To smoke or not? That is the question.

 Adam Reno (@arkretz)7 years, 10 months ago

I have recently been debating whether I should stop smoking weed. Day to day week to week I feel as though my mood is not always the same. Some days I feel motivated with purpose and determination. Sometimes the following day I’m left lost, wondering where my drive has gone. I was curious if anyone has any experience with weed and it helping or hurting their motivation, drive, abilities. I have been smoking pretty consistently for the past 2-3 years. I feel as though it can at times bring me great insight and new ideas, but I worry that it could be holding me back. Anyone else’s thoughts, experiences, insights, or opinions would hugely appreciated. Thanks!

September 29, 2013 at 11:24 am
Anonymous (0) (@) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@arkretz, Use weed, don’t abuse it. I’ve been there, smoking from sunrise to dawn, to the point I didn’t really know why I was smoking, it just became an habit.
Try to take a long break, you’ll see things clearly. At least it worked for me and for a friend who was in the same situation.

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savmot (135) (@savmot) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@arkretz, If you’re debating whether you need to stop, it’s not making you feel good anymore and so you should probably stop.

I used to smoke and enjoy it, but it got to the stage where it stopped making things funny and interesting and instead it made me bored, tired and just want to go to sleep until it wore off, so I stopped.

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Anonymous (127) (@) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

Why not smoke a little?

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Adam Reno (11) (@arkretz) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@saikoubambino, Thanks very much. It really has become a habit. If you do not mind my asking. For you what does it mean to have had the break work for you? What have you gained? What have you lost? What have you realized?

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Adam Reno (11) (@arkretz) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@savmot, I still enjoy it, and it still makes me feel good, sometimes it does make me tired and bored as well

You’ve made me ask myself: Is it doing enough for me? And what is enough? What is not?

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Adam Reno (11) (@arkretz) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@optimystic, Great question, right now I probably smoke 1-2grams a week, that does not feel like a ton. And the reason I ask is I wonder if there is something helpful and important to be gained through quitting. Example: new focus, better mindset, who knows what else

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Anonymous (68) (@) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

not

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Anonymous (127) (@) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@arkretz, I’ve probably smoked once per month or two on average over the past several years. That’s definitely not a whole lot. I’m satisfied smoking what little I do because I’m able to appreciate the “highs” that much more given the absences.

You talk about gaining shit through quitting as if it’s the quitting that will afford you what examples you mentioned above. It’s not the quitting man, it’s the mentality; it’s ALWAYS the mentality. What I would suggest you do is read some philosophy of your choosing, and let THAT better your focus, mindset, and whatever else. You don’t need to credit marijuana (or the lack of it) with anything that you can do without it!

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Anonymous (0) (@) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@arkretz, Well this break made me realize how i was seeing weed as a form of escapism from a lot of stuff i had to handle, and as an excuse for not doing them, an excuse for being moody, depressed. Basically an excuse for everything that wasn’t going as expected.
Same thing with alcohol, been there too, drinking insane amounts just to get in that particular mindset that felt good for a very short time and followed by a longer period of feeling like shit.

I’ve always been a thinker (for what it’s worth and for you to see the bigger picture i’m what can be referred as an INTP, like many people here I guess) I was also smoking a lot because I was questioning a lot of things, our world, politics, consciousness, so-called drugs etc…Dwelving into my mind was actually more comfortable than facing actual challenges that life brings you. And weed was my partner in crime.

I gained control over some of my dark desires, mental force, a relative clarity of mind, felt more energic, my eyes were brighter, my mood more balanced…

I didn’t lose much. Actually I can’t think of one thing I’ve lost.

It doesn’t mean i’ve stopped smoking. I enjoy it, I just know when to smoke and why I’m doing it.

But I really think you should start by taking a break from it. After a few days you’ll realize that weed is not that central to your life and maybe start focus on other things, more meaningful to you.

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Jason (68) (@jasonmctw) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@arkretz, When your saying not and still doing it anyway you know you got a problem. :/

@saikoubambino, wise man!

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Thunderfeet (161) (@thunderfeet) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@arkretz, I used to smoke everyday all day, it got to the point where being high is normal and being sober sucks. I got busted and had to do a year of probation, and even though I wasn’t being drug tested or anything I didn’t smoke for that whole year. After quitting for just a month I could already think clearly and by the end of the year I couldn’t even remember what it was like to be high. Now I’m back smoking again but I don’t smoke as often, I try to keep it for only the weekends and sometimes I’ll take a two week break. I must say I enjoy marijuana way more now that I use it as a tool instead of a drug, when I get stoned I try to do something productive. Sitting around playing video games feels like a wasted high to me, I prefer to meditate or read and the one thing I have to do while high is write, whether it be lyrics, stories or working on my theory of everything.This is just what I’ve experienced on my journey and my advice is to do something similar but ultimately it’s up to you, if you feel like a long break would benefit you then go for it.
I think I’m going to go smoke a couple bowls right now :P

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experience (70) (@learn) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

I’ve felt the same way before. After smoking occasionally for two to three years I moved to a different country and didn’t seek it out simply because I was learning another language and had plenty to keep me busy. After about four or five months of burning nada I smoked and it was very interesting. I had grown so comfortable in my “own skin” if you will, and happy with very simple things in life that I felt like I’d literally been high on life and then the weed made me feel distorted in a way I usually would associate with alcohol. (I’m not a big drinker for that reason) Then I smoked a couple more times and it was enjoyable and care free again. That said, I smoke a couple of times a week. I think my problem personally was that the things that marijuana freed my life experience to, as in the new and different situations I found myself in when I was high, began to be associated as a strictly positive experience. Logically then, my brain began associating smoking with happiness and so I did it more and more and felt the need to smoke to be happy. I believe it’s all mentality. If you feel on top of your life, productive, or whatever it is that fulfills you, you can smoke or not smoke and I don’t think there’s a huge difference. I do believe that total clarity of mind, body and spirit is difficult to find if you are constantly introducing a foreign substance to your body. I don’t know i’m rambling honestly because I’m thinking about my own life and how I feel about myself as I ramble because that’s how I think about things. Breaks are great though, they give you time to digest what you’ve experienced from your ‘traditional’ perspective if you will. I believe the same about shrooms, lsd, ayahuasca, peyote or what have you. –Out

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Jake (0) (@thesnake937) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@arkretz I was in the same situation recently. I found myself smoking at times that I didn’t really want to or I would get really down on myself when I was high because I thought I could be doing something more productive. To this day, I don’t necessarily think it was weed that was problem but smoking when it was inconvenient was. I’ve been taking nice breaks about 3 or 4 weeks long and it has helped me a lot. I only smoke now when I really want too and I have everything I need to get done finished first. Try taking a long break, around a month and see how you feel after. Look at it like it’s an experiment. Nothing bad could come from it and maybe you’ll find you like it better. Hope this helped.

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Adam Reno (11) (@arkretz) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@thunderfeet, Thanks a lot for the response I think I will benefit from following something similar

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Adam Reno (11) (@arkretz) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@thesnake937, Yeah doing it as an experiment sounds like a great idea.

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Givan (13) (@liammcfeely) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@arkretz,
I feel like I’m in a very similar position in my life. I smoke mostly everyday, and the highs are not as good but I keep smoking. I agree with what a lot of people have said here about the benefits of taking a break. I feel like completely giving up smoking isn’t a necessary step, as the weed may be partially a scapegoat in your mind. At the very least, if you take a break, and then smoke again you will have a very nice high.

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SkyMikez (2) (@SkyMikez) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

Ok, I was in your exact situation. I stopped smoking and switched to a vaporizer and for me it actually made me for more motivated and honestly more excited makes the days great. Its awesome in my opinion it feels way more natural and clean no laggy feeling at all!

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SkyMikez (2) (@SkyMikez) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

Also my way you dont have to stop and vaporizing green last way longer!

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Evan (4) (@CitizenGatsby) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

I’m personally not to big on the whole pot smoking thing. I smoked on and off for a year when I was 15 then stopped, I’m 19 now and I never felt the need to smoke again. I don’t really feel like I’ve missed out on any enlightening experience after stopping nor never felt enlightened smoking it. All the experiences that made me a bit more enlightened was by getting out there, meeting new people, and learning. From what I’ve observed from my friends is smoking pot makes you very lethargic, lazy, unmotivated, and uninspired. It’s almost scary watching them. It’s like their zombies, sitting there with bloodshot eyes, mouths wide open, drooling on themselves, completely unaware of their themselves. But their also chronics as well so maybe that explains it? Every now and then they have their epiphanies but I feel that can be easily achieved with simple contemplation.

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Kaicean (3) (@Koalt) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

You are raising your vibration, and your sub concious, or higher you, is realizing its not a necessity anymore, you’ve learned what you’ve needid to learn from it, move on, always trust that inner feeling, its your soul speaking, the more you ignore it, and listen to your ego’s voice, its no wonder people become depressed, out of balance , etc …old [email protected],

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Josh (213) (@reinvented2012) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@arkretz, do whatever feels right and good for you. Stop setting expectations of what life should be like. Stop thinking of how you should feel and just feel. Hope this helps you.

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Adam Reno (11) (@arkretz) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@skymikez, wow that is interesting, I am going to take a break but afterwards I will definitely give that a shot thanks

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Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

That is a question only you can answer.

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Adam Reno (11) (@arkretz) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@learn, I’m the same way. Discovery seems to come often through conversation and contemplation. I think your point about fulfillment is very important. I think I associated smoking with comfort and I am fearful to let go of that, but as has been suggested I will take a break. So that I may find fulfillment through .other avenues by breaking out of my comfort zone

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lifegamer (28) (@lifegamer) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@arkretz, Darlin’, in case you haven’t heard me say this in previous posts, “If you are not in control of Self, someone else Is!”.

Love the herb, myself…for over 35 yrs. it has served well through many lifestyles & experiences. One of Nature’s finest of foods with transformative talents, I must say! Though the reason I stress the above quote, is simply to gift a tool for the ol’ Lifebox. If Cannibis is being used unwisely (as fuel of habit, conditioning, addiction), it has it’s ‘dark sides’, no doubt, as does All of Nature work this way…Simply stop using it in ‘this way’…You control the flow, as it serves You well, and in well-ness! See?

btw…To All…Please do not support “Legalizing Marijuana”and/or “Legal weed”…The precedence this will set for future controls of natural means of health & wealth will be devasting…and the consequences irreversable in any soon times…Please think on this!!!
I move toward “Amnesty”, since a plant-being did not belong in persecution within a human being’s judicial system to begin with. ‘This way’ re-opens lots of doors, & will let “Freeeeedom” ring…in a big way. Just sayin’…:)

Blessings on honing the Self-control, Adam…and your gains in finer understandings of Nature. <3

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