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.

56 Comments

  1. Le EL December 2, 2012 8:46 pm Reply

    Great advice! thanks!!

  2. Harshal January 21, 2013 4:24 am Reply

    Thanks bruh, good article, make a bigger list

  3. Horace January 27, 2013 9:13 pm Reply

    Good advise its the road to no where although Alcohol is much worse to be addicted to.
    You are right about scoring some shit what a hassle always some wanker taking advantage of you when doing a deal to hell with that and them.

  4. Reader January 30, 2013 7:48 pm Reply

    Great views and points.. Day 7 of the big quit!!!

  5. A. Bidwell February 5, 2013 4:45 pm Reply

    Thanks for publishing this, helps to put things in perspective. This is day three for me, waking up from my weed coma and feeling like I am on speed. I cant sleep at all and when I do my dreams are so vivid and HORRIBLY DISTURBING that I wish that I could never dream again. Last night I spent an hour fast walking on the treadmill just so that I could turn off my brain. I know though from previous quits that this will go away, and I want to remind others that if they have tried to quit before they can try again; your previous quit only better informs you as to your own particular quit cycle and fills in the blanks as far as when they might be over for you. I miss and am never gonna knock it, gotta say had a lot of REALLY good times, but being sober from it is a new adventure- sobriety so foreign it feels like a new drug

    • Kaveh June 30, 2013 5:24 pm Reply

      I feel ur pain bro it’s been 5 m for me , here is a quote that really helped me. If ur in a hole keep digging dont try and stop the racing mind see what it’s trying.to say

  6. jc February 8, 2013 8:56 am Reply

    Day 4. Havent smoked weed all week. Did so every day from time i woke up, to bedtime. this article hit several points that were relevant to my “weed smoking “previous life. I cannot sleep. at all. have slept 3 hours in 4 days. My brain feels like it is racing and hopefully will settle down with time. i struggled with quitting for years. I cant explain exactly why i stopped. But I have stopped and I genuinely feel confident i can beat this. The mirror in my bathroom has a sign the reads “how strong are you” and i have began tallying the days of “weedlessness” underneath. This visual reminder almost challenges me to follow through with this commitment that i needed to make to myself. Right now it is 4 am and i am WIDE AWAKE. Was looking for articles about weed insomnia.lol. and stumbled on this. Sorry to ramble on forever everyone. But this journey is intense. wanted to share.

  7. KRS ONE February 18, 2013 11:18 am Reply

    What if I only smoke at night to get sleep & relax a bit after work…I know it is detrimental to my health in the long run & that’s a good enough reason..?

    • QWAS Admin February 18, 2013 6:32 pm Reply

      You have to decide what works for you. How do you REALLY want to spend your free time after work? Do you REALLY rest better after passing out from smoking?

  8. Daniel Vecchi March 3, 2013 10:03 am Reply

    as been a smoker for over 20 years people who claim they can live with the weed and do well are really kiding them self to the point of ruin just think the money you lost thinking you can live with the weed and have a good lifestyle. I think more than 80% would be making millions. three month of and doing fine always kick the habbit.

  9. Jake March 5, 2013 8:57 pm Reply

    This is the first honest website about the cons of smoking weed.

    • QWAS Admin March 5, 2013 9:12 pm Reply

      Thanks Jake. We’re really just here for people who can’t manage their habits and find that weed is affecting their ability to be productive and healthy. The cons of smoking weed are helpful in making the decision to quit, but for those of us who have a real problem, we know it in the pits of our stomachs already anyway.

  10. Lindsey March 17, 2013 7:52 pm Reply

    I’m almost two weeks out from quitting. Tummy ache today.. Wanted to smoke bc it’s like an instacure for any nausea I’ve had, but I abstained. I’ve always gotten my weed for free & it comes from a dispensary owner, so I’ve smoked more than my share of amazing hash, kief, chronic, wax, etc… I just feel sort of dumb these days & I’m trying to get my brain power back. Good luck to you guys!

    • QWAS Admin March 17, 2013 8:31 pm Reply

      You’re halfway through the initial withdrawal period. Keep it up… Viva brain power! Come back in a little bit and let us all know how you’re doing…

  11. elida Berentsen May 9, 2013 10:08 pm Reply

    Great page! I love this one, its very interesting and true ^^

    I decided to make a blog about my new lifestyle, a better, healthier and natural lifestyle! I quit smoking weed four days ago and I am so exited and looking forward to clear up my head now :D

    Follow me if u get inspired or even more motivated! We can do this togheter! ;D

    Cheers folks ^^,

  12. New me May 24, 2013 9:12 pm Reply

    4 weeks clean can’t believe the difference in my self out going clear thinking happy to talk to people not hide from them…

  13. Bo June 9, 2013 6:06 pm Reply

    This really helped me man. I’ve been smoking for at least 8 yrs everyday and now I’m at the point where I want a better job and a better life. I want to get my CDL and drive trucks but my habit is holding me back, or better yet, I’m letting my weed habit hold me back… It’s a scary step to take; every one of my friends smokes weed and none of them plan on putting it down.

    • QWAS Admin June 9, 2013 7:00 pm Reply

      Hey Ken, yeah, it is scary. But that really just because change of any kind can feel scary. Obviously you’ll have to keep your friends at arms length for quite some time, until you feel confident in your ability to be around pot but not partake. You’ll get there just the same as I did and many others before you. It’s important to continually remind yourself that this decision is about getting what you want – your CDL, a better life, and a better job. So, rather than focusing on giving up your current routine, focus on where you want to be. Every day without weed will get you a little bit closer. Dude, your goals are easily attainable. You can do this. You’re going to look back and laugh at some of the good times you had smoking weed with your friends, but never go back. Please keep in touch.

  14. Hector Maria June 15, 2013 2:30 pm Reply

    I came here looking for a pick-me-up after about a month THC-free. I quit because I want a new job. So far, I’ve perceived no benefit to quitting (other than the fact that I did find a pretty OK job).

    Unfortunately, this site and others like it have done nothing to change my mind. My mental clarity is not way up. It’s anecdotal, but I’ve made several mistakes I can’t imagine making under normal circumstances.

    My sex drive is in fact way down… do people really experience the reverse?? And apparently my body’s “natural sleep cycle” is 03:00 to 07:00.

    Another site said that I should now be able to “structure my grammar like never before.” What a joke! OK; I’ll admit that if you’re indulging in something that makes you forget grammar, you should probably think about your lifestyle. But I wouldn’t look for any great literature coming out of “sober me.”

    In fact, my overall #1 conclusion here is that people who don’t do drugs are bored and boring. If you have managed to attain an even halfway respectable lifestyle as a stoner, my advice is to keep toking.

    • QWAS Admin June 15, 2013 6:18 pm Reply

      Hi Hector. Thanks for writing in. I think you’ve got it all wrong though, why are looking for something to “change your mind”? You alone decide what is right for you. If that means continuing to smoke weed, then that’s what you really want. If smoking weed is at odds with your goals and the lifestyle you want, then that’s another story. Your conclusion that “people who don’t do drugs are bored and boring” is also absurd (sorry). Drugs don’t make a person interesting to other people. There’s some truth to the fact that drugs can make a boring activity seem more fun, but that is an illusion, the activity is still boring. Seems like you’re in a kind of limbo, considering that you needed to quit in order to secure the new job. Now that you have it, your motivation seems to have curbed even though you describe the job as being “pretty OK”. I don’t know what sort of BS you were reading on other sites, but there are a lot of people talking out of their asses out there. I just hope you are truly content with your life right now and can be happy, at least most of the time. My fear though, is that you sound depressed, perhaps because you haven’t found meaning in life yet, whatever form that might take for you.

  15. Cjay June 20, 2013 6:44 pm Reply

    I’m clean for a year now. The withdrawal was the worst for the first month. I’m sleeping better now, feeling much healthier, picked up some weight and my relationship with family has finally improved after 12 years of pot addiction. You guys who are struggling to quit must be strong in your efforts. Find some kind of support structure to help you get through your recovery period. Oh yes and I’ve been able to save some money also.

  16. danny collins August 8, 2013 11:39 am Reply

    crap drug smoke your life away nothing interest you when not stoned….when u quit for abit everything makes sense best possible way to quit in my experiance is gym eat well no weed no fags and youll be on your way you just have to tire yourself oput if struggling to sleep without weed

  17. danny collins August 8, 2013 11:47 am Reply

    Brilliant article tho, enjoyed reading as this time has been one of the harder occasions in my life to quit…. but, i need to my life going nowhere apart from working, smoking and sleeping
    Before gym work gym eat right relax then sleep well because im bolloxed from gym lol that feeling u get when you have done a long workout at the gym and a hard days work is priceless and i have got to say when you smoke weed u never ever get that feeling because by time u sit down to get that feeling your stoned so thats all u can feel is high.

  18. Shifty August 28, 2013 12:17 am Reply

    Hi there, first of all, I just wanted to say a big thank you for creating this site – it’s very refreshing to find a site that’s 100% accurate and honest and 0% judgmental.
    I’m a mid-level user I suppose – I smoke daily but not heavily (maybe only 1-2g per week), and I am keen to stop. It might sound easy as I’m not a heavy user, but I’m not finding it so easy.
    A fairly big issue for me is the financial side – I’m a broke-ass student (23), and for the last few years I’ve had a low-key grow going for a high quality personal supply and as a bit of supplementary income, so that benefit is kind of flipped for me. Although that’s not an excuse, I can get by, and I have now shut down and packed up my grow. However I still have a few ounces of top quality. It’s hard for me to get rid of it all as I’m proud of it and it really is amazing XD
    However, I know that it’s gotta go, but the 4oz I’ve got left represents $1200 – I’m not about to throw that out.

    So anyway, I’ll be selling it ASAP, but in the mean time, do you have any advice for someone trying to quit, but who has 4 excellent ounces of temptation sitting in their cupboard?

    • QWAS Admin August 28, 2013 3:54 am Reply

      Hey Shifty – Take your stash and either give it to someone, or rent a locker at the bus station and put it in there. In your cupboard is too close by, so find somewhere you can keep it. Watch a few episodes of Breaking Bad if you can’t think of a good hiding spot. I grew a few plants myself back in my early 20′s, so I get that you can feel proud of your babies. But, this is a lifestyle choice, so I’d let that stuff go emotionally, and even financially if you have to. In the grand scheme of things, $1200 isn’t that much, and you’ll get over the financial part quick. Find some part-time student work if you want. You’ll make a few bucks, and keep yourself busy. Anyway, your immediate problem seems pretty easy to solve – move your remaining stash to a safe place that is nowhere nearby – somewhere inconvenient. Remember though, it’s the decision to quit, the planning, preparation and willpower that will make the difference.

  19. Alex August 29, 2013 3:52 pm Reply

    This article really does fit me. Every point you said nailed me man. I’m on day two and this really helped m a lot. Only hard part is my best friend who is one of the biggest potheads ive ever met, stil smokes all day to this day, and he has no intentions on stopping, I may loose a good friend but itll be worth it for me in the long run. again thanks for an inspiring article!

    • QWAS Admin September 13, 2013 6:53 am Reply

      My guess is that yes, you’re paths will diverge. However, That’s not to say your friendship is lost. You’ll be doing new things in order to keep busy and change all the patterns in your life and your friend can be a part of that. Let’s say you start playing tennis, get your friend to come play. If he wants to smoke first, tell him to do it before you meet up. My best friend since grade two still smokes every day, but he’s one of my best friends and we’re still tight. We just respect each others boundaries.

  20. lola August 29, 2013 4:08 pm Reply

    Hi..I’ve been using weed for about 7 months; using it to sleep and nausea. However I have hep c and cirrhosis. I’ve been reading how bad it is to smoke with these two illnesses. I want to quit but I’m scared to death of the withdrawal. I read about sleeplessness and anxiety which I’ve been dealing with for a few years. Just thinking of extra anxiety and sleeplessness makes my chest pound and my throat feels like it’s closing up. I wish I never started. I didn’t realize that it would consume me. I’ve never used a online forum for anything but I feel so desperate and need help….thank you…Lola

    • QWAS Admin September 13, 2013 6:56 am Reply

      Definitely talk to your doctor about this. With the two complicating conditions, it makes your situation more difficult for me to discuss intelligently. What I can say is that there are natural sleep aids like Melatonin, and you can try a product like Cannitrol for anxiety and so on. This does not constitute medical advise. What you need to remember is that the hard part is really quite short. Once you go a few weeks, it’s really about maintaining your resolve to pursue the new activities and relationships you’ve developed.

  21. Vinny Ladd September 13, 2013 2:33 am Reply

    Hi. thanks for all the info youv supplied as its great to hear someone whos actually been through it rather than a ‘doctor’ whos only read about it. Iv wanted to quit for a number of years but just havnt had the will power, reading some of the articals is like reading a story about me! the main thing im finding hard is that i can go a few days without it and feel fine but then i smell it and im back on it again. i want to change my life not just for me but for my 2 girls as well. i shall follow this guide like the bible and hope that it helps! all support would be greatly appreciated! keep up the good work!

    • QWAS Admin September 13, 2013 6:58 am Reply

      Hi Vinny, sounds like your inner voice is strong and sending you a clear message. This is really the key to quitting. Why are you smelling it though? Does someone else in you family smoke? friends? Do you keep your stash handy all the time? What’s happening?

  22. Neveragain January 8, 2014 10:08 am Reply

    Been smokin for years, my past feels like a blur, with such hazy memories, life has no meaning. I’m about to go to sleep, and it’s day 2 of being sober. I hope I can stay positive and quit, I know the hardest part is now with all that shit still in my system. Although I’m already thinking a lot clearer than I have in a while. Of course I’m feelin sad as me quiting is the result of an out of hand situation.. But I know I have to make up for lost time, and the time to quit is now, as the present is the future. I hope my spirituality helps me through this. So far, reading in General has helped a lot, because I rarely read while high, and it was so hard! If i don’t feel to down tomorrow I hope to begin working out again, if I do feel really down, I’ll just go for a walk. You gotta do big things one step at a time. One frightening thing that happened to me was anxiety like you talked about.. And I’m the most social outgoing guy, but all of a sudden I could only deal with certain situations high, otherwise I would start getting this feeling or thought in my head like something REALLY BAD was about to happen.. And I realized the weed was making me fucking nuts. Wasted tens of thousands of dollars cuz of it but now I want it to be over. I never want to be dependent on anything else than than the forces greater than me (be it Allah, hashem, or energy of osme sort)? We must know what is in our power to achieve, and work to our full potential because were all here for a reason, and not to find it is to waste your life away. My dearest wish is the day I move on, I can be proud of my legacy. Thank you so much for this amazing website! I really appreciate your time, and want you to know people are still using it, even if no comments are posted. It was a top hit on google. Thanks so much again! And please anyone whose trying to quit, know that this may be the greatest achievement of your life! It will allow you to be sober and begin working on becoming your “higher self” (reaching your full potential). And any man who can reach their full potential, can do anything in this world!! Weed is ALL that is holding YOU back. Find the power you get from saying NO, it’s fulfilling.

  23. heather January 24, 2014 6:00 pm Reply

    This is great, I’m so glad your’e not shoving the whole 12 step thing. This is so much more realistic. I’ve been smoking for 32 years..I need to stop. This is a great site.I’m at like 19 hours ..wish me luck!!

    • QWAS Admin January 24, 2014 6:07 pm Reply

      Hi Heather, the 12-step process is probably great for some people. I don’t like the idea of surrender. I prefer the idea of taking the power back and regaining control… training the mind and finding new ways to reward oneself. 19 hours is a good start. Be proud of yourself for going that long and keep going!

  24. Kate March 14, 2014 6:07 pm Reply

    Thanks! At a young 47, I finally decided to just quit. My yoga practice has helped me a lot and just getting tired of all the psychoactive effects of the really great weed that is in CO right now. It’s overblown and all I see around me are a bunch of egotistical, self-deluded older potheads and friends who are going nowhere. While I never smoked as much as some people I know and my usage kept going down the more yoga I practiced, I also realized that the side effects of it were just not worth it and then the foggy feeling the next day or two. I saw my friends becoming irritable and snappy on it and my ex and I just am sick of all the illusion around cannabis in our culture these days. It is an illusion that does not necessarily deliver, in and of itself, peace, success, or happiness. It may remove a barrier or two temporarily, but it can get in the way of real spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and life progress if one cannot moderate it or the after effects start getting to you for a longer amount of time. The hardest thing for me is going to be staying away from very long time friends because that is the thing that always drove me back into it – as well as chronic depression. However, I found the substitute to be yoga and meditation and nature. I feel clearer, more motivated and like my brain just doesn’t shut down after a while anymore after so much activity. Medications for depression have also been slowly been ditched. I look forward to some real advancement in my life now. It’s about time.

  25. Nic May 4, 2014 2:59 am Reply

    I love this site…now if I could only muster the strength to quit again. I’ve quit many many times with no real lasting success. Sometimes I feel like it’s such a part of me that it’s hard to know how to handle stress long term without it. It’s been part of my identity for so long…I’m not even sure what’s real anymore. All I know is, I’m starting to feel physical and mental effects for smoking so much and it’s becoming a real problem again. I’m disappointed with myself for being weak and my husband and extended family are regular smokers. But something is telling me this is my last chance. If I don’t do this now, I’ll probably be a lifer. I plan to keep coming here for support…so thanks…for understanding, for the encouragement, and for the validation that I’m not crazy, and I’m not the only one who can’t keep pot in balance, so to speak.

  26. Azza May 5, 2014 5:49 am Reply

    Great post man i can relate to everything you have said. I was a really heavy bonghead i smoked about a 50 bag a day from the age of 17-21. I used to play footy in my juniors but that stopped when the pot became my life. I went to university for a year but got nowhere, everytime i had my final exams i would dropout. I used to be really good at communicating with people before I started pot now i get anxious everytime i have to start a conversation with someone. Im on day 20 of stopping and have started playing footy again and have enrolled again for uni, but this time im committing. Can’t wait to be my old self again. DONT MAKE WEED YOUR LIFE, you will get nowhere in life

  27. Sabz July 8, 2014 10:29 am Reply

    Hello friends,

    I have recently quit smoking after smoking basically every day for 5 years, it has been about 3 months smoke free now. Like many of you I’m sure, it became the norm and being sober felt weird. I managed to get through all of my university degree being a chronic smoker, although just scraping through.

    I decided to quit when I met my boyfriend, who was also a stoner (since he was 15). We quit weed together as well as cigarettes alcohol and of course any other substrances. Being healthy is important, your body is your temple. Your mind will maintain some effects that smoking caused but your memory will improve and your energy levels will go through the roof initially.

    After I went through withdrawal phase and was smoke free for about a month, I tried smoking in celebration of finishing my exams. It felt weird and I didnt think of it as my baby like I used to haha. Being sober now became the norm and its great. I haven’t been happier.

    I look back now at that time and realize I was continually trying to fill a void and weed was a solution because it made me not care as much about the problems of the world that had troubled my mind for so long. I went through a stage of questioning life’s purpose and questioning God’s existance. I have studied more and more about faith and looked into the faith I was born into but desserted. Now I am proud to say that I have cut out all intoxicating substances and found my true religion.

    Thank you for this! Your points are valid, now there is nothing hindering my success!

    Yours truly,
    Saba

  28. Laura October 22, 2014 3:35 am Reply

    Really good one, thank you. I’m on day 11, quit alcohol same time. I’m over the nightmares and only have occasional headaches. The anziety diarrhea is in full force though, I’m giving it a month, I really want to be sober. But I can’t live like this, smoking is better than pill popping in my book. I dont want to see a doctor, let alone get proscribed some anti-anziety med. ive been an “any drug will do” kind of person since age 14, when i abruptly quite competative gymnastics. Always chasing that irreplaceable high you get from vigorous physical training. I kicked the hard drugs out years ago, but I’m having a terrible time with the maintenance drugs, weed/alcohol. Any suggestions on effectively combating stress sober? Thanks, any reply would be greatly appreciated

  29. Kiela March 31, 2015 2:22 am Reply

    Ive been smoking weed since i was 18 and im 20 now. I quit last week I’ve wasted so much time and Money on weed. Missed interviews. Came to work high and messed things up due to my marijuana habit . Im just so ready to see if my life changes without it and can i finally keep a job and stop procrastinating on everything. Marijuana made me into a lazy person im ready to change!

  30. Kiela March 31, 2015 2:24 am Reply

    The only issue i have with quitting is sometimes i get angry. Marijuana calms me down and stops be from snapping. I need to find a new calming alternative

  31. Rog April 28, 2015 1:02 am Reply

    Day 40 for me tomorrow after 6 years of every day blazing and multiple relapses. After the second week it gets so much better i promise! Cheers to all making the right choice

  32. MelissaKimberly August 12, 2015 6:57 pm Reply

    Love this. I have been marijuana free for the first time In 7 years. I’ve been clean for about a month now. My boyfriend started getting drug tested at work recently. He quit so I did too. I also told my self I was never gonna quit. I loved to smoke and draw or smoke and play keyboard and video games. It opened my creative brain. I thought that at least. Now that I don’t smoke marijuana I’ve noticed its all in ur head. You can succeed much more when you don’t. It was personally a very easy thing to quit. Next on my list. Cigarettes.

    • QWAS Admin August 12, 2015 11:02 pm Reply

      What can I say to that other than – awesome. If you are a month in, you’re through the detox process (assuming you’ve not done a detox program) and that’s the toughest period for most people. I’m especially impressed since you seem to be continuing with the same activities that you like to do stoned – drawing, gaming, etc. I think sharing the experience of quitting with your boyfriend must have helped you both. Thanks for you comment – QWAS admin.

  33. Brandon Harris October 4, 2015 1:17 am Reply

    Today is day 1 of I don’t know how many.
    I’ve spent the majority of my life as an underachiever, and I’ve been smoking weed pretty much on a daily basis since I was 18. I turned 30 this year, and for the first time in my life I feel serious and confident about making real changes in my lifestyle. I’m hoping giving up weed will help me accomplish the goals I’ve set for myself.
    Soooo like I said today is day 1. Not totally sure what to expect but I’m going for it.

  34. Victor October 5, 2015 2:57 pm Reply

    Iv always found weed to help me out it situations, helping me through bad times or just making the world more fun. Marijuana is plant from the gods just like peppermint or cider. I found It make high school more interesting and enhanced my life. I do not know what I would do without it.

  35. Aaron December 31, 2015 6:08 am Reply

    I’m 3.5 weeks into being weed free. I haven’t noticed too many benefits yet, but there were so many detriments that I’m so happy I quit. Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and I always spend it at my cabin where there’s an enormous group of friends who I always used to smoke weed with. I could feel the seed of maybe giving in tomorrow night and smoking just one joint to celebrate taking root. The fear of that becoming every day again caused me to surf the web and find this website. Reading it has inspired me and redoubled my resolve to stay strong and strive for a more positive, successful weed-free life.

    Thank you so much for making this website. Being addicted to weed makes you feel so alone, and quitting does in a way as well. This website is beautiful in that it made me realize how not alone I am. Thank you so much, and good luck to everyone who is reading this, I’ve got your back and I’m sure anyone else here would say the same!!!

  36. D.C. January 8, 2016 4:04 am Reply

    I am so happy to have stumbled on this site.

    I can not tell you how much money I’ve wasted in the past 12 years .

    I cannot tell you How much time I’ve wasted hanging out with people who just want to use you for weed.

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve put myself in dumb situations.

    How many chances I’ve had to improve my life but would rather try to work with my addiction than succeed.
    It has caused havoc on my personal relationships

    First I tried growing it myself an effort to save money wrong it made the electricity bill go up the plants that I had outside my dad cut down he didn’t want any nosy neighbors.

    Either way you’re gonna end up paying. Had I been blessed financially and been able to live a different lifestyle then maybe I could justify my usage. But as a regular person trying to make it in this hard world it is very difficult.
    I like to think of myself as a functioning addict because I always put my priorities first I always pay my bills I always take care of what I need to take care of but I think that if I quit how much money can I save how much things can I do how many places can I go I could actually travel somewhere instead of putting myself inside this box.

    What drove me to quit today was the fact that I went to a dispensary and I spent about 100 bucks on my way home I lost the bag that’s the last straw for me I’m gonna visit this page every day to remind me reasons why I should quit

    Everything said on this page is true I need to stop being in denial I need to stay strong. I’m 28 years old on my peers have masters degrees I’ve been to community college six or seven times I I’ve lost count I’m still trying you know I’m not gonna give up but if I were more focused I could’ve been achieved my goals.

    And I’m sad because you know I’ve been fighting this fight for long time it’s not easy you know I say right now I’m gonna quit but probably the reality of the situation is tomorrow I could be smoking again.

    It really grinds my gears I sit there and I think about this and I’m intelligent person I’m a logical person and I think about this there’s no other way to explain it I’m an addict.

    My girlfriend tells me my entire life revolves around it.
    I disagree but I would say about a third of my life revolves around that’s still too much.

    I sit there and I think about ways that I could live my life and justify the usage and find a way where I can make money even exploited but these are the cards that I’m dealt I’m a regular person I don’t have a lot of financial means so instead of wasting this hard earned financial means that I have and he looked towards my future about having a future and succeeding I don’t know how many good jobs I’ve turned down because I couldn’t pass a drug test

    Then I thought about ways of thinking around that which there are put it in evidently you will get caught and when that happens it’s gonna be on your record.

    Life is all about choices and I think I need to start making the correct ones

  37. Joe January 13, 2016 6:58 am Reply

    This is 100% accurate

  38. Nic winchester March 3, 2016 11:48 pm Reply

    Very good article,i have been a weed smoker for 6 years,never tryed weed untill i met my partner who is a heavy weed smoker,it ruined our relationship in the end or shall i say took over eveythink,i am at the point in my life were enough is enough,its affecting me my family, and everythink around me i have given up for 6 weeks before i felt amazing heathly,everythink was postive and good,but due to a family loss,and a run of one thing after other happening i just turned to what i knew best

  39. Bobbi April 5, 2016 1:57 am Reply

    Please keep up the news on how Marijuana has no benefits for the common person. I am getting sick and tired about people who make excuses of why this is beneficial. Most of them talk about people who have fatal illnesses. Really how many people know someone directly that would benefit from this.

  40. Vince September 15, 2016 5:29 am Reply

    Hi great site and tips on doing without being dependant on weed.
    I’m wondering about verbal control not talking perfectly clear slurring the odd word the day after constantly.
    I’m a longtime smoker after 10 pm at the same time 3-4 tall cans of beer at the same time for many years.
    I just found a new family doctor blood tests first but I had them a few months ago with everything back normal.
    Slurring the odd word in my field is very embarrassing people think I’m drunk always when the odd slur comes out., while sober.

    I’ve read improving verbal control improves after 4-8 weeks of abstaining
    I’m off beer too.
    Day 7 clean
    At times in life our body has to be listened to
    I admire those who can control and smoke the odd one every blue moon as article says.
    Without the slurring I may want to try as of now I won’t.
    I do slur less after I eat but that could be a stomach issue so I’m gonna blame this on the chronic lion term usage.
    Thanks

  41. Luis Angel October 5, 2016 8:51 pm Reply

    Hi! I’m on day 14 now, I decided to quit after buying a really potent weed and having some bad trips. After smoking this weed I just didn’t want to smoke anymore, it made me sick just to think about it. And I realized how bad my mood was without weed, that’s when it hit me, I had to stop. I used to smoke everyday, but not much, maybe 1 hit. The first days I felt very down, like really depressed. Today I have to say I feel like smoking, although I’ve made up my mind not to.

    The benefits have been few so far, I’m back to dreaming at night which is awesome! I love to dream! haha but I guess that’s it, I’m still feeling a little down (may be for other reasons),I don’t have much energy and my mind is not so clear yet. Also I’m bored as hell! So I started writing my thoughts instead of smoking whenever I feel like it, and it has really worked, I had never written so much in my life, and it is helping me organize my thoughts and feelings and helping me find my way, it’s like going to a psychologist.

    I also find my escape from reality in books, I’ve been reading like never before and it’s awesome. Although in the near future I hope to focus my energy in some really productive projects, right now I’m just waiting for this withdrawal period to be over.

    About the money, well, I live in Mexico, so weed is pretty cheap, even the potent ones, and it’s really easy to find, everybody has or knows someone who does, so that’s not really a problem (or is it?). I spent like $13 USD for .5 oz of some “indoors” one and for me it was enough for 3 months or so.

    Anyway, I googled “benefits of quitting weed” and ended up here, great page! so I thought I shared my experience and hopefully it will help others.

    Thanks!

  42. pete December 2, 2016 4:20 am Reply

    I have stopped smoking and am coming to an end on the fourth day, i already can see the changes I feel more motivated to do stuff, but i do have to say after the three day mark you start to feel better, if you are trying to quit smoking and you have smoked regularly for a while you will experience anxiety and mood swings but just stick to the positive think of the benefits of not smoking all the cool stuff you can do in that time you were wasting getting high and you will feel better

  43. Kaiser December 8, 2016 10:55 pm Reply

    This website help me alot thank you so much!! Im in 1 month now and it really hard, at one point I don’t feel im on reality and think of suicide. I keep praying that my Brain will heal. Looking around online and I found this and it the exact thing what going on me right now. I know my Brain will get back on its normal and I keep looking forward on that. Exercise, Run every morning helps alot and stay positive will make you on ease. Once again Thank you so much!!!

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