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  • How to Stop Smoking Weed

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    There are many posts on CannabisRehab.org that discuss various tips and strategies on how to stop smoking the drug and I would advise reading them all. I thought however that I would do a essential check list of tips for quitting cannabis, based on various research I have done on the internet.

    *Firstly I would consider are there any underlying reasons for why you are using drugs? If you are self medicating for either physical or emotional reasons, you may need to take action and even seek specialist professional help to treat the underlying problem. You may want to read my post on Marijuana for pain relief, What are the alternatives?

    *Then I would consider how you are going to quit, are you capable of doing it by yourself, or do you need professional treatment or rehab. If you feel that you are in need of professional treatment or cannabis rehab check out our Related Websites page.

    If you chose not to go for professional treatment or rehab, then I would consider doing the following in order to maximize your chances of quitting.

    *You need to decide the method you are going use to quit, are you going to gradually reduce the amount you smoke before hand or go cold turkey, obviously gradually tapering off is the gentler way of doing it but you may find this is not possible, especially if you have become addicted, addicts often find it is an all or nothing type scenario, of course you can always try either and see what works best for you but if you are truly hooked and can’t gradually reduce the amount you smoke you may just have to detox cold turkey.

    *Distracting yourself with other things that your enjoy is vital if you are to succeed in quitting, these can include sport, exercise, hobbies, entertainment, books, DVDs, etc. I would say that it’s crucial that you do something that involves some kind of exercise, as your body is really going to be in need of those feel good endorphins it will release.

    *I know they are not for everybody, but if you can master things like yoga, meditation, self hypnosis or any other type of relaxation exercise, they are really useful tools for helping you cope.

    *Avoid people who smoke dope, if you are going to succeed the last thing you want is to be around others, who are constantly putting temptation in front of you. This is one of the golden rules of giving up any drug.

    *Limit your intake of caffeine, start reducing your consumption about 3 weeks before you stop smoking weed, this will help reduce symptoms like anxiety and heart palpitations.

    *Consume lot's of complex carbs, drink lots of real fruit juices.

    *Eat healthily, lots of veg and salad, maybe supplement your diet with vitamin and mineral tablets, try to consume plenty of omega fatty acids. The right diet will really help your body cope better.

    *It may be best to continue to smoke tobacco if you mix it in with your marijuana, although I read one article that compared the effects of giving up tobacco with giving up cannabis, it said that half the people who gave up cannabis that also smoked tobacco, found it easier when continuing to smoke tobacco and the other half didn’t, so maybe it depends on the individual. You may want to make that decision depending on how you react.

    *Whenever you feel the like you are going to crack, try to focus on the reasons why you want to quit. (Come and read the posts on this forum, if it helps). Write yourself a list of all the reasons you can think of why you want to detox and whenever you feel the need read the list.

    *Visualise how your life could be if you didn’t take cannabis, write a list of goals you want to achieve, whenever you need motivation read the list.

    *Make a list of the top ten or twenty people that are the most important to you, or who you respect the most. Tell them why you want to detox and make a promise to them of when you will quit by, this will give you extra motivation as if you continue to use after that date, you will feel as if you are letting these people down.

    *Try to establish a connection with people who understand why you feel the need to quit. If possible find yourself some kind of sponsor, someone you can confide in when times are tough and who will give you the encouragement and support you need, support groups like marijuana and narcotics anonymous are excellent for this, for more information check out our Related Websites page. Anyway establish a support network (both online and offline). When you are feeling bad and feel like you are about to crack, instead of caving in write down what you are feeling, then come and post it here, it will help to share what you are going through with others who are going through the same, it does work, that’s why groups like narcotics anonymous are so successful at helping people recover and I would always advise joining one of them, the only problem is that they are not available 24/7, we are, take advantage of our free service. We are all trying to detox and stay off marijuana, we are all with you.

    *Once you have got to the stage where you have decided that you are not going to smoke anymore cannabis, get rid of all your smoking paraphernalia and equipment, delete or get rid of all your dealers numbers and definitely get rid of any dope you have already got.

    *Identify triggers that cause you to smoke, try to avoid those triggers.

    *Give yourself a treat for your achievements. (Obviously not drugs).

    *Organise as much as possible before hand, particularly anything that might cause you upset or stress. Have your house clean, bills paid, do all you can to make it as stress free as possible, don’t expect to achieve too much else while you kick the habit, that is the achievement. Take time to accomplish it.

    *Try to maintain a positive mental attitude, this is going to be a difficult mental battle and positive thinking will make all the difference.

    *Take it one day at a time.

    Once you have quit staying off marijuana long term will also require a number of strategies, but the longer you go the easier it will get. You may find that you now have a lot of time on your hands, so one of the most important things is to find other things to replace getting stoned with, so learn that instrument, read or write that book, take up that hobby that you never had the time to pursue, do those things that you always wanted to do. And if you need to keep going to those support group meetings keep going, keep using this forum, make sure that you have always got an outlet to share and express how you feel, whenever you feel the need to use. Whether it’s been five days or five years since you last used, you are always welcome at marijuana/narcotics anonymous and you will always be welcome to post here.

    If anyone can think of anything else on how to stop smoking the drug please post it.

    Remember whether you think you can or you can’t, you are probably right.
    Cannabis Rehab Admin

    If you wish to Use then Use, Your Body Your Choice, You're NOT a Criminal and I wish you well!

    My Choice is to be Drug Rehabilitated for 15 years because I Chose to be free from its Control on me!

  • #2
    I find hot baths help me deal with the cravings.

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    • #3
      music

      wat works for me?

      favourite music blasting through the earphones for a half hour and drift off to ur fav tunes-gets rid of some of the stress too-especially if u like judas priest

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      • #4
        Also if you mouth and fingers feel like they need something to do, try sucking a lollipop.
        Cannabis Rehab Admin

        If you wish to Use then Use, Your Body Your Choice, You're NOT a Criminal and I wish you well!

        My Choice is to be Drug Rehabilitated for 15 years because I Chose to be free from its Control on me!

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        • #5
          I'm actually making a note of every single trigger that comes up so I can recognise situations I need to avoid...the results are surprising. It helps, because the things that can't be avoided can at least be planned for and as they say, forewarned is forearmed. I'm also finding passionflower tea helpful with the sleeplessness..haven't found anything else natural that works though!

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          • #6
            sleep

            at night is when i get the worst cravings... i lay in bet for hours and hours sleepless. and it sucks. i find the sleeping pills that you can get over the counter at the drug store are helping me get through the first week... be careful tho as sleeping pills can be addictive, and you don't want to be off the pot and into the fire... so to speak. what i'm doing is taking sleeping pills for the first 3 nights then really tiring myself out on the third day and not take the pills. eventually you want to be off both the drug and the sleeping pills. so try and find a balance.

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            • #7
              I think many will object to this and I understand why, but being a tobacco smoker since I was 15 I find that when I usually have a spliff, I'll now have a cig instead. This is probably not such a good idea but honestly I think I would go insane even more so if I quit tobacco, I have done before but I hadn't been addicted to pot then. When this ones done, I'll consider quitting smoke altogether.
              But don't start smoking cigs.

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              • #8
                Cannabis Rehab Admin – I never even considered my coffee consumption, but since I stopped smoking pot, I have drastically cut down how much coffee I drink in the morning. I now only drink about a 1/3 amount of coffee. I think the big reason is that I am now clear when I wake up, before I was still in a the drug haze from the night before and I needed something to give me a kick start. Now, I drink a little coffee and I am good for the entire day, no more bringing the thermo mug to work to suck on coffee all day. BFB, benefits like these I never even considered. I’m starting to see more benefits than I ever imagined by quitting smoking pot.

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                • #9
                  How to Stop Smoking Weed

                  It’s funny with the coffee thing, one of the side effects of giving up dope can be anxiety which too much coffee can make worse, it’s great to hear you have reduced the amount of coffee you drink which in can be another addiction in its self. Like you say and I think a lot of drug users can experience this, you can end up taking one drug to counter the side effects of taking another, a lot of people who take sedatives and stimulants can fall into that trap.

                  Anyway it’s good to hear that the positive elements of the one thing are having a positive effect on another. Like you say it’s amazing just how many other ways you benefit that you may not have even thought of.

                  Take care
                  Cannabis Rehab Admin

                  If you wish to Use then Use, Your Body Your Choice, You're NOT a Criminal and I wish you well!

                  My Choice is to be Drug Rehabilitated for 15 years because I Chose to be free from its Control on me!

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                  • #10
                    You may also want to try using a sauna, I think narconon use this a lot, I am not quite sure how much the sweating helps with getting it out of your system, maybe it does I don’t know, but I am sure it will probably help you relax at the very least. Also maybe chewing gum will help to ease the tension, oh and you could always use one of those quit type toys that some smokers use so they have something to fiddle with and keep their hands busy. The other thing you may want to try is that eft tapping type technique, some say it is meant to help boost serotonin levels and helps people cope with stress.

                    All the best
                    Cannabis Rehab Admin

                    If you wish to Use then Use, Your Body Your Choice, You're NOT a Criminal and I wish you well!

                    My Choice is to be Drug Rehabilitated for 15 years because I Chose to be free from its Control on me!

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                    • #11
                      Chewing gum helps to ease my tension.

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                      • #12
                        I found writing a list of reasons of why to stop smoking weed very helpful.

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                        • #13
                          Change of environment at least for the first few days. Get a distance from the daily routine that was connected to the addiction. This is quite ideal IMO.
                          Otherwise I would recommend:
                          Physical training. Jogging in the morning. Doing all the routine on foot (no use of car or public transport, wherever it's possible) in order to get physically tired and release endorphines.
                          A tight schedule on the first days -this could prevent the mind from playing tricks that would lead to relapse.
                          Certainly hangin' around with mates who don't approve of pot addiction and can support the effort. If not access to this type of people, a rehab group like this helps a lot.
                          Getting exhausted to bed due to a busy day. No sleeping pills! Better stay up all night -listening to music, watching a series, reading, whatever. No regrets for lack of sleep -on the second night, sleep will come so much easier due to exhaustion.
                          Valerian tea is a natural sleep helper. In combination with reading a book in sleep position, it has worked fine for me.

                          Support is so much important to this process. Even an internet rehab group like this is crucial for not giving up. Thanks so much.
                          Last edited by torn; 02-28-2012, 08:43 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Frustrated trying to quit smoking pot

                            I see that this post is a year old. Actually it is almos exactly a year old.

                            Anyway, I am finding it exceedingly difficult to plan, organize and prepare to quit smoking pot while still using. It has become a bit of a conundrum for me.

                            I have smoked for 10 years. A decade. I am 24. I am a daily user as is my husband. My family has recently become very interventiony in their conversations with me so I know the problem is real and impacting their opinion of me.

                            That's all. I don't have a question. Wish me luck.



                            Originally posted by Cannabis Rehab Admin View Post
                            You may also want to try using a sauna, I think narconon use this a lot, I am not quite sure how much the sweating helps with getting it out of your system, maybe it does I don’t know, but I am sure it will probably help you relax at the very least. Also maybe chewing gum will help to ease the tension, oh and you could always use one of those quit type toys that some smokers use so they have something to fiddle with and keep their hands busy. The other thing you may want to try is that eft tapping type technique, some say it is meant to help boost serotonin levels and helps people cope with stress.

                            All the best

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                            • #15
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                              Hi there, this is my first day off weed, I feel empty today, and life's problems have hit me with a hammer. I feel angry and annoyed, and very short fused, I'm also very dissappointed with myself for being such a loser, leaning on weed instead of dealing with life's problems. I have quitted for 5 years before, so I know I can do it, but my god it's hard. ;((
                              So just thought I'd say hi on here and wish everybody hope with this highly addictive drug, that people believe still it's not addictive! What bullshit that is.

                              ;( Darren.

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