Cannabis isn’t physically addictive in the same way as harder drugs like cocaine or heroin, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get addicted to it at all.
Are you used to smoking weed every day, or at the very least every week? Are you spending the majority of your money on weed or gear? Do you find times when you’re not stoned to be tedious and hard to get through?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it could mean that you’ve developed a psychological addiction to weed. It happens. Anything can be psychologically addictive, including gambling, sex and weed. And if you’re psychologically addicted to weed, it’s time to take a break – for a week, for a month, even for a longer period of time.
Quitting can seem hard if you’re used to smoking several joints per day, or you find yourself getting panicky when your stash is done – but if you put your mind to it, it’s possible.
Here’s how you can spot an addiction to weed – and what you can do to quit.
When Cannabis Consumes Everything
Weed can become all-consuming, and before you know it, every single activity in your life has to have weed in it or it just isn’t worth your time.
This can include hanging out with your friends, where you’ll quickly find yourself looking for excuses to hang out with friends who smoke and to ditch friends who don’t. This can include watching movies, where the movies all seem to suck if you’re not stoned and you can’t wait to get high. It can even include simple, everyday things like food – do you feel like you have to smoke before you can sit down to eat?
You could be addicted to cannabis.
If it’s taking over all aspects of your life and standing in the way of everything else, then weed has become a problem and a crutch instead of a way to pass the time.
False Starts to Quitting
Most people smoking weed for the long term have thought of putting down the joint and quitting the habit at least a few times in their smoking lifetime. But how many of them actually manage to quit?
At most, the tolerance break lasts for a few days to a few weeks, and then you’re right back where you were – and you’re probably smoking more than ever.
False starts to quitting and possible relapses like this are normal: They’re to be expected. But eventually you have to stop dealing with the false starts and move on to some real change – especially if you can feel that weed is affecting everything in your life, including your budget and your circle of friends.
Why quit weed?
If you’ve developed a characteristic morning cough, you’ll find that quitting weed is all you need to do to get your lungs to recover. You might be inspired to be healthier in general, and might even find that it’s easier to walk instead of taking the bus – and your lungs will feel clearer than they ever have before.
Once you’ve quit weed, you’ll find that your thoughts feel like they open up – and not in the stoned, philosophical kind of way, either, but something more real. Cannabis users are known for terrible short-term memory loss; once you quit weed, you can almost certainly guarantee that your memory will come back in good time.
How to Quit Smoking Weed
The first step to quitting your weed smoking habit is to change your mindset. If you don’t make a conscious choice to stop smoking weed, you’re simply not going to do it. Decide that you want to quit, for whatever reason you want to quit, and tell yourself that you’re going to stick to it.
The next step to quitting weed will be to toss your stash and gear. Get rid of it or give it to a friend – do anything as long as you don’t have to think about weed.
Then, deal with the cravings. If you’ve mixing your weed with tobacco, you’ll have two separate cravings to deal with. Some people switch to food, other people choose a hobby.
Need more advice on how to quit smoking weed? Cannabis Coach can help you out, whether you want to quit smoking weed for a few days, a few weeks, a few months or for good.