I smoked synthetic weed regularly for six months back in 2009.
I got extremely skinny; my appetite was wiped out.
When I would eat, I couldn’t hold it down and would end up vomiting.
I remember I started using it because I had got a DUI and I was afraid of my upcoming trial and getting drug tested.
I was a regular marijuana smoker, and that’s how I got my DUI.
I remember the first brand of synthetic weed I used was called Tribal Warrior.
It was very easy to obtain through head shops. I do remember now that when I couldn’t afford my fix, I would have withdrawal symptoms like panic attacks, extreme irritability, and also got to a point where I couldn’t control my bladder and I would urinate on myself.
I remember real weed didn’t get me high at all when I was using the fake stuff all the time.
Anyways in May 2010 my DUI was dismissed, and I put down the spice and went back to regular weed, then I ended up putting it all down for a few months. During the March of 2011, I went through a breakup and lost my job the same week.
I went to a little head shop and purchased some synthetic weed, not thinking it would do anything.
It turns out the government had been cracking down and removing it from stores, but that’s when the manufacturers started changing chemicals in synthetic weed and head shops started selling it again and some brands claimed it did not contain JWH-018, and so on.
The head shops would frequently change out the brands they carried so I hardly ever bought the same kind more than a few times.
Anyways, I rolled some up in a blunt and went cruising down a back road; I literally lit it up and started smoking it.
It didn’t take long, but I soon felt the effects, and they were even stronger than what I remembered.
I panicked a little bit and knew I needed to get off the road, so I carefully drove home.
I kept doing it for another six months; I was 20 at the time.
It was so strong, and I suffered from extreme weight loss, complete loss of appetite, broke out in strange cystic like bumps everywhere, and I would pick at them, and it made them worse.
I was extremely paranoid, and my perception was whack. I started showing symptoms of psychosis when I think back.
I thought people at my job were going to harm me physically; there was some girl drama going on but my drugged out mind took it to the extreme.
I remember when I didn’t have my fix for a few hours I would have involuntary muscle jerks; my body temperature could not regulate itself, and I would feel a strange sensation of hot and cold at the same time with cold sweats.
I had to smoke it every hour on the hour to feel ok.
I remember I bought one brand labeled as Dead Man Walking and still believe it to be the strongest psychoactive chemical I’ve ever done.
As soon as I inhaled it, felt a warm sensation throughout my body, particularly in my genital area.
My heart would beat very fast and hard.
The resin this stuff would leave behind smelled like burnt plastic and it was black and very hard to scrape off.
I would smoke the resin, and the taste was disgusting nothing like weed.
I would pass out at night after I smoked all I could, and not remember going to sleep.
My methods of smoking were a water bong, glass pipe, and blunts.
I would sometimes smoke real weed, and it had no effect on me.
I became so paranoid and anxious that I had to quit my job.
I also sincerely believed that the apocalypse was coming, and I read the book of Revelations and found I could be one of the prophets who helped spread the word of God when the Antichrist came.
It was insane.
I got to where I couldn’t eat, and my hair was shedding.
I decided to stop, and I suffered about two weeks of withdrawal.
The anxiety was so bad I felt like I was crawling out of my skin.
I started smoking real weed again to help me eat. I want to mention that synthetic marijuana was the main thing I did on a regular basis, I would smoke real weed some, but it didn’t do anything.
At 22, I got help for my drug and alcohol problems, and I’ve been sober for almost three years.
Real weed was my favorite, but those two periods of 6 months when I did the synthetic marijuana were like nothing I’ve ever experienced.
I thought it was safe because it was legal, but I’m lucky to be alive and in my right mind.
This stuff is dangerous.
I hope my story can help others realize how dangerous this stuff is.
The people making it and selling do not care about your health and well-being and they only want to make money.
They know this stuff is addictive, and their customers keep coming back for more.