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.
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.
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.
The Joy of Quitting Cannabis by Chris Sullivan
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
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
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.
Quit Marijuana: The Complete Guide by Seb Grant
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
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…).
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.
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!
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.
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 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!
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.
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!