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Serious marijuana problem...

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  • Posted By: Nothintolose
  • May 16, 2007
  • 04:38 AM

Hey guys, im not sure if i should see a doctor. But by this point, im scared to death. I'm 18 years old 19 this summer, pretty healthy guy. I stay fit working out in cardio and muscle training. I dont know my real father but its said that he does have heart problems at age 55, I know he used to drink alot and most likely still does. Every couple days I take a pill called Accutane. It's for acne and although my face is spotless now, it keeps anything from coming back. Accutane or Isotretinoin (Generic name) is known to increase blood pressure.

Anyways, this is my story. I was at my cousins today and we decided to smoke some weed. We we're hitting buckets (light the weed in the top of the cap and pull it out of the water sucking all the smoke into the bottle, twist off the cap and take the hit) . Now i don't smoke very often, once or twice a week if at all. At first I was fine, having a good time and talking but then 10-15 mins in I started having breathing problems. I decided to walk outside and get some fresh air but things only got worse. My heartbeat started racing to the point where i couldnt keep track of it, i had feelings of uneasyiness or restleness and every time someone would try to talk to me I would feel closterphobic and have to leave the area. No matter what I did my heartbeat wouldnt stop racing, I took off my shirt and began to soak myself in freezing cold water (a common soloution for panic attacks) but it didnt really help. If anything it made me shutter and feel worse. I had decreased balance, found myself getting glasses of water every 5 mins, in a new glass and spilling water on myself every time. Its almost like i couldn't hold onto the cup. It seemed like the moods would come in waves, sometimes I would calm down only to have it heigtened again. After about 30 mins of increased heart rate i started getting deep pains in my heart. My left arm also started to hurt, till it got to the point that it was in so much pain i couldnt lift it. I had decreased blood circulation in my left arm and my fingers started going pitch white. I also had feelings of death and almost called 911, by this point I was saying my prayers, asking god for forgiveness on every stupid thing ive done. After 2 hours of rapid heartrate and my whole arm going numb, I thought I was going to die. I tried exercising my arm and rubbing the area around my heart, hoping to free up a blood clot, or help in some way. As time progressed I started to calm down, I got feeling back in my arm and my heartbeat returned back to normal.

Im sitting here now almost over 12 hours later, Im mostly relaxed but know by feelings that ive smoked today. My heartbeat is fine and my arm is fine but my heart has a feeling of pain, like it went through something catastrphic. I've had a panic attack smoking weed before where I had feelings of adrnealine shot through my body, and increased heart rate, but not like this.

I've tried googling an aswer to my problem but cant find anything, I literally poured my heart into this post and if you took the time to read it, god bless you. An aswer or some advice would mean the world to me, I just want to live. With that being said im done smoking weed.

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  • I would first advise that you STOP smoking weed. Obviously it isn't for you. If this is happening to you when you smoke, why do you continue to smoke? It sound like it gives you severe anxiety. It's also possible that you may be intolerant to it. Just as people have allergies to foods, you may have an allergy to marijuana. The best thing you can do is not smoke weed.
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  • I had the exact same thing happen to me about 6 months ago and didn't tell many people for the longest time and just continued with the treatment. After I was off the accutane I smoked again and it started to happen again but subsided quickly, and then a few months later I smoked a tiny bit and was fine. Then recently I smoked and it happened all over again, I panicked for just as long as the first time even thought I've been off of accutane for months! This issomething unexplainable. I asked my acne doctor and he had no clue and just told me to ask my other doctors. I pray I have not done permanent damage to myself. If I were you I would NOT try it again even if you are off of the accutane. When I read your post I am saying I had the exact same symptoms as you, and yet everywhere it says that accutane is only affected by alcohol. I know a few people in real life that also panicked while on accutane and pot. I hope to god some doctor will get to the bottom of this so I can safely understand more about this problem. I'm sorry for what happened to you, I really thought I was going to die also, and I hope you can get more answers.
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  • Thanks guys, I quit smoking weed and am making an appointment with a heart specialist, ill keep you posted :D
    Nothintolose 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • :confused: hi there, have you ever had anxiety problems? this sounds like a panic attack. are you trying to stop smoking and having a hard time?
    cherylanne 13 Replies Flag this Response
  • i also had the same exact thing happen 2 me......but i am not on accutane....i'm a heavy drinker and an ex-pothead, yet still i smoke occasionally.....i had these same exact attacks twice, once out of an intense bong and another one just out of the average ghetto bong........yet for some reason i still smoke here and there (out of blunts, i find these do not give the attacks but rather an acute chest pain)........i went to the cardiologist and everything was fine and they think it's all panic attacks too, but i find this hard to believe because my chest is CONSTANTLY in some sort of weird pain, whether it's a pinching feeling or something, it just never stops......i know i need to stop smoking and all that and im slowly but surely doing it, so i dont really know what could be the cause of it though
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  • i think its somethings interacting with the accutane and weed! I know that some of yall said that some of yall was off for a few months, But accutane could possibly take longer than usual to get out of your system. As for the chest pains, its good that you are goin to a cardiologist. Good Luck and I hope all is well!
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  • Weed affects people differently. Some have no reaction, can function fine and others actually have the panic-like reaction you described. I have experienced exactly what you have. Some weeds are not as intense, and the way you smoked it probably added greatly to the intensity of the feeling. It's weird, but I would become very withdrawn, closed in, could barely talk sometimes, and felt very self-conscious and uncomfortable. Didn't like being around people, except those very close to me. Other times, I could handle a mild buzz, but I still did it where I was comfortable. I was never able to overcome being in public and being stoned. As to the pains, whether in arm or chest, I think our brains worked overtime on those pains, and I actually felt the pain was more or less imaginary (I even knew it when it was happening), but somehow the intensity of the high causes the feeling of a certain pain, that just pulses away, or constricts, to the point you believe there might be something very wrong! The pains didn't always happen, but usually when the high was extremely intense. I think I heard my blood flow!It wasn't worth it - I gave it up.
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  • Well im 6'3 200 lbs. Was really active as a kid but not as much over the last year and a half, problems started happening about 6 months to a year ago. I still workout but not alot of cardio and im on the computer alot (average 6-12 hours a day). Im allergic to cats/dogs/dust, I could only see this affecting my respiatory track. I also have a weird habbit of not breathing through my nose but through my mouth (exhaling and inhaling rather than inhaling through nose and out of mouth, is this bad?). Something else that i find funny is that when I'm drinking and smoke weed, I dont have any of the effects at all. I can feel a bit of uneasyiness creeping inside of me, but it usually fades as I drink a bit more or join in a conversation-- keep myself busy. I don't know what someone would make of all this, but everyone that had the same symptoms as me should compare, also post anything different about your experience or something that would of maybe affected it. Cherylanne, I wouldnt say I have anxiety problems but I do have alot of stress buildup in my life. My real dad left me when I was 4 and my moms had a lot of problems ever since. She went through depression for awhile and we arent the richest folk around. I diagnosed myself with minor depression before and while I was on accutane, with the reason "A negative pesamistic view on life" (not sure on spelling). Mostly because I dont have all the things id like to have. I also had a bit of trouble in school, was stabbed 3 times last year...its been a rut. Could these things result in a panic attack or cause me to have anxiety problems? I do think about stuff ALOT. Give your thoughts, Thank you.
    Nothintolose 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • I wouldnt say I have anxiety problems but I do have alot of stress buildup in my life. My real dad left me when I was 4 and my moms had a lot of problems ever since. She went through depression for awhile and we arent the richest folk around. I diagnosed myself with minor depression before and while I was on accutane, with the reason "A negative pesamistic view on life" (not sure on spelling). Mostly because I dont have all the things id like to have. I also had a bit of trouble in school, was stabbed 3 times last year...its been a rut. Could these things result in a panic attack or cause me to have anxiety problems? I do think about stuff ALOT. Give your thoughts, Thank you.you've mentioned family stress, mild depression etc. sounds as though you could have a possible allergy to marijuana. plus the mix of the acne drug..but you were stabbed?? I think you should look more into that. That's a sure explanation of anxiety attacks. You could be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress disorder, particularly when (while stoned) your mind is going into subconscious tangents. Good luck, be safe
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  • I do constantly think about alot of stuff, the stabbing isnt one of the things though. When the "panic attack" occured I wasnt deep in thought or stressed out, at least not at that moment. This points me more toward an allergic reaction because I think it happened on its own. Or maybe its because im out of shape? I know the acne drug, marijuana and bad diet/lack of exercise all affect your blood so I think the weed is too much for the heart to handle and all ***l breaks loose. Maybe someone could educate me lol.
    Nothintolose 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • Sweetie...sounds like you are having severe anxeity attacks! If I were you I would go to my doctor (he is there to help and guide you thru medical/mental problems without judging you) and explain to him/her what has happened to you when you smoke pot, drink, and/or on prescription meds! It sure sounds to me like you really need to quit the pot smoking! Sorry, sweetie, but it is better than having that heart attack! For one thing, maybe the pot is bringing on a medical problem that your doc needs to address early so do be honest with your doc! Most docs will answer/check out your problem to make sure it is just a panic attack and not really a physcial problem at all! One thing you need to know is that this isn't a medical problem that is just starting out!I know it will be hard when your friends smoke pot and you can't but you have to think of your health! I know that losing your Dad at the age 4 sure made it ******n you and your Mom! I am sorry for this! I have 3 grandsons 16, 15, and 12 plus their Mom living with me! Their Dad doesn't care enough about them to help support them but that's okay...I am doing it okay! These boys were used to their "Pop" (my DH and their grandfather) being around to help by taking them camping, hunting, and taking care of them but he died 3 years ago so they still aren't over this! Like I said...we are doing just fine on our own! These boys say "all we need is our Mom and Granny" which makes me feel good! I am sure that your Mom is soooo glad to have you in her life!Please keep us informed on your condition!
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  • i have gone through rehab myself so i know where you are at. one thing BoRu mentioned that i want to add to is from my personal experience, if someone is a true friend they will care about your well being and if you ask them not to smoke around you they should respect you and honor that, they don't have to quit, that is there own choice but a friend should want to help you. i discovered this when i quit drinking and if someone isn't enough of a friend to help you with this then they weren't really a friend at all! keep your chin up, it does get better!;)
    cherylanne 13 Replies Flag this Response
  • Cherylanne...thanks for adding that to my post! You are right, if you ask your friends not to smoke pot (or anything else) in front of you they should quit smoking at least in front of you and if they don't, then, they really weren't your friend to begin with! You are soooo right! And with you going thru rehab (I have never gone thru this nor how I ever smoked pot!) so your telling what you went thru sure does help! Thanks! I sure hope that you find it easy to quit the pot smoking b/c I really feel this is what is bringing on the panic attacks! I do have these and I know that they can be painful and so alarming! This is where your doc comes in at since there are a lot of people that are Bi-polar and you could be one of these and not know it! I hope that you will find the right path to get on...and soon! My youngest DD has seizures plus is Bi-polar, then, my other 2 kids are Bi-polar and so am I so I know a little about being Bi-polar and really think that you may be also! The only way to find out is to go to your family doc and spill your guts :) ! Believe me...after you get started talking to him you'll find it easier and easier :D to do!I wish I could be there to go with you to see your doc and give you support! Just remember...it DOES get easier and easier! I'll be thinking of you plus you are in my prayers! ;)
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  • I agree with "severe panic attack" theory....... it's kind of like you're stoned, all of a sudden you're mildly uncomfortable, however, this throws you into a panic and you feel like you're suddenly having a heart attack......... maybe you were having an asthma-like attack from all the smoke in the "bucket"? Or one other, less likely but still possible theory is this: the weed was laced with something............. could have been laced with PCP, speed, something like that.............
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  • Just wanted to reply to your post-I smoke occasionally and sell acne medication as well. The pot probably is not "interacting" with the accutane. Although Accutane has a number of it's own "issues", it is an awesome drug. It sounds more like you got some pot that was laced with something, or your body just may not be able to tolerate it. I read someone else's post that said your body may just be "allergic" to it which is also a pretty good description.You sound like you are a young guy- god knows that you have way too many good things to experience ahead of you to waste on smoking pot!
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  • I do constantly think about alot of stuff, the stabbing isnt one of the things though. When the "panic attack" occured I wasnt deep in thought or stressed out, at least not at that moment. This points me more toward an allergic reaction because I think it happened on its own. Or maybe its because im out of shape? I know the acne drug, marijuana and bad diet/lack of exercise all affect your blood so I think the weed is too much for the heart to handle and all ***l breaks loose. Maybe someone could educate me lol.Try NAET- you are just not healthy and balanced.Marijuana allergies, intolerances, dependency can be treated with NAET. If you can't make yourself eat healthy, NAET can also help with that.I sound like a broken record, but this things can bring you back vitality and so much energy.naet.com
    Eatafruit78 960 Replies Flag this Response
  • also take note that weed these days is sprayed often times with chemicals, to incresed the "weight" of it. The more "weight", the more money. I've heard stories of people actually spraying weed with Raid insect killer. Sounds like left field sort of stuff but I tend to believe it. If you had "virgin" weed, so to speak, it may not affect you the same way. Chemicals are making people sick also alonng with many other considerations.NAET therapy can help you to iddentify "allergens", like the chemicalsit can also teach you how to eliminate symptoms and keep them at bayGood Luck
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  • Okay I can say pretty much for certain, you did have a panic attack. I have a few friends who have had the same thing happen to them. One friend in particular had a panic attack all 4 times he tried it. Also taking buckets or gravity bongs as we call them is kinda crazy and really only people who are very regular smokers can tolerate that intense of a high. Marijuana is considered a hallucinagenic drug, therefore when consumed in massive amounts all at once it can cause many problems real and imagined. But just be happy to know there should not be any lasting effects other than the weed hangover. Also if you do ever decide to smoke again stick to very small amounts.
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  • I believe that if it was me I would be too afraid that I just might have a heart attack or a stroke next time! It has been brought up about the weed being laced with something (posionous or hurtful things to you to say the least) that may do fatal damage to you! I would discuss this with my doctor b/f trying again! And if I decided to do weed again I would make sure I knew where it came from and what was used on it afterwards! I do hope you listen to these posters advice to you! You are too young to die or be disabled! And please keep us informed!:)
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  • Here's a question...what kind of weed was it? This has been bugging me, since I freaked out twice but did not once. Possibly the accutane and a chemical steroid or something in the weed has done something. I'm gonna have to trace back and find out if when I did it it was some kind of like hydro, haze or something.Also since you asked to compare, I am very healthy but I also have minor cat/dog/dust allergies. I'm lookin for kids in my school that this has happened to cause I do remember them talking about it too...
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