There’s nothing wrong with discerning adults wishing to smoke a little bit of weed every now and then. What’s harmful is smoking weed every day, multiple times a day, or even every other day. Constant, chronic weed use clouds your brain, zaps your life force, and destroys your ambition.
High potential individuals are often susceptible to marijuana dependence. Want to be creative and think deep thoughts? Smoke some weed. Sound familiar?
Weed also makes everything sound, taste, feel, look, and smell better. Even so, after awhile it begins to have the opposite of its intended effect but you continue smoking just to feel normal or not be depressed. It’s a vicious cycle.
Whether you’re trying to reduce your use or quit the weed habit altogether, keep reading…
A Thing Called Marijuana Dependence
It’s a fairly popular notion that “marijuana is not addictive”. You probably believed this yourself for a very long time but now maybe you’re starting to think otherwise.
Here’s some validation for what you’re going through right now:
- Research by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) shows that 9% of recreational users develop a dependence on marijuana. If you started as a teenager, then the number jumps up to 17%.
- Since weed is the most popular recreational drug, these percentages translate to an estimated 2.7 million people just in the U.S. who struggle with marijuana dependence.
Some conspiracists will argue that this is flawed research issued by the government aimed at discouraging people from smoking weed.
OK, fine. Let’s look at it in a different way:
- An easy 1000 people per day search the internet with words like “how to quit smoking weed”.
- That’s 30,000 people per month looking for a solution to marijuana dependence.
So, it’s pretty obvious you’re not alone and that this is a real problem for a lot of people.
The Mission of How to Quit Smoking Weed Help
Now let me introduce myself, my name is Rick Neilson. I’m not a psychiatrist, psychologist, doctor, or trained addiction professional. I’m just a guy who used to smoke way too much weed. I started this site after going through my own quest to get control of the weed habit.
All I want to do here is go through the different approaches to quitting weed I investigated myself and then share with you the self-guided program I actually used to quit weed successfully after 15 years of solid smoking.
Since marijuana is still illegal in most places, I better go ahead and tell you that nothing I say on this site should be construed to mean that I condone breaking the law. With that said, I will also state I believe that marijuana should be legal on the same basis that alcohol is legal.
This is just a no judgement zone for helping people overcome marijuana dependence and getting on with a better life. So, without further delay, let’s consider your options:
Will Power (Cold Turkey)
Chances are, you ended up on this site because you’ve already tried will power to no avail. The longer you’ve smoked weed, the more likely will power by itself is not going to work and here’s why: the physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms.
THC is stored in your body’s fat cells and is slowly released back into the bloodstream which means you’re still getting small doses of THC days or even weeks after your last smoke.
For some of you, this just means you feel like “something is missing” and you crave the full effect. For others, your body rebels with intense cravings and unbearable side effects. Either way, this is the main reason will power does not work.
While will power will play a role in the process of quitting, it will only be effective once you have an informed strategy for dealing with these very real withdrawal symptoms.
Checking into a rehabilitation clinic requires a serious financial and time commitment. The rest of your life goes on hold in rehab but for good reason if you have a life threatening addiction to alcohol or to hard drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, etc.
So is rehab necessary for weed dependence? Usually not. Marijuana is not on the life threatening level of harder drugs and chronic marijuana users, while they impair their potential, still get through daily life reasonably well. In the case of weed, rehab is an option when all else fails.
Seeking help from a physician for marijuana dependence is not a bad idea but it can be a mixed bag. Marijuana dependence is still a relatively misunderstood concept even in the medical profession.
Some doctors will be understanding and may offer a pharmaceutical solution of some sort even though there is currently no FDA approved drug specifically for marijuana dependence (apparently some are being tested). The most enlightened doctors will also most likely recommend some sort of counseling.
Just be aware that there are still plenty of old school doctors out there who might not take you seriously, or worse, be judgmental or dismissive.
Psychotherapy (talk therapy) from a psychiatrist, psychologist, or licensed clinical social worker is a really good way to deal with dependence or addition issues. A counselor can help you sort out all sorts of life’s problems and oftentimes it’s the underlying issues that cause one to become dependent on a substance.
However, like rehab, counseling requires a significant time and monetary commitment (or really good health insurance). Also, counselors, like doctors, have varying opinions on marijuana dependence. Just be aware of this when choosing a therapist.
Marijuana Anonymous (12-Step Meetings)
Marijuana Anonymous has lots of information on weed dependence and their strategy has proven beneficial for some people. They operate pretty much the same way as Alcoholics Anonymous which means they emphasize doing a 12-step program.
Like most other 12-step programs, there is a bit of a religious aspect to it. They also have online 12-step meetings and an online forum.
The problem with the Twelve Step approach is that it has come under fire in recent years for having only a 5-10% success rate. In other words, it’s kind of outdated and apparently ineffective for the majority of people.
Now, let’s say you’ve tried will power and it hasn’t worked and none of the other options above sound appealing. There is an alternative option:
An Online Self-Guided Program to Quitting Weed
This is the option I used to successfully quit weed one year ago after 15 years of constant, chronic weed smoking.
It gives you the opportunity to quit weed from the comfort of your own home, away from prying eyes, at your own pace, inexpensively, without having to go to 12-step meetings or rehab.
There are a couple of these programs on the net but I chose the one I did because it had sold over 10,000 copies, I could not find any negative reviews on it, and it offered a 60 day unconditional money back guarantee. Even with the guarantee, I was reluctant to part with my money at first but then I realized it cost less than a good bag of weed.
Should you invest in yourself or invest in more weed? That is entirely up to you. I decided to invest in myself for a change and I have no regrets. I never asked for a refund because it worked.
I can’t begin to tell you how amazing it feels to be clean, clear, lucid, energetic, and moving forward in life!
So, if you want to check it out for yourself…..
Quit Smoking Weed on Your Own Terms
If you feel like any of the options further up the page are better, by all means do what you feel is best for you.
A lot of us at this critical juncture want to keep what we’re going through as private as possible which is why I promote the fact that you can do this on your own terms through a self guided program like Quit Marijuana The Complete Guide.
There are real and perceived pros and cons to any action you take. The important thing is to just do something to get back on track to long term happiness and to reclaim your aspirations for a better life.
Now that you’ve read this far, I sincerely thank you for spending some time here, I hope it’s been worthwhile.
P. S. – If you’re still trying to make up your mind about Quit Marijuana The Complete Guide, try watching the following video: