How to Stop Smoking Weed and Crush Your Withdrawal Symptoms

Are you considering stepping back from smoking weed for a while or contemplating quitting completely?

If you think you need to quit smoking weed...this page is here to help you.

Don't worry...this isn't a lecture. It's just that I know the pain, frustration, and exhaustion of being addicted to weed and the struggle to quit.

In fact, I spent nearly 10 years of my life, if you could call it one, baked morning, noon and night. I smoked just to get to sleep....only to wake up and do it all over again. I was seriously stuck.

Fact: Marijuana Addiction Can Happen To Anyone...

It's not your fault and you're not alone... I've helped 1000's of people regardless of age, race, gender, social or educational status not only quit weed, but move their lives in a direction that is more fulfilling and more aligned with their long term goals and ideals.

And I will tell you right now...Yes, you can stop your weed addiction in its tracks...even if you have tried many times before, and I will show you exactly how to do it.

But first I want to share with you a little about my experience with trying to stop smoking weed.

My Personal Marijuana Addiction Journey

August 10, 2020

It seemed pretty innocent at first...Didn't it? Getting high felt amazing. The lights were brighter. Laughter was contagious. Music sounded heavenly.

But so slowly, so gradually that I didn't notice, I wasn't getting high anymore. I was barely getting by.

I became more reclusive and anti-social. Friends disappeared, opportunity passed me by. Quicksand, I sunk into the deep, dark pit of dependence...and stayed there for years.

Deep in my heart, I knew I couldn't keep living in a haze. I Had to Quit...NO MATTER WHAT....

But I couldn't find any REAL information on marijuana addiction.

Nobody even thought it was addictive...and withdrawal symptoms were a myth...So I dedicated my life to researching marijuana addiction and quitting.....

And It worked...I cracked the code on how to quit weed, survive withdrawal and never go back.

I was my old self again...and my confidence and self-esteem skyrocketed once weed was out of my system and out my life.

And honestly, If I hadn't taken drastic action to quit marijuana, I wouldn't have got unstuck, got promoted, got married and got on with living the life I wanted.

Now... I'm achieving my goals....And My #1 goal is to continue to help the people who really want to quit.

I really meant it when I said you are not alone... because I became overwhelmed with emails and simply couldn't keep up with all of the requests for help on an individual basis....

and some of the people I helped told me to write a book of my proven I dug through my 7 years of research and  put together a course for people who wanted to quit....something that provided every last one of the strategies and techniques that ACTUALLY WORK in one place...

Why you may want to stop smoking marijuana is entirely personal.   When I was trying to quit, I compiled a list of my personal reasons why.  They mostly centered around the negative effects of smoking weed.   Here's Why I Quit Smoking Marijuana.

Why Should I Quit Smoking Weed?

Get Motivated!  Do you want to:

  • Get Your Mind and Memory Back. No more brain fog, slow mornings, and needing to get high to feel normal.
  • Find freedom the paranoia, anxiety and fear of reeking like weed, looking stoned in public, or getting busted by the cops
  • Breath better with cleaner lungs and less mucus congestion
  • Live your true values and vision for yourself
  • Save thousands of dollars to spend on hobbies, activities and life goals that REALLY matter
  • Have Better relationships with your partner, friends and family you love. Be completely present.

Check Out the Big List of Benefits of Quitting Weed

4 Tips to Help Stop Smoking Weed

Helpful Tips StickyI want to share my top 4 tips to stop smoking weed. Many people who decided they want to stop smoking weed have no idea where to begin.   It can take some work, and some mental strength, but the end result is totally worth it.

Set a Date to Stop Smoking Weed

You need to set a quit date.  This is to allow yourself to get totally prepared to quit smoking marijuana. Your quit date should be an actual date. It should not be when your stash runs out, or roughly a week before the next semester of school starts, or next month. It is important to nail down the date. In my personal experience, before I learned to set a date that I would stop, I used to smoke my stash as quickly as possible. I did this because I convinced myself that each bag was my last bag. When my bag ran out, I would buy another one, and smoke it just as quickly, convincing myself that it was also the last bag. Does this sound familiar?

I recommend setting your quit date, within one month of the current date. If you wait any longer, you are less likely to follow through with your goal. It is a great idea to set your quit date just before a vacation begins, or other major event. Quitting Marijuana is a lifestyle change. If you attach it to another lifestyle change, you are more likely to be successful.

Understand Why You Are Addicted.

Marijuana addiction is a controversial topic because people fail to differentiate between a physical addiction and a psychological addiction. While marijuana has physical withdrawal symptoms similar to that of cigarettes, it is the psychological aspect of the addiction but most users struggle with.

Long-term marijuana smokers are in the habit of smoking pot every day and are used to being in a stoned mindset. While you do not have a physical need for marijuana, you do have a mental need to get high. that’s the tricky thing about it. It’s not that you’re addicted to marijuana, it’s that your mentally addicted to being high. the more we smoke, the more our brains get used to being high, and the more we crave that state of mind. he will go through a mental battle when you stop smoking weed. You need to prepare for battle.

Stop Smoking Weed by Getting Rid of Your Gear

Marijuana smokers have lots of great gadgets. You may want to give all of your supplies to friends, or you may wish to throw them away or break them as a symbol of your resolve to stop smoking weed. Whatever you do, clean your environment so that there is no trace of marijuana or of marijuana related equipment. Cravings are easier to resist when there is nothing immediately in front of you. People will do some strange things to get stoned, including smoking pipe resin, checking the cushions for weed crumbs and roaches, or even digging through the trash to find the last scraps they threw away. I will admit, I have done all of these things in the past.

Be prepared for Marijuana Withdrawal.

Not being prepared for marijuana withdrawal is the number one reason that people fail to quit smoking. If you’ve got a quit date set, you’re already ahead of the game, because you know when you will be going through withdrawal, and you’ll be prepared. Anxiety is very common in the first stages of withdrawal. For example, you have probably been through a time when you just run out of pot and have made plans to get more but it didn’t work out. You are on edge and jittery until you can secure a new supply, or at least get stoned. Multiply this by 10 times, you will have an idea of what the anxiety can be like if you are unprepared to quit for good. Insomnia and loss of appetite are also common in the first week of quitting. Do your research on what withdrawal will be like so that you can be mentally prepared to face these problems when they arise after you quit smoking weed.

Have a Plan to Stop Smoking Weed

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

The Quit Marijuana Action Plan Is The Solution To Ending Your Marijuana Addiction

The Quit Marijuana Action Plan is A System....A system that allows anybody to quit weed instead of running around like a chicken with it's head cut off.

The system will teach you to quit....but it will also teach you how to get what you want in life....That is what this is all about.

The Quit Marijuana Action Plan will teach you how to quit smoking weed with a comprehensive No B.S. process that works every time.

Bottom Line:  The Quit Marijuana Action Plan is designed to make quitting as SIMPLE and PAIN-FREE as possible.

Don't just take my word for it...

Hey John, Day 24 is done!

I know that feeling of clarity you get, It's a wonderful feeling.

I'm hanging tough my friend, staying off the weed, getting my life together,  going for everything wholeheartedly and...have my life back.

--Jason, California

Your Stop Smoking Weed
Step by Step Blueprint

  • How To Start Instantly by Getting Your Head in The Right Space
  • Know Your Enemy - What Your Dealer Doesn't Disclose
  • The 3 Why'smen - Why You Smoke, Why You're Quitting, Why You'll Succeed
  • Mastering Marijuana Mind Control - Turn off Triggers and Kill Cravings
  • Ready, Set, Go - Putting Your Plan in Place
  • The Withdrawal Guide - How To Avoid and Overcome Weed Withdrawal and Why Detox is BS.
  • Quit Day to Day 30 - How to Breeze Through the First 30 Days
  • Bumps and Setbacks - Spot problems like a hawk so you stay quit forever.
  • Harness today's most powerful and proven strategies, to not just quit, but never go back
  • Get started immediately even if you are totally lost and overwhelmed
  • The smartest way to scrub your brain to reduce and eliminate marijuana cravings
  • Prepare for and Overcome Withdrawal naturally and easily
  • Uncover and permanently defeat your triggers and temptations for weed
  • Deal with family, friends and toxic people who will try to drag you down
  • How to conquer insomnia and get to sleep without smoking weed
  • The single most important secret for quitting marijuana. Violating this rule is the most common cause of failure.
  • Follow a step-by-step system to get through the first 24 hours, first week and first month

When is it Time to Quit?

Smoking Marijuana used to be a lot of fun for me, I am not going to lie. But it was a bit of a slippery slope. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but the side effects of smoking marijuana started to become worse than the ‘high’.

I started smoking heavily while I was in university, at around 18 years old. I was able to keep up my grades, and social expectations, but still enjoy a regular smoke…..for a while. Gradually, I started to puff more often, until I was smoking 1/4 oz of fine herb every 4 or 5 days. I would wake and bake, then smoke a cigarette (I wasn’t a cigarette smoker…but I thought it got me more high) first thing in the morning. Then I would chase the high all day.

I carried on like this for YEARS…I was really stuck in a rut.. The marijuana side effects were way worse for my life than the short feeling of the high, and I knew I had to stop smoking weed…When you think about side effects, you probably think about coughing, red eyes, and the munchies…but what about the larger lifestyle side effects of smoking weed?

For me, there was always some anxiety about people finding out I smoked, or being stoned in public. There was also the anxiety of running out. I used to run around my apartment looking for scraps in the cracks of the coffee table, couch cushions, and on the floor. There was also the $20,000 or so dollars I spent smoking weed. That’s a down payment on house….or a brand new car. My health suffered, partly from smoking, partly from being lazy, because that’s what happened when I got high.

I have gained some perspective in the last 6 months. I don’t really identify with the ‘the person I was’ when I was such a heavy smoker. Don’t get me wrong, I know that was me, but I am kinda embarassed about it. I have friends from that point in my life who only know me as a stoner, and that’s a label no one wants. To my close friends, I have made some apologies, because I wasn’t holding up my side of the friendship like I do now…luckily they have given me the opportunity to prove it. Who would have thought that long term marijuana side effects would be losing friends….it happens.

If you can relate to this, and are still smoking, there are a few things I want to tell you. First off. You CAN do it! Second, think of the weed side effects that you have…and don’t think of just the red eyes and stuff…think of your lifestyle, and if this is the lifestyle you want to keep on living. Personally, I needed to quit weed if I wanted to progress as an individual. I know it sounds a little corny….but it’s truth.

I Know You Can Do It!....

...And there is truly NOTHING better than looking back and seeing how far you have come.   But you need to start somewhere.  And you need to start today.

I wasted too much time of MY life...I don't want you to do the same to yours

Don't let another day go by.    Because Days turn into months, months turn into years, and  you don't want to be where you are today a year from now...


Feeling Great

I quit about 2 months ago, and yes I've had vivid dreams almost every night...

...I feel so much better when I stopped smoking weed. I have nothing to worry about, Nothing to hide. Its a great feeling, one I have not felt since I was 13 or 14, Im now 22 years young

--Dom R, Denver CO


Founder of QuitMarijuana.Org

P.P.S.  I believe that the Quit Marijuana Action Plan will make a huge difference in your life.   Albert Einstein said "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results".

Even If you are struggling, even if you have failed to quit before, try something new that's proven and guaranteed to work.  I want you to help you live the life you want by making quitting weed as simple as possible.

It may not be physically addictive but it certainly does take over your life if you let it.

I have been free of it for 53 days and I see a difference in my attitude and health. ..Smoked it all day everyday for 7 years.

Failing drug test when you really need a job makes you feel like a looser and makes you want to smoke to forget about it.

I have been around someone else smoking it twice and really did not even want to do it and realized how it makes you dumb.

Its been nice socializing and getting out of my own head and actually having a nice life and being a productive person again.

I have not thought about smoking in at least 35 days. Thanks for the outlet.

--@TexiCali, Texas

Hi John, Guess what??

I quit cold turkey and have never felt better. I realised it was my time as I am 63 yrs old with much of my previous life in a paranoid daze isolating myself from all who loved me out of guilt and self loathing.

As you age memories are very important and I realised the last few years I had none, very scary.

The key to quiting is not to give up on trying . I can honoustly say this is it for me as time is precious and not to be wasted.

My friends are coming back as well as my relatives that I had ignored for most of my life.

I started smoking at 15 yrs so there is a lot to catch up on. Life is wonderful!!!

To move out of your comfort zone is liberating.  My only regret is that it took so long for me to understand this reality. I feel reborn and energised and ready to take on life as it is a blessing.

I am quite successful in many ways materially but that pales in comparison to how one can feel inside when you have conquered!! Having your support has meant more than you probably realise.

Feel free to use my testimony and if it can help others to realise their potential, all the better! If we continue to do the same things, we get the same result . It's a simple rule but if one opens oneself to change, an amazing outcome is inevitable.

--Des, Australia

20 responses to “How to Stop Smoking Weed – A Step by Step Guide”

  1. Thank you for your blog. I plan on sending it to my daughter for help in marijuana recovery. You were very lucky. She ended up in the psych ward of the emergency room for 4 days after smoking “the good weed” she bought at a dispensary. The ER nurse told me that in the last 2-3 years she’s seen many cases of people in full on Psychosis with Only marijuana in their system. With whatever is going on with weed now…it’s more important than ever to give ppl tools to deal with their habits. While it may or may not be “addictive” and while you may not be able to “overdose” it can absolutely derail your life in Major ways. My daughter is now on anti-psychotic and mood stabilizer medication for the foreseeable future. And in CA where green crosses are on every corner I worry about her long term ability to cope with this drug. Hopefully, this site will help her.

  2. Hello!
    Thanks for your guidance. I am currently on my 4th day of not smoking after heavily consuming weed for three years straight. I loved to smoke, it was great! It helped me relax, unwind, and get thru a rough day filled with reality. I decided to stop smoking after my husband (he’s a smoker also) and i started developing a weird stomach problem. At first it felt like a dry gut rot with some nausea, but then it started developing into strong stomach pains. We couldn’t figure out why we started feeling this way. Anyways, the pain, nausea, and loss of appetite (even when smoking) has alarmed us to quit. We are both healthy, work out, eat healthy, and both in great shape, we can’t understand why we both have this stomach issue. Could it be from the weed? We are just so confused.

    We are both on our journey to a clean life. I know the symptoms will be gone after this week so I am not worried, I am now worried about our stomach issues. Have you heard of anything like this?

    We buy are weed from dispensaries in California.

      • Yo yo yo yo I smoke like a ton. Everyday all day. It’s all I do and I’m a lazy sack of crap. If your reading this and you’ve never smoked don’t do that it’s rough. People say it ain’t addicting but it’s just like cigs to be honest. I wish I could quit but Gahlee bum I like to get blowed off my balls. I currently have no job and am selling weed just to barely get by. Damn!

        • Thank you so much for those words, i feel like they helped me so much. Ive smoked weed for nearly 3 years straight, pretty much everyday, and its becoming exhausting. I just want to feel fresh and clear headed, and i actually screenshotted that bit about superman that you wrote. I hope it will be encouraging when i feel like i need pot. Thank you again man

    • I’ve had similar side effects so I did some research and came across a condition called Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome. It not very common but a lot of cases are undocumented.

      The pain will gradually go away.CHS itself only last 2-3 days and it will continue to return every couple of months until you quit.Going though CHS and withdrawal made the symptoms last 2 1/2 months since withdrawal itself can be up to 90 days. I felt great for about a month but then i resumed using. The symptoms came back in about 2 months so I am quitting for good .Im not letting this substance control my life. I’ve quit before so

      Your story has helped me I was starting to think that part of effects where because of my diet. it’s common to over eat and eat foods high in sugar, fats, and cards when using . I thought that was a part of the problem but I guess cessation should do the trick

  3. Thank you for your old blog.. today is my 1st day weed free.. i need access to a forum for support… any suggestions?? Thanks

  4. Same exact story. I have always been a pretty motivated guy but after smoking (which I loved) for years I found myself slowly becoming In a rut. I would want to finish whatever I had to do that day just so I could go home and smoke. I was only truly not high at work only. Other then that I would be high all day and would turn my lifestyle to support my habit. I still did great at work and no one truly new what was going inside my head and how much smoking was truly effecting me.

    I found myself always needed the stuff and would also be looking anywhere for it just to get high. I also would feel guilty of doing this and spending the money but it was ok because I could just smoke myself into a state of whatever. I found myself pushing friends away and spending all my free time just getting high instead of putting the time into my social life / career

    Now for the good part.
    After stopping for a month I have become superman. All that time and effort I had to do to keep myself high now goes into my personal life and career. I no longer want to rush home just to get high and I have my hunger back also not only for food but for life. My brain is becoming sharp again and my
    Motivation is back 150%. At work I am getting another promotion and people are amazed At my level of work (which is normal I feel)

    I will always love smoking but I am done with it. It was a big black hole, a time sink, an excuse to not go out and tackle the world. Sure in small moderation maybe nobody will ever go through this but after reading these posts and feeling the exact same way I know it is an issue. Also hearing my friends say “man I wish I could quit”. I know it’s not just me.

    Good luck out there everyone and I hope this wall of text helps someone gain happiness again if they lost it

  5. I quit smoking weed 3 days ago, and man it has been tough. Im not going to lie, weed was who I was for about 5 years. However bad that sounds, I always thought of weed as something that wasn’t like heroin, crack, cocaine, meth, you know all the bad drugs. However, after re-evaluating everything in my life that came crumbling down because of my weed use, I have gained a brand new perspective on life. Since I live in oHIo (funny, right? its called oHio yet weed isn’t legal here, let alone legal medically) I could only get it from shady dealers and not a convenient depository like all you lucky people out West. With that being said, not having to contact those shady dealers, you know, the ones who never return your calls or texts until a time that your busy doing something and have to drop whatever it is your doing to go meet them and get some, is absolutely great.

    I will say this, although I know alcohol is horrible and everything, its the reason why I have been able to quit….abusing it is bad, which I don’t do. But the big thing for me was having puff before bed time. Despite what everyone says, I have found that downing two beers before bed puts my mind at ease as I don’t think about smoking and am able to sleep. I don’t recommend this tactic for everyone (especially those who are prone to addiction), but I will say that it is a legal alternative that puts me to sleep at night.

    The way I look at is like this: at least I’m not a crackhead, cocaine attic, meth fanatic, or heroin junkie. At least weed is no where near those drugs. Alcohol is no where near those drugs. And alcohol (ironically enough, I know) is the only reason that I have been able to quit.

    Good luck to all of you who are quitting, as it is NOT easy. Just think what I think, at least you are bettering yourself for the future and at least your not going to turn into Jerry Garcia by the time your 30.

  6. i hv got same symptoms as you.. so from today.. i hv started my journey for fighting against addiction…

  7. Hi everyone, my name is Musa from South Africa. I was smoking for about 2 and half years now, today is my 3day weed free and I know I will make it.

    Without secrifice, there’ll be No Victory.

    Thanks for sharing inspiring stories, I pray you all find courage to over come this demonic drug.
    Stay blessed.

  8. Hi everyone- I’m really happy I found this forum. Today is my 2nd day off of weed. I have been a morning-to-night smoker for 20 years. I’m a high-functioning addict. Everybody who knows me intimately though knows that I’m an addict. I’ve pushed all these people away and now I feel maybe I can start a new life.

    I know that I have been running away from dealing with family trauma from childhood all these years. Lately my health has taken a serious turn for the worse, and deep down I know it’s due to the marijuana. Rashes, night sweats, constant fatigue, depression.

    I just got a therapist and she’s great. I think I’m in a good spot to kick this habit. I think it will be hard because I will have to deal with all the things I’ve been running away from. But I think I have to do it, or else I’m going to get physically even more sick.

    Thank you for this website and everyone for writing in. Hearing your voices really helps.

  9. hey ….
    reading your article really helped I feel happy I found these and so interesting and it give me the motivation of quitting it….I was a stoner….morning …. noon…evening….late night, I smoke more than 4 join its like each time I roll 2 join at each part of the day
    the fact is I keep fit… could not help my self ….its true about the thing saying it make you get troubles…. problems with friend quite true ….
    and sometime it cause depression which make my girlfriend mad always at me…..but smoking marijuana was fun get high easily meditate in the nature …..relax me after surfing ….. these thing came habits but you still can make the difference and remain same result….like listen to music….relax on beach or in nature reserve also great ….but sometime we are to young to realize its harming my health, lets say teenagers health …. now its my second day without it I can survive with out it ….

    thank you …
    I appreciate your website and your inspiration .

  10. This is a great story. I’ve been needing to quit weed for a few weeks. Thanks for showing me how you quit.

    Do you recommend cold turkey or gradually decreasing how much you smoke??

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