I guess I have been nervous and scared to be honest about this stuff so I am going to some forums to get some answers as to what direction I should go in. In late January, I was hanging with a friend and we had some drugs. He stumbled across a very small amount of Cocaine (a gram which we split) and then we had purchased some xtc pills (we took 2 each). Things got partying and out of hand and we ended up doing the cocaine at a concert, and then getting tired and popping the pills later. Unfortunately for me, this turned out to be the worst decision of my life.
I have done drugs off and on throughout my 20's socially. Never addicted, never binge and never in excessive amounts. But after our night of partying, I started to feel strange. I noticed my heart was beating harder. Then later I was in Vegas for a work convention and as I was walking around the showroom floor I noticed my heart skipping a beat here and there. I thought it was my imagination so I wasn't too concerned and then it got worse, then anxiety kicked in very harshly and I was light headed, worried and frightened. I was in Vegas with no medical insurance, not much money to my name and I freaked out and went to urgent care. They found nothing really wrong with me so I went home.
Later I was at home and I felt my heart skipping beats and arrhythmia going on, and then the anxiety really kicked in. I was very scared that I had really done some damage to my body and I would lay down and slowly get to where I wasn't light headed and so worried. I tried to do the whole "mind over matter" bit, but it really seemed beyond my control. Many days of this went on and I eventually decided to go to the hospital. They did an EKG on me and took vitals and said that I seemed fine for the most part, probably just anxiety, and that I had slightly high blood pressure (even after 2 checks). The EKG was slightly abnormal however, so he sent me to a cardiologist for further investigation.
At the cardiologist we did an EKG, and ECHO and a Holter monitor. The Holter came back as negative within the 24 hour period. The EKG and ECHO were also negative of anything at all. They said I am structurally perfectly healthy and that perhaps I should get back to exercising and watch my salt intake and my blood pressure will go down. I did just that and several weeks later, I started feeling irregular heartbeats again. They are out of sync. I feel my heart almost stop for a moment, and then catch up. It's extremely scary for me! My mother in law suggested taking Vitamin E about a week ago and I started doing that as well. I started taking Magnesium, Pottasium and Vitamin B-6 which are all supposed to help promote a healthy heart beat for the past 5 days. I have always been a healthy and physical guy. I ride mountain bikes, road bikes, I lift weights and even use to do martial arts of various kinds. I have always considered myself to be lean and healthy. I eat healthy as well. I have been eating lots of fruits, vegetables oats and legumes. Oatmeal etc. I don't eat much dairy or meat but prefer the whole foods method in the last month. Over the past few years I have slowly been transitioning into this diet, so it wasn't always the case.
Also, I need to be honest and say that I smoke Marijuana on a regular basis. I live in California and have my MMJ card and smoke 1-3 times per day. Some days I do not smoke at all however, but other days I smoke multiple times. I usually smoke about one or two hits per session, nothing extravagant. I am telling you this, because last night I ate a consumable pot-cookie which is a rather heavy dose and when I was lying in bed, I noticed my heart beating irregularly again. It feels like it's going to stop, then picks up and starts beating again and "catches up". At least that's how it feels. Also, I stopped drinking caffeine several weeks ago! I know that it causes the heart to do strange things so I stopped. I have been drinking but only a beer or two a night, nothing crazy. I have been exercising a lot as well, trying to get my blood pressure down. I checked it yesterday at Rite Aid and it was still 140-150 every time I check it. When I was at the hospital they checked it a second time after I relaxed and the lowest it's been is in the 130's range.
So again to break things down: I smoke Marijuana but have stopped all other drugs, including caffeine. I drink 1-3 beers per evening. I exercise frequently. I am not at all overweight. I am 29 years old and weigh 175 lbs almost completely muscle. I have high blood pressure consistently in the 135-150 range. I have heart arrhythmia off and on. This seemed to stop for a couple of weeks after going to the cardiologist, but has recently picked back up again.
My questions are, why do I have high blood pressure? I feel as though I am doing everything right. Does Marijuana cause irregular heartbeats? Should I stop? Am I drinking too much alcohol? It feels as though I am only moderately drinking. Is there something I am missing? I have been doing a lot of research and I can't come to the conclusion as to WHY these things are happening to me. Sometimes I am wondering if I perhaps damaged my nervous system when doing drugs with my friend, and things haven't been right since. I never noticed any of these issues before doing cocaine and xtc at the same time in January. Is there more blood work I should do, or should I just relax and focus on my fitness and diet? AHHHH! I care so much about my health and I can't believe I screwed myself up so bad! Help!
Hi I'm new to this forum, I also have had the similar story like you, but the drug I took was LSD (acid)' I took 2 hits of acid and was bad tripping for 3 days. After this experience I haven't been the same. as like you I had a irregular heart beat almost as if my heart is going to stop. I also smoke a lot of weed, I'm 35 years old and I've been smoking regularly since I was 18 years old. marijuana especially a sativa will make your heart beat faster, and if you eat an edible with thc it will hit you 10 times stronger than smoking it. I don't know if this will help you. I suffer from anxiety disorder and depression. I'm more than happy to answer any questions as it's like therapy for helping others with similar issues. hope you feel better.
Thanks for the reply. I actually at a cookie the other day and it made my irregular heart beats come back. I plan to never do hard drugs again. I am actually going to stop smoking for a while. I felt like I was kicking the arrhythmia until I ate that darn pot cookie and then it came back. I have been doing my best to stay calm and just relax.
It seems that pot, caffeine, alcohol just disrupt the nervous system so if you have anxiety, depression etc. it's just going to make it worse until you get it all straightened out. Luckily I have some crazy will power and I can easily quit these things, eat healthy and exercise without much effort. I enjoy pot a lot, and I hope I can smoke it again in moderation again sometime (sooner than later) but arrythmia is something I can't accept and just "live with". The feeling like your heart is going to stop is the worst.
I am still wondering why I have high blood pressure though. I wonder if it too is anxiety related? I exercise. I eat healthy. I get plenty of sleep. And my stress level doesn't seem any higher than the average joes. UGH!!!!! I can't accept that it's "just genetic".
Im in a similar boat. I have been smoking pot since i was 16, i am now 25. Used to drink quite a bit. One day after work my heart started beating like crazy my vision went blurry and i started sweating uncontrollably.. since that day i haven't been feeling well to say the least, with pains in my chest funny heart beats, weird flushing of the face. I went to many doctors and none of them can find nothing wrong. I haven't been able to smoke pot or drink without a real negative reaction. I have been having a real hard time accepting that it is probably just anxiety... but after taking anxiety pills i noticed that i have been feeling quite a bit better.. not where i would like to be but they are definitly helping. Get you a little buzz to, worth trying out to see if it is anxiety. That way you will know for sure and can go about ways to fix it, being therapy or whatever. Long term weed use apparently does cause anxiety ecspecially if you are a so called "anxious" person