Well to start things off I am a HEAVY toker. I've been smoking regularly since I was 15 and I am 20 now. For the past 4 years or so I have been blazing more or less everyday and use it to mask many of my problems in life. I had a tough childhood and now have real anger problems and mild depression if I'm alone for long periods of time without the blessing of marijuana. You know, the usual story... They say that weed isn't addictive or habit forming, but any truly seasoned toker knows this to be nonesense. Weed is extremely psychologically addictive, and deceptively sneaky in that it doesnt devastate your life in the same way an alcohol/coke/heroin problem would. You can smoke weed all day every day and if you really put your mind to it, can live a perfectly happy life, land scores of hot women and make plenty of dollar. Because of this, most people, including myself, REALLY don't want to quit smoking weed for any amount of time. I myself am in my final year of University and have about 5 months of my course left. My Mum died 2 months ago and ever since then I have been smoking an extreme amount of bud. Thankfully I haven't turned to harder drugs (though have had the odd MDMA/coke session) and my drinking hasn't been excessive to any alarming levels; though my cannabis use has been through the roof. In UK these days it's basically Â£10 for a gram of high grade if you have the right contacts. I can usually get Q's for Â£55 and easily tear through them in 2-3 days and recently I have been been picking up Â£20's worth every day. Financially this is NOT viable and I am literally squandering all my money on something that can be grown for free. However, with the increasing use of thermal imagin by police helicopters and more and more grow ops being shut down in UK, I've been perfectly happy just to work and buy ganja until now. My Uni also has very strict ties with the police so that any kind of drug related arrest (for dealing, not so much for recreational use) usually leds to immediate expulsion. Also, it's been getting to the point where I've been going to bed almost every night for a week thinking 'right this it, tommorow I'm not gonna smoke weed.' Every single day I've woken up and thought 'fuck me I would kill for a few bongs or a spliff and within the hour have had a fat bag of ganja tucked in my hand. Don't get me wrong, I love weed and don't want to quit, but that in itself is the problem. When I am stoned, I am far too content to squander entire days and even weeks playing skyrim/modern warfare3/fifa 12/battlefield 3(I'm a nerd like that) and nothing (especially my essays) gets done. I am in a position where I could get a good grade in my degree a I have somehow managed to more or less stay on track grades wide, despite shockingly heavy amphetamine use in my first year and similarly extreme levels of blazing/partying last year (though not so heavy on the narcotic use.) A week off weed would really do me some benefits. My tolerance is sky high and it takes me literally 5 or 6 bongs back to back of the highest grade to feel 'lifted'. After a nice good spliff I literally start craving another one almost immediately and have to satiate my bud lust with insant bong hits. So basically what I'm saying is, these days I feel like I'm smoking to feel 'normal,' rather than to get high. I feel slow as fuck for the first few hours of any given day and every inch of me is screaming to get bud. This is never a good thing and this, combined with the other signs I mentioned really point towards me needing a weed break of at least a week. Before anyone comes in with the 'hav sum willpowa it just a plant d00d' bullshit,' I don't want to hear it. For many people, weed is not just a plant, it is a walking crutch that supports them through the harsh, slippery terrain that comprises our lives. When you have been smoking it for years on end, as myself and many other Blades have, then it becomes engrained in your existence. Many of your close friends will toke just as much and you will associate some of your very happiest times and memories with the herb. When this becomes the case, and you have money in the bank/time on your hands, then it becomes very hard not to give into that teasing voice that's saying 'go on bruv, just smoke some weed. You know you want to...' But I'm not giving into that voice, not this time. I'm going on a 7 day break (at least) to clear my head, reduce my tolerance, save some money, reaffirm my life objectives and mainly to prove to myself that I am in control of my ganja smoking, not the other way around. So at the end of every day I will be posting a briefing on how my day's gone and the observations I have made whilst sober. Hopefully I will join the gym and get back on the fitness thing (which I was very much on until a few weeks ago where I utterly forsook my exercise plan and got back on my junk food diet), but mainly I hope to make huge progress with my assignments. Next Sunday I have a day off and will quite probably treat myself to an all day blaze with my newly lowered tolerance, but until then I will have to do without my old pal THC. And I know a week isn't massive, but it's the longest I've gone in the past 5 years and is a huge step for me. Also, every time I've made it past the 5 day mark I have been fucking LIT on that first blaze back, especially if I have done lots of exercise in the week. But wish me luck anyway blades, day 1 report coming tommorow night.