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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:31 am 
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Just wanted to recommend Nigella Sativa for PAWS. There's been quite a buzz in the opiate community about Nigella Sativa (Egyptian Cumin/Black Cumin/Black Seed/Black Onion/Kalonji) and pruported opiate agonism. The plant itself has thousands of years of use in the Arabic community for scores of uses ranging from anti viral to anti anxiety.

During PAWS Nigella Sativa could make a huge difference though I havent heard of its use for this purpose. I did try to use during my first taper. It stopped the bupe from working effectively so beware of that.
Ive also noticed that many of the users over in rearview who have escaped PAWS rapidly (under a month) used SSRI's. I think that opiate addicts have serotonin deficiencies which causes depression and other downstream effects. SSRI's can cause suicidal tendencies initially in some people so its probably wiser if you start the course before withdrawals. I personally found that SSRI's screw with my liver enzymes and prevent subs being metabolised.

My taper has been very very manageable at 1/3 reductions every 3 days. Ive been cycling morning noon and evening drinking 4l of water (water promotes a signficant endorphin release) megadosing vit c magnesium and zinc and using 10-12 MICROgrams of Naltrexone (plenty of research on tolerance reducing capacity). Ive also been eating plenty of protein and carbs and fruit to keep my energy levels up. All that and I feel 80-100% most days despite a very rapid taper.

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