Sometimes smoking weed feels like spending time with a toxic friend. You don’t really want to do it, but the drama of actually kicking them out of your life feels like too much to think about right now. Thinking about quitting your weed habit is no different. You want to stop and get your life, bank balance and health back in order, but are concerned about the withdrawal symptoms, about the effect they might have on your relationships, work and daily life, and whether or not you could cope.
The good news is that it is generally possible to stop smoking weed without any life impacting withdrawal symptoms; so now you know that there’s every reason to keep on reading, learn more about how the process could work for you, and give it a go. It will take some determination, effort and will power, but without those things you are probably not ready to quit anyhow.
Understanding how to stop smoking weed can be tough for yourself, your family and even your friends. This guide will help you on a path of success to find the best way of quitting for good.
Start Making Changes
Some people do better when they quit and addiction cold turkey, but weed is as much about psychological dependence as conquering an actual physical need, so cutting down gradually and revising your relationship with it is a better way to break free for good. There’s no magic timetable to consult for clues on this, but set yourself a reasonable rough timeframe for getting to the ‘no weed at all’ moment. It could be days, weeks or a couple of months, depending on your life and commitments. Obviously it makes sense to avoid the final stage clashing with any events you know are likely to trigger stress.
Tips on how to cut down
Understand your own motivations
Writing things down makes it easier to process information, so making lists about things like why you want to quit, the benefits you expect to get from doing that, what might get in the way, and the worries or concerns you have about the whole thing help your brain fire up and get ready, not just to do battle, but to win.
Share your plans with a limited number of people
It’s good to let people know what you plan to do, so long as they will support you in the best way possible. Contacts who still smoke weed may be less useful at this point, as are those who cannot imagine quitting without any major problems. Just remember that people can act in unpredictable ways, and they may not always be thinking of your needs first.
Plan a month long ‘nutritional cleanse’
Many people believe that eating fresh, unprocessed, whole foods and drinking lots of water while cutting down then quitting a weed addiction really helps knock withdrawal symptoms out of the park at top speed. As the body stores THC - the bit of weed that produces cravings –and consequently withdrawal symptoms – in fat cells, a deep cleanse will get those toxins out of your system in no time.
Identify your triggers
Even someone with the steeliest will is at risk of going back to old habits if the opportunity arises, so there’s no point in quitting weed and then just resuming life exactly as it was before. Working out likely triggers means you can plan to avoid or overcome them. That isn’t always easy as it may well mean ending relationships and friendships, changing jobs, learning new ways to reduce pain or any number of other difficult decisions. Or it may be quite simple, like leaving a party with no fanfare (and no regrets) when the weed starts getting passed around, or taking up exercise to relieve stress from the job you can’t quit just yet.
Wrapping it up
You may have noticed that so far most of the information covered has been about preparation, and that’s simply because the roots of cannabis dependency, (and any problems quitting using it completely brings on), are psychological. Only 50% of those who quit dead experience any significant withdrawal symptoms, and those who cut down gradually and sensibly are more able to absorb any unpleasant effects of reduced consumption, such as trouble sleeping, going off food, or headaches into daily life, often without even noticing.
The key to successfully quitting weed without withdrawal symptoms is 90% about revising and making sensible changes to your mindset, habits and lifestyle, and maybe 10% preparing strategies to deal with any slight irritation, which gets in the way. Taking charge ahead of time helps too. For example, if insomnia could be a problem try changing your sleeping habits before it hits. Move into another room, rearrange your furniture, buy a hammock, camp in the garden one night, or try out the sofa, you are the one calling the shots.
Once your head is in the right place it should be time to take that final step into a new, weed free life; confident that your preparation and effort has paid off, big time.