How Much Money is Smoking Weed Really Costing you? It Could be Thousands!

For many people, when you first start smoking weed, you probably didn’t go  from being a nonsmoker to a heavy user overnight. It was a gradual process, maybe you first smoked with your friends at a party when you were a teenager and for a while, it was just something fun that you did with your friends. Everyone’s story is different but for many people, something that started out as a casual fun thing, before they realize it, getting high had become a central theme in their life.

How Much Money is Smoking Weed Truly Costing You?

Something can is easily and often overlooked is the actual cost of being addicted to smoking weed and getting high. The thing about weed is that, even if you’re a hardcore stoner, its costs can seem small and because they only gradually add up over time they can be hard to see. Once you actually take the time to look back over all the wasted days, months and even years then it can be really shocking how much money getting high is actually costing you!

The Cost of  Buying Weed itself
Back in the day, it wasn’t uncommon at all to smoke an eighth of good decent quality weed a week. At the time, (I have no idea what pot costs now) that would cost around $50 depending on its quality. So if I smoked $50 per week, that’s $200 per month and $2,400 per year! When you look at it like this it’s actually shocking. Who wouldn’t mind an extra $2,400 in their bank account each year? No one that I know! Just imagine, that’s a nice trip somewhere really cool, down payment on a nice car or heck, $2,400 will even get you a car! Sure it isn’t going to be a fancy one but you get the point. When you add it up, it’s actually a lot of money just being wasted!

Health Side Effects of Heavy Marijuana Smoking
Everything we do, good or bad has a consequence and smoking marijuana is no different. While getting high occasionally probably isn’t really going to affect your health much. When over time you smoke large amounts weed on a regular basis, it can start to takes its toll on your physical and psychological health. Whether it’s the potential for your lungs to be damaged from the smoke, health issues from overeating or eating poorly from getting the “munchies” or even potential mental side effects. Over time, if you habitually abused marijuana, all of these things can really start to cost you financially and otherwise.

Wasted Time from Being Stoned
They say that time is the most valuable resource that you have and it can be easy (especially when you’re high) to lose track of the time that is wasted and might have been better spent doing something more productive. While it may not seem like much, let’s just break this down in a hypothetical scenario. Let’s just say for example that you spend about two hours every day getting or being high and not doing anything productive. Now, just imagine that instead of getting stoned you spent it doing something more productive. Like working a part time job for example. If you say even got paid $10 an hour and worked the equivalent of 2 hours per day for 48 weeks out of the year, that would be almost $1,000 extra per year! Add that to the $2,400 you spend on just buying weed and it’s starting to add up!

Loss of productivity and mental sharpness
Let’s face it, if you’re like most people then when getting high, you’re probably not at your most productive and mentally sharp as you would be if you were sober. This can have all kinds of negative implications for your life. Whether it’s simply not being as efficient as you could be so simple things take longer, or being constantly disorganized and wasting time on stuff you should have already taken care of. To even more serious and long term impacts, like hurting your career and earning potential for years to come. When you’re constantly stoned, thinking about getting high or getting ready to get high. You’re probably not thinking about ways you can be learning new skills or working on bettering yourself. Instead, imagine what you could do if you took just part of the time that you now spend on weed and applied that to school or learning a new skill that would help you move up in your career and also make more money in the process.

Compound interest
If you’ve never heard of compound interest then don’t worry, you don’t need to be Warren Buffet or Albert Einstein to understand what it is. Although according to Einstein “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it … he who doesn’t … pays it”
Simply put, compound interest is, according to Wikipedia “interest on interest. It is the result of reinvesting interest, rather than paying it out, so that interest in the next period is then earned on the principal sum plus previously-accumulated interest.” Basically what this means is that if you take the money you save by not buying weed, instead invested it into a safe investment, kept investing the money that you keep saving by not buying weed and then reinvested any profits. The money that you made off of the money you invested would be the results of compound interest.

So how Much Money is not Quitting Smoking Weed Really Costing You?
Using the example above of the amount of money you might save by simply not smoking weed anymore and instead investing that. According to this calculator here. If you took the $200 you normally spend on buying marijuana, and the added $200 more each month and got a modest 5% return every year, after 10 years it would have grown to $30,000 years, after 20 years it would be almost $80,000 and after 30 years it would be a staggering $160,000! All this from just not getting high and wasting money on weed! So put down the bong, go put on your pinstripe suit with matching suspenders (you know you have one) log onto your laptop and start saving and investing your money today! It could literally be a difference of hundreds of thousands of dollars!

In Conclusion

While the amount of money and time that you may spend on smoking weed and all of the other costs that go with it may be different. It can still be amazing how when you lay it out and crunch the numbers, what the amount of money and more importantly time you can easily waste on getting stoned. So use this article as inspiration to take a closer look at your life and see what your number is and how much money you could save if you decided to give up on being stoned and quit smoking weed for good.

What is your number? Share your thoughts, comments and how much money you could save below!

 

14 Celebrities who Decided to Quit Smoking Marijuana for Good

It seems like in today’s era of marijuana becoming more and more mainstream, there are multiple celebrities who opening talk about their love of getting high. Yet despite that, there are also many famous actors and musicians who have publicly spoken about how they have either quit entirely, or taken a step back from lighting up.

14 Celebrities Who Decided to Quit Smoking Weed

  1. Method Man Method Man Decides to Quit Smoking MarijuanaThe rapper and actor who starred in the well known stoner Movie How High  decided that, now as a parent he needed to give up getting high. Both for his daughter’s sake as well as to try and shake his image of being a stoner. He explained in an interview that “it’s hard for you to sit there and be taken seriously if people are always talking about he’s always high, or he’s always on weed, which is not the case,”

2. Kid Cudi kid cudi gives up potIn a post on his Tumblr, the musician said “Giva f— who thinks of me different, you didn’t care about me in the first place if you can be proud and happy for me for growing and starting a new chapter. I’m not your puppet or your tap dancing drug addict here to be your miserable muse, i always made music for me to help myself find understanding. I have finally learned from the words in my songs. I love who loves me and who really cares about me.” Well said Mr Cudi, and we wish you the best of luck!

3. Brad Pitt Brad Pits no longer smokes weedThe well known Hollywood actor has been famous for quite a while now and has grown used to what that means and with his philanthropic and activism work has even used his fame and influence as a tool for good. That wasn’t always the case however. In the nineties there was a period of time where according to an interview with Pitt he said “I was hiding out from the celebrity thing, I was smoking way too much dope, I was sitting on the couch and just turning into a doughnut and I really got irritated with myself.’

Unfortunately that wasn’t the end of the stars struggle with alcohol and marijuana and he has apparently used and possibly abused both substances over the years.

4. Paul McCartney Paul McCartney Stopped using WeedThe member of the legendary British rock band the Beatles has had a long relationship with marijuana which caused him a his share of trouble over the years. McCartney was fined in Sweden for possession of marijuana, charged with ‘illegal cultivation’ after being caught growing pot in Scotland and he even had to spend 10 days in a Japanese jail after having been arrested for having weed in his luggage. He was however, released without charges.

Now as a grandfather,  McCartney has publicly stated that ‘I don’t do it anymore. Why? The truth is I don’t really want to set an example to my kids and grand kids. It’s now a parent thing.” And that he would prefer a glass of wine or a margarita over his former habit of lighting one up.

5. Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Gives up smoking weedThe iconic pop superstar opened up about her former addiction to marijuana saying in an interview “I have been addicted to it and it’s ultimately related to anxiety coping and it’s a form of self-medication and I was smoking up to 15-20 marijuana cigarettes a day with no tobacco,” and went on to say “I was living on a totally other psychedelic plane, numbing myself completely, and looking back I do see now that some of it had to do with my hip pain. I didn’t know where the pain was coming from so I was just in a lot of pain and very depressed all the time and not really sure why,” she said.

When she was asked if she plans on continued to regularly smoke weed she replied “I do put that pressure on myself; I have to be high to be creative. I need that, that’s an error in my life that happened for over 10 years. Can I be brilliant without it? I know that I can be and I have to be because I want to live, and I want my fans to want to live.”

Congratulations Lady Gaga and we wish you nothing but the best on your journey to being free from marijuana addiction!

6. Travis Barker Drummer Travis Barker quits smoking pot for goodAfter having a rather serious health scare with cancer, The former drummer for the punk rock band Blink 182, decided that it was time to make some serious changes in his life. After years of bad eating habits and smoking weed, the musician had a scare that really forced him to reevaluate his priorities in life and according to him “They found that I had six ulcers, and I had a condition called Barrett’s esophagus, which is basically from really extreme acid reflux or if you excessively smoked, your esophagus lining becomes pre-cancerous,” after that, the choice was simple. Barker now a father quickly decided that he to make his health a priority and is quoted as saying “ I used to love smoking weed… I would smoke weed at night if I had anxiety. I always thought I’d be able to do that for the rest of my life, but when your health is on the line, you don’t [mess] around. I love being a dad and I love playing music. I’m not trying to give up any of that.”

7. Natalie Portman Natalie Portman Quits using potAs some of you may know, Portman isn’t just a critically acclaimed actress who won Oscar for her role in the movie The Black Swan. She also attended Harvard and graduated from a B.A. in Psychology in 2003. It was here that she said she enjoyed smoking weed however now, she stated in an interview “I’m too old. I wish I was that cool, but I’m like an old lady now. I’m in bed by 10pm I can’t do that anymore.”

8. Woody Harrelson Woody Harrelson gave up smoking weedThe long time actor who has starred in numerous movies over the years, opened up about how he had decided to take a step back from his former partying ways. In an interview with The Vulture he said “ I actually stopped smoking pot almost a year ago.” and went on to say “I feel like it was keeping me from being emotionally available”. Which is great news for fans of his movies because now he will be more clear headed and able to focus on what he does best, making amazing movies.

9. Cee Lo Green Cee Lo Green quit smoking weed because of anxiety attack After suffering an anxiety attack while high, the musician and former judge on The Voice decided that enough was enough and it was time to quit smoking pot for good. He is quoted as saying that after the panic attack  “I never got comfortable with it (weed) again” and decided to give up the habit for good.

10. Mark Foster Mark Foster stuck with not smoking weedThe lead singer for the band Foster and the People actually got his inspiration to stay free from weed from an unlikely source. The rapper Snoop Dogg, who is well known for his love of the herb. Apparently when the two met, Foster who had just recently quit smoking marijuana a few days before that but because Snoop is, well Snoop, Foster is quoted as saying ‘I quit smoking but I’d have one with now if I had the chance’. The rap legend’s reply may take some people by surprise when he offered words of encouragement and according to Foster he replied ‘Y’know what, brother: sometimes you gotta slow down and focus on your shit’ What was Foster’s reaction? He said “From the godfather of marijuana smoking! That was good enough for me.”

11. Neil Young

Neil Young quits getting highThe famous folk singer was quoted in an interview with the New York times as saying that he decided to give up smoking marijuana and drinking. He said “I did it for 40 years,” and that “Now I want to see what it’s like to not do it. It’s just a different perspective.” After nearly forty years of heavy use of not just marijuana, he decided that it was time to make a change and give being sober a chance.

12. Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus decides to give up getting highThe pop star has been no stranger to controversy and has never been one to shy away from being herself. However in an interview the singer opened up about her decision to no longer get high and quit smoking weed. Cyrus is quoted as saying  “I’m not doing drugs, I’m not drinking, I’m completely clean right now! That was just something that I wanted to do,” She went on to explain “When I want something, it’s fucking easy for me. But if anyone told me not to smoke, I would have not done it. It’s because it was on my time.”

13. Andre 3000 Andre 300 finally decides to quit smoking potThe well known rapper and co-founder of the Hip Hop duo Outkast, Andre 3000 said in an interview “I always kept an ounce” The musician went on to explain part of his reason for deciding to give up smoking marijuana and go sober “I was kind of abusing it, I wasn’t looking my best, I had a platinum album out and I would do stuff like go to projects to buy weed.” He further explained “I knew it wasn’t too clever, I was putting myself in danger.”

14. Yelawolf Yelawolf gave up his habit of smoking weedThe Alabama born rapper is no stranger to the music scene and the party life that often comes with it. When asked about his past use of drugs, including weed in an interview with the Baltimore Sun he replied “I have real anxiety issues and that’s what’s kept me away from it. Honestly, I tried to start smoking weed again a few years ago, and the same thing started happening to me. I would get anxiety. The only thing I can do is just drink, that’s the last thing I got into” it is however worth mentioning that addiction comes in many forms and can be caused by more than just what society thinks of as “drugs”. It’s never. Good idea to swap one addiction for another such as marijuana for alcohol. Nonetheless congratulations Yelawolf and we hope that you will keep making your music and perfecting your craft.

One of the things I found most interesting about all of these stories is that even though all of the people mentioned had their own reasons for deciding to quit smoking marijuana. The common thread that runs through all of the stories is that they all did it to try and become a better version of themselves. Whether it was for their children Like Mark Wahlberg and Method Man, or to clear their minds and regain their focus like Miley Cyrus and Neil Young. They were all, just like you, faced with a decision. Either keep going the same path, doing the same things or decide to take a step back, evaluate their life and make a positive change for the better. Which is something I think we can all relate to.

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How to Help a Friend That is Addicted to Smoking Weed

Sometime when we are going down the wrong path it in life it can be hard to see how something is hurting us, while it may be obvious to those around us. Maybe you have a friend, family member or loved one who has gone from smoking marijuana on a recreational basis, to letting it become something that is affecting their life in a major way. It can be hard to watch someone that you love do something that keeps them from reaching their full potential in life. Especially if they are someone that you care about and want to see be successful in life. For many people, smoking pot is just not a big deal and is something that is fun to do on occasion. Or they even use marijuana on a regular basis but are still highly effective in their life’s. Unfortunately for other people it can slowly creep up and start to become something that their life revolves around to the detriment of everything else. Whether it is their friendships, careers, romantic relationships or just the enjoyment of living life to its fullest extent.

Is Someone You Care About a Pothead?

If you have someone in your life that you feel is letting marijuana take a central role in their life and is letting other, more important things take a back seat then you may want to consider letting them know. This is not to say that a full blown reality TV style intervention is needed. Just that maybe having a conversation about how you can see that smoking weed is hurting their life. Sometimes offering an opinion as someone who cares about them and letting them know what you are seeing from an outside perspective can help a person see what they cannot.

Know the Signs Of Weed Addiction

Smoking weed is every once in a while is one thing, but if it has become something that they do instead of go out with friends, exercise, learn a skill that will benefit their career advancement or go do something fun. Then these may be signs that what started as a hobby may have become a dependence on getting high and smoking pot.

How to Tell Your Friend You are Worried They are Dependent one Marijuana

If you do have a friend that you know is letting weed hurt their life in some way then letting them know how this makes you feel can be a good option. However this is not to say that you should do it in a confrontational way. If someone has become addicted or dependent on smoking weed,they may not be open to what you have to say if it is done in the wrong way. It is best to come from a place of care and concern, while letting the person know that while you are not judging them, you can see how them getting high has negatively impacted their life.

How not to do an Intervention

What you don’t want to do is make it a big public event that turns into a shameful ordeal. You are not trying to make the person you care about feel shame, but rather see things from your perspective as to how maybe what they thought was a benign habit of smoking pot, has become an actually dependence on marijuana.

What to Do Instead

  • Come from a place of care and concern
  • Have a clear list of how smoking pot is hurting their life
  • Let they person know how their use of marijuana has affected your relationship
  • Don’t cave if they deny that weed is not a big deal but rather focus on how you have seen it affecting them
  • Offer your support and help in them getting their life on track
  • Make a list or better yet, get resources to help them. This can be websites like this blog, books about addiction. Or even offering to go with them to a meeting like marijuana anonymous. This article by the Mayo Clinic is a great place to start.

The most important thing to remember is that you are not trying to confront the person solely for the sake of being confrontational, but rather to let them know that you care about them and maybe getting high all the time isn’t the best thing for them. Ultimately if someone doesn’t want to change then they won’t and it’s not until they have the desire to make a change themselves. You can just be there as someone who cares about them and can offer an outside perspective on how smoking weed may be affecting their life’s in a negative way.

17 Actionable Tips on How to Increase Willpower and Become a Better You

Learning to increase willpower is vital, especially when it comes to making a change in your life. Whether it’s deciding to give up a habit like smoking weed or as simple as getting into better shape. Having the willpower to stick to your goals is key to being successful. Just like a muscle, increasing your self control won’t happen overnight and your willpower needs to be developed and strengthened over time. It doesn’t have to happen overnight and it actually won’t happen right away, but is a gradual process that takes time, effort and concentration on your part.

Just like its name suggests, your self control is something that you do have the power to control and increase over time. No matter whether it’s to spend less money, get into better shape, it’s up to you to decide to make a change and then take action with the steps outlined below to start to control your life, instead of it controlling you.

17 Actionable Tips to Increase your Willpower

1.Make a Plan

Before you can ever hope to be successful at giving up a habit like smoking pot or anything else and making a positive change in your life. You need a plan, so sit down and take some time to think about what you want to achieve and how you are going to achieve it. This is your road map that will help guide you and keep you on track when things start to get tough and you need to be reminded of where it is you are trying to get to. Having a solid plan is the first step in being successful at anything, so get out the pen and paper or fire up the laptop and get to writing.

2. Take Things one Step at a Time

Just like climbing a mountain, you will never reach your goals over night. You have to focus on taking things one step at a time. Don’t let the big picture overwhelm you and keep your goals in mind. Remember that it takes constant work on a daily basis to achieve any kind of meaningful change. If you don’t let yourself become overwhelmed and take many small steps then before you know it, you will be where you want to be.

3. Realize that Motivation is Temporary

Have you ever watched an especially inspiring movie, met someone who was seemingly so successful that it gave you a major burst of motivation, only to have it disappear a little while later? Well that just means that like the rest of us, you’re only human. While it’s always important to get inspired and pumped up, the truth is that motivation is only temporary and fleeting. In reality, doing anything worthwhile is going to be hard. Not to say it will be impossible but you have to be prepared to push through when it seems like you’re getting nowhere, because if you don’t, you will never get to where you want to be.

4. Put Money on the Line

Just like having an accountability group can be great for helping to keep you on track and a get to your goals. Another very effective strategy is to literally put your money where your mouth is. We all know that talking about doing something is fine and great but what about if you have to pay if you don’t follow through? The concept is simple, give a certain amount of money to friend, partner or someone that you trust and if you fail to follow through on your commitment then they will donate it to a cause that especially dislike. If can be anything really, a political organization that you disagree with, religious organization, or any cause that you particularly don’t like. The point is that doing this not only puts your money on the line, but also if you fail, then someone or something that you fundamentally disagree with will benefit from your failure. Now that’s what I call motivation!

5. Get Plenty of Sleep

Let’s face it, when you’re exhausted your willpower is weakened and you may not be able to stay strong and stick to whatever goals who set for yourself. Do whatever you can to make sure that you are getting a minimum of 7 hours and ideally 8 plus hours of quality sleep every night. This will help you be mentally fresh and ready to face the challenges of each day with a positive attitude.

6. Organize your Life and Clean up the Clutter

This may seem overwhelming at first but even setting aside as little as ten minutes everyday to clean and organize can make a huge difference. Gets rid of the old clothes you no longer wear, organize your personal space and try and find a home for everything. That way you’re never frantically searching for that favorite shirt or where you left the keys. Which in turn leaves more mental and physical energy to focus on achieving your goals.

  1. Diet and health

Your health is always important but when you’re trying to make an important change in your life it can become even more important. When you are tired, hungry and out of shape your willpower will be lower and you will be more susceptible to giving into temptation. Make sure you are getting plenty of high quality sleep, eating as healthy as you can and trying to exercise as regularly as possible. This will help keep you feeling your best which in turn, frees up more energy to focus on achieving your goals.

8. Avoid Decision Fatigue

Maybe you’ve heard how Facebook Founder and CEO famously only wears grey shirt to work everyday? If you have then you may have wondered what the heck a billionaire is doing wearing something that is, shall we say, less than the height of fashion? It turns out that there’s actually a really good reason for it. There’s something that’s called decision fatigue.  Basically what that means is that your willpower and self control are finite. As you go through your busy day you are constantly making lots of small and often unimportant decisions. What should you eat for breakfast, what you will  wear to work, what route should to drive, should you go out for lunch or bring it from home, you get the picture. The more of these small micro decisions you can minimize than the more willpower you will “save” for the really important stuff. Like are you going to do what’s best for you in the long run even if it’s hard. Or are you going to cave and fall back into your old habits. It doesn’t mean that you have to only wear grey shirts from now on but as much as possible try and plan the mundane everyday things out in advance as much as possible.

9. Embrace the suck and Discomfort

When you are trying to make a change in your life, especially something like giving up a major vice. It’s going to be hard and sometimes it may be uncomfortable. The sooner you can learn to embrace the “suck factor” and mentally be prepared to be uncomfortable, the better chance you stand of making a temporary change into a permanent one.

10. Set Realistic Goals

Lets face it, we all want to make changes but sometimes the difference between what we want to achieve and what we actually are willing to do in order to achieve our goals can lead to creating unrealistic expectations. When you do do this then you are setting yourself up for failure before even starting. Instead, at the beginning set realistic, smaller incremental goals. This gives you something to work towards and when you actually reach your goal then it helps to positively reinforces the idea that you can achieve what you set out to do. Then once the goals start to become easier, it’s time to start to stretch out your willpower so that you are always pushing yourself just a little bit harder.

11. Build Positive Habits to Replace the Bad ones

When you are going through a stressful period of growth where you are trying to remove a negative habit such as quitting weed, it’s vital to also be introducing good habits that you enjoy and also help to relax you. Build in and set aside time for fun and relaxing activities. It doesn’t matter what it is, just make it something that you enjoy and always feel better after having done.

12. Use the Power of Imagination

When you harness the power of your imagination then it’s just one more tool that’s in your tool chest to help develop your will. When you can imagine and vividly see yourself overcoming the temptation to get high and smoke a joint or whatever else it is you want to accomplish. Then you will just be adding to your ability to exercise self discipline and say no to temptation.

13. Have a Support Group

A support group can have a huge impact on keeping you on track and not falling off the wagon. It can be your friends, family, a local support group, or an online community like this website but the bottom line is that the more people you have on your side then the greater the likelihood that you will be successful. One thing to keep in mind is that it is important that you only try to enlist the help of people who will actually be supportive. If you are trying to get your stoner friends to help be your support group for giving up smoking pot then they might be be as receptive to you wanting to make the change as say, a local Marijuana Anonymous group for example.

14. Avoid Being Around Temptation

It may seem like it goes without saying but when you are trying to make a behavior change it is a good idea to try and avoid placing yourself in a situation that presents you with more temptation than you can handle. Make sure that while you are still going through the process of ingraining a new habit you don’t set yourself up to fail before the new positive habit becomes permanent.

15. Reward Your Progress

It is vitally important to make sure that you are rewarding yourself for making progress. After you have set a goal and then attained it, do something to reward yourself. It can be watching a funny movie, eating an ice cream cone or anything else that you will enjoy. The important thing is that you give yourself something to both reward and mark your success.

16. Forgive Yourself if You Stumble

We are all human and on your road to becoming free from smoking weed, you may stumble and give into temptation. If that happens then it’s not the end of the world and you have to be able to forgive yourself and get back on track. Everyone fails, everyone stumbles but the difference between people who fail and people who succeed is that successful people get back up after they fall down and get back on track. A failure is only a failure if you let it keep your from continually working towards your goal, instead, brush yourself off and keep on working towards your goal.

17. Don’t Give Up

This one may seem obvious but it needs to be mentioned. Ultimately whether or not you are going to be successful comes down to how much you actually want to be successful. There will always be struggles and pitfalls but the only way to reach your goals is to want to succeed more than anything. It’s not always going to be easy, especially when you first decide to stop smoking weed or any other difficult thing you want to give up. It is going to be hard at first but you have to keep in mind that the only way to reach your goals is to put in the effort.

There you have it.

I hope that you enjoyed these 17 tips to help to grow and strengthen your willpower. These tips apply not only to quitting to smoke weed but also to all areas of your life. Remember, if you want to make positive changes in your life then, it’s not always going to be easy and especially at first it will be difficult and uncomfortable. However the long term benefits of being a better, stronger and more successful person far outweigh the initial struggles you experience.

Any ideas on how to help increase willpower? Share them in the comments below!

16 Positive Benefits of Quitting Weed that May Surprise and Motivate you

Here are just some of the positive benefits of quitting weed that may both surprise you and also help provide inspiration to help you decide to make a change and give up marijuana. Or if you have recently quit smoking, give you the motivation you need to stay strong and stick to your goal of no longer getting high.

16 Amazing Benefits of Quitting Weed for Good

More Mental Clarity: When I was smoking weed every day, multiple times a day, to be honest, I wasn’t the brightest most alert person. One of the most immediate benefits I noticed was that I was much more mentally sharp, my memory was better and overall I just felt like my brain wasn’t running at 25% capacity because I was baked out of my mind.

Save Thousands of $$$: It can be easy to not realize how much you are actually spending in total on smoking weed. Every day, week month and year the little bits that are spent on buying weed, gas to drive to go buy the weed, junk food that you wouldn’t buy if you weren’t stoned, accessories like grinders, scales, papers, pipes, and bongs can add up to amazing large amounts of money. This is especially alarming when you think about what else this money could be spent on. Whether it’s an investment that grows over time, a course that increases your skill set and makes you more employable or even on a trip or something nice that you would enjoy. The money that you spend on weed is basically wasted and as soon as the high starts to fade, the value of the money that you spent is non-existence.

Avoid Possible Legal Trouble: Marijuana is still illegal in most states and is considered to be an illegal drug by the federal government. Every time you buy weed or drive with it in your car, you are opening yourself up to the potential to be arrested and charged with drug possession. This can lead to jail time, probation and costly legal fees that can add up quickly. Not to mention that if charged with a drug possession, you may have a permanent black mark on your record that can haunt you for years to come and may make you ineligible for some jobs. Especially if you are in a state with strict anti drug laws like  Oklahoma where you can be given a life sentence for marijuana cultivation. Or Texas where over 77,000 people are arrested every year for possession and you can face up to $2,000 in fines and 180 days in jail even if it’s your first offense!

Improved Self Esteem: If you’re constantly getting stoned, your life starts to revolve around marijuana. Deep down you may know that getting high all the time isn’t something that makes you a better person and you probably should be using your time and money on better things. This feeling of being a “failure” can start to drag down your self-esteem and sense of self-worth. Which is why, when you quit getting high and start making changes in your life for the better, one of the best benefits of quitting weed is that you will start to feel better about yourself and the choices that you’re making and the direction your life is going.

More Stable Emotions: When you smoke pot on a frequent basis it can, even in small ways, start to affect your emotional balance and stability make you more easily irritated and annoyed. Once you have quit smoking weed for long enough, you will notice that one of the benefits of quitting weed is that you will no longer be as easily irritated by small things or always thinking in the back of your mind about when you will be able to get high again.

No More Association with Shady People or Unambitious People: While it’s certainly not the case that everyone who smokes weed is a criminal or that your friendly neighborhood weed dealer is really the next Walter White. You will still meet and be around people with whom you may not otherwise also associate with if you weren’t into smoking weed. They also may not be the best crowd to hang out with. As they say, ” You are the sum of your five closest friends” and smoking weed and hanging out with people who are also heavy marijuana smokers can keep you from being as ambitious and driven as you might be if you, instead were hanging out with people who were also goal oriented and trying to be the best that they could be in life.

Almost Immediate Weight Loss: When you smoke weed, you get the munchies. Salty, sugary junk food loaded with carbs, devoid of any real nutritional value and full of artificial flavors? Yes, please! That’s basically what I was like when I would get stoned. I would smoke some weed, veg out in front of the TV and chow down on some awesome tasting but super unhealthy junk food. Luckily, I have a fast metabolism and also like to work out so things sort of balanced out and I never got fat, but after I quit smoking and stopped eating junk food, I immediately began to notice that I was leaning up.

Better and More Restful Sleep: Ever go to bed completely baked out of you mind, sleep for 9 hours, finally wake up after hitting the snooze button ten times only to feel just as tired and groggy as when you went to bed? When you’re constantly getting stoned, it increases the amount sleep that you need, while also decreasing the quality of the sleep that you do get. This means that you will be less alert and rested even after getting a full night of sleep. Which is why getting more restful and truly restorative sleep is probably one of the biggest benefits of quitting weed that you will start to notice almost immediately after you have quit.

Improved Health: In moderation, most things aren’t really too bad for your health and well being. However, if you frequently abuse marijuana, over time it can begin to hurt your health. Whether it’s decreased memory and learning from getting high, bad eating habits and poor diet from getting the “munchies”. To less obvious but just as important things like your happiness, overall well being and psychological side effects of feeling dependent on weed not being truly free and fulfilled in your life and living up to your full potential. When you give up marijuana these are just a few of the many benefits of quitting weed that you will experience and be able to almost immediately see in your life.

No More Paranoia: Ever been putting some smoke in the hair and have your doorbell ring and freak out because of the smell? Or wonder if when you’re out in public while being stoned if everyone around you knows that you’re high? When you stop smoking, one of the best benefits of quitting weed is that you don’t have to worry about that any of that anymore.

More Free Time: You may not realize it but smoking pot can take up a lot of your time. Whether it’s going to buy weed or the time you spend actually getting high, it can start to add up. That’s not even including the wasted time that you may spend watching TV or playing video games that could be better spent doing something fun or more productive.

More Emotionally Connected: Smoking weed heavily can start to make you “numb” and emotionally disconnected. You may not even realize it at first but it can start to have negative consequences on your relationships with the people that you care about. Especially to your romantic partner, because if you’re stoned constantly then chances are that you aren’t going to be able to connect with them and develop or maintain a truly honest and emotionally healthy relationship.

A Better Social Life: While some people do get together with other people to hang out and get high, overall I would say that marijuana makes you less likely to go out and be social. This is especially true if you are more naturally introverted and are already less likely to be super social and go out and put yourself into situations where you might have to meet new people and have new experiences.

No More Damage to Your Lungs: Even though smoking marijuana isn’t as bad as smoking cigarettes in terms of the negative side effects, smoking weed still isn’t good for your lungs by any stretch of the imagination. When you stop smoking weed for good, it allows your lungs to begin to clear out, makes aerobic exercise easier, which in turn means that you can work out for longer periods of time which then helps improve your overall health.

More Motivation: When you get stoned, it can kill your motivation and make you lethargic and lead to wasting time on things that aren’t productive or actually enjoyable or rewarding in the long run. One of the biggest things you will start to notice after you quit getting high is that you will have more energy and motivation to instead use your time better. We all have a limited amount of free time, so you might as well use it to do things that you really enjoy and are more productive than just sitting around and wasting time on the couch watching TV or playing video games.

Better Job Prospects and Earning Potential: Not only do most employers screen for drugs, including marijuana but also do random drug tests as well as test after accidents and injuries that occur on the job. When you no longer smoke weed and have detoxed the last of the THC from your system, then you no longer have to worry about failing a drug test at your current job which is just one of the many other benefits of quitting weed that you will experience. Or even worse, see a posting for your dream job only to not apply because you know they will screen for drugs and you will test positive for THC.

Closing Thoughts

While marijuana itself, when used in moderation, is really not that harmful, like many other things if taken to an extreme and that’s when habitually getting high and smoking weed multiples times a day every day can really start to compound and have a bad effect on your life. Whether it’s your mental state and cognitive function, finances, career growth, social life or physical health it may be time to really think about how smoking weed is affecting your life and if it’s helping you achieve your goals or is something that is holding you back and needs to be left behind.

 

How to Cure the Post Marijuana Detox Insomnia Naturally

How to Cure Post Marijuana Insomnia
When you first stop smoking weed one of the worst things to deal with is the initial period of insomnia that affects most people, This can be a real problem if you are trying to not give up on quitting weed but still need to balance your normal responsibilities like work and family. While time is ultimately the best way to beat the lack of nocturnal bliss, below are some great ways you can use to help get that great nights sleep that you need to perform your best.

Melatonin
Melatonin is a hormone that is naturally produced by the Pineal gland to naturally help you relax and fall asleep. As such it is a natural sleep aid that can be a great help in relaxing before bed. It’s non toxic and non habit forming so it can be a great help in getting you to relax and fall asleep more easily. It often comes in a pill form and can be bough on amazon or also nearly any pharmacy or grocery store.

Exercise
Too much energy? Well if you just go workout long enough then its bound to help reduce the post quitting weed detox insomnia that plagues many people after the stop smoking marijuana. That is not to say that if you are not currently working out you should exercise so intensely that you hurt yourself. Rather that regularly working out will greatly increase the chance of getting a good nights sleep.
If you are not the gym type then find another activity that you enjoy like walking, taking a hike, playing tennis. Whatever it is the point is to do something physical which will not only help you sleep better but also have a positive impact on your health.

Avoid Caffeine in the Afternoon
Yes that right, no slamming Redbulls at six o clock in the evening. If you are a regular coffee drinker, then a cup in the morning is still absolutely fine but be sure and avoid any drinks such as coffee, tea, soda or energy drinks that contain caffeine.

Avoid Electronic Devices-Read a Book Instead
The LED lights from devices like, smart phones, computers, tablets and gaming consoles actually reduce the amount of melatonin (see tip number 1) in your body which can keep you tossing and turning with insomnia as your body is detoxing the THC out of your system. Instead try and read a book and if you aren’t the book reading type then find something that you do like to read like a magazine about a subject you enjoy.

Get Intimate to get a Better Nights Sleep
Everyone knows the joke about how after sex how easily a man falls asleep. Well there is actually some science to back that up. After achieving an orgasm men’s bodies release prolactin and oxytocin both of which can greatly increase the chances of falling asleep. Even if you just put down the pipe and have recently quite smokiness pot. Its not just for men though, a woman’s body will produce even more oxtocin after sex than a man leading a blissful nights sleep for both partners.

Channel you Inner Guru
Don’t worry, you can relax because you don’t have to travel to India or live in a cave in Tibet in order to reap the benefits of a daily meditation practice. In today’s day of technology there are actually quite a few apps that offer simple guided meditation and relaxation exercises. It doesn’t have to be something that takes up a lot of time, even just as little as five minutes of some sort of relaxation or meditation exercise before going to bed every evening will not only help you get a better nights sleep but also have multiple benefits on your everyday life. This is especially helpful after you have just stopped smoking pot, because this is often a time when you may be stressed and looking for something that can help to replace the relaxed state that smoking marijuana gave you and instead replace it with a natural high.

Treat Your Olfactories
Treat your sense of smell with some essential oils. You can do this with a scented candle or if you want to create the spa environment then you can use aromatherapy. As you are beginning to wind down then light a candle or try an essential oil such as spikenard, frankincense, clary sage, myrrh or vetiver.

In Conclusion
When you first stop smoking marijuana then you may experience a period of insomnia, usually this will last any where from a few days to a week. The good news is that not only is this temporary but also armed with the knowledge in this post you are well on your way to getting back to a great nights sleep.

Happy slumbers

Is Smoking Weed Bad

Is Smoking Weed Bad for You?

 

Its one thing to only occasional partake, and for most people this is the case. However for others getting high can gradually become more and more of a fixture in their life. All the while the negative side effects of becoming more and more used to regularly smoking weed begin to show and begin to take their toll financially, socially, professionally, and physically. It can be tough to face yourself and realize that you may  have a problem and need to make some major changes, in your life.  Yet without being completely honest and taking a step back and considering what the actual effects of marijuana might be having on your life it can be hard to see how bad it may have become.

When it comes to smoking weed the level of addiction to marijuana and role that getting high plays in a persons life can vary widely. For most people getting high isn’t a regular thing and the question of is smoking weed bad never becomes an issue. Yet for other people this if not the case and the side effects of weed can often go unnoticed because of its seemingly benign effects. When you’re high, you feel happy and relaxed and it can be hard to see the big picture and take into account how much money, time, not to mention brain cells are being wasted by smoking weed.

Is Smoking Weed Really That Bad?

The only way that you will be able to know if smoking weed is bad for you is to be totally honest with yourself and take stock of how marijuana is effecting all areas of your life. Here are some questions that can help you along your way.

  • How Often Do You Smoke: If you are smoking weed on a daily basis then for all intents and purposes you are most likely a pot head. There are many people who are able to juggle their daily life and responsibilities and still smoke weed yet most people who smoke every day may be effected more than they realize.
  • How Much Do You Spend on Weed: If its just an occasional thing then the cost isn’t really going to become a major expense but a healthy weed habit can easily begin to cost you thousands of your hard earned dollars. This is money that could be spent on education, paying bills and debt, taking a vacation or investing for your future.
  • The Physical Side Effects: When consumed in very light moderation then the physical side effects of smoking are negligible but when you smoke the amounts of weed that most regular pot heads smoke than the side effects on both your physical and mental health can begin to pile up.
  • Negative Stereotypes of Pot Smokers. While today the vast majority of people have experimented with or smoked marijuana at some point in their life and now with the decriminalization and increasing number of states allowing medical marijuana, smoking weed or being a “pot head” can still sometimes carry a negative social stigma that may hurt you professionally.
  • Social Aspects of Smoking Weed. In my experience  people who are heavy smokers tend to mainly hangout with and have friends that are also into smoking pot. When you are in that type of social environment it can be hard to separate yourself and get away from people that may be less than supportive of your decision to quit smoking.

These questions are of course just an outline to help you begin to be able to see what role weed plays in your life and if smoking weed is bad and something you would like to change in your life.

 

 

 

 

 

How Marijuana is Psychologically Addictive

The Psychologically Addictive Qualities of Marijuana

For some people figuring out how to quit smoking weed can be a real problem and challenge. While the majority of people who smoke marijuana for non-medical purposes do it on a solely recreational basis and it never becomes a serious problem, this is not the case for some.

How is marijuana psychologically addictive you might ask? This is because while marijuana is not physically addictive like many other drugs and products such as alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, prescription drugs, or heroin. It is still psychologically addictive and habits can be easily formed around smoking weed that can lead to an addictive and destructive cycle.

Overcoming the Psychological Addiction of Marijuana

Even though smoking weed is not physically addicting, the power of a psychological addiction should not be underestimated and is what most people don’t understand when it comes to quitting marijuana. When someone smokes weed for an extended period of time, brain becomes used to the effects of the amounts of THC  being ingested which then causes the person to become accustomed to the feeling of euphoria and slight psychoactive qualities of marijuana. This begins to have an effect on the brain and body that can make breaking the cycle of smoking very difficult as the state of being “high” has become the new normal. The brain has been tricked into thinking that being stoned and having significantly less intellectually capacity is the way it’s supposed to be.

Are You Addicted to Smoking Weed?

Like with any negative behavior in our lives, sometimes being able to see that there is a problem and then actually taking action can be easier said then done. The first step however is admitting that you may indeed have a dependence on smoking weed and that already is or has begun to become a bigger and bigger priority in your life. Some of the signs an addiction to marijuana are smoking every day, always planning to get more before you run out of weed, procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities and activities like studying for school, work or social events to be able to get stoned.

Forming New Habits After Quitting Weed

One of the biggest challenges to successfully figuring out how to stop smoking weed is the forming of new habits and outlets for excess energy and to take up the time that used to revolve around acquiring and smoking marijuana. For some people this is the most difficult part, as getting stoned has become a main factor in their lives and many of their friends may also use marijuana. This is why its important to find things to do like working out, learning a new skill like a second language, or anything else that is both productive and fun.

You Don’t Have to Go it Alone

If you are truly serious about quitting weed for good then the more support and accountability you have the better your chances of success will be. If  you share and quantify your goal with people in your life then they can act as both support when the going gets tough as well as help to keep you accountable and motivated to stay strong. This can be in the form of friends, family, your partner or a support group of people going through the same thing.

How to Stop Smoking Weed-10 Tips for Cravings

How to Stop Smoking Weed and not Give into the Cravings

When it comes to figuring out how to stop smoking weed, dealing with the cravings for the first few days after quitting can be the hardest part. Once the initial withdraw period is over (which for most people lasts between three days to a week) the cravings to still smoke marijuana will begin to pass until they are nonexistent. So here is a list of ten things you can do to deal with the cravings when they happen and hopefully be able to anticipate them and have a plan before hand.

1. Figure out why exactly you want to quit.Write down all of the reasons why you want to stop smoking weed and keep this list handy so you can be reminded why you are trying to quit smoking weed in the first place

2. Identify things that trigger marijuana use. These will be different for everyone and can be people, places, or mental associations that make you want to get high. Knowing what kinds of things trigger your desire to get high will help you to make a plan to avoid these kinds of situations.

3. Clean up your diet. In order to do a THC detox and remove the toxins from your body you have to be eating right. Smoking marijuana makes you crave foods that are high in sugar and artificial flavors and by removing these foods, and eating healthy balanced meals you will quicken the time it takes to get the THC out of your body and help reduce cravings.

4. Start to exercise. If you don’t exercise already, than now is the perfect time to begin. Working out and staying active is a great way to help you stop smoking weed by providing a positive way to reduce stress and blow off some steam. Not to mention the added benefit of feeling and looking great.

5. Take up a new hobby. When you first quit smoking weed its great to have things that help to fill up your time and keep your mind occupied. When your trying to figure out how to stop smoking weed than a new hobby or activity is a great way to start because you will be training your self to do things that are productive and bring you enjoyment other than marijuana.

6. Avoid other pot smokers. When you first stop smoking weed it is vital that you stay away from people and situations in which you may be tempted to relapse. Tell your friends who still smoke that you have some stuff to take care and will be busy. If you want to tell them why you can’t hangout then feel free, just don’t look to active weed smokers for support. They may not understand why you want to quit smoking pot but if they are someone who is truly your friend then they will understand.

7. Take a vacation or a road trip. If you are able, then taking a trip is a great way to learn how to get a fresh perspective by putting your self in a new environment. You won’t be able to act on any cravings to get  high and will hopefully be too busy enjoying yourself to be thinking about weed.

8. Erase your dealers phone number from your phone book. It will be impossible to break down and buy weed if you aren’t able to get a hold of any one who sells it. This also applies to people who could easily help you get or give you weed. If you just stop buying your own and then bum off of your smoker friends then that’s not actually quitting. If you’re serious about getting and staying clean then you have to make the decision to fully stop smoking pot.

9. Hangout with people who don’t smoke weed. When your busy enjoying life you won’t feel the need to smoke weed. A great way to do this is to be around people who don’t smoke this will help keep you that much less likely to break down and give into the cravings.

10. Start to meditate or do relaxing activities. Things like yoga, meditation, and quietly reflecting on things will help to reduce tension and begin to build healthy habits that reduce stress. This will also help to make you more emotionally resilient and give you the tools to be able to take what life throws at you while staying positive and strong.

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Is Driving High Safe?

Is Driving High Safe To Do?

As the debate over the legalization of marijuana continues, the question of is  driving high safe has become a big issue and depending on the source, the answer varies. Many advocates of marijuana legalization have made the argument that while driving high is not as safe as being sober, when compared to driving drunk the dangers of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of pot are much less significant. This is not to say that driving high is entirely safe, as the impairment of being stoned certainly does have an impact on the ability of the driver to react to a potential accident.

How Is Driving High Dangerous

THC which is the chemical in marijuana that gets you stoned has a number of effects on the brain that can have dangerous implications for driving while high. THC effects the areas of the brain that control coordination, balance, movement, sensations and judgement. All of these things are good to have, especially when making quick decisions and reacting to other drivers while operating a motor vehicle at high speeds. Which means that it might be a good idea to stop smoking weed well before getting into a car to drive somewhere. However the research into the question of is driving high safe is still far from complete and much more work still needs to be done to understand the exact effects that THC has on the brain and to what extent being stoned impairs a drivers ability to react and drive safely. According to a recent journal by NORML which is an organization that works to help reform marijuana laws in the U.S, driving while high can pose some serious risks that should not be ignored.  According to the author of the journal Paul Armentano while “acute cannabis intoxication following inhalation has been shown to mildly impair psychomotor skills” because these impairment are usually short term they don’t pose as much of a risk as other drugs or alcohol. This is not to say that there are not still significant risks and dangers associated with being stoned driving high is certainly not safe as any level of impairment in a potentially life or death situation where surviving depends on reaction time could be the difference between escaping an accident or being seriously injured yourself. Or even worse still, being the cause of someone else getting injured. So don’t pull a Cheech and Chong and light up while driving down the street, I know all of the other motorist trying to safely get home will appreciate it and keep this in mind next time your wondering is driving high safe to do.