Marijuana Side Effects – When to Stop Smoking Weed

Weed Side Effects

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.

Leave me some comments if you have specific questions.  I do my best to answer them.

15 Comments

  • JR

    Reply Reply December 4, 2015

    Thank you for your blog. I plan on sending it to my daughter for help in marijuana recovery. You were very lucky. She ended up in the psych ward of the emergency room for 4 days after smoking “the good weed” she bought at a dispensary. The ER nurse told me that in the last 2-3 years she’s seen many cases of people in full on Psychosis with Only marijuana in their system. With whatever is going on with weed now…it’s more important than ever to give ppl tools to deal with their habits. While it may or may not be “addictive” and while you may not be able to “overdose” it can absolutely derail your life in Major ways. My daughter is now on anti-psychotic and mood stabilizer medication for the foreseeable future. And in CA where green crosses are on every corner I worry about her long term ability to cope with this drug. Hopefully, this site will help her.

  • Stonergirl

    Reply Reply January 4, 2016

    Hello!
    Thanks for your guidance. I am currently on my 4th day of not smoking after heavily consuming weed for three years straight. I loved to smoke, it was great! It helped me relax, unwind, and get thru a rough day filled with reality. I decided to stop smoking after my husband (he’s a smoker also) and i started developing a weird stomach problem. At first it felt like a dry gut rot with some nausea, but then it started developing into strong stomach pains. We couldn’t figure out why we started feeling this way. Anyways, the pain, nausea, and loss of appetite (even when smoking) has alarmed us to quit. We are both healthy, work out, eat healthy, and both in great shape, we can’t understand why we both have this stomach issue. Could it be from the weed? We are just so confused.

    We are both on our journey to a clean life. I know the symptoms will be gone after this week so I am not worried, I am now worried about our stomach issues. Have you heard of anything like this?

    We buy are weed from dispensaries in California.

    • John Mckee

      Reply Reply January 11, 2016

      Yes – Nausea is common, as is tension and anxiety that causes your stomach to be upset. To be on the safe side, see a doctor.

      • Kevin

        Reply Reply June 16, 2016

        Yo yo yo yo I smoke like a ton. Everyday all day. It’s all I do and I’m a lazy sack of crap. If your reading this and you’ve never smoked don’t do that it’s rough. People say it ain’t addicting but it’s just like cigs to be honest. I wish I could quit but Gahlee bum I like to get blowed off my balls. I currently have no job and am selling weed just to barely get by. Damn!

    • Kandance

      Reply Reply June 21, 2016

      I’ve had similar side effects so I did some research and came across a condition called Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome. It not very common but a lot of cases are undocumented.

      The pain will gradually go away.CHS itself only last 2-3 days and it will continue to return every couple of months until you quit.Going though CHS and withdrawal made the symptoms last 2 1/2 months since withdrawal itself can be up to 90 days. I felt great for about a month but then i resumed using. The symptoms came back in about 2 months so I am quitting for good .Im not letting this substance control my life. I’ve quit before so

      Your story has helped me I was starting to think that part of effects where because of my diet. it’s common to over eat and eat foods high in sugar, fats, and cards when using . I thought that was a part of the problem but I guess cessation should do the trick

  • asherz the sober stoner

    Reply Reply February 15, 2016

    Thank you for your old blog.. today is my 1st day weed free.. i need access to a forum for support… any suggestions?? Thanks

  • Motivated now

    Reply Reply February 27, 2016

    Same exact story. I have always been a pretty motivated guy but after smoking (which I loved) for years I found myself slowly becoming In a rut. I would want to finish whatever I had to do that day just so I could go home and smoke. I was only truly not high at work only. Other then that I would be high all day and would turn my lifestyle to support my habit. I still did great at work and no one truly new what was going inside my head and how much smoking was truly effecting me.

    I found myself always needed the stuff and would also be looking anywhere for it just to get high. I also would feel guilty of doing this and spending the money but it was ok because I could just smoke myself into a state of whatever. I found myself pushing friends away and spending all my free time just getting high instead of putting the time into my social life / career

    Now for the good part.
    After stopping for a month I have become superman. All that time and effort I had to do to keep myself high now goes into my personal life and career. I no longer want to rush home just to get high and I have my hunger back also not only for food but for life. My brain is becoming sharp again and my
    Motivation is back 150%. At work I am getting another promotion and people are amazed At my level of work (which is normal I feel)

    I will always love smoking but I am done with it. It was a big black hole, a time sink, an excuse to not go out and tackle the world. Sure in small moderation maybe nobody will ever go through this but after reading these posts and feeling the exact same way I know it is an issue. Also hearing my friends say “man I wish I could quit”. I know it’s not just me.

    Good luck out there everyone and I hope this wall of text helps someone gain happiness again if they lost it

    • Jon

      Reply Reply June 17, 2016

      You might have just saved me.

      • Ethan

        Reply Reply July 31, 2016

        Thank you so much for those words, i feel like they helped me so much. Ive smoked weed for nearly 3 years straight, pretty much everyday, and its becoming exhausting. I just want to feel fresh and clear headed, and i actually screenshotted that bit about superman that you wrote. I hope it will be encouraging when i feel like i need pot. Thank you again man

      • ianf

        Reply Reply August 1, 2016

        Weed has destroyed my life for over ten years of hard smoking today is dirst day of none smokeing

    • Girl ready to quit

      Reply Reply September 9, 2016

      I am a 26 year girl who has smoked daily for just over 10 years now. My habit started at age 15 and has never stopped. Most all of my friends including the ones who introduced me to pot have stopped smoking without trouble but for me this habit has stuck and persisted to the point where I no longer feel like I can enjoy life without it. At the end of the day, if I don’t have it, I feel I have nothing to look forward to. I am tired of living the “double life”. From the outside looking in I have it all- a great job in a medical profession, 2 college degrees, and a supportive and loving family. I’m sure people who don’t know of my habit assume I am a happy and fulfilled person that most certainly does not smoke. On the inside I am a shell of the person I used to be. I find myself leaving family gatherings early due to the need to smoke as well as outings with friends. I have lost many close friends due to this habit and my constant need to leave wherever I am to go smoke. Everytime I have tried to quit (the longest time I quit was a few months in 2009 to pass a drug test) I give in due to the inability to sleep without it. In fact in the past year I have cut down significantly often going entire days without it without it only to give in at bedtime just for the sake of sleeping before a long work day. This has gone from a very social habit for me to a isolated habit. 99% of the time now, I smoke alone.

      I can now say I am ready for a major life change. I have had chronic cough now for Several years and due to fear of health problems I have slowly taken steps to quitting. The past 6 months or so I switched from smoking from a bowl to using a vaporizer. Recently, about two weeks ago, I stopped with the vaporizer and have been only consuming it in the form of candies in small amounts at nighttime. i am not getting nearly as high as I used to and have begun to feel a lot of the withdrawal effects (particularly sleep issues) and its is really scary, but I feel a change deep in me this time around and know that I will not go back to smoking. I NEED TO DO THIS. I love the idea of setting a date to be done with EVERYTHING and I find myself more and more excited at the possibility of getting my life back and my true self back after so many lost Years. So glad to have found a support group with so many others who can relate to what I am going through!

  • Riley Hoover

    Reply Reply May 24, 2016

    I quit smoking weed 3 days ago, and man it has been tough. Im not going to lie, weed was who I was for about 5 years. However bad that sounds, I always thought of weed as something that wasn’t like heroin, crack, cocaine, meth, you know all the bad drugs. However, after re-evaluating everything in my life that came crumbling down because of my weed use, I have gained a brand new perspective on life. Since I live in oHIo (funny, right? its called oHio yet weed isn’t legal here, let alone legal medically) I could only get it from shady dealers and not a convenient depository like all you lucky people out West. With that being said, not having to contact those shady dealers, you know, the ones who never return your calls or texts until a time that your busy doing something and have to drop whatever it is your doing to go meet them and get some, is absolutely great.

    I will say this, although I know alcohol is horrible and everything, its the reason why I have been able to quit….abusing it is bad, which I don’t do. But the big thing for me was having puff before bed time. Despite what everyone says, I have found that downing two beers before bed puts my mind at ease as I don’t think about smoking and am able to sleep. I don’t recommend this tactic for everyone (especially those who are prone to addiction), but I will say that it is a legal alternative that puts me to sleep at night.

    The way I look at is like this: at least I’m not a crackhead, cocaine attic, meth fanatic, or heroin junkie. At least weed is no where near those drugs. Alcohol is no where near those drugs. And alcohol (ironically enough, I know) is the only reason that I have been able to quit.

    Good luck to all of you who are quitting, as it is NOT easy. Just think what I think, at least you are bettering yourself for the future and at least your not going to turn into Jerry Garcia by the time your 30.

  • dipendra singh

    Reply Reply June 11, 2016

    i hv got same symptoms as you.. so from today.. i hv started my journey for fighting against addiction…

    • John Mckee

      Reply Reply June 12, 2016

      Congratulations on starting your journey. Starting is often the hardest part about quitting. That initial decision and commitment you have made are going to make your life much, much better.

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