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    Port Talbot Guy Cannabis Rehab Guest

    Default I quit marijuana cold turkey, literally.

    Boxing Day 2020 and I was up out of bed at 3am for a munch on the leftover turkey followed by vaping a few grams, something dawned on me, Iím slow on the uptake obviously but I realised this is not normal. I am nearly 50 and have been smoking since my teenage years and for the last 4 years I have been vaping rather than smoking, the quantity I was vaping increased too as I started a micro grow with 4 crops a year.

    Anyway, I quit there and then. I had about 12 ounces on hand at the time and decided to get rid of it and my seeds so temptation is gone. I have not had a vape since Boxing Day which was 15 days ago and it has been an absolute nightmare since. I cannot sleep more than a few hours a night, canít get a hard on, eating is functional rather than enjoyable. My anxiety is through the roof, I am worrying about everything. I just watched a nature documentary about lampreys which swim up the river wye then spend all their energy building a gravel area to spawn before they die, I was overcome with emotion and felt like crying.

    To add to the grief we are in lockdown again so that is a magnifier of anxiety and the cherry on top is that I was given my notice at work, a job I have held for 11 years is gone due to coronavirus. I am currently off work as my employer let me have the months paid notice period off from feb 1 I am officially unemployed, I did not see this coming when I quit and got rid of my stash, good job really because I would of needed that crutch.

    Anyway, Iím waffling. Just want to say that cannabis withdrawal is real, do not doubt it. Nightmares, waking up after minutes of sleep covered in sweat even though it was -3 last night. Terrible diarrhoea and farting hundreds of times a day. No energy one minute and buzzing the next. Mood swings and being sentimental about silly things.

    I never thought it would end like this. Thank you for listening..

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    Default Stick with it.

    Stick with it. Things will get better. It's hard quitting in your 50s after smoking since your teens. I know how you feel.
    It's not too late and it's still worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Port Talbot Guy View Post
    Boxing Day 2020 and I was up out of bed at 3am for a munch on the leftover turkey followed by vaping a few grams, something dawned on me, Iím slow on the uptake obviously but I realised this is not normal. I am nearly 50 and have been smoking since my teenage years and for the last 4 years I have been vaping rather than smoking, the quantity I was vaping increased too as I started a micro grow with 4 crops a year.

    Anyway, I quit there and then. I had about 12 ounces on hand at the time and decided to get rid of it and my seeds so temptation is gone. I have not had a vape since Boxing Day which was 15 days ago and it has been an absolute nightmare since. I cannot sleep more than a few hours a night, canít get a hard on, eating is functional rather than enjoyable. My anxiety is through the roof, I am worrying about everything. I just watched a nature documentary about lampreys which swim up the river wye then spend all their energy building a gravel area to spawn before they die, I was overcome with emotion and felt like crying.

    To add to the grief we are in lockdown again so that is a magnifier of anxiety and the cherry on top is that I was given my notice at work, a job I have held for 11 years is gone due to coronavirus. I am currently off work as my employer let me have the months paid notice period off from feb 1 I am officially unemployed, I did not see this coming when I quit and got rid of my stash, good job really because I would of needed that crutch.

    Anyway, Iím waffling. Just want to say that cannabis withdrawal is real, do not doubt it. Nightmares, waking up after minutes of sleep covered in sweat even though it was -3 last night. Terrible diarrhoea and farting hundreds of times a day. No energy one minute and buzzing the next. Mood swings and being sentimental about silly things.

    I never thought it would end like this. Thank you for listening..
    Hi Port Talbot Guy

    Well, going cold turkey while eating cold turkey at 3 a.m. Quite fitting!

    It sounds like you are really having a rough go of it. Withdrawal is definitely real and can really suck and be a big challenge. Your symptoms seem typical as I'm sure you have read about on here. Digestion issues, anxiety, and insomnia. I had all of these when I quit 3 years ago, after a solid 20 years of use. I was just a month shy of 52 when I quit. I did not have night sweats but I was really cold at night--I would wrap up in several blankets, wear multiple layers of clothing and a hat.

    You will get better. It could take a while. You have been using cannabis for a long time so your body is very used to having it. But over time, it will get used to not having it.

    You didn't talk a whole lot about it, but it does seem like you have a fair amount of resolve about quitting. You got rid of your stash and it seems like a light sort of went on in your head when you realized "this is not normal". Keep that in my mind if you ever start to think about using again. Reach out for help if you need to. Your doctor or a therapist. Marijuana Anonymous helped me quite a bit for a time. There happens to be a meeting here in my tiny California beach town, but they have a website as well. This website has also been (and continues to be) very helpful and a great resource of information and personal experiences. Keep your mind and body busy. Hopefully you will be able to collect unemployment.

    So ya, definitely stick with it. It will get better and it really is worth it. I am so happy to not have cannabis as part of my life any longer. I feel so much better.

    All the best
    Keep us updated on your progress
    John

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    Port Talbot Guy Cannabis Rehab Guest

    Default 22 Days in.

    And it is still really tough. I am light headed and getting dizzy spells by day and not sleeping at night. My anxiety is through the roof and I seem to of forgotten who I am. I canít remember what I like doing in my spare time as I have always been heavily stoned and none of the things I enjoyed while stoned I enjoy now I am sober.

    I am trying to reinvent myself but I lost my job over Xmas and we are in lockdown so the days and nights seem to blend in to one, I am awake for hours each night and struggling to stay awake all day. The lockdown restrictions coupled with the fact I havenít left the house to work in weeks are a nightmare.

    Money is getting tight and nobody is recruiting anxiety laden zombies so it seems like I am in a spiral of doom.

    Best thing I did was getting rid of my stash as I would of gone back to the vape by now, I have also taken apart my grow room so it is beyond use and anyway it would take 4 months to get a crop to a consumable state.

    I donít know why Iím writing this but I just wanted to do an update, I will hopefully return with better news in time.

    Letís hope this gets easier soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Port Talbot Guy View Post
    And it is still really tough. I am light headed and getting dizzy spells by day and not sleeping at night. My anxiety is through the roof and I seem to of forgotten who I am. I can’t remember what I like doing in my spare time as I have always been heavily stoned and none of the things I enjoyed while stoned I enjoy now I am sober.

    I am trying to reinvent myself but I lost my job over Xmas and we are in lockdown so the days and nights seem to blend in to one, I am awake for hours each night and struggling to stay awake all day. The lockdown restrictions coupled with the fact I haven’t left the house to work in weeks are a nightmare.

    Money is getting tight and nobody is recruiting anxiety laden zombies so it seems like I am in a spiral of doom.

    Best thing I did was getting rid of my stash as I would of gone back to the vape by now, I have also taken apart my grow room so it is beyond use and anyway it would take 4 months to get a crop to a consumable state.

    I don’t know why I’m writing this but I just wanted to do an update, I will hopefully return with better news in time.

    Let’s hope this gets easier soon.
    Really sorry to read about your struggles. As if withdrawal weren't enough, you have the unemployment to worry about. My insomnia was terrible. I eventually got to a point where I would usually fall asleep between 3 and 4 a.m. and sleep until 8 or 9 a.m. I became grateful for this, although there were some nights I wouldn't sleep at all. I was lucky to have an afternoon/early evening job so I didn't have to set an alarm to wake up and go to work.

    At day 22, I was still a mess. It's really early. You are starting a new life, really, so it will take time to figure it out. Don't pressure yourself.
    Take one day at a time. One moment at a time.

    Keep posting here.
    John

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    I think the most important thing to remember is that everything you're experiencing is just withdrawals. Your sense of lost self, the anxiety and emotional mood swings, they're not really an accurate depiction of you, they're just symptoms. And depending on how you react to them, it can mean they'll hang out for longer or resolve quicker. But being patient and understanding with yourself will help the most.
    I know that THC stores in the muscles, so exercise will speed up the detox. I suggest using some youtube videos for guided workout sessions, they can be really motivating! And the only thing that helped my anxiety was meditation. And that can be as simple as breathing more consciously. There is an overload of helpful material online, but i do suggest investigating 'yogic breathing', as it explains how to breathe into your diaphragm rather than your chest, which can be anxiety inducing.

    You're already doing so well for making the decision to change. Good luck, friend!

    - C

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    Hey there,

    Just read your post and I am new here. I, too am 50 and have been smoking MJ since I was 15. I am 5 days sober now and so glad I stopped. Your story was moving and just want to say your not alone. Its not easy by any means. I live down in Connecticut and have had a med card for several years. I'm legally bind and have glaucoma and other eye problems. Like you, I was a long time smoker and it played a huge role in my life. I also wanted to say it was good to see someone else my age going through this too. Like many of us quitting, I also have the sweats, nightmares and excessive farting. My appetite and taste are also gone. Hopefully this will subside. Stay strong and drinks lots of water. You will get over this and see the world with a clear head.

    Take care and stay strong
    Jordan

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