My story reads like many of the others on here; I have been a long-standing weed smoker.
I didn’t know anything about legal highs at all until a friend mentioned spice, one day I was in the city center so decided to enter the head shop and buy some.
I purchased a gram of herbal haze, started very slowly at first smoking a bit with the weed as I was told it would get me high.
Anyway, before I knew it, I had completely given up on weed and moved on to spice.
The problem was that before I knew it, I was smoking more and more, probably 2 grams per day; I was spending all of my money on it and even stealing when I had to.
Regarding my health, I had so many problems with it and started rotating and grinding my teeth which made it worse.
I had severe stomach problems, with little control over my bowels or bladder at times.
My stomach always felt horrible (I have IBS anyway), so it just made that worse.
I felt agitated all of the time, I couldn’t remember things, I was paranoid and was even reliving situations in my head and talking to myself.
I kept it from my family, but they could tell something was wrong with me, and I think they thought I was having a breakdown of some description.
I also have to say that I stopped caring about stuff, no emotional attachment to family or friends and didn’t care and a lot of the time I was just angry and agitated.
I just couldn’t seem to stop because I enjoyed the feeling of being completely out of my skull, then I went on to try stronger and stronger varieties some which would give me panic attacks.
I wanted to stop; I knew I had to, or I was going to end up mad or dead.
The catalyst for me has been the blanket ban on legal highs in the UK, you can no longer purchase them legally here, in shops or over the Internet so I have had to stop.
I can honestly say I have not struggled as much as some on here, but I certainly lost my appetite, have been anxious and agitated and short tempered.
It has been about five days now, and I have this general hangover sort of feeling, dull headache, upset stomach, I have also felt very tearful and depressed, but I am coping, and I have to say in spite of the withdrawals, I feel so glad that I have stopped it.
I would honestly urge all of you to stop now, this stuff is not harmless, in my opinion as a very long standing smoker of weed this stuff is 20 times worse.
I have managed to stop on my own without support, but I would encourage people, to be honest with those that you love, let them help and support you and get off this shit before it is too late.
If I can do it, anyone can, I will personally offer my support to anybody on here that wants it.
Your life will be so much better, and if you are a partner or family member of a user, as sick of it as you are, please try and support your loved one through this because this stuff is making them act the way they do.
Love and support to all of you, you are amazing people xx