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Six Good Reasons I Smoke Weed

I am the founder of a blog in which smoking weed is a primary focus (to put it lightly). So it kind of goes without saying: I like to smoke weed.

Anyone who smokes weed often enough has been asked, usually condescendingly, some form of the following question:

  • Why do you smoke weed?

The other day a friend asked a similar such question. I smoke weed every day, yet it was quite a while since the last time I reflected on the actual reasons for my continued use.

Since the questioner was respectful and seemed genuinely interested in my answer, I wanted to put some thought into it.

When that failed, I promised I would compose a ridiculously thorough response in the form of an article for my blog. Enjoy.

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  • Fartrell Cluggins

    Your writing style cracks me up! It’s both eloquent, on point and dare I say, dank. Subscribed!

  • Morgan Jenness

    Damn bro good ass blog, I like how our stoner soul really voices itself in your writing.

    • JamesKaliwae

      This is probably the best compliment anyone has ever given me! :P Thanks a bunch, bro!

  • I agree with Happy2be I always mix mine together and it gives me a more mellow high

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  • Cameron

    It takes me away from my rather mundane and boring life, I’ve also met a ‘high’ number of good friends from smoking up. To be honest I don’t really hang around with most folk who don’t take a smoke haha..

  • Steve

    I was diagnosed with major depression and OCD over the last 13 yrs. 3 yrs ago began to try cannabis as a last effort to control unwanted thoughts and the anxiety they produced. At first my reactin mmj was great! It really helped lessen my anxiety even if i Had the same thoughts. Lately I have found my smokng has really increased and the effects not as helpful. I am going to try and cut back a little and see where it leads me. Any advice?

  • I got super high last week at a party and the room turned into cartoons. I was so happy and I felt like I was flying away. Then I got really hungry and ate hella lemon pepper and honey mustard wings which basically made me have a taste bud orgasm. Then I went to sleep listening to music. When your high music is indescribably awesome. Then I went to sleep for 11 hours.

    I got super drunk last semester and threw up on the girl I was talking to all night. Then I blacked out. I was told that I was dancing outside in my boxers. I dont remember anything. Then I woke up the next morning and felt so bad I wanted to go to the hospital to get my stomach pumped.

    My uncle died of lung cancer because he was a cigarette smoker.

    Weed is illegal.

    Alcohol is legal. Cigarettes are legal.

    Makes absolutely no sense. Alcohol and cigarettes kill people. This is population control.

    Fuck America.

  • Happy

    I like the energy it give after working all day. Instead of hitting the couch I can go practice music got hours. The dopamine feedback while practicing just makes me want to practice more. And most music practice is muscle memory, repetitive stuff, so the benefits are forthcoming despite the memory issues with pot.

  • I have so many reasons that it is hard to gather my thoughts on the subject, but I will try.

    I have gotten “too high” several times in my life and on each of those occasions, I had what could only be referred to as spiritual experiences. I felt distinctly that God was speaking to me one of the times (I had eaten two servings of medical cupcakes… hehehe) and I learned something vital to all of my relationships.

    Sex. Sex while high is the most insanely amazing experience. My man can make me cum for minutes at a time and the weed gives me the strange combination of strength and weakness to let him.

    Laughter. It cleanses the soul.

    Respite from the emptiness of this world.

    I think weed may have saved my marriage, made me a better mother and given me time to reflect.

    • Happy

      hahah XD

  • Becca

    I smoke to smoke:) I love the feeling. I love not being depressed anymore. Takes all my troubles away for another time. Excellent.

  • Weeds always helped me. I’ve only ever smoked it pure though a good glass bong though. I would never roll in papers and definitely not with tobacco.

  • My experiences

    Let me start off by saying that I am incredibly high right now. I normally don’t get this high. What happened was I smoked my regular amount (about two small pipe bowls) of some super dank stuff that I didn’t realize was THAT dank.
    Anyway, I am a medical marijuana patient and I was prescribed mmj for osteoarthritis. Marijuana does wonders for my pain. It is constant and throbbing. But I can’t feel it when I smoke. Also, I have anger issues. Ever since I came back from a tour in Afghanistan I have been very angry and sometimes extremely depressed. Smoking weed takes away all of my anger and sadness and pain.
    Besides all of this, marijuana can be used while functioning in daily life. I am seriously so freaking high right now. I can see the music I am listening too. It is “Fly Away” by Mokhov. It is like I am flying in a retro video game. Soooo yeah I am most definitely feeling pretty good. Despite this, I am typing this comment and sharing my experiences. Ooooh snap. “Sunrise Projecter” by Tycho is sooooo sick when you’re stoned. But I can still focus and get through the day.
    Keep in mind that I am really high right now, so during a normal day when I haven’t smoked as much I am functioning a lot better. I can even start talking about technical things like chemistry and math(not quite as much). For example, do you know light is formed? Visible light is merely a fraction of the electromagnectic spectrum that we see when an electron surrounding an atom is excited (energetic) and is pushed into the upper “atmosphere” of the atom, and then subsequently dropped back down, releasing it’s energy. The electrons release energy once they drop down to a lower “electron shell” and that energy is partially visible to us in the form of light. This same energy is sometimes heat and energy, the heat is just in the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. The electrons can be excited and pushed up to the upper “electron shells” with heat, light, etc. Neat huh?
    Lastly, marijuana really helps with my workouts. After working out really hard (and that is pretty hard because I am training for a strongman competition) I usually smoke a bit to take away the pain of my osteoarthritis (because that is sure to be acting up at this point). A little bit later I am really hungry, which is perfect for packing on muscle. The food tastes better and I am able to eat more. I have to eat about 4500 calories a day so weed reeeaaaaalllly helps. 4500 calories is a lot. Lastly, I sleep better if I smoke a few hours before so I have been recovering really well.
    Thanks for reading, it has been fun. I hope you enjoyed my experience as much as I do. Let me sign off by saying that if God gave us this plant then we should utilize it. I am a Christian and marijuana only helps me sin less and get closer to God. I have not found a verse in God’s Word that forbids us from using marijuana, so I will keep on using it.

  • Mia

    I have medical issues that cause chronic pain. Weed works better than any pain killer I’ve had, and i”m including codine in that.

  • Young

    Interesting that one can tell you smoke just by your style of writing

  • Calvin Bauer

    I’ve been smoking for awhile and I find it interesting there’s a term called tolerance breaks, I thought that was just me. Anyway, I smoke for pretty much the same reasons as you except instead of migraines it’s horrible ADD

    • Courtney

      I quick smoking when I became a full blown tweaker. (Unless I was coming down) Ive been clean now for eight months and I have come to a realization that I have ADD. I am always moving! I never relax. In addition when I am frustrated or anxious I get overwhelmed and dont think clearly. Smoking calms my nerves down and allows me to think better in stressful situations. I strongly agree with everything you have written. I think you couldn’t have said it better. Kudos to you. =)

  • Blake

    Awesome and hilarious post man. I’m glad to finally see that the shit Ive noticed while high and thinking hasn’t jus been bs. Jus recently experienced the weed “hangover cure” thing but didn’t connect it till I read this

  • Will

    Dude I got fucked over by my parents. Like they called the cops on me when I couldn’t even explain myself. Anyway I got a ticket and I have been smoking err day since then :) weed is an excellent stress reliever! Toke up!

  • Nicolai

    After moving across the country and failing to adjust to huge life changes, I began drinking. A lot. I remember throwing up on the floor next to my bed and thinking to myself “Shit…oh well…I’ll deal with this tomorrow morning..”
    Needless to say, sober me did not appreciate these gifts that drunk me would leave. So i sought out the help of a psychologist and a psychiatrist for major depressive disorder and anxiety attacks. I was cycled through maybe 5 different medications, and each time we changed, the psychiatrist claimed that “Oh, this one is better, it is very powerful, many people respond well to them”. In all actuality, they made me a zombie. I was dead tired all the time, had zero motivation to do anything, and it took away my creativity and inner dialogue.

    So for the first time in my life I began taking up using marijuana on a fairly regular basis (vaporizing 3-4 times weekly). I can’t explain the night and day difference it made in my life. It improved my mood astronomically, not just during the vaping itself, but the day after as well! I found life so much more enjoyable, and found myself longing to go out to meet people as opposed to being too afraid to go to the grocery store. I fell asleep easily and actually felt rested the day afterwards (whereas the psych meds made me feel tired ALL the time, and as if I hadn’t slept a wink).

    However, due to my job at a pharmaceutical company, they do random testing *thumbs down*. So I’m quitting and finding a job that doesn’t test (as often). It’s a big life change, but I honestly don’t want to have to poison my body with nyquil or alcohol just to sleep and feel decent. Thanks for this blog! Very valuable insight!

  • holysmokes

    I have nothing to do but sit and toke

  • well weed is good because we can get good scores on test because were so spaced out that random things just pop out into our brain from like a long ass time ago .
    And also you dont have to pay for it!!!
    it reduces stress and also gives yew munchies then we invent new kinds of food for eating .
    like Weed Brownies.
    it also makes the world greener and a happier place !!!!

  • Trsta

    Sir, you are absolutely right.

  • Matt

    Great article James. Could totally relate to the part about migraines and how weed helps aching and pain in general.

  • I love smoking because… I get enlightened. I realize things. I sit back and laugh at how hilariously simple life can be, I stare off in deep contemplation about the Universe and existence.

    I mean, I think a lot in general; it’s just my nature and personality, but it’s really heightened while I’m smoking.

    I also love my community. You’re right, weed smokers are just… different, in good ways. A lot of friends I have now are because of weed, and it’s something we can do together. We enjoy each other’s company, toke, laugh, make jokes, have deep discussions, eat delicious food…. It’s wonderful.

    And the sex, man. High sex is wonderful.

  • I really wish to book mark this specific posting,
    “Six Good Reasons I Smoke Weed

  • I made the marijuana – migraine connection after reading this post! Mine stopped when I started smoking too! Mind = blown.

    • Dude I know it totally blew my mind too. And the fact this article led you to that realization makes me very happy. There really isn’t any irrefutable facts pertaining to marijuana’s effects on migraines, so I wasn’t sure if there’d be anyone else who’s experienced the same benefits from weed.

  • steve

    it avoids me doing stupid shit, damn i lighted a 1 m high pile of saw dust because i could, i would throw molotovs for fun and frightened people (by accident) with this behavior, now i don’t now why i stopped or why i even started

  • feec413

    I think I’m allergic to weed. I always get paranoid or lose touch with reality. No one else I know has this type of reaction. All I’ve heard from people is “It makes me just chill and wanna watch a movie or something.” I WISH the M-to-the-J did that for me. What a sucky existence… to not be good with the ganja. This is why I like opiates. *sigh* But, it’s easier to get weed than opiates. And, that makes me sad as well.

    • Happy_2_be

      It could be that you just need indica to lower your anxiety, or smaller amounts of sativa