Why I Don’t Smoke Weed And How I Quit
It’s 2019, and all across the US and many other places around the world, Marijuana is becoming legal or at the very least decriminalized. There is a huge cannabis industry growing very quickly in the US. And while I agree with some uses of hemp products (CBD oil, Hemcrete are amazing products), I am more skeptical of what the future will bring with these high potency lab weeds that are being developed.
Not to mention all of the black men and minorities whose lives have been ruined because, with the swipe of a pen, marijuana is legal and then profitable in a matter of a few years. (Another argument for another day).
The reason why I’m skeptical of this new industry and wide spread usage of cannabis is because I know how my body personally responds to THC, and while it affects people differently, it is all negative. I’m going to get a lot of hate for it but this is what I think based on data and my experience. Why I Don’t Smoke Weed And How I Quit.
My Experience As A Weedhead
In my teens and early 20s like many youths across the country, I had my first experience with weed. At 16, me and a few friends of mine left school and on the way home we cut off the street onto some train tracks and lit up. We got a dutchmaster cigar and roll up some chocolate ( more natural strands) and took a pull. Having virgin lungs I coughed, and it made it more effective at getting me high. It was the most amazing feeling in the world, can’t even lie to you. We started to laugh and we went back onto the street and kept walking, we hit a bodega for munchies and something to drink. It was fun … at the time.
After that we would link back up once a day, then twice or three times a day. Then I found other people who smoked, we became cool. It became habitual. I’d spend my paychecks and other money I could hustle up and buy more weed. Sometimes I’d cut work or do other things just to burn a blunt. Went to jail for an unrelated matter and got probation so I couldn’t smoke, but then there were many urine cleaners on the market. I completed probation successfully and went back to it.
This went on for many more years until one day I was 24 or 25 I think at the time. I had a moment of clarity.
My father was in the hospital with cancer, and I was walking up the block from a bar which my father frequented. A Ford Explorer pulled up and a man yelled out the window, “Hey how’s your old man?” He’s doing better, I said. ” Good to hear I hope he’s home soon, I love em “. I’ll never forget this. It was one of his bar buddies. This man never showed up to the hospital once. I was actually pretty mad. This guy got some nerve to throw out the word”love” and you never visited him. He drove off heading to the bar.
It was in that moment I realized the people I was hanging out with shared an addiction with me. No other way to put it. Just the same way as those bar buddies shared an addiction with my pops. In order to stop doing it I’d also have to wean myself off of my relationships with these people.
And so that’s what I did. I slowly distanced myself from them, and because I wasn’t smoking, they stopped contacting me. I decided to stop altogether, just like that. I realized it was an addiction too when I wanted it and thought I should cut work or skip something else I needed to do. That’s when It occurred that it was some chemical addiction.
I quit…cold turkey.
A post weedhead assessment that I did, really crystallized how negatively it affected me. 1. Needed more sleep because I was more tired. Obviously, smoking means less oxygen is in your blood, and you will be more fatigued. It’s common sense but at the time I wasn’t thinking about it.
2. I was more deluded in my thoughts, and my whole mind frame completely changed. It was darker and more reckless.
3. Financial. Huge waste of money. Time is money, and spending precious hours blowing money on something that made me less productive when I was at work. Horrible.
Cannabis And Society
More and more cannabis products are being released. More and more weed plants are being cultivated, developed, and being sold to the mainstream. Is this really, honestly healthy? Weed has active components in it that are drugs. In How To Get Amazing Sleep I discuss some uses of CBD oil and its benefits. Hemp is a magical plant. It can be used to create wood stronger than hardwood, create a concrete substance, make biodegradable bottles. It’s a godsend. The extract can be made into tea.
Smoking it though? Totally different story. It is in fact addictive. Weed alters your brain fundamentally. Just read this article and the linked studies in Psychology Today.
“This study and the studies that lead up to it show that marijuana use creates physical changes in the brain associated with addiction”.
Smoking causes reduced lung function and weakened heart function. Smoking kills your lung alveoli. Reducing your body’s capacity to take in oxygen. This is what smoking weed or anything else does to you. It’s inconclusive if smoking marijuana is as bad as tobacco smoking. But many people smoke weed in tobacco products. Weed is smoked without filters and therefore smoked at higher temps. Your lungs are built for oxygen not smoke. Read this study: Study.
So Cannabis has a great many upsides through hemp production, healing, and more. The negatives are of course the addiction side of it. Hemp is a tool, with positive and negative uses. It’s important to monitor the industry expansion as it grows. Because we know that just because something is legal, it doesn’t mean it’s healthy or good for society.
Why I Don’t Smoke Weed And How I Quit
I don’t smoke weed because it never did anything for me, it’s bad for my health, and a waste of money. That’s why I don’t smoke. I’ve wasted countless hours, countless dollars, and probably shortened my life smoking. There was a conscious choice made on my part to look at my use objectively and realistically. Look in the mirror, and this is the conclusion I came to and I don’t miss it at all.
As far as quitting goes. What I had to do was simple. I quit cold turkey, but there were steps after that.
- Remove myself from the people I smoked with, so extracting myself from that environment was key.
- Replacing negative habits with good habits.
Quit smoking, replace it with hobbies, replace it with fitness, replace it with reading. Much of smoking weed is social kind of like social drinking. So if you find a different social circle, one that is more productive or healthier, that’s where you should go.
It might seem like I’m anti-weed, but at the end of the day, I support a person’s free will. So I am in a sense anti-weed but also support legalization because of the impact unnecessary incarceration has on families and communities.
What are your thoughts about legal weed? Should it only be decriminalized? Should it only be legalized?