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Cannabis isn’t making you lazy, your bad habits are

February 10, 2017
If you consume cannabis for non-medicinal purposes, at some point you may have gone through that phase of “Man, I’ve gotta cut this shit out and get my life together.” Or even if you haven’t been compelled to quit altogether, you’ve definitely felt like you need to cut back tremendously. This usually comes after an extreme screw-up that jolts you into reevaluating everything about your life, causing self-reflection, over-thinking, and unnecessary anxiety. Sounds fun, right? If you haven’t reached this point in your cannabis consumption career, then sit tight, it’s coming. If you have experienced this, then bring it in, hug it out. We’re family now.


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I used to blame all of my bad habits on cannabis: my financial irresponsibility, my lack of dietary and exercise discipline, and most definitely my terrible procrastination. Life was just easier that way. Who wants to be accountable for their shortcomings when you have a scapegoat right there in front of your face? Nobody, that’s who.

And I was no different. I wasn’t being unproductive, lazy, and wack because of cannabis, I was being unproductive, lazy, and wack because those are the habits I’d developed for myself. Sure, the jolly green giant can make you want to sink into the couch for hours without realizing that you aren’t even watching a show, it’s just your SmartTV’s screensaver. And sure, it can cause you to get high at 8 a.m., then you look up and it’s 8 p.m., but you still have yet to do anything outside of ordering Postmates to your front door. But that’s only if you prioritize its use over your actual responsibilities, which is exactly how ya boy used to get down.

Let me walk your through a day in the life of Old Dante:

  • Wake up.
  • Consider getting in a pre-work workout.
  • Smoke a blunt instead.
  • Go to work.
  • Watch Inside the Actor’s Studio until my lunch break. (That episode where Bradley Cooper comes back as a guest after being a student is just beautiful. It’s absolutely touching to anyone with a dream. Hell, if my eyes weren’t always so damn dry, I might’ve even shed a tear while watching.)
  • Think “Hmm…this would be a good time to get some reading or writing done.”
  • Go home and smoke a blunt instead.
  • Go back to the office.
  • Fiiiiinally do some actual work until I’m off.
  • Think “Know what would be dope? If I kept this productivity going by knocking out that workout from this morning, or that writing from lunch.”
  • Blunt instead.
  • Pass out from being high as ever all damn day.
  • Wake up in the middle of the night and absolutely loathe myself for smoking another day away.

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I’d tell myself that I needed to quit cannabis, and most of the time, I would take little breaks from it. However, I noticed that even without that beautiful green plant in my life, I still wasn’t doing shit. I was still skipping workouts, wasn’t writing, was wasting money and time, and definitely still wasn’t eating right or working out consistently.

It was in those moments that I finally accepted the harsh truth that it’s not cannabis, it’s me. It was me, my lack of willpower, and my resistance towards self-discipline. For some reason I’d been treating quitting cannabis like it was a magical talisman that had the power to transform me from Mr. Nah, I’ma Just Take a Nap into Mr. Gimme All the Tasks Right Damn Now without me actually changing the way I approached each day.


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I’m happy to say that I’ve finally gotten on track and things are moving smoother than ever. Though I’ve only been this New Dante since November, I can tell he’s here to stay. In that time, I’m down 15 pounds, my bank account no longer sends cease and desist letters, I’m getting more freelance gigs than ever before, and ya moms just called to ask if I want her to bring dinner over tonight (I told her no, I already ordered pizza). Basically, in the words of Chance The Rapper, everything’s good.

If you’re stuck in the cycle, you’ll be happy to hear that you can go ahead and switch the style up, too. I’ve got a few suggestions, but before I give them to you, just know that I’m definitely not qualified to be a life coach; my socks don’t even match right now. But I can tell you what worked for me and if you want to try it, feel free. Like I said, we’re family now.

Be honest with yourself

If you can’t handle the cannabis, don’t force yourself. It might not be for you anymore. You may have had your run and it’s over now. That’s fine. But the most important part is being honest with yourself. If you don’t think you can have productive and fulfilling days unless you’re dead-ass sober, then put it down. But if you aren’t ready to let Mary fly into the abyss, figure out what role she plays and let that be that.

Decide when you should and shouldn’t consume

Money and time are pretty much the same — you have to spend them both wisely. If you’re spending all your time smokin’ and chillin’, you’re dedicating absolutely no time to your actual responsibilities. This doesn’t mean you have to quit, it just means you need to know when you should and shouldn’t smoke.

Again, here you need to be honest with yourself. Personally speaking, can I work out high? Nope. Can I write high? Yup. It’s all about knowing what works for you. If you can’t function high, maybe you should delay your indulgence until you complete your most important tasks. Not only will this rev up your productivity, it’ll also save you a lot of money.


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Speaking of money…

Create a budget for your cannabis habits

Trust me when I say that smoking an eighth every 1.5 days in order to procrastinate can reaaalllyyyyyyy add up. Create a budget and stick to it firmly. Once you’re out, you’re out. Don’t transfer money from savings to checking to cover it. Getting high isn’t worth ruining yourself financially.

I used to spend money so frivolously on cannabis products, then look up at the end of the month and be $400 in the hole without ever noticing. You don’t want to do that. It sucks. And chances are you can’t afford it, because Lord knows we aren’t making shit as millennials.

Bottom line: if you’re still blaming cannabis for your problems, it’s time to take a look in the mirror and acknowledge who’s really responsible. Hint: it’s the person looking back at you. Change your ways, change your life, then roll up and celebrate your hard-earned adulting.

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Dante Jordan

Dante Jordan is an Associate Subject Matter Expert for Leafly, where he specializes in informational and lifestyle content pertaining to cannabis strains and products. He also manages the Leafly strain database.

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  • maxwood

    $400 in the hole at the end of the month? That’s the figure I’ve seen for a pack-a-day niggotine $igarette $moker in NYC! Admittedly it takes a small fraction as much cannabis to run up such a total, but why do you crave heavy amounts of herb like that when there are users such as me who get a lot of good out of 25-50 mg every 2 days?
    Hint: I notice you talk about blunts. Are you rolling those with cigar skins– with addictive nicotine inside? Is all this $moking really a $neakotine technique to get the nicotine? Are you “up” to researching tobacco addition quite strategies?
    PS think about substituting the satisfaction and triumph of successful work for the nicotine fix: make the 89 minutes right after a toke a time of physical exercise, particularly including some hand-eye coordination. Most fascinating in my experience has been trimming low dead branches off various trees, picking up sticks that lie around tripping people, and making them into walksticks, toys, tool handles etc.

  • Brad Schulz

    Excellent article. If you really are a millennial you are wise beyond your years; although I’ve noticed that in a lot of millennials.

  • jimbro44

    You CAN write high? Maybe rethink that one… it read very oddly (lots of odd slang that is usually spoken, not written) but also (maybe this article just wasn’t for me but) who is siting there trying to keep up with… themself, by smoking an eighth every 36 hours (like the other person said blunts r a huge waste, try bowls or even bongs with an extinguisher (I use a coin wrapper in tinfoil so it stays right where you put it) and I guarantee you’ll almost double how long it lasts you. Maybe it’d cuz I’m 30, not a millenial, but this just didn’t resonate with me and had a lot of awkward wording. As we are dealing with a drug, recreation, medical/whatever so I prefer as much science as possible so that’s just personal taste I guess… I do enjoy many of leaflys articles.

    • Rebecca Kelley

      If you’re 30 years old, you fall into the millennial age range.

      • jimbro44

        I’m gen y…

        Now a lot of websites are claiming gen y is the same thing as a millenial, not only does this not make sense age wise, “millenial” didn’t even enter the English lexicon until I was into my 20s… Not only that, this would make anyone born from 80-95 a millenial..

        So people who are 37 are millenials?as well as 22 year olds?
        No… 86 is Gen Y.
        I was halfway through my life when the new millennium happened… I have nothing in common with a 17 year old or even my 22 year old brother born in 95, actually making him a millenial.
        Anyway more importantly, what’s your point?

        • Rebecca Kelley

          “Pew Research Center has established that the oldest ‘Millennial’ was born in 1981. The Center continues to assess demographic, attitudinal and other evidence on habits and culture that will help to establish when the youngest Millennial was born or even when a new generation begins. To distill the implications of the census numbers for generational heft, this analysis assumes that the youngest Millennial was born in 1997.” –

          I’m 33 and technically fall in the “Millennial” range, but I agree that this generational range seems more problematic than other ranges because of the rapid uptick in technology and the influence of the Internet. I tend to think of my age group as the “Oregon Trail” generation because we bridged the gap of pre- and post-Internet influence. But from an official categorial standpoint, I’m sorry to say that if I’m considered a Millennial at my age, you definitely are at 30.

          • jimbro44

            Why are you sorry to say that? TECHNICALLY gen y and millenial is the same thing (so my 22 year old brother and 37 years old cousin are the same generation) but my cousin (and myself, and I would guess you but idk your personality) would identify as gen y (millenial term wasn’t even invented until I was like 20) my brother however would identify as millenial most likely.
            I identify as gen y. Simple as that.. (I’m guessing you didnt even bother to read my link or you would know this)
            Best of luck to you!
            (I’m done as soon as people start trying to prove subjectivity with facts or that’s someone opinion is “wrong”. It’s an opinion, it can’t really be “wrong” just different than what you believe) edit: so now gen y/millenial is 81-97?? I saw dozens that said 80-95…
            I still didn’t see what your point was… why do u think there’s 2 names for 1 generation?
            If my 37 yr old cousin is a millenial then who is Gen y???

  • Keena Kelli

    Participating in structured physical activities enhances the therapeutic effect of cannabis and will improve your health regardless of your current condition.

  • So explain the recent study that says WEED MAKES YOU LAZY and it chemical reactions. Wow.