Marijuana has become really popular these days.
58 percent of Americans believe marijuana should be legal. 25 U.S. states have already legalized medical marijuana, and this November, three states will vote on whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana.
I’m not a fortune-teller, but it definitely feels like marijuana prohibition is coming to an end. Ultimately, I think this is a good thing. I think we can effectively deal with the negative social impacts of marijuana without handing out prison sentences to anyone who indulges in the occasional toke.
However, your situation is different. You’re trying to figure out how to stop smoking marijuana. That’s not an easy feat to accomplish when marijuana’s popularity is on the rise. You might see more news programs touting the positive benefits of smoking weed. If more states legalize marijuana, you’ll definitely see more people smoking it.
It takes the concept of “peer pressure” to a whole new level. After all, how can I stop smoking weed if everyone around me, including the government, is telling me it’s okay to get high?
Here are three things you should keep in mind as you give up marijuana during these marijuana-friendly times.
1. Your Experience Of Marijuana Trumps All Others
There are a lot of arguments to be made for the health benefits of marijuana. Unfortunately, just because marijuana might be beneficial for some people doesn’t mean that it’s beneficial for you.
People respond differently to intoxicating substances, and marijuana is no exception. Some people only smoke weed once in a blue moon. Other people need to smoke all day just to get through the day.
If I know that marijuana is having a negative impact on my life, it doesn’t matter how popular it is or what its healing properties are. All I know is that when I smoke it, my life comes to a screeching halt, and it’s really hard to get it moving again.
I’m a healthier person when I’m not smoking. That might not be true for everyone, and it doesn’t have to be. It only needs to be true for me.
2. Try Not To Spend Time With People Smoke
You know the saying “out of sight, out of mind?” It absolutely applies to quitting marijuana. Keep it out of your mind by keeping it out of your sight.
This usually means avoiding situations in which people are smoking weed. I know that when I’m around pot smokers, I’m more tempted to smoke than if I’m by myself or hanging out with non-smokers.
This doesn’t mean you should shut pot smokers out of your life completely unless you’re hanging out with people whose entire lives revolve around marijuana use. It does mean that you should maintain clear boundaries and know yourself well enough to know what kind of situations you can be in and what type of people you can be around.
3. Don’t Be Too Hard On People Who Do Smoke
As I said earlier, all signs are pointing to the end of marijuana prohibition. Smoking marijuana could become as common as drinking alcohol.
That means that even if you go out of your way to avoid specific people who smoke weed, you still might find yourself in situations in which you’re either hearing about pot use or seeing people use it.
This might become frustrating. You’re going through all this trouble to figure out how to stop smoking marijuana. Why is everyone else making it so difficult for you? Why can’t they just grab a copy of the Quit Weed Guide and get with the program?
This goes back to the first point I made: quitting weed might be the right choice for you, but it may not be the right choice for other people. Furthermore, learning to accept the choices of others will help you accept the choices you make for yourself.
Of course, it’s your right to get angry and frustrated with others for smoking weed or having good things to say about weed, but what good does that do you? If it really bothers you that other people smoke, it might be because, deep down, a part of you still wants to smoke.
That’s perfectly natural, which is why it’s important to acknowledge those feelings instead of focusing on the fact that other people are smoking. Refusing to acknowledge that inner desire will only lead to more frustration and can even result in a relapse.
It was probably much easier to quit smoking weed back in the 1980s when Nancy Reagan was telling us all to “just say ‘no’ to drugs.” We were also bombarded with a ton of scary TV commercials that told us if we didn’t stop using drugs, we’d literally fry our brains.
Yet, in spite of the fact that marijuana is becoming more socially and legally acceptable, there are still plenty of people who are asking themselves, “How can I stop smoking weed?” Check out these testimonials from people who gave up marijuana and changed their lives for the better.
Marijuana is growing in popularity, but your relationship to pot is just that: your relationship. Do what you need to do to make sure that you’re the happiest and healthiest version of yourself that you can be.