Quitting cannabis for good.

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    Oct 27, 2014 6:22 AM GMT
    Hey RJ Forums,
    Long time lurker and infrequent poster...I have a queestion that maybe you guys could help me with. I started smoking cannabis when i turned 18 and started college. I am now 21, turning 22, and never thought i would still be smokeing icon_sad.gif I smoke everday, and have been for the past year and a half, and its had a negative effective on my motivation with school/working out/ and just general lifestyle. I want to quit and I'm pretty sure im addicted to the way being high makes me feel.

    I want to stop smoking and get my life back on track before it gets any worse...i think im depressed to which is probably partly because of my smoking.

    tldr; I want to stop smoking weed for good, and i need help.

    Thanks everybody.

    Sincerely,
    Kamran
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    Oct 27, 2014 7:01 AM GMT
    If you're hanging around with people who smoke pot, that will be a problem and make it harder to quit.
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    Oct 27, 2014 11:18 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidIf you're hanging around with people who smoke pot, that will be a problem and make it harder to quit.
    +1

    My cycling speed and overall fitness level greatly increased when I stopped smoking pot. In fact, I'm gonna start entering enduro mountain bike races next year.
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    Oct 28, 2014 7:56 PM GMT
    First you will blame pot for your negative effects on working out, school, whatever. Every stoner I know is fit, strong, energetic and works out like a dog in heat. Now, maybe I know exceptional stoners, or maybe you are just lazy and want to blame it on a drug. Which is fine. But still, people accomplish things in life with or without weed, sugar, gluten, caffeine and on and on.
    Quit complaining and do stuff, regardless of your current drug of choice.
  • Destinharbor

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    Oct 28, 2014 9:09 PM GMT
    smartmoney saidFirst you will blame pot for your negative effects on working out, school, whatever. Every stoner I know is fit, strong, energetic and works out like a dog in heat. Now, maybe I know exceptional stoners, or maybe you are just lazy and want to blame it on a drug. Which is fine. But still, people accomplish things in life with or without weed, sugar, gluten, caffeine and on and on.
    Quit complaining and do stuff, regardless of your current drug of choice.

    This^^^. If you want to quit, quit. But I've never seen pot stop guys from achieving lofty goals.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Oct 29, 2014 3:31 PM GMT
    Good for you! Quit, long term use makes you lazy, and chronic use makes you stupid!icon_idea.gificon_idea.gif

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    Nov 09, 2014 4:00 PM GMT
    I'm all for a joint every now and then, but it's a completely different thing to be a total pothead. ie: smoking more than 2 joints every single day.

    I'm friends with a lady who smokes like 10 a day. she's an actress and the saddest part is that anyone that sees her notices that she's super talented. she could go places if she wanted to, but she's not going anywhere because she's lazy! all she does is smoke weed and party. lol

    it's amazing how so many people are choosing to ignore the fact that smoking weed has diverse side effects and one of them is depression.
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    Nov 09, 2014 9:01 PM GMT
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    Nov 10, 2014 9:03 PM GMT
    patito saidI'm all for a joint every now and then, but it's a completely different thing to be a total pothead. ie: smoking more than 2 joints every single day.

    I'm friends with a lady who smokes like 10 a day. she's an actress and the saddest part is that anyone that sees her notices that she's super talented. she could go places if she wanted to, but she's not going anywhere because she's lazy! all she does is smoke weed and party. lol

    it's amazing how so many people are choosing to ignore the fact that smoking weed has diverse side effects and one of them is depression.


    I agree. A couple of guys above have pointed out that smoking joints doesn't excuse failure/laziness, but they don't seem to have noted that the OP has been smoking every day for more than a year.

    I love a session myself, but I also know that after one I do almost always feel quite 'depressed' for about 24 hours. Of course that's my subjective response to it, but as others will tell the OP, excessive drug use can have negative mental/mood effects.

    In terms of how you can get 'off' it, like Lumpy stated, I think it's important you don't hang/live with others using it too frequently - it will be near impossible for you to drop it if you have no distance from it.

    That said, for most people going cold turkey and deciding never to smoke it again won't work, either. As with any drug, your brain has, to an extent, grown to expect the weed. I would suggest giving yourself maybe one day a week for now when you have a few spliffs, but be STRICT with yourself. Make it a Saturday night thing. Then, once you've begun to adjust, you can begin to think about dropping it completely. For now, don't be too harsh with yourself; changing your routine even slightly will require plenty of willpower.

    As soon as you start to get used to having it less, you will find you feel better/more hopeful, I bet.

  • Destinharbor

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    Nov 10, 2014 9:21 PM GMT
    Ya, sorry. On reconsideration, for some it can be demotivating and being stoned every day or even every evening is too much. Like was suggested above, cut back until you're down to once or twice/week. You'll feel physically more energetic, too. Use it in a gym and also take the opportunity to reform the diet. Munchies will put it on fast after a certain age.
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    Nov 10, 2014 9:50 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidYa, sorry. On reconsideration, for some it can be demotivating and being stoned every day or even every evening is too much. Like was suggested above, cut back until you're down to once or twice/week. You'll feel physically more energetic, too. Use it in a gym and also take the opportunity to reform the diet. Munchies will put it on fast after a certain age.


    Good point. I may as well be a potato after a night on the stuff, and using it less definitely gives me more energy long term.
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    Nov 12, 2014 3:24 AM GMT
    crystalballer saidHey RJ Forums,
    Long time lurker and infrequent poster...I have a queestion that maybe you guys could help me with. I started smoking cannabis when i turned 18 and started college. I am now 21, turning 22, and never thought i would still be smokeing icon_sad.gif I smoke everday, and have been for the past year and a half, and its had a negative effective on my motivation with school/working out/ and just general lifestyle. I want to quit and I'm pretty sure im addicted to the way being high makes me feel.

    I want to stop smoking and get my life back on track before it gets any worse...i think im depressed to which is probably partly because of my smoking.

    tldr; I want to stop smoking weed for good, and i need help.

    Thanks everybody.

    Sincerely,
    Kamran

    It will more than likely take a new group of friends and keeping yourself busy to change it. Work in the library, throw away any devices used for the cannabis. You can't do a "Oh ill just smoke 2x per week" It will eventually come back to you.
  • HottJoe

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    Nov 12, 2014 3:57 PM GMT
    The OP has not responded... Face it, he's probably baked right now!icon_lol.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 13, 2014 2:18 AM GMT
    HottJoe saidThe OP has not responded... Face it, he's probably baked right now!icon_lol.gif
    Well evidently you seem to be getting entertainment out of this Joe. A guy is struggling with a powerful addiction and wants to break the addiction and here you are laughing. That is pretty damned sad. You better hope that you never end up in a tough situation like this one.
  • HottJoe

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    Nov 13, 2014 6:39 PM GMT
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    HottJoe saidThe OP has not responded... Face it, he's probably baked right now!icon_lol.gif
    Well evidently you seem to be getting entertainment out of this Joe. A guy is struggling with a powerful addiction and wants to break the addiction and here you are laughing. That is pretty damned sad. You better hope that you never end up in a tough situation like this one.

    Um, I feel bad that he's depressed, but I don't think weed is a serious addiction, nor should it be stigmatized or illegal.

    I smoke weed every day. I'm a major weed advocate. He might as well say he eats too much cake, because I really don't see pot smoking as that big of a deal. Just put the fork, or the pipe, down.

    The reason I don't jump on the anti pot, pro war on drugs bandwagon is because people want to criminalize weed and take that blessed plant away from people who have every right to smoke it. Besides, the advice here is from people who have no idea what they're talking about.
  • HottJoe

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    Nov 14, 2014 8:08 PM GMT
    TomSOCAL said
    HottJoe said
    roadbikeRob said
    HottJoe saidThe OP has not responded... Face it, he's probably baked right now!icon_lol.gif
    Well evidently you seem to be getting entertainment out of this Joe. A guy is struggling with a powerful addiction and wants to break the addiction and here you are laughing. That is pretty damned sad. You better hope that you never end up in a tough situation like this one.

    Um, I feel bad that he's depressed, but I don't think weed is a serious addiction, nor should it be stigmatized or illegal.

    I smoke weed every day. I'm a major weed advocate. He might as well say he eats too much cake, because I really don't see pot smoking as that big of a deal. Just put the fork, or the pipe, down.

    The reason I don't jump on the anti pot, pro war on drugs bandwagon is because people want to criminalize weed and take that blessed plant away from people who have every right to smoke it. Besides, the advice here is from people who have no idea what they're talking about.


    Since the OP wants to quit due to his schooling, then it demonstrates that we don't have enough resources to help people who WANT to quit. That's unfortunate.

    California has medical marijuana and I'm all in favor for it, with one caveat. The legislation that established this should have included programs to help people quit, if and when they wish to do so.

    California should really tax tobacco. That is a much greater problem in the state since smokes are only $4 a pack when on sale (same as in Nevada). The tobacco lobby must have a huge influence in Sacramento.

    In Arizona, run by the LDS (Mormons, who oppose cigs and pot), they have a huge tax on smokes - it's about $7 a pack.

    I'm not in favor of legalizing pot for recreational use (WA, OR, CO), since when that happens, there are NEVER going to be any state programs to help people quit. But at the same time I would not prosecute anyone smoking weed recreationally in a state where it's illegal to do so. If you need pot for medical reasons, I'm 100% in support of you.

    Well, I want to smoke it for recreational reasons, or any other reason I might have. I'm not trying to trying to take your rights away, but I will fight you if you try to take away mine.

    Criminalizing so called addicts is no way to treat addiction. If there's a market for A.A. then it it will happen with or without prohibition. No need to label people criminals.

    The dirty truth is that the war on drugs is tyranny. The police use it as a justification for racial profiling. Cops and dealers are getting themselves into an actual war, and the human causalities are all utterly a waste, because its an unworthy fight. The OP can just get help if he's struggling to get his life together and move on. His habit pales in comparison to the real detriments to society that arise when government over extends its control and pushes a relevant industry into the black market and into the hands of criminals.

    Face it, some people smoke weed. Some people try it, don't like it and quit. Others are apparently armchair elitists who need to control people.

    Have you smoked a joint lately??? I think you need it, for medical reasons. It cures the social disease known as being a sheep.
  • HottJoe

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    Nov 15, 2014 1:50 PM GMT
    TomSOCAL saidRe: HottJoe . . . I said that I am not in favor of pot legalization for recreational use, but I do support Medical Marijuana and favor pot dispensaries.

    And, the reason I said that I don't favor pot for recreational use is that people get hooked. And, then when they want to quit, they don't have any services to help them quit.

    These services should come from the same government agencies, that legalized it for recreational use in the first place.

    There are services to help alcoholics and tobacco addicts quit, but why aren't there any government services to help pot addicts quit?

    Same reason I support high tobacco taxes, at least $7+ a pack.

    That's your opinion, but why should you get to make that decision for me?

    Here, you could be minding your own business, or trying to do something meaningful with your life, like become an environmentalist, but instead you're in my home and trying to take my pot away. You're trespassing. You suck. Now gtfo.
  • HottJoe

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    Nov 16, 2014 2:42 PM GMT
    TomSOCAL saidChill out, man.

    Geeeeeeez!icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif

    I'll chill out when you stop interfering with my freedom to decide for myself whether or not I want to smoke weed. Are you really so dense that you can't understand that you're trying take my choice away, and I'm just defending my freedom? You're meddling in my life. It's no different than someone telling me who I can and can't marry. And until that sinks through your head, it is war.

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