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Why I Quit Smoking Weed

Updated on August 13, 2015
Cannibus Sativa
Cannibus Sativa | Source

Why I smoked weed to begin with

When I was a teenager, in the late 90s/early 2000s, I smoked weed occasionally. Pot, ganja, mary jane, chronic, skunk, marijuana... whatever you want to call it. I wouldn't say I was addicted, I didn't even really have enough time to form an addiction. I mostly only smoked with friends- if they were smoking, and they were sharing, I wouldn't turn it down. I didn't really seek it out, and I only actually bought my own once- and I got ripped off.

Now, anyone who knows me, knows that I am a giggling fool even without any help from chemicals... but when I got high- I laughed the entire time, so hard that no sound would come out any more and I usually didn't even know why. Laughing produces hormones and neurotransmitters- I think I was even higher on that than the pot a lot of the time. I loved the happy feeling that pot gave me. I have to admit, I still look back at that feeling fondly.

And the hobbyist aspect of it- all the bowls, and rollers, and different papers or blunt wrappers, and ice bongs, water bongs, gravity bongs, vaporizers... not to mention cooking with cannabis. I mean, it is a really rich, time consuming, and interesting hobby. I was always more of a bystander to my more involved friends, but it's almost like "car guys" that spend the whole day in the garage and collect every tool and part and have opinions about brands and models and dealers, and can go on talking about cars all day. From a strictly social standpoint, it was an effective way to bond with that group of people.

Cannabis sativa in Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
Cannabis sativa in Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge | Source
Cannabis crop
Cannabis crop | Source

The last time I smoked marijuana

I believe I was 19, if memory serves me- I was living in a 3 bedroom apartment with anywhere from 8-10 people living in it depending on the week. It was a really decent place- not in a bad part of town at all, and a well-maintained building. It was sort of our own little Bohemia. There was never a dull moment there. One of the roommates was an ex of mine that I was still close to, and I was close to his entire family. His parents were hardcore drug addicts, and sadly, in that time when I was taking few things seriously, they were often the butt of jokes because of their abnormal behavior. For some reason, they left me and his younger sister alone in the apartment with a bag of weed. We went and got a gravity bong that another roommate had made, which we weren't supposed to be touching, and proceeded to get high. And higher.

And then it got weird...

...OK, it was already weird- but that was a weird that I was accustomed to at the time. That weed, and the way we smoked it, and how much we smoked, got me higher than I have ever been. I remember walking around in circles through the kitchen, down the hallway, and back in the other side of the kitchen, over and over and over again- and time made no sense to me anymore. I could have just started walking in that circle, or I could have been doing it for days (turns out it was an hour or more). Everything real melted away and there was no more of me left. I started freaking out, and the ICP album that she was playing was freaking me out more too. I felt like I was on fire and I couldn't tell what I was actually doing and what was in my head, and then I started having terrible chest pains. It was like I had gotten hit in the chest with a thousand ton wrecking ball. Next thing I knew, she was freaking out about hiding the drugs and then there were paramedics at the door. I think I may or may not have been sexually inappropriate with the guy trying to save my life too. Then I opened my eyes and I was in the ambulance and they had used defibrillator paddles on me. Just before I was taken from the ambulance to the ER, I told the EMT that I just want my best friend Kit to know I love her.

What had happened was-

The next thing I remember was being woken up by a nurse and all of the high was gone, and I just felt like I had been hit by a bus. All she said was, "Do you need to call someone to take you home?" and pointed to the phone. No one else talked to me. I feel like I was written off because I had "done it to myself". No one was going to tell me what had happened or if I needed any follow-up care. I made a few phone calls and got someone to pick me up and give me a place to sleep off the rest of the night.

In the height of embarrassment, I actually found out more about my "incident" from my sister who was in medical records at another medical facility where the ER doctor's home office apparently was. I come from a very conservative Catholic family, who would have found me drinking a beer shocking at that point. Apparently there had been a blood and urine tox screen done in the ER and everything they tested for was positive. Apparently this bag of weed was all the dust and crumbs of every other drug their parents were doing. I had gone into cardiac arrest and they had detected damage to a valve in my heart. Sure would have been nice to know this- to be told this by a doctor, or sent home with some paperwork that at least said to follow-up. Anything. Instead, luckily, but very embarrassingly, I had to find out all of this from my sister.

Ice Bong, aka Chilly Billy Bong
Ice Bong, aka Chilly Billy Bong | Source
Spliff, Joint, Twig, Dooby, Jay
Spliff, Joint, Twig, Dooby, Jay | Source


Like I said, I hadn't smoked for long or that often, so it wasn't like I needed drug rehab and counseling to quit. That traumatic event pretty much just shook it all out of me, and I changed my entire life from that day forward.

I personally believe that the marijuana that's out there today is so far removed from nature and the pot that they had in the 70s- even the 90s. It is genetically engineered, bred, and grown for potency now. With every generation it gets more and more hardcore. I am for legalization and heavy regulation to ensure that it is relatively weak and completely safe. If it had been legal, I wouldn't have gotten every drug known to man into my bloodstream.

Especially with how potent it is today, it can be very addicting. I've heard arguments about whether it's a chemical or psychological addiction, and I can't speak on that, but I do know that it is addicting. I've seen friends who were "wake and bakers" go through hell to quit smoking even for a short period so that they could pass a drug test. You can't tell me that wasn't addiction. They needed it to get through the day. They needed it to get to "normal".

Help Quitting Marijuana

I wish I had known about this one sooner, but I had taken things like St. John's Wort, Valerian root, Siberian Ginseng and 5-HTP, before. I recently stumbled on this site for Cannitrol- an herbal blend that reduces anxiety, and improves mood and concentration. Because I've tried several of the ingredients this product, I can almost certainly say this would be effective. These are good herbs that do exactly what they claim. And other product I've seen for this before, actually contain legal derivatives of the cannabis plant which may show up in drug tests.

As you know from my other hubs, I'm very interested in nutrition and supplements. I would love to hear from anyone who has used herbals like this to quit smoking.

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    • HydroponicWeed profile image

      HydroponicWeed 3 years ago

      You're missing out! Give it another shot. Just don't become an unproductive turd :)

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      Matthew Ryczko 4 years ago from Ohio

      I definitely don't think that pot is "bad" in and of itself. It's not for me, and I think there are definite dangers which it being illegal has fostered. And just like anything- there's a level at which use is not a problem, and a level at which use becomes abuse, and is a problem. I'm not here to judge or say that no one should smoke weed. Thank you for sharing your experience, ShyeAnne!

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      ShyeAnne 4 years ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

      I am sorry you had such an awful experience. Having said that, I am a regular pot smoker. I only smoke weed that is organic and comes from a familiar source. I do not see marijuana as any kind of boogeyman bad drug at all if you know where and how your herb is produced. I am not going to was poetic on the benefits of marijuana, I will say though, that I used to be a heavy drug user back in the day. If you can imagine it, I did it. I was also extremely alcoholic. I was able, by the grace of god and hard work, to come to a place of peace and leave all substances behind. Years later, I was anorexic and ill. I went to visit an aunt. She is a pot smoker and I started smoking with her. Today I am a productive, intelligent and energetic member of society. I thank the universe for providing this kind and gentle herb to help me relax, focus, have an appetite and sleep well. This is simply my experience. No hater comments please.

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      Pamela-anne 4 years ago from Miller Lake

      Wow that must have been such a nightmare for you to go through; thank god you survived it! I guess mixing any drugs is a dangerous business especially when you don't even know you are mixing them! I don't think smoking pot is bad on it's own but in moderation. We start to have big problems when we overindulge in most things. Thanks for sharing your story enjoyed the read take care.

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      Matthew Ryczko 5 years ago from Ohio

      It is scary, and that's one of the main reasons that I support legalization. Though I will never try it again, I definitely think that outlawing marijuana just makes everyone who does partake, outlaws- and that creates a much riskier situation. Thank you for your feedback!

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      Tim Abresinos 5 years ago from California

      I really enjoyed this read. It's a great story and definitely an experience to learn from. The fact that you might have taken PCP, Methadone, Ketamine, and other narcotics with your marijuana is frightening to me.

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared. For sure marijuana should be regulated and labeled, so that those who choose to use it can know a batch's potency level, whether it is organic , and what, if any, other drugs have been added -- like booze is regulated as to potency and who can drink it to what extent where.

      I used marijuana occasionally for some months in the late 1960s -- not buying it or growing it but smoking some when acquaintances passed a joint around. I chose to quit because it made my throat raw and because the high feelings were followed by paranoid feelings, and because I wanted a clear head for writing and for progressive movements activism.

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      Matthew Ryczko 6 years ago from Ohio

      rmcrayne, I think probably all you can do is make the information available to her so if she does ever decide to quit, she knows there's something that helps. Unfortunately, she really has to want to quit first.

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      Matthew Ryczko 6 years ago from Ohio

      No, Cannitrol is not synthetic weed, LatexExamGloves. I guess... just to illustrate the way it works- it's like how prescription drugs like Chantix work to help tobacco smokers quit. You can smoke while you take it, and apparently it does change and intensify the high quite a bit. But, it's just to help ease some of the withdrawal symptoms and make it easier to quit- not to replace the high of marijuana.

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      LatexExamGloves 6 years ago from

      @Matthew Ryczko, thanks I think I get it. Basically this is a synthetic weed like spice or something like that. Why else would you get high when you take it? Or do you?

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      rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      There's someone I'd love to tell about Cannitrol. Unfortunately, she has zero motivation or intention to quit smoking pot, which she has probably done daily for the better part of 35 years.

    • Matthew Ryczko profile image

      Matthew Ryczko 6 years ago from Ohio

      No, just the opposite actually. There are other herbal replacements that still contain species of cannabis. So, while you might not be smoking it and it might be legal, it's still in your system. If your reason for quitting is because you're going to be tested, that wouldn't help you. But Cannitrol isn't a replacement, it's a blend of herbs that support you through the withdrawal by improving mood, concentration and calming your nerves. Like I said, I've taken several of the ingredients on their own and they're very common. What's new and interesting here is the combination and that it's being labeled for marijuana cessation. Understanding each of the herbs properties and the feeling of marijuana withdrawal, I believe this would be a great help for anyone struggling with quitting.

    • LatexExamGloves profile image

      LatexExamGloves 6 years ago from

      so your saying if I take cannitol that derivatives of the cannabis plant may show up in drug tests? I'm confused.

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      This is a great hub and such a great read. I believe that natural supplements, a good diet and rest help to combat any issues such as this. Your personal story is awesome and I hope that it reaches those who need the help. Thanks for sharing.


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