After thirty wonderful years of smoking pot, I had to cut back.
It wasn’t my choice, of course, why on earth would I ever want to stop? My doctor said that my lungs had been getting worse over the last few years, and I was rapidly approaching a point of no return.
I needed to stop smoking entirely, or I would start losing years off my life. It was a hard thing to hear, and an even harder thing to follow through on – like I said, when you have been smoking cannabis daily for thirty years, it’s hard to just stop cold turkey. There is no physical dependence that comes with cannabis, by the way, this is purely a change in mentality. Cannabis keeps me calm, and keeps my mood swings to a bare minimum, and that is what was hard to give up. I went into a cannabis dispensary and explained my problem to the budtender. He was very cool and calming, explaining how a lot of their customers needed smokeless varieties of cannabis. This was the opposite of being a problem, because cannabis is such a versatile plant, and can be rendered into any number of substances while retaining its key properties. When you eat cannabis instead of smoking it, it hits you differently but it still hits you. The point is that I found an easy, fun, and cost-effective way to keep using cannabis, without the wear and tear to my respiratory system. They even make gluten free edibles, so they also work with my new diet!