mightysparks wrote: ↑April 4th, 2021, 12:34 am
How much were you smoking regularly? I’d been smoking about 1g a day for about 2 years when I quit cold turkey and I had minor withdrawal symptoms for about 3 days and then I was fine. Didn’t think about it at all after a week.
I’ve found since I quit though my anxiety has gotten increasingly worse, especially in the last 6 months since I haven’t used it at all. But it wasn’t quite giving me the same effect as before which is why I don’t really want to do it again but I haven’t found anything that helps my anxiety. I’ve tried all the natural healthy stuff like running, exercise in general, healthy eating, meditation, yoga. Running helps a bit, but not enough. The day after the shrooms was the first time I’d felt anxiety free in over a year.
I've mostly been using a vape pen for the last year or so, so I'm not sure exactly how much; enough to get decently high but still be able to communicate and function, I guess. I've gone through phases when I was smoking well over a gram a day but that stopped years ago. Weed here is bred to be ridiculously potent these days too, over 30% THC on the low end, so I definitely use a lower quantity than I used to when anything over 10% was considered strong stuff. (I actually think the cannabis industry shot themselves in the foot a bit with selective breeding: people aren't gonna burn through the stuff nearly as quickly as they used to, and it's not much more expensive than it was a few years ago.)
Sorry to hear about your anxiety mighty. Weed and anxiety have a complicated relationship for me. I generally feel more mellow (duh) when I'm high, but also less in control of my energy, so if my mind veers off in the wrong direction it can go pretty far south pretty quickly. When I'm sober I'm better at pulling myself back when I start feeling pangs of anxiety/irritation, but my baseline mood is more uptight.
Exercise, good diet, good weather, and all that healthy lifestyle stuff helps but there's really no guarantee I'll be anxiety-free any given day. I also take 100mg of sertraline (generic Zoloft) a day, which I started when I was 12 to help treat my OCD, but which I think also helps with anxiety (if I miss a few days, I feel noticeably more anxious in any case; maybe it's more SSRI withdrawal than missing the drug's benefits). I find having a creative outlet really helps me process anxiety/depression/shame, all that dysphoric stuff, even if it doesn't alleviate it.