Are You Ready to Get Your Life Back?The Ultimate Guide to Quitting Weed
When I was fourteen, I took my first toke of marijuana. I felt like a new world had opened up to me. Never before had I experienced day-to-day life with such euphoria. So, for thirteen years, I smoked all day, every day.
But, by being high all the time, I lost focus on important areas of my life such as my studies, my work, and my girlfriend. People around me also noticed.
That’s when I knew I wanted to learn how to quit smoking weed.
After searching the world for solutions, I literally created my own program. I am completely free of weed and living my life to the fullest. It worked for me, and now I want to share it with you.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Chapter One10 Surprising Benefits of Quitting Weed
Most often when people talk about quitting weed, their reasons come from wanting to escape the painful truth of what it is doing to their lives.
From this frame of mind, it is often difficult to see all the hidden benefits that await you when you successfully quit.
Top 10 Benefits to expect in your life after weed
Increased Motivation and Ambition. I remember times of crawling on my hands and knees around my apartment looking for a nug or anything I could pack into a one-hitter. I was motivated and ambitious in a humiliating way, because all I cared about was getting high. When you quit smoking weed, all that energy and devotion you’ve spent trying to score weed actually translates into an energetic and motivated version of yourself to seek out the life you want.
Mental Clarity. When you first started smoking, you probably felt like getting high meant unlocking the door to the most profound thoughts you’ve ever had. But in reality, those great ideas sound like total nonsense when you are sober. True mental clarity comes through being present and feeling the vitality of being healthy with no substance clouding your thoughts. It is in that space that you begin to discover who you truly are, and it is more liberating than even the highest quality weed.
Improved Health. Though the health benefits of marijuana are gaining widespread approval, let’s face it, you are not really using pot the way health professionals would prescribe it. Chronic smoking is damaging to your lungs and your brain. When you are smoking all the time, you feel sluggish, your heart rate is increased, and the last thing you want to do is exercise. On top of that, fast food seems to be the real drug of choice for pot smokers. When you quit smoking weed and find that you have a wealth of extra time and energy, you are likely to feel more motivated to directing that energy toward a healthier lifestyle.
More Time to Do What You Want.The wisest and most practical thing you can do when you quit smoking weed is to find a replacement activity to take the place of all the time you used to spend stoned and watching Netflix. When you imagine your best self, you likely do not picture yourself on the couch eating Doritos with your hair disheveled and no clue when you last brushed your teeth. It starts with envisioning the life you want, then making the decision to leave your old life and start fresh.
Reduced Stress, Better Outlook on Life.The more you smoke weed, the deeper your sense of dissatisfaction with your life roots into your belief about who you are. You are smoking to numb your mind, but you can’t ignore the truth. So you smoke more and more weed. The cycle is vicious, but once you break it and you begin to live from your true self, that deep anxiety disappears, and what is left is peace and contentment and gratitude.
Improved Relationships.Your family and friends who express concern about your weed habit…they are not trying to ruin your life and make you feel guilty. Chances are they see what you are missing out on. And when it comes to finding a significant other, it is virtually impossible to connect in a meaningful way and to establish intimate connection when you are numbed from your own feelings all the time. When you quit smoking weed, you will discover the desire and the ability to connect with the right person.
Save Money.The average smoker spends somewhere around $60 to $80 a week keeping weed on hand. Just do the math. If you determine to keep your budget the same and simply put all your weed money into savings, you could save over $4000 a year, just from the cash you would normally give to your dealer.
Avoid Legal Issues.Especially if you live in a region where smoking weed is illegal, this can be a tremendous weight off your shoulders. I remember always feelings so paranoid that I was going to get arrested. It is such a relief to drive to work and not feel terrified that I could get arrested for possession or driving under the influence. It liberates you to think about other things that really matter.
Better Sleep.You may think that weed helps you sleep, but smoking weed actually disrupts your natural sleep cycles. One of the most common symptoms of withdrawal is vivid nightmares. Once you are able to sleep well again, you will find that you wake up feeling rested and restored, not like you need to wake and bake. And the research is overwhelming that getting enough sleep is one of the most important factors to a long and healthy life.
Take More Pleasure in Life.This benefit is the culmination of all the previous benefits rolled into one. When you experience greater mental clarity, financial stability, enriching relationships, and living the healthy lifestyle you’ve always wanted, then you begin to wonder why you spent so many years numbing yourself to all that life has to offer. When you look back at your life, will you be proud of all the time you spent stoned and closed off from the world? Or will you be proud that you lived this life fully and gave your best self to everyone you loved? The choice is yours. And what a privilege it is to make that choice.
The Guided Program helps you quit for good
I encourage you to keep scrolling and reading the remaining chapters on this page. Each chapter provides valuable information about what to expect along the path to Life Without Weed.
BEN DID IT!
“Mate, this book has hit home so f***ing hard… Nothing has understood me like this before. Down from 3.5g a day to 0.5 and my quit date is next Tuesday.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.” –Ben
Chapter TwoThe Myth and Truth of Weed Addiction
If you’re anything like me, you have also laughed at people who claim weed is dangerous, a “gateway drug” that will ruin your life. You know as well as I do that most smokers prefer weed over any other substance, including alcohol, and they stick with it for the way it enhances all activities such as eating, being social, listening to music, and having sex.
However, various studies have revealed that 9% of weed smokers experience issues with dependency. 9% of millions of smokers is a lot of people who are going through the same struggles that you are facing.
According to the American Psychiatric Association and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), marijuana meets the criteria for substance dependence, and the most current research supports the fact that marijuana is both physically and psychologically addictive.
This means that not only does your body learn to depend on it, you also come to depend on smoking weed to make you feel “normal,” meaning you can’t feel like yourself without it. This obviously is a problem.
The most common signs of weed addiction
Think about your habits of smoking weed to draw your own conclusions about whether you are experiencing weed dependency.
- You are smoking weed in larger amounts than you ever intended.
- You experience an increased level of tolerance and more of the substance is required to achieve a high.
- You have gradually begun to change your individual or social activities to center more around smoking weed. When you are not high, you spend a great amount of time thinking about when you will be able to get high again.
- You continue to smoke even though people close to you have expressed concerns, or you yourself have begun to recognize your dependency is causing problems with work, your relationships, and your view of yourself.
- Despite your attempts to stop or cut back, you seem to be unable to do so successfully, which leads to feelings of guilt or fear there may be something wrong with you.
- Times when you have attempted to quit, you experienced uncomfortable symptoms such as insomnia, irritability, loss of appetite, excessive sweating, or depression.
If you could relate to any of the above signs, then it is possible you are struggling with issues of dependency.
So what does that mean? Well, if you want to do whatever you can to take control of your life, then I believe I can help.
Is this you? Click here to learn about my step-by-step approach to quitting weed for good.
Chapter ThreeHarmful Effects of Chronic Weed Smoking
According to the Monitoring the Future Survey conducted at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, the number of people who believe smoking weed can be harmful is decreasing. This may be, in part, because of all the progress being made on the medicinal uses of marijuana.
But over the past few decades, marijuana potency has been steadily increasing, meaning that the weed you are smoking today has higher levels of THC than ever before. In the early 1990s, the average THC content of marijuana was around 3.7%. In 2014, that number had nearly doubled to 6.1%. And though weed is more potent than ever, most people still cling to attitudes formed about weed during its popularization in the 1960s. Even cheap skunk weed is way more potent than what your parents were smoking back in the day.
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL Side Effects of Weed Use
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, when you smoke marijuana, THC passes from the lungs into the bloodstream and gets stored in fat cells where it can remain for months. As it travels through your body, THC attaches to nerve cells called cannabinoid receptors, inhibiting cellular function. Cannabinoid receptors serve to regulate coordination, cognitive functions such as pleasure and judgment, and memory formation.
THC alters the way information is processed by the hippocampus and affects brain cell receptors to release dopamine. In addition to the high you get, other effects may include:
- Changes in mood, possible mood swings
- An altered perception of time
- Slowed or decreased body movement
- Impaired problem-solving
- Impaired short-term memory
Long term effects after extended use may include:
Breathing problems. Although there is no research to indicate that smoking marijuana causes cancer, it does lead to similar irritation of the lungs and higher risk of lung infections experienced in cigarette smokers.
Increased heart rate. When you smoke weed, your heart works harder to expel the toxins from your body. People with heart problems may be at higher risk for heart attack.
Panic Attacks. A panic attack is an overwhelming experience of anxiety that is often described as feeling like a heart attack.
Increased feelings of paranoia. When you smoke weed, your underlying fears can become more pronounced in your psyche, and you begin to worry excessively that your greatest fears will come true.
Impotence or inability to become aroused. Most common in men, prolonged use of marijuana can diminish libido, making it difficult to enjoy sexual pleasure. It can also decrease sperm count and levels of testosterone.
Increased risk for difficulty at school. Drop-out rates are higher among weed smokers.
Lower quality of life. Many chronic weed smokers report dissatisfaction with life, failed romantic relationships, and increased chances of unemployment and financial problems.
Increased problems with mental and emotional disorders. People who smoke weed have reported higher susceptibility to issues with anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
Why suffer any longer?
Smoking weed can affect you in so many ways. Quitting can reverse these harmful effects.
Break free from weed for good. Get your life back!
Chapter FourWhat to Expect When You Quit
Perhaps the biggest challenge people face when they decide to quit weed is the unexpected withdrawal symptoms.
Connected to the belief that weed is not harmful is the belief that weed has no real lasting effects on the body, so it comes as a shock to many when they experience withdrawals that are similar to someone attempting to overcome nicotine addiction.
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Though these withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable, they can easily be overcome when met with natural remedies and an understanding that your body is simply adjusting to life without weed, that your body is in fact working in your favor to become healthy again. It just kind of sucks for about 7 to 10 days.
The most common symptoms you are likely to experience are:
- Irritability or mood swings
- Nightmares or vivid dreams
- Anxiety or fear
- Intense headaches
- Night sweats or excessive sweating
- Loss of appetite, nausea
- Tremors, shaking, or dizziness
Some who quit are caught off guard not only by the physical symptoms, but also the emotional symptoms, such as depression. These intense feelings that begin to surface can feel intense and overwhelming. This is likely to be your greatest obstacle to quitting weed: getting back in touch with your emotions and learning to accept these emotions as part of your new life without weed.
Because withdrawals are the primary reason that most people have such difficulty quitting weed, my program walks you through, step-by-step, how to successfully overcome your withdrawals naturally.
In the program, you will learn all about your withdrawals, what is going on in your brain and your body, and will give you natural remedies you can use right away to manage and control your withdrawals, and come out the other side in less than two weeks.
Chapter Five6 Ways to Quit Weed
Now that you’ve learned about the surprising benefits of quitting weed, the myths and truths of weed addiction, the harmful effects of chronic weed smoking and what to expect when you quit, let’s talk about some ways to quit.
I tried to quit several times over the course of three years. I tried everything that was available:
- Cold Turkey
- Addiction Counseling
- Meetings with other addicts, and more…
But nothing was really working. I kept relapsing. Then one day I realized I was expecting someone or some group to rescue me, and I decided it was up to me to quit once and for all.
I finally found a way that worked. I did it, and I know you can too.
Six ways to quit smoking weed
Quit Naturally in Your Own Home, on Your Terms*
It is possible to quit smoking weed entirely on your own.
What you need is a plan of action. You need to know what to expect and have a step-by-step guide so that you know exactly what to do when you feel triggered and the urge to smoke is unbearable.
The reason I know this approach is effective is because it’s the method I used to quit weed after 13 years of utter dependency on getting high and staying high.
This process is a culmination of all the best approaches and resources for overcoming weed dependency used all over the world. It is an option best suited for weed smokers who know they need help, but who don’t want to spend of ton of time and money on therapy or rehab and who do not see themselves benefiting from an anonymous group whose primary focus is relying on a higher power for help.
This is truly a self-empowering interactive program with practical, actionable techniques that puts you entirely in charge of your own fate in recovery.
As a result of the widespread belief that weed is not addictive, many smokers attempt to sidestep their dependency by simply giving it up. But if you are among the 9% of smokers who struggle with dependency, you will encounter difficulty attempting this method because of physical and psychological symptoms that occur when trying to quit. Cold Turkey essentially means you have no plan of action and you are relying on willpower alone.
12-Step Programs / Marijuana Anonymous
Marijuana Anonymous adopts the same 12-step program made famous by Alcoholics Anonymous. Those who benefit most from this program acknowledge and accept that marijuana controls their lives, and that only with the help of a higher power can they find the strength to recover. You would also have the option of ongoing support from a sponsor, another person who has been in recovery and whose role is to enrich your 12-step process through sharing the experience.
The 12 Steps of Marijuana Anonymous
1. Admitting and accepting you are powerless over marijuana addiction.
2. Come to believe that a power greater than yourself can restore you.
3. Make the decision to turn your will and your life over to God.
4. Take a moral inventory of yourself.
5. Admit to God, yourself, and other human beings the nature of your wrongdoing.
6. Become ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly ask God to remove your shortcomings.
8. Make a list of all people you have harmed and become willing to make amends with them.
9. Make amends with those people wherever possible.
10. Continue to take personal inventory and admit whenever you are wrong.
11. Seek through prayer and meditation to improve conscious contact with God, and pray only for knowledge of God’s will.
12. Through your spiritual awakening, practice these principles in all areas of your life.
This option is for those who have lost all control of their lives and are on the brink of destroying their health or their relationships. Admitting yourself to rehab will require you to put your life on hold for the time you are in recovery. It is a costly option and offers 24-hour monitoring, personal coaching, group therapy, diet and exercise regimen, and counseling. The best rehab centers will support you through the entire process of recovery and will help you build infrastructure to start a new life after weed addiction.
I have a friend who frequently says, “If you are not in therapy, you are the crazy one.” While I think there may be some truth to this, I still believe it is up to you to decide what is your best option for seeking recovery. Having a licensed therapist help you uncover your underlying reasons for your weed dependency can help you heal the wounds that led you to smoke marijuana in the first place. Finding the right therapist can be time consuming and costly. Therapists who specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Motivational Enhancement Therapy may be your best options for addressing weed dependency.
Medication / Synthetic Weed
I’m sorry to say there is no miracle pill available to help you overcome weed dependency. Personally, I would discourage seeking out medications because your dependency issues could easily be transferred onto any other substance you put into your body as you try to quit weed.
In your search for legal substitutes to help ween you off weed slowly, you may come across synthetic weed, produced under many names including Spice, K2, Mojo, Scooby Snax, Black Mamba, and Annihilation. Basically, synthetic weed is natural herb and plant material that has been sprayed with synthetic cannabinoid chemicals. With rising emergency room visits and reports to poison control, the general public is becoming aware of how dangerous synthetic weed can be.
All that said, it can be beneficial to learn about natural supplements such as vitamins and minerals that are designed to enhance healthy body functioning. These can be useful especially during detox and overcoming withdrawal.
*You know you need to quit, and I believe you have the power within you to do this once and for all — on your terms.
“Your Life Without Weed” is a guided program guaranteed to help you quit smoking weed and get your life back.
JAMES IS ON HIS WAY!
“Rick understands firsthand what making these changes to quit are all about… thanks to these books and tools, I am confident that I can do this…” — James
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