When you’re trying to make a major change in your life, it’s always helpful to hear the stories of those who have gone through the same thing and this is no less true when it comes to quitting cannabis.

Here are five great articles to help process your thoughts on quitting cannabis:

 

Vice: Why I Quit Smoking Weed

This article from Vice is basically five snippets out of the lives of early 20-something men at the point they stopped smoking weed.  Phish strangely configures into two of the stories.  The best quote from this article is “there was no way I was going to know whether my life was better with or without weed unless I quit for a bit and compared the differences”.

Lions Roar:  A Buddhist Practitioner on Quitting Weed

It is not unusual for people with a spiritual nature to also have an affinity for weed.  This is not so surprising because on the surface getting high and getting spiritual have a lot in common…until you find out from experience how dissimilar they are.  This is the essence of this article in which the writer poignantly states “…I was routinely using pot but didn’t quite want to be.

Choose Help:  70 (originally 39) Reasons Why Life is Better without Marijuana

Articles that “list” the reasons for quitting cannabis are plentiful but this particular list is the most exhaustive.  The best part of this one though is not the article itself so much as the comments at the end of the article.  Lots of good food for thought if you’re grappling with a weed habit.

Esquire:  Talking to Snoop Dogg about Weed

If weed culture had a Pope, there could be none other than Calvin Broadus, Jr., better known as Snoop Dogg.  In this article, friend and fellow artist Charlie Wilson discusses how he confronted Snoop on his constant chronic weed use.  According to Wilson, he convinced Snoop to stop smoking, at least for a while.  It is not clear whether Snoop reduced his use or quit altogether for the long run.  What is significant though is that Wilson got his friend, one of the most famous pot smokers in the world, to acknowledge on some level that life can go on and even get better without smoking weed.

The Atlantic:  My Dad Will Never Stop Smoking Pot

Probably the saddest thing about middle aged chronic pot smokers is that they know that their marijuana habit has held them back from achieving the dreams they had in their early years and yet the way they deal with it is to just keep smoking more and more pot while their life just falls apart around them.  Even worse, they ignore the effect on their family.  Journalist Leah Allen describes this in her father in a very striking article.

Read these articles for your edification and education, especially if your still mulling over whether or not it’s time to quit your weed habit.  Quitting cannabis can sometimes take convincing beyond your own inner circle.