Keep weed smoking a hobby not a habbit.

 Linjoe (@linjoe)6 years, 2 months ago

Hi guys,

Within my lifestyle I am surrounded with pot smokers everyday multiple times, as I live in Amsterdam.
In the last few years i have noticed it has started to become a habit instead as something once in a while, Now a days its a daily thing. I do not want to quit completely, i just want to regulate it as well as possible

the most difficult moment is the day after i smoked, because it is really easy to fall back in the pattern.

how do you guys regulate your own usage? 

July 1, 2015 at 7:17 am
Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 6 years, 2 months ago ago

I know the problem – living in Amsterdam myself. For me, I had to quit completely for a few months in order to learn the difference between a need/must and something I wanted. If you standard reaction is always to say yes when the urge knocks on your door, you will never learn when you say yes when it’s actually something you care and honour. 

After doing multiple plant ceremonies with ayahuasca/iboga, I learned I should treat the cannabis plant, and the consciousness that I am invited in when I partake in the toking, with respect and reverence. I make it a little ceremony every time I smoke, thanking the plant, and the creative insights, loving feelings when the plant becomes a part of me. I strongly doubt there are many people who can smoke daily in such a way – as it turns into abuse very quickly.
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Jordan Bates (4,684)A (@bashfulkoala) 6 years, 2 months ago ago

thanks for the insight, martijn. i’m pretty much a daily user at this point, though i don’t indulge it every time i get the urge. but still, there is probably room for developing a healthier relationship to the ol’ Bob Hope. 

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,445)A (@jordan) 6 years, 2 months ago ago

It’s tough because we have this view that “weed isn’t bad for you” to justify any amount of smoking. That’s just not the case when it’s being abused. A medicine becomes a poison when it’s abused.

My rule is to only smoke with intention, not just as a thing to do or out of habit.

When I was 17-21 I would smoke almost daily. Now my weed high’s are totally different (medicine -> poison) and I smoke 2-3 times per month if at all. 

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Toosey (34) (@Toosey) 6 years, 2 months ago ago

Absolutely love this.
I’ve been aware of my marijuana dependency lately and I’ve been researching to find something I resonate with to re-wire my thoughts towards my habit. This sums up the crutch of cannabis and I’m so grateful I read this. 
Thank you Jordan.

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,445)A (@jordan) 6 years, 2 months ago ago

:) I’m glad it resonated with you! It a few years for me to fully realize and form a more mature, healthy relationship with the ganja. 

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Alex Z (28) (@GanjaGuru) 6 years, 2 months ago ago

respect bro :)

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Liz (8) (@antenna) 6 years, 2 months ago ago

By being unable to afford it, lol.

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Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 6 years, 2 months ago ago

:(

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Anonymous (0) (@) 6 years, 2 months ago ago

I’m going through the same exact thing now! Weed is definitely something that deserves respect and it needs to stay sacred. I used to treat it like a little ceremony and a ritual, but then it became an every day thing and I felt so dependent on it. It’s an awesome plant with incredible power, and it is great to do it every once and a while. (maybe once a week?) I’m glad I can relate to you guys! Good luck on your journey

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Alex Z (28) (@GanjaGuru) 6 years, 2 months ago ago

Hi guys, so I just wanted to share my wonderful experiences and revelations from the ganja these past few months of my life. When I was living with my parents I would smoke weed usually only once a week for meditative and spiritual purposes but would never make a daily habit of it because I lived with a lot of younger siblings. Limiting your usage to smoking only once a week actually creates a very intense psychedelic high and when you smoke good quality and a good quantity of the cannabis it can almost be compared to a low to medium dose of mushrooms or LSD. I feel like this is a great way to use and limit use of cannabis usage to enhance your overall life experience :)But this is not to say that using cannabis on a daily basis does not also have positive life-enhancing pros to it either. About a month ago I finally managed to move out of my parents house and am now living with some gnarly stoner pals who smoke quite a bit of the ganja. Now-a-days I am smoking cannabis multiple times a day and it has changed my life immensely! I learned to not smoke cannabis as a clinging habit, but I use it instead as a tool to keep me anchored deeply in the present moment. I’ve learned to completely surrender myself to the cannabis high and I learn so much wisdom from the plant and experience a continuous feeling of enlightenment.These experiences may not be the same for others as everyone is at a different place on this journey but in my experience the cannabis has taken me to such a higher place where I can be free and open to truth(: I am also not a lazy stoner either by any means, I stay productive with a job and also teach guitar lessons and go to college.. Thanks for reading :) -Alex 

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Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 6 years, 2 months ago ago

This sounds amazing – I sometimes feel myself drawn to a similar path, but I also know the friction I will encounter in my surroundings will not be worth the effort. Therefore I partake in the herb with measure :)

Btw. I am sure you will love this documentary, it’s about the rastafari, the religion of respecting the ganja. 
[edit] damn, thought it was in english. Oh well – we will have to do with this then: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khRGdw5FYh8
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travisbickle (4) (@travisbickle) 6 years, 2 months ago ago

If your smoking weed everyday, your escaping reality. You should find out WHY you need to escape reality so much. Weed is great because it provides a contrast to your daily thoughts/patterns. However, if you do it every day, there is no longer contrast, just days of blurriness.

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Jordan Bates (4,684)A (@bashfulkoala) 6 years, 2 months ago ago

we’re all living our own dream of life. i don’t think you can know absolutely that someone else is “escaping” reality vs simply living out their dream in a different way than you.

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woodstock (6) (@woodstock) 6 years, 2 months ago ago

My personal experience: in my past, I, to the best of my ability, stayed “high” ; constantly seeking the feeling of being influenced by marijuana. Now let me say the same thing in a more casual, informal way. I smoked bud all day every day. Then, as you so accurately put it, I realized that I had let a hobby become a habit. And it felt like a bad habit to me. So I quit cold turkey. I have not smoked, vaped, eaten, or consumed marijuana in any way, shape, or form since April 22 2014. Today is july 2 2015. I think of marijuana as somewhat of a deity. From a more scientific terminology, I think of marijuana and the effects of its chemical properties on the deeply mysterious phenomenon called consciousness as profound. therefore I think  “pot” should be held with great reverence. So if you’ve read through this reply to this point, the suggestion I offer to your inquiry is to take the time to evaluate what pot means to you. Ask yourself every question you possibly can about it and seek the most honest answers within.

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johnnygo (1) (@edzelgo) 6 years, 2 months ago ago

very nice insight

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David Fiske (5) (@McGregor) 6 years, 2 months ago ago

 It has, in my few experiences of over 40 years ago, a deleterious effect on the nervous system, coarsens it for really subtle experiences. So 
I wouldn’t go near it.

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Jackalope (1) (@jackalope) 6 years, 2 months ago ago

Good post. I am 21 now, and I was in a similar situation when I was 17-18. It was not good. It wasn’t like my other bad habits; this one was really hurting me. I decided one day that had to quit. Quitting wasn’t difficult at all. I was at the point where only the first smoke of the day got me high anyways, so there wasn’t much to miss.

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vote4logan (1) (@vote4logan) 6 years, 2 months ago ago

I give myself guidelines to healthy smoking. I went from smoking all the time, to not smoking at all, to only smoking when I plan to meditate (great training wheels) to know smoking before creation (again, great training wheels) and so forth. Everything you do should have a positive intention. Make sure you are aware as you smoke, asking yourself why you are smoking and so forth, and over time, you’ll find your own answer to when its ok and not. As you dance in this song of life, you’re answer will dance as well. Evolution, and spontaneity.

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travisbickle (4) (@travisbickle) 6 years, 2 months ago ago

Your Title says it all. If anything, the reason people are hesitant to accept weed, and keep it criminalized, is because of the loser who make weed a lifestyle and talk about it incessantly. 

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Arya (1) (@chiefsharif1) 6 years, 2 months ago ago

just lay off of it for a while, obviously the time will come where you will itch to smoke, then try to last another day, and the smoke will feel great :) experiment with how long you wait in accordance to how often the opportunity comes up, but if it becomes a habit you must stop because weed smoking is about having fun and self realization, when it is habitual it isn’t anything close to spiritual

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Psy_Vyoma (1) (@Prajwal) 6 years, 2 months ago ago

All pot smokers go through the same trend of craving the herb as we land back to sober social world, this urge intensifies thought process to smoke the herb again and again. This is when we start to live under shadow to five armed ganjaichillum. Tripping for years as to turn out to days to make us wonder. Respect natures creation, reaching our saturation limits with constant influence of the herb is not the soul purpose of smoking the herb, there is much more depth and vibrations to be felt .This can be only achieved by consuming the ganjaichillum once in tens days, this absolutely cleanses our perception to process infinitely.

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