I recently had to quit smoking weed to attend an ayahuasca ceremony about a week ago. Although I’m no longer a hardcore stoner, I’ve been smoking cannabis consistently for years. If I were thrown before a judge in a drug court, they would probably say that I have a “marijuana use disorder” or something similar because of my frequency of use, but during that week I realized that “no, I’m not addicted after cannabis ”.
Sure, I like to smoke cannabis a lot, but when it came to quitting for a week, I really had no problem. It did not negatively affect my sleep, mood, or appetite. I think I’m one of the lucky ones who can consume cannabis without getting addicted.
However, during my week of abstinence, I discovered a few things related to my own productivity. One thing I continue to do these days has helped me achieve significantly more in my daily activities.
Today I’m going to share a few productivity hacks for the prolific cannabis users out there.
Although I don’t smoke a lot these days – at least compared to before – the wake-n-bake has been a staple for me for many years. I like to wake up in the morning, drink coffee, meditate, and maybe do some breathwork before I get up. Sure, that’s not technically a wake-n-bake, but considering I wake up at 5:30 a.m. every day, I get up at 6:30 a.m.
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Recently, however, my need for morning tokens has diminished due to the breath work and meditation, and with the recent entry into the ayhuasca ceremony, I have been able to reassess my relationship with cannabis.
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In the week leading up to the ceremony, I was asked to avoid a number of things – one of which was smoking marijuana. As I mentioned earlier, this did not cause me any significant discomfort. It was simply a decision, “Okay, don’t smoke weed” and my body and mind followed suit.
As I focused on the ceremony over the weekend, I realized that there were a lot of “outstanding” things that needed to be done, and since I was the “sober” version of myself, I got around to it.
The whole week I felt more productive – maybe a little more stressed, but more productive overall.
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When I came back after the ceremony, I decided to only smoke cannabis at night. I wouldn’t use marijuana anymore [at least for the week] hoping to replicate the previous week’s productivity.
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After a few days, I enjoyed the evening token a lot more than the morning token. I realized that this behavior change enabled me to achieve optimal levels of performance while reaping the benefits of cannabis use.
That’s a win right there!
Here are some tips I want to share with anyone interested in increasing their productivity while maintaining a regular cannabis habit.
Do not use Wake N Bake
The name of the title and the inspiration for this piece, it works wonders. Cannabis relaxes you and sometimes you don’t need to be relaxed. Sometimes you need a little stress to motivate yourself. You manage the stress at the end of the day.
Your prize money
At the end of the day when you are done with all the hustle and bustle, your best bet is to reach for a premium token. You can feel all the stress go away, your mind clearing, and you can focus on other things for a moment.
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Plan your day the night before
While not dealing with cannabis, it helps give you a rough idea of your next day in order to stay on track.
If you have to smoke, use caution
Some people, like my wife, use cannabis for medicinal purposes. If you need to use cannabis to relieve a symptom, this is where the productivity booster is. In my case, I don’t have chronic pain, anxiety, or stress. I use cannabis as a stimulant to change my perspective and find an infinite vault of content pouring out of my brain. I use it to write new music or literature. However, if you are using it for medicinal purposes and it is suppressing a symptom of discomfort, only consume it until the symptom has subsided and continue through your day.
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Make a list, cross out tasks
You should have a small notepad handy. Physically crossing out tasks only provides an added sense of “achievement”. Of course, most people have phones and that works too, but the little notepad is a personal touch that helps me stay on track a little more. If you want to use your phone, a task manager is a great way to keep track and optimize your time.
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Cannabis can affect productivity. We have to be honest. If you do a bong rip every morning, you are not 100% as productive as you can be. While this may be okay, productivity may not be your primary concern. If that’s the case, then I can’t tell you not to relax the way you do.
However, if you smoke cannabis and want to be a bit more productive, I recommend trying one of the things I mentioned. The worst that can happen is nothing. The best that can happen is that you become more productive.
This article originally appeared on Cannabis.net and was republished with permission.