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3 Steps to Quit Smoking Weed – A Time Management Perspective

“Idle hands are the devils plaything”. An old saying but applicable to many situations including quitting marijuana addiction because how you manage your time is a crucial part of being able to give up pot for good.

Many steps of quit smoking weed you need to take revolve around willpower, understanding yourself and your addiction, cleansing your body of THC and others primarily dealing with the physical aspect of ending your addiction to Mary Jane and the all important psychological aspect too. This is fair enough but a little discussed part of quitting any addiction including marijuana addiction is how to manage your time so that you can overcome and avoid the obstacles that life throws your way.

Step 1 – Determine Your Marijuana Times

Some people light up in the morning, others after work and many before bed. Some are so addicted it takes up large portions of their day making the time not smoking all the more apparent and this needs to be discovered and monitored.

Get out a pen and paper and make a list of the times that you usually smoke pot, those times that are habitual and have probably become a ritual that is highly ingrained into your mind and actions. Use a calendar, an excel spreadsheet or whatever you need just note down all those times! This is because those times are going to be either the hardest times for you over the next few weeks and months or you can make them the easiest times by doing this.

If there are reasons and variations with each of these times note them down to. For example: “I always smoke a joint before the wife gets back from work” or “I always get high before heading out to the poker game/football games/etc…”. This will help with further steps.

Step 2 – Make a List of Alternative Actions

Each habitual time you have for smoking marijuana will need to be replaced by something else if you mean to quit pot for good. This may seem like an obvious thing to say but many people of great willpower and focused purpose have been undone by their addiction by poor planning and time management this way.

For starters those times the body is used to a high and while there is no great physical cravings the psychological need can be very strong. Having something to do to take your mind off the lingering thoughts of getting high is very beneficial because the more you think about something like this the more you will focus and obsess over it. When you have a plan of action for those times you can get carried away with something completely different and the cravings may not even surface.

I cannot tell you what to do with this time but it should be mentally occupying, stimulating or at least something that keeps you very busy! It should also be positive towards your life, do not just replace it with another addiction like drinking, cigarettes or pornography addiction. If possible it is even better to replace it with something that relates to your reasons for smoking at those particular times, if those times were stressful or a chance to do it without being seen or a way to psyche yourself or calm yourself down … whatever the reason if you can find a healthy, positive alternative at those times that will either do what pot did to some degree or even do exactly the opposite if that was a part of the problem then this is time well spent.

Step 3 – Find a Passion

The alternative actions are a good starting place to occupy marijuana time but sometimes they do not cut it or they are something you cannot do all the time and they start slipping away and the thought of smoking a joint hits you again when these smoking trigger times hit.

This step to quit smoking weed is essential for the short term and long term because before this, if you were addicted to weed, your passion was marijuana and probably not much else! There is a sort of journey of self discovery when we free ourselves of the slavery of an addiction and it can be scary and confusing sometimes but if you approach it in the right way you can often come out of it with a passion, something that will fill up the corners of your life that pot once occupied. This passion should not be a short term filler, should not be a fad or a hobby even; it should be something more than that.

Some people find music and art and creativity, other find spirituality and meditation, others may find exercise, yoga, boxing or a million other things. No one can help you find this but yourself but a commitment to this passion will make managing marijuana times easy because there is always something about your passion that will take that time up and before you know it pot smoking will be very low on a list of priorities or not there at all.

These steps to quit smoking weed may only be a part of the struggle to be free of marijuana addiction but are integral to the whole process of not just quitting pot but being free of weed which are two different things if you look at the wording. Stopping something does not imply it will always be stopped but being free means the choice is yours which is a much better solution.

More on how to be free of marijuana from the experiences of an ex-pothead who has helped thousands of other overcome their addiction


“I quit a year and a day ago and I want YOU to quit too!”

I just read a great post from an ex-marijuana addict on the uncommon-addiction forums. It deserves some more exposure!

I was you. I smoked at every opportunity, all the time for over a decade. Weed took precedence in my life, I could not bear to be without it for even a day. I always found money to buy weed, I loved the whole ritual surrounding it…or I thought I did until I realized I was numb. I no longer felt anything, I had become almost completely negative in my thinking, I hated seeing a dumb, grey skinned, red-eyed stoner moron staring back at me in the mirror. Then exactly a year ago I said ‘No more’ and I quit. So I wanted to return here, which was a great source of support for me in the early months of the quit to share everything I have learned in reference to kicking an addiction and what I experienced as a result of it.

1 – The first time I felt a benefit was about 2 days after quitting. I stayed up late one night watching a movie and afterwards had to just get some laundry out of the machine. As I folded the laundry, I felt a wave of melancholy wash over me…a kind of nostalgia, it was a subtle emotion I had not experienced for a decade, it was so subtle and so penetrating, I remember feeling overjoyed that I was feeling something real and not inducing a feeling via a 3rd party. This was just me and my emotions.

2 – I had incredibly vivid dreams, every night. I would wake up in pools of sweat, at first the dreams were persecution dreams with nightmarish qualities and gradually the imagery, though bizarre, became spectacular, like the most far-out and wonderful spectacle I had ever seen! When I got stoned, I just got blackness every night. No dreams. How can a person rob themselves of their dreams, they are a natural wonder.

3 – I became more sociable. I started to just appreciate the joys of communication with my fellow beings rather than hiding from them, or feeling some sense of shame or guilt at the fact I was stoned, or just social inadequacy at the fact my mind worked so slowly and my short term memory would embarrass me when I forgot what the hell I was talking about in the middle of a sentence! It truly is socially crippling. A stoner limits themselves to feeling the only people they are on a level with are other stoners. Combine this with the fact that the other stoners also have awful short term memories etc, it makes for a limiting social life.

4 – I had waves of misery and elation. Some days I would feel fantastic and almost hyper, other days I felt miserable and like I didn’t really want to face the world. In the early days, this was more extreme, after about 5 months I would say I felt as though I were on an even keel. This is psychological adjustment. If you are a long term smoker, you have left a relationship with the psychoactive effects of a plant that has influenced your world view and the way your very brain works. After five months, I felt like I was myself. Myself in a way I had never experienced, having been stoned since adolescence!

5 – Creativity. I work as an artist and marijuana always had appeal for me because I could easily work when stoned and I could do so to a high standard, enough to be regarded by my peers and respected for my talents. But I was terrified I would somehow grind to a halt creatively if I gave up marijuana. This is a huge misconception, to credit a plant with imbuing ones self with talent is to believe that anyone who smokes could become an artist, but the plan tis just along for the ride, it is neither here nor there, if anything it is a hinderance to the energy you need to be fully expressive. Also when you produce work with a sober mind, it is far more satisfying because you become aware of what is of you and this is liberating and life affirming. You are the vessel that creates and how wonderful to think that you were born with the ability and it is not attributed to anything else!

6 – Money. You just have more of it to do more worthwhile things with! This is a no brainer, but I would count it as a lesser benefit but it is enabling.

7 – Confidence. The feeling you are not burying your head in the sand or running away from anything. The feeling they you are yourself, eye to eye with reality. This is life affirming. You feel whole, that you are yourself and that it is enough.

8 – Relationships are just better. You feel more honest and as a result enjoy communication more and don’t have anything to play down in terms of an addiction. No more making up excuses for things because you are stoned and thus relegate your human relationships in favor of your relationship with a plant. The joys of just being with people and appreciating the simplest of sincere communications. Our relationships with our fellow beings are the MOST important aspect of any of our lives, a stoner loves, but not completely because they give that little bit less and we all know deep down that life is all about giving.

9 – The freedom from cynicism. I used to be cynical about so much because I think marijuana gave me a kind of arrogance regarding the nature of reality. I would look at the world around me, at all these straight people living their lives, going about their business and participating in the mundanity of everyday life and I wanted to remove myself from it because as a stoner, I always thought there was so much more that was more important and the majority of the world didn’t see this etc. As a result of this warped perception what I am describing here as cynicism actually seems to me to be a psychological mechanism of justifying ones weakness’ and fears and giving them a context in which they seem like some sort of superior insight, when in fact it is just warped, negative thinking. Now I feel restored to healthy cynicism about those things that require cynical thinking and healthy respect for those aspects of life that are mundane, but real!

10 – Now after one year, I look back and the whole idea that I made myself a vessel into which I could be filled with the generic characteristics of a plant and allow them to puppeteer my personality completely ridiculous! Clearly for years, I felt the need to do this for some reason, but a year after quitting I look back at all the wonderful things that have happened, I have moved into a great new house, I have rediscovered my passion for many interests and new ones and met people who have become excellent friends, people I would never have crossed paths with had I continued being a stoner! The value of this to me is immeasurable!

So if you are reading this and thinking about quitting, I hope something in here reaches you and helps to motivate you. Just bear in mind when you quit, the hard part is not being rid of the plant, that is easy, you just don’t ingest it or buy it etc, you just stay away from it. The hard part is coming to terms with yourself, which ultimately ends up with you feeling stronger, more complete and enriched. What more could you want for yourself? You will be better placed for that which life has to offer!

So good luck to all you people wanting to quit, if I could do it, so can you!


Using Meditation To Quit Marijuana – Does It Work?

Marijuana addiction is becoming more and more common as availability and ease of access to this “soft” drug increases. Many people cling to the high they get from pot and continually smoke to keep that high going as often as they can meanwhile they sink further and further into addiction until it does not become an enjoyable experience but an absolute need. Unlike cigarettes and other drugs however marijuana addiction is not a physical or chemical addiction but a psychological one which is where using meditation to quit marijuana can help people overcome this problem.

Pot, weed, cannabis, hash or whatever your name for it, marijuana can take a hold of ones life much like an alcohol or gambling addiction in that there is no cravings for chemicals like nicotine in cigarettes but there is a craving for the high you get from the action. Gamblers are addicted to the high of winning so much they will risk everything they have to get that high once more and the same goes for any psychological addiction. It is a dependence on that high they experienced the first times but it becomes dangerous when it gets out of hand leading to problems with health, money and social aspects of their lives.

This means there are no patches or chewing gum that can help you overcome cravings for marijuana; the cravings are simply a want so bad it feels like a need. This means everyone has a different way of coping with psychological addictions to make themselves realize they do not need to smoke pot and can have the willpower to quit. Meditation is one way that people have used to quit successfully because of its calming and introspective effects.
The benefits of meditation are twofold. Firstly it gives you another activity to take the place of smoking pot which enables you to spend your time on something healthier for you and replaces that time block in your life you once filled with an addiction. Secondly while meditating you can free your mind and body from the daily pains and bothers of life and can separate yourself from your anxieties cutting off that psychological craving that may be bugging you. Some find after meditation it does come back but repeated meditation eventually alleviates such things. People also find a certain “high” from meditation that is natural and healthy that they can use as a substitute for pot as well which is beneficial to all parts of their life.

Some claim that meditation is just a replacement addiction or action and does not solve the root cause of why someone became addicted to marijuana in the first place. Many take up such an addiction to get away from some pain in their lives and feel pot gives them an escape. I also believe this is true but you cannot solve these problems while you have an addiction but having the will to look at your life and find what it is that has driven you to such measures is very important and using meditation can be much easier. From a lack of direction in ones life to physical assault at home to high stress jobs psychological drug addition has many causes that need to be addressed.

So it is my firm belief that using meditation to quit marijuana does work and can only be a good thing for those that try and may lead you to a better state of being in a spiritual sense and a more stable life in a very realistic sense.

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