First of all I will say that I am not here to talk down to anyone or leave input on something I have no experience on.
I have firsthand experience using this drug.
I was a regular user of marijuana since the age of 13.
When I was 29 years old I got a D.U.I for marijuana while I was not even using the drug.
Therefore, a dirty police officer used his knowledge of me being a pot smoker to basically ruin my life.
I was pulled over and taken for blood testing when I was not using marijuana at all that day.
Then without a license I lost my job, which moved my whole life towards a downward spiral.
Being on probation I started to use synthetic marijuana because it would not show up in drug screening and I could continue smoking while on probation.
Over the next five years of my life being on probation and using synthetic marijuana the chemical compounds changed continuously.
The first attempt at quitting was pure hell.
I went through withdraw for a few weeks, throwing up and sweating profusely and extreme appetite loss. I lost about 30 lbs.
I stopped smoking for about a year and one day I decided I would just take a few puffs to ease all the stress I had been going through.
This proved to be a bad decision.
The chemicals had changed so much at this time that I had felt extremely intoxicated from one puff.
I then began to take a puff here and there which led to more and more each day to the point where I was craving this once again.
I stopped again, went back through all the withdraw symptoms again and told myself I was never smoking again as it had caused me to spend all my extra money on getting high.
I was basically getting off work and smoking all night until I was out completely.
I was clean from the drug once again. My life had been going great.
Once again I was going through stressful time in my life.
I lost my grandmother and I was having problems with a supervisor at my job.
I started to sneak around and smoke again when I could find time away from my family and my fiancé, so that I wouldn’t get caught.
Eventually I didn’t care any longer and just started smoking whenever I felt like it.
I was basically a zombie.
My kids knew something was wrong and stopped coming to visit me on my custody weeks, which actually made me worse and more stressed out.
I got to the point where I was calling off work and didn’t care about anything.
This was all in a matter of a few weeks.
I would pass out outside in my car where I went to smoke to be away from everyone.
I started smoking in my kitchen next to my exhaust fan at my stove.
I would get high and stand there for hours upon hours.
My fiance would leave for work and come home 8 hours later and I would still be in the same spot standing there comatose.
One evening I was lying on the living room floor and took a few puffs.
This proved to be almost fatal. I went into my first seizure, she called 911 and before they arrived I had 2 more seizures.
I was then rushed to a hospital which was an hour away from my home and placed in critical care.
I was incubated while there.
My kidneys had shut down completely and my body was breaking down.
I was in the critical care unit for one week, unable to do anything on my own.
I was told my kidneys may never recover and I would need to be on dialysis for the remaining of my life.
This was a huge wake up call for me.
I have three children and seeing them cry changed my life.
I felt as if I have let them down.
I could not believe that something like this was happening to me.
I almost died from smoking what seemed to be a harmless substance.
I had smoked it so many times before without any serious effect.
This time was different. After being in the hospital for over a week, I was released.
My kidneys have recovered enough to maintain my toxin levels without needing dialysis however they are not 100% fit and will never be the same.
Now if I take a drink I have to urinate within 5 minutes.
I cannot hold it and barely make it to the bathroom sometimes.
My whole body aches daily from the seizures.
I almost bit my tongue off; it is still healing and hurts me constantly.
I now suffer from high blood pressure also and loss of breath.
If I try to go outside to play with my kids I lose my breath and feel as if I am going to pass out at times.
This makes me very depressed.
I am 34 years old and feel like a 80 years old person.
It has been the hardest thing I have ever dealt with in my life.
I am only writing this to inform people about serious issues it can cause.
I know that by reading my story most of you will say “oh this would never happen to me” but the fact is I was in your shoes and said that same thing.
Now I am happy to be alive and be here for my children still.
I was a healthy person my whole life and very active and physically fit.
I threw that all away in a few weeks of smoking this poison.
I am not a god worshipping person however I am thankful somebody was watching out for me that night and saved me from death.
Please take this seriously if you are a user or know somebody who is.
This is nothing to take lightly please get help immediately before it changes your life.
I have seen firsthand the outcome of this life changing drug.
Do anything you can to get yourself clean from this and if it is a friend or family member you know who is using it, do the same to get them the help they need.
Force them to discontinue use.
I also now suffer from memory loss and fear of future seizures.
Please everyone take this seriously.
If you need advice on quitting or how to help someone to quit please email me @ [email protected] .
I will be glad to answer any questions and give any help that I can.
If this article is able to save one person I would feel that I have done my part.
Together we can all make a difference saving people from this horrible drug.