Smoking a lot of weed can take over your life and if you feel like that is the case, quitting might be something you should seriously consider. Weed is a drug that can be very addictive and quitting it requires plenty of mental strength and willpower.
If you are looking for steps that can help you stop smoking weed, this article will provide you with seven of them. If you follow these steps religiously, your weed smoking days will be behind you.
Get rid of all your weed
There is an expression which says “out of sight out of mind,” and it can be applied here. If you threw away anything that makes you want to smoke, your cravings would be reduced. You can start by making sure your pockets are empty by throwing away your bongs, matches, containers, and lighters. If you have any weed make sure you throw it away completely. Flushing it down the toilet is a good option because you will not dig it up later. If you have a weed dealer or dealers, cut ties with them completely and also dispose of anything around your house that makes you want to light up. These can be things like t-shirts with a weed leaf on them, posters or even video games. It is all about getting rid of anything that may trigger the urge to smoke some weed.
Tell those around you
The moment you decide to stop smoking weed, let it be known. Tell your family, your friends and those in your inner circle that you are quitting and ask them to have your back. They will most likely be happy to hear that you are putting the drugs down and be supportive in any way they can. If you have people in your circle who do smoke weed, let it be known that you are not asking them to quit with them, but they shouldn’t put any pressure on you to smoke with them. Those who care about you will respect your decision, but those who show little support problem do not care or respect your choice. If that is the case, you might have to avoid your friends that do still smoke as harsh as this may sound, but it is for the best.
Be well prepared for marijuana withdraw
Marijuana withdraw begins the moment you decide to quit. The positive thing about this is it is short-term, and it begins on day 1 of quitting and reaches its peak 2-3 days later. It will eventually go away after 1-2 weeks. However, it does have some symptoms. Some of the symptoms include anxiety, sleeplessness, decreased appetite, and increased body temperature.
Find new hobbies or activities to do
Since smoking weed is an activity you have decided to put behind you, it is time to find other activities to do. You can choose to do activities that are easy and quick to brighten up your day like jogging or playing a musical instrument. Every time you feel like smoking, depressed or bored you can always go back to this activity, or you can watch a movie that makes you laugh. Other activities you can try include cooking, reading (books, comics, biographies, magazines, newspapers), swimming, speaking to long-term friends on the phone and going for long relaxing walks.
Make changes to your routine
On top of the new hobbies that you have incorporated in your life, try to change up your daily routine. This will make you feel like you are missing weed during the time of the day you used to get high. There are a few things you can do like changing your work or school routine, changing your morning routine or changing your study routine. The one thing you should not do is to alter your eating habits. Always make sure you stay as healthy as possible and don’t let quitting weed make you unhealthy.
Do your best to manage your urges when they pop up
When you quit smoking weed, your mental strength will be tested when having urges or cravings and these do come a lot. You have to know how to deal with them if you want to completely kick weed out of your life. There are a few things you can do that will help you not give in to a craving.
- Stay clear of trigger location – Try not to go to places that make you feel like lighting up like high school parties or your friend’s basement.
- Leave the scene – If the environment you find yourself in makes you feel like smoking, leave the place immediately.
- Deep breaths – This might sound cheesy but it does work, and all you have to do is take a deep breath and hold the air for 5-7 seconds in your lungs. You will feel calmer when you breathe it out. Do this repeatedly until the urge to smoke goes away.
- Find a substitute for your craving – You can try chewing gum, a pencil, toothpick, candy or a straw.
- Ingest water – Water does not only keep you hydrated, but it also fights off any urges.
Stay strong and stick to the plan to quit
The withdraw period of weed is over in about 1-2 weeks. However, the third week is what makes or breaks people. On month in if you followed the steps pointed out in this article you should be in the clear and not addicted to weed anymore. There will be testing time ahead, but you should be strong by this point to deal with anything that might tempt you into smoking weed. Reward yourself by planning a small celebration a month after you stop smoking weed. This is an incredible milestone even though it might sound small, but it is all about taking those baby steps and staying on track. When its two months since you kicked weed out of your system, you can plan another celebration.