Sometimes, the act of smoking could act as a deterrent to your spiritual and personal development and abstinence or selective abstinence can help you reach your goals faster.
This article originally appeared on Cannabis.net and has been reposted with permission.
Actor Nick Offerman, known best for his role as Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation,” recently said in an interview that he has quit cannabis and that he once used marijuana as a form of escapism. This doesn’t mean he’s against the legalization and regulation of cannabis, however from a personal position he will not be smoking. In part, he is quitting because of his wife (actress Megan Mullally), but as he mentioned, the other side of the coin is that he’s “happy enough”.
“When I depended on marijuana for escapism, I couldn’t get the good stuff and now that I can afford the most incredible pot, I don’t want it,” he told The Independent.
Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images Irrespective of Offerman’s decision to quit smoking, his decision to quit inspired me to write this article. I’m not saying that everyone who smokes cannabis are doing it to escape their reality, on the contrary. If you have ever read my work you’d know I’m far more nuanced than that.
Nonetheless, I do believe that there are some people who are smoking cannabis for the wrong reasons and thus today we’ll be addressing a few of them. To Fit In This is most probably not a problem for cannabis smokers who have been around the block a few times, however, some people who are just starting to smoke might be doing so because they want to “fit in” with the crowd.
This is a terrible reason to smoke weed. Cannabis should always be a personal choice and if you don’t want to smoke it because you feel compelled to, and are only doing it so you’re not the odd ball out, either you need to find new friends who accepts you for you, or you need to examine your need for acceptance.
The fact of the matter is that whenever you do something because “others” are doing it, it reflects on the lack of personal identity and integrity. Never let others be your motivation for smoking. Escapism There’s a difference between smoking to gain perspective and smoking to avoid dealing with real shit in your life. The fact of the matter is that cannabis can be used as a form of escapism. This might not necessarily be a bad thing when the idea of “escaping” is temporary. However, when it becomes the norm, you might need to reconsider your cannabis consumption.
While cannabis does have the ability to make the intolerable more tolerable, simply tolerating sh***y situations in your life will never give you the space to solve them. On the contrary, you’ll be making a negative feedback loop in where you’ll be smoking to escape, prolonging the suffering, and then smoking to escape prolonged suffering. Photo by Matt Moloney via Unsplash Sometimes we do need to escape our problems for a few moments, especially if the problem at hand is clouding your ability to think. In this case, you can use cannabis to “diffuse” a situation long enough, to remove your stress from the equation and to reassess the situation.
Once you have gained some clarity, don’t use cannabis as a means of prolonging suffering but take action swiftly to resolve whatever it may be that is plaguing you. To Be Cool Smoking weed is neither cool, or uncool — it’s simply an act we do. When you’re smoking to be cool, it means once again that you’re doing it for others. “Cool” is a state of mind as opposed to a particular action you do.