How I Quit Smoking Pot: Day 16 Neck Pain, Changes and The Flu

Today was day 16 in my personal quest to stop smoking pot. Unfortunately, I’ve recently been suffering from a lot of neck pain due to herniated discs in my neck – they really seem to be flaring up. In the past, I would just use marijuana to deal with the pain and it would help get me through the day – but no longer.

I now need to find another way to cope with this chronic pain – but have not found the correct answer yet … In the past when I went to the doctor (western doctors), they would simply prescribe me narcotic pain relievers and muscle relaxers. At one point I was actually very addicted to Vicodin, but got off of it and have not taken it for many years.

In my past search for ways to deal with pain, I have found that there are many Eastern Style practitioners who really really care about the health of their patients. They are not just there to prescribe drugs. Acupuncture actually saved my life after having headaches every day for over two years. So … the bottom line is that I need to make some money so I can go back to acupuncture treatments. I really think that they are the solution.

A couple of interesting changes that I’ve noticed over the past couple of days – besides the serious pain. One thing is that my sense of smell is getting much more acute – unfortunately getting more sensitive to mostly bad odors. Another thing is that this morning (after 15 days without pot) I finally started coughing up some black crap out of my lungs. Stoners call this stuff “resin balls”. I just find it interesting that I haven’t been hacking this stuff up earlier …

Today while in a business meeting, I suddenly became very ill. I had to get up and go the the washroom and then cancel my next appointment and go directly home. Before I reached my bed to lay down, I became violently physically sick. After sleeping much of the day and not eating anything, I’m feeling a bit better – hungry and with a lot of muscle aches, but afraid to eat.

I am hoping that the neck pain I’ve been experiencing for the past couple of days was a precursor to what seems like this bout of the flu – and that it will go away with the sickness.

Only time will tell

Thanks for watching the video, reading the blog and for all the positive support!

2 Commentsto How I Quit Smoking Pot: Day 16 Neck Pain, Changes and The Flu

  1. Joe Kennedy says:

    Thanks Richie. Glad you are making good use of the blog and look forward to reading about your continued progress. That is really good to hear (about muscles loosing up in another month or two).

    Yes, probably my biggest challenge with pot, was that I was overusing it as 'medical marijuana' to help with long term chronic pain because it did relax my muscles and take my mind off the pain.

    Yesterday, my daughter's mom told me I should go get some rather than be in pain – but she used to tell me to smoke all the time back when we were still married. I didn't want to say anything, but I stopped following her directions a long time ago …. 😉

  2. Richie says:

    Hi there Joe,

    Thanks for setting up my Blog and moving the text over etc. 😉

    I hope your neck ain't messing with you too much.

    Doob relaxs your muscles as I am sure you know.

    From what I have reseached, your muscles will loosen up and learn to relax again after the 6-8 weeks after you quit.

    Chin-up dude,


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