Is it normal to smoke as much as i am?

I have been exploring the very real possibility that I’m becoming addicted to marijuana. I was introduced to it around 2018 (currently 21) during my first semester at University and found it medicinal and relaxing ever since. I assumed I would wean myself off from it over time but I’ve managed to smoke much more than I anticipated. I’m feeling as though rehab isn’t necessary (as it’s a bit scary considering I live with my mom and currently don’t have insurance). Some benefits of smoking include mental and physical relaxation, constant laughter, and enjoyment of time alone, and euphoria. Cons are that sometimes my lungs ache, I lack motivation, I don’t have many interests and most times I smoke so much I force myself to get tired of it. Overall it seems to help with my depression but it’s definitely not the solution. I think it makes me dissociate from everyday life which could be lessening the quality of my mental state. It helps with boredom but I would much rather read a book or something. I also think this really dumb pandemic had been affecting me in a way that I haven’t realized until now. Kind of sucks. Anyway, I’d love any advice on how to balance myself or get myself motivated to stop. Thanks for everything in advance!! :-)

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  • Maybe right now is a good time for you to take a break from marijuana. Taking a break is also good so that you can lower your tolerance, then if you start up again you can get higher by smoking less. Additionally it might be better to use a vape pen that is designed for smoking flower instead of just straight up smoking it.

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    • I’ve actually been trying to lessen my smoking to the weekends since classes are opening up and I’m looking on securing a job, but I’d much rather smoke all of the weed I have as quick as possible (I don’t want my parents freaking the fuck out) so it doesn’t reek. Like the process of smoking can be anxiety filled itself. A part of me wants to completely let it go honestly but combatting boredom and mental health suck so much more when I’m not high. Maybe that’s the point? Idk

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  • Yeah it sounds like you're self medicating your depression. Don't blame the weed, you gotta address the real issue.

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    • When I visited my on-campus therapist she actually seemed to encourage that I smoked because it was helping me discover new things about myself? Since then I’ve kind of had this idea that weed was going to give me an indication on something that I had to work on (plot-twist, I’m still working on it). Anyway, it totally feels like I’ve been self-medicating :-/

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  • I hate when people blame lack of motivation on weed. You should stop smoking bc you’re a shame on the pot smoking community.

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    • To be fair, the entire “pot smoking community” can be super toxic. I don’t feel that I have to adhere It’s community guidelines in order for my lack of motivation to be valid lmfao. Weed has many wonders but I feel that it’s contributes heavily to the lack of motivation I feel that stems from my depression. The fact that it is a stimulant, depressant, and hallucinogen means that there are many facets to weed itself and everyone’s smoking experience.

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      • Any community can be toxic, dingdong. Stop making excuses and take care of your shit.

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        • Especially those toxic enough who shame others for actual concerns? It also doesn’t mean that it’s right, nor is it justification in relegating me to “deal with my shit” if you can’t actually offer help lol. The point of this post was to ask for advice on how to deal with my shit, nincompoop. I wouldn’t come here if I already knew the answers. The effort is applauded anyway!

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  • Just stop worrying about it.

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  • nigga why don't you just decarboxylate yo weed and infuse it into oil or butter or sugar and bake yoself some edibles.
    or make yoself a thc feco and get fuuuuucked

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  • Stop smoking. Smoking marijuana is extremely bad for you and is likely to cause cancer and COPD, as well as you feeling generally unwell and getting sick often.

    Switch to vaping or even better, edibles.

    Or just quit altogether, if that's your end goal. But do this yourself, don't go to rehab. Rehab doesn't work.

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    • I’ve definitely had tolerance breaks that vary from either a few days to a month! So I know that I can quit, it just depends on the circumstances. Edibles are realllly dope and make me feel so much less guilty and uninhibited from smoking so much. I think I want to quit altogether but my brain is literally trying to absorb as much marijuana as possible before that happens lol. Also when I don’t smoke I tend to drink which is a new and recent installment that’s sending up red flags.

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      • You're swapping one vice for another. I did exactly the same thing when I quit weed. It's better to take things one step at a time - if a beer helps you not smoke then give yourself a break. Just keep an eye on consumption Because otherwise you'll be here again in 6 months time saying that you need to quit booze and then only thing that helps is weed lol.

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  • Sounds like you enjoy fucking your mind. I suppose that's better than fucking the world.

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  • It gets boring as fuck if you smile it too often, cut it right back, its got basically no withdrawals

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  • Take antidepressants plus benzos.

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