How I Quit Smoking Pot: 12 Tips
Let it be noted that in most countries smoking marijuana is illegal, and in no way do I approve of or condone illicit and illegal activities.
So you want to stop smoking reefer, eh? There are many reasons you may want to quit. It could give you access to the job you've always wanted but were never able to get because of drug-testing. It can help you un-cloud your mind and get back in touch with your sober self—allowing you to reach your full potential. You might want to quit because someone you love does not appreciate your habit. Even if you are a steady smoker who is just considering taking a break, if you've stumbled across this page, chances are you want to quit. You have probably looked at countless sites with countless different pieces of advice. Well, look no more! This article is a comprehensive list of tips and tricks, based on my own experience, that will have you on your way to a clear mind.
1. You Have to Want to Quit
100%. If only part of you wants to quit, you will find that the other part of you that doesn’t want to quit will always win out. You have to want to quit with all your heart and fiber of being. The most important step to quitting has nothing to do with the actions you take, but the attitude you hold towards it. You don’t need marijuana, you don’t want to smoke marijuana, and you have to hold this mindset in order to quit, or else you will find yourself relapsing over and over again. With quitting a habit, it’s all or nothing. Same with smoking weed.
2. There Are No Physical Symptoms
People who have tried to quit smoking and failed will tell you about the withdrawal symptoms they experienced that caused them to relapse: loss of appetite, loss of sleep, more anxiety, restlessness, boredom, etc. All these things are terrible, but it’s important to understand that they are not necessary when quitting weed. All these symptoms are psychosomatic in nature, meaning that they are psychological symptoms manifesting themselves in physical form. What this means is that you don’t have to experience the symptoms at all! The only reason you will experience the symptoms is if you believe you need to smoke pot. You can have a completely symptom-free quitting period if you convince yourself that you don’t need the stuff, and you have the power to quit with ease (which you do! You just have to believe it!). Having this mindset worked for me, it will work for you if you put yourself to it. Quitting any habit is a matter of willpower.
3. Two-Methods: Cold-Turkey and Tapering
There are two common ways to quit: quitting cold turkey and gradually lessening your use. Both of these methods work, it just depends on what works for you personally. For me, it was quitting cold-turkey. I prefer this method because it causes you to completely stop and removes that temptation to relapse. With gradually quitting, you’re still leaving yourself the opportunity to start back up with it. I have tried the gradual method multiple times and it never worked, but quitting cold-turkey did. However, it might be different with you. Try both and see what works for you.
4. Maintain a Good Diet and Exercise
It is super important to maintain a good diet and exercise while trying to quit. This will make you feel good, keep you motivated, and keep your mind clear and focused towards your goal. Exercise also relieves anxiety, a psychological symptom you may experience while trying to quit. Having a proper diet and exercise will also give you better sleep, which is a huge factor in helping you to quit weed. One of the most common complaints among people trying to quit smoking is the inability to sleep as well. However, if you use up enough energy throughout the day, you will fall asleep quickly and sleep well for the night, reefer or no reefer. Exercise helps you use up energy, giving you better quality of sleep.
5. Distract Your Mind with a New Hobby
You are going to crave weed. You’re going to want it, desire it, feel like you even need it. But this is untrue, and you know it. The best thing to do when having these cravings is to divert your attention. Pick up a hobby, read a book, do anything that will distract your mind from weed. The more productive you are, the more you will accomplish, and the easier it will be to quit. After you do this for a couple of days, you won’t even be thinking about or desiring weed!
6. Drink Lots of Water
I have yet to see this piece of advice listed in other articles or advice columns, but it will help. Drinking more water helps flush out your system, getting rid of the toxins that have been building up in your body, lessening your addiction for the substance. This one is a common sense one, but a lot of people don’t think about it. Drink lots of water to clear your body and your mind.
7. Create Social Support
Scientific studies have shown time and time again that whenever someone is dealing with a psychological issue (and quitting a habit is one), having a strong social support system greatly increases your chance of success. Tell your friends and your family that you are quitting, they will be more than happy to help you stay focused on and attain your goal.
8. Do NOT Replace One Bad Habit with Another
A piece of advice I have heard from smokers to other smokers who want to quit is to replace weed with cigarettes. This is a terrible idea and will not fix anything. All you’re doing is replacing one bad habit with another. This is just dumb. If you’re going to replace a habit, replace it with something constructive.
9. Stay Away!
Don’t put yourself in situations where access to the substance is easy. This is just going to tempt you more. Stay away from external influences that are going to cause you to relapse. If you have friends that smoke, but don’t want to quit with you, tell them you are quitting and ask them to not use weed around you. They should be more than happy to respect your wishes and help you accomplish your goal.
10. Join a Program
You may find that these steps just aren’t enough to push you to quit. That’s why people have designed programs to help you quit. These programs will give you even greater social support and advice for quitting.
11. Reward Yourself
If you think you can handle it and it suits your goals, reward yourself with quitting by smoking every once in a while. Like once every two weeks, or once a month, or even once a year. This works well with the tapering method. However, you may want to completely quit, in which case you should find another way to reward yourself. This way is much more recommended. Treat yourself to ice cream, go see a movie, do something that encourages you to continue your good behavior. It might even be a good idea to ask someone else to keep track of you and reward you when you are doing well!
12. Don't Just Try One Method
Try everything. The more factors you have towards you quitting, the easier it will be. Don’t just follow one or two steps, follow as many as possible! The more power you put behind your efforts, the easier your efforts will be. Quitting weed doesn’t have to be hard, you just have to set yourself up for success.
If you follow my advice, you should be able to quit with ease! If you relapsed, it’s probably because you didn’t want to quit bad enough, and you need to re-examine the reasons behind quitting. I will repeat myself, you have to want to quit 100% or it won’t work. That is the first and most important step. All or nothing. Good luck!
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