Sadler23 Posted September 24, 2013 Report Share Posted September 24, 2013 I started smoking cannabis at 15 years old. I smoked it for a year without any after effects. After a few hours all the effects would wear off. But after around a year of smoking it, I started to get permanent visual disturbances. (mainly visual snow). And it always felt like visually, I was always stoned. I did take some MDMA at the time when I was about 16. I took it quite often too. But the visual effects I got, and still get are exactly the same as cannabis causes. I've had Hppd for about 7 years now. I went to a doctor when I was 16 and she referred me to an eye specialist. And he gave me different eye tests. And looked into my eyes, and looked at my retina. But the tests showed my eyes were fine and I had 20/20 vision. So I began to believe it was something to do with my brain. But I haven't been back to the doctors since as I believed I was the only one in the world with symptoms like this. Because doctors didn't have a clue what it was. It was only recently I read online about hppd. Because even my medical dictionary didn't have hppd in it. And once I read that it was pro-longed drug related sensory disturbances I knew this is exactly what I have. I constantly have visual effects from cannabis even though I haven't probably got any trace of cannabis in my system now. I have smoked Cannabis since I've had hppd though. Trying to escape my reality. Thinking that it wouldn't effect my condition anymore as I didn't fully realise at the time that it was cannabis that caused all this. Even though deep down I knew as the effects were the same. And it did make the visual effects get worse. It's been 7 years now that I've had Hppd. And it's been about a year and a half since I've last smoked cannabis. (And that was only down to peer pressure) as I've only ever told my mum and doctors about this. I also suffer from derealisation. Nothing around me seems real anymore. It feels like I'm walking around in a dream. Hppd is really getting in the way of my work, my relationship, and my studying. I really need to find a good treatment, other than just staying off drugs. So I need to know is there anyone out there just like me? With my kind of hppd? If so are there any treatments that work for you? Thanks for taking the time to read all this and I hope I get some answers soon. As hppd has really destroyed my life for the past 7 years. 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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