Hi Folks, My name is Bryan. I’m a late 40’s dude that’s been using weed for the past couple years and am now experiencing physical consequences associated with how much and how often I’m vaping my dry herb. Seems like we can all agree - YUCK!
If I go daily for about month, I start to develop either the prodromal symptoms of what is being referred to as CHS, or maybe just acute symptoms of CWS with a really short onset time after my last dose.
I’ve started and stopped vaping a few times during the past two years and noticed that all of my symptoms go away within a few weeks of abstinence.
I’m looking forward to seeing what the medical research community discovers as this topic gets more attention and more coin gets allocated to this topic of research.
I have no real medical experience, but do enjoy educating myself through medical journals and peer reviewed articles. That kind of research also led me here to this site: weedless.org. Thank you for making this forum. I’m not a fan of big tech / Social media.
Currently: I’m on another break. Been a week. I’m over the worst of the most recent withdrawal symptoms that took about a week to pass.
Last night, I read through your experiences for a couple hours taking in all the similarities between our experiences. One thing that caught my attention was the question, “Why are you really using weed so often?”
For me the answer to that question has changed over the past two years. In the beginning it was to have fun and find enhanced enjoyment in various contexts. However, I can now see that I have entered into a dependence relationship with weed. I’ve noticed that I now have a very reduced tolerance for the mundane and now turn to marijuana to take me from a place of general boredom and ennui to the place of novelty that I’ve come to enjoy. The only problem. This type of relationship isn’t working for me anymore. Trying to live with “Rot Gut” is no way to live at all.
I’ll be taking the rest of the month of September off, and then I may give it another shot to see if this is something I can integrate into my life in a healthy way. For me, I’d be happy if I could have a blast once a month. Or who knows, maybe next month will show up and my response will be a shoulder shrug and a, “Whatever, I’m over it.”
Next: I’m confident I need therapy right now. Because I have past trauma in my life, I may be a good candidate for some EMDR. I didn’t come up with that on my own. My friend is a therapist and suggested it. I’m currently pinging my network here locally to try to find a good therapist that practices EMDR.
Because you all have been so willing to be vulnerable and transparent, I commit to the same. I’ll share my journey with you honestly in the hope that it will help us both.
Take Care, Bryan