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How To Quit Weed By Being Too Busy For It

The problem with weed is that it’s hard to tell if it’s helping you or hurting you.

Compared to meth or crack, cannabis is relatively harmless. Nobody has ever overdosed, and there are even medical uses for it. Plus it’s glamorized in music and Hollywood. And I’m sure there have been many times when you felt better after getting high.

Sure, you recognize that it causes you some problems. But it’s hard to get yourself to quit smoking weed when you feel so conflicted about it.

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The Problem With Feeling Conflicted About Marijuana

It’s understandable if you feel conflicted about your weed use. But if you want to quit and not feel miserable, you need to stop being conflicted.

If you give up marijuana even though you wish you could still have it, you’ll feel awful. It’s sort of like going through a break up. You’ll miss weed every time you eat, socialize, get ready for bed, and during pretty much everything else. Between your boredom and sadness you’ll miss it too much and start smoking again.conflicted

Unfortunately this is what happens to a lot people when they try to quit. And that’s why most advice out there warns you about the “inevitable” difficulties you’ll face during THC withdrawal. Most people feel like they’re depriving themselves of their favorite guilty pleasure, and their experience is indeed unpleasant.

What To Do If You Feel Conflicted

One way to stop feeling conflicted would be to try and convince yourself you don’t like weed. I suppose it can be done, but it didn’t work for me. Even when I thought of all the ways it was ruining my life, I couldn’t convince myself that I didn’t actually like smoking weed.

Here’s what I suggest you do instead: make yourself so busy that you crowd marijuana out of your life.

I got the idea from the book How To Stop Worrying And Start Living by Dale Carnegie. In one of the chapters he talks about fighting worry by being too busy to even have time to worry. I think the same idea can apply to quitting weed.

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Dale Carnegie

Quit Smoking Weed By Being Too Busy

It’s simple. Come up with a big, juicy goal and go after it!

What we want here is a goal (or set of goals) that is so exciting and compelling that you’ll willingly give up your current lifestyle in its pursuit. It should also be ambitious – more ambitious than any goal you’ve ever set for yourself.

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Don’t pick something easy and uninspiring like “lose 10 pounds.” Sure, that’s a nice goal, but it won’t cause you to reshape your life. Instead try something like “win a bodybuilding competition.” Or, “start a six-figure business” Or, “raise a million dollars to donate to my favorite cause.”

You get the idea. You need to think big here.

Then, you decide to pursue this goal with everything you’ve got. And then you get to work!

When you’re cruising along and making progress and getting excited, you won’t even want to get high. It’s not that you’re suddenly against weed, you just know it will get in the way. It will make it harder to focus on what you really enjoy: pursuing your goal.

That’s how you quit weed the Dale Carnegie way. Simple as can be. Do it this way and you’ll not only quit, you’ll be well on your way to big success. In fact, you have a secret weapon that most people don’t have.

Obsession: Your Secret Weapon In Life

Have you ever seen the statistic that only a small percentage of people get addicted to marijuana? I believe it’s because a lot of us who become addicted are wired differently. We do things obsessively, as evidenced by our daily smoking habits.

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People say potheads are lazy, but they haven’t seen the utter determination of a weed smoker who is out of bud. I’ve driven hours across states and met shady dealers at odd hours just to get it. I have moved heaven and earth to scrounge up $20 for a bag when I had zero dollars in my bank account. (Actually, that happened like every week.) And I knew lots of weed smokers who were just as determined as me.

If you’re addicted to weed, it’s worth realizing that you have managed to prioritize something day after day, no matter the circumstances or cost. You can just as easily apply this level of obsession to a new venture. Imagine what you could have accomplished if you put all the time and money spent on weed toward building something. Well, now is your chance!

Most people do things in moderation. But people like you and I aren’t good at moderation. When we do something we go all in. That’s your secret weapon. You just need to harness your pursuit of getting high and redirect it toward your new goal.

What About Those Pesky Withdrawal Symptoms?

Sounds good, you say, but I feel like $#!@ when I stop smoking weed. What should you do about the side effects of quitting weed cold turkey?

Nothing, really.

No matter what, you are going to feel a little “off” for a few days when you quit. There is some inevitable discomfort during THC withdrawal. You should take care of yourself during the withdrawal phase by exercising and eating right, and you’ll start to feel much better within days.Traffic light. All Green

If you’re truly focused on your new goal, you’ll be excited about all the new energy and focus you now have. You’ll experience a feeling of mental and physical readiness that you haven’t felt in a long time. This will help you see progress toward your new goal even quicker.

You’ll still be tempted to smoke at times, but you can just remind yourself that you will be incapacitated for hours. Think about what you could accomplish instead of sitting on the couch in a daze.

You might even slip up and smoke at some point. No worries! Just notice how it depletes your precious energy and drive, and use it as a reminder for next time that it’s not worth it.

A Word About Sleep

Insomnia after quitting weed is one of the most common reasons people avoid trying. However, quitting weed by being too busy to smoke is one of the best ways to deal with this insomnia.

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We all know it never works to lay in bed and think about falling asleep. But that’s what most people do when quitting marijuana. So the solution is to do the opposite.

Instead of trying to fall asleep, you should try to stay up and work on your goal. If you have extra energy around bedtime, great. Use it. Paradoxically, this will probably cause you to fall asleep at a reasonable time.

Even if you don’t get the prescribed 8 hours, or even 6, don’t sweat it. Some of the most successful people in the world sleep only 4 hours or so. Cut back on caffeine if you have to, but otherwise keep pursuing your goal and let sleep occur as it will. Most likely things will normalize in a few weeks.

Final Thoughts

Nobody plans to become addicted to marijuana, but here we are. Most people see it as a burden, but if you look closer you will see the hidden opportunity in all of this. Instead of being miserable, you have a chance to flip the script and do something incredible. Quitting weed will be so effortless it will just be an afterthought.

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Top Recommended Resources For Cannabis Addiction

One thing I learned the hard way about quitting marijuana is that most of the information out there is terrible. I used to think that doctors, therapists and other so-called “health experts” could help me with my habit.

So I listened to their bad advice. I read the useless books and articles, wasted time talking to therapists, and even let doctors give me dangerous medications.

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None of it worked. I only grew more frustrated.

Fortunately, I eventually found some things that helped. And that’s what I’m sharing with you today. But first, I give you this thought…

The Best Advice Out There

If you want to avoid years of frustration like I had, let me give you one piece of advice: you should only listen to people who have been through it themselves.

Think about it. Let’s say you wanted to lose weight. Who would you rather listen to: somebody who has naturally been thin their whole life? Or somebody who lost 100 pounds and kept it off? I don’t know about you but I would choose the latter every time.

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The same goes for marijuana addiction. If somebody has never had a problem with weed, what could they possibly know about how to quit? The only “insight” they have is what they read from other sources – most of which are awful.

My point is this: choose your advice carefully. If you listen to the wrong people, you’ll never get the help you need. The following list includes resources that I know helped me. My hope is that something on here will help you too.

The Things That Helped Me Quit

This is a somewhat random assortment, so I will organize my list by the type of resource (e.g. book, supplement, etc). I’ll tell you a little bit about each resource and why I recommend it.

I can’t tell you what will work for everybody, only what has worked for me. But if you’re struggling to quit weed, I think you will find at least something in this list helpful.

Recommended Books

The Joy of Quitting Cannabis by Chris Sullivan

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Chris Sullivan’s book is entertaining and will only take you an hour or two to finish. I’ve read it several times now and I have yet to find a better book about overcoming your psychological addiction (which he argues is 99% of the problem).

The main premise is that you can quit cannabis quickly and easily – and feel better than ever – as long as you fundamentally change the way you view your weed habit. Doing so requires debunking some of the most common myths people have about cannabis. He argues that cannabis does not help you in the ways you think it does, and he makes a very convincing argument.

However, it doesn’t address everything, and he is perhaps a bit too dismissive of the physical symptoms of withdrawal. But I still consider it a must-read if you are ready to quit cannabis.

Choose Yourself by James Altucher

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I admit, this is not a book about quitting weed. But it’s the best book out there for getting out of a rut and succeeding through difficulties. Do yourself a favor and read it.

If you don’t know his story, James Altucher made millions in business early in life but blew it all, becoming a lonely alcoholic in the process. Then he made even more money and lost it again, this time losing his house and family. After reflecting on his failures, he figured out how he can live happily and thrive through a daily process of improvement he calls the “Daily Practice.”

This book gave me hope when nothing else did. I followed Altucher’s advice when I had to make big changes in my own life, and I can tell you that his Daily Practice is powerful. His advice might seem overly simple, but I know it helped me make changes quicker than I ever thought possible. Reading this book may well inspire you to go out and build a successful business.

How To Stop Worrying And Start Living by Dale Carnegie

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Dale Carnegie’s book on coping with worry remains one of the best ever written. It’s another book that isn’t actually about quitting marijuana but it’s nonetheless full of relevant wisdom. A lot of people who become addicted to cannabis are prone to excessive worry. This book will show you how to nip that worry in the bud.

Recommended Programs

Quit Marijuana: The Complete Guide by Seb Grant

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If you’re only going to purchase one thing to help you quit, Seb Grant’s program should be it. This is the most comprehensive resource out there for quitting weed. You can read my full review here.

This program gives you the tools and information you need to deal with every aspect of quitting. It addresses the sticking points that most people have when they try to quit, and gives useful solutions for dealing with each of them. Seb Grant’s guide has inspired tens of thousands of people to shed their useless habit and become better versions of themselves. I personally learned a lot from this program, and without a doubt it was instrumental in helping me quit for good.

30 Days of Discipline by Victor Pride

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Victor Pride’s 30 day program will supercharge your life and make you feel unstoppable. You are required to follow twelve habits each day for 30 days. These habits will be uncomfortable, but that’s sort of the point. And if you’re struggling with your weed habit, chances are you lack self-discipline. (I sure did.) I’m not saying quitting weed is all a matter of discipline, but it sure helps.

*Note: It’s presented as a program for men, but women could just as easily do each of the twelve habits (even habit #4…).

Recommended Exercise

It goes without saying that you should exercise when you’re quitting marijuana. Any exercise will help make the process easier. That said, I found a couple forms of exercise to be uniquely helpful when I was quitting. I highly recommend adding them in to your weekly routine if you can.

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Hot Yoga

Yoga done at hot temperatures (80 degrees or above) has seen its popularity soar in recent years, and for good reason. The health benefits are real and it’s a lot of fun. And it’s an especially great exercise for people who have recently quit cannabis, for several reasons:

  • Helps your body get rid of marijuana toxins faster by sweating and burning calories
  • It has proven mood-enhancing benefits
  • Includes deep breathing that will help clear out your lungs
  • Yoga studios tend to attract a more positive crowd of people

If you’re new to yoga, you might need to shop around until you find a studio that’s right for you. But the good news is that you don’t have to worry about the cost of a membership anymore – quitting weed will more than pay for it!

Walking

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When I stopped smoking weed walking became my go-to activity every time I felt a craving. In fact I walked so much the first couple weeks that I got plantar fasciitis. If you feel an urge to smoke, going for a long walk and letting your thoughts settle can dramatically reduce your urge.

Deep Tissue Massage

Okay, okay… this isn’t really exercise. But getting regular massages after quitting weed is a great way to ease muscle tension. Muscle tension is one of the most uncomfortable parts of THC withdrawal, and it will eventually go away on its own, but a good masseuse can make things much better in the meantime.

Recommended Supplements

I didn’t take many supplements when I quit marijuana, but I’ve seen several recommended by others. I won’t comment on any supplements that I haven’t tried, but I’ll note that the Quit Marijuana Complete Guide program recommends a supplement that’s specifically meant to help with marijuana withdrawal. However I do suggest adding chlorella to your daily diet.

Chlorella

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Chlorella is a popular ingredient in detox diets and has a long list of health benefits. It’s power to detoxify makes it especially useful when you’re quitting cannabis. Keep in mind that you have probably breathed in a whole lot of unnatural chemicals over the years, so you owe it to your body to get rid of them. If you use chlorella every day and sweat it out at hot yoga a few times a week, the cannabinoids will be out of your system in no time!

Final Recommendation

Social Media Blocker For Your Browser

 

It’s well-established that spending too much time on Facebook makes us unhappy. The last thing you need when you’re quitting weed is to spend hours going down the rabbit hole of social media. If you’re like me, that’s almost guaranteed to make you feel miserable. Why risk it? Take a break from social media for at least a week or two when you quit weed. A browser plug-in (like the one I’ve linked to) will keep you from reflexively opening Facebook when you’re bored.

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There you have it, folks. My top resources for quitting marijuana. As I’ve said before, stopping smoking weed is different for everybody, but these are the things that helped me. If you have recommendations of your own please let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

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Quit Marijuana: The Complete Guide: A Review of Seb Grant’s Program

There’s a lot of bad information out there about quitting weed. A lot of it is written by people who clearly have never gone through it themselves. Take a look at any of the mainstream health websites and you’ll see a lot of generic advice that probably won’t work.

I don’t know about you, but I’m only interested in getting advice from somebody who has actually done it themselves. If you want to stop smoking weed, who do you want to listen to: some academic who never touched a joint in their life, or somebody who used to struggle with the same addiction you are but found a way to overcome it successfully?

therapist cannabisThat’s why I’m excited to give you my review of Quit Marijuana: The Complete Guide by Seb Grant. This program helped give me the boost I needed to finally stop smoking weed. I can’t promise it will do the same for you – everybody’s different – but I will tell you why I think so highly of it. This review will tell you everything you need to know in order to decide whether to try it yourself.

About Seb Grant

Seb Grant is the creator of Quit Marijuana: The Complete Guide. I have never met him myself, but he seems to be a real person who has a good reputation online. He says he smoked weed daily for 13 years, and even sold it for several years. Now he says his program has helped over ten thousand people with their marijuana habit.

Seb says he “wake-and-baked” every day for years. He had no focus and drive, and couldn’t hold on to a job. But even with all the problems it was causing, he kept smoking weed because he felt like he needed it just to function normally – to have an appetite, fall asleep, socialize, and cope with even the slightest bit of stress. He even sought professional help, but he found the professionals to be lacking any insight.

I’m sure some of you reading this can relate to his experience. I sure can. I smoked daily for almost 13 years, too. Even when it was causing all kinds of problems in my life. I even tried therapy, but that only made me feel worse. (Note: 99% of therapists have no clue how to help you overcome your weed addiction.)

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How Quit Marijuana: The Complete Guide Worksebook cover image

If you decide to try Seb Grant’s guide, you will get access to the Complete Guide ebook, and several additional resources to help you on your journey. He recommends you start with the main guide and then go through the supplementary programs.

What You Will Learn In The Program

Short answer: a lot. And it’s not the same old advice you hear from medical professionals (you know, the advice that doesn’t work).

A big chunk of the guides focus on the psychological part of marijuana addiction. They tell you about the types of mental patterns that keep you stuck in your weed habit, and how you can break free as soon as you’re ready. Thankfully this is not just some useless self-help jargon. These guides have real insight into pot addiction. I believe they will change the way you think about marijuana and it’s role in your life.

This program isn’t a step-by-step process. There is no, “do this on Day 1, do this on Day 2….” Instead, it gives you the information and tools that will help you set a quit date and finally stick to it! The only decision you will have to make is when your quit date is. From there, you can use this program to make it go as smoothly as possible.

Prices and What You Get

You get several different resources with this program, all for $67. The main resource is a downloadable book which describes the program in detail. You also get:

  • A video program
  • Audio program
  • A detox program that outlines the proper detox diet for getting all the cannabinoids out of your body
  • Additional resources to help you start your new weed-free life

seb grant programI know it sounds like a lot, but Seb tells you the order he recommends you proceed through the programs. The truth is, you probably won’t need all of the information in this program in order to quit successfully. But since everybody has different problem areas, he gives you pretty much everything one could possibly need in order to quit. I suggest you pick-and-choose the parts that are most helpful for you, and just ignore anything that doesn’t make sense for you.

What I Liked About The Program

  • Seb Grant’s program was clearly made by somebody who has actually quit weed successfully themselves.
  • There is a wealth of solid information, from which you can pick-and-choose what’s most helpful for you.
  • It goes in-depth about overcoming the psychological addiction, which is by far the most difficult part of quitting (trust me on that).
  • The detox diet he describes is well-researched and includes recommendations for supplements that will help make the first few days much easier to get through.
  • Everything about this program is positive and supportive. It won’t make you feel ashamed or guilty. Instead, it will probably make you feel excited about life again!

What I Didn’t Like About The Program

  • There might be almost too much information. You need to make sure you don’t get overwhelmed thinking that you need to get through all of it.
  • It probably won’t work if you don’t actually want to quit. This program is only worth your time if you know you need to do something about your marijuana use. It doesn’t really try to convince you that you should quit – that’s up to you.
  • Only available as a digital product. No physical copies will be sent to you.

Final Verdict on Quit Marijuana: The Complete Guidejoints

Bottom line: this is one of the few resources that actually helped me when I quit weed. If you’re tired of smoking weed all the time but you can’t imagine life without it, I recommend you check out Seb Grant’s guide. He has a proven track record of helping people overcome their marijuana addiction, and insights that you won’t find anywhere else on the web. Psychology, diet, motivation – it’s all in there. This guide can’t quit marijuana for you, but it will be a huge help if you finally decide you’re ready to give up your habit.

One nice thing about the guide is that it has a money back guarantee for 60 days. If it helps you quit weed (or even just take a break from it) then it will pay for itself within a few days, right? But if it doesn’t help you, you can just get a quick refund. I think it will help you, though – otherwise I wouldn’t be recommending it :-).

You’ve put it off long enough. Don’t let even more years slip by in a haze. Check out the website www.quit-weed.com to give Seb Grant’s program a look.