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There's always Reefer Madness. It's pretty damn funny, especially since it was released in 1936. Right up there with masturbation causing blindness and hairy palms. If that was true l would be wearing dark glasses, holding a tin cup begging for enough money to buy a new razor.
I'd like to talk about my result after 2+ weeks of abstaining from any THC containing products. Disclaimer: this is not meant to be a judgement against cannabis use, nor is it meant to shame frequent users. I'm strongly in favor of the flower. And in the future, I will continue to use it. Promising myself to give it up forever (the absolute shall) is impractical and not even really necessary. However, I have been starting to feel that there's a time and place for cannabis. Inreasingly, such times and places are becoming seldom for me. :( There's a threshold that once crossed, renders usage counterproductive. For me, anyway.
So, here it is. After 2+ weeks of sobriety, this is what I have found.
Pros ------- - Clarity of thought has increased. - Focus has increased. - Problem solving speed has increased. - Ability to comprehend complex thoughts and ideas that are being explained to me has always been pretty good, but it feels lightning quick now. - More articluate speech without delays and pauses. - Dreams have more intensity. - Better goal setting. Also far better at setting schedules to achieve those goals. I stick to them. - More engaged with and available to friends and loved ones. They have noticed the difference, although they are not sure what the cause is. - Hitting the gym far more consistently. - Weight loss.
Cons ------- - Difficult to relax at the end of the night. - Movies are 75% less interesting. - Food is 39.5% less delicious. - Music is 75.52% less interesting. - Outdoor activities (bike riding, hiking) are about 58.7% less interesting. - Difficult to combat boredom at times.
I can relate to this a lot. I have a love/hate relationship with weed. Mostly because I had an issue with substance abuse. Unfortunately in my past I've turned to harder drugs and while I'm very much clean now, it makes me look at any drug in a different light.
To me drugs were a means to an end. I didn't want to think about things so I inebriated myself as much as possible with any drug that was within hands reach. I've been clean for a time now and I'm over the worst of it, but I still have this negative relationship with drugs.
I smoke weed daily and it is indeed a problem for me. I shouldn't as it inhibits my production and allows me to procrastinate so much more than I ordinarily would. It is however still that little escape I need to avoid turning to harder drugs, at least that's what I tell myself. It's better than what I was doing, that's for sure.
So I wish I could stop but probably for much different reasons than yourself. I certainly wish I could stop for a few weeks just to see how I feel.
Your percentages are hilarious btw. I agree fully, music is indeed exactly 75.52% less interesting while sober.
I'm the same... struggled with bad drug abuse when I was younger... been clean for a while, started dabbling in bud again about 4 years ago, struggle to not smoke it daily, but still functional in every way of my life. But I'm planning a tolerance break for January. Feel like I need it after all the shatter and such.
After that I'm going to try a new cycle... start with just flower, when the tolerance is bad, go to concentrates, once I hit bad tolerance there as well, I take 2-4 weeks off depending on how long my smoke cycle has been and start over.
Hoping it brings more balance to my smoking habit. At least try to find a better way to not lose control of it.
Hey man, glad to hear you got yourself right, that's the most important thing. How long did you abstain from bud for? Yeah I can imagine how it must be, I don't smoke many concentrates so I'm not quite there yet, but it is a pain.
Interesting, do you find eventually flower just doesn't get you high enough anymore, even if you smoke large amounts? It's like.. yeah I know I'm stoned and stuff but I also know that if I quit for a couple weeks it would be 10x more intense. I just can't seem to go more than half a day with no weed before it badly effects my mood. Maybe that's just my personality though.
Ya that's the plan right now man. Just gotta find a way to make it something I do to enjoy and not something I need? We need balance and control for sure.
Yeah, wasn't easy, but it's doable. I don't see weed in the same way as I can still function fine with it in my life, and I actually think it brings so many benefits to my relationship with my wife and my kids that it's hard to argue that's badly affecting my life. Just got a killer new job while smoking daily etc.
But yeah, smoking doesn't get me the same kind of high that it used to. I can get there from smoking concentrates or rosin... and if I smoke enough flower, but I would like to smoke a bit less to get to where I need to.
I think 4 weeks might be a bit long for a tolerance break for me as well... I might be able to manage 2 weeks. I agree, that it is tough for me too, but I want to try and prove to myself that I can do it. At this point, that's my main test right now.
After that, I'll do t-breaks of 2 weeks going forward... and probably only every 6 months or so. We'll see how it all goes.
No for sure weed isn't anything close to harder stuff. I've never done anyone dirty for some weed, put it that way. That's awesome. I think it overall has a positive effect on my life, I just wish I could take it or leave it. Right now I definitely couldn't leave it.
Ya I feel ya, I'm worried about getting too into concentrates for that reason. They are also a bit pricey for me to be smoking all the time so that limits me fairly well.
I think 2 weeks is good for anyone. I know the longer you go the better than first joint back will be but 2 weeks I think is more than enough for most of us. Yeah true, if you look at it like a challenge it may be easier to do. You don't want to fail after all so it's good motivation to stay sober.
Sounds like a plan man, it's a good idea. I need to get myself in to a healthy routine and keep it going. Let me know how you get on.
Cool topic... I find It’s a LOT harder to do math or any kind of linear logic with THC sloshing around the system. A smart person would probably drop 10-15 points on an IQ test lol.
I just try to avoid midweek use (and the super potent stuff) so I can prevent the sleeplessness and stinky sweat when abstaining... I’ve found that the longer you’ve been without a break the more your pits will stink ;)
I regularly work away so take a lot of 1-2 week breaks and most of the time its a good thing for me. I do find i have more motivation for gym, meeting friends etc and better focus at work. Problem is when ive got smoke available in the house i cant leave it alone and if smoking everyday for a long period im almost glad to go away so i can stop again. Dont get me wrong, giving up is easy apart from maybe a rubbish sleep the first night or 2 and im normally only having 1 j a night so not a heavy smoker.
Like most others i started with hash as a teenager 20+ years ago and it was always good - giggly, socialable, fun ..... i remember slate, rocky, gold and red seal blacks I know the thc level was probably much lower but i guess there was also a higher cbd content as well? Interested in trying some strains, particularly solids that have a higher cbd and lower thc. Maybe some of thd cheaper pollens, morrocans would be worth trying? Maybe tbd thai stick? Any recommendations welcome.
This is an interesting read, I love toking I have done ever since being a teenager, but like yourselves I started smoking hash because that’s all that was about, I have had times where I’ve abstained from toking, years in fact, but always find myself drawn back into smoking it, because I love it, but I do get carried away with it at times and end up smoking way to much, so I’m in the midst of making sure I don’t smoke until past a certain time or making sure I have a few days to a couple of weeks off. I doubt I will ever give up completely as it’s become a life long love affair, that I just don’t want to let go of, it’s about I guess finding a happy, healthy medium.
Thats a really interesting write up. Just out of curiosity, is there a particular reason why you decided to abstain from THC?
I am in the exact same boat in terms of the pros and cons. I stopped for 2 years at one point as all of the pros you listed above became too apparent and started to have a negative impact on my life, its still great when i do it, but im not sure if long term usage has made the effects more dramatic as when i used to smoke when i was younger i never had any negative effects from it whatsoever. I appreciate this post :) Sorry for the ramble. How long do you plan on keeping this up for? :)
Thanks for your comment. Why am I quitting for awhile? I'm an engineer who has recaptured his passion. Working on something special that has me very excited. Wrapping up a systems requirements spec, trying to make sure I don't make any design decisions that I'll regret later. Hope to keep up my "abstinence" until January of next year.