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Had marijuana, beer.Trouble in swallowing. Please advice?

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I am 25 male
About 5 years ago I had a very very scary incident that I have ignored but I am still very worried about
One night I ate some marijuana enhanced brownies for the first time and had maybe 3-5 beers.
I came home and became very lightheaded, trouble walking (from what I remember it felt like my legs were giving out underneath me - I forget if it was just one side or both) and also I think I may have been unconscience for a period of time (or conscience but couldnt move) - I even think that my smile was lobsided after. To this day I feel as though I have trouble swallowing and some other health problems. I am finally going to a ENT doctor in a month to see whats up with the swallowing
this is a serious question

thank you so muchfor your time

Do you think I had a stroke?
Is it possible to tell after all these years if I had a stroke - and should I still be worried?
Posted Mon, 11 Jun 2012 in Stroke
Answered by Dr. Anil Grover 2 hours later

Thanks for the query.

Good of you to write in.

I am moving with assumption that, that was first and the only time you took marijuana. First mistake you did was taking a cocktail of alcohol and marijuana - that aggravated to acute toxicity.

Literature describes it as follows:
These substantial cognitive and psychomotor effects are probably responsible for many of the acute adverse reactions to marijuana. One, of the most common is the heavy, drugged feeling where the individual feels mentally and physically sluggish so that every motion and thought seems to require extreme effort (which you had).
This probably reflects impaired cognitive function and psychomotor retardation from getting "too stoned." This most frequently occurs after oral ingestion of a large dose of drugs in the inexperienced.
In these instances, depression, anxiety, fatigue, short-term memory loss, dizziness, nausea, incoordination, palpitations are experienced as generalized discomfort, and ill-being.

"Novice anxiety reactions" or panic reactions account for a majority of acute toxic reactions to marijuana.
- When dosage, set and setting are optimal the distortion of self (depersonalization) and temporal disintegration (timelessness of the present moment) common to marihuana intoxication is recognized by the individual as "time-limited and drug-induced". It is usually experienced as pleasurable.
- But, if dose, set and setting are not optimal the experience may cause the intoxicated individual to fear that loss of his identify and self control may not end or that he is dying or losing / his mind. It results in acute anxiety or panic attacks.

I hope I have explained in detail what exactly happened.

To answer your last question you DID NOT have stroke. If that was first and last instance of substance abuse and no recurrence of symptoms or long term consequences are expected, your swallowing problem is not related to that 5 year old episode.

Though it is not a stroke, it is not possible to tell what happened unless you choose to narrate.

It is brave of you to come and try to understand what happened that day.

I hope I have answered your questions if not please get back with followup.

Best wishes

Dr Anil Grover
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