I'm 27 currently, I didn't smoke until I was just about turning 25 years old due to a ligament being torn from a sport I competed in for almost 7 years. Ended up getting diagnosed with tendonitis due to it on my knee and although I wasn't in too much pain, I was still in pain and I just didn't want to live with that pain every second of every day and although I'm normally one that is completely fine with pain and I live with it to this day because I compete in another combat sport now and my body is always hurting somewhere, this pain was just something I knew I didn't have to live with for such a long time.
Tried to get my family physician who has been my Doctor since the month after I was born and he just refused and offered me multiple prescription pills instead on top of anti-depressants when I told him I also had anxiety which I believed was from being an athlete my entire teenage years and early 20's to being unable to train/compete how I want to temporarily and possibly having to quit my sport (which I did but I found another that doesn't affect my knee nearly as much)
I told him I don't want to put my liver through the gutter by taking this stuff and long story short, I found a doctor would sign my stuff, ended up being able to get weed legally in the beginning before I discovered moms and the first time I smoked weed I was blown away. My entire life I thought people who smoked weed were just lazy, uneducated and needed a crutch. I thought it was a waste of money and I always made fun of how slow people I knew became when they were high and I refused to want to become that.
After that first joint, I felt my cheeks get tighter and I felt like they were expanding which in return made me feel like my eyes were closing, my feet felt like i had two concrete blocks attached to them but they didn't make me tired when I moved them so I didn't freak out and I noticed for the first time I didn't have a worry in the world and I wasn't experience the pain I was so used to living with. Good old pink kush!
Since then I have smoked consistently, sometimes I take up to 6 months or so off because I just get extremely busy and I get out of the habit of smoking it and because I don't "need" it how I did back then, I am okay with going completely sober at any point but I just find it now makes my time on earth more enjoyable, I enjoy food more, music, movies, shows and being out and about more enjoyable. I have anxiety daily and although weed doesn't cure it completely for me, it helps when I do smoke it or have an edible and I just can't believe I was so ignorant on the subject and now I just use it as a supplement to help inflammation from my training, headaches/migraines which I get from my training sometimes or other factors and most importantly, to SLEEP! My brain goes 1000 miles per hour at night and I can't sleep and in my position in life, I NEED to sleep.
Anyways, that's my story. If anyone read that, congrats to you for reading that novel.