Benefits of being off weed

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Postby wakinglife » Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:22 am

Philoctetes wrote:Why people do smoke?


Hi Philoctetes,

People smoke for a variety of reasons. This thread is to help people focus on the benefits of NOT smoking. It would be counterproductive to the goal of this thread to explore the reasons people choose to smoke.

In my experience, what we place our attention on is what we bring into our lives. It has been helpful in my process of quitting weed to maintain an emphasis on all the things I've gained by overcoming my addiction.

If you are sincerely curious about the reasons people choose to smoke weed, you might start a new thread on the forum asking your question.

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Postby tokeless » Sat Jul 17, 2021 11:41 am

The reasons for using any substance are incredibly varied. The model or stages I have used in the past in terms of types of drug use goes like this.
Experimental stage: As with all experiments, the outcome is unknown because we don't know the effects, how much to use etc... we all start at this stage.
If this ends well and we enjoy the experience we may move in to recreational use. We now know the rules, the effects, dose etc... most stay at this stage.
Then, some move in to problematic use if it takes over our lives and we get the negative effects of using it. We may not see it as a problem either... this is the stage were addiction sits.
However, the reason to start is usually peer associated or opportunistic and that's more individualised.
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Postby wakinglife » Tue Jul 27, 2021 2:37 pm

15 Years Weed Free!

Last Thursday I hit the 15 year Canna-versary of living Weed Free. Back on July 22nd of 2006 I was quitting for a weekend workshop. That weekend I had a vision (while on a drum-trance journey) that I was a rabbit, nervously munching grass, twitchy and on edge. In the vision a cougar came and devoured the rabbit (me) and its friends. The next stage of the vision journey I became the cougar. I took the symbolism to heart: the pothead me was a rabbit, anxiously consuming my plant. The cougar represented my true inner ferocity. After that weekend, I decided to stop living like a rabbit, and embrace my inner cougar.

It was freakin' hard to do! The first month was extremely difficult. Finding this forum was a huge help in my journey. It felt so validating to know that I was not alone -- other people are out there who became addicted to weed and want to make a change in their lives.

Thank you, Uncommon Forum members, moderators, and founders!

Staying cannabis free is something I take seriously. It still boggles my mind that there is a small voice that tells me now and then that I could probably use weed in moderation now. That "inner addict" voice is false. It's leading me to take old paths that have now (thankfully) grown over. If I walk down those old paths they would quickly become reestablished. I am taking new paths now, forging new ways into the wilderness of life.

15 years off the weed, and my life is truly the best it has ever been: strong marriage, solid relationship with my kids, loving friends, growing meaningful community, rewarding career, solid self care, mental and emotional health are balanced. Setting cannabis aside was probably the single most difficult thing I have ever done. It's been difficult, but also rewarding. My invitation to you is to look deep within (perhaps undertake your own vision quest). Find that inner vision that guides you to the life you deserve to live.

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Postby soldieroflife » Tue Aug 17, 2021 3:26 pm

Ten months weed free. Thought I'd come back and visit this forum where I feel like the journey began for me. So many good things have transpired in the last ten months, it's really hard to imagine that all it's been. Amazing how much more life you get to live when you're not blazed out. I never imagined how hard it would be either, especially in that first month. I'm still growing for sure, but feels like I'm moving forward and not treading water. Better relationships, better self esteem, better physical fitness, more drive, better productivity, more money, not tired all the time, greatly reduced anxiety.....so many more that have already been mentioned but these are the biggest hitters for me. I feel so much better. I still get the occasional thought that I could smoke, but I know very well that I can't. As soon as I did, I'd be right back in the depths of addiction really quick. Thanks for reading.
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Postby tokeless » Tue Aug 17, 2021 4:57 pm

soldieroflife wrote:Ten months weed free. Thought I'd come back and visit this forum where I feel like the journey began for me. So many good things have transpired in the last ten months, it's really hard to imagine that all it's been. Amazing how much more life you get to live when you're not blazed out. I never imagined how hard it would be either, especially in that first month. I'm still growing for sure, but feels like I'm moving forward and not treading water. Better relationships, better self esteem, better physical fitness, more drive, better productivity, more money, not tired all the time, greatly reduced anxiety.....so many more that have already been mentioned but these are the biggest hitters for me. I feel so much better. I still get the occasional thought that I could smoke, but I know very well that I can't. As soon as I did, I'd be right back in the depths of addiction really quick. Thanks for reading.


Well done. You've got the right attitude. Live as a non smoker.
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Postby wakinglife » Fri Sep 10, 2021 12:00 am

Each day weed free is a day of clarity.

Any of you who have been appreciating this list, I invite you to add a few of the benefits that you've experienced since you decided to take a break from cannabis.

Together we are stronger!
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