Smoking Marijuana used to be a lot of fun for me, I am not going to lie. But it was a bit of a slippery slope. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but the side effects of smoking marijuana started to become worse than the ‘high’.
I started smoking heavily while I was in university, at around 18 years old. I was able to keep up my grades, and social expectations, but still enjoy a regular smoke…..for a while. Gradually, I started to puff more often, until I was smoking 1/4 oz of fine herb every 4 or 5 days. I would wake and bake, then smoke a cigarette (I wasn’t a cigarette smoker…but I thought it got me more high) first thing in the morning. Then I would chase the high all day.
I carried on like this for YEARS…I was really stuck in a rut.. The marijuana side effects were way worse for my life than the short feeling of the high, and I knew I had to stop smoking weed…When you think about side effects, you probably think about coughing, red eyes, and the munchies…but what about the larger lifestyle side effects of smoking weed?
For me, there was always some anxiety about people finding out I smoked, or being stoned in public. There was also the anxiety of running out. I used to run around my apartment looking for scraps in the cracks of the coffee table, couch cushions, and on the floor. There was also the $20,000 or so dollars I spent smoking weed. That’s a down payment on house….or a brand new car. My health suffered, partly from smoking, partly from being lazy, because that’s what happened when I got high.
I have gained some perspective in the last 6 months. I don’t really identify with the ‘the person I was’ when I was such a heavy smoker. Don’t get me wrong, I know that was me, but I am kinda embarassed about it. I have friends from that point in my life who only know me as a stoner, and that’s a label no one wants. To my close friends, I have made some apologies, because I wasn’t holding up my side of the friendship like I do now…luckily they have given me the opportunity to prove it. Who would have thought that long term marijuana side effects would be losing friends….it happens.
If you can relate to this, and are still smoking, there are a few things I want to tell you. First off. You CAN do it! Second, think of the weed side effects that you have…and don’t think of just the red eyes and stuff…think of your lifestyle, and if this is the lifestyle you want to keep on living. Personally, I needed to quit weed if I wanted to progress as an individual. I know it sounds a little corny….but it’s truth.
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