Everyone knows that marijuana isn’t addictive, at least not physically. They have said that this is true. But who are “they”, and how come you can’t hold them accountable when you find yourself unable to quit smoking weed?
Well now, before you go saying that “they” are full of BS, just know that actually, pot is not physically addictive, at least not in the same way alcohol and tobacco are. Yet many are the pot-heads who claim that they in fact are addicted, whether they feel it’s a physical addiction or psychological. The purpose of this article is not to debate whether or not these withdrawal symptoms are psycho-somatic or actual, it is to offer concrete advice to those who want to quit.
First of all, congratulations on seeing that you have a “problem”, that you feel out of control. Just like in Alcoholics Anonymous, that’s the first step in stopping your weed usage.
Next, realize that your “addiction” is probably psychological. What does this mean? It means that it is in your mind! If you stop, you will not get any physical symptoms (although in some very rare cases, people do report physical symptoms- keep in mind that probably 99% of people will not have such symptoms).
Now, just because it’s psychological, doesn’t mean it’s easy! You probably smoke weed because it makes you feel good, gets you high. It’s not easy to give that up, especially for people who have “addictive personalities” to begin with. So what you will need to do, is to replace the high you get with something else. Not with another drug or alcohol, mind you, but preferably something positive or just neutral. Taking up exercise would be one of the best ways as the physical exertion will get your brain secreting dopamines, something you may have been exclusively relying on pot for. You’ll be engaging in a healthy activity AND getting high, only naturally!
Another strategy to use is to get out in nature. Be creative- perhaps a week spent backpacking in the wilderness will be just the thing to start you off, to make a clean break. Or perhaps you could set up a ritual, going for a short hike each day, feeling the clean air in your lungs and again engaging in an activity that is not smoking weed.