Marijuana is and has been all the rave for decades. It’s become a staple in media, whether it’s the crux of the content or just an accessory. Music artists like A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, and Snoop Dogg seemingly can’t get enough of the plant, which boasts pros like relaxation and pain relief. But in reality, weed isn’t the answer for everyone. In fact, it can lead to a usage disorder and put a serious dent in your life.
I was a big weed smoker from 2012 until 2016. There were times when my priorities were out of whack, but I didn’t care because at least I was high. Although I smoked here and there beyond 2016 (which was the year I experienced a severe breakdown), I wasn’t nearly as pressed about it and went on multiple lengthy hiatuses whenever I felt I was getting too caught up.
For years, weed was one of my preferred coping mechanisms. When I couldn’t deal with or bear to think about something, I’d indulge. I had to realize that that behavior was substance abuse and that I needed better ways of handling stress. After lots of soul searching and several months of sobriety, I can say that my life is a lot better. I’m more focused and I feel more in control of my life and my emotions.
Musician, model, and mama Marz Lovejoy had a similar experience with marijuana, as it was a way for her to deal with her feelings.
“I had been smoking weed for 10 years straight with very few breaks. From ages 15 to 25, I was high…”, she says. “In October 2016, I lost