How To Quit Smoking Weed Forever!

Proven Methods I used to beat marijuana dependence in 30 days without withdrawal symptoms.

It takes only ten minutes to read this post, but it can change your life, and it will.

How to quit smoking weed

I think you will agree with me when I say: 

"There is nothing wrong with smoking a joint every now and then", right?

​Well, no. But smoking every day is a problem, some people even do it multiple times each day. It becomes an oppression and like any other addictive substance, it can hold you back from living your life fully, and from performing even some basic daily tasks.

I bet you didn't know this, but I have been there. For twelve years I wasted my life smoking pot and it did more harm than it ever did good.

Six months ago, I finally decided that I will have a proper life without marijuana. 

My name is Mike, stay with me here, and see how to quit weed for good, beat withdrawal and have a better life. Also, see how I managed to do all that in 30 days by combining these methods. You can do this too!

Without further ado, let's start:

What is Marijuana Addiction and how dangerous it is?

cannabis problem

Marijuana dependence is a serious problem that needs to be addressed as soon as it is diagnosed because it can have a major impact on someone's life and choices one makes under influence.

Many people claim that marijuana is not addictive at all, but that is just not true. You wouldn't be reading this text if you didn't realize that you have a problem and that you need some help solving it. Here are some facts that are often overlooked:

  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse has done some research and the result is that about 9% of recreational users end up with dependence and that number rises to 17% if using weed starts in the teen years.
  • This means that close to 3 million people in the USA alone are fighting their addiction problem.
  • Some studies have proven that weed has an even stronger effect on those whose brains are still developing.
  • Some would say that smoking weed is safer than drinking alcohol, but it can still cause dependence and a lot of problems just like any other addictive substance.
  • Thousands of people are searching the Internet each month for a solution to marijuana habit. 12000 people are searching for "how to quit smoking weed" every single month!

Is Marijuana Addictive?

Like we mentioned before, many users strongly defend their marijuana needs, saying that the substance is not addictive, but that is simply not true. However, even though cannabis does develop a level of addiction in everyday users, the addiction is lighter and less serious than the bond developed with consuming alcohol and other drugs, but it is still there.

Although using pot might feel like it's safe and like it has no consequences, you should always keep in mind that addiction is going to kick in sooner or later. Recreational use can quickly turn into regular consumption and that will result in an addiction that may or may not be hard to shake off, it depends mostly on the strength of your character and the willpower to shake it off.

Signs of Marijuana Addiction and Abuse

Like with every other substance, using too much pot can and will have certain symptoms that affect your behavior and thoughts. These are some of the symptoms that are common for weed addicts:

signs of marijuana abuse
  • Distorted perception
  • Having a difficult time solving problems
  • Learning and memory issues
  • Red Eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Anxiety and paranoia
  • Coordination problems
  • Loss of control

As you can see, these symptoms do not seem like serious problems, but the fact is that they will often cause problems in normal, everyday activities that can't be done properly in the state of being high. The addiction might not directly result in a serious matter, but it can cause a lot of problems in the long run.

Long Term side effects of marijuana abuse

Problems listed above are the short-term effects of pot on a person's thoughts and action, that occur while the subject is under the influence. The ones below are the long-term effects that need some serious work and dedication to shake off.

  • Reduced resistance to illnesses
  • Growth disorders
  • Drowsiness, lack of motivation
  • Mood and personality changes
  • Inability to think and understand things clearly
  • Immune system suppression
  • Decreased sexual capacity
  • Decay of lung fibers

Of course, these are not all of the long-term issues that cannabis addicts have to cope with, but they are enough to give you a little insight in this problem. This type of drug abuse might not seem like a serious issue, but things can get pretty extreme in no time at all.

Top 5 Reasons to Stop Smoking Weed Everyday

Finding a way to grab a hold on your addiction, you need to realize that quitting weed has many positive sides. Once you realize that, you can start your fight to quit for good. These are the top 5 reasons you need to consider on why to stop smoking pot:

  • Save money: Chronic smokers get their supplies in quantity if they are smart, and when everything adds up, they spend between $10 and $20 dollars a day. If you save your weed money for a period of six months, you'll have a considerable amount of cash that you can use on many other things.
  • Increased Stamina: Your lungs suffer a lot because of smoking. If you're a chronic smoker, the odds are that your lungs have shrunk in capacity and running just a block or two feels like someone is stabbing your lungs. Once you quit using, you can exercise a little and you will feel a drastic positive change on your organism in a matter of weeks.
  • Sleep better: Everyone knows that smoking up before going to bed interrupts the natural sleep cycle. Most users think that they can't go to sleep without smoking up, but that creates a problem no one is aware of. The natural sleep rhythm is changed and this is felt through all other activities. After quitting pot, you will be able to rest better, feel less stress and you will also have more energy doing the day. You need to take control over your sleeping if you want to live healthier and longer.
  • Anxiety disorder: Long time smokers can suffer a serious case of anxiety disorder. This has been tested and well documented for decades now and the treatment for such problem is often difficult and complicated, not to mention costly. The more you wait to quit, the bigger the chances are that you'll become a statistic. Get a grip as soon as possible and save yourself the trouble.
  • Uncontrollable mood swings: Think about yourself and your actions for a minute, and you'll realize that weed has made your mood swing plenty of times. You are normal only when you're high, in other cases, you tend to react much harder than needed. Being in full control over yourself and actions is much better.

​How To Quit Smoking Weed for Good - 
3 Proven Methods

There are a several effective and easy ways that can help you. We will not go through all of them, just the three best ones that will let you achieve a healthy life without dependence on marijuana you had to live with every day.

Method 1: Cold Turkey or Willpower

When people really want to shake their bad habits off and when they want to take control over their lives again, it normally takes a lot of effort. This can be achieved through a couple of ways, but the most effective one has to be quitting cold turkey. This basically means that you decide that you want to stop using pot, and you just pick a day in the calendar and quit. Of course, this too needs some preparation and these are the steps you need to take:

quitting pot cold turkey
  • Get rid of smoking gadgets that could make you go back again. That means throwing out all of the weed, bongs, lighters, and anything else that is related to smoking up.
  • Delete all dealer's numbers out of your phone and get rid of any posters, movies, music and video games that remind you off weed. This might seem a little extreme, but that's the only real way to put an end to it.
  • Tell everyone you are quitting:When you are sure of your decision, tell all of your closest friends and family that you are quitting. That is really important if your friends are smokers. If they are real friends, they will respect your decision, but if that's not the case, you may have to avoid pot smoking friends for some time, until you feel strong enough to say no.
  • Prepare for marijuana withdrawal. They usually peak after two or three days, and all of the symptoms wear off after about two weeks. During this time, avoid caffeine, and remember that your organism is cleaning itself out, so mood swings and anxiety can happen.
  • Find an activity as a replacement. Instead of smoking, you should find a new activity, like sports or a hobby that is going to keep your mind focused on something else. It can be playing an instrument, or just taking a walk or something like that. Just find something that is going to keep you occupied.
  • Change your everyday routine. Get up earlier, take a different way to work, eat something you don't usually
  • Avoid the locations that remind you off weed. If a friend lights up, just get out of there. You can also chew bubblegum or something similar just to keep yourself occupied. Remember to drink lots of water.
  • Hold your ground! You will experience some of the symptoms of withdrawal, but remember that they only last for about three weeks. Put a milestone at the end of the month and treat yourself with something after the first month clean!

Method 2: Seeking Medical Assistance

When you decide to seek some professional help, you should know that there are a couple of ways which you can take to cure your weed addiction problem. We will take some time to mention them.

medical assistance with quitting ganja
  • Visit a psychiatrist. Visiting a medical doctor is always a good idea because he can give you some professional advice and he can also prescribe the medication that will ease your marijuana withdrawal effects. If you already tried quitting gradually or cold turkey, and if you failed to control yourself, visiting a doctor is the best option. Keep in mind that a visit like this can cost a lot and that you need to do everything that the doctor tells you, or he won't see you again.
  • See a therapist. Sometimes, the use of drugs, as well as marijuana is driven by some hidden underlying issue you're dragging along for years. To see what the problem really is, you need to see a therapist that specializes in addiction issues. There are a couple of types of therapy, the therapist will tell you about all of the details once you check into his office.
  • Join a support group. If you have a lack of confidence and if you can't simply quit on your own, a support group might do you wonders. This group is full of people that are undergoing the same thing you are at the moment, and that means that they will understand you and you won't feel judged. By taking small steps, you will eventually forget about pot for good.
  • Find an activity as a replacement. Instead of smoking, you should find a new activity, like sports or a hobby that is going to keep your mind focused on something else. It can be playing an instrument, or just taking a walk or something like that. Just find something that is going to keep you occupied.
  • Rehab. We have mentioned this already, but rehab is considered as a medical assistance. Once again, you should check yourself into an institution only when all other options have failed to keep you off the weed.

Method 3 - Quitting Gradually

Quitting gradually is probably the best way to get rid of a habit or an addiction. It doesn't take as much character as quitting cold turkey, but you still need to have lots of discipline and self-control. You will also control the usage of weed in this case, and slowly you'll use less and less, to the point where you totally stop using. These are the steps you need to make:

quitting weed gradually
  • Pick out a date when you want to completely stop smoking pot. Before you even start the process, you need to pick the end date. Don't make it too far away, between two weeks and a month is perfectly fine. If that seems too quick, stretch it to a couple of months, but that is just if you are a long-term heavy smoker. Two weeks could be a really short time to give up something you liked so much.
  • Establish a plan. You need to figure out how much pot will you be smoking between the starting point and the finish. This process should be linear, that means that you should be consuming only half of the weed you do now when you reach the halfway point. Get a nice big calendar and mark how much weed you will use every day. Make sure you put that plan somewhere where you see it every day and stick to it. You can't make any exceptions.
  • Portion your supplies in advance. Instead of getting the weed you need every day, you should take a bigger portion and have it prepared for days ahead of time. That way, you won't have to think about it and you'll control how much you take. Just imagine that it's some medication you need.
  • Keep yourself occupied. As you smoke less, you have more free time on your hands. It is very important that you find some activities that are going to keep you occupied. Find a new hobby, or enjoy sports, or whatever makes you feel better and you won't even notice a difference. You should also take the time to relax, but try to plan your day with social activities, hobbies, pretty much anything that keeps you focused on other things than weed. Don't overdo it because that can have negative effects.
  • Stay motivated. You need to focus on your goal if you really want to quit smoking marijuana. Always remind yourself of the reasons why you want to quit. Whether it's your health or thinking, or social life, it doesn't matter. Remember to stay focused! Write your reasons down and tape it somewhere where you see it. Write it down on a small card and keep it with you in your wallet so you can take a look at them whenever things get hard. Having a moment of weakness is normal, but when that happens, remember why you want to stop smoking. You'll feel more active and motivated to cope with everyday problems as well as conquer some bigger ones.

​My Favorite Method:
Quit Weed on your Own Terms

If you tried all three methods above, or if you don't feel comfortable letting people know that you are smoking in a first place this is a method of choice for you.

This is actually the method I used to quit after 12 years of daily smoking. I prefer it because it allows you to:

  • Avoid confronting people you know and their judgment
  • Do everything from home
  • Save money compared to rehab clinics and doctors
  • Do it at your own terms
  • Avoid withdrawal and detox faster

FAQ

Q: If I stop smoking weed will my brain fully recover?

A: The answer to this question is yes! Your brain will recover fully after a couple of weeks. You will feel how your thoughts are not clouded and that your brain works much quicker.

Q: If I quit weed, will I gain weight?

A: No. You won't be as hungry as when you were smoking for the first couple of weeks. After that, your appetite will return to normal.

Q: Is it normal to experience headaches after quitting weed?

A: Yes. Headaches and anxiety are normal symptoms of withdrawal. Your brain is fighting the need for THC.

Resources and Help Articles

Marijuana Anonymous - a website with good programs that will help you end your addiction.

Reddit Leaves- a subreddit dedicated to help people with weed related problems.

Uncommon Forum - a good forum to help you cope with addiction.

7 Ways Marijuana is Hurting Your Family Life - our article about weed and family life.

Is Smoking Weed Once a Week Considered Addiction? - our article about weed addiction definition