How to Stop Smoking Weed

Survive Marijuana Withdrawal and End Your Marijuana Addiction. was created to make it easier for you to quit marijuana and help you do it.  The resources that you need to quit are here.  If you are here to help someone else, there are resources for you as well.

Launched in November 2014, We provide online courses and a community where people who want to stop smoking weed can come together and quit forever.

I know it can be hard to quit.   I smoked weed for nearly 10 years.   This website grew out of my old "The Marijuana Addict" blog where I documented my own struggle, then success in quitting weed for good.

Marijuana Addiction - For Real?

There still isn’t a lot of rock solid marijuana addiction information out there, and even today there are a lot of conflicting views on whether weed is really addictive or not.

On one side, you have people who love to smoke, and aren’t addicted – kind of like how some people can drink but no be alcoholics.   They don’t believe marijuana is addictive because it isn’t for them!

On the other hand, marijuana is mostly illegal.  Most governments want to keep it that way, so there is an endless PR campaign on the dangers of drugs, and marijuana gets lumped into the same pile as heroin and crack.  They claim it is addictive and incredibly dangerous.  They pay for studies to prove that it is.

The marijuana legalization crowd doesn’t want to touch the subject of marijuana addiction – it would be harmful to their cause and the truth is, their is net-benefit to society if we legalize it.

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So is Marijuana Really Addictive?

Here's the bottom line:  Marijuana is addictive for about 9% of adults who become regular smokers and goes up to 16% if you smoke regularly as a teenager.

I have spoken to 1000’s of people over the last couple of years about their marijuana use.  I’ve emailed experts in drug addiction, counseling and psychology.  I’ve talked to full-time stoners and self-professed addicts.  I’ve read as many studies as I can.

After all of my research, I can definitively say, Marijuana is very addictive and destructive for some of us.

The old-school view of addiction is that addiction is a physical thing.   The body needs it.   Marijuana does have a physically addictive component.   The physical withdrawal symptoms are somewhat similar to a person who is quitting cigarettes.  However  Weed can be incredibly psychologically addictive (for some of us).

I was one of those people.   I wanted to quit for years, and I couldn’t bring myself to do it.   I remember that every bag was going to be the last bag, and once I got it, I would smoke it as quickly as I could so that I wouldn’t buy another.    I would not socialize, leave events early, or only hang out with people who smoked so that I could too.

Marijuana addiction isn’t black and white.   I’ve talked to countless people who start smoking weed occasionally for fun, then very slowly and gradually, their smoking habits interfere with their daily life until they look back and find that they smoke daily and have done so for years.    The point of it going from a recreational activity to a necessity isn’t ever clear cut, it just seems to happen to some of us.

I was stuck for a long time, and I know what that is like. It can be really hard to get out of that cycle of being stoned all of the time, because weed kind of makes you comfortably numb with where you are…and as long as there is more, the cycle continues.

Long Term Effects of Marijuana Addiction?

Just like there is a lot of bad information out there on addiction, there is a lot about the effects of marijuana, particularly the long term effects, because there isn’t a lot of science out there.   I have written about these effects from my personal views, and gathered as much science as I can.      I can tell you that marijuana is really bad for your bank account!  I know I spent over to $20,000! I doubt it causes cancer, I do know it can mess with your hormone levels.   It can make impair your short-term memory, which then never gets into your long term memory.      When I was getting ready to quit, I wrote down a manifesto of sorts:  Why I Quit Smoking Pot    For those of you looking to learn about long term use, you may find the interesting.   If you are looking to quit smoking weed, you probably already know!

Why Do You Want To Quit Marijuana?

Maybe you have to quit because of a new job, or you got into some trouble for smoking…Sometimes its just time to move on, and you realize that you are trading some short-term satisfaction for long term pain, stress and other side effects of marijuana.

When I took a step back, I realized that negative effects of me smoking were pretty major.   I felt like I had lost some really good years of my life to being stoned all of the time.    I created a huge list of all of the reasons that I wanted to quit including:

How to Quit Smoking Weed

I’ve written a lot about this as well.  Quitting marijuana isn’t always easy, but it doesn’t have to be incredibly hard.   For most of us, it’s more than just not smoking.  It is also a lifestyle change.   I’ll tell you right now, it does get easier with time.    If you are feeling run down and depressed about your marijuana use, you can dig yourself out of that hole.   Get Your Shovel Ready!