hello everyone, One thing we never hear about when it comes to the medical properties of our sacred herb is that it can ease withdrawals in people coming off, say for example, oxycodone (the ingredient in Mr. Limbaugh's favorite drug, OxyContin). Now for you all who have no idea what it's like coming off of painkillers after being addicted to them, it's not fun. For me, the most common withdrawal symptoms were... 1. Irritability 2. Stomach aches 3. Intense cravings for more 4. When I was at my worst point, highly bothersome cold sweats So what got me hooked on painkillers in the first place? A couple years ago, I was arrested for misd possession of marijuana and put on probation for a year. I was subjected to random urine testing (even though I was never tested, I abstained anyway). Well, it turns out that my doctor at the time wanted me to undergo wisdom tooth surgery and prescribed me Demerol. Knowing that if anything was prescribed legitimately by a doctor, it was cool with the probation office. I also new that such pills leave the body in 3 days or less. Anyways, so having been told that methadone is more addictive than OC's, and suboxone being another opioid, and not to mention not wanting to have to pay for treatment and my loved ones finding out about where +$30,000 of the money i retained in my bank account went, I decided to think about other options. Now when I was abusing pain pills, I was also smoking mj and cigs while taking my prescribed sleeping medicine. Note that the sleeping medicine is in the same class of drugs as Xanax and Valium, which can be lethal when combined with other depressants such as opioids. Well once having realized that it was time to end this cycle of excessive spending, I decided to as I said look for other options. When I decided to replace painkillers with dank mj, I was very impressed. The following withdrawal symptoms mentioned above were affected in a new way 1. Irritability - ABSOLUTELY ELIMINATED! This helped a lot. 2. Stomach Aches - I noticed whenever I had an upset stomach and then smoked a bowl, the aches would minimize themselves to the point where I didn't notice them. However, for some odd reason if I smoked a cigarette after, it would get a little worse. 3. Cravings - During the first week of abstinence, I had many mental cravings. Physical withdrawal symptoms (other than stomach aches) were not too bad towards the end of my painkiller abuse days because I wasn't taking in nearly as much. But whenever I felt the need to call up my OC dealer, I would hit the bowl and usually the craving would subside. Sometimes it wouldn't go away completely, so I would smoke a little more. As week 1 passed, the cravings diminished. In the beginning of my "customized detox", I smoked more herb than I did the following weeks. I am glad I did too, as this plan ended up working. ------------- I'd love to hear any responses to this post. I have always disagreed with the way most treatment centers and 12-step programs operate.