Anxiety caused by quitting weed

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Hi everyone,

So I was a heavy smoker for about the last 9 months and had been on and off smoking heavily for the last year and a half. I quit 40 days ago today, and it has been a living nightmare.

The first week wasn't too bad, it wasn't until day 10 that I started feeling awful. Numbness on the left side of my body, pulsing headache, feeling weak on my left side, insomnia, heart palpitations. You name it I experienced it. So this prompted me to go to the Hospital, and I had every test under the sun ran on me.

Obviously everything came back perfectly healthy. So the last week and a half I have been feeling much more normal but I keep getting spurts of pure anxiety out of nowhere. Heart starts thumping hard, light headed, depersonalization, muscle spasms in my left calf.

I've been just trying to tough this out, but I'm curious if anyone can relate to what I'm experiencing and also give me an idea if this will be permanent or will I begin feeling human completely again.

any insight or stories are appreciated and I am really grateful for you reading mine and helping in advanced!

God bless!

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    My anxiety didn't come as a result of quitting weed, but I did have similar symptoms. Maybe ask a doctor about antidepressants, personally, they've helped. As far as whether you'll ever feel normal again, who knows? For me, some days are better than others. I feel normal about half the time. It'll be different for everyone.

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    Maybe this is really how you are and the weed masked it?
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      Oh i donk know then. Sorry i dont smoke that stuff. I had heard it calms a person and decreases stress responses so it kinda made sense if you stopped  your mind would be flooded by thoughts and stress and cause anxiety. Good luck maybe a doctor familiar with marijuana can helo you out.

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    Numbness on the left side of my body, pulsing headache, feeling weak on my left side, insomnia, heart palpitations.

    Sounds like the effects of the downregulation of cannabinoid receptors, which should be expected after almost a year of smoking. Is it permanent? No, it's not, but it may take you a while (a few months? a year?) to feel as a healthy human being again. You can either wait or speak to your GP and ask for drugs able to counteract these effects. However, these are mainly neuroleptics (olanzapine, aripiprazole) and they have their own side-effects (like serious weight gain...).

    My advice is - find a good specialist and be totally honest with yourself and him/her. Contrary to what people say, prolonged exposure to THC is serious...

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