We have already discussed examples of good habits to begin when quitting marijuana. It is also worth mentioning certain pitfalls to avoid while overcoming one’s weed dependence.

These are things that are far worse than marijuana but could offer a tempting buzz replacement.

Quitting Marijuana:  Three things to Avoid

Just remember that as we are learning to live without THC coursing through our bloodstream, we are also learning how to be happy without introducing any other kind of mind altering substance to our bodies.

Alcohol

I’ll be honest here. I found myself drinking a little more in my first weeks of quitting marijuana. I don’t think I ever had a problem with alcohol before.

This is not to say I ever abstained from alcohol, I just didn’t drink to get drunk, I would have rather gotten high.

Whether it was grace, inner wisdom, or a natural aversion to copious amounts of alcohol, I don’t know, but I soon realized that this was a very slippery slope. So I guess that’s what I’m trying to say to you, just be self aware and know it’s a slippery slope to replace the high from weed with too much alcohol.

While we’re on the subject, if you drink too much already, then you’re on the wrong website. Alcohol addiction is far worse than marijuana addiction and requires professional help.

Drugs

Hopefully the reason you chose weed as a crutch in the first place is because you have an aversion to more illicit drugs like cocaine, meth, heroin, and whatnot. Do I really need to say how bad these drugs are?

The reason I even bring it up is that the first days and weeks of quitting marijuana will be hard and good habits are far more difficult to establish than bad habits. There will be moments of weakness. Just be strong and focus on your goals.

Just as it is with alcohol, if you’re already addicted to any drug besides marijuana, then there’s nothing on this site that can help you. Get professional help immediately.

Tobacco

If you have been a heavy tobacco smoker while also being a heavy weed smoker then I would suggest getting off the cigarettes first. That’s just my opinion and not necessarily a medical opinion although I think there are some doctors who would agree.

Get off cigarettes before you attempt to get off weed because most studies show that nicotine is about the most addictive drug out there. Fight one battle at a time and if you can conquer nicotine then quitting marijuana will be much easier.

I have also known people who started smoking cigarettes while quitting marijuana. They all say how they hate themselves for doing it but it gets their mind, at least temporarily, off a weed fix. All I can say is resist the temptation to replace a bad habit with another bad or even worse habit.

I know a lot of people have gone to vaping liquid nicotine and other products to stop or avoid smoking cigarettes.  I could use this opportunity to plug such a product but I’m not going to.

Although vaping probably is safer than smoking straight up tobacco, the jury is still out on just how safe it is.

Get High Off Life

I know it sounds cliche, but it is entirely possible to get high off a clean and healthy lifestyle.

Life is really cool when you just open your eyes and let it be.

Some things that can make you high without THC, nicotine, alcohol, or any kind of drug:

  • Accomplishing a goal toward which you’ve worked really hard (graduation, promotion, opening your own business, etc.)
  • Going on an adventure (white water rafting? sky diving?)
  • Making someone’s day (this can be totally free or fairly cheap and you can do it as often as you want.)
  • Meditation (takes some practice, but I have gotten totally high from meditating out in nature)

Anyway, just food for thought.

If you need more information on beating the weed habit, please check out our guide