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Scroll down to next paragraph if you just want to know my advice. I have had it for 6 years, got it from ayhuasca presumably. However, symptoms came to me one day when I was completely sober and I had a massive panic attack while eating at a restaruant, and I started feeling myself go into an ayhuasca trip. long story short, I survived and got about 80% better. Last year I felt good enough to try smoking weed again. I did it for 6 months until I smoked one day had a complete panic attack lasted the whole night. I had symptoms come up even stronger than last time. This time way different though. Even though I had strong HPPD, I had a complete detachment between my mind and body, for a second I thought i went into a full blown psychosis. But I was practicing meditation and pranayama yoga techniques prior to this. Long story short I had an awakening experience that night smoking weed. I became directly conscious that the mind is not who "i" am, so the question I was left with was, who am I? This question gave me relentless panic attacks for about 3 weeks.  I went to a guy named Jamie Munday, found him from youtube. He helps people who have had spiritual awakenings.  My HPPD is around 50% better after a month and a half and I wanted to share some advice/thoughts. Anyone got questions on anything specific here, lmk.


1. My most important recommendation would be fasting. If you have in-tolerable HPPD symptoms IMO, you try fasting for as long as possible, as often as possible. Two things that this does is fasting can mimic the affects of anti-consultant medication and GABA pathways. (1,2) By reducing the brain's overall activity, which is what we want. Put simply, eating will give the brain more energy and it will cause an increase in HPPD symptoms. Other thing is fasting induces something called "autophagy" (3)(4). This is when the body gets rid of bad brain cells, and recycles them. Put simply, it is cleaning the brain out. Caveat to this is be careful if your on medication or if you are obese, could be some issues when fasting. Also, if you can't stand fasting, then look up "fasting-mimicking diet".


2. The mind is the problem. if you are have intense symptoms, your mind comes in and starts "thinking"  or catastrophizing, and it multiplys the problem. You need to find a simple way to get out of your mind, every minute of the day if need be. The way I recommend is what I was taught by Jamie Munday. I recommend actually everyone take his yoga course. It is a spirtual course, not for physical fitness. It does cost $1k however. The first lesson your taught is getting into "stillness" by putting your awareness into your body. We do body scans after each yoga practice for example. Throughout the day I am getting into stillness as often as possible, for example by feeling what my hands or feet are touching or becoming aware of my breathing. This sense can develop overtime with practice. In other words you need to be grounded and take all your energy out of your mind/head and put it into the awareness/stillness of the rest of your body.


3. Whole-food plant-based diet. These things get debated all the time, I'll just post some research and let you come to your own conclusion. https://plantspace.org/health-studies/ and https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9860369/


4.  Check your Vitamin D and your sex hormone's levels, these are the main things that can impact mental well being. Also would consider checking magnesium.


(1) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32906015/

(2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5153500/

(3)  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3106288/

(4)  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25139375

Edited by Bursting Aura
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