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redtailhawk01 posted:
Hi I have been smoking marijuana for a little over three years. To all of yyou I know its not that long of a time period. I started on my sixteenth bbirthday, now I am nineteen. It took me well over a year to start smoking on a daily basis. But the last two years of smoking was an every day thing. No more than a gram or two a day. I have now been clean for two weeks exactly. I stopped because I started getting scared. I was thinking wayy to deeply and having anxiety about things I shouldnt worry about. Now that I have stopped I have it way worse. I think about dying a lot and it scares me and I get wayy worried or parinoid about things that I shouldnt be about. Will all of this crap eventually dissapear completely. I have been praying also to be healed. I can notice better days but then worse days. I know the toxins and poisons are leaving my body and thats most of the case. My main question is, will I ever feel the way I used to Four years ago before I ever touched pot or any substance? BTW I only have smoked weed and drank alcohol. No other substances did I ever try. Alcohol is not a problem either. Just drink it very occasionally. Thank you so much. This horrible feelings are just really getting to me and it is very hard for me.
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Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Redtailhawk and welcome to WebMD,

Keep checking back here for responses but it might help others help you if you shared whether you had any anxiety, etc., before you started smoking pot or is this a new thing for you.

You are not alone and I hope you'll keep writing here and reaching out for help.

Do you have any support around you?
redtailhawk01 replied to Caprice_WebMD_Staff's response:
I never ever had this before I smoked, and yes I do have support
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Harry L Haroutunian, MD responded:
Your concerns about marijuana use over this three year period are well-founded; the marijuana available today is seven to ten times stronger than it was twenty years ago, and has been known to induce difficulty with thoughts, feelings of persecution and paranoia, depression and anxiety in its users. I can assure you that with proper help, this will all get better than it ever was before you started to use, but it does require some action on your part.

There is more to quitting three years of marijuana than just stopping to smoke it or eat it. Your symptoms could signal an underlying problem that the marijuana simply unveiled. It would be important for you to see your family doctor and get a referral to a counselor knowledgeable in chemical dependency to evaluate you now and as you stay abstinent. Marijuana remains in your system a lot longer than usual drugs; it takes time to clear, and it takes time to heal. Follow these simple suggestions and your future is very bright. And I applaud you for seeking help and asking these very important questions.

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