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Saying Goodbye to Marijuana

MOTHMOTH Raw Newbie

Hello rawbies! Well, after almost four months 100% RAW, I now feel awesome enough when I’m sober that I want to continue this feeling of clarity and high energy forever! I have been using marijuana habitually as a coping device to help me feel good about life for YEARS, and tonight I realized that it’s no longer necessary.

I already feel AWESOME, and I owe it entirely to the RAW diet, yoga and exercise, which I have stuck to religiously. When I first started going raw I read about how it has helped people come off of drug habits and addictions, and I really hoped it would do the same for me. Since I’ve been RAW, I’ve gradually become so sensitive to the way ‘THINGS’ make me feel that I have come to grips with the truth: Marijuana doesn’t make me feel good anymore; it doesn’t make me happy and it impedes my development and my dreams.

Letting go of this drug is an emotional process that I have struggled with for years; and I am tearing up just thinking about letting it go, FINALLY. I have friends who toke so I certainly don’t judge anyone who uses it and can definitely relate. It’s just that I don’t need it anymore. I already feel GREAT without it, No additives necessary, ya know?

I just want to be completely pure. COMPLETELY my RAW Self. NOTHING ELSE.

Encouragement, feedback, and understanding appreciated.

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  • lzhptlzhpt Raw Newbie

    Amazing! I love the way raw food instantly gives clarity to our lives. the path is clear. there’s no more wavering at the fork in the road.

  • elizabethhelizabethh Raw Newbie

    I so know exactly what you’re talking about. Do keep in mind that raw foods are great but they are not the solution to all of life’s problems. I don’t mean to be a downer, but its important to keep that in mind as the initial high wears off slightly. That said, good on you for letting go of the drug habit! Good luck!

  • MOTH: i am going through exactly this right now, but i think you’re a little ahead of me. i am still struggling with the idea of giving it up since it has because such a habit. i’m trying to fight through it because the raw food and commitment to my yoga practice makes me feel better than i ever have. sometimes though, i feel like i’m not sure what to do with the newfound energy and positivity and it scares me into smoking. i also eat cooked food occasionally which brings me right back to earth.

    Please let me know how your progress is going. i am hoping to finally give it up on the 1st of April and i would love to hear from someone who is going through the same thing.

  • jenergyjenergy Raw Newbie

    Right on, Moth. Good for you. This was a difficult thing for me to give up as well, and in the end I discovered that I had an emotional addiction to weed more than a physical addiction. I actually went into a rehab 5 years ago to deal with my alcoholism, and of course had to quit smoking pot at that time, too. But really soon after I got out of rehab (and didn’t have daily pee tests anymore ;o) I picked the pot back up. And soon I was hiding it, hoarding it, feeling guilty and paranoid about it, and generally acting just like I had with alcohol, which I definitely didn’t want to do. So I did some meditating and some praying and some crying and some tantruming, and eventually I realized it was not something I wanted in my life anymore.

    And this was all before I started looking into the raw lifestyle. I think I did it the hard way, in retrospect! ;o) But I’m still clean and sober, and now getting even cleaner on the inside. It’s great.

  • kundalalitakundalalita Raw Newbie

    Hi, thats really wonderful that you are making that step, I even have a personal sigh of relief from your story of dropping an unbeneficial habit and evolving. I have a question though, what is the persuading factor in your decision to drop marijuana?

    the reason i ask is because I have a friend and also a sister who smokes and I’m not sure what to say or how to feel about it. The only time I experienced marijuana was accidentally getting high off of second hand smoke, which was definitely not pleasant (esp during Harry Potter)... so I can’t say i understand why anyone does it. Their justifications seem to be that its natural, a harmless drug, helps with relaxation or boredom, that even doctors do it, and that they are not addicted. I have a feeling that the risks outweigh the “benefits” though… so if you could relate the reasons why you stopped I’d love to know in case it proves beneficial to those who think to stop but could use the extra motivation…

  • ok two cents and ill make it quick and then to bed with my old ass… Pot like all other things in life is different for each person and can be a horrible or beautiful thing or both or one one day and then another the next. I personally know people who I dont like to be around if they havent had their medicine and I also know people that cant get stoned cause they spaz out or feel horrible..and some people who were one way and then went the other.. Each to their own.. Peace

  • greeniegreenie Raw Newbie

    Moth, Congratulations—that’s a wonderful milestone. It will continue to get better and better. Here’s to the new path opening up for you!

    G

  • MOTHMOTH Raw Newbie

    Hey Everyone! I love the feedback on this topic, thank you!

    Kundalalita: I first started getting high because I believe it distracted me from my body. I was pretty overweight and unhealthy when I first started, and sitting around and getting blazed all the time did not help matters. I enjoyed it because it took me so far out of my everyday experience, and soon I became part of the “drug culture.” I also used it as a medicine, having struggled with emotional and mental chaos all of my life. When I was a teenager I was big into self-injuring my body, and when I found weed, it’s like I found a more acceptable coping mechanism. The weed really mellowed me out at the same it amped me up. I LOVED it – no joke, but over time and as I went raw, I realized it was making me feel toxic after I used it. In fact I realized over time that I felt best WITHOUT it; it was just a gradual realization…

    I do believe that moderation is the key with getting the most out of marijuana. I do feel it is a plant teacher that deserves respect, and it has had its place in my life as an educator. But because of my abusing it (use is different then abuse in my mind) all the positive aspects of weed vanished and I was left with only a fuzzed out numb feeling that did not ground me in my body at all.

    And recently I’ve realized that I need to be grounded right now at this point in my life. :)

    I don’t know what the future holds; and I will definitely take this thing day by day.

    I just want to say that although marijuana is not for me right now, I do recognize its value as a plant teacher and healer, for the right people. It’s definitely been the catalyst for some amazing experiences in my life and I am very thankful for them.

    Just don’t need it as a catalyst anymore. :)

  • Luna bluLuna blu Raw Newbie

    Good for you! I have given it up as well! Not that I really did it much to begin with. Once every two months or so! I may only reserve it for my best friends and my birthday for old times sake. Don’t shun me for that! Him and I share the exact same birthday, which is really special!! Actually, we didn’t even bother on our last birthday! So, maybe I am completely done with it! We have a year to go to the next birthday, so we shall see!

    Just a side note , Woody Harelson is a raw foodie, won’t touch anything cooked, and he is such a weed advocate!

  • jenergyjenergy Raw Newbie

    (sigh)... I’m a little bit in love with Woody Harrelson.

    Don’t tell my husband. ;o)

  • Luna bluLuna blu Raw Newbie

    You are?!

  • kevin7197kevin7197 Raw Newbie

    I’ve been in recovery for a long time now, almost 11 yrs. I know how hard it is to give up the weed. If you find you need more support there are people out there that have “been there done that” and offer lots of love. Best of luck!

  • juicyjuicy Raw Newbie

    Funny this topic came up- I am a university student and a Canadian- both of these things scream pot user. I have been smoking 3-4 times a week for years and I really don’t see giving it up in the future. I find that when I am high and lying in bed or just thinking in general, I can feel how I resonate with thoughts and ideas a whole lot more than sober. I also think of ideas and connections that I would have never thought of. Pot for me has no impact on my life school wise, it improves my social life if anything (although this is not the reason that I smoke), and I find that I think of ideas that I would have never thought of. I guess this is another way to prove the point that everybody has their own reaction to things, and that is why my profile picture claims “believe nothing anybody has told you unless it bodes well with you” or something along those lines! Every man/woman to their own!

  • MOTHMOTH Raw Newbie

    So true juicy! And today I realized that giving it up may be harder then I realized last night while in a high point of awareness. I’m a very social toker! I love getting high with my friends, or I did…we’ll see how tonight goes. ;-) I am just going to have to take this day by day!

    Luna blu – good point about Woody Harrelson! Raw foodist and marijuana enthusiast..heh.

  • ... Woody Harrelson?

  • Slosh-uhSlosh-uh Raw Newbie

    Moth I think you are neato.

  • Luna bluLuna blu Raw Newbie

    Yeah Woody, I always joke that the only thing he takes into his body that is cooked is his weed!

  • i’m finding it rough going. i would have no problem with my smoking if i didn’t eat and get less accomplished when i smoked. it’s the eating mainly…never quite as raw as i would like, never feel wonderful in the morning.

    i go back and forth a little, like you do.

  • jenergyjenergy Raw Newbie

    Hey, Woody’s cute! And he’s completely whacked, which is always a draw for me, for some strange reason. What can I say, I love freaks and weirdos. ;o)

  • MOTHMOTH Raw Newbie

    Thanks Slosh-uh! :::huggles!::: :-)

    Jenergy: I’m the same way! /highly attracted to unusual personalities and flat out WEIRDOS.

    Takes one to know one, ya know? :-D

  • heathermarsbombheathermarsbomb Raw Newbie

    I love Woody H!

    Anyway, I was a habitual pot smoker for years and over the past year it was like every day all the time…..not good. I quit drinking and weed cold turkey. Its only been one week but I am forging ahead. Drinking (even a little!!) makes me feel horrific now and weed was not making me happy or fulfilled. I am so grateful to be on this endless journey. I am looking forward to having emotional growth and maturity w/o the use of drugs. Yes its hard but I am losing weight and feeling great…. My dreams are really really intense at night now!! Scary what is floating to my ‘surface’. I just want to have time behind me, and clarity of thought. One day at a time. Hows everyone else doing who was trying to quit?

  • heathermarsbombheathermarsbomb Raw Newbie

    Might I add that I gave up meat and dairy AND cigarettes over the past 2 years, so with that confidence backing me I know I can do this. I feel really strong :)

  • MOTHMOTH Raw Newbie

    awesome! I haven’t taken a hit myself in quite some time now.

  • queenfluffqueenfluff Raw Newbie

    I heard that David Wolfe is a pot smoker too. :) can’t confirm that rumor though. I know the Woody Harrelson has a movie about pot – it is called “Grass”. It is about hemp in general I think and the legalization of it.

    I think sometimes that I am the one who DIDN’T like pot when the tried to smoke it. I tried it twice in my twenties. I got a slight giggly phase that lasted for about an hour and that was it. The second time someon told me that I needed to inhale deeper and hold it in my lungs – well, I did that and all that happened was that I got a bit sleepy dizzy (kind of like I was drunk) and it lasted again for about an hour and that was it. But the worst part is that in morning my chest was so sore from trying to inhale so deeply that it hurt to breathe. And that was it for me and pot.

    Too much work for hardly any gain. I would much rather drink beer. :)

  • stylistchickstylistchick Raw Newbie

    my proof that its toxic is that my armpits smell like weed!! no joke… hahaha

  • stylistchickstylistchick Raw Newbie

    in my opinion, yes, but i’ve got no one else to ask!! usually the following day

  • stylistchickstylistchick Raw Newbie

    its easy to stay at a high functioning level. for me its take anti-depressants or this, although since going raw i’ve cut way back, it actually has very little effect on me now, other than making my joints feel a little better and easing worries.

  • this is funny~ no judgment here – just to read from the first comment to the last page gives such a huge circumference of thoughts a loud, one has to laugh! Like for instance the serious topic of drug use to the jaunt on Woody H. Ha. An endearing forum. =)

  • Honestly I’ve thoroughly read this topic and posts and have to respond in particular to you rawk: why does one have to have a vice period? Don’t think that I don’t know about either world of natural or medicinal substances that aid in mood stabilization either. I’ve experienced both worlds in depth. However much a doctor tells one they need a product one should think about what makes them feel best, not high or congested with meds. Those of us who ‘need’ help can also choose to seek counseling to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep up the great work of eating naturally~ if raw is your thing, do it and live it – incorporate a healthier alternative to smoking bud or taking pills. We all know what is right, wrong, and healthy in our heart of hearts. Support is the greatest tool which we all may benefit in each of our endeavors.

  • My post isn’t an attack -rawk. My opinion is just as valuable or invaluable as any other on this forum. I am simply offering a caring and helping hand, thanks. Please don’t condemn me for my offerings, I didn’t put YOU down.

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