Benefits of Quitting Marijuana
What are the benefits of quitting Marijuana? There are more upsides to quitting weed than you probably realize.
I’m not here to preach to you. Plenty of people manage their pot habits without suffering too many adverse affects. People who can maintain a good quality of life and enjoy smoking weed in moderation can navigate away from this website with my blessing. For those individuals, the benefits of enjoying the calming effect of marijuana outweigh any downside. For them, smoking a joint is a viable alternative to drinking alcohol or getting into really destructive hard drug use.
But, that’s not why we’re here. We are here because we can’t manage our marijuana use. On the one hand we are terrified about the the possibility of suffering through marijuana withdrawal, but we can no longer accept the power our addiction to marijuana has over our lives.
Many chronics who are looking for a "way out" are waiting for some external force to come along and pull them out of their situation. I know this element of denial only too well. Well, for 99% of you, it just won’t happen. Quitting weed is a deeply personal decision, and no one will really help you to deal with the day-to-day struggle of avoiding your old routine and leaving behind everything you have been used to for so long. But don’t despair, the help you will get by following my methods and continuing to read the stop smoking weed secrets on this website will help you to realize that you aren’t giving up anything, but rather that you are gaining something invaluable.
Reviewing the reasons to quit smoking pot on a regular basis is a powerful exercise in the process of giving up marijuana. I strongly recommend that you make a list of good and bad points about your pot habit, as well as review this list of benefits of quitting marijuana. Write your own list or print this out and keep it with you. It’s important to remind yourself "why" you are doing what you are doing on a regular basis, especially when cravings pester you to give up the fight.
Reasons to Quit Weed and Succeed:
1. Save Money. Most chronic pot smokers buy in quantity (the smart ones) and probably spend on average about $10–$20 per day depending on availability and which dealer is answering the phone. Follow my suggestion about saving your weed money for six months, or until you are positive that you have kicked your pot "addiction".
2. Increased Stamina. Smoking is death on your lungs. No question. If you’re a chronic, then your lung capacity sucks and you probably can’t run two blocks without feeling like you are going to give birth to a lung baby. Pathetic. This is not healthy and lack of exercise is the leading cause of serious health problems of every kind.
3. Your Loved Ones. I promise you -no family member or close friend wants to see you stumble through life in a cloud of pot smoke*. My habit was very hard for my family to accept. As a result, my relationships suffered. I avoided situation where i knew i could get high. As a result, I missed burying my childhood dog, Heath. I will never forgive myself for that. Heath deserved better from me. Quit weed for your family. They want the best for you.
*For some – the situation is the opposite – family members are encouraging and supporting the pot lifestyle. We cover this on other pages.
4. Sleep Better. It’s a well known fact that smoking weed before bed interrupts or disrupts your natural sleep cycles. even though you have convinced yourself that you can’t sleep without it, you are actually sabotaging your healthy sleep rhythms every night. After you quit weed, you will get better rest, feel less stressed and have more energy throughout the day. Getting the proper amount of sleep is a key factor in staying healthy, reducing stress, and ultimately living longer.
5. Anxiety Disorder. It’s a fairly well documented fact that long time weed smokers can suffer severe anxiety disorder after quitting smoking weed. Treatment for anxiety is incredibly difficult and complicated to implement. The longer you wait to quit, the more you increase your chances of becoming an unfortunate statistic. I’ve interviewed people who suffer from post marijuana stress disorders, and I’ve read about many cases.
6. Uncontrollable Mood Swings. If there’s one truth you should admit to yourself, It’s that your weed habit has made you a moody prick. When you’re high, you’re normal. When you’re not high, you’re much more of an asshole. Get real, you don’t want to be that person. I’ve been that person, and until after I quit weed I couldn’t admit it to myself. It’s the truth for most pot-heads. I’ve known enough people like this, and they all think they’re fine all the time, or attribute violent mood swings to external factors. No way José, you moody bastards.
7. Inaction and Impotence. I’m not talking about sex necessarily, I’m talking about your whole life. When you’re high, you come up with all kinds of ideas that are never realized. Why? because when you are sober you don’t tend to follow through, or even really remember why your idea was good (which it probably wasn’t anyway). Smoking weed provides the perfect excuse for not actually accomplishing anything real because you are in a satisfied state. All of the things you wish would change seem far less urgent when you’re high. Escaping the reality of your situation, whatever that may be, is a familiar pattern. Every time you get high, you pull the rug out from underneath yourself.
8. Learning Disability á la Marijuana. That’s right! You are impairing your ability to learn. There are extensive studies to indicate that things learned in one state (for example when you are high) are not easily remembered when you are sober, and vice versa. Can you say drop-out? My university years could have been a whole lot better. I spent 5 years a two different universities and didn’t graduate with a degree from either. This was in large part due to the amount of weed I was smoking. Going to class stoned and then taking a test sober just doesn’t work. Your education will suffer if you continue to smoke weed every day… not guaranteed, but probably.
9. Decreased Sex Drive and Dating Woes. Want to suck the romance out of your relationships? Get high all the time and I promise you that the last thing you will feel like doing is making love. Maybe at first with your new girlfriend/boyfriend it will seem fun to get high and have sex, but over time getting high will take precedence over your love life. When you are happily stoned, you won’t want to brush your teeth, comb your hair and feel sexy. You will probably watch more bad TV, eat take-out more often, exercise less, and spend less time with your friends. By continually affirming each others desire to smoke weed, you will be perpetuating a climate of acceptance for each others pot habit. Single? Good luck finding someone that will put up with your chronic weed habit. Even if you do, you will be continuing to "lock" yourself into a lifestyle that you actually hate.
10. Social Retard or Recluse. It happens to just about every chronic – you simply cannot handle social situations without getting high. This inevitably leads to avoidance, which eventually leads to a much more reclusive lifestyle. Your social outings become limited to pot friendly places with pot-friendly people, but more often than not you just stay at home by yourself. This happened to me for years. I just stayed home and got high and whittled away the hours tinkering with this and that, or entertaining myself with video games, TV, music and movies. More often than not I was alone. Social situations became scarier and scarier as I fell out of practice and spent more time being selfish.
11. Wasted Time. What would you do if you could get back all the time you’ve spent trying to track down a gram? I have spent more hours driving around, speed dialing different dealers, and sitting by the phone than I care to remember. Every chronic has the same story. Buying weed isn’t like going to the corner store and getting yourself a six-pack. It’s all about chasing around some distasteful character who has you eating out of the palm of their hand. Unless of course you have a Marijuana Dispensary nearby. If that’s the case you just have to plan around business hours, so you can skip 11 and go to 12.
12. Pot just isn’t that good most of the time. Admit it. How many times have you smoked really good weed or really good hash. Not that many I’m willing to guess. The truth is, you can’t just get what you want, It’s what they got… which most of the time is kind of low grade weed, or hash that is cut with something horrible that you’d rather not know about. I can think of a few times that I smoked really good pot or hash, but most of the time, it was moderately disappointing. Unless of course you have a Marijuana Dispensary nearby. If that’s the case, skip 12.
So, I’ve given you 12 pretty good reasons to stop smoking marijuana, and those are the obvious ones. Make your own list of reasons to quit weed, and check back in with yourself as you tackle the first few days of quitting. Keeping all of these deterrents in mind will give you added strength. I never prescribe a "magic bullet" for quitting weed (I’m not a doctor) and I truly believe that willpower and a deep desire for real change is what will make you quit weed and succeed. For most people, these things combined with a marijuana addiction treatment program is the answer.
Keep your list of reasons to quit smoking marijuana with you during the first part of your abstinence. It will help you stay focused on your goal, and act as a reminder for all of the behavior you desperately want to avoid. Relax, meditate, find a new activity, read your list and start getting on with your life.