Hi Folks, Today I have a guest post from Anna Deeds. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a recovering addict. She has a website for addicts that offers online counseling, articles and workbooks about addiction and recovery. Check her out at www.challengingaddiction.com. Recently, Oregon and Washington legalized recreational marijuana use for adults [...]
How to Quit Smoking Weed – ‘Users’ Guide To Marijuana Addiction, Withdrawal, And Quitting
Welcome to the Marijuana-Addict.com Website. This Site originally started back in 2007 as a blog to help me stop smoking weed…It worked. I quit smoking pot successfully. It took some work, and I learned a lot of lessons, I did it. So can YOU!
At that time, I was feeling quite stuck in my life, and I knew my heavy marijuana use had a lot to do with it. That’s how it started at least….
I went down the rabbit hole, and found out that I wasn’t alone. A lot of people are going through the same thing that I was.
Over time, this site has changed from a personal blog, to a help site for people struggling with their marijuana use. If you are looking to quit smoking marijuana – this site is for you!
Marijuana Addiction – For Real?
On one side, you have people who love to smoke, and aren’t addicted – kind of like how some people can drink but no be alcoholics. They don’t believe marijuana is addictive because it isn’t for them! The marijuana legalization crowd doesn’t want to touch the subject of marijuana addiction – it would be harmful to their cause.
On the other hand, marijuana is illegal. Most governments want to keep it that way, so there is an endless PR campaign on the dangers of drugs, and marijuana gets lumped into the same pile as heroin and crack. They claim it is addictive and incredibly dangerous. They pay for studies to prove that it is.
I have spoken to 1000′s of people over the last couple of years about their marijuana use. I’ve emailed experts in drug addiction, counseling and psychology. I’ve talked to full-time stoners and self-professed addicts. I’ve read as many studies as I can. I’ve also helped 100′s of people learn how to stop smoking weed.
So Is Marijuana Really Addictive?
After all of my research, I can definitively say, Marijuana is very addictive and destructive for some people.
The old-school view of addiction is that addiction is a physical thing. The body needs it. Marijuana does have a physically addictive component. The physical withdrawal symptoms are somewhat similar to a person who is quitting cigarettes. However Weed can be incredibly psychologically addictive (for some of us).
I was one of those people. I wanted to quit for years, and I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I remember that every bag was going to be the last bag, and once I got it, I would smoke it as quickly as I could so that I wouldn’t buy another. I would not socialize, leave events early, or only hang out with people who smoked so that I could too. Marijuana addiction isn’t black and white. I’ve talked to countless people who start smoking weed occasionally for fun, then very slowly and gradually, their smoking habits interfere with their daily life until they look back and find that they smoke daily and have done so for years. The point of it going from a recreational activity to a necessity isn’t ever clear cut, it just seems to happen to some of us.
I was stuck for a long time, and I know what that is like. It can be really hard to get out of that cycle of being stoned all of the time, because weed kind of makes you comfortably numb with where you are…and as long as there is more, the cycle continues.
What are the Effects of Marijuana?
Just like there is a lot of bad information out there on addiction, there is a lot about the effects of marijuana, particularly the long term effects, because there isn’t a lot of science out there. I have written about these effects from my personal views, and gathered as much science as I can. I can tell you that marijuana is really bad for your bank account! I know I spent over to $20,000!
I doubt it causes cancer, I do know it can mess with your hormone levels. It can make impair your short-term memory, which then never gets into your long term memory. When I was getting ready to quit, I wrote down a manifesto of sorts: Why I Quit Smoking Pot. For those of you looking to learn about long term use, you may find the interesting. If you are looking to quit smoking weed, you probably already know!
Why Should I Quit Marijuana?
Maybe you have to quit because of a new job, or you got into some trouble for smoking…Sometimes its just time to move on, and you realize that you are trading some short-term satisfaction for long term pain, stress and other side effects of marijuana.
When I took a step back, I realized that negative effects of me smoking were pretty major. I felt like I had lost some really good years of my life to being stoned all of the time. I created a huge list of all of the reasons that I wanted to quit including:
- Physical Reasons - I wanted to feel healthy
- Psychological Reasons - I wanted to get my mind back and be happy again
- Relationship Problems – I was stuck in a rut
- Financial Reasons -My money was funneled to the weed lifestyle
I’ve written a lot about this as well. Quitting marijuana isn’t always easy, but it doesn’t have to be incredibly hard. For most of us, it’s more than just not smoking. It is also a lifestyle change. I’ll tell you right now, it does get easier with time. If you are feeling run down and depressed about your marijuana use, you can dig yourself out of that hole. Get Your Shovel Ready!
- Getting Ready To Quit Smoking Weed – A funny clip. How many years have been like this?
- Is it Time to Quit Marijuana? – I wrote this after I quit, explaining why.
- 4 Tips to Quit Smoking Weed – A few tips for you!
- Marijuana Addiction Forum – My forum for quitting. Write a journal, share with everyone!
- FREE Newsletter – I deliver tips a few times a week
One of the things that you are going to need to be prepared for is Marijuana Withdrawal. I’ve written a number of posts about this because it can catch you off guard if you don’t know what to expect. Because I tried to quit numerous times before I got it right, I’ve experienced most of the withdrawal symptoms, especially insomnia!
If you are thinking about going ‘Cold Turkey’, make sure you are prepared…Everyone goes cold turkey eventually, give yourself the greatest chance for success by preparing.
Ending your Cannabis addiction is a mental battle. But it is a battle that you can win. If you haven’t already, you can sign up for my newsletter of the top right of the page. Its all confidential, and I will send you some tips and tricks to get you started.