Friday, July 27, 2012

Quit Smoking Weed - Why Do you want to Quit Smoking

If you are reading this post, I am quite sure you want some help and advice on how to quit smoking weed either for your self or a close family member or friend.

Let me take you straight to the point here without wasting your time.

The First Step is to think and process into your mind "why you want to stop smoking weed?"

Now, the answers may vary on individual, but it can be one or more of the following broad reasons,

1) Financial Gain (s)
2) Health Gain (s)
3) Social Gain (s)
4) Time You Save

Financial Gains
Smoking weed ( Marihuana, Cannabis, Mary J, Grass..etc) or just plain cigarettes is an expensive habit. I am an accountant by profession, So I might be able to explain this better than what you would think that will save you.

Now the obvious saving is the cost of the weed it self. Whatever the angle you see this, when you add up the cost for a month, it comes to a significant amount. Now the less obvious cost benefits might be, the extra drive you have to make to purchase weed, the gasoline and time. Lets say you are in a club, and when you are high maybe you attack your purse more than you would if you are sober and can make a better judgement on what exactly to order. The risk of financial costs, if you get caught to the authorities, the fines, fees and lawyers costs. The cost possibilities are endless. Lets say you are high in your own house, when you go to the fridge, you trip over a carpet and on your way down you hold on to the nearest object to you. this might be an electric kettle, the phone on the wall, and expensive ornament or the LCD television which also falls down and brakes. It might be the most expensive fall you have had in your life but for what? Just wanting to be high?

This is just over my head, and you might now remember what extra costs you have incurred because you were high.

Keep that in mind and now, roughly calculate on average what you spend on smoking weed, now how long have you smoked weed? multiply your monthly cost with the months you've been an addict. Now think of all the stuff you could have bought in those times. "Opportunity cost" is the term we accountants use in this case.
Think of the cloths you could have bought, a better watch, a better mobile phone, trying out a new restaurant, club...

Think of the new people you would have met while trying a new restaurant, or a new girl or boy you could have attracted if you were more presentable. Maybe you could have bought a better gift for you loved ones, if you had some more money in you bank. You could have gained interest if you invested all that money somewhere? You could have bought an  upgrade to your PC? modify your car?

It can be a simple benefit like shopping, or a major benefit like investing for your future, the bottom line is you would now be in a better place physically and mentally if you spent all that money on something else rather than buying weed.

Now that's not it either, read the below health gains section and you will realize you need more money for maintaining your health  as well, plus when you are not well you loose money, because you cant work.

                                                           Health Gains

The Obvious health benefit you will think you will get is the less risk of Lung Cancer.

Some idiots say you don't get lung cancer from weed. Obviously when you smoke you are putting in extra fumes, particles and tar into to your lungs. Which is not natural.
Our breathing system starts from the nose, and we all have defensive apparatus like nostrils and nasal mucus in our noses to keep away the extra particles that can harm our internal organs such as lungs. By Smoking we are bypassing all our natural defenses and putting in so much adverse constituents directly into our lungs. If done continuously will result in faster deterioration of our lungs. The body will naturally try to repair the harm, and viola we have unnatural growths (cancer) in our lungs.

Smoking weed can cause also the below conditions,

The short-term effects of marijuana include:
  • Distorted perception (sights, sounds, time, touch)
  • Problems with memory and learning
  • Loss of coordination
  • Trouble with thinking and problem-solving
  • Increased heart rate, reduced blood pressure
Sometimes marijuana use can also produce anxiety, fear, distrust, or panic.

Effects on the Brain

The active ingredient in marijuana, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, acts on cannabinoid receptors on nerve cells and influences the activity of those cells. Some brain areas have many cannabinoid receptors, but other areas of the brain have few or none at all. Many cannabinoid receptors are found in the parts of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thought, concentration, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement. When high doses of marijuana are used, usually when eaten in food rather than smoked, users can experience the following symptoms:

  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Impaired memory
  • Disorientation

Effects on the Heart

Within a few minutes after smoking marijuana, the heart begins beating more rapidly and the blood pressure drops. Marijuana can cause the heart beat to increase by 20 to 50 beats per minute, and can increase even more if other drugs are used at the same time. Because of the lower blood pressure and higher heart rate, researchers found that users' risk for a heart attack is four times higher within the first hour after smoking marijuana, compared to their general risk of heart attack when not smoking.

Other Health Effects

Research indicates that THC impairs the body's immune system from fighting disease, which can cause a wide variety of health problems. One study found that marijuana actually inhibited the disease-preventing actions of key immune cells. Another study found that THC increased the risk of developing bacterial infections and tumors.  

The bottom line here is you have successfully increased the risk of having various health issues and complications. The best part is you have paid your way to it, and some drug lord is very rich with your cash. Plus now you need more money for your medical bills.

     Social Gains

Do you see the difference before and after drug addiction in above pictures?

This is a difficult area to explain, because most of the people who are addicted to weed, starts their addiction with a group of people they think they are part of, or in other words society.
You start using weed because the society around you accepts it, they give you the reasons for it, supports it, introduce it and then leave you to it.
In some cases even the culture around an addicted person has helped him/her to start using weed.
For example: Reggae music culture in the Caribbean Islands.

If you really think of it, the people you don't care or who don't care about you are the ones normally smoke weed with you or introduce it to you. They don't care how you end up in life or what you exactly have to face in life once you are addicted. Frankly they are like worms or flies, and they need the world to be like a dump so they can flourish. So they Drag you down with them, because they don't want to see you succeed in life.

In social life you select people whom you want to be with, and they select you. In School, Work, Church, anywhere you normally, make groups of people who are more together. Sadly in many cases somewhere in a persons life they meet the wrong people at the wrong time who introduce you to things that you might not have want to go try yourself like weed, or drugs or a simple cigarette.

That's how 99% of people start their addictions, in a group for acceptance, attention and action. Acceptance because you think if you say "No" you will be considered out of the group, Attention because you need confirmation that everybody is listening to you and you are taken seriously, and action because some groups think they need to share something exciting and do some thing together to maintain the group and they go and resort to drugs, and smoking weed. How pathetic is that?

Now think about it, do you really need that group of people in your life, and do you really need to listen to them at least?

When you are an addict its safe to also mention that you would have missed a lot of things that you would have done better or done altogether. Something like missing a class that would have given you that extra mark for a distinction pass or A+ in an exam, given more attention to your kid or spouse, applied to an educational program to improve your skills, participated in a social event and build your contacts to your business, etc..

You would never know what you have missed, maybe you missed an opportunity to meet a better girl friend in a party because you were too high on weed, because addicts are backward in social gatherings. How much ever you think you are presentable, for people who knows the signs they will know you are an addict by the first glance, and they wont respect you. Dark Lips, finger tips, sunken eyes, twitchy lips, all are signs people identify and judge you and avoid you.

Have you got caught to police, in possession? how was the experience, No not in the jail after the jail when you are home? Are you guilty that you have failed in the face of your family (Parents/Spouse)? Will you go through it again to get high?

Now the best part is, this is all recoverable, because when people know that you were an addict and now you have got yourself out of it, you will be more welcomed into conversations, they will be interested in finding out how you are now, they will respect you more, listen to your input with more attention, help you out. You will feel different in everything you do frankly.

And for your group that introduced weed to you, tell them you don't want it again and you have quit smoking weed now. I promise you, there will be at least one person from that group approaching you to find out how you did it? Trust me on this one.

The bottom line here is you have successfully reduced your importance to society and lost respect and attention. You move down the ladder everyday in life not the other-way around. If you come out of your addiction you will be able to find out who your real friends are and people who really care that you exist in this world. You will get more acceptance, attention and action than you would imagine and I mean all the action :)..

Time you Save

The more surprising thing you will note when you stop smoking weed is the time you have to do other things.

Lets say you are at work, stressed out on a report that needs to go in an hour.. while writing the report and checking it you realize you knew that this report should have been done yesterday, reviewed today and sent like 10 minutes back and now you don't have time to check your work, nor see how you can put in something extra to impress your boss. You think "Damn it, I shouldn't have taken that smoking break after lunch" or " I really should have skipped yesterdays pot session with my friends and gone early to bed, or worked some of this at home or got up early today and come for work".

Have you realized time flies when you are high? Think of all the things you could have done at the time?

The bottom line here is you have lost so much time on an activity that only gives you pain and suffering afterwards. Makes your life a miserable run to everything that ends up short in something that you could have achieved much better, but you have missed the time to do it.

Therefore, in conclusion to things you can achieve if you quit smoking weed are, always a combination of all of the above. By saving the money, time and worry you spend on weed, automatically will give you  health, wealth and stealth in everyday life. 

You have the chance to experience a new beginning. I don't have to tell you the chain of advantages of quitting weed.I know you will now think of all the things you could have saved and achieved if you didn't here about weed at all. By "chain of advantages" I mean that when you save money or health its not just that you gain, if you have extra money you can probably go for a good vacation, reduce your stress, improve your connection to the family, decrease your health risks come back, attend work fresh, impress boss, get promoted, be more respected and the chain goes on and on...

All you need now is to learn how to quit or stop smoking weed.

This is another post I will do in this blog and if you need a program to do this I can recommend the following programs

Now these programs cost a few bucks, but I firmly believe you will stick to a program that you paid for rather than getting it for free plus when you quit smoking weed you will cover the cost in a week. Both the programs are tried and tested and have helped a lot of people I have counseled. They will certainly help in your journey and leave you the suspense of whether you are doing it right or wrong.

Read my other blog posts for next steps and Good Luck!!

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  1. Good Stuff, but the pictures of addicts you use are highly deceptive. Those are faces of primarily meth, pain killers, heroin, etc... not faces of weed. If you were to put real pictures of individuals who were arrested solely for marijuana possession and use you'd see people that look exactly how they looked prior to their struggles with marijuana, if not better than before their struggles. Addicts who are able to keep their abuse strictly to marijuana tend to be healthier, better looking, and more intelligent that most. With this said, that doesn't justify the real negative consequences of marijuana use, rather it simply attempts to bring to truth and light what a marijuana addict like myself has gained from his own 10 year struggle with the drug. I could be wrong, but typically in my experiences, I'm right because I'm smarter and more introspective than most.

    1. Thanks for your input The Other White Meat. I will consider changing the pictures. You are right the pictures are from major drug addicts rather than weed only. However if you read to the background of these women most of them starts at the so called good drug weed, and move on to things like meth,heroin,white horse etc..

      Plus, the attitude that weed users are healthier, better looking and intelligent because of weed is only a myth or hype used to introduce new people to the use of weed. Just because a born beautiful or someone who presents themselves well, use weed doesn't mean they are okay its just that they look good anyway. Same goes to persons who have learned or very observant than others might look intelligent even if they do or do not use weed. I'm sure they will be in an even better intellectual if not for weed. Its the human nature to compare themselves to another person and follow but a person has his/her good and bad.

      The Rock Culture is another example for this. Just because an artist life style or plays under the influence there are thousands of followers getting introduced to the abuse, which they cant afford or handle unlike that artist.Sadly its in their 30-40 they realize weed is not fun anymore, when the harm is already done and they struggle to quit smoking.

      Thanks this is a new blog I started two days ago I'm still just building the content, and am glad to see the first comment already.

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