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19 Nov 2012 11:04 AM   |   7882 clicks   |   Salon
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jaylectricity    [TotalFark]  
I feel depressed and am not sure what to do with myself.

You were already depressed and you were escaping through drugs.

I used to work part time and would spend the rest of the time getting high and watching TV. Now that I am not getting high, I feel like my husband and I don't relate any more.

Maybe that's because after a year or two of marriage you both tuned each other out and began getting high and watching TV. Now that you're not getting high, you're noticing the deficiencies in your relationship. Again...you already had a problem that you were escaping through drugs.

during the 10 years that I was a pothead, I lost all of my friends because I would rather smoke than hang out with them.

In your times of trouble, instead of leaning on your friends, you turned to drugs.

Any advice would be welcome.

Stop blaming cannabis. You were in need of a life change and instead of doing it through positivity you chose drugs to fix it.

19 Nov 2012 09:53 AM
hubiestubert    [TotalFark]  

jaylectricity: I feel depressed and am not sure what to do with myself.

You were already depressed and you were escaping through drugs.

I used to work part time and would spend the rest of the time getting high and watching TV. Now that I am not getting high, I feel like my husband and I don't relate any more.

Maybe that's because after a year or two of marriage you both tuned each other out and began getting high and watching TV. Now that you're not getting high, you're noticing the deficiencies in your relationship. Again...you already had a problem that you were escaping through drugs.

during the 10 years that I was a pothead, I lost all of my friends because I would rather smoke than hang out with them.

In your times of trouble, instead of leaning on your friends, you turned to drugs.

Any advice would be welcome.

Stop blaming cannabis. You were in need of a life change and instead of doing it through positivity you chose drugs to fix it.


Over in one. Good job.

19 Nov 2012 10:13 AM
marcpen    [TotalFark]  

jaylectricity: I

Stop blaming cannabis. You were in need of a life change and instead of doing it through positivity you chose drugs to fix it.


Bravo

19 Nov 2012 10:16 AM
Happy Hours     

jaylectricity: Stop blaming cannabis. You were in need of a life change and instead of doing it through positivity you chose drugs to fix it.


Yeah, pretty much this. Too often when anyone has problems with life and smokes pot, the pot gets blamed. If only they hadn't smoked pot their life would be peaches and cream (or unicorns and rainbows).

That's a crock of shiat. Pot doesn't screw up people's lives (and it doesn't lead to success either). There are a whole lot of other things which affect success or failure in life.

19 Nov 2012 10:37 AM
Elandriel     
I used to smoke a lot of pot, recreationally as I don't think I had anything really going wrong with my life. There is a period of depression when you quit, because the chemistry of your brain is altered slightly because of the mood elevation properties of THC. It's not necessarily masking already existing depression, it's simply that you are "used" to feeling that way at a certain time of day (after work in my case), and with that added boost gone the resulting sobriety feels lower and more down than you would otherwise feel. It is noticeable.

It's not necessarily addictive, to the extent that the withdrawal symptoms are weak as compared with a hard drug or even habitual drinking, but there certainly are symptoms that exist when you move from heavy smoking to infrequent or quitting altogether.

This person though, this was covered by jayelectricity.

19 Nov 2012 10:46 AM
Pocket Ninja    [TotalFark]  
I'd just like to point out that the person who wrote this letter is a woman. Unless, you know, we're talking about a gay couple. Not that there's anything wrong that.

19 Nov 2012 10:57 AM
Gunny Highway     
I bet he remembers his dreams now which is cool

19 Nov 2012 11:05 AM
Satanic_Hamster     
Have you ever sucked dick for weed, man?

19 Nov 2012 11:06 AM
styckx     
Over in one...

19 Nov 2012 11:06 AM
untaken_name     
Uh, what's the problem? Just start smoking again and everything goes back to normal. Duh.

19 Nov 2012 11:09 AM
Clemkadidlefark     
Which is why marijuana used to be known as Dope

19 Nov 2012 11:11 AM
wildcardjack     
There's a major difference between psychological dependence and physical dependence.

19 Nov 2012 11:11 AM
bud jones     
Extraneous quotation mark in headline quadfecta complete, quinfecta in play...

19 Nov 2012 11:12 AM
Jument     
She should take up drinking, then.

19 Nov 2012 11:12 AM
jfivealive     
Am i the only one that thinks the salon just got trolled by someone bored and stoned?

19 Nov 2012 11:12 AM
scottydoesntknow    [TotalFark]  

Gunny Highway: I bet he remembers his dreams now which is cool


Last week I decided to not smoke. Started on Monday, and by Thursday I actually remembered my first dream. Too bad it was a farking nightmare that terrified me (stupid ass clowns). Made me regret ever wanting to remember that crap.

/No withdrawal symptoms

19 Nov 2012 11:12 AM
Rapmaster2000     

Clemkadidlefark: Which is why marijuana used to be known as Dope


Only moms called it dope. Everyone else knew dope was heroin.

19 Nov 2012 11:14 AM
signaljammer     
The meaning of the word 'Dope' in this context means 'cure-all,' dope!

19 Nov 2012 11:16 AM
joonyer     

untaken_name: Uh, what's the problem? Just start smoking again and everything goes back to normal. Duh.


God, no shiat. The solution is right there in front of you. On the table. No, not the remote. The bong. All these problems and they're all fixed by that one little device. That one wonderful, maaaaagical device.

How can people be so blind to the most obvious solution?

19 Nov 2012 11:17 AM
joonyer     
One last thing, Ex-Pothead:

Nobody likes a quitter.

19 Nov 2012 11:18 AM
Happy Hours     

Elandriel: I used to smoke a lot of pot, recreationally as I don't think I had anything really going wrong with my life. There is a period of depression when you quit, because the chemistry of your brain is altered slightly because of the mood elevation properties of THC


I've quit smoking pot a few times - supply problems....when you're not in college anymore and you move to a new town you don't have all those connections you used to have. I can honestly say it made very little difference. Other than wishing I could get high I felt absolutely no withdrawal symptoms.

I could get pot right now - well, not right now, but I could get pot today if I really wanted (or "needed") it that bad (the people I could get it from have jobs and are at work right now), but I don't. It's not a miracle drug and I don't want to spend the money on it. It's not that I think pot is evil, I just don't see any benefit from me using it.

Well, not any benefit other than getting high for a couple of hours. If someone handed me a joint I'd gladly partake but I'm not going to go out of my way to get any pot.

19 Nov 2012 11:18 AM
Expolaris     

jaylectricity: I feel depressed and am not sure what to do with myself.

You were already depressed and you were escaping through drugs.

I used to work part time and would spend the rest of the time getting high and watching TV. Now that I am not getting high, I feel like my husband and I don't relate any more.

Maybe that's because after a year or two of marriage you both tuned each other out and began getting high and watching TV. Now that you're not getting high, you're noticing the deficiencies in your relationship. Again...you already had a problem that you were escaping through drugs.

during the 10 years that I was a pothead, I lost all of my friends because I would rather smoke than hang out with them.

In your times of trouble, instead of leaning on your friends, you turned to drugs.

Any advice would be welcome.

Stop blaming cannabis. You were in need of a life change and instead of doing it through positivity you chose drugs to fix it.


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i've blamed Weed, WoW, and my Weight for my loneliness in the past. When i realized that real change comes from within, even if that change is admitting your old ways are hurting you and that you need help. 

Smoking significantly less since i have someone in my life instead of wasting my life trying to stay in the top 100,000s in Modern Warfare 3 (8 long angry months of unemployment) Now me and the lady friend enjoy a weekend of wine and weed every now and then.

19 Nov 2012 11:19 AM
ThatGuyFromTheInternet     

scottydoesntknow: stupid ass clowns


Were they no-talent, also?

19 Nov 2012 11:20 AM
speedycat     
I smoked marijuana every day, several times a day, (up to 5 times) from age 17 to 22. One day I decided I was tired of being overweight from binge eating due to munchies and being sedentary. All I would do was smoke, eat a pint of ice cream and play video games. To be honest, it was great. But I can't do that for the rest of my life.

I quit cold turkey back in May of this year. I didn't suffer any adverse effects. Actually, every thing has been positive for me. I ended a bad relationship a girl who continues to smoke, I went from 205lbs to 171lbs and quit my dead end, minimum wage job and enlisted with the Air Force for 6 years. I plan to give them 20. I've been running and lifting every weekday too. But I need to cut this post short, I have to be at the gym in 26 minutes.

19 Nov 2012 11:21 AM
Gunny Highway     

speedycat: I quit cold turkey back in May of this year. I didn't suffer any adverse effects. Actually, every thing has been positive for me


Same thing with me.

19 Nov 2012 11:22 AM
SweetMama     
My opinion -- it's hormonal. Pot screws around with your estrogen levels. Look it up. Then go to a health food store and get some progesterone cream. Works like a charm.

19 Nov 2012 11:22 AM
HotWingConspiracy    [TotalFark]  
"Bro I feel all weird since I stopped smoking weed."

"That's called sober. You're sober right now. That feeling is probably why you started smoking."

19 Nov 2012 11:22 AM
joonyer     

speedycat: I smoked marijuana every day, several times a day, (up to 5 times) from age 17 to 22. One day I decided I was tired of being overweight from binge eating due to munchies and being sedentary. All I would do was smoke, eat a pint of ice cream and play video games. To be honest, it was great. But I can't do that for the rest of my life.

I quit cold turkey back in May of this year. I didn't suffer any adverse effects. Actually, every thing has been positive for me. I ended a bad relationship a girl who continues to smoke, I went from 205lbs to 171lbs and quit my dead end, minimum wage job and enlisted with the Air Force for 6 years. I plan to give them 20. I've been running and lifting every weekday too. But I need to cut this post short, I have to be at the gym in 26 minutes.


You're still a quitter.

19 Nov 2012 11:23 AM
Dirtybird971     
Hey lady? It was pot, let it go. Sobriety is a hell of a drug. And it takes some getting used to.

What's worse than drugs? Having to talk to posers like the "author" of this article. On and on, writing a lot and saying nothing. She asked for advice, not a farking diatribe.

the "church of all of us who've been there" really?? STFU and drink this.

/10 years clean and I still hate ex-addicts. Stupid farking meetings and coffee and "truth" and feelings.
//great now I feel sick.

19 Nov 2012 11:23 AM
Headso    [TotalFark]  
fark off with your reefer madness bullshiat.

19 Nov 2012 11:23 AM
Dr Dreidel     

Gunny Highway: I bet he remembers his dreams now which is cool


How prevalent is this? I've noticed it, and at least two people I know thought I was a wizard when I asked them (post-quitting) if they started remembering dreams again. Is this one of those things everybody knows but no one talks about?

19 Nov 2012 11:23 AM
reklamfox     
Yeah, I'm addicted to relaxing and having fun to.

/moderation is key

19 Nov 2012 11:25 AM
DammitIForgotMyLogin    [TotalFark]  

Dr Dreidel: Gunny Highway: I bet he remembers his dreams now which is cool

How prevalent is this? I've noticed it, and at least two people I know thought I was a wizard when I asked them (post-quitting) if they started remembering dreams again. Is this one of those things everybody knows but no one talks about?


Happened to me too

19 Nov 2012 11:25 AM
signaljammer     
When one ages, he has a little less need for cannabis. Withdrawal from any substance one has come to be dependent upon is going to be a little bit rough, in ways one will be aware of, and ones one may not. The retentivity of the substance is a factor. A long-term puffer will be able to get a little buzz by going for a long hike by getting some residue from his fat tissues. So withdrawal will be a little less difficult than from something polar-soluble. Cannabis is pretty warm stuff, so, yeah, someone who quits is gonna feel depersonalized and bereft. The brain tries to equilibrate from whatever suite of substances our imbiber chooses. When he quits, the pendulum is gonna swing the other way for awhile.

19 Nov 2012 11:26 AM
untaken_name     

Dr Dreidel: Gunny Highway: I bet he remembers his dreams now which is cool

How prevalent is this? I've noticed it, and at least two people I know thought I was a wizard when I asked them (post-quitting) if they started remembering dreams again. Is this one of those things everybody knows but no one talks about?


Yes.

19 Nov 2012 11:26 AM
Rapmaster2000     

Dr Dreidel: Gunny Highway: I bet he remembers his dreams now which is cool

How prevalent is this? I've noticed it, and at least two people I know thought I was a wizard when I asked them (post-quitting) if they started remembering dreams again. Is this one of those things everybody knows but no one talks about?


Interesting. I thought it was just me. Though I did smoke yesterday and remember my dream from last night.

19 Nov 2012 11:26 AM
Gunny Highway     

Dr Dreidel: Gunny Highway: I bet he remembers his dreams now which is cool

How prevalent is this? I've noticed it, and at least two people I know thought I was a wizard when I asked them (post-quitting) if they started remembering dreams again. Is this one of those things everybody knows but no one talks about?


Everyone I talks to has the same experience.

19 Nov 2012 11:27 AM
olddinosaur     
Hogwash.

Marijuana is not physically addictive in the biochemical sense. Extremely heavy users may suffer some irratibility when it is withdrawn, but nothing like the sdymptoms which accompany withdrawal from narcotics, alcohol or niccotine.

What he is saying is, he is an attention whore, and so totally wrapped up in himself that he expects others to take him as seriously as he takes himself.

Fat chance.

19 Nov 2012 11:27 AM
joonyer     

Dr Dreidel: Gunny Highway: I bet he remembers his dreams now which is cool

How prevalent is this? I've noticed it, and at least two people I know thought I was a wizard when I asked them (post-quitting) if they started remembering dreams again. Is this one of those things everybody knows but no one talks about?


Yup. Lots of people talk about it, too. Quite a few primary literature papers on it in zee libraries. :)

19 Nov 2012 11:28 AM
dryknife     
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19 Nov 2012 11:29 AM
signaljammer     
Yeah, you don't get your deep-REM sleep if you smoke pot all of the time. Anything with an analgesic component is going to be missed by one's nervous system. The only recreational drugs that aren't addictive whatsoever are the hallucinogens. That's why there is next to zero social phenomenology associated with them.

19 Nov 2012 11:30 AM
joonyer     

19 Nov 2012 11:30 AM
bighairyguy    [TotalFark]  
Eat Pray Toke

19 Nov 2012 11:31 AM
SweetMama     
The problem with you young people is, you've never gone through menopause, so you don't know the symptoms of estrogen fluctuation. I'm completely serious about this. That weird feeling you feel is your hormones re-adjusting. It can take several months for them level out. Try the progesterone cream. It fixes the problem right away. (women only.)

19 Nov 2012 11:32 AM
dready zim     

Dirtybird971: Hey lady? It was pot, let it go. Sobriety is a hell of a drug. And it takes some getting used to.

What's worse than drugs? Having to talk to posers like the "author" of this article. On and on, writing a lot and saying nothing. She asked for advice, not a farking diatribe.

the "church of all of us who've been there" really?? STFU and drink this.

/10 years clean and I still hate ex-addicts. Stupid farking meetings and coffee and "truth" and feelings.
//great now I feel sick.


So much THIS. There are no people holier than thou than ex addicts who wont freakin shut up about it.

I remember being at an after party and these 2 ex heroin users were banging on about how hard it was when they were farking over everyone they knew to get high and how being straight was so hard so I told them about this one time I was peaking on mushrooms and got a phone call to say my father had died from a heart attack and I had to drive to the family home in torrential rain and look at the corpse of my father laid out in the living room whilst all the time tripping on mushrooms.

They stopped banging on about how hard it was stealing from people and getting high.

assholes.

19 Nov 2012 11:33 AM
PapaChester     
That egg looks SO GOOD right now!

But I sooooo don't want to get up from my chair....

19 Nov 2012 11:33 AM
joonyer     

SweetMama: The problem with you young people is, you've never gone through menopause, so you don't know the symptoms of estrogen fluctuation. I'm completely serious about this. That weird feeling you feel is your hormones re-adjusting. It can take several months for them level out. Try the progesterone cream. It fixes the problem right away. (women only.)


I put some on my balls. Should I not have done that?

19 Nov 2012 11:34 AM
jigger     
during the 10 years that I was a pothead, I lost all of my friends because I would rather smoke than hang out with them. 

Wait. What? Why the hell weren't you smoking it up with your friends? You didn't have any friends that smoked weed? Well, there's your problem.

19 Nov 2012 11:35 AM
signaljammer     
Taking phone calls while tripping is something I stringently avoid. Though, Ms often give me an aloofness from tragedy.

19 Nov 2012 11:37 AM
Porous Horace     
Remembering dreams ... yeah the novelty's all fun at first but then it becomes a nightmare.

/has awful dreams

19 Nov 2012 11:41 AM
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