat Jun 05, 2021 8:23 pm

I got a week or so of night sweats and vivid dreams... that's about it. I never got any psychological problems because I didn't miss weed or getting stoned. I was done, pure and simple. That must be about 8 years ago now.
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Postby Pawsreallysucks » Sat Jun 05, 2021 8:32 pm

Yeah I don’t miss smoking. I miss feeling okay to do everyday things tho. I guess you are one of the lucky ones that never had to experience paws... like myself in my first quit.
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Postby tokeless » Sat Jun 05, 2021 9:06 pm

Pawsreallysucks wrote:Yeah I don’t miss smoking. I miss feeling okay to do everyday things tho. I guess you are one of the lucky ones that never had to experience paws... like myself in my first quit.


There's no luck in addiction, if you believe the substance is addictive. I wouldn't be a lucky heroin addict with withdrawal would I?
I don't believe weed is physically addictive but accept it is habit forming and mainly psychologically dependent...
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Postby HDog455 » Sun Jun 06, 2021 1:21 am

Pawsreallysucks wrote:Yeah I don’t miss smoking. I miss feeling okay to do everyday things tho. I guess you are one of the lucky ones that never had to experience paws... like myself in my first quit.


@tokeless hit the nail on the head by saying, "I was done, pure and simple." I have stressed many times on this forum that quitting weed addiction is a lot easier after you have reached the point where you no longer enjoy the experience. And yes, it becomes much more of a habit than anything else. For me, it simply became an expensive sleeping pill so I quit and started using strenuous exercise as the best way to become naturally tired and ready for a good night's sleep.
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