Your smoking routine sounds pretty similar to mine. During the week, I only smoke after work (no more waking & baking before work for me) and try to stay off the internet since I'm staring at a computer all day at work and prefer to focus on music. And I don't drink but you already knew that. But yeah, some tunes and some weed after a long day at work and a 1/2 hr of exercise is just what the doctor ordered. Oh and I also take melatonin to help me sleep (is natural and works pretty well).
"Dark paths" can be difficult to escape once you're on them but I have gotten better about analyzing these thoughts and my general depression (when I'm clearly overreacting to something) and am able to get over things quicker.
"As far as music, I am way more willing to grow on a certain album by repeated listenings if I have a huge interest in wanting to like it lately. It used to take me a ton more time to really get into something that didn't click with me instantly. I don't know if thats the weed doing it or just more patience/getting older."
I go back and forth. In some ways, I'm more patient/open to stuff that doesn't necessarily blow me away upon the initial listen but at the same time, I've attained more awareness of my preferences and listening habits with age. In other words, I'll sometimes listen to something and acknowledge that it's objectively pretty good but also be aware that it's probably not something I'll want to listen to due to my habits. Like I said earlier, I've gotten pretty good at predicting how much I'll like an album/artist by just sampling a few tracks. I'm certainly better at predicting this than I used to be. But that's probably pretty common