11 Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Addiction and Dependence on Weed

It may not be easy but let’s face it if you’re wondering what the signs of a marijuana addiction are then you probably already know that you may have a marijuana dependence. It’s never fun to face reality and deal with the truth, especially when it’s about something like facing an addiction to smoking weed, deciding to quit getting high and then learning about how to actually go about quitting weed for good. These are just some of the signs that maybe your “fun” pastime of toking up has now become a major part of your life and maybe you are more dependent on marijuana than you thought or would like to admit.

Is Marijuana Addiction Even a Real Thing?
Maybe this is the first time that you have heard about the possibility of marijuana addiction and didn’t even think it was possible to become addicted to weed. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “30 percent of those who use marijuana may have some degree of marijuana use disorder. People who begin using marijuana before the age of 18 are four to seven times more likely to develop a marijuana use disorder than adults.”
While an addiction to weed is not nearly as bad or as physically addicting like many other things like alcohol or more hardcore drugs, the negative effects of a marijuana dependence will slowly build up over time in small ways that may not be noticeable until much later.

Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Addiction

The Thought of Running out of Weed Makes you Nervous
If you always call your dealer when your supply starts to even get a little low so that in case he’s out for a few days you will never run out, that’s a pretty strong sign that you may be addicted to smoking weed. Want to put this to the test? Then next time you start to run out, resist the urge to call your supplier and instead pay attention to your inner reaction. If you start to worry and think, maybe you should shoot him a text just in case then you have your answer.

Everything Seems Better When you’re High
If you are constantly thinking to yourself about how much better something would be if you were stoned then this is a dead giveaway that you may have an addiction to weed. Whether it’s watching a movie, going for a walk in the park, doing laundry or going to work. Pretty much anything really.

You Can’t Sleep Without Being Stoned
This one is a dead giveaway because one of the signs of marijuana addiction and also withdraw symptoms many people experience when they stop smoking weed is having trouble getting to sleep. If you toss and turn in bed for hours while trying to get to sleep if you’re not totally baked, then this is a definite sign that you have developed a dependence on smoking weed your body now expects and needs weed to fall asleep.

You Cancel Plans to Instead get High
If you frequently cancel plans with friends and family because you’re “too tired” and instead stay home and get baked. This is a very strong signal that you would rather isolate yourself and be alone with your drug of choice then get out and spend time with friends or family while being sober.

The Thought of Taking even a Short Break from Weed Makes you Anxious
If you immediately get nervous and anxious when you try and think about taking even a temporary break from getting stoned. whether it’s to get clean for a marijuana drug test for an amazing job, taking a trip somewhere where you won’t have weed or just because you’ve begun to realize that maybe the amount of weed you smoke isn’t healthy and want to take a break. This is another indication that for you maybe smoking marijuana isn’t just an innocent and fun pastime, but might be something you really need to look at in your life and see if it’s in your best interest to keep smoking.

You need to Smoke More and More Weed to get “High” than Before
Like most things, your tolerance to marijuana will build up over time. Chances are that if you have been a chronic weed smoker you will have build up a pretty good tolerance over time. If you’ve been noticing that you have gradually started smoking more and more weed. This is definitely a sign that your tolerance has built up to the point that your body has become used to the THC from the weed and the doses you used to smoke, simply aren’t enough to get you buzzed like before.

You Immediately Get Defensive if someone Brings up your Weed Habit
Sometimes we either can’t see or don’t want to see what’s right in front of us and an addiction to marijuana is no different. It is usually the people closest to us who will notice things that we aren’t able to or willing to see and can help bring them to our attention. It’s up to us to be mature enough to listen and really take a look at what’s they are saying to see if may be true. So If someone in your life who knows you well and cares about you, like a partner, close friend or family member brings up the amount of weed you smoke, even casually and your reaction is to get defensive. This is a dead giveaway that it’s obvious to this person who knows and cares about you that you may have a dependence on weed that you’re unable or unwilling to admit to.

Your Use Getting High as an Emotional Crutch
If whenever you’re stressed out or face an obstacle, you immediately turn to marijuana as your means of coping and dealing with your problems instead of trying to figure them out. This is another red flag that you may have developed a dependence on smoking marijuana instead of learning how to overcome adversity without depending on marijuana to get you by.

You Can’t Cut back or Control the Amount of Weed you Smoke
If you have every intention of not waking and baking before every morning. Or, only smoking one bowl that night and yet you still end up getting completely stoned every morning and smoke three times as much as you originally told yourself you would. This inability to control or cut back on your weed habit is definitely a sign that maybe it’s time to take a serious look at how much weed may be affecting your life and whether or you have a marijuana addiction.

Not Taking Care of your Daily Responsibilities
If you are constantly not taking care of all the little things you have to do in your life because weed is taking up too much time. Or you just don’t have the motivation to do all the little mundane chores like paying bills, doing laundry, shopping, this is another sign that weed may be affecting your life more than you think.

You Ignore Potential risks and Keep Smoking Anyway
Maybe you had a legal problem and may face a drug test, or got sick with a respiratory related illness like Bronchitis and the Dr recommended that you do not inhale any kind of smoke but you still didn’t stop smoking weed. If you know that smoking weed may make you fail a drug test, keep you from getting well again or is obviously a wrong thing to do, but you still keep smiling weed. This is a definite sign that you may be more dependent on weed than you may want to admit if you refuse to quit smoking pot, even if you know you may face legal, financial or health related problems.

You Owe it to Yourself to be Honest
When you read through this list of signs that you may have a marijuana addiction, you need to be brutally honest with yourself and answer these questions. This isn’t because you need to judge yourself harshly or feel bad about yourself. It’s because until you’re ready to sit down and really examine what role smoking weed is really playing in your life, and whether it’s something that’s helping you, or is really hurting you and might be something you want to let go and leave behind.

 

Documentary About One Man’s Marijuana Addiction and the Road to Sobriety

Learning From the Struggle and Story of a Recovering Marijuana Addict

I recently stumbled a crossed the documentary by a man named David Goldenkranz. The documentary is called Marijuana: A Second Class Addiction. I personally found it to be both very inspirational but also educational. Because, in the documentary he is recording his road to recovery through both his own words as well as through interviews with people in his life who have seen his struggle and felt the repercussions of his actions and addiction to marijuana. He also interviews various experts who share their opinions regarding marijuana addiction. In doing this documentary David Golderkranz has opened himself up to the cameras and lets the viewers see his struggle first hand as he continues to battle the desire to keep getting high. Even after he has gone nearly an entire year of sobriety from smoking weed. It’s definitely a good watch but also not too long, so it can be easily watched in one sitting.

I hope you enjoy and share your thoughts in the comments below!

Potential Side Effects of Smoking Marijuana on the Lungs

Effects of Smoking Marijuana on Your Lungs

Marijuana can be consumed in a variety of different ways and each method of consumption has a different effect on the body and the lungs. The most common way in which people use marijuana is by smoking it with bongs, pipes, blunts, joints as well as vaporizers. While it is becoming increasingly common to also consume weed through what is called “edibles” such as cookies, brownies, other baked goods or teas and other drinks that contain THC. This article focuses on the smoking of marijuana and how it relates to lung health.
While occasionally smoking marijuana may not have a significant impact on the health of your lungs. It is still very important to remember that smoke, in whatever form whether it’s tobacco, marijuana or otherwise is going to contain many carcinogens and toxins that are bad for your lungs.

Differences Between Smoking Marijuana and Cigarettes
One of the main differences between smoking cigarettes and marijuana is that marijuana is typically smoked differently. Because it is inhaled more deeply and held in for longer than cigarette smoke. This can, in turn, lead to increased consumption of tar from smoking marijuana.

Smoking Marijuana and Your Lungs
Smoking marijuana on a frequent basis will clearly damage your lungs. This can lead to such symptoms as bronchitis, wheezing, shortness of breath, chronic coughing as well as damaging the lining of the large airways. According to Roland Lamarine, HSD, professor of public health at California State University, Chico. “Putting smoke in your lungs is not good for the lungs,”. He goes on to say that “There are still questions that aren’t answered about lung damage,”.

What Does this Mean for Medical Marijuana Use?
Clearly, there is still the need for further research to be able to fully understand the health effects, positive or negative of smoking marijuana. Like any other form of treatment, each person should weigh the pros and cons themselves as well as consult with a doctor about whether or not using marijuana for medical reasons is the right choice for them.

The Truth About Light Marijuana Use
One of the reasons why I started this site was to be a source of truthful and fact-based information about using weed. Whether that information was good or bad instead of being biased to one side. Which is why I am also including a segment in this article about how smoking weed has no negative effect on lung health. What’s that you ask? Well OK, let me clarify. According to research done at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia “Lifetime marijuana use up to 20 joint-years is not associated with adverse changes in spirometric (exhalation strength) measures of lung health,”. So basically what this means, is that if you truly only do smoke pot on an occasional basis, one joint every 18.25 days or less on a non-leap year to be precise, the negative side effects are negligibly.

In Conclusion

Smoke of any kind is obviously not going to be healthy for the lungs and chronic smoking of large amounts of marijuana can lead to negative health effects. There is the need for more empirical scientific research to be done to establish a factual basis from which an educated decision can be made. Ultimately each individual person’s life and health is their own responsibility and what they choose to do is their own right. It’s just that it is always better to be fully informed about the pros and cons and make that decision from a well-informed and factual basis instead of misinformation that is not backed up by empirical research and data.

 

 

 

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!

 

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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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.

What story did you like the most? Share your thoughts and comments below!

 

 

 

 

9 Tips to Naturally Cure Marijuana Detox Insomnia and Sleep Like a Baby

How to Cure Post Marijuana Detox 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. According to The Encyclopedia Britannica melatonin “plays a central role in the regulation of circadian rhythm (the roughly 24-hour cycle of biological activities associated with natural periods of light and darkness). 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 bought on online or also in nearly any pharmacy or grocery store.

Get More Exercise
Too much energy? Well if you just go workout long enough then it’s 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 than 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 in the afternoon or evening time.

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, as it turns out there is actually some science to back that up. After achieving an orgasm, men’s bodies release Prolactin and Oxycontin. Both of which can greatly increase the chances of falling asleep. Even if you have just put down the pipe and have recently quit smokiness pot. It’s not just for men though, a woman’s body will produce even more Oxycontin after sex than a man, leading a blissful nights sleep for both partners.

Drink a of Cup Herbal Tea Before Bed
Instead of drinking sugar filled and caffeine laden soft drinks or coffee, instead try drinking a cup of a natural herbal tea before bedtime. This may seem silly or quaint  but it is surprisingly effective at helping you relax and wind down after a busy and hectic day.

Channel your 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 era 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.

Indulge 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 anywhere 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!

 

 

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 everyone.

How Marijuana is Psychologically Addictive
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 this is what most people don’t understand when it comes to quitting marijuana. When you smoke weed for an extended period of time, your brain becomes used to the effects of the amounts of THC being ingested. Which in turn 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 because 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 than done. The first step, however, is admitting that you may indeed have a dependence on smoking weed and that marijuana already is or has begun to become a bigger and bigger priority in your life.

What are the Signs of Addiction to Marijuana?
You may not even realize, it or maybe haven’t seen the pattern but below are some of the signs that you may have an addiction to marijuana.
Daily Pot Smoking: If you get high every day and especially if you smoke weed multiple times a day, then chances are that you have at the very least become dependent on marijuana and possibly addicted.

Always Buy more Weed Before you Run Out: If you always make sure that you replenish your stock of weed before you run out. Or if the thought of not having it makes you anxious, then this is another sign that you may have become addicted to smoking weed.

Avoid Important Things to Get High: Procrastinating and avoiding doing things that are important like studying, working or attending social events because you would rather smoke pot. This is a definite red flag that your continued use of marijuana is something that you need to honestly think about and consider what consequences it’s having in your life.

Become Defensive if Someone Questions you Weed Habit: If someone in your life brings up your marijuana use and you immediately become defensive about it and aren’t open to discussing it. Chances are that this may be a sign that you are ignoring the effects  that smoking heavy amounts of weed are having in your life. Sometimes it can be easy to ignore something or not even see it. Yet it may be obvious for someone else who is close to you and can see what your addiction to marijuana is really doing to your life.

Be Brutally Honest with Yourself: 
This is probably the most important step when figuring out whether or not you have gone from being a casual marijuana smoker to becoming addicted. It may not be fun when you start taking a hard look at your life and what consequences getting high is causing. However, until you can honestly think about this and see that maybe you have become addicted to smoking marijuana. You will never be able to decide that giving up your habit may be in your best long term interest and something you need to seriously think about quitting.

The Importance of 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 the main factor in their lives and many of their friends may also use marijuana. This is why it’s 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 Smoking Weed Bad can be Bad for You

Is Smoking Weed Bad for You?
It’s 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 addiction might be having on your life, it can be hard to see how bad it may have really become.

Have you Gone From Casual to Daily Use?: 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 affecting 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. Sorry to be blunt but this is the truth and lying to yourself will not allow you to truly examine your weed habit and its potentially negative consequences. 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 affected more than they realize.

How Much Do You Spend on Weed?: If it’s just an occasional thing, then the cost isn’t really going to become a major expense. However, a daily 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 than 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. In addition to 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 hang out 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 marijuana.

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 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.