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Why I'm Glad I Quit Smoking Marijuana: 5 Incredible Benefits

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I experienced numerous benefits when I finally stopped smoking marijuana. This is what I discovered.

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Many people would love to stop smoking marijuana. Perhaps they realise that it's becoming harder to control their habit, or perhaps they realise that the habit is taking control of their life. I will openly admit that not everyone who smokes weed suffers these negative aspects. However, if you believe that you are truly addicted, then there are many benefits to weaning yourself off grass.

I experienced numerous benefits when I finally stopped smoking marijuana. This is what I discovered:

1. No longer a slave to the green bud. Whether or not I wanted to admit it, weed smoking had taken over my life; I had become a slave to the green bud. How often have you gone through the day thinking about when your next opportunity will be to light up? If you're anything like me, it was as soon as possible. As soon as I had my first joint, no matter what time it was, that would spell the end of my day and all hope of getting anything constructive done. If you finally learn how to stop smoking marijuana, these restrictions can finally be lifted, and you can be free to live your life the way you wish.

2. Money saver. Let's face facts. If you add up the total amount of money you spend each year on weed, I'm pretty sure you would be shocked. We often concentrate on the physical and mental health benefits of trying to stop smoking marijuana; however, the financial benefits are unbelievable. I would never have called myself a heavy pot smoker, but I was spending an average of $30-$40 a week. Over the period of a year this habit that was getting me nowhere was costing me up to $1500-$2000. Once I finally decided to stop smoking marijuana I found a new sort of freedom and was able to afford many things I had always wanted. This eventually created a better lifestyle for me.


3. Clearer thinking. One of the most important benefits that I found after I eventually stopped smoking was the ability to think a lot clearer. It is unbelievable how much weed smoking actually takes over brain and affects everyday life. Within just a few short weeks of giving up smoking, I found that my thinking was far clearer. Things made a lot more sense than they used to. One of the major issues I managed to overcome when I finally did stop smoking marijuana was paranoia. I'm sure as a weed smoker you are fully aware of how everyday situations can make you feel extremely paranoid. Eventually, I discovered there was no rhyme or reason behind this.

4. Greater motivation. Another great benefit I experienced was a change in mindset. Personally, I suffered from a severe lack of motivation, and this wasn't helped by my sagging energy levels. Unfortunately, once I smoked a joint that was it for me; I knew I wasn't going to achieve anything for the rest of the day. My mindset was such that even if there was something extremely urgent that I had to complete by the end of the day, I just wasn't motivated enough to get it done. Of course, this eventually had a big impact on my life and on the way potential employers, family and friends viewed me. I was an extremely unmotivated individual who couldn't really be trusted or relied upon.

5. Increased sense of self-worth. Weed smoking not only affected my thinking and overall motivation, it affected the way I viewed myself. After years of self abuse, I found that when I finally did manage to stop smoking my opinion of myself and my self-worth increased dramatically. I was felt almost unstoppable. Because I had finally managed to overcome a lifetime addiction, I truly believed that anything was possible. When you do believe in yourself, and when you finally realise that you are worth so much more, you actually find that this positive attitude will make you far more successful in both your personal and business life.

If you, like many, are struggling with what you believe is a weed addiction—and if would like to enjoy many of the benefits mentioned above—it may be time for you to stop smoking marijuana. If you honestly believe it's time for you kick the habit and start living life to the fullest once again, I urge you to do so.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


Kev on January 05, 2017:

Lol 2-3 joint a day... Hardcore.... Ha

Try smoking everyday for 20 years 50+ bong hits on average a day... 3 joints lol

heytug on January 11, 2015:

At first it might be extremely fun but then after a while you start to depend on it. Which makes us keep going until we come to a point where we start experiencing mental problems and we began to worry about our health and it comes to a point where we go on google and type in the benefits of quiting smoking marijuana. I realized drugs don't make you happy for the rest of your life, they destroy you with happiness.

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jason on September 19, 2014:

People who are naturally slow and lazy,can't handle cannabis....u wouldn't be paranoid if the government legalized it,and you understand it makes you see the world as it unfortunately is,a rat,power,greed,corruption.why would we want too be apart of that mess...short term memory loss is a good thing,if we remembered everything,our minds would be flooded with so much bullshit,it would make me pretentious...i hate judging people....thinking im better that them....cannabis actually open parts of our brains we should use more,truly the tree of knowledge,I believe...if you don't like the way something makes you feel,it shouldn't be hard too quit,if you like it,love it,yea its as addicting as love..its hard too quit something that helps you, up.....

Freddy on August 21, 2014:

I smoked for almost 20 years .. Like hardcore.. 2 -3 joints a day and I probably only missed 2 weeks of smoking in that time. Weed is addictive physically but not to the degree of cocaine or heroin. It took me about 3 months to feel kinda normal after quitting. I had the shakes and crazy ass mood swings. I got really sick and got covered in zits. I also couldn't sleep for a couple weeks, and I had crazy sweats.

But i started feeling healthier at the end of the third month of quitting, I could feel myself taking deeper breaths, I am now more calm than I have ever been. I used to always have sweaty hands but now they are always dry. I am not as anxious as I used to be, and I am far less paranoid. There have been some negative effects too, when I was stoned I could force myself to do things I didn't like to do with ease, now it's much harder. I actually am less motivated, but that was never a problem for me when I smoked.

Weed effects people differently, but after 10+ years of smoking daily you are physically addicted. I personally found it harder to quit weed than to quit cigarettes after that long of a time. I was a cigarette smoker for 16 years and a weed smoker for 17 years. On occasion I crave both.

Tony on May 05, 2014:

I've been smoking weed for 3 years now and it's only benefited me. I've lost 40+ pounds, when I'm high I do all my hw for my ap classes and I take most of my tests high and still keep up my 4.3 gpa. I work out daily and have a job. Pot really doesn't make me lazy and pretty much helps me.

zakk on February 23, 2014:

His experience is exactly the same for me, i enjoyed the benefits after 19y smoking pot, high potency swiss weed on a regular basis was my life before quitting, it's important to focus on the benefits and not on the side effects. swiss cheesly yours, thank you all

groidnificent on January 30, 2014:

What you fail to admit is these are signs of addicts. Jot all marijuana smokers are like this. It's like alcoholbut not as bad as being dependent to an extent. If you have an addictive personality than of course you'll he addicted. It's like any other substance. Some worse than others. I know many people who are daily smokers and still successful. Engineers, doctors.....a lot of people. I feel it's far more safe and less addictive than other drugs. Seeks like a little bit of propaganda here.

cjayit on June 20, 2013:

Another benefit is the health issue. Now I know that marijuana addiction affects everyone differently, but I found being free from weed helped being more healthy as well. No more headaches, no sleepless nights. I also had a support structure:

seraphim on June 16, 2013:

weed is very good , mind expanding once you defeat your ego. its the ego that makes one a stoner, or just a stone, psychotic and paranoia is the rosponse to a dying ego. on April 09, 2013:

I Quit a while ago Personally I think it should be Legalized but it's not for every one and fuck anyone who says it's not a drug, I started smoking strong pot way too early in my Brains development when I was 14 by the time I turned 18 I had numerous Psychotic episodes/Migraines and Depression Weed shouldn't be taken lightly.

PoliticallyCorrect on February 21, 2013:

Very generalized and inaccurate to a degree. This author is obviously not a doctor, herbologist, or therapist of any sort and should not act as one. Smoking ANYTHING is harmful because it's combustion and using butane to do so. If one was so concerned with avoiding carcinogens then they should avoid caramel colour, which is in any brown soft drink. Unless this author avoids GMO's, High Fructose Corn Syrup, processed foods, is self reliant & commutes via bicycle/other healthy alternative, studies holistic medicine, or knows diddly shit about mental health, I would probably avoid this page. The negative effects of marijuana can be tamed and avoided if ingested differently (such as vaporized or in a tea), within moderation, and not in such large quantities. The positive effects have been utilized and praised for thousands of years and will continued to be sought out long after this blog stops existing.

Big Ton on November 20, 2012:

SamRe I appreciated reading this article, I cheifed! all through Highschool and collage passed no worries loveED working out high going on hikes high watching movies high, being high as fuck was the shit! I have two awesome jobs and make plenty of money to afford getting high and I still could if I wanted two... But like you I figured enough was enough and stopped smoking for personal reasons. I am 23 now and its time to grow up... not saying plenty of successful people don't smoke weed, Seth Rogan is funny as shit... Im also not saying that weed is bad but once you stop smoking you will realize it is not that important. I plan to smoke maybe once a year if the occasion is right but It has ben very beneficial and 'eye opening' not smoking i recommend it, but its not for everyone Brandon im sure your an active stoner like i was and its fun. Now I feel unstoppable...

Brandon on October 29, 2012:

I find this to be too generalized, pot effects everyone differently. I smoke one time every two days atleast and i have no issue, im passing all my classes, im hygenic, and i enjoy playing sports and doing things like longboarding and biking. Me and my family go on vacation and i have NO issue with not smoking, the ONLY way of getting addicted to marijuana is mentally which pretty much means that you like the drug, unlike cigarettes pot does not have addicting chemicals like nicotine. If you people would just open up you'd see that marijuana is not a dangerous substance. I hope i opened some eyes, good day!

Brent Jones from California on October 05, 2012:

here's a pretty good website on addiction to weed

Kylemaniaa on October 06, 2010:

Great info. Thanks a lot.

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