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You may have felt silly if you found yourself asking “how do I quit smoking weed?” A lot of us have heard that smoking weed doesn’t cause a person to become addicted, and it stands to reason that no addiction means no withdrawal; but those assumptions are wrong. A recent study done in Australia indicates that withdrawal from weed (a.k.a. pot, cannabis, Mary Jane, reefer, and many others) is a very real and very serious matter. Some people had withdrawal symptoms as bad as those seen in tobacco smokers when they quit. This is particularly troubling when you consider that it’s been said that only very hard drugs like heroin or cocaine are more difficult to kick.
Make a plan and stick with it
One of the most important things you can do to increase your chances of successfully quitting smoking weed is to make a plan and stick to it. Are you going to go cold turkey, or gradually taper down your smoking? Are you going to do this alone or enlist the help of your friends? The more detailed your plan, and the closer you stick to it, the more likely you are to be successful.
Reading from the library of information available to tobacco smokers and the “how to quit” manuals for them may help you form the all-important plan. It may help you to talk to healthcare professionals about your plan and seek advice from people who have gone through what you plan to undertake. At the very least, their support or the evidence that the addiction is something that can be beaten will be a positive influence for you.
Tobacco and weed similarities
Given the similarities between quitting smoking weed and tobacco, you may not even need to disclose that you smoke weed if that’s a concern to you. Simply saying “smoking” is generally assumed to mean tobacco. You need not lie to any healthcare provider; as they are not law enforcement and most likely won’t turn you over should you express a desire to quit smoking weed.
The commonalities between quitting smoking weed and tobacco are so numerous, it would be a mistake not to take the wealth of information available about the latter into account when you plan to quit smoking weed.
Ultimately, the answer to “how do I quit smoking weed?” is: have the desire, make a plan, act.