Basically – I’m 24. I’ve been smoking since 14, regularly since 16 (every day). When I was 21 it hit me that I was only sober 1 day a year (and those days were because I couldn’t find any).
I love weed. It helps me live. When I don’t smoke, I just feel bleh. Unmotivated. Uninspired. Unhappy. I have a hard time staying productive sober, probably because of the nagging ‘this would be better high’ mentality that sticks with me.
I’m really at a stand still. As long as I’m high, I’m happy (good bud, no reggie). Actually, reg depresses me. Why do I have to pick out stems and seeds to get a lesser bud just because I can’t run to the store and pick up an 8th of medical grade? I digress.
I’m an intelligent person. Were it not for weed, I’d probably be a real prick. It let me see what it’s like to not always have the answer, to have to study, to be ‘normal’.
Years of smoking (10 years, after all) and my mind hasn’t slipped. If only it were legal in my state, I’d be one happy camper.
So here I sit, sober, bored, wondering.. Should I: a) Quit smoking it (I don’t miss it as much when I’ve been without for a few weeks), b) Keep paying ridiculous prices for something that grows naturally, or c) Move to a state where it’s legal.
Or whatever else. I’m just trying to kill my day since I can’t seem to get anything done.
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@placid, Even if I am dependent on it, the only problem I see is the scarcity and price. In the same way Red Bull keeps me active and motivated, marijuana keeps me calm and serine. More than likely, the Red Bull does more harm than the marijuana, yet, it’s in any store around.
I’m usually just a passive reader on this forum but i couldn’t resist replying to this thread.
Have you ever thought about the possibility that you may have chronic depression? Probably not because the weed has helped you cover up your constant low mood. I have a friend and ex-girlfriend who are both depressed and the friend smokes weed and my ex does not. I’ve noticed that similarly, my friend seems to rely on weed to the point that he thinks that the way to live is to constantly be high. And when he’s not high, he regularly complains that he is doing nothing with his life and just can’t find anything to do.
The ex on the other hand relies solely on prescription medication to get through with her life, yet her life is on the opposite side of the spectrum. Though the pills have really bad side effects and is overall not good for her, she can still work with her depression. She goes to a really good college, has many hobbies and gets her priorities straight.
In the end, what i’m trying to say is that marijuana is one little material thing that should not dominate your life. Weed is great, don’t get me wrong (i’m a weekly smoker) but it should never come to the point where you depend on a plant to help you get through with your life if you’re only doing it to get high.
I know this may anger you when i say this, but bro just get a hobby. Don’t you have a passion for something that’s not weed? I’m not saying that you don’t, because if you do focus on that more than your want to get high.
@kazi, It is possible. They loaded me up with anit-depressants at age 12 (a no-no these days, I’m told).
I’m a happy person in general. I have a career I love (multimedia marketing). I have people that want to talk to me (though I usually don’t feel like talking to them).
Weed has always been that little spark of endearment. A reason to socialize, a reason to work hours and hours without any other thought in the world. It’s so second nature that I feel somewhat lost without it.
I’ll admit, I do depend on it a bit too much. Right now, I’m somewhere between quitting, making a life altering move to California (not just for weed. if it weren’t so expensive to live there I’d be there now), or just selling some stuff I rarely use to buy yet another overpriced bag of nature’s goodness.
As far as hobbies, I play piano, record music, play paintball, go rock climbing, play video games.. and mostly with people that smoke as well!
I’d just get a girlfriend but I’m looking for things that -reduce- stress :)
@kazi, True words spoken. Weed inspires but does not help carry out. When you find yourself hesitant to smoke or stuck in indecision, when deciding if you should smoke or not smoke at a given time, the answer is you shouldn’t.
If you start feeling guilty and you start having to self-talk yourself into smoking, that’s your instinct and intuition telling you no and your mind and conditioning (thoughts) telling you yes.
Thoughts sway the mind. Be careful where they take you.
The other side of the coin: Perhaps this stigma in society about consistent marijuana smoking is making many domestic stoners paranoid about their well-being
What do you guys think about that?
Try combining weed with amphetamine, it’s great! You’re totally an abuser, so I don’t mind sharing the tip with fellows. I pop a Vyvanse(adderall pro-drug) for the pure motivation and awareness, then smoke as per normal throughout the day. The vyvanse prevents you from getting lazy or puffy red-eyes, and the weed keeps you calm and creative.
Oh yea, this was about what to do without drugs… hmmm….
Smoke weed less often, work on finding other hobbies. Too much of one thing sometimes makes us leave out other things and make our lives seem like a routine. Go out there, do what you like doing best(other than weed, better than weed, more rewarding than weed). Maybe you need a drastical change in your life.
@versai, lol :) I do love speedballing, but that’s just adding to the problem. Yet another drug to buy, yet another addiction to deal with.
I’m ‘strictly’ marijuana these days. I’ve done my experimenting – other than ecstasy *yum* – I can’t much say I like hard drugs.
That said, I will google Vyvanse :)
@skippio, That pretty much sums up how I feel. Maybe my life has gotten too routine. I used to wake up and go on adventures. Then, I ‘grew up’. Now I’m bored $hitless.
So.. now to find something to keep my interest that doesn’t involve smoking. I guess I could join a soccer team or something .
Okay a newbie here play nice, but I am not as confident you are depressed.
I have only started to smoke more constantly. Started at 16 and I am 21 now so my experience is less then a few here, however I find life is much more boring without the drug thats a given. But if you have a good balance going you are fine.
Its all about finding out what works for you. I personally just give myself limits. For example I will buy 8grams (in Canada so not money isn’t an issue or legal issues don’t matter as much) and I will set guidelines like only smoking at night or on weekends no Wake and Bakes. I work during the day so I don’t smoke during the day, that works for me and when I am done the bag I am done until pay week. I also try to get a buddy (not hard) and try only doing it with company. I love smoking all day everyday but thats just not realistic and when I start to and have that dependancy and routine of it , man , it is hard to get out.
But as I said all bout what works. I have to cut off cold turkey, throw my hands up say no and walk away. As you mentioned it only takes a few days to a week to stop caring, and that way your not dependant. If I wasn’t 20 and you were older to I would suggest stopping but really in the end why not make your life more interesting while your young. I know a lot of well functioning constant smoker, some much more active then me! Just get a balance and discover the new things you can do stoned.
Just don’t turn to the dark side of pot man and just suck the joys out of it, thats when its break time.
If you have weighed all your options and you are not negatively affecting anyone else with your decisions, then what’s making you reconsider your current path. If you have found yourself leading a happy, productive life despite your personal indulgences, then why do you think you should stop? Of course I am an advocate of weed, but I also know that everyone has to have a limit. We don’t want to be like the children from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (the original Gene Wilder version), constantly overindulging in the pleasures that life has to offer.
I too am in a similar predicament but with a much shorter length of time involved. I can honestly say that I have found that I function at an elevated level of thinking, sober and high, since I decided to start smoking on the regular rather than at the occasional party. During the daytime, as a sober member of society, I am now much more productive and feel like I am actually making a difference in my routine life at work. At night, I am creatively productive. I have started developing my writing skills and reading up on the things that have always interested me but I never could grasp before, such as astrophysics, theoretical physics and quantum mechanics.
Interested to know what you decide and why if you don’t mind updating us here.
Everything is better in moderation. I had to quit smoke weed due to probation and it was pretty depressing at first but as I got used to it life was just as fun without getting high as it was getting high just got to find other activities to keep you occupied that you enjoy. I do smoke every now and then like after a drug test and just a hit or 2 will actually enhance a activity I am doing or even music more so then it did when I was getting high every day.
@kcdwayne, if you know weed makes you a better person (you said without it you’re a prick), you can afford to buy it, and you still get all your work done, I say keep up the tokage. Provided your work and relationships aren’t harmed by your weed use, why quit? Or it may be wise to not completely cut out weed, but rather cut back on how much you’re buying. I’m a daily smoker so I know how you feel homey.