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How To Quit Marijuana By Stopping Cravings

One of the biggest challenges anyone faces when stopping an addiction is the cravings you feel and when discovering how to quit marijuana this will be a major factor in your plan to overcome cannabis addiction so you can lead a healthy happy life and not feel the NEED to smoke pot all the time.

First though, we must look at what a craving is!

Dependency cravings
Dependency is when your body becomes addicted to a drug and you face physical symptoms when you stop taking that drug. In the case of cigarettes a lack of intake of nicotine (often referred to as withdrawal) means you body believes it is being starved of something vital which can lead to agonizing headaches, nausea, diarrhea and more. The difference between cigarettes and marijuana though is that pot is not physically addictive and has hardly any of these symptoms making cases of marijuana dependency a debatable topic.

This does not mean there are no physical side effects to quitting marijuana however as many who have stopped smoking pot can testify. The active ingredient in Marijuana called THC (TetraHydroCannabinol) causes physical changes in your body chemistry which can lead to a few physical effects such as:

  • Insomnia
  • Vivid Dreams
  • Mild Nausea
  • Sore Throat

Getting rid of THC from your body is a long term process however because it is stored in fat cells and is released at a later date. To speed the process and get through these physical problems it is best to do a detox to flush as much of it out of your system as you can. Exercise top burn fat, lots of water and other detox methods are very helpful in this regard.

Psychological Cravings
The physical aspect of quitting smoking pot is only the tip of the iceberg for many marijuana addicts because the addiction is not dependency on the drug which is basically a non-event. Instead, like many other behavioral problems such as gambling, alcoholism and sexual addictions, those that feel they cannot stop smoking weed are considered psychologically addicted and often use the physical symptoms that occur in the first few weeks as a belief they are ‘hooked’ on the drug despite its lack of dependency issues.

This is nothing to be embarrassed about though, people form ingrained habits to all sorts of things and some things that can be healthy, but when a habit becomes an addiction in that you believe you cannot exist without it this is nearly always detrimental to your life in many negative ways and this is where the real cravings come from.

You feel you NEED to smoke.
You feel SCARED not to smoke.
You might feel you cannot GET BY without just smoking even a little.

This might not even be apparent to you when learning how to quit marijuana, especially if you blame your continuance to smoke on the physical symptoms you get when you do not smoke and this is where the cravings that are rooted deep in your mind come from and these are the ones you need to uproot more than any!

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Advice on How to Quit Marijuana: Avoiding Roadblocks – Part Two

In part one we discussed how problems in our life can present what may seem like barriers that we cannot overcome and force many people to turn around and give up on their attempt to quit smoking pot. This advice on how to quit marijuana will continue on with some common and not so common examples of how former pot smokers have handled these situations.

Social obstacles
Many marijuana addicts are social smokers as well as on their own and many have a culture that is based around smoking pot and all their friends do and often their families too. Recently I heard of a girl who was stressed out because all of her close friends smoked pot but she really wanted to stop and felt that if she revealed this to her friends there would be social consequences. This may have been understandable but the stress and anxiety over losing her friends nearly broke her resolve until she was advised to look at the issue a little closer and found that the problem in her mind had become a lot bigger than it really was. By simply talking to her friends about how she felt it was best for her without judging her friends she found that most actually supported her and some decided to join her in her efforts! This was a classic example of a speed hump where the obstacle only seemed impassable and became smaller only when she had the courage to go over it.

Family Obstacle
Sometimes a social problem is not as easy to overcome however as another common problem is when your family all smoke and you cannot move out, and even worse they do NOT support your efforts to quit. A lack of freedom and space can make if very hard and if you can not change those around you and receive no support the stress can be very high and drive you back to smoking as it can be too hard not too. This is more a of a road block as you are caught between a rock and a hard place and it feels like there is no solution. In these times you have to be a little more creative and find a new way, the individual in question here fond a way forward by realizing that the roadblock that was his living conditions and addicted family was the only reason he kept smoking, not only this but a fairly abusive relationship with his father was sapping his will and all this stress and anxiety simply meant it was easier to smoke and fall into line even though he knew it was destroying his chances at a better life. The solution … to move out despite the horrendous difficulties this posed. It was a new path, a rocky path but it was this or return to the same problem. I head from this guy a few months later and now that he had quit smoking he had moved into a clean share house and while money was tight the benefits of being free was worth the hardship. This may not be possible for everyone but it shows how a rougher path can sometimes be the only way forward if you identify the crucial base problems for your continuing dependence on smoking weed.

Masking Problems
Another reason some people continue to smoke weed is that it is a way to mask another problem such as depression, anxiety or even rage and psychosis. Some feel that the effects of marijuana help them cope with these conditions but know that they need to quit, and then fall back to smoking because they feel they cannot handle whatever other problems they have. With this in mind the roadblock is the other condition they suffer from that stops them moving forward but the problem most face is that they think this other problem is unsolvable and often use it as an excuse to continue smoking because masking their problems is easier than fixing them. The answer? Treating the underlying problem of course! If this means going to therapy or buying medication designed to specifically deal with brain chemical imbalances then so be it but only by removing this roadblock will you ever move forward.

In the end all of these problems are about analysis, honesty and a motivation to do things other than just stopping smoking which is sometimes the easiest bit. By finding a path you can follow these stressful difficulties can be avoided and overcome making the road to find out how to quit marijuana that much easier, better and lasting too!

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Advice On How To Quit Marijuana: Avoiding Roadblocks – Part One

How to quit marijuana can seem to some people to be a very simple question and to others an incredibly complex one. Some may think this difference of opinion simply comes from peoples varying levels of commitment to their attempts to stop smoking pot and this is somewhat correct but the circumstances people are in have some of the greatest effects on people chances of kicking their weed addiction and many of the problems I like to call roadblocks.

A roadblock is something we think we cannot pass, an insurmountable obstacle set before us that stops our attempts to move forward and appear to a marijuana user trying to quit to be a point they cannot go past so they simply turn around and head back on down the same path because that roadblock is not going anywhere. Some examples I have seen include:

  • Becoming extremely stressed when ceasing to smoke weed
  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Nightmares
  • Lack of support from friends and family
  • Social ostracism
  • … and many more!

These roadblocks I like to think fall into two categories and need different approaches.

Speed humps
A speed hump does not stop you going forward they simply slow you down, they are rough and sometimes fro a distance they look like you can’t get over them until you get closer and attempt it and realize they are not so bad! The only way to determine this is to look at the situation up close and work out can you just push on through it and it was fear of failure holding you back from giving up smoking weed not any real danger.


A real barrier is something that you cannot get past, or if you do try you end up wrecking yourself or something else (or someone else). Often sever issues of mental health or extreme social issues can become real problems when you are trying to work out how to quit marijuana and it looks like the end. Obviously you cannot just power on here but there are other things you can do. Following the roads analogy I might be laboring a little bit we might see our path to quitting marijuana as a straight line with speed humps and sometimes a barrier ending our journey, but what if there was another path? What if we could go around that barrier or remove that barrier in a different way that just trying to drive on over it? The real secret to avoiding roadblocks is to not tackle them head on if you are going to lose but instead try to find a different path, think of new ways and approaches to the problem or sometimes realize that this roadblock might have to be removed by getting our of the metaphorical car and solving this issue first.

In part 2 on how to quite smoking marijuana: avoiding roadblocks I will get a few examples I have seen for a better understanding.