panic attacks

Rosey Poesy (@Foxyllama789) 6 years, 4 months ago

Over the past two years I’ve been smoking weed. I haven’t actually smoked in about 3-4 months, but i have wanted to. I can’t get high anymore, or at least that’s how it feels, because every time i do i have a full blown panic attack which leads to existential crisis. The only way to stop it is by going to sleep.

I want to enjoy the high like I used to, but i can’t seem to pull myself out this terrifying mindset I get into. It seems like I have no control over my thoughts. I’ve heard that acetaminophen and chewing peppercorns helps relive it. I haven’t tried either one yet.

I’ve also tried explaining it to my friends and other people but none of them seem to understand and the people on this website seem pretty chill about things like this. Ever since I’ve stopped smoking i feel like I’ve lost a big part of myself and getting left out. it sucks. I just really need some help, advice, whatever it is.

by the way, I never had such bad anxiety smoking weed until after the 2nd time i tripped on acid.

If anyone can help me out here it would be greatly appreciated and it would mean a lot. 

thank you for taking the time to read this :) 

March 20, 2016 at 10:10 pm
Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 6 years, 4 months ago ago

Hey, this is a really strange phenomenon. It happened to me too, and I know a few other people who have said they went through the same thing. I smoked for at least a few years regularly and loved it and for some reason gradually it started making me really uncomfortable and giving me, as you said, full blown panic attacks. My heart would race like I just smoked crack or something and I could not stand to be around people.

I smoked for at least a few years regularly and loved it and for some reason gradually it started making me really uncomfortable and giving me, as you said, full blown panic attacks. My heart would race like I just smoked crack or something and I could not stand to be around people while high. For a while I fought it and kept smoking anyway but then I started feeling like I was torturing myself for no reason. I think when this happens, it’s our body or mind’s way of telling us to take a break. You can always re-visit it later. Nowadays I barely smoke (maybe once every few months at most) and I usually feel okay when I do, and if not I can get more of a handle on it and tell myself everything is okay and not freak out, but more often than not I’d just rather not take the risk. It makes more sense to learn how to enjoy being sober anyway doesn’t it? Best of luck, you’re not the only one! :)

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Tone Tone (71) (@spreadthelove) 6 years, 4 months ago ago

I’ve had a couple weed panic attacks. I used to blaze everyday for years but then it started making me uncomfortable. I started becoming really anxious every time I smoked and it got to a point where I didn’t like anything about the high. So I quit. It was really tough for a while because all my friends smoked weed and I did a lot of bonding with peeps when smoking. But I got used to it and my friends got used to it and I didn’t lose any friends. Weed isn’t for everyone, and even though it may have been in the past, your time may be up. 

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SpaceBabe3000 (2) (@DivineLoveInfinitePeace) 6 years, 4 months ago ago

I stopped smoking last December for these EXACT reasons, and yes I feel really left out now within my circle of friends because all they do is smoke, all the time! It. sucks hah. There’s really nothing we can do about it I think, sometimes certain things don’t agree with our bodies/current mind set/  If you’re one to already suffer from anxiety and panic attacks even way before you started smoking then that doesn’t help at all!!! For most people it relaxes them, for me it makes my thoughts race to 1000 MPH and everything becomes a death warrant or a worry (amplified because i already worry and panic enough without weed). If you read about weed deeply it is shown to cause schizophrenia in some people… i feel like it had that affect on me and i didnt like it… any little thought i would have would mean my own demise… it’s awful… 

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Josef (3) (@Joe223344) 6 years, 4 months ago ago

Hey man I’ve experienced the same things recently. Used to be a regular pot smoker and was able to thoroughly enjoy it each time I smoked. About 2 year ago I noticed I started having the same symptoms you mention in the post. I would get stoned and have panic/anxiety attacks. I’ve attributed the anxiety and whatnot to not dealing with the pressures/stressed of everyday life while I am sober. While sober I was able to nullify any emotional stress by distracting myself with the internet or alcohol or anything else. I would then get high and all the stresses I had been avoiding while being sober would come to the forefront of my thoughts and I would not be able to think of anything else. I’ve been able to manage it by dealing with my issues and talking to people while sober. The biggest thing is talking to people about your issues and getting them out there. It is not always easy but once the issues are out of your head and on paper or spoken to a trusted confidant or even a complete stranger on a platform like this, the issues becomes easier to deal with. I am a believer in the theory that doing any psychoactive drug like cannabis only enhances your current mindset. Maybe smoke and record your thoughts/anxieties while high and then later (sober) look back at those thoughts and try to gain an understanding of why your having those thoughts or anxieties. Like everything, my experience is unique and may not apply to you but I hope it helps you in understanding your situation a bit better. Cheers, Man!

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San Bridges (0) (@San-Bridges) 6 years, 4 months ago ago

Hi Rosey. I’ve been there. And trust me, it’s something you will surpass. You will be fine. You might not understand it at first because this is new to you. You are discovering this, experiencing it for the first time.
Are you recently beeing bothered by this ideas?:
https://highexistence.com/19-eye-opening-r-crumb-quotes-on-mass-culture-psychedelics-art-being-human-1960s-counterculture/

Just stick to your feels, no one can show you the way through this times, there is no method, no road, the road is done by walking, everyone discovers the true thanks to curiosity and the truth it’s hard to see, and harder to understand. It might be too much, it might be mind boggling, you will be a mess of feelings, you are going to be a mess of thought, buy you will re discover what this life is all about. The veil it’s being lifted.
You ever heard about the cave allegory? Well, you are peeking out the cave without really knowing, and that freaks your body/mind out.
What you are haveing is an spiritual awakening. And something what you can experience are those panic attacks. Panic attacks are just that. Panic. Fear. The only way to overcome fear, is by letting you be filled with understanding. Love is understanding. Through love you will understand, and know. So follow your star.
You need to start powering that good intentions, you need to star working your empathy. You need to stop judging. This is a process and those are the things that will bring you harmony. Panic, fear, manifest when you are in disorder, bothered, you might have thoughts going on inside your head, stressing you out, this is harming you. This posibly is product of trauma that most of us have, due to this system, this world order. You are a spiritual being and you are just starting to experience what this is.

Remember this:
Fear is man made. You create it. It’s in your mind. It’s inside. Not outside.
This isn’t easy to realise… and this are things hard to combat, because they are happening within you.
Fortunately, fear can be fought with out side entities. They cooperate with you, the are allies.
When you are haveing this panic attacks, do the following:
Be conscious that this is your body overreacting to something, that you can have a separated thought, haveing control of the situation, don’t let the body drive your mind, your mind needs to be separated now. Your subconscious is the responsible to this overreaction. So you need to focus on beeing in control of the situation, even if you are shakeing, and if your throat is numb, if you feel things, emotions that you don’t understand, just feel them, don’t question them now, don’t try to explain them now, now you have to calm down.  
Drink water, you will be amazed by how drinking water calms you down. Focus on the water going down into you. Just as you think you might gonna have a panic attack, because I know you can sense when it’s growing in you, grab a water bottle.
Concentrate in your breathing, concentrate to slow down your heart. You are being over oxigenated and you can’t think clarely.
Take a walk outside with your bottle while you breath slowly.
While stronger panic attacks you might add fire, warmth, light. Those help too.
If you can’t go down, take a hot shower, let the watter fall and concentrate on tranquilizing yourself.
Allways have in mind that this isn’t something you consumed, nothing you took or ingested, its your mind and your body overreacting to something, a danger, and this makes the scenario just worst if you can’t controle it. So you better don’t consume psicoactives while this process, not unless you have no more fear. Beacouse alterating your state of mind, make you lose control, but this isn’t the cause. The cause is you.
I’ve been hospitalized haveing a psychotic breakdown, and you don’t want that. Don’t let fear take over your mind.

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San Bridges (0) (@San-Bridges) 6 years, 4 months ago ago

Pardon my english, i’m self taught and my mother lenguage it’s Spanish :P Also I’m tired.

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