To smoke or not to smoke…?

Petergd (@petergd) 9 years, 5 months ago

I figured since marijuana seems to be pretty popular amongst HE-thians, who better to ask my question than you guys! So about four weeks ago I decided to take a break from toking…I originally planned on the break lasting until I got a new job, but it has since continued past that.

At times, both my lungs and my wallet is glad about the decision and wants to keep the streak of not smoking going; while other times all I want to do is smoke some dank. It helps me relax, enjoy things more, increases my appetite (which disappears from time to time), etc. I am, or was, the type of smoker that would typically light up after a long day, or on my days off, or once I got all my stuff I needed to get done out of the way. I am in college, so needless to say, lots of my peers engage in smoking. I am torn because I see the Pros and Cons of the matter at hand, but neither side is more convincing than the other.

Any and all input is appreciated…thanks!

August 26, 2012 at 10:44 am
Manimal (2,998) (@manimal) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

Don’t smoke, or only do it occasionally. Though not doing it at all is better.

And how is it a good place to ask where it’s popular? That just means you’ll get a very biased consensus. Asking tokers about toking is like askind the devil about hell, or a snowman about freezing, or a fly about eating shit. They’ll all say it’s the best thing ever, but that doesn’t mean it’s true, or that it’s good for you, or anything like that.

If you don’t wanna smoke, then DON’T. It’s that simple, really.

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Nick (554) (@splashartist) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@petergd, I never really got how people can smoke so much. I live a pretty healthy lifestyle and when I smoke weed say like 3 times in one week I can feel the negative effect it has on my mind and body. Sure it’s fun every once in awhile but if you start depending on it to make your day better you need to stop.

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Matthew (1,127) (@ojai) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@petergd, ” I am, or was, the type of smoker that would typically light up after a long day, or on my days off, or once I got all my stuff I needed to get done out of the way.”

To me it sounds like you want to smoke but you just don’t want to kill your ‘not smokingness’ you have going on. If you do use it as you say and it doesn’t make you into a monotonous zombie where you NEED it all the time, I say smoke.

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Anonymous (18) (@) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

I say:

1. Smoke and when reaching the “maximum high” write down honestly how you like the fact you’re smoking. Write down how you see yourself and whether you like what you see.

2. Come down again and when reaching your “natural high” (sober) write down again how you like the fact to be independent from a drug. Write down how you see yourself and whether you like what you see.

Then decide.

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Petergd (149) (@petergd) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@manimal, @splashartist, I understand the points both of you make, and I know smoking isn’t the healthiest thing one can do for their body…but at the same time drinking soda/alcohol, rubbing sunscreen on your skin, smoking cigarettes, not exercising, and eating junk food are just a few of the things people include in their daily lives that could arguably be more hazardous to a persons well-being. It might sound as though I am trying to be defensive about the matter at hand, but that is not the case at all. I see smoking as a ‘pick your poison’ type of deal.

@ojai, You’re dead on…Some days I want to smoke, while other days I don’t feel any urge. I am about to go to the gym and I have lots of homework to do once I get back, so it looks like I will be continuing my ‘not smokingness’ streak lol.

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Anonymous (26) (@) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

It’s really up to you. There’s nothing really wrong with smoking occasionally. No reason to deny yourself of that or overthink it. I was regular smoker in high school. I have since only smoked a handful of times, and didn’t really enjoy any of those times, unless I was alone and attempting to sleep (it helped). But marijuana does not have a place in my life. I enjoy books, music, and food to the fullest extent sober (or drunk). but everyone is different. I’m pretty much the minority of… everyone I’ve ever met. People fucking love weed.

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Petergd (149) (@petergd) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@justgoing, That sounds like a neat idea, thanks

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Dnonymous (18) (@udntnome) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

moderation… I think it’s optimal to keep your tolerance down, save it for when you’ll really enjoy it

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Manimal (2,998) (@manimal) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@petergd, Ok, but why should you pick a poison?

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Anonymous (0) (@) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@petergd, yea used to smoke like everyday just cuz it was always being offered free in that college setting. I could definitely feel the negative effects after a while. I’ve learned that, like everything else you have to learn the level of moderation for yourself.

I realize the beneficial effects and the effects depending on the amount I smoke so I just use it accordingly. take a couple hits when I’m writing, just chillin with sum1 or up late sitting outside with my thoughts.

Basically realize when you actually want to and would be beneficial to you/ your situation.

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Joltin’ Joe (9) (@joeisback) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

I have smoked quite a lot in the past but have currently stopped. The reason was was a combination of becoming sick of it a bit and also I’m trying to deal with something difficult and painful in my life right now and I don’t think smoking to distract myself is a healthy way of dealing with it.

The decision to smoke is a very personal one. I don’t think cannabis is very harmful to your body, but it can be psychologically unhealthy depending on your personality and what stage of your life you are at. Ask yourself why you smoke. Do you do it because you actually enjoy it? Or because your friends do it and its a way of socialising? Or some other reason? Does smoking stop you from doing other things or becoming other things that you would like to?

If your in college and you smoke every now and then because you enjoy it and it makes you happy then there’s nothing wrong with that really. If you begin smoking purely out of habit then i think it becomes a problem.

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Nick (554) (@splashartist) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it per se. I toke up every so often, but I mean if it gets too the point where you need it you should stop because then its an addiction. I hear thc actually cures cancer and whatnot. I’m all for it being legal as its better then alcohol and that’s legal. The government could tax the shit out of it.

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Petergd (149) (@petergd) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

Thanks for all of the posts guys and gals. I have decided to keep the streak alive for a while longer so I can (hopefully) be a little more productive with school/work/life. I am taking 6 classes and working 20-30 hours a week so I figured my free time would probably be best spent doing other activities…

Stay awesome.

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phanci3 (46) (@phanci3) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

For some reason weed has the opposite effect on me. When I smoke, I get mildly energetic and suddenly realize all these thing I have to get done and that shit should be cleaned or I should really work on that art project I’ve been putting off. That’s why I smoke so much. Do I wish I didnt depend on it to make me motivated and not sit around all day? Sure. So, I’m conflicted as well. I quit for a while and life was calmer, but I felt bored a lot and unsure of what to do with myself. Is it really weird it has this opposite effect on me or does anyone else? It does not make me lazy at alll…until later unless I smoke again.

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dylan (17) (@dylmill) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

I have noticed that some situations are greatly enhanced by Cannabis, where as others are lessened. At this point, smoking and then laying around/being on the computer/staying in or even hanging out with friends just chillin is detrimental to me. I feel shitty afterwards, my thoughts race, my mind is unclear, it’s lame. I have already smoked enough in these conditions to have worn out the beneficial effects of the plant.
However, I have more recently been using it with the purpose of connecting with my body, and it has really strengthened my mind-body connection, even when I am sober. I consume it before most workouts (bodybuilding), and it helps me gain a supreme state of focus, and increases my mind-muscle connection. My results have been not only physical (the development of the muscles in the exact way I train them) but Cannabis has helped me push myself beyond limits I thought existed beforehand. My workout intensity skyrockets, and all the benefits I receive while under the influence are translating to when I am sober. I have developed a much better connection to my body, which I think was sped up by the Cannabis. Also, instead of feeling lame during the comedown and afterwards, I feel incredible (mostly due to the training session, which was enhanced by the plant).
In conclusion, I think there is a lot to gain from Cannabis, but the amount is limited. Maybe just often experiencing something different while high is the key to maintaining its benefits.

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R.V. Star (151) (@rickvonstar) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@petergd, dont smoke because you are bored, do it while engaging in enjoyable activites

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Peter (152) (@searchingforthetruth) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@justgoing,

I hate maximum highs. For some reason, I never feel good when I am completely and utterly stoned out of my mind.

I enjoy the occasionally smoke to the extent that I am functional and my emotional and cognitive processes are for the most part unaffected.

@petergd,

I just want to point out that the scientific studies on marijuana use are in the very early stages..and the long term effects are really unknown,

However, I still enjoy smoking occasionally every 3 months. About an eighth, smoking small hits out of my pipe.

I enjoy smoking when I would like to be more appreciate of my environment and my life. It helps to change my perspective at times. After I smoke, everything seems so much enjoyable..and thus I question why I am ever unhappy sometimes. It is also nice to enjoy a light high with friends sometimes.

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TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@petergd, I can’t speak for you or anyone except myself, but when I maintain a streak of not smoking, I feel a surge in energy. And when I do smoke, I feel like garbage for days afterwards, tired, low on energy, uncreative, slow to think, and all-around unproductive. I don’t like smoking weed anymore, I’ve had a few “relapses” since my first quit date, and regretted them all. So I say keep up the good work against smoking – don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it is evil or should be illegal, but I don’t like how it becomes a lifestyle and drains energy. It depends what your goals are and how much energy you need to get what you want out of life.

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Monika (24) (@money) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

honestly I would say smoke. I dont think it’s THAT terrible for your lungs like cigarettes for example. Perhaps limit how much you smoke if you want? But weed is honestly a god given gift in my opinion. If you decide not to, well thats okay too!

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Smoke, just do it reasonably.

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Jaimie (11) (@jaymeh) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

@petergd,
Okay, not that I’m saying this is going to help…., but I’ll tell you something that’s going on in my life.
Sooo this year I was a big smoker. People in my school knew it and basically everyone that knew who I was knew too. About 3 months ago I decided that I was going to stop smoking. I didn’t realize how hard that was going to be because all the people I surrounded myself with smoked everyday. It was hard the first week, going from hanging out with all types of people to sitting alone at home. I also started mending bridges that I burned with my non-smoker friends. I say I burned bridges because I didn’t want to hang out with them if I didn’t see getting high out of it. I was caught up in that life style and I wanted to stay in it. I blew off my true friends so I could go smoke a blunt. I ditched them while hanging out so I could run my friend to get a G just because I knew they would smoke me up. Now I know your probably thinking “addiction” but everyone knows you can’t get addicted to weed, it was just my mind set of the life I was living that made me think I had to do it. I feel like it was also a popularity thing to…. but anyways my non-smoker friends got really pissed at me and cut me off.
Then three months ago I realized something. I threw away my true friends, the people that care about who I am and not how much weed I have, the people that were always there for me. It hurt me to realize that I wasn’t there for them sometimes when they needed me to be, and that really hurt.
So I quit, I stopped smoking. This went on for nine weeks and then my best friend called me. Now during these weeks of me being sober she got worse. If she doesn’t have any she doesn’t think hanging out with anyone will be fun and yadda yadda. Well I went over to her house and of course she was smoking, and even now my thoughts on smoking weed are this : it’s perfectly fine to smoke once in a while, or if you can control it. So I took a hit and then this whole summer I smoked again but I kept myself distance from the people that I used to hang out with. I also didn’t smoke as much as I used to, one or two bowls and I was done.
But I’m quitting again. I’m entering a really hard year in school and I told my friend that I was done. Her reply was yeah right and now shes pressuring me into smoking. It’s not cool. She is supposed to be my best friend but this isn’t how a friend, let alone best friend, should act…..
Now I feel the position I put my good friends in. It makes my heart hurt every time I think about it because it sucks. That feeling where weed is more important then 6 years of friendship. That feeling where your friend wants nothing to do with you if you aren’t high. That feeling that if you can’t help them get weed then your better off living 5000 miles away.
I’m sorry if I didn’t answer what you were asking or if I didn’t help you at all. I needed to vent…. but like I said I don’t think weed is a bad thing and I would be a liar if I sat here and said that I would never smoke it again. Just don’t let weed block what’s important…. because coming from the other side, it fucking sucks.

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Juliette (54) (@julietteguliette) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

I just recently took a break from smoking as well! I have noticed that, like all things, an increase/decrease in my marijuana habits come in waves.

The nice thing about smoking is, you are much more relaxed and enjoy the little things much more. It’s also a very social thing! But of course, all of this leads to a decline in being responsible haha. A lot of people say that they can get their stuff done and smoke a lot of weed…and although that might be true, I am 100% positive they would be getting A LOT MORE done if they didn’t smoke. It really is just a fact of life; weed makes you more carefree and relaxed about everything, including your responsibilities. And there are legit studies that show it affects your memory for 48-72 hours.

Just go with how your body and soul feel. Make sure you DON’T give into peer pressure, be aware of WHY you are going to blaze if you are. (I almost always catch myself saying Yes when a friend hands me the bong and/or I am drunk, but regret it the next morning when I am groggy and lazy for the first half of the day).
If you have a lot on your plate, and are shooting for good grades, etc. I would say avoid it.
It’s always there for you when you can smoke, and it will be that much more enjoyable :)

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Anonymous (149) (@) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

@manimal, its better to ask people who have smoked because they know what it is and what its like. People who don’t smoke are against it bad and don’t know whats up with drugs/psychedelics. And if fellow smokers do support it, its because its a harmless herb.

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

If you want to take smoking to another level do this, and after you’ve done this, you will really appreciate it as something more than just something to do. If you can handle it / go far enough.

Download some really epic music, I’d advise some electronica, trance or techno. Find some music that makes your head tingle when you hear it. Don’t listen to the song more than once. Download it, keep it.

Buy some herb. Something that would last you a week. Smoke until you cannot remember how to put down the lighter and the bowl. Become so high you forget what day it is. Keep going and going and going until you’re absolutely stupid.

Go to your bed, preferably when it is dark out and turn out all the lights so its dark inside or go under your covers. Wait a while till you start to get into a dreamy headspace. Put your head phones in and start playing a song on your mp3 you downloaded. Something slow. At first you may be so high that its distracting, but just keep with the music. Turn it up to a point where its the only thing you can really concentrate on – you can’t ignore it.

Project yourself into the music, imagine a scene being played before you that portrays the music. For me, I listen to infected mushroom and I imagine these fireworks and kaleidoscope intensities in space, and my body dancing around. Imagine flying in this world of music, every beat correlates with something moving in your imagination.

If you’re able to do this it will blow your mind. I did this every night for a month or two straight and I cannot even smell weed anymore without having a mushroom-like trip in my head. I get so high just from small portions compared to other people that its ridiculous.

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VernalSoul (598) (@vernalsoul) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

@petergd, I like to smoke occasionally when I’m in the mood, but then after smoking regularly (several times a week) for a month or so I’ll take a break for a month or two. I do like the feeling of being high and it relaxes me a lot, but I can also feel myself stop caring a little too much. I feel like smoking frequently makes me care less about things that I’m normally passionate about, and takes away a lot of my drive. I’ve seen a lot of people that start smoking frequently lose a lot of their goals and become static beings instead of growing and progressing.

Everything in moderation.

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