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Relationships Change

One of the most difficult things someone who quits marijuana goes through is how friends and friendships change with people who still smoke weed. As someone who has quit marijuana, I know the difficulty of this situation and have some advice. Knowing how to manage your relationships when you first quit marijuana will make the quitting process easier.

We all know that people who smoke tend to hang out with people who smoke. Non-smokers hang out with non smokers. If you want to quit smoking pot, and all of your friend still smoke, it almost feels like you’re not just quitting marijuana, you are also leaving your friendships behind…

Don’t worry. That isn’t always the case. What I found is that real friendships that go beyond marijuana are maintained. While the friendships that are mostly on weed may not be as strong once you quit.

Knowing Who Your Friends Are

When you tell your friends that you quit, you will quickly learn who your close friends are. The people that care about you will support you in your goal, even if they tease you about it. Some of the people that smoke will try to discourage you from quitting. They may even try to sabotage your goal. They do this because the more people that they know that smoke pot, the more comfortable they feel with their own problem. One of the reasons that I started smoking weed was because it was an easy way to make friends with people. There is an instant bond that is created when you smoke with someone. Now that I’ve quit, I am more social and have no issues meeting people. One thing I have found is that it is very difficult to hang around my friends that still smoke marijuana when they are high. We all make our own decisions. I have no problem with my friend who smoke weed, but that when they are high and I am not, we are on different levels.

Watch for Predators!

There are some people who are are going to try to bring you down.   Some do it on purpose, and some do it subconsciously.  You succeeding make them feels like they fail.   When I quit, there were only a couple people who were egging me on to keep smoking.   One of the dealers I knew kept calling me and even offering me free weed.  In the beginning, I think he figured I found a different hookup, but after some consistency, he dropped it.  Funny enough, because we had plenty in common without weed, he was a guy that I kept in touch with after I quit.

Dating / Relationship Management Tips For Quitting Weed

If you are in a relationship, explain to your partner that you will need both support and space for a while. Plan for all of the extra time you’ll have it in the first couple of weeks when you quit smoking, particularly if you don’t plan to hang out with your friends who smoke. Find something to fill in the time. If you do not, you’ll become bored and marijuana will be that much more tempting to you. If you are worried that you will succumb to temptation, don’t put yourself around marijuana smokers. It doesn’t mean you’re ending the friendship forever, but just not exposing yourself to risk.   Let your partner know that you may be a little crabby, moody, depressed, angry…who knows!  If you know how you would like to be supported, share that with them too!

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From one of my readers:

Reading these comments make me sad but I’m also full of encouragement and hope for those of you who have decided to quite this horrible drug for good.

Before I write anything else, I’d like to let you know I am a woman in my mid 30s who doesn’t take an aggressive stand against recreational drug or alcohol use. I’ve tried many things myself, probably will again and have many friends that do the same.

The experience I want to share is about chronic marijuana use and it’s effect on my last relationship. If you are a user, or in a relationship with someone who smokes regularly, then maybe in one way or another my story might make you realize, just like I eventually did, that your situation isn’t unique. I found it was reading other posts, stories and blogs myself that finally made me realise my relationship ‘issues’ were almost identical to many, many other people. And the thing we all had in common was a partner who was addicted to weed.

If you are a smoker and in a relationship that isn’t going too well, or if you are in a relationship and your partner is a smoker, then perhaps you recognise the following?

Irritability and moodiness: 

As soon into my relationship as 2 months I would come over to my (now ex) boyfriend or him to me and be met by a short temper or out-of-character low mood. Being right at the start of a relationship and overcome by infatuation this registers to the non-smoker as something very strange. I had been looking forward to seeing him all day, maybe for days and seemingly so had he. But still I met up with a person who was short or slightly harsh in the tone. A bit closed off and lacking enthusiasm or excitement. To the sober partner, subconsciously at least, this behaviour makes them feel undesired or that something is wrong. As it was quite early on in my relationship I tried to ignore this feeling and go with the flow. When we had known each other a little longer and after some repeated instances I spoke up about it. At this point I had no idea it could be the addiction so just expressed how it made me feel. I was met by an array of explanations such as hunger, ‘it runs in the family’, busy with work, stress and many others. Again.. The different explanations register as a bit odd to the person questioning the behaviour but I suspect my ex didn’t even realise how many different explanations he managed to come up with.

Cancellation of dates etc:

Again, early in the relationship I got stood up. The reasons were various, some understandable (work) some I had less sympathy for (just want to hang out at home). Please note that I am talking about a partner who does this very early on in the relationship, and with slightly too much frequency. Again, the sober person is left wondering if her/his partner is really as into the relationship as them, but in my own case there were many fantastic and loving moments between us and so again; I ignored my gut and went with it

Inability to cope with stress:

For my partner there was no such thing as maintaining a relationship whilst something was going ‘wrong’ or being difficult in other areas of his life. He was in between jobs at one point and this caused him to cancel more dates, act more distant, become completely incapable of dealing with any concern I might have brought up as well as become even more irritable and moody. The ‘stress’ absorbed him and ate away at him – it was incredibly challenging to try to be supportive as in context of what he had been through and what people go through all the time in life his behaviour and approach to the problems made little sense. Everything seemed to get so blown out of proportion. As the sober partner you’re left wondering what will happen when children come along? Sickness? Death of parents?

Incapable of making plans:

This became a common one, probably more so as the relationship went on and after I had expressed how the cancelled dates made me feel. At the start of the week my boyfriend would not be able to say with certainty when we could meet up or do something. Suggestions for dates or other events were met with ‘maybe’. The reasons were work or one of the constant stressors, yet as the week went by there would be plenty of time for him to meet up with friends or engage in things, as long as it had been last minute plans and he felt up for it on the day. As the sober partner your heart sinks a little more. You feel that you are not a priority and might even feel like your partner doesn’t even enjoy spending time with you. It also is easy to start putting your life on hold. You don’t make plans for your friends or yourself in case your boyfriend decides out of the blue that today is a good day to see you.

Emotional immaturity:

Because getting stoned allow most people an escapism from any emotions they may be feeling, it’s safe to jump to the conclusion that if you start in your teens and smoke regularly for X amount of years, you will not develop a good strategy to deal with your emotions. You’d probably also be very sensitised to feeling anything, meaning the slightest hurt or anger makes you uncomfortable. Most people cope with this by just smoking more. Emotions like hurt, guilt, anger etc are uncomfortable, granted. But when we feel them that uncomfortable feeling is there to teach us something. If you don’t allow yourself to feel these feelings, you will not become very good at avoiding what behaviours or situations make you feel that way. If there was conflict between me and my ex, or I brought something up which I wanted to discuss, My ex very often demonstrated behaviours similar to that of a teenage boy. He’d shut down and refused to discuss, he’d blackmail me through threatening to end the relationship, he’d become incredibly defensive and would often ‘punish’ me for days afterwards through getting in touch with me a lot less than I was used to or being cold towards me. This made me very frustrated but also hurt. When you express a need or desire to the person who loves you (within reason, and my needs were definitely within reason) and they don’t show any desire to compromise to make the relationship better and address that hurt, it makes you really question their commitment and love. With that of course comes insecurities and anxiety. Having a discussion or argument with someone who responds like a 16 year old, when you are both well into your 30s also becomes draining. You know an adult mature conversation is all it takes yet you find yourself roped into 3-day fights, resentment, blame-games and all the rest.

Distant personality: 

It’s only with hindsight I can now see so many of the things I’m listing here with clarity. With distant personality I mean little genuine interest in what goes on around you. My ex would ask about my day but I soon realized how forced it sounded and conversations were difficult and felt a bit ‘fake’ unless alcohol or cocaine was involved. We’d go for a walk and run out of ‘normal’ things to talk about and I can’t count the times we’d be hanging out together on the couch, him absorbed with his laptop, me kind of just floating next to him, reading or watching TV. Not a word said for sometimes hours. Again, this is fine when you have a solid past behind you but in your first few months? And to any stoners reading this who think they function absolutely fine when lean: to anyone who knows you and who is present there is an absolute change in the atmosphere and they pick up on it. You may feel normal, but take mine and your sober partners word for it: you really appear very very different. It’s hard to pinpoint but to most people who’s with you it’s unsettling.

Delayed uptake of information:

 I would convey something to my ex and often be met by; ‘let me think of that’ or ‘I need time to process that’ only for him to seemingly forget about it all together. It wasn’t complicated stuff in most cases.

Lack of enthusiasm: 

This goes along with irritability perhaps, but it’s hurtful and draining for a positive, optimistic and happy sober partner to constantly be met with negative responses to suggestions of things to do, not much engagement and no smiles to funny stories, no laugher, no zest for life, no excitement about the future etc etc

There it is. My one (and only) experience dating a chronic weed smoker. From the reading I have done, my story is not by any means unusual. My ex fell in love with me, wanted a future with me, wanted children with me, was proud over me, felt absolutely so lucky to be with me, yet now he has lost me. And I of course have lost him. I can’t be angry with him. In fact I spent many weeks after our split feeling very sorry for him and like I had abandoned him. Although it took me a few months to make the connection between the drugs and his behaviour, once I confronted him about it he ended up defending and choosing his addiction over us.

I’ve listed the things which made our relationship impossible. But in between these behaviours and issues were of course moments of bliss. A lot of love and a lot of wonderful times. I think these times are what kept me stuck for a few months. I fell in love and I didn’t want the good times to end. It still hurts a lot thinking about ‘what could have been’ but I suspect that’s just an illusion we get lost in when our dreams and fantasies are shattered.

I’ve moved on and if you find yourself in a similar situation to mine then I hope you can too. To any smokers out there struggling with relationships and not understanding why: I really hope you will start listening to the people close to you and trust that they really do see the World more clearly than you ever can. I hope you can realize that it is time to stop making excuses for this horrible drug. It’s not innocent or harmless, it’s ruining lives. You will never quite see just how much until you become free. I wish everyone the best.

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This blog post is about how to avoid relapsing on weed once you have quit.

If you’ve been smoking for years, keeping quit and not picking your habit back up can seem hard,  especially if you have not prepared for life after weed.

Below are three quick tips to help you avoid relapsing once you have quit, so you can stay quit!

Stay away from Cannabis!

This might be one of those “oh man! That’s so obvious!” things to you, but it’s very important and that’s why I wanted to talk to you about it anyway. Staying away from marijuana doesn’t just mean that you’re not going to go ahead and buy it. It also means that you’re not going to go to places where you used to smoke it, or where it’s easily accessible to you. You don’t want to be around marijuana. You can’t smoke if there is nothing to smoke!

Think about triggers to relapse.

Every smoker has triggers that cause them want to smoke. Did you usually smoke after a meal? Did you have a puff when you woke up each morning? Did you wear your favorite jacket as you did it? Did you smoke with specific people and in specific places?

The thing is that as soon as you go to those places, see those people, put on those clothes, you’re going to just start remembering that you want to smoke. You will actually feel the desire to do it because a trigger will have gone off in your head. I know this sounds crazy, but you’re going to trust me on this one. Just identify those triggers and by all means avoid them. Don’t hang out with the same people, don’t go to those same places, just avoid anything that might cause you want a smoke and weaken your determination to stop smoking marijuana.

Find new, non smoking friends.

This one goes without saying, right? You need friends, but your old, smoking, friends will have a bad influence on you, so you need to find some new ones to hang out with. It’s actually easier than you think. Just start meeting new people and you’ll find a friend in no time. When you do and you can trust him, tell him about your addiction and let him know that you’re working on quitting. They’ll be helping hands. It doesn’t mean you can’t see your old friends, but you will move on from some friendships that were based on a mutual addiction.

Staying away from the stuff, meeting new people and avoiding all the triggers that make you want to smoke is a great start on your way to stop smoking marijuana. I have no doubt that you’ll be successful if you follow the tips I outlined in this article.

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QuitMarijuana.org by John Mckee - 1M ago
Launch is imminent – May 1st

It’s been a busy month and almost 20 days since the last update.   QuitMarijuana.Org is completed and ready to roll.   It has been a lot of late nights and weekends getting this thing off the ground.  I am working on getting a programmer to hook up the payment portal to PayPal as well as do a couple of changes to the Quizzes and Exercises in the course content.  All of the modules are completed, translated to the web, and uploaded.

The first two sets groups of people have gone through the program and the feedback has been incredible.    Some people are blazing through the 8 modules in a weekend, others are taking it a day at a time.      The Quit Marijuana Action plan will take you all the way from trying to quit, to actually quitting, to getting through withdrawal and getting on with life.   That’s the beauty of the program.   It’s there when you need it.

I’ll be sending email updates.   You can sign up for email updates on the right side of the blog, or just go to http://quitmarijuana.org

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I tried to quit Marijuana many times…Or I thought I was trying….Normally I would just tell myself that I this was my last bag, and not put any more effort into it than that. Clearly this wasn’t working.    This post is an overview of why I quit smoking weed.  There were some things that felt wrong in my life, and weed was a common factor in many of them.

“If you want to get the the same results, keep doing what you are doing.” is a quote I often heard.  I felt like I was spinning my tires.  Basically, I was smoking weed and not getting things done.

I Knew I Had to Change

I had to change what I was doing. It has been 10 years since I first smoked pot, and 7 of those years have been an excessive, chronic marijuana addiction. Because I was stoned so often, it was easy to ignore all of the growing problems associated with my addiction to weed. I took the time to step back and really evaluate what my marijuana addiction was doing to my life.

Smoking 4 or 5 times a day, every day, chews up A LOT of time. I wrote 4 separate pieces about how Marijuana has negative effects on my life. This is the first stage of the recovery process. It is necessary to identify why I want to quit so that I can quit more driven to quit more easily.

Why I Quit Smoking Weed
  1. Physical Reasons to Quit Marijuana – all of the negative physical effects of being a daily pot smoker.
  2. Psychological Reasons to Quit Marijuana – how marijuana affects my mood, attitude, emotions, and motivation.
  3. Reasons to Quit Marijuana – Relationships – how smoking weed interferes with relationships, social drive, and decision making.
  4. Financial Reasons to Quit Marijuana – the cost of marijuana, and the cost of living the lifestyle of a stoner.   You will be surprised how quickly it adds up.

I hope you find this list helpful. I am will continue to update it. If you have any additions to this list, feel free to add them in the comments of the appropriate page.

There are plenty of reasons people want to quit. I know I covered my personal reasons for why I quit smoking weed and they helped me to keep the motivation and desire to quit when I was going through withdrawal.

Why do You Want To Quit?

Add your comments below.   What clarified your decision to quit?

Most people can’t quit because they don’t know what to expect, or don’t have a plan. If you want to be fully prepared and successful when you stop smoking weed, you gotta check out my free book about marijuana withdrawal.  You can grab it on the main How to Quit Smoking Weed page.

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You can quit smoking weed!

Just like countless people have before you.

You can do it.

You know this.

Still, every time you get close to doing so, something seems to come up. It’s been a rough week and now it’s Friday. Your friend is coming to town. You still have some left. You need to get over a certain hump in your life first.

The list goes on and on, but the result is the same: you don’t quit smoking weed.

If this sounds familiar, then the real problem isn’t weed; it’s procrastination. In this piece, we’re going to show you how to quit procrastinating for good when it comes to saying goodbye to weed.

Come Up with a New Habit

Whether it’s smoking weed, drinking, watching TV or biting your nails – no bad habit can simply be ripped out of your life without putting something in its place.

In other words, your mind doesn’t like vacuums. If you are going to quit a habit, you have to give it a new one.

This should be really, really exciting. Not only can you quit smoking weed, but you can begin doing something that will improve your life anymore.

Ideally, pick something that will fill the emotional void weed may leave behind. For example, if marijuana helps you relax, find a new habit that will do the same. It could be yoga or meditation. It could be something on the exact opposite side of the spectrum like working out.

Whatever the case, find a new positive habit you can practice in place of smoking marijuana.

Build a Habit of Starting

Here’s another fantastic way you can use habits to beat your addiction to weed.

What is procrastination really, when you get down to it?

Isn’t it just you putting off the start of a project?

The vast majority of the time, once you’ve started, don’t you finish? It’s just that first part that makes things so impossible, right?

Therefore, the solution is to make a habit out of getting started. When you feel the urge to smoke weed, jump into your new habit immediately. Again, if it’s yoga, make it a habit to grab your mat and head to the studio or slip in the DVD and begin working out in your living room.

You can also do the inverse when it comes to marijuana. Once you begin the process of packing a bowl or rolling a joint, it’s going to be really difficult to stop. When the urge comes, you should initiate your new habit or, at the very least, simply put off starting the process. Use procrastination to your advantage.

Reward Yourself in Healthy Ways

It’s important that “not smoking weed” doesn’t become “living like a monk.” You can still love life and still, every now and then, treat yourself.

Maybe you have a sweet tooth. If you make it a week without smoking weed, dive into whatever sugary treat makes you happiest.

If you can afford it, let yourself buy that new piece of tech you’ve had your eye on. It might even serve as a reminder of how much you have to look forward to with marijuana out of your life.

Leverage Every Moment of Motivation

Even with good habits, the path to being weed-free is going to be a slow and gradual process. One way to help yourself take major leaps forward is by making the most of those moments when you feel really, really motivated.

We’re talking about the times you feel on top of the world and are convinced you’ll never smoke again. It’s then that you should throw away all your expensive pipes, delete the names of your dealers, make large bets with friends about never smoking again or sign up for athletic competitions you’ll need to train for.

Any one of these things will make it harder to get started (there’s that word again) on your old habit of smoking weed.

Maybe you’re feeling one of those moments now? If so, strike while the iron is hot and begin a new, healthier habit to replace marijuana.

Here’s a first step:  Get the free-ebook “The Truth About Marijuana Withdrawal” now.

Source:

http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2015/01/how-to-stop-procrastinating/

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For many smokers of marijuana, the use of pesticides is a huge concern. Pesticides can be any number of harmful, toxic chemicals the industrial growers of plants use. Pesticides control the number of pests – bugs and insects, most often – that like to feed on the plants being grown.  Unfortunately, pesticides aren’t very good for people to consume. They’re made and distributed to kill pests – why wouldn’t they hurt humans, as well? Marijuana smokers are wondering how much risk they take when smoking cannabis.   Are There Pesticides, Herbicides and Chemicals in The Weed You’re Smoking?

This article answers the following questions:

  • Are pesticides used often when growing marijuana?
  • If they are, what sort of pesticides are in use?
  • Are the pesticides harmful to human health when consumed?
  • What can I do to reduce the damage from cannabis-related pesticides?
How Often Are Pesticides Used In Marijuana Cultivation?

Despite marijuana having the popular nickname of weed, this article’s not about herbicides. It’s about the insecticides that are sometimes used to keep crops of marijuana free from bugs.

For many years, people suspected without much evidence that crop growers were using pesticides on their marijuana. In recent years, many growers have been issuing recalls on lots of products across nations where marijuana is used medicinally.

Several provinces in Canada have issued massive recalls on marijuana products produced in the country. They were tainted with traces of a pesticide that has been banned in the country for some time.

Health Canada confirmed these recalls and confirmed that at least two of them had used the banned chemicals bifenazate and myclobutanil.

  • Bifenazate
  • Myclobutanil is a fungicide is allowed in small amounts on food crops. The digestive system can metabolize smaller amounts of the chemical without toxicity. It is not approved for use on any plants that are combusted, such as incense, tobacco or cannabis. Myclobutanil is known to release hydrogen cyanide when heated, which is much more toxic than the pesticide itself.

With marijuana growers being apprehended and pounds of product being recalled for the use of pesticides, it’s no secret that industrial marijuana growers use pesticides. A constant series of health and safety recalls throughout the United States has given medical users of cannabis reason to be wary of what product they use.

It’s possible that pesticide use is increasing throughout the United States and Canada. There are a number of potential reasons for that.

  • The structure of the cannabis industry in a few states has spurred a lot of inexperienced growers into the industry. With a huge pressure to increase the supply of marijuana, growers were struggling to meet quotas and may have started using more pesticides.
  • Washington’s Liquor & Cannabis board was more concerned about the final product than the process of developing it. They did strict testing for residual molds, fungi and bugs – but didn’t test for residual pesticides. There’s no assistance from federal organizations who would have better testing methods, since cannabis is still federally illegal.
  • Some pesticide manufactures undersell the dangers of their products. Farmers who are naive or just work in good faith might purchase these products after being told they’re perfectly healthy.
What Sort Of Pesticides, Herbicides and Fungicides Are Used In Marijuana?

The Cannabist has compiled a list of the five most commonly used illegal pesticides in the marijuana industry.

  • Myclobutanil was described earlier.
  • Imidacloprid is an insecticide. The World Health Organization considers it ‘moderately hazardous,’ and it’s somewhat toxic when ingested or inhaled.
  • Abamectin and other chemicals in the avermectin family are insecticides. Avid, the brand which distributes abamectin, says it’s harmful when inhaled.
  • Etoxazole is another insecticide. Its main use for ornamental and landscape plants, not on products consumed by people.
  • Spiromesifen is an insecticide. It’s branded by Oberon, Judo and Forbid.

Traces of these pesticides were what caused the massive amount of recalls across Canada and the United States. This article links to some of the pesticides uncovered in Washington State’s observation of pesticides used in marijuana. The Colorado Pesticide Applicator Act indicates which pesticides are supposed to be used and prohibits the use of pesticides aside from their labelled usage.

Are The Chemicals Used In Marijuana Cultivation Harmful?

Yep! There’s been quite a bit of research done in this regard. Jeff Raber, founder of a cannabis analysis lab known as the Werc Shop, has been testing marijuana and publishing his results in scientific journals.

A joint study Raber did with Nicholas Sullivan studied pesticide residue in the smoke from marijuana. They intentionally used pesticides on their marijuana, and then combusted it. They tested the amount of pesticide residue that made it through the smoking device. It turns out that people smoking with glass pipes inhaled up to 65 percent of the pesticides. Bong users take in about half. All these pesticides are directly absorbed through the lungs into the bloodstream.

This is quite a high percentage. Nobody wants to inhale toxic chemicals, so inhaling cannabis smoke that’s been treated with toxic chemicals is a dangerous practice.

This is particularly dangerous for medical cannabis users. People who are using the plant to treat a serious illness are compromising their immune system even more by inhaling toxic chemicals. These can exacerbate the currently existing conditions and make the health of the user much worse.

Weed Concentrates Contain More Pesticide Residue

Consuming cannabis concentrates – oil, shatter, etc. – have been studied to have much higher amounts of pesticides in them. Since the inactive components in the weed – plant matter and cannabinoids that aren’t active – are being reduced, the concentration of active cannabinoids are higher.

Since there isn’t a regulated procedure for eliminating toxic residue from cannabis products, the amount of pesticides in these products is much higher. Extraction devices that are continually contaminated with toxic products – even those that are just cleaned with toxic chemicals –  can cross-contaminate the marijuana.

How Dangerous Are These Compounds?

It’s hard to say. You can’t really specify, with the data we have, exactly how much of which pesticides will do what kind of damage. There are different types of toxicity to attend to, which makes studying the damage a long-term process.

  • Acute toxicity occurs quickly after the chemical is ingested. It can leave scars on tissues or otherwise injure your internal organs.
  • Long-term toxicity may not seem like a problem at first, but with repeated ingestion of toxic chemicals, your body can begin to degenerate. Long-term toxicity is hard to study at first because oftentimes, the effects don’t appear for years after the chemicals have been ingested. Cigarette smoke is a good example of long-term toxicity that wasn’t made apparent to the public for years after cigarettes became popular.

There is also discrepancies among different government regulation agencies. The FDA doesn’t approve paclobutrazol for use on food, but the European Union has approved it for specific foods.

Since the dangers aren’t fully understood, King County’s Public Health Department in Seattle issued an advisory. They say that since science hasn’t been able to fully explain the damage pesticides do to our bodies, users must be aware of the potential risk from inhaling or ingesting such compounds.

Study hasn’t begun on a federal level because the plant is still considered federally illegal. This, coupled with cannabis growers who don’t want to start regulating their growing techniques, has slowed the process of pesticide study.

How Can I Reduce The Risk Of Inhaling Pesticides From Cannabis?

There’s a couple ways you can reduce the risk of inhaling pesticides.

  • You can ask your local dispensary if they have any products that are specifically tested for pesticides. Get details – find out where the testing was done, what was tested for, etc. You may have to pay more for these products because organic farming methods cost a bit more money. However, the more people demand organic products, the more will begin appearing on shelves.
  • You can buy homegrown weed. If you want to avoid the often illicit transaction, unless you find a dispensary that supplies homegrown marijuana. Homegrown marijuana is often grown by locals on a smaller scale. It’s not as strong, typically, as industrially grown weed, but it’s also likely to be less coated with pesticides.
  • You can raise awareness about cannabis pesticide usage. Starting a page on Facebook or a local gathering to oppose pesticides can have long-lasting effects.

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Woody Harrelson. A lot of people think his name goes hand-in-hand with celebrity pot smoking. For years, he was one of Hollywood’s most proud tokers. He recently stated in an interview, though, that he quit smoking weed.

“I am a party animal… but on the other hand…. I actually stopped smoking pot a year ago.”

What?! Woody Harrelson quit smoking pot? But…. he’s advocated it for so long!

He says that it’s been so long since he’s quit smoking but that to start up again now would be silly. He knows himself, and he knows his vices – and he knows that if he started smoking weed again, he’d be right back to where he was before. A chronic.

Not that he thinks there’s anything wrong with smoking pot. He’s still got his other vices, as well – the man still drinks alcohol.

The point here is that if someone who advocates marijuana as much as Woody Harrelson was able to quit, then you should be able to quit too.

“I feel like it was keeping me emotionally unavailable,” he says. This is something that a lot of pot smokers fail to realize – chronic smoking does affect your emotional state. You may feel content and happy, but there are other emotions that should be addressed that are easy to overlook when you’re cheeched.

A lot of marijuana smokers think that, since so many famous people smoke the herb, that they have no reason to quit. What a lot of them don’t look at is how many famous folk quit smoking marijuana. Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga, Natalie Portman, Paul Mccartney – all these celebrities had  serious pot habits, and all have since renounced them.

Quitting marijuana causes a number of cognitive effects. It’s like a kind of withdrawal, but it’s a lot different than withdrawal from other drugs. It affects your emotions much more than your body.

  • You may become anxious after quitting weed, but this can be worked through. It can be a surprise to return to life without marijuana as a crutch.
  • Many folks find it difficult to cope with the return of intense emotions. A lot of people find their emotions slightly numbed when smoking copious amounts of marijuana.
  • They experience slight changes in perception that differ from what they’re used to when smoking weed on the daily.

These things might sound tough to deal with, but they’re really just a part of dealing with normal life. The withdrawal is basically a readjustment period. You’re returning to the way you felt before smoking marijuana on the regular.

If someone with a chronic habit that spanned multiple decades can quit smoking weed without anybody in the media taking notice, then I’m sure you can do it too. Life is still beautiful when viewed through a clear lens – and this is what all these celebrities came to realize.

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After reading a powerful article about the effects of fear, I’ve come to realize that understanding fear is important for understanding many other things. Everyone experiences fear at some point. The typical response to a fearful situation is the fight or flight response. To flight is to run from what you’re afraid of, and to fight is to work to destroy it.  Let’s look at why you may be afraid to quit smoking weed.

There are things to be learned from fear, though – things that don’t require a fight or flight response. If you seek to understand why you feel fear, instead of running from it or trying to destroy it, you can learn a lot of different things about yourself.

Among these things is the relationship between an individual and chronic drug use. A lot of addicts maintain their drug addictions because they’re afraid to quit. They’re afraid to return to sober life, they’re afraid to lose the connections they’ve built, they’re afraid to face the reality that they’re hiding from.

Marijuana smokers aren’t often faced with the daunting problems that addiction to hard drugs create. Still, there is undoubtedly an aspect of addiction that daily pot smokers must face. Daily users of marijuana often have a very hard time returning to life without marijuana. In many ways, it’s likely that fear is one of the underlying causes that stops them from quitting.

What Does Fear Mean To You?

The article goes to redefine fear under several different acronyms. Each of these can be memorized and used as a mantra during fearful situations. If you apply these definitions to fear and change your response to frightening situations, you can learn to overcome that fear.

Overcoming fear is more effective than fighting or running from it. It provides a deeper understanding as to why you feel fear. This allows you to avoid any fearful situations that might cause negative reactions in the future.

F.E.A.R. : For Everything A Reason

Behind every scared little boy, every anxious poet standing on stage in front of a thousand people, and every other kind of fear, there is a reason.

Why do you smoke weed? What’s the reason behind it? Are you hiding from something? Are you trying to alter your perspective so you don’t have to see what reality’s showing you? A lot of people use marijuana to ease their anxiety and stress. This shows a state of fear – they’re afraid of facing their stress and anxiety from a sober mindstate and eliminating it without marijuana.

Once you understand that your use of marijuana is guided by fear, you can begin to understand the problems that led you to using it in the first place. If you’re afraid of dealing with something – be it a mental state, like anxiety, or an external situation – smoking weed doesn’t cure the problem. It might be a nice bandage, but you won’t be able to cure your problems until you acknowledge them.

For those who smoke weed regularly to combat mental problems, they find sober life difficult. Without marijuana, they are high-strung, depressed, or anxious. Weed is their crutch, and they’re so reliant on it that sober life becomes unbearable.

F.E.A.R. Face Everything And Recover

A lot of people are afraid of the prospect of recovery. Be it recovery from past trauma, recovery from abusive relationships, or recovyfrom addiction – many people remain entrenched in these situations because of their fear of rehabilitation.

For those who use marijuana chronically, the thought of recovery can be scary. If they’re using marijuana to bandage deep-seeded issues, facing these issues can seem frightening. They will no longer have their crutch and will be forced to battle the problem head-on.

A lot of people require counseling, or at least support from family and friends, to overcome fear. If you’ve been using something to help you avoid facing your problems, it’s not easy to get rid of that something. Often, people avoid dealing with it and end up stuck with the same problems. Reaching out to friends, family, and support groups can be a lifesaver for people who use marijuana as a crutch.

F.E.A.R. Find Excuses And Reasons

“Life isn’t fun without weed.”

“All my friends smoke weed, so I have no choice.”

Two things that are not uncommon to hear among pot-smokers who don’t believe that their use is a problem. People are quick to make up excuses to hide the fact that they’re afraid of something. Sometimes fear is seen as a sign of weakness, and nobody wants to appear weak.

Unfortunately, in terms of addiction, using excuses only solidifies the problem. Life is not boring without marijuana, and it’s possible to have friends who smoke weed and enjoy their presence without partaking yourself. These sorts of excuses create a continual cycle where the user believes they can’t function without marijuana. Meanwhile, their dependence will spiral out of control. The user is convinced that they don’t have a problem and that there’s nothing wrong with what they’re doing.

The real reason underneath a chronic habit is almost always fear. Fear of judgment, fear of acceptance, fear of boredom, fear of pain. Making excuses for the daily use of marijuana is making an excuse for you not to have to deal with these issues.

While it may not seem too terrible to smoke weed everyday, it would be even better to not to have to worry about running out of marijuana! If the plant suddenly became hard to come by, you’d be left with all these underlying issues and forced to cope with them without any idea of how to do so.

At least consider the reasons behind your chronic use of marijuana, and try to understand them. If you smoke it because your friends smoke it, don’t be so afraid of finding new friends or facing your current friends sober. If you smoke it because you’re bored when sober, find out what it is about marijuana that makes things more interesting and try to replicate that. There are always solutions that are better than giving in to your fear.

F.E.A.R. Frantic Effort to Avoid Reality

As we’ve mentioned, a lot of people use marijuana everyday to put a screen between them and their reality. If you’re stressed, anxious, and depressed as a sober individual, then that is a reality that you should face and improve upon. Using marijuana to avoid this reality may seem effective, but there are still bound to be times when the depression and anxiety make themselves felt, even through your self-medication.

Since marijuana doesn’t impair your reality that much, it can be easy to believe that you’re still facing your problems on a daily basis. You can still think, analyze, observe, and make judgments when you’re stoned. The problem isn’t an inability to judge reality – it’s the inability to accept that your baseline reality has a problem. This problem is what makes you feel that marijuana is necessary.

These problems need to be addressed from a sober standpoint if they’re ever going to be fixed. Continuing to avoid the reality of your problems is unhealthy and tends to make them worse.

F.E.A.R. False Evidence Appearing Real

The article states that, while danger is real, fear is not. Fear is a product of our thoughts. It’s something that we create in anticipation of an unpleasant situation, but it really does nothing to help us. It only makes us apprehensive, over-cautious, and paranoid. Understanding the reason behind your fear is the key component to eliminating it.

A lot of people who use drugs regularly create false evidence to justify their usage. They create a reality in their minds that is unmanageable without the drugs they use. They believe their stress is unbeatable, or that their depression will never go away.

These things are not true, and they do not have to hold you back from having a healthy sober life. The first step towards recovering and fixing these things is acknowledging the fear that has prevented you from trying to recover.

F.E.A.R. Forget Everything And Run

A lot of people with addictions are running from something. They’re running away from the reality that they don’t want to face. The more they continue to use, the further they distance themselves from the chances of fixing their problems.

The easiest solution when faced with any sort of difficult problem is, for a lot of people, to avoid it. As we mentioned earlier though, this is part of the fight or flight response. Neither of these choices benefit you in the long run. The only chance you have to overcome your issues is to stand strong and face them head-on.

Fear Is The Real Reason For Most Chronic Habits

You now know that fear works its way into the mind in a very subtle way. People act out and do things habitually without even realizing that they’re afraid of avoiding the alternative.

What are you afraid of? Identify the reason behind your fear first. The 10 most common uses of marijuana can almost entirely be routed back to being caused by fear. They are:

  1. Marijuana as medicine. The user is afraid of pain or medical complications. (For chronic conditions, this is a completely reasonable reason to use marijuana. The underlying mechanism of     fear, however, is the same. Fear.)
  2. For the effect of THC. This is kind of a no-brainer and I don’t know why they included this on the list, since every other entry on the list relies on THC’s effects.
  3. To relieve stress, anxiety, anger, etc. Fear of these emotions, or fear of an inability to prevent what might happen when they are acted out on.
  4. Popular culture endorsing marijuana. People who cater to pop culture norms are often afraid of individualism and expressing what they truly support.
  5. Low perception of harm. I can’t really imagine anyone using marijuana solely     because “it doesn’t hurt you.” Neither does throwing apples at the wall, but people don’t do that everyday.
  6. The opportunity to try marijuana presents itself. Again, there are other underlying factors here that would need to be addressed. Why would they agree to try marijuana? Likely because of one of the other reasons.
  7. Peer or family pressure. The fear of not being accepted to the fullest by your peers or family members.
  8. Being     born to believe that marijuana is non-taboo. In families where marijuana is regularly smoked, people can be raised to believe that it’s totally fine to smoke. Somewhere down the line, though, this generation-spanning habit likely originated out of     fear.
  9. Curiosity. Fear of having lived without experiencing something that could be great.
  10. To relax. Fear of restlessness or anxiety in a sober mindstate.

You can see that most reasoning behind the chronic use of marijuana is, in some way, related to fear. This isn’t bad – it’s just a different perspective. It’s a perspective that can help chronic users find a path towards huge personal growth.

Turning Fear Into Success

To turn this fear into success, you must first acknowledge it. That’s the toughest part.

Let’s look at a couple examples.

  • You use marijuana because you were pressured into it.
    • That’s the surface reason. The fear beneath that is that you are worried that your friends won’t accept you if you don’t smoke weed.
  • To work towards personal growth and success in this regard, identify that you’re afraid of what people think of you.
    • Talk to your friends.
    • Ask them if they actually care whether or not you smoke weed.
    • Chances are, they won’t care.
    • If they do care, then chances are, they aren’t friends worth keeping around.
  • You use marijuana because it’s all the rage in popular culture and the cool kids in your town do it.
    • That’s the surface reason. The underlying fear is that you don’t think you have enough to offer. You’re afraid that your core personality isn’t cool enough for the pop-culture crew to accept you.
  • To overcome this fear, realize that the only reason pop-culture is popular is because a lot of people conform to it. This means that a lot of people might not be living their lives to the fullest extent. They might not understand entirely who they are.
    • You can use this opportunity to do things how you want to do them.
    • Don’t follow cultural norms just because other people follow them.
    • Follow your heart and see where it takes you.
    • Oftentimes you’ll find yourself going against the norm. A lot of the world’s most popular musicians and artists became this way by fighting against the norm! Express yourself to the fullest, always.

Overcoming fear can be difficult. You might need to find new friends. You might need to find a therapist and overcome some deep-seated mental issues. You might even end up moving to a new town to find a group of people who welcome you with open arms – even when sober.

Conclusion

The reality is that fear does not get you anywhere, and that actions taken as a response to fear only kick the problem under the bed. This allows the problem to flourish and become more serious, making it more and more difficult to eliminate.

Facing that problem takes courage and determination. It will likely cause a lot more fear before you’re able to fully acknowledge it. Doing this can be scary, but it will be worth it. The rewards that you can reap after conquering your fears will follow you throughout the rest of your life.

The key to doing this is staying present in the moment and following the goals you’ve set for yourself. When you know what you truly want, no obstacle will stand in your way.

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While the debate surrounding the pros and cons of marijuana legalization continues to rage, the negative effects of marijuana are often played down by mainstream media and the marijuana lobby. Stats about the benefits of medicalised marijuana for those suffering from long term pain and other debilitating illnesses are often quoted, but the link between marijuana and cancer is often unreported, and many people are unaware that such a link even exists.

The fact is marijuana usage poses more health risks than most people realize. According to the New England Journal review, these risks include  an increased likelihood of developing lung problems, such as inflammation of the airways, exacerbating the symptoms of chronic bronchitis and also leading to an increased risk of developing pneumonia and other respiratory infections. Even more terrifyingly, there is also a clear link between smoking marijuana and developing lung cancer.

The reasons for this are fairly self-explanatory: marijuana is usually mixed with tobacco and, unlike cigarettes, isn’t smoked through a filter which can help reduce the amount of harmful chemicals that enter your system. Because of this, marijuana smoke contains between 50% and 70% more cancer-causing chemicals and substances than tobacco smoke.

Marijuana and Cancer Link: Verified By Extensive Studies

Whether marijuana can directly cause cancer is very complicated. It is clear that tobacco causes cancer, and extensive research has been undertaken that shows that tobacco use can lead to significantly increased likelihood of developing lung cancer. B

Because of the way marijuana is smoked and generally combined with tobacco, therefore, it’s fair to say that smoking marijuana will lead to an increased cancer risk. But does marijuana itself, taken in isolation, lead to lung cancer? There is significant research to suggest that it does, although further investigation is still being undertaken: there are huge similarities between tobacco and marijuana smoke, with them having at least 50 cancer causing carcinogens in common.

One of those carcinogens that they have in common is benzyprene, which we know causes cancer by modifying a gene called p53, which is the gene which works to suppress tumors. Cancer occurs in individuals who have faulty or modified p53 genes: as well as being linked to lung cancer, the p53 gene is also linked to several other forms of cancer.

Combine this with the fact that marijuana is generally smoked much more slowly, and inhaled much more deeply, than tobacco and we are left with a situation where marijuana users are at an increased cancer risk, often without any awareness of the dangers that they are putting their bodies under.

Extensive anti-tobacco campaigns and education systems focus on the health risks of smoking tobacco, particularly on the increased cancer risks that smokers experience. However anti marijuana campaigns tend to focus on the mental health issues that smoking pot can lead to, and on the dubious concept of marijuana as a gateway drug. Perhaps by educating marijuana users on the health risks they are putting their bodies under, we can help them to finally quit.

-By Gemma Carter

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