If you were a frequent marijuana user, a large portion of your day may have been spent smoking weed. And without marijuana, your days may now feel somewhat empty. You’re not alone. Many people cite boredom as one of the hardest things to combat during attempts at quitting.
Boredom, though, really stems from a lack of fulfillment. Maybe you already have hobbies you know you love, but it’s not uncommon to have a hard time coming up with ways to meaningfully fill your time.
Being high may have obscured what was truly fulfilling to you. You can use this time now to find activities you really love. Variety is good, especially in the beginning. If you can find something from which can derive internal pleasure—whether it’s a solitary activity or spending time with friends—that will go a long way in keeping you away from marijuana.
Leah Zuroff, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Zuroff completed medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine, where she concurrently received a Master of Science in Translational Research.
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i feel very empty bored and living in reality sucks i hate the world am depressed sleep all day playing guitar and writing songs have improved but it will never be a dream that comes true so i have preetyy much abandoned it music depresses me i clean my room till theres nothing left to do i try stay away from internet and the news with so much unhelpful things to read i think about reading a book but how boring would that be iv preety much watched everything you can think off movie wise and series (gordan ramsey walking dead lost vikings masterchef soo on) im starting a course in counciling but cant really help myself soo dont really think il pass the introduction course to that since my own life id soo challenging im on 98 days today with out weed and addiction iv had since i was 14 im 27 now was heavy user and everything now seems so dark specially the way the world is today id love to change the world but cant anxiety depression lack of inspiration looking to micro dose mushrooms looking for answers meditation is good until you come out off trance back into the dark everything to me seems soo long getting help for depression getting help to look for a job il act stay in rather then rely on benifits which honestly i hate just cant work in a bar or even lift heavy things due to a inbical hernia soo 27 year old man who cant even workout or do the hard jobs because i cant lift things i feel like theres a brick wall il never get past suicide is everyday thoughts at first i saw the benifits of quitting but now i feel my emotions and feel like a empty vessel heading for nowhwere but more disapointment in life failed realtionships no relationships with friends girls yeer right im not even bad looking guy just no confidence no nothing at least weed got me past the brick wall at times im proud to say i still wont go back to weed but not proud to say that i kinda wish i could be put to sleep in a hospital bed and give my life to someone who needs it who would live there life to the fullest i would but i just dont know where to begin now that im back to being 14 years old with past emotions and deppression that didnt get resolved until i found weed that made life seem more worth living i have great family and i have food and a roof over my head but still cant shake the suicide not sure where my journey will take me but i hope it either takes me to my grave or takes me further to beleaf the getting off weed was worth it because right now i dont feel its done anything but put me into a even darker place a place i feel just so very empty and lost in a world that doesent make any sense to me
I feel like this too sometimes…How have you been simce you wrote this @CallumHawkins
This is the exact feeling I have now. Except I have a girlfriend and can work out, there’s no point to it for me. I have a job and enough money to buy whatever I need (not want) I’m studying at university but nothing can fill the emptiness I feel.
When I smoked I felt as if time went by so quickly because I’d get home from work and smoke and then *poof* 3 hours went by. Now I feel as if I’m just waiting to die, if I had more money it wouldn’t make me happy, if I had what I wanted they would just be material things, I miss weed and I have no desire for any other form of drugs or substances.
My room’s clean, my body’s clean but my mind is a mess. I used to play video games non stop because it felt like I was accomplishing something, now I’m just empty. If anyone has advice lemme know I’ll be back in a week.
I used to play videogames fairly often, now those don’t really interest me now.
I make a ton of music, but well, that gets tiring sometimes. I do work out, I go to university. I got a girlfriend.
And still. I feel like I lost something over the pandemic.
When I smoke, I feel better.
im drowning. Every day i wake up, and am instantly hit with that feeling of crippling boredom. I used to be depressed, but i started smoking weed to cope with that and it helped a lot. I finally felt like i could live a life that i wanted. Everything is going good. but i want to smoke. i wanna smoke so bad. i feel every second passing. I count every breath i take, every move i make because i have nothing else. I dont have a significant other, i dont have the supportive friend group i wish i did. Someone to share my insecurities with. for me, thats weed. its jus something that makes me feel more at home in my own skin. i dont want to do other drugs, heroin, coke, meth that stuff doesnt interest me. the only thing i want is weed. because it helps me not drive myself insane.
Cannabis was making you weak. The things you are enduring now are making you strong. Just keep pushing through it. It takes time, for me it took several months before I started to feel better. Enjoy living life without crippling anxiety <3 go outside and feel the sunshine. Breath deep because your lungs are not being destroyed by heat and particulate matter. Im proud of you man.
I don’t know a single person that smokes weed and calls it cannabis (an authoritarian term), and the idea that all of life’s troubles can be so easily remedied is naive at best. Now you are suggesting that should Callum start smoking again he has given in to weakness. How is that helpful? Idealistic notions like yours sound great on paper, but not in practice and to be honest we can find this pop psychology assessment anywhere on the internet. I want someone with real insight and a deep introspection into the existentialism of life’s woes. Cos when there are wars waging, sex trafficking, major injustices every day, I just don’t see how quitting weed can solve that sense of anxiety. More pertinently I tried it and failed, When I was at Uni, my marks were 20% higher when I was smoking compared to when I wasn’t. You just cannot tar everyone with the same brush.
Similar sentiments myself. I have smoked for almost 20 years on and off, it does get to the stage I feel perma-stoned a lot of the time, so I try to take breaks from Weed just to prove that I am not dependent and also to always know that I easily can.
However, not one single time has quitting weed improved my life. With serious ADHD I just pace around my house, can’t concentrate, I even quit for 4 months last summer, long enough to pass symptoms of withdrawal, yet I only observed negative effects and the ADHD got worse and my attention span was non-existent. Sure my house was super clean, I was working out more, but to what end? Video gaming, TV, even bloody sports weren’t as fun. I am not lazy on weed, nor do I let it stop me doing anything, but it is the fact I am 34 now and so I don’t have the social group to make smoking feel like a fun thing to do with mates. The same people who quit and were able to move on are now the most judgmental of my smoking, they are so high and mighty (excuse the pun) because they are suddenly transformed by quitting, they need validation that life is better because what else? They have to confront the fact that life isn’t better and hard truths are hard to face. The same people who would implore me to stop and find something else are the same people that would turn their back if I needed help in trying to do so. Their help is limited to obtuse observations about my misgivings, rarely backed by any action. I am not saying they have the obligation, but they could shut up and be supportive in different ways if their help is only limited to words. People who do smoke as much as I do usually have the negative behavioral issues, ie smoking to them qualifies as enough to satisfy them, so I am not sure I would indulge them anyway.
I am now into my second month of quitting and the anxiety is so bad, I never get anxious on weed, like ever. It makes me feel warm all over and it never changes me, nobody can tell when I am high, I genuinely believe it makes me a nicer more tolerant person.
So supposed experts who have quit, what do you think I should do? I have quit for long enough periods that this basic and limited advice is not applicable. 8 billion people on this planet, just because something works for one person, it is no guarantee it can work for another. How about some insightful or enlightening advice? What you got?