We’ve all been there — those times when we’ve stated categorically, “I quit smoking weed”, only to find ourselves right back in it. The pull back factors are usually the withdrawal symptoms – the depression, the insomnia, the cravings, and all the other associated problems.

When I quit smoking weed for the last time, a friend suggested I add herbal therapy to my efforts. He knew some people who’d coped with their withdrawal symptoms with herbs, and they’d been clean for over a year. I was skeptical at first, especially when I learned that herbal therapy isn’t regulated to the same levels as conventional medicine.

However, when the insomnia and cravings became unbearable, I was more than ready to try some of these herbs, but under the supervision of my doctor. And to my surprise, they actually helped my overall recovery strategy which included nutrition, exercise and relaxation. That’s how to quit smoking weed in a holistic way. For more see our complete guide.

Here are 7 herbs you could try if you’re having problems staying clean


1. Valerian

When I quit smoking weed, I found this herb to be of tremendous help with anxiety and insomnia. And it may be just what you need if you start each day feeling jittery, shaky and filled with dread. When taken an hour before bed, it increasingly improves the quality and duration of your sleep and helps calm your mind for the day ahead. Rare side effects include head and stomach pain. But more serious side effects could occur if you mix Valerian with prescription drugs or take it for prolonged periods. In the latter case, you could find yourself being taken backwards to your insomnia or to that hung over feeling you used to get after too much weed. To avoid all this, use Valerian for just a month. You can’t go backwards. It’s not how to quit smoking weed.

2. Dandelion

If you’re plagued by nausea during recovery from weed use, I suggest you use Dandelion. Nausea affects your ability to eat properly and to absorb the necessary nutrients for good health. Dandelion restores normality to your digestive tract. It allows the bile to flow freely, nutrients to be absorbed and digestion to improve. Dandelion may be consumed as a tea, or it may be chopped up and used as garnish in cooking. It should, however, not be used with prescribed medications. Side effects include inflamed gallbladder and blocked intestines but when used correctly and under professional supervision, it’s a great step in your journey of how to quit smoking weed.

3, Scullcap

I know people who’ve successfully used this herb for nervous conditions such as anxiety and depression, as well as for headaches and insomnia. It balances the hormones, and ultimately promotes the discharge of endorphins which improve your mood when you’re feeling on edge. For the first three days of acute withdrawal it may be taken every two hours. But be careful not to overdose or you’ll find yourself feeling dizzy and nauseous, and don’t combine it with medications unless you’ve spoken to your doctor.

4. Chamomile

Chamomile also provides relief for nervous conditions especially those associated with diarrhea, cramp, and other stomach disorders. It regulates the normal functions of the stomach, bowels, and intestines, thereby aiding digestion. When taken before bed in tea form, it helps you sleep better and for longer so you are calmer the next day. It’s also available in liquid form or as capsules. You could do serious damage to your health if you use it with prescribed blood thinners.


I found Ginkgo to be  great for addressing my foggy memory, depleted energy and poor circulation once I quit smoking weed. Some clinical studies have shown it to balance hormones and enhance the mood even in adolescents. Other studies suggest that Ginkgo promotes memory retention, enhances concentration, and stimulates creative thinking. It’s also been associated with lessening nervous disorders. It should, however, not be taken by pregnant or menstruating women or those whose blood is unable to clot. Again, it should only be used under a doctor’s supervision.

6. Ginseng

The hardest part of learning how to stop smoking weed is dealing with your cravings. But Ginseng makes it easier for you. Simply add a spoonful to your morning drink or porridge, and your cravings are taken care of the rest of the day. Ginseng also restores the balance, energy and focus that were depleted by your weed use. Your appetite improves too, along with your diet, sleep, digestion and general wellbeing. However, be careful not to take Ginseng with prescribed drugs as it may interact badly with them. Side effects may include insomnia and anxiety. Prolonged use at high dosage may also lead to serious side effects. To avoid this, try taking a break every three months.

7. L-Theanine

It’s an amino acid found in black and green tea. It has the remarkable ability to eliminate the anxiety and panic attacks that characterize withdrawal. It’s also said to reduce the foggy brain syndrome by as much as 30 percent. People have been known to take about 200 mg of the stuff every 4 hours. Friends say after only a few days you’ll be brimming with energy again and ready to take up hobbies you threw aside during your preoccupation with weed. But don’t overdo this herb as resistance could build up.

Research is increasingly leaning towards herbal therapy, although not all studies have been conclusive. But while this offers an alternative method on how to stop smoking weed, it’s important that you to find the herb type that works for you and try to follow all instructions.  For more see our complete guide.