7 Reasons I Stopped Smoking Marijuana
1. I can now feel all of my emotions.
Taking control of my emotions meant sitting with them no matter how uncomfortable — owning them, allowing them to be, but ultimately having the strength to persevere. My regular course of action was to abruptly halt this emotional spillage by grabbing a lighter and immediately sparking up. Choosing to welcome this sudden, unstoppable flood of emotions was initially overwhelming, but the level of empowerment I felt soon softened the fear of feeling vulnerable.
2. No more making excuses for excuses.
Marijuana, as with all other drugs, allowed me to be the ultimate escapist, and in escaping, I became lost and ill-equipped to handle the world — and life. Coming down from my cloud and refusing to use the green as a safety net for my depression is a tangible testament to my desire to also overcome emotional wounds. If I no longer have the crutch, I no longer have an excuse, and therefore cannot allow myself to be crippled. It’s as if ceasing the pipe-smoking ritual was to say, “I am no longer crippled and diseased.” Although I used marijuana to help numb my internal wounds, my obsessive smoking was a relentless reminder that I was in fact very crippled and diseased.
This state of sickness is the perfect excuse for inaction, inertia. I wanted to do something, to do more.
3. It opened up other avenues.
So now that I’m in my mid-twenties and have lifted the smoky green veil, there’s a certain anxiety that still haunts me, but settling into a mental space that allows me full ownership over myself and a greater level of emotional responsibility has given me a newfound confidence. If I can break up with the love of my life since I was nineteen — the one I believed allowed me to survive for so long — I can survive on my own. In essence, being on my own, without my green buddy allowed me to just be me, and move forward into a new life, developing healthier habits.
4. The clarity is magical.
As a highly-creative person, I still struggle to organize my thoughts and be proactive about everything I do, but putting down the pipe welcomed a certain clarity I was lacking, missing, forgot, and possibly never had. For creatives, a brilliant idea is especially golden— it can mark the beginning of a new story or career path. Although Ms. Mary allowed my creative juices to flow like a waterfall, I needed the mental capacity to turn them off, like a faucet. The green also severely impairs short-term memory; I wanted to make sure that as soon as an idea hit me, I hadn’t forgotten it by the time I found a pen and paper. As an already technologically-challenged person, in my highest moments, I often found it difficult to get to the “Notes” on my iPhone. Which leads me to my next observation…
5. I’m less of a dummy and a zombie.
Your high depends on the type of marijuana you smoke, but an addict will usually smoke anything. Looking back, I recall countless instances of embarrassing myself while stoned, often drawing dubious stares and leading people to think I was a lot dumber than I actually am. I hated that. I wanted to be perceived as bright and capable. After a while, the fear of presenting yourself as an idiot trumps your willingness to look like one.
I almost want to say that my hardcore addiction to Mary Jane was worth it for the amazing memories—ones that I hold dear and will forever fondly recall. Although weed, like all other drugs connects people, namely addicts — the green seemed different because I was always meeting a certain type of weed-smoker — the “cool” semi-urban, open-minded, intellectual, also eager to connect and explore the cerebral abyss. I believed that marijuana united intellectuals of all colors, something I found important for my soul and sanity in my diverse, albeit segregated hometown of San Francisco.
I also loved shopping for new pieces, and admiring those of my friends. Although glass pipes and blunts were fun, I preferred the aesthetic appeal of wooden ones, and joints. Sometimes shopping for new pieces was more exciting than buying a new pair of shoes.
I also love how weed made me love EVERYONE, develop an enchanting, otherworldly relationship with music, and allowed my creativity to blossom in various ways.
But, ultimately, I love myself more than I love marijuana, as well as the stability I now have – stability that I thought this green plant was giving me all long. In reality it just catapulted me further into a black hole, and it wasn’t the kind of romanticized free-spirited lifestyle I thought it would be. Addiction doesn’t have that appeal in the long-term, even though being a beautiful flower-child stoner seemed like a brilliant idea for the short-term.
7. Lessons learned.
I could never call marijuana a dirty, evil drug, like meth, but I don’t see myself returning to the green anytime soon.
For me, weed is like an old lover you’re incredibly fond of — someone that you loved immensely, who brought countless joy into your life, but not without the pain, heartache and mental anguish; they taught you invaluable lessons and you still love them no matter what.
In the end, I will always love weed from the bottom of my heart for everything it’s given me, but more so for all of the things it allowed me to leave behind.
Marijuana, as with all other drugs, allowed me to be the ultimate escapist, and in escaping, I became lost and…
15 Reasons Why Smoking Weed Is Actually Really F*cking Good For You
As more statesВ join the movement to legalizeВ marijuana, smoking weed is becoming more mainstream than ever.
Unfortunately, marijuana still tends toВ get a pretty bad rap.
But if you ask me, there are all sorts of reasons why smoking weed is actually really good for you.
And I’m not just talking about weed’s ability to make you feel more creative or the fact that it helps you chill out, either.
Apparently,В getting high can also have a myriad ofВ health benefits.
That’s right. Sparking up can improve your health in all sorts of unexpected ways, and research showsВ that marijuana can improve your mood,В boost your energy, help you lose weight and even prevent certain diseases.
If you’re looking for yet another reason to justify your weed-smoking sessions, here are 15В advantages to getting lit AF on the reg:
1. Cannabis unlocks your creative potential.
A study found that cannabis causes psychotomimetic symptoms, which could lead users to make connections between ideas that aren’t exactly related.
This type of thinking is often crucial to creativity, so grab some ganja, and get those creative juices flowing.
2. Trees can be used to treat depression.
A study conducted by Rudolf Magnus Institute of NeuroscienceВ found that THC “reduces the negative bias in emotional processing,” which means weed could be used to help people cope with depression and other psychiatric disorders.
Plus, a study published by USC and SUNY Albany found that “those who consume marijuana occasionally or even daily have lower levels of depressive symptoms than those who have never tried marijuana.”
So if you’re feeling blue, brighten up your day by packing a bowl.
3. Weed can help you lose weight.
Although marijuana is notorious for giving you a mean case of the munchies, aВ study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that pot smokers are less prone to obesity.
Another study in the American Journal of Medicine revealed similar results, finding those who light up on the reg are actually a bit skinnier than those who don’t smoke marijuana.
In addition to giving you a smaller waistline, researchers also discovered that marijuana may boost your metabolism, increase fat loss and lower cholesterol. So next time you’re tipping the scale, try swapping out your salads for a different type of green.
4. Lighting up can lower your risk of diabetes.
A study published in The American Journal of MedicineВ found that people who smoke marijuana had lower insulin levels and insulin resistance levels by 16 and 17 percent, respectively.
This suggests that cannabis may play a role in regulating blood sugar, which can decrease your risk of developing diabetes.
5. Cannabis keeps you calm, cool and collected.
Researchers interviewed Swiss inmates who regularly smoked marijuana in prison and found that marijuana made the inmatesВ calmer and less stressed. Plus, marijuana use among prisoners also prevented violence and acted as a “social pacifier.”
I guess they don’t call it a “peace pipe” for nothing.
6. Sparking up is a great social activity.
Weed serves as a great icebreaker since it reduces social anxiety, encourages you to open up and makes you more accepting of others.
Plus, let’s be real: There’s no better way to spend a night in with your friends than hotboxing your basement, ordering pizza and watching all of your favorite TV shows.
7. Pot can make your periods suck less.
When it comes to managing premenstrual symptoms, marijuana could be a natural alternative to Midol.
StudiesВ have found that THC is an analgesic and antinociceptive agent that can alleviate the pain of those killer cramps and pounding headache.
Plus, marijuana has also been found to have anti-inflammatory propertiesВ that can help with the bloating that occurs around that time of the month.
8. Getting high doesn’t give you a hangover.
A night of drinking beers with your BFFs will leave you feeling pretty shitty the next morning. However, unlike drinking, smoking weed doesn’t result in a deathly hangover.
So you can get lit with your squad and still feel pretty amazing the next day.
9. Marijuana makes food taste a million times better.
There’s nothing better than getting stoned and stuffing your face with an endless array of snacks. But have you ever wondered why marijuana makes food taste soВ magical?
A study published in Nature NeuroscienceВ found that, thanks to THC’s effect on the brain’s cannabinoid receptors,В food appears more appetizing as a result of a heightened sense of smell.
Therefore, it’s probably a good idea to stock up on bagel bites and Dino nuggets before you spark up.
10. Smoking a bowl can boost your energy.
There’s a stigma surroundingВ marijuana use that it makes you lazy. However, not all strains of cannabis turn you into a complete couch potato.
Research has supported a link between the brain’s CB-1 and CB-2 cannabinoid receptors and dopamine. Essentially, small doses of marijuana won’t hurt your efficiency level, and an increase in dopamine levels gives you the focus you need to get your shit done.
If you’re looking for a little pick-me-up, swap out your coffee and smoke a Sativa-dominant strain like Sour Diesel or Jack Herer, instead.
11. Smoking weed can help you fall asleep.
Everyone knows weed helps you unwind.
While there is considerable debate over the long-term effect marijuana has on sleep cycles, someВ feel that smoking a bowl before bedtime actsВ as aВ better sleep aid than other substances, like alcohol and certain sleeping-inducing medications.
(Unfortunately, though, it’s said that marijuana’sВ effectiveness as a sleep aid decreases with increased usage.)
12. Marijuana can also eliminate nightmares.
Marijuana is also known to disturb the sleep cycle and suppress REM sleep.
Since dreams occurring during this type of sleep, marijuana can be used to interrupt this REM sleep and eliminate your full capacity to dream, thus eliminating your nightmares.
13. Everyone respects someone who can roll a blunt that’s lit AF.
Every pothead knows rolling the perfect joint or blunt is basically a form of art.
Learning how to roll an impressiveВ blunt takes a lot of time and practice to master, so people will always respect a stoner who has decent rolling skills.
14. Smoking weed makes you worry less.
An article published in a 2010 Harvard Mental Health Letter also suggestedВ marijuana alleviated symptoms of anxiety when administered in small doses.
The article also mentionedВ that small doses of THC act as a sedative, decreasing symptoms of anxiety. So the next time you can’t stop worrying about something, break out the weed.
15. Ripping the bong can actually be good for your lungs.
A study published in theВ Journal of the American Medical Association indicated that marijuana smoke is not detrimental to your lungs.
In fact, past studiesВ found lighting up can briefly increaseВ your lung capacity in the short term. you know, from all that inhaling you’re doing.
As more statesВ join the movement to legalizeВ marijuana, smoking weed is becoming more mainstream than ever. Unfortunately, marijuana still tends toВ get a pretty bad rap. But if you ask me, there are all sorts of reasons why smoking weed is actuallyвЂ¦