Why I Quit Smoking Weed For Good

WhyQuitSmokingWeed

I tried to quit Marijuana many times. Normally I would just tell myself that I this was my last bag, and not put any more effort into it than that. Clearly this wasn’t working.    This post is an overview of why I quit smoking weed.  There were some things that felt wrong in my life, and weed was a common factor in many of them.

“If you want to get the the same results, keep doing what you are doing.” is a quote I often heard.  I felt like I was spinning my tires.  Basically, I was smoking weed and not getting things done.

I knew I Had to Change

I had to change what I was doing. It has been 10 years since I first smoked pot, and 7 of those years have been an excessive, chronic marijuana addiction. Because I was stoned so often, it was easy to ignore all of the growing problems associated with my addiction to weed. I took the time to step back and really evaluate what my marijuana addiction was doing to my life.

Smoking 4 or 5 times a day, every day, chews up A LOT of time. I wrote 4 separate pieces about how Marijuana has negative effects on my life. This is the first stage of the recovery process. It is necessary to identify why I want to quit so that I can quit more driven to quit more easily.

Why I Quit Smoking Weed

  1. Physical Reasons to Quit Marijuana – all of the negative physical effects of being a daily pot smoker.
  2. Psychological Reasons to Quit Marijuana – how marijuana affects my mood, attitude, emotions, and motiviation.
  3. Reasons to Quit Marijuana – Relationships – how smoking weed interferes with relationships, social drive, and decision making.
  4. Financial Reasons to Quit Marijuana – the cost of marijuana, and the cost of living the lifestyle of a stoner.   You will be surprised how quickly it adds up.

I hope you find this list helpful. I am will continue to update it. If you have any additions to this list, feel free to add them in the comments of the appropriate page.

There are plenty of reasons people want to quit. I know I covered my personal reasons for why I quit smoking weed and they helped me to keep the motivation and desire to quit when I was going through withdrawal.

Why do You Want To?

Add your comments below.   What clarified your decision to quit?

Most people can’t quit because they don’t know what to expect, or don’t have a plan. If you want to be fully prepared and successful when you stop smoking weed, you gotta check out my free book about marijuana withdrawal.  You can grab it on the main How to Quit Smoking Weed page.

9 Comments

  • Mike K

    Reply Reply September 11, 2016

    I am 56 years old and have smoked weed for over 40 years. Almost every problem I’ve had in my life had been directly related to my using. I didn’t care. I had it all figured out. I am (was) a truck driver and was able to pass every drug test I was given. Probably 30+ tests over the years. That’s a lot of money for fake urine. I had a system and it worked every time. Except the last time. I still didn’t test positive, only because I left before I finished the test. DOT considered that a refusal and just like a positive. Now I had a choice. Quit and try to save my career or say fuck it and stay stoned. I quit about 3 months ago. Cold turkey. Absolutely the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Once my system was clean and I could really pass a drug test I started the assessments required to keep drivimy. The system they have in place is easy to subvert. That’s unfortunate because everyone who does this is not committed to sobriety like I am now. I conned the counsellors into believing that it was all a big mistake. I was really a great guy who made a stupid mistake by walking out of the drug test. I’m going back to work on 2 weeks. Clean and sober. I’ll be subjected to “observed” urine tests for 2 years by DOT regulations. That’s even more reason to stay clean. I still suffer from insomnia but otherwise I feel better than I have in years. I wasted a lot of time and money with my habit. It took a real threat to my livliehood to get me to quit. I only wish I’d have done it 30 years earlier. No…I wish I’d have never started. Weed is not a harmless drug. The legalisation in some states will have a huge negative impact on people. Its a shame. Please. If you want to quit, get some help. Doing it alone was no fun but it was worth it.

    • mmm

      Reply Reply February 6, 2017

      truck driver, i aint no truck driver i am janitor, i bought this truck straight cash, now me and my family have enough cigarettes for the rest of our lives, i am rich biotch! honk honk

  • sunshine

    Reply Reply October 24, 2016

    I want to say thank you for starting this website and everyone who commented who has been in the same position. My life has been a downward spiral for the first 5 years of my adult life. I am a person that bases his personality and pride in my intelligence, and its horrifying to me that I still struggle with breaking from this addiction that Ive entertained these past 5 years.

    I’m 23 years old and ive blown a full ride scholarship to San Francisco state for a thirty year old pot-head mother that I thought I fell in love with, but it turns out ten years is a big difference afterall, and if it wasn’t for me catching onto her smoking habits (ever since ive been the same. Smoke weed like its cigarettes.) I wouldn’t be a 23 year old line cook that’s blown through 4 different apartments and cities and lived at the bottom of the food chain while convincing myself that my chemical dependency is my happiness.

    Ive procrastinated against large parts of my life, accumulated debts as well as burned bridges for foolish reasons, lost myself time and time again, and have been living in a vicious cycle of settling with the repercussions of making easy decisions and basing my career goals on the feasibility of wether or not I can work a job with a hangover. Sure its led to cheapened versions of good times, in between the sea of negativity that I constantly must swim to keep my head bobbing above the surface of sanity.. I have got a lot of thigns I stil want to do with my life.. I still have a story that I want to tell. A life that I want to build. But I still haven’t because I’m constantly keeping myself within these internal states of chemical imbalances, smoking too much too affixedly to the point of obsession and spending every spare minute of my time otherwise trying to make up for when I’m not enjoying the relaxation of doing nothing with my life but getting fucked up (which btw is my only remaining solace).

    I say these things from my heart. I must quit. Its either that or live the rest of my life the way I have been and end up some brain-melted old geaser that repeats the same lessons learned that I recite to pass the time and compensate for my eternal inner wishy-washy state of being in no mood to do any decision making at all.. Lately ive been perusing things like youtube videos and websites such as this one, looking for help to truly quit, and though I haven’t really discovered anything I haven’t already known It has helped me just by listening to similar stories like my own, from similar people that have loved weed and loved being stoners during their lives, a little too much, to the point that they must quit but have difficulty.

    For me.. I just have to change my mind to a different state of understanding, shift the certain mental habits that it takes in order to no escape the same process from repeating, all it takes is doing it for me. I just continue to chose not to do it, I think about how I can do it, assure myself that I’m able, but still chose not to, and there in lies the problem. I’m truly afraid that I never will chose to.. Never lastingly. And shit! This is just weed! Imagine how fucked I would be with anything more good god.. I want to just go to some new place where I am forced to do entirely new things, and have no choice but to quit weed because its not around, thatd be the easiest way to learn new behaviours.. SOmething like the military. But alas. I cant join the military until I quit! And it really is.. Something I struggle with everyday.. And yet I say this, define my understanding of it as arduously and often as I can to reaffirm myself these things, yet.. I’m about to light up a bowl right now. so.

    Some brains just aren’t meant for drugs. And it raises the question for me, what happens when those brains subject themselves into liking them on a competitive level, for years of abuse and psychological regression.. Is there any hope to ever be smart again? lol. To ever be anything more than what I have become? I wonder.. Ill just have to see for myself.

    • TVGUY

      Reply Reply October 28, 2016

      I feel your pain, but me I’m actually the opposite. I’ve smoked weed my entire life since the age of 15. but i did manage to graduate college at age 25 got into my career by the grace of God, and started really living at age 32 .But weed did hold me back I played sports in high school and college, but i never truly took it to that next level because of weed. But your still young 23 is plenty of time! pick up a hobby, I’m getting back into boxing. I know its time for me to quit. If i every get caught copping my life is over. so I cant risk it anymore.God bless you and fight until you made it!

  • Jared Koester

    Reply Reply November 15, 2016

    Hello my name is Jared! I have a real problem on trying to quit smoking weed. My wife is pregnant with our second child and she keeps telling me that I need to quit for her and the kids. It’s very hard to stop when I have been smoking for 15years it’s been part of my every day life for quite sometime now, the hardest part on trying to stop is being off work and want to drink a beer and smoke when I have a couple beers it triggers the craving and makes it even more hard to stop. I just need to find a way to put a game plan together and find some ways to help me stop smoking

  • Seth Poynter

    Reply Reply January 28, 2017

    Hi there my name is Seth. Ive decided its time to get the clarity back into my life and stop keeping myself stuck in the same spot. I deal with a lot of depression and for years have used pot to help me deal but what im thinking is that i have actually been smoking to deal with my smoking. I have thought about wanting to quit every single day and just kept smoking and I wake up with regret and feel depressed. But I need it to sleep I say and its healthier than benzos, but its not healthy for me if its keeping me depressed and stuck. Day 2 of quitting and Im also going back to AA meetings for support as i wnet to AA for 5 years to help quit booze and opiates and cocaine. Weed should be easy to quit but it isnt, but it is rewarding so far so im gonna stick with it. Very grateful I found this site.

  • Dr. Aftab Uddin

    Reply Reply February 11, 2017

    The best part of quitting weed is restoration of Brain Function:

    You know that THC (main ingredient of cannabis) can acts by binding with cannabinoid receptors which present in certain area of your brain. Following exposure, it start to decrease your memory and learning function (Hippocampus) and inability of fine movement activities (Cerebellum). After quitting weed, you will be able to gain sharp memory and skillful activities in daily work.

  • Bert

    Reply Reply February 15, 2017

    Im 34 smoked since 16. Could’ve been a doctor but settled for a lower medical field due to weed. I have managed to have a good career and have a wife and my child is 1yr old now. I have tried to stop smoking a hundred times but can’t do more than 6 months of being clean. I have a house,car and even rental properties. Son I consider myself successful in that regard (by the grace of God I am blessed and haven’t been caught). However, I consider myself a failure in not being able to stop smoking weed. I thought well I make good money and take care of my family so why stop if I’m successful and functional. The reason I want to stop is for my family, my health and our well being. I have prayed and have faith one day I will stop. I realized one thing though. Marijuana has left me with poor coping skills. Son when I quit and something goes wrong ,I immediately turn to weed. I have to learn how to cope with life’s problems and Boredoms. That is the key to sobriety. And God of course. I pray we all stop smoking in Jesus name Amen.

  • seattle guy

    Reply Reply February 21, 2017

    i quit weed because it didn’t take me any closer to being happy. about three weeks ago. i dont want to feel like dying anymore. i want to sleep regularly. i want to like myself. no matter how much you suffer, weed won’t help you get happier. i cant eat anymore. eating feels tedious and nothing makes me satisfied or happy. i never wake up feeling ok. i want to sleep as soon as i wake up and i want to die. i hope i will get better and be happy. you can do it

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