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  • Yesterday, 08:04 PM
    Eroica
    Hi 25 year ex user. Congrats on going this far. Sorry about your depression and your family members illness. Did you suffer from depression before you started smoking. Im asking because maybe youre still in PAWS. Im sure youll get better soon. Ive put on a little weight too. I think cannabis raises the metabolism. I think once our bodies get used to being without it it will be easier to lose weight.
  • Yesterday, 06:34 PM
    25 year ex user
    Been away for a week or so and haven't posted for a while, but I'm still going and still 'clean'! This 2nd/3rd month has been harder on my mental health, I think I have rediscovered the reason why I enjoyed getting high so much, I'm most certainly suffering a bit with depression and my metabolism has slowed to a crawl, I'm trying to eat a lot better/healthier to get things moving, but it isn't working! I'm also putting on weight quickly, even though I'm exercising loads! Its getting me down and is like a vicious circle! If only I could have the weight loss others have experienced! I've also had a family member fall very ill, and this is the first time i've had to deal with this, but haven't consumed so must take some positives from that!
    One day at a time.....
  • 06-15-2019, 01:52 PM
    JWC
    Quote Originally Posted by UK guy View Post
    Hi heavy user 25 years

    I saw your post and i immediately related to it. I have written two posts on here as this site has been invaluable for me. Like you, I smoked for over 25 years; all of my adult life. I am a similar age. I found quitting weed the most difficult time of my life. Mostly due to the length of time it took me to feel better and ride the waves of PAWS. JWCs posts have helped me a lot. Thank you John for your help in helping others. We all need this reassurance. I will back up what John says. It does and will get better. I had anxiety, loss of appetite, insomnia, weight loss, irritability, and more. It was only after a year that I started to feel normal again. I quit in April 2018. So 14 months now and I am now starting to feel like I did when I was a child. Don't give up keep going keep going. Quitting is the best thing you could ever do. The reward is beautiful but you will need to be patient and believe in yourself. It will be tough but the good days eventually outnumber the bad and you will see the improvement each week and month. Keep fit and eat well. Avoid alcohol and junk food. Drink plenty of water.
    Hi UK Guy,

    I am very pleased that my posts helped you out!

    This whole process of journaling the experience is so rewarding in many ways. Reading through the posts for information in the beginning was reassuring that what I was going through was typical and temporary--a life saver at the time.
    Then writing about my experience and all the things I was trying out to alleviate the symptoms had its own, sort of, cathartic benefit. And kept my mind distracted.
    And now it feels quite rewarding that that process has helped someone else to navigate the withdrawal journey.

    I am at a year and a half cannais free and feeling pretty darn good. It sounds like you are doing well too.

    All the best!
    John
  • 06-12-2019, 09:54 PM
    Eroica
    Wow two months is great! Congratulations! You should treat yourself to something nice.
  • 06-11-2019, 09:00 AM
    25 year ex user
    So well into 7 weeks since I last consumed, actually 8 weeks tomorrow and 2 months on Monday I've been thinking how much this forum has helped as it reminds me when and why I stopped getting high, Things really were easy in the first month but have become harder this second month! Not the urge to get high again, as who would want crippling anxiety and stress, but more the realization that there may be some damage and remembering the reasons why I started, and If I'm honest its my mental health and well being that has become harder to cope with. Its a journey and I'm learning and researching everyday, and realizing this has affected many many people after quitting any kind of addictive behavior.
    I have some counselling arranged to try to help, but the depression I have had all my life seems to have gotten a touch worse lately, It may be due to my Mother being ill and now she is in hospital, so I'm making the 6 hour journey to go stay with her for a while tomorrow morning after I sort out my yard and get things in order, and Yoga tonight for some extra strength, physically and mentally, as I'm not sure when I will be back and what I'm going to have to deal with other the next few days! The weird dreams have finally become not so weird, but I still wake up very often and don't seem to be getting proper rest.
    Anyway note to self:
    One day at a time .....
  • 06-01-2019, 06:50 AM
    Alice
    Hey 25,
    Congrats on 6 weeks. This is the point that things are 'supposed' to get better, and apart from the three-month itch, you are well on your way to being clear of this shiz. With regard to your mental faculties, I definitely remember a period of going backward before I noticed that my cognitive skills got way better.

    I would also let you know that I still find talking difficult at times, 3.25 years in. I do think that cannabis does some damage to our brains and this is what we notice when we are clear and straight. The good news comes in the form of one word 'neuroplasticity'. No matter what damage cannabis has done to our minds, we can learn to build new neural networks and develop new skills.

    You seem like the sort of person who is keen to better yourself through health and exercise. I would say that your spelling/speaking challenges may require the same kind of application. The more you practice these skills the better you will get at them.

    I have been socially anxious ever since early adulthood, and I think that some of my challenges with speaking comes from childhood. However, I am streets ahead of where I was at 25. Your symptoms may be a temporary symptom of your withdrawal and will get better with time, or you might need to do some work to rebuild your neural network. Whatever the case, you have essentially stopped doing the damage and you are in a much better position to rebuild.

    Let us know how you go.
    Alice
  • 05-31-2019, 11:15 AM
    25 year ex user
    Day 42? (I've lost count) yesterday was 6 weeks without consuming! And I can honestly say my head has been up my A*** this week, I'm having trouble spitting the right words out, basic spelling and talking is becoming harder, as are a lot of my mental functions, and my general mood is low. I am assuming this is a delayed reaction/PAWS or just my brain/body detoxing, I'm drinking 2 litres + of water per day and am like a tap, in one end, out the other. Has anyone else experienced this negative effect after 6 weeks? As I said in the last post the first month was one of positivity, even though the physical symptoms were a bit of a hard time, mentally I was quite happy! This week has been a kick in the proverbial plums! I have no want to consume anymore, but it does feel rather scary to think that after this length of time symptoms or problems associated with my long term use are getting worse not better!
    Anyway suns out, and waves will be good tomorrow, no swimming today as its a planned rest day for me......
    One day at a time.....
  • 05-27-2019, 05:53 PM
    25 year ex user
    UK guy.
    As tough as it has been, and will be, The hardest part was taking the first step, posting on here has helped me back up my decision and the posts from other members do help no-end. The last 34 days, physical symptoms aside, have actually been great for me, even though the last few days have been a bit of a nightmare, I'm ready to tackle them and won't give up, I yoga every week Hard/Core yoga this helps immensely, and my progress in the pool from not breathing in smoke of any description has bolstered me on as this should translate into more time in the water surfing. I'd happily accept some of your weight loss though as it seems I'm actually putting weight on, I hope its all muscle innit!
    I need to drink more water that's true, I do manage 1ltr a day with ease but forget after midday, vaping does dehydrate me so really I need at least 2 maybe 3 ltrs and flush myself out everyday!
    Well done on your 14 months, that's a great achievement, can I ask did you suffer from feeling 'dumber' after you quit? It's the only way I can describe it, I struggle with words, lose track of conversations, I used to always work out the Countdown numbers game (on Cats does Countdown), but don't have the mental 'space' atm, I even have problems with money and the right change, simple things really especially spelling and just generally feel a bit of a mess mentally, much worse than when I was stoned. I'm hoping this will pass in time..
    Thanks for you post
    One day at a time (with more water)
  • 05-27-2019, 05:20 PM
    25 year ex user
    I actually Left my last Job In January as it was managing a Hydroponics/Grow Shop, you know.....for people who grow..... I left due to wanting to quit consuming and after 6 years in the job maybe a touch of retail burnout/boredom, it paid fairly well, so it took me a long time to muster the courage to leave, I swanned off to a Tropical Island to work in a surf/yoga camp for the winter and picked up this badly paid car park job on my return, it just happens to be in a wonderful location and means I can easily surf twice and swim everyday, read plenty of books and get a half decent tan on! The work will however finish in September! I love the sound/tech work, and as I'm single and low on friends who aren't married or with child, it means I will get out and about and meet new people, plus get to see some gigs and get paid, plenty of festival work too, but the late nights, odd working hours, weekends away and possible temptation, does worry me slightly! The apprenticeship offered from a friend has great potential but will be a solid commitment, and little chance to meet new people, I can also go back to the surf/yoga camp in October, although the pay is not even worth mentioning, so I'm in two minds about all of it, I can however just chill in my latest job for the summer, allow my ankle tendons to heal properly, focus on my recovery and leave any life changing decisions until after September, by that time I WILL be over 5 months sober, so that is my current plan, to have no plan and try not to think about it, easier said than done.
    I do feel slightly better today, the sun did make an appearance, and I smashed out over 2km's non stop in the pool, and did 500m of drills on top of this, It wasn't even hard!!!! Hopefully I will sleep well tonight
    One day at a time...
  • 05-27-2019, 09:05 AM
    UK guy
    Hi heavy user 25 years

    I saw your post and i immediately related to it. I have written two posts on here as this site has been invaluable for me. Like you, I smoked for over 25 years; all of my adult life. I am a similar age. I found quitting weed the most difficult time of my life. Mostly due to the length of time it took me to feel better and ride the waves of PAWS. JWCs posts have helped me a lot. Thank you John for your help in helping others. We all need this reassurance. I will back up what John says. It does and will get better. I had anxiety, loss of appetite, insomnia, weight loss, irritability, and more. It was only after a year that I started to feel normal again. I quit in April 2018. So 14 months now and I am now starting to feel like I did when I was a child. Don't give up keep going keep going. Quitting is the best thing you could ever do. The reward is beautiful but you will need to be patient and believe in yourself. It will be tough but the good days eventually outnumber the bad and you will see the improvement each week and month. Keep fit and eat well. Avoid alcohol and junk food. Drink plenty of water.
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