June 25, 2010 6:13 PM Subscribe
How do I regain the brainpower I've lost after roughly a decade of marijuana use?
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! to health & fitness (32 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I started smoking once every couple of months from age 19 to 24, eventually smoking everyday for months at a time (taking a week break now and then) from age 25 to 28. I've been pot-free for three months now and it feels great! I have no intention of ever going back. I feel more clear-headed now, to be sure, but I am definitely not firing on as many cylinders as I used to.
I have trouble finding words quickly in my mind and my conversation skills have suffered. I also have trouble sorting my thoughts and emotions and have stuck my foot in my mouth on numerous occasions, only seeing the correct action or response after intense concentration and introspection. Everything just feels gummed up and jumbled! Even writing this question is a struggle! I've rewritten it, like, three times now. Oof.
Has anyone out there had luck re-starting their brain after so much weed? I'm looking for mental exercises, changes in diet, vitamins, anything to help me feel like my old self again, if that's even possible. Will it just take more time? I know I can't get back all the brain cells I had before I started, but there must be some way to cut through this haze.