How to Quit Smoking Weed 2018-04-17T15:57:49+00:00

How to Quit Smoking Weed

More and more in the news today you’ll see the lists of the health benefits that come from smoking weed. And they’re not wrong. THC has several well-documented health benefits across the board. But the excess of anything can be bad, and the way you intake any substance can make it more harmful than not. There are reasons to use marijuna, and there are reasons to quit.

Why Quit Smoking Weed?

How to quit smoking weed

With all good things comes the other side of the coin. Marijuana is not perfect, nor is it healthy to use repeatedly, on a daily basis especially when you smoke it, instead of using a weed vaporizer. There are several immediate and long-term factors that can really mess with your body if not treated properly:

  • Impaired short-term memory: Marijuana use can impair your short-term memory, which could potentially become dangerous
  • Changes in mood: Use of the drug can cause mood swings and drastic altering of mood which can have long-term psychological effects
  • Effects on development: In teenagers and those still growing, marijuana can permanently damage brain cells, which will never grow to their fullest potential.
  • Respiratory problems: Smoking weed can have similar effects on the lungs as smoking cigarettes and lead to the same deadly outcomes.
  • Elevated heart rate: Marijuana can raise the heart rate for an extended period of time after ingested, which can cause problems in those who have existing blood pressure or other coronary issues

Ultimately, smoking marijuana chronically and with little control can lead to several health problems. And in the long term can result in decreased mental health and life quality. If you’re experiencing anything like this, the time has come for you to call it quits on your weed smoking life.

But Marijuana Isn’t Addictive, Or Is It?

Studies show that up to 30% of regular marijuana users end up forming a dependency on the drug, similar to an addiction. In fact, there could be as many as 2.5 million people in the United States who regularly suffer from marijuana dependency. This means that marijuana addiction and marijuana’s role as a possible “gateway drug” aren’t fallacies. There could be real cause for alarm if you find yourself consistently dependent on the drug. There are several ways to deal with this, however, and each one is going to be different.

Methods of Quitting Smoking Weed

Everyone is unique and so is his or her dependence on marijuana. Emotional factors might play more of a role in some than others as well as financial or health issues. Whatever the reason, when you realize you have a problem and make the decision to quit, there are several ways you can go about your choice to quit.

  • “Cold Turkey” – For Enthusiastic Folks

Cold turkey often refers to the process of simply halting your smoking habit. It’s a good plan for those who want results fast but you’re going to need a game plan. You cannot simply throw down your weed and bong, and say today is the day you’re done. Even if you’re mentally strong enough for that, your body might not be and you need to be prepared. Your body stores THC for weeks and months after you last smoked, which means it’s still secreted into your system in small doses daily. This isn’t going to be enough for your body, which has built up a tolerance to the drug. This means willpower might not be enough. It’s difficult to fight biology, and biology will knock at your door in the form of severe withdrawal symptoms.

If you haven’t been smoking for too long, it’s possible you’re able to overcome this first, and very arduous, hurdle. You can push past your body’s own cravings and move on. But, if that doesn’t work for you, it’s okay. Biology cannot be conquered by sheer willpower sometimes. And that’s where other options come in.

  •  Medical Aid – For Everyone

This is one step up from quitting cold turkey but not nearly as drastic as rehab. There’s also tons of research on how effective, or ineffective this is. Currently, there’s no true approved medication that can be prescribed to treat marijuana dependence. But that doesn’t mean other medications, with a different intended purpose, can help out the process.

There’s not going to be a miracle pill that will cure you of your dependence. But there are things you can get to supplement your plan and help curb symptoms that come along with withdrawals. If you’re nervous about withdraw symptoms, talking to your doctor about this could be a very smart and efficient way to go.   

  • 12 Step Program – For The Spiritual Souls

This has become famous as a program for alcoholics, but any addiction can be combated under the 12-Step Program. This approach offers anonymous support groups and sponsors who will guide you through the emotional process of fighting addiction. This program is best for those who have an emotional dependence on substance abuse and want to seek out support. Because of this, the success rate could be better and it hasn’t kept up well with modern science, but for some, it’s the way to go. The steps follow closely to the program used for Alcoholics Anonymous:

  1. Acknowledge you have an addiction and everything that means
  2. Ask a higher power for help in overcoming your addiction
  3. Offer your will over to your spiritual higher power for guidance
  4. Take responsibility for the mistakes you have made as a result of your marijuana dependency
  5. Confess those mistakes to yourself and to others who you feel safe with
  6. Decide you are ready for your higher power to help remove your faults
  7. Ask for assistance in removing these faults
  8. Keep track of those you have harmed with your decisions
  9. Make amends with those on your list
  10. Continue your habit taking an inventory of your wrongs and whom you have wronged
  11. Engage in prayer
  12. Come to a point of awakening and health

This program is not for everyone, but for those it does help, it’s sworn by and might be something for you to try in your own battle against addiction.

  • Rehab – For Heavy Smokers

This one is and should be the end all, be all for addiction treatment. Rehab is a huge financial and time commitment that requires you to put your life on hold in order to get better. For people who are truly struggling and on the brink of health collapse, this is the best option. Rehab will offer intensive treatment, medical help, and various counseling during the process. But it’s not for everyone, and like the 12 Step Program, can have poor success rates if people don’t approach it in the correct way.

  • Counseling – For Undecided Ones

This is perhaps the best option for those on the fence about rehab. If an environmental change and medical intervention aren’t needed but therapy and talking are, then this is the best option to supplement your self-guided plan to quit. Talking out your dependency and urges with a professional is the best way to combat it in a low-intensity setting.

How to Quit Weed: Step by Step

Stop Buying/Getting It

If you have committed yourself to living weed-free than this should be your first step. Unlike tobacco or alcohol, stopping buying weed should be the easiest part of quitting, since it is not so readily available – unless you live in a state when recreational marijuana is legal. You can’t smoke it if you don’t get it. This step involves nothing more than sheer willpower.

You might feel strong urges, once your stash is gone, to pick up the phone or go over to a friend’s house to get some but find a way to distract yourself – spend some time with a loved one, go out with non-smoking friends, do something fun that does not involve getting high.

Get rid of paraphernalia

During your weed-smoking days, you probably surrounded yourself with all kinds of accessories, pipes, bongs, rolling papers, grinders, etc. Once you have entered that new, weed-free phase in your life, it can only makes matters worse to have all those triggers around you. So it only makes sense to get rid of them all. If some of those accessories were expensive or hold some kind of sentimental value, you can give them away just so you don’t have to see them everyday.

Controlling Cravings

Quitting weed smoking cold turkey, just like quitting tobacco cold turkey, comes with its own pitfalls and withdrawal phase. The most serious of these pitfalls is the incessant cravings that come with quitting all of a sudden.

The unique thing about weed is that, unlike nicotine which leaves the body relatively quickly, the active chemical ingredient in weed, THC, is stored in fat cells, so even after you stop smoking small amounts of THC get released into your body, which invariably triggers cravings.

You would think that this would actually help you – kind of like a nicotine replacement therapy but for weed –  having small amounts of THC released into your body. Except, since they are only small amounts and since your body is used to receiving more, it actually works against you.

Controlling cravings then becomes your most difficult and most important task. Some of the better ways to control you cravings include:

  • Doing something else – Seems really simple, doesn’t it? But it is true that distracting yourself from wanting to smoke weed is a very easy way to control your cravings. Take up a hobby, do something you always wanted to do but were too high too start or finish and you will forget all about weed.
  • Exercise/Physical activity – Why don’t we exercise more? It helps with practically everything, from your overall physical health to alleviating symptoms of depression, exercise is a cure-all. Helping take your mind off of smoking weed is another thing that exercise is excellent at doing.
  • Having a support system – Having people you can call in times of need is essential in life, but when you are trying to quit weed it is doubly useful so they can give you the support and motivation to stay away from marijuana.
  • Avoid idleness – This has a lot to do with the first one. Having nothing better to do is one reason people take up smoking weed in the first place. So don’t fall into that trap.

Managing  Withdrawal Symptoms

Since we already established above that marijuana is an addictive substance, it naturally follows that once you give it up, some withdrawal symptoms are sure to follow. Symptoms like:

  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Headaches

Again, everything that we mentioned about how to control your cravings can also be applied to controlling your withdrawal symptoms. Exercise, of course, but we can also add to that list:

  • Eat healthier foods, high fiber foods, green leafy vegetables
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Drink coffee (caffeine is a great antidote to the lethargy brought on by weed)
  • Drink teas with high concentrations of antioxidants

 A Complete Game Plan for Dealing with Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms

So it’s the cravings and withdrawal symptom that make quitting weed or any other drug extremely hard. No matter which approach you adopt, withdrawals will test your limits. Here a few things you can do to tame your body when it urges you for the puff of pot: 

  • Get Motivation from Your Friends and Family

The first things you need to do is involve your friends and family in your venture. They can be your biggest motivation and can help you stay positive 24/7. Without their help and support you will feel lonely, even depressed and might want to go back.

  • Find a Healthy Replacement Activity

In addition to the high you get from weed, it also becomes a pet physical activity, even a habit and when you suddenly stop, you most likely feel down and depressed. It’s time to find a replacement activity. You can consider watching a movie that makes you laugh, spending time with somebody who make you feel good. Remember, you can’t just replace this activity with any other activity, it has to be a healthy activity. For example, instead of gulping down massive mugs of coffee do exercise, take long walks, talk to a friend on the phone, cook or watch your favorite TV show, reading your favorite book, or simply the newspaper.

  • Do Something New… Or At Least Different 

With smoking marijuana out of your daily routine, it might become boring so you need to change it. Try getting up early, eat something different for breakfast, go to work or school from a different route, try to change your work schedule, eat something different for lunch. In short, you have to make your life more exciting by doing new things or at least doing things differently. Also, it’s possible that you might feel less hungry, still try to eat the same amount of food as you have been eating but don’t force yourself to eat.  

  • Curb the Urge

The cravings to smoke will show up very frequent in the early days, so you have to be very careful during the first few days. Try to avoid the triggers, the locations or the group of friends you used to smoke with. Flee the scene for a few days, ago to your favorite vacation spot, spend some time away from home as quickly as you can after quitting. Drinking a lot of water, eating healthy, and staying active can exponentially boost your efforts of curbing the urge to smoke.

  • Trick the Brain, Minimize the Withdrawals

The simplest trick to make sure you suffer the minimum withdrawals is to set up your pot portions ahead of time and take only as much amount as you have promised yourself. So, treat it just like taking your medication and not a recreational activity. Then gradually reduce the amount you take before you eventually stop.

  • See a Therapist

If all else fails and you’re still having trouble with withdrawals, do see a therapist. You might think there is some stigma attached to it, but let’s not forget that a bigger stigma is attached to excessive weed smoking. Try to find someone who specializes in addiction issues, more specifically in marijuana addiction. You may also join a support group so you could talk to people going through the same situation as you. It can be very helpful to share your thoughts with them and to listen to their thoughts and learn how they are coping with their predicament.

What Happens After You Quit Smoking Weed

According to a quit smoking weed guide produced by the University of Notre Dame, it takes about a week for the THC content of one weed cigarette (or joint) to leave your body and for heavy users, you can begin to expect feeling withdrawal symptoms 3 weeks after your last dose.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse lists as withdrawal symptom of quitting weed the following:

  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Stomach pain
  • Insomnia
  • Reduced appetite

A whole cascade of symptoms follows from the ones already mentioned and just like with quitting smoking cold turkey, you will probably have to fight a battle against your cravings for weed. This is what will usually cause you to become irritable and anxious.

Your body not getting any THC will affect your sleep patterns as well, so you might not be able to get a good night’s rest. This is a common one with weed smokers, since a lot of weed smokers like to light one up right before going to bed, so they can sleep better. But, just like with any sleeping pill, if you take it away then you can be sure that your sleep will be affected.

Less sleep can reduce performance at work or school and lead to a loss of motivation to do anything. Eventually leading right back to where we started: irritability.

It is important to remember however that despite the realness of these symptoms they are not long-lasting or life-threatening. The National Institute on Drug Abuse even states that “some people having marijuana withdrawal might not realize it”.  

Withdrawal symptoms from quitting weed smoking typically last only for a few days or, at most, weeks and once the initial feelings of anxiety and irritability pass there are some other things that might start to happen. If you were a long-time weed smoker the very act of smoking weed became, over time, ritualized and your body starts to crave not only THC but the environmental factors (such as the touch and feel and a smell of marijuana) that accompany it.

As Dr. Stuart Gitlow a professor at the University of Florida states about quitting weed, “there’s a familiarity with an experience that now will be missed”. This sudden emptiness, which is a more subtle withdrawal symptom, might allow ex-users to begin to explore more fully the reasons why they stopped or even why they started. Dr. Gitlow describes this post-withdrawal phase as when ex-users begin to “feel feelings again”.

Despite the physical withdrawal symptoms of quitting weed only lasting a few weeks, Dr. Gitlow cautions that getting used to the “new reality” of quitting weed smoking can be a process that lasts up to a year. While the more immediate withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia and irritability dissipate within a few days, the more deep-seeded psychological problems of habitual weed smoking or any abuse of a substance can persist and in that case, further therapy should be pursued.

Summary

Again, the reasons to quit smoking weed can vary among different people and the significance of withdrawal symptoms from quitting weed smoking can also vary depending on how long you smoked weed and how often you smoked. Whatever the case may be, the physical, behavioral and mental effects of quitting weed smoking are real and you should be prepared for them. At the same time though, they shouldn’t put you off from doing something as important and meaningful as quitting smoking weed.

76 Comments

  1. Doug
    Doug October 16, 2017 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Marijuana is no more addictive than a television. Which I say as someone who struggles with marijuana moderation.

    I think you’d find you have a hard time giving either up, does television have a physical addiction?

    I’m going without MJ now and it sucks. If I hadn’t recently had several weeks abroad on holiday and not smoked any the whole time with no problems I might think it was an addiction.

    But no I blame the same thing that causes millions of Americans to take ssri’s and other mind altering Pharmaceuticals. An inhumane heartless economic system based just on greed and working yourself to the bone makes us all need an escape.

    • Melody
      Melody December 29, 2017 at 5:54 am - Reply

      Well said!

    • Alex
      Alex January 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      Weed is very addictive. Physically and mentally. I’ve stopped and started many time and when I stop I definitely experience withdrawals. Hot cold, insomnia, head ache, severe irrability and depression. Its really hard to stop. It’s no joke.

    • Tom
      Tom February 24, 2018 at 4:29 am - Reply

      Im british, and the mary jane is most certainly addictive, i haven’t smoked in 2 years and I still have dreams about getting chonged xD. The green led me to borderline anxiety breakdown, but i don’t think its inherently dangerous. Over use will always be the problem for those struggling with problems with life at large, whatever they may be, an escape is always preferable, whatever it may be

    • pheobe
      pheobe February 27, 2018 at 9:28 am - Reply

      tv isnt that addictive.

  2. Bill
    Bill October 17, 2017 at 12:45 am - Reply

    The University of California(Berkley) did a 30 year study on cannabis and it’s affects starting in the early 80’s; this study was…if you can believe it…the DEA(Our government). They found that cannabis opens up breathing airwaves(not many people know it used to be used for asthma). Also, they found out it doesn’t cause lung cancer; in fact, the THC in marijuana kills older cells in the body that would lead to cancer. They also found that it suppressed tumors. If you want to know more, it’s all online. However, marijuana does have 3 times the tar so chronic bronchitis can become a factor. There is no nicotine in marijuana.

  3. timo
    timo October 24, 2017 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    i was addict for four years but when i followed the steps am now good don’t use drugs any more thanks to this website

  4. Poppi
    Poppi October 27, 2017 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    I am mean

  5. Poppi
    Poppi October 27, 2017 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Pat Kerr needs help with weed eww

  6. zack
    zack October 28, 2017 at 5:07 am - Reply

    I really want to quit this stuff bt the problem is in my wood is easily available …..& because of that I find my self smoking it daily. other thing is when am stressed I fill relieved after smoking it… plz help on what to do..

    • tanka
      tanka February 25, 2018 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      marijuana is a depressant. Therefore it is only making you more stressed and more paranoid. it only gets worse the longer you smoke.

  7. Anthony Morales
    Anthony Morales November 6, 2017 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this i need to read more about this..

  8. No
    No November 13, 2017 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    It sounds great. Doing it is another story. Why should i have to quit my “drug” to take another “drug” to feel the same thing?

  9. Alex
    Alex November 14, 2017 at 6:10 am - Reply

    This was so helpful! Thank you.

  10. Annabel
    Annabel November 19, 2017 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Thankyou this has been extremely helpful,so much advice on all aspects of quitting.
    15 is a worrying age for someone who knows they get triggered when they need to smoke a substance , ” knowing” they are Addicted to it !

  11. Troy Johnson
    Troy Johnson December 1, 2017 at 2:40 am - Reply

    Thank you for the info

  12. Russel
    Russel December 3, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    15 year smoker here and now day 2 of quitting. What am I experiencing? Goggle eyes. Stiff skin around the eyes, cheeks and mouth. Headaches (too much blood flow into my brain now), insomnia (can’t sleep!!), increase in energy, and strong urges to smoke again…That evil voice telling me just another puff wont hurt but the thing is if I don’t quit now, will I ever do it? You gotta make things happen and I am going DO IT!

    • Karmen
      Karmen January 7, 2018 at 7:23 am - Reply

      You response is really helping me

    • Regis
      Regis January 8, 2018 at 4:40 am - Reply

      Okay Russel u give me the courage to stop to I have to stop somewhere.

    • Kate
      Kate January 11, 2018 at 6:47 am - Reply

      You can do it Russel!! I am the same been smoking for 10+ yrs and want to quit so bad! What your going thru sounds rough. And that’s what I’m nervous for. I need more willpower just wish I could kick this habit and be done with it. I know my life will be much more fulfilled.

    • Pollypocket
      Pollypocket January 12, 2018 at 6:37 pm - Reply

      How are you doing with the no smoking? I purchased cbd oil today in the hope that it’s gonna help me get over my 20 year habit.

    • Myrna
      Myrna February 25, 2018 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      How are you doing now? My partner is on Day 6 quitting cold turkey.

    • lori
      lori February 28, 2018 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      Hi – How is it going without weed? Honestly I dont think I can do it!

    • mark
      mark March 3, 2018 at 11:53 pm - Reply

      Did u do it man?

  13. Hank
    Hank December 22, 2017 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Thank you so much now I ‘am aware what to expect this will make it much easier for me.

  14. Escoba
    Escoba December 26, 2017 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    i want ti stop now.

  15. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 28, 2017 at 9:12 am - Reply

    I got nearly got caught smoking pot by my friends parents and I need to quit quick because it’s making their parents more scared and alert when I’m hanging out with them.

  16. Alex
    Alex December 29, 2017 at 2:54 am - Reply

    This may seem weird but something that worked for me is brushing my teeth now at least 8 times a day. The money I spent on weed is scraps to a good toothbrush and good quality toothpaste. It really helped me but wash all that weed off your mouth as much as possible. And if it doesnt work for you then at least you got whiter teeth and fresh breathe lol

  17. Jjon
    Jjon December 30, 2017 at 12:04 am - Reply

    My name is Jonathan’s been smoking marijuana since I was 11 yrs old I’m 30 I’m having a very rough withdrawals and terrible imsonia I can’t sleep I been sober 3 days and my body is acting up any effective methods I would appreciate reason why I decided to quit my daughter is 5 time to let go thanks

    • Kate
      Kate January 12, 2018 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      Keep up the great work Jonathan 3 days is great and should be proud! I’m the same been smoking for 10+ years and now I’m 30 and on day 1 of quiting it’s hard major head aches lack of hunger but I need to start somewhere. Reading all these comments makes me feel like I’m not alone! Hope you all can quit or cut back and achieve the goals you set out to achieve!

  18. hayley
    hayley January 3, 2018 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    ive been smoking weed from the age of 12, now im 39 i need to give it up. ive tryed over the yrs but always land up going back on it ! its Very easy to get hold off.

  19. Karmen
    Karmen January 7, 2018 at 7:29 am - Reply

    I have been smoking on and off for 15 years and now when I smoke about 5-10 minutes after my throat starts burning it feels inflamed and I have to suck on a halls. I’m always alone smoking I have no life I started working from home and it’s gotten worse because I’m home alone so I would smoke throughout the day when before I would only smoke at night before bed to help me sleep I feel like I can’t sleep if I don’t smoke I have insomnia . Now I’m on day 3 no weed I’m irritable and I didn’t sleep for 2 days I did nap earlier now I’m scared since I took a nap I really won’t get any sleep. However i’m determined to quit because how long do you really wanna be smoking weed I started at 22 I’m getting older it’s time to give it up

    • Mjm
      Mjm January 12, 2018 at 10:21 pm - Reply

      I feel your frustration! And I to gotta make a change. Same boat as you dear… good luck to you and everyone else on this journey. Took about two weeks to be eating normal and headaches lessened. Mood ????not so good. Started back up after month and week clean. ????????

    • lori
      lori February 28, 2018 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      Hows it going? I re-picked up the habit (if theres such a thing) in my mid 50’s after not indulging thru the “raising kids andbeing responsible” part of my life. I LOVE how it relaxes my brain BUT really dislike how isolated and sluggish I have become. Looking for a balance! Good luck and would love to hear more!

  20. Daniel Drury
    Daniel Drury January 9, 2018 at 3:25 am - Reply

    Hi I have decided to bite the bullet and quit weed I have smoked it full on for 17 years I have came of it before but always go back to smoking it what could I try to keep of it for good soon as I put money in my pocket i just want weed any advice will be grateful thanks.

  21. Ozzy
    Ozzy January 10, 2018 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Hi my name is Ozzy and Ive heavily smoked weed since 12 ,im 16 now,i have stopped a few small times but always end up coming back to it .In all honesty I love it but financially it is not working AT ALL .$400+/month.Is there any tips yall can give me ? If I can help or any questions I may know,i will answer asap thank yall

    • Michelle
      Michelle February 28, 2018 at 1:30 am - Reply

      Hi Ozzy, I am gonna send you all the white light and love energy I can to quit! The reason I care is because you are so young and I don’t want to see this wonderful medicine ruined for you. I am 44 and only started smoking pot at 38 when I was immobilized by chronic nerve pain and degeneration. If it wasn’t for marijuana I would be dead from opioids now. I enjoy life very well only because of medical marijuana and my doctors and the nero-surgeons who could not help me are amazed. PLEASE take this following information to heart as I believe simple knowledge will help you….. If I had been a recreational user it would not work for me now when I need it. Please don’t abuse this medicine now as your brain is still developing and marijuana DOES affect development. I don’t have to know you to love you little brother, peace

    • lori
      lori February 28, 2018 at 10:08 pm - Reply

      how about switching it up (vaping) to half & half? For starters…use an extract that is really high in CBD and low in THC at least half the time. You can go on a dispensary sight and read about different strains. At your age, you are still building brain cells so I applaud you for at least cutting back! If you are smoking it, buy a smaller bowl and restrict yourself as to where you can indulge. Setting perimeters for yourself? Srategies? Would love to hear about your strategies – at age 60, working on some myself!

  22. grant
    grant January 10, 2018 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    all of you need to just keep smoking. wtf about your life has weed made so bad?? it’s not the mj that’s the problem, it’s you! just keep smoking and work on yourself that’s my opinion. otherwise just quit and stop whining about it.

    • Paula Zanders
      Paula Zanders March 1, 2018 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      I have been smoking for 44years excluding pregnancy. It calms my anxiety, it is Wonderful for my Osteoporosis, and Osteoarthritis. Now I have to have surgery for a broken toe, I admitted to smoking cigarettes to my doctor, which I don’t. That was as close as I felt comfortable admitting that I smoke weed. So the doctor delayed my surgery for 6 weeks so I can get the nicotine out of my body.Which is really weed.The doctor said he will do a Nicotine Test before surgery. If I fail,the surgery will be called off. Nicotine delays bone healing healing. Will this doctor find the weed in my system? I have quit the weed last night and woke up to the WORST headache, and I am depressed. Any helpful suggestions?

  23. Ed
    Ed January 11, 2018 at 10:06 am - Reply

    I’ve been smoking marijuana for 23 years, I really need help in quitting or cutting down. I’ve tried before but couldn’t deal with the craving, can anyone help please?

  24. Ryan Gauthier
    Ryan Gauthier January 11, 2018 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    As a 13 year smoker ….heavy smoker ….its caused me to be mentally different ….i feel you rewire your brain and not in a good way I’m currently on day 2 of want to quit and realizing I’m dependent on it has shown me to deal with this accordingly….uts been hard taking ownership for my own fails but I feel better because of it

    • David Snyder
      David Snyder February 27, 2018 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      I want to quit !

  25. J bloggs
    J bloggs January 13, 2018 at 9:41 am - Reply

    I hav battled with weed now since I lost my brother 11 years ago I thought it helped me at the time stop me from thinking etc plus everyone around me smokes my partner smokes daily and has since he was teenage years he’s now 32 I’m constantly saying let’s quit let’s get help etc we have a daughter who’s 1 also I hate smoke I can’t even hold a cigarette yet I can puff a joint I listen to life coaches on you tube regular do yoga but I can’t kick the habit wen I’m out and at work I don’t need it just when home with partner I need kick this habit it’s not really who I want to be and certainly need give up for my daughter sake please help

  26. Kiki
    Kiki February 9, 2018 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Hello everyone. I’ve been smoking for probably 10yrs and I’m ready to let go. I know I can’t go cold turkey. But I’m not buying anymore. I’m just going on2 doses daily till its finished. Honestly it helped with my heavy cycle and the excruciating pain that comes with it but then it sucks out my motivation. I’ll take the pain because I need my motivation. I know this isn’t goona be easy but my boyfriend is very supportive so I’m kicking this old habit definitely.

  27. May
    May February 20, 2018 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Here’s a shocker,,,or is it????? I started at age 20. I’m 61. I’m a cancer survivor. 14 yrs. I’ve stopped several times for my work, or just to prove to myself I could. I have 3 granddaughters for God’s sake. My chest obviously hurts and the tip of my tongue. I see the comments of such young people. I love smoking weed. I’m even a budologist. Here it is. Stopping is hard Lol…but, it takes about a week to succeed. Then, you say to anyone smoking around you. You don’t care. You can do it. It will not bother you each day you pray and say I’m not weak minded, I want to stop. Because you like your money and your lungs…. because you can. I’m trying and I need to talk to positive people. So, just do it. Fight the withdrawal for several days. A week. You will be on the road to drug free. Wish me luck. As I hoped I helped you youngins.

  28. zoe
    zoe February 20, 2018 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    i have been smoking weed for over 15years daily, in the uk, i spend well over 200 a week, it is a addiction! i quit 5 days ago, i did just decide enough was enough i work full time and was always skint called to get me usual smoke,. had a reply to say he was struggling so i thought to my self wtf am i doing its pay day i quit, ive been to Thomas cook, booking my self a holiday never been on a plane! thats mu focus, i am struggling but im determined.

  29. Michal
    Michal February 20, 2018 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    I am so glad for this page and I wish you all guys good luck with quitting. I am smoking weed 16 years, since 14, daily. I wanted to stop sooo many times and sometimes, my last try was about year and half ago, I managed 4 months and thought now I got it under control, now I can have occasional puff. Honestly, I couldn’t be more wrong. I am back where I didnt want to be and now trying to find the power for the fight with exactly those things which were mentioned here. Depressions, cant sleep, dont have appetite in the beginning, quick changes of mood and emotions. True is that exercise definitely does help, it helped me with my last try but I was stupid enough to thing I got it under control and went back to my old habit. I used to laugh when I heard people can be addicted on weed but it is not a joke and it can really effect your life. So once again wish you all a lot of power to fight this addiction. I am starting my fight.

  30. Pops
    Pops February 21, 2018 at 6:19 am - Reply

    I’m 56 and smoked daily since I was a teenager. I didn’t smoke as much over the last couple years, but it was every night. I haven’t smoked now for 32 days. I have been through the dream phase but still suffer irritability and insomnia. Clearly Mj suppresses emotions and I’d bet many of you reading this already know that. It’s probably the reason you use it, if you’re honest with yourself. I had and prolly only quite because I had to for work, but I always knew it was a crutch… be honest with yourself! Yeah I’m still pretty pissed off that my company of 15 years could “do this to me”.. but you know what? THEY did NOT do this.. I DID it !!.. like every day for 40 years!… be honest with yourself! In the 90s I spent some time in SA and came home with a 1/4oz a day cocaine habit! The truth is even that wasn’t as tough long term as this…BUT.. I KNOW it will be worth it in the end. I am looking forward to the day when I say I’m over it, but that day hasn’t come yet… I know it will tough sticking it out, but I know in my heart it will be worth it.. be honest with yourself! Starting quitting today and don’t stop quitting.. until you’ve quit..for many it won’t be easy… but you know it’s the right thing to do!….. be honest with yourself!

  31. Dazza
    Dazza February 22, 2018 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Keep up the good work. It’s a struggle I know but you all can get thru this

  32. Scott
    Scott February 23, 2018 at 10:46 am - Reply

    My experiences with attempting to quit

    I generally do the same thing everyday
    ☹️Get up an hour before work which isn’t always in the morning (which I dread)
    ☹️Look forward to finishing my shift so I can come home or jump at the chance when they mention sending someone home early coz it’s quiet, to get stoned and play Xbox
    ☹️Stay home unless I really have to go out to buy weed or go to the shop to by crap to eat (munchies)
    ☹️Sit in my spot on the sofa all night quite often to early hours of the morning (4am-6am) until i’m that tired I start falling asleep and dropping my Xbox controller
    ☹️Sneak downstairs whilst my girlfriend is asleep to yet aga8n have a bong and play Xbox ( Xbox is also one of my addictions lol)
    ☹️Let clutter and rubbish accumulate around me as I can’t be bothered to tidy
    ☹️Avoid social situations like the plague

    This is my life , I don’t go anywhere and I don’t really have friends anymore because i’m That paranoid about leaving the house

    What makes it worse for me is doing the same stuff without weed , if you play games and watch films whilst stoned and then take weed out of the equation you will definitely notice the change , I stopped enjoying my usual pass times and even get frustrated and irritable

    Apparently changing your routine and making effort to change I.e taking the dog for a walk instead of gaming and getting high , doing exercise or reading a book helps take your mind off the usual habits .
    The problem is I don’t want to , I don’t enjoy walking , reading or taking up a new craft (or am I just scared)

    I suppose that’s where will power should come into play .
    I’m fortunate in a way that I live with my partner who is a responsible parent ( I don’t smoke in front of her child ) and a non smoker , she tolerates my habit but doesn’t really approve.

    This is my fifth time trying to quit and my main issue is I talk myself back into it by saying , it’s not addictive , i’M not harming anyone , life’s to short to worry about what can kill you , I enjoy so why quit

    This time I will quit

  33. Ruby
    Ruby February 24, 2018 at 3:00 am - Reply

    I’ve been smoking for 4 years now heavily, and have tried quitting before but only lasted 5 days and only because they were hell! couldn’t sleep, so irritated, anxious and it actually brought out intense anger. I started back up again thinking I could get away with just smoking once a week or on the occasion and that turned into everyday again very shortly. its a cycle, I’m a very addictive personality and if I don’t stop it now I wont and that’s scary, I’ve never seen other people post about quitting and sharing there experience and its making me feel not so alone so thank you heaps!! learning last time that even just relapsing for a second means I’m back on it permanently, unfortunately I cant use it for fun. it controls my life and I’m not letting it anymore
    thanks for making me feel more confident guys!!

  34. Richie Rich
    Richie Rich February 25, 2018 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Day 1 for me, i usually smoke every day and have 1 to 4 joints ive only been smoking for about 9 months but have found im addicted, my major concern is getting drug tested by the police and losing my drivers licence . This also makes me a hermit as i dont want to be caught drug driving. I haven’t smoked all day today but now im craving it. I gave up 20 years ago cold turkey and i found each day gets a bit easier but does make you struggle in the initial stage. I have been sleeping like a baby for the last 9 months even thru a separation with my wife, this has helped numb the pain of my loss of marriage but now feel its done its job of helping me and it’s actually turning into a problem . So no more weed for me. Ill try post another follow up in about 7 days to share my experience

  35. G money
    G money February 25, 2018 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    This is day seven of no Mj. I have been smoking for 28yrs. It’s been difficult however, my new brain power and energy keep me optimistic that I am on the right track

    • G money
      G money March 3, 2018 at 12:49 pm - Reply

      today is day 13. it’s been rougher than I thought it would be. I have been waking up covered in sweat every day for 10 days straight. the little voice inside my head tells me “just one hit, would make everything better”. My work does random drug test and I learned how pass them with synthetic urine. the stress of passing those test is what finally made me want to quit. Didn’t ever want to admit I had a problem. This article has helped me so much, just to here I am not alone. I am going to do this !!!!

  36. Husky Proof
    Husky Proof February 25, 2018 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    I’m 15 and have been smoking for a year now it’s very hard to stop. I’ve stopped many times but have been unable to maintain stopping. Thanks to this article I will try to stop using these steps. Thanks.

  37. Errol
    Errol February 26, 2018 at 11:41 am - Reply

    Hi All, I am to turn 60 in July and really want to quit this habit. I have smoked on and off for many years starting at the age of 15. I have stopped it many times before and want to stop it for good now. This is for spiritual reasons. My biggest fear is the nasty withdrawal symptoms. I end up being blunt and rude towards my spouse and others. Tired now. Need help.

  38. Ivanhoe
    Ivanhoe February 27, 2018 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Hi, I am Ivan and I have been smoking cannabis everyday for 22 years, since I was 18 years old.

    All your comments are wonderful and inspiring! Thanks!! 🙂

    I love cannabis and I hate my dependency to it.
    The last 8 years have been a constant fight with myself about its use. I did many attempts to quit it…. and relapsed every time!! I used to replace cannabis for tabacco alone and/or alcohol.

    Today, I am 40. Two months ago, my mom suddenly passed away, my job finished, i am redirecting my career, I am leaving/stooping my home, and my gf is increasingly nagging about my smoking. So I have decided to give a new and honest try. I want to take the control over cannabis.

    On 17-Feb-2018 I completely stopped smoking by Cold Turkey way. No drug replacement this time. However, some nights I take herbal valerian pills. Before stopping I was reducing during half a year.

    Since 10 days ago I cannot sleep, only very few hours per night.
    On the flip side, sometimes I have intense dreams and I take 20-30min nap during the day.
    In my case, I have anxiety. I am eating and reading more than usual. Furthermore, I suffered few very intense anxiety episodes that I couldn’t stand at all. To cope with it I am running 30 min everyday. In case I have already run that day, I go for a long walk of 1-2-3h. I walk until the anxiety is gone. I walk-walk-walk-walk until I am calming down, once calm down I turn and go back (another half way still to go).

    What is different this time?
    I feel the urgency to do it. I am sure the benefits of stooping are -and will- be much better than daily cannabis use.

    Reasons:
    – I want to wake up full of energy
    – I want to live my day with the freshness of a kid
    – I want to go to sleep once I feel tired… and dream!! 🙂

    Hope this inspire you as well.
    Wish the best for all you!

    Cheers,
    Ivan

  39. Cash
    Cash February 28, 2018 at 4:50 am - Reply

    Day one in the bag. No cigs and no weed.

  40. Kevin
    Kevin February 28, 2018 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Am Kevin and am going to try way

  41. S L
    S L February 28, 2018 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    I’m 23 years old, been smoking weed everyday since the age of 11 and I’m not just talking 1 or 2 spliffs, somedays I have smoked Quarters to myself or at least 2 / 3 8balls a day, over the past year I’ve managed to cut that down to roughly once a night or if I lapse I may have a cheeky smoke during the day. Wanna stop completely, any tips ?

  42. Jmills
    Jmills March 1, 2018 at 5:52 am - Reply

    Yo I’m only 15 right now been smoking since 12 and I wanna quit but all my friends smoke, I’m known as a dealer and there’s nothin else to do for fun it seems I just don’t get a joy outta life anymore and I don’t know how to quit

  43. Mel
    Mel March 1, 2018 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Hello all……..I’m in my forties and I’ve pretty much been smoking for over 20years I quit a couple times once because my now xhusband use to make me feel stupid when I was high asking me things like what we’re we arguing about and I couldn’t remember and we’d be right in the middle of the argument and I swear I couldn’t remember why we were arguing so I quit cold turkey because I refuse to let someone f with my mental state. Another time I was in college and got a “C” on a test and felt dumb so again I quit cold turkey until I graduated. So I’m the type if I see it truly affected me I will quit. Now six years later (after graduation) I’m feeling the need to quit again. I lost my mom after I graduated and started smoking HEAVY just to keep my sanity and to have a appetite but I’m literally sick of the shit it has taken over my life all I do is work and smoke I don’t see friends or family much it’s all about weed for me. But I’m two days in and refuse to go back yea I’ve got a couple headaches and I’m wanting to smoke because I’m bored but I’m determined and will start working out and finding a hobby or something but the main thing I will do is PRAY. And I will Hope and pray for others success with this problem.

  44. Thobelani
    Thobelani March 1, 2018 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    I have been smoking since 15 and now 34 i want to quit tried a couple of times but as soon as i aquare some cash its the first thing on my mind please help i just get bored with out weed

  45. dk
    dk March 2, 2018 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    going to quit on 9th March, 2018. and at least for 3 years.

    Commitment with myself.

  46. Blade
    Blade March 3, 2018 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Quitting cold turkey today after 14 years of daily heavy use. I have tried to quit many times but with no success and my will power is weak. I make excuses to keep my MJ habit alive. I’m going to replace my habit with daily exercise, reading (always enjoyable when not stoned) and the learning of my new ukulele. Wish me luck on my journey of sobriety!!!

  47. JAYoH
    JAYoH March 5, 2018 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Man a lot of people on here who want to stop smoking. thought i was the only one who has been smoking since i was about 14 and im 26 now. I dont think weed is horrible but it always makes you wonder how you would be without it. To me its that mystery like how would I be if i never hit the blunt. Now i really wanna just quit and be clear minded while i get into my career and make the most of it. so crazy that everyone is legalizing it and now i want out. I will update in a week or so to let everyone know how its going. going to get me a leaf to roll this last one I have. I pray for the best hope everyone gets through this journey with me.

  48. Woo
    Woo March 5, 2018 at 3:17 am - Reply

    Let’s go DK

  49. Trevor
    Trevor March 7, 2018 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    I think the first week is the worst but after that it’s definitely easier than the first week in my opinion

  50. Scott
    Scott April 15, 2018 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    HI to everybody..I am 40 and have been smoking weed on a daily since I was 15. I’ve grown my own weed for the last 25years indoor hydro good potent strains. I smoke about 5 grams a day about an 0z a week. I smoked weed just to feel normal i never got a buzz from it but all my mates that smoked my stuff got real stoned. I would make hash cannabis oil and edibles which would increase my tolerance levels so I would be smoking from morning to night taking hits every couple hours.

    I decided to give up 4 days ago. Today I culled my crop and there’s no turning back I threw all my remaining weed in the compost bin and mixed it with the compost so now I’m really down to 0 weed for the first time since I was 15.

    It hasn’t really been hard.. I was expecting it to be difficult but I have been OK after 4 days. So far I’ve craved a little and got irritation but Im thinking of the positives and I think my time smoking weed has come to an end. Thank you to everyone who has shared their stories as it has enabled me to know I’m not the only one and we are all experiencing the same things.

    Good luck to everyone and stay strong and committed to your decision.

  51. Chris
    Chris April 15, 2018 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    I’ve been smoking heavily since I was 17 I’m 28 now am going cold turkey it’s been 3days of it,,,, I get cold sweats,,, feck all sleep,,, I find it hard to eat a full meals stuffed after a few bites and more… All I can do is pray to God for strength for the will power to get off it and pray for does that are going ture same as myself

  52. Tomas
    Tomas April 16, 2018 at 4:06 am - Reply

    Wow- I just googled “quit smoking weed” and came to this site. I am really grateful to all of you and your stories. 29, going on 30 in July and smoke daily since i was 15. I work in fitness and am embarassed by my habit. I know I need to quit and felt very much alone until now. Can I do the cold turkey thing? Did anyone just ween themselves off slowly? Is that possible??

  53. Harry
    Harry April 16, 2018 at 4:06 am - Reply

    Im 17 and started smoking heavily for a year after my friend killed himself. I found out that i have a very addictive personality so quitting is really hard! If iam even able to go to sleep without bud, ill have terrible intense dreams and wake up in a sweat. My friends notice without my bud im irritable and have those headaches. Find it really hard to quit because all my friends smoke everyday, so if im bored ill either smoke or hang out with friends that smoke. Really hard to get away from weed. I have found that running every day does help, including pouding down tons of water. Whenever im able to stop its only for around a couple days. Taking a trip out if state now, wont be able to get any bud so i hope this gets me on the right track

  54. Joshua
    Joshua April 16, 2018 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    I am the age of 16 I am a heavy smoker first minute to wake up, right when I get home from school whenever I don’t feel high I smoke. I worry for my future where I wanna go is gonna take effort Gordon Ramsay is my idol I wanna be a three star Michelin chef. I worry that this herb may hold me back on fulfilling this potential I can’t really goto an expert because my parents think I’m a non smoker just because I started making As and Bs as a stoner I need help? Tips? I have read a lot of the comments and have felt less alone. I smoked last night and not this morning I want today to be the day! No more I set my after school alarm for a jog.

  55. Kaito
    Kaito April 16, 2018 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Hi ive been stop taking MJ for 2 years ago then suddenly broke 🅤🅟 with ex fiance then im starting to take back and struggling to quit , my life has been stucked all day long with that thing , i want a better life , dont let ur dream be dream , you guys can do it , so do i . my tips is to stop smoking cigarattes and you will not find MJ again

  56. Emily
    Emily April 16, 2018 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    I have been struggling to try to quit smokin weed for about a year now, but at this point its time to get serious. I have been a daily smoker since I was 15 and now I am 21, in college, trying to graduate, and I’m fucking sick of weed controlling my life, social interactions, and especially my motivation to make a future for myself. I quit for a whole fuckin month from January to February this year and now I am settled right back into those comfortable habits afterr thinking I could just take a couple puffs every now and again, which turned into bong rips, which turned into buying weed and rolling personal spliffs and rippin bong almost every night. It is helpful to hear from other folks struggling and to hear what does and doesn’t work for some people. This advice is very helpful.

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