Benefits of being off weed

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Postby Leon12 » Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:29 pm

bjamin wrote:
Rikagain wrote:TWO YEARS!

Welcome bjamin and Guzy, it's great you've made the decision to quit and I hope you're doing well and starting to feel some benefits.

Yesterday I reached two years since quitting (after 30 years smoking) and I just keep feeling better and better!
I can't stress enough how much this forum has helped me, hearing other people's stories of their journey has given me the strength to get this far.

I thank you all for your honesty, integrity and wisdom. There can be no greater gift than the gift of hope.

Much peace to all,

Rik.


Thank you for the welcome!

It hasn’t been going well, in fact I started using every day again. I started to justify it again with the ‘it’s just weed and it’s my only vice’ thing but got to the point again where I just feel miserable and disassociated to myself.

Funny thing is, I really tried to get back in to using again everyday by persuading myself but I just can’t do it, which is a good thing!

I wonder if all these millions of people who use are right, they don’t suffer in the same way like people on this forum do, so why can’t I be like that? Is it just my head not allowing it or does weed just not affect these people in the same way? Or are they living with these same issues but just not aware.

Yeah, I’m thinking a lot about this! But at the moment I’m 2 days clean again and already remembering the benefits.

This is an eternal problem - dependence subordinates to its will, motivating it with various absurd factors. Man is weak by nature, so you shouldn’t get very upset; we were made like this by mother nature. It is necessary to completely separate from bad thoughts, take a sport, revise your life and, if possible, change it. Learn something new, change yourself.
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Postby rgborja78 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:57 pm

The website habitgrams helped me to be off weed.
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Postby Dune22 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:57 am

rgborja,78 No such thing of website habitgrams...i tried to look it up..No go
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Postby wakinglife » Sun Apr 21, 2019 3:00 pm

I hope all of you made it through 4/20 with your weed sobriety intact. I was singing the praises of online support communities in a post I made on the "Leaves" subReddit. If interested, here's a link to my post:
https://redd.it/bfpkgo

Tomorrow will be 12 years, 9 months off weed. One of the biggest benefits I appreciate is a level of joy and well-being that can last for hours (longer than the high from a joint, for sure). I invite you to get involved in this online community: post your story, add the benefits you've noticed to this thread, read the stories of others and offer support. Together, we are stronger than our addictions.
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Postby bjamin » Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:01 am

wakinglife wrote:I hope all of you made it through 4/20 with your weed sobriety intact. I was singing the praises of online support communities in a post I made on the "Leaves" subReddit. If interested, here's a link to my post:
https://redd.it/bfpkgo

Tomorrow will be 12 years, 9 months off weed. One of the biggest benefits I appreciate is a level of joy and well-being that can last for hours (longer than the high from a joint, for sure). I invite you to get involved in this online community: post your story, add the benefits you've noticed to this thread, read the stories of others and offer support. Together, we are stronger than our addictions.


I read that post on Reddit yesterday, reminded me of this forum (and my goals).

Yet to fully quit but I know that I’m going to. I’m mustering the confidence to throw out my vaporiser and to accept that I’m going to have to neglect certain friends.

I know it’s doing me more damage than good, one of my best friends uses weed to get through the day. He says if he doesn’t have a few bong hits in the morning he has crippling anxiety. But then if he’s at risk of running out of weed or can’t have a hit when he needs one he can’t function... quite the contradiction.

A benefit to mention (when I gave up for a year or so before) is less being less in your head and self critical. For the past 6 months I’ve been using it has felt like a confused insecure blur, yet my justification is that the weed is helping me through a bad time.

The plan is to throw the vaporiser out today! Wish me luck, onwards and upwards people, looking forward to all the benefits I know that will come!!
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Postby bjamin » Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:12 am

Forgot to mention another element which makes giving up weed harder - I love rap and hip hop!! A few artists I listen to are weed advocates.

In the grand scheme it isn’t a big deal but Mary Jane uses it as a great excuse to not give up...
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Postby JoeBloggs » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:14 pm

bjamin wrote:Forgot to mention another element which makes giving up weed harder - I love rap and hip hop!! A few artists I listen to are weed advocates.

In the grand scheme it isn’t a big deal but Mary Jane uses it as a great excuse to not give up...


Plenty of other good music out there 8)

I used to listen to old school hip hop but my tastes have changed. My attitude has changed too for the better.
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Postby bjamin » Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:37 am

JoeBloggs wrote:
bjamin wrote:Forgot to mention another element which makes giving up weed harder - I love rap and hip hop!! A few artists I listen to are weed advocates.

In the grand scheme it isn’t a big deal but Mary Jane uses it as a great excuse to not give up...


Plenty of other good music out there 8)

I used to listen to old school hip hop but my tastes have changed. My attitude has changed too for the better.


Yeah your right. Funny thing is when I give weed up I don’t enjoy the same music as much. I’ve started listening to playlists instead, like beatstrumental, chill out.

Whereas when I’m high I tend to listen to the same artists again and again, and also notice that I stick to music I’m nostalgic about but this has a bad effect on me as I try to recapture memories or feelings, try to stick to the past.

This leads me to another benefit of being off weed, I live more in the moment and less scared of the future. The high me yearns for the past and can’t accept the present.
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Postby wakinglife » Fri May 03, 2019 2:12 pm

I wanted to post a quick note of thanks to the UncommonForum community. I have been spending time on Reddit’s r/leaves lately, being reminded of why I don’t want to go back to my days of smoking weed like a fiend. There are many posters on there, but the posts seem to cycle through pretty quickly— the fast pace of the internet and all. Spending time there reminded me of what a great forum THIS is. There are people who have been on here for years, reading, sharing and offering support.

I am so glad I put my cannabis addiction behind me. I just want to say THANKS! for being a part of my journey.

Current benefit of being off weed: Feeling grateful and very open today.
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Postby wakinglife » Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:43 pm

Some random musings from a long-term quitter. As I creep up on 13 years cannabis free (July 22), I am still so grateful that I gave up smoking. If I had continued the daily weed intake until now, I’m not sure I’d have the life I am living right now.

Admittedly, there are stretches after quitting for some time that I get the “just now and then” cravings— those are the times that the “addict” (I don’t love that label) tells me I’ve proven I don’t need it; therefore it’s okay to indulge now and then. Thanks to friends, exercise, nature, Uncommon Forum, I can get back to clear thinking and acknowledge that smoking weed would offer some small temporary relief, followed by feeling tired and irritable (potentially craving more to get back to emotional baseline).

I am proud to say that I have not caved. I feel tremendous inner fortitude that I no longer rely on THC to give me an elevated mood. I rely on good food, laughs with friends, connecting with people who care about me. I am far more emotionally available as a nonsmoker. I have emerged from the weed cloud and appreciate the clarity that comes from living up to my potential.

Thanks for the support over the years, fellow quitters. Together, we’ve got this!
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Postby SoulFull » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:15 pm

Hey Wakinglife,

Just wanted to say thank you. Your writings are really helpful in giving insights of what to expect after quitting. It's really awesome to have 13 years worth of your experiences here to aid us in our own journeys. This September I'll be 2 years weed free. I can't believe it. I got out of the dark tunnel and stepped foot in the light without even realising it. It does get better.

My happiness no longer comes from a bag. You wrote something like this before, and I believe it will stick in my mind forever. It's the truth.

Thanks again mate. Cheers.
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Postby wakinglife » Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:42 am

Thanks for the kind words, SoulFull,

It's awesome to hear that my experience has been able to help others. I'm so looking forward to Monday, when I officially hit my 13 years cannabis free. Encouraging posts like yours keep me on track. Congrats on 2 years to you!
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