Benefits of being off weed


Postby bawdyheated » Wed Dec 09, 2020 5:14 am

wakinglife wrote:There are so many of us who take breaks from the herb only to get back on it once we're feeling better. I am listing all of the benefits that I have personally noticed since I have quit. My stats are: smoked off and on for 21 years (started at age 12), chronic for the last 5. I have not smoked in 31 days, and with the support of this forum I hope to never go back to abusing the stuff.

Here are the benefits I have experienced. I invite you to add your own, or do your own inventory at home to keep you on track. (Yes, I am aware that there is some overlap between different benefits I am listing.)

Clear thinking; breathe better; smoother mood transitions; sharper mental dexterity; more articulate; better memory; working through stress more effectively; increased energy levels; reduced depression (after the first few weeks off); deeper interactions with others; no "bottomless pit" munching out; boosted confidence; no social anxiety; better focus on task at hand; enjoying simple pleasures more deeply; clear lungs; no concern about hiding something from my son; less stress; increased faith in my ability to control myself; no risk of arrest or legal troubles; increased joy; renewed self-respect; more free time; need to sleep less; more free cash; confidence to try new things; increased humility: asking others for help; better partnership with my girlfriend; better ability to learn and remember new songs (I'm a musician); can travel without paranoia of border checks; safer driving; ho hassles of finding good weed; no need to associate with shady dealers; not supporting organized crime; true bonds with friends rather than co-dependent drug abuse ties; better fitness level; reduced consumption of resources (ex. hydro power to grow the weed, chemical sprays and fertilizers, lighters/matches, rolling papers); new doors opening to spirit world (somewhere I only used to get to via cannabis); increased self-confidence to be "alternative" in ways other than drug use; confidence to take on any task I set my mind to; ability to strike up conversation with anyone I choose without fear or insecurity; no paranoia; increased motivation for self-improvement; feeling of wholeness that is not reliant on an external source.

That's over 40 benefits that I have encountered. I'd love to hear yours. I know that people who are struggling through the early days of withdrawal can use all the encouragement they can get, so please keep them coming!

I'd also be happy to debate or discuss any of the aforementioned benefits if you have had a different experience quitting cannabis.


Edit: Go straight to the massive list here:

Best is, having more free time. I no longer needing to ‘steal’ all that time from my work, family and hobbies to find time to get high and to find and buy drugs
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Postby Prycejosh1987 » Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:00 pm

There are lots of benefits not being on weed. Smoking weed is even worse than smoking cigarettes. People say its better but weed does more damage to the body rather than smoking cigarettes.
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Postby wakinglife » Sat Dec 19, 2020 11:59 pm

Living weed free leaves the fires in my heart burning bright, ready to step into situations that used to scare me. Example: I go for a weekly cold swim in the ocean with a couple of pals. Definitely a shock to the system that reconnects me to the elements and my body. It feels good to be brave, and enjoy life with unbridled ferocity!
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Postby olskoolru » Sun Dec 27, 2020 10:41 pm

Wow. I love that this thread is still going strong. I’ve not been in Uncommon for at least 3-4 years I believe.


In my first two years of recovery, I was obsessively on UF looking for answers to my insane PAWS episodes. EVERY...SINGLE... DAY. Now I can barely remember what year I quit because I am fully living life and the obsession about “what is happening to me” is gone thanks to UF and my guardian angel therapist.

Hang in there everyone.

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Postby TrueReality » Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:33 am

So inspiring Waking life. I am in day 49 and have also used this forum off and on over the past decade or more probably. This time I know it's for real.
I am waking up around 3am every day, go to bed at 9pm, practice yoga and healthy eating. It is nice to have feelings again and not have to mask last traumas but instead deal with them and go deep into a healing space, daily.
I have been up again at 3am and am just writing as a stream if consciousness. Will be reading the benefits to remind me why I quit: thank you.
I do not obsessively use this forum but do find it beneficial to read the posts now and then.
I have not had any negative affects this time round, usual dreams etc but feel like me again if that makes sense. I feel that while high and having no worries was not my authentic self and sh** was only getting dealt with when it had to, ie financial, relationships etc.
Now things are better than ever even though the availability of good product is higher than ever.
Thank you all the food people for sharing your experiences.
Thank you you waking life for being such an inspiration over the years for so many people.
Live love love
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