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Thinking about ditching your marijuana habit?

Well if you’re a heavy smoker you surely know the pros and cons of it and know that though marijuana can be enjoyable, heavy use is not without consequences.

Does your habit give you more or less than it takes? ...Quitting can be tough, but is the payoff worth the effort?

Overcoming ambivalence is an important step toward meaningful and lasting lifestyle change. Quitting marijuana can be hard and there are probably some aspects of your marijuana habit that remain enjoyable. If you’re ambivalent about quitting you probably won’t make it too far in an attempt to break free.

But if after thinking things over you truly believe that a drug-free lifestyle would improve your quality of life you can overcome your ambivalence to change – and once you’re committed to change and willing to do what’s necessary to achieve your goals, you have a much greater chance of success.

So is quitting marijuana worth the effort?

To help you make up your own mind on this very central question, here are some of the benefits of quitting, contributed by people who have managed to quit heavy marijuana habits.

The Benefits of Quitting Marijuana

We found all of the benefits of quitting listed below in personal account posts within internet recovery forums.1 To see the original posts where these description came from please follow the link in the footnotes below.

In no particular order:

  1. Gaining clarity in thinking
  2. Becoming more articulate - No longer embarrassed during intellectual conversations with others
  3. Noticing an improvement in memory
  4. Feeling an increase in energy
  5. Needing less sleep
  6. Not worrying about getting arrested or having legal problems
  7. Not worrying about having to hide a habit from children or family members
  8. Having more free time - No longer needing to ‘steal’ all that time from my work, family and hobbies to find time to get high and to find and buy drugs
  9. Having more cash - No longer wasting so much money on weed but also no longer wasting so much time high that could have went to productive activities
  10. Reduced feelings of anxiety and depression
  11. Feeling more able to have meaningful interactions
  12. More able to cope with stress - More likely to actually deal with problems and sources of stress instead of just getting high – greatly reducing overall stress levels.
  13. No more paranoia
  14. Feeling more self respect
  15. No mindless ‘munchies’ feeding sessions
  16. Having clear lungs and being able to breather better
  17. Handling mood changes better
  18. No longer hanging out with shady drug dealers/supporting organized crime
  19. Hanging out with people are truly friends rather than people who are just people to use drugs with
  20. Better personal fitness
  21. Having dreams at night again
  22. Improved personal appearance
  23. Improved sense of smell
  24. More patience
  25. No more treating those around us badly because we are coming down or in need of THC
  26. Feeling truly rested after a good night’s sleep (rather than slightly burnt out)
  27. Performing better on the job
  28. House is not so messy anymore
  29. Improved communication skills
  30. Less guilty feelings - No more feeling like you’re lying to people all the time while you’re hiding your marijuana activities and highs
  31. No more avoiding people you love because you are too stoned to interact with them
  32. Increased openness to emotional experiences
  33. Not having to worry about running out of pot anymore
  34. Easier to get out of bed in the morning
  35. An increased ability to experience simple pleasures in life without needing to be high
  36. A better relationship with a romantic partner
  37. An improved concentration level
  38. More self confidence (able to overcome marijuana habit)
  39. More ready to continue with self improvement in other areas of life
  40. Increased real creativity (able to produce stuff that makes some degree of sense to other people…not having so called ‘great’ ideas every night that you can’t remember or explain by the morning)
  41. Increased possibilities for adventure and growth (doing things other than just sitting around getting high and watching TV or playing computer games)
  42. Feeling more in touch with a wide range of emotions and moods, instead of just self medicating with weed all the time to stay ‘happy’ at all times.
  43. More able to feel real happiness instead of ‘fake’ happiness
  44. Performing better at work, no longer behind on projects all the time
  45. No more worrying about whether you still you smell like that joint you smoked not long ago when in public situations. No more worrying about the smell of pot in the house when the doorbell rings unexpectedly. No more panicking when you’re walking down the road high with a sack in your pocket right toward a couple of police officers.
  46. Better overall health = getting sick less often
  47. No longer rushing to get away from non-smoking friends and loved ones to get home and smoke alone!
  48. Don’t have to worry about where and when to get high when visiting with family over the holidays
  49. No longer feeling panicked when local supplies dry up temporarily
  50. More able to focus in on what you’re doing – and to actually finish something up before moving on to the next thing!
  51. Good moods don’t expire as a high wanes down – good moods can last all day.
  52. Always ready to respond if needed to an emergency situation (there is nothing worse than having to take a child to the ER while stoned off your head)
  53. More able to really fit as a team member at work
  54. Able to inspire other people in my life to change unhealthy habits
  55. Improved singing voice – tuning guitars with others doesn’t take FOREVER – improvised solos get more creative…can actually remember all the lyrics to songs!
  56. Old and long forgotten memories start creeping back into my brain
  57. No more needing to worry about the look of my eyes – no more needing to constantly use eye drops
  58. More self confidence to stand up for myself (instead of just wanting to escape notice so no would know that I was high)
  59. More able to look at what is making me unhappy in my life and working to improve myself – instead of just lighting up for a very temporary solution to my sadness
  60. I am more reliable without weed – more likely to finish what I start and more likely to do what I say I will do
  61. Feeling less apathetic about things
  62. When high didn’t feel comfortable taking classes with other people (social anxiety and paranoia) now can take yoga and other classes to improve myself.
  63. Can feel natural highs now
  64. Can see better in full sunlight without needing sunglasses
  65. Better able to connect sexually with my partner when not high all the time
  66. No more scary chest pains
  67. No more having to obsess about whether or not I should quit or about the damage my drug use was doing to my relationships and career
  68. No more worrying about germs when sharing a joint or a pie with others
  69. No more wasting time trying to hook up with a dealer
  70. No more dark circles under the eyes all the time
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