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How I stopped smoking weed (even though I didn’t really want to)

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You know how you desperately want to stop smoking weed but at the same time enjoy it so much you don’t really want to? Well, that was me for many years.

At first, smoking weed was fun, and I’ll admit, helpful. In some ways, it helped alleviate my anxiety and the overwhelming emotions (consequence of post-traumatic stress) I was dealing with in my late teens and twenties. All things that were previously treated (by my doctors) with prescription drugs like Xanax and Zoloft.

But, even as a teenager, I knew I didn’t want to be on these medications. Plus, I was always in a fog and still so (so!) miserable.

Then I discovered weed, threw away my pills (please don’t do that and talk to your doctor first) and never looked back.

That is, until a few years ago, when I became more and more obsessed with transforming my life, building healthy habits, and learning about self-management. The little voice in my head that had only been whispering for the past years, was becoming annoyingly, and increasingly, loud(er).

Maybe, just maybe, I should quit smoking weed?

But quitting weed was not that easy

The problem was: I wanted to quit weed but I also loved it… Not the best starting point.

I was also smoking weed every single day for over 5-6 years (I had been smoking for longer than that but not daily), and it had become a habit ingrained in me.

I had also tried quitting a few times but had (obviously) failed.

On top of it all, I was smoking weed and tobacco at the same time, which kinda makes quitting more difficult. Not only do you have to deal with weed cravings, but tobacco cravings also, and this is worse! Quitting weed is one thing; quitting tobacco is a whole nother story. (Trust me, I’ve had to do both. More than once).  

It has not been an easy road, and I never thought I’d “succeed”.

But after many years of Googling things like “how to quit smoking weed Reddit” and scouring the internet for real stories from real people (not impersonal ‘how-to’ articles written by people who’ve never had to go through it), it’s now my turn to share my experience and tips on how to stop smoking weed.

Disclaimer

These are my tips and things I did to finally stop smoking weed and tobacco. This is not medical advice and I am not (nor do I pretend to be) a health professional.

This is just my story, my struggles, my victories…

Also, you don’t have to do all the things on this list to stop smoking weed. You could just stop buying it and quit. And if that’s all it took for you to quit, then please, drop us a comment to tell us how you did that!

This post is for people who, like me, struggled with quitting. Those people who want to quit but don’t want to, who keep going back to it every time they try to stop smoking.

What we will talk about

If I haven’t lost you with my very long intro, then let’s get to it. This is how I managed to stop smoking weed, even though I didn’t really want to.

This is a long post so I’ve divided it as follows. Feel free to jump to whatever section interests you the most:

  • What is the trick to stop smoking weed?
  • I want to quit weed but I love it: what do I do?
  • Which is better: stop smoking weed gradually or cold turkey?
  • Can I quit weed and cigarettes at the same time?
  • How long did it take to quit smoking weed?
  • How I stopped smoking weed cold turkey even if I didn’t want to
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What is the trick to stop smoking weed?

I strongly believe that the trick to stop smoking weed naturally is not about quitting weed per se. It’s about learning to control your mind and becoming the master of You.

To be successful in your attempts to stop smoking weed, you will have to:

  • Decide you are going to face the world and life in general, instead of hiding behind the euphoria or (false) relaxation marijuana consumption brings.
  • Learn to ride the wave of your cravings by practicing acceptance and mindfulness.
  • Control your environment in a way that minimizes friction and temptation.
  • Know yourself and understand 1. Willpower and how it works, and 2. The difference between what you want and what you need/what makes you happy.
  • Set boundaries and learn to say ‘no’ to triggers (i.e., people and situations).
  • Learn to speak to yourself with love, and switch to a kinder, more patient, internal monologue.
  • Be absolutely relentless in your attempts at quitting weed. Until one day, you look up, and realize your last smoke was more than 6 months ago.

Also, if you’ve been trying to stop smoking weed and failed many times, you might find greater success if you drink a lot of water, do daily cardio, and adopt a low-carb diet that will help you manage the cravings.

I want to quit weed but I love it: what do I do?

Do you believe you enjoy weed so much you don’t want to give it up?  

Well, that’s not entirely true. You want to quit. 

Do you know how I know that? Because:

  1. You’ve been sitting on your bed at night, typing on the Googles: “How to stop smoking weed”.
  2. It is not the first time you have told yourself it would be nice if you could stop.
  3. When you are about to smoke, all you can think about is that first joint. Then you smoke, blink, and 4 hours have passed. And there you are, still in the same position you were 4 hours before, scrolling mindlessly on your computer. And you feel like crap.
  4. When you smoke, that first joint, that first puff, they feel amazing. Then the next joint feels a lot less good. And so, you keep smoking some more to get that feeling back. Then there’s that part of your brain that keeps wondering if smoking didn’t use to feel better. You know? In the past. But now it seems like you are chasing that feeling, and can never quite get it back.
  5. There is that little a voice in your head that wonders if maybe, just maybe you can’t do more. Have more. Be more, than… this.

In any case, it is possible to quit smoking weed even if you love it.

You just have to lead your brain where you want it to go, instead of waiting for it to tell you to stop smoking weed. You have to make your mind get there.

That’s how I did it anyway.

Which is better: stop smoking weed gradually or cold turkey?

I guess it depends on the person. I tried both, several times, and in my case, I found the most success when I quit smoking weed cold turkey.

Every single time I tried quitting weed gradually, I failed.

On almost all the occasions I tried quitting cold turkey, I succeeded in quitting, even if it was just for a few days.

And so, all my tips that I’ll be sharing here on how to quit smoking weed have to do with quitting cold turkey.

Can I quit weed and cigarettes at the same time?

Maybe you can and you should definitely try. In my case quitting weed and cigarettes at the same time did not work, well not in the long run. Maybe it would have if I had kept trying but, in the end, I had to first quit smoking weed, then later quit tobacco.

The thing is, I experienced weed withdrawal symptoms and nicotine withdrawal symptoms very differently. I find that it’s a lot harder to quit tobacco than weed. And nicotine cravings last longer. Way, way longer than weed cravings.

I had been smoking weed with tobacco for the longest time. I was also a cigarette smoker. So, when I stopped smoking weed, I was not only craving weed but also nicotine.

It was just making everything harder so I gave up on trying to quit both and focused on one, then the other.

How long did it take to quit smoking weed?

It took me between 3 months and 2 years to quit smoking weed and tobacco.

Yep, that is a massive bracket. Here’s why:

As mentioned, I smoked weed with tobacco which made things trickier for me when it came to quitting. Quitting weed can be fairly easy and fast. After a few serious attempts (and failing a few times), I was finally weed-free after my 3d month of consistently trying (and failing) to stop smoking.

The problem is, quitting tobacco is a lot more difficult than quitting weed and I was constantly fighting my tobacco cravings. I had a few relapses, but once I started smoking cigarettes regularly, the weed cravings came back, and… went back to smoking weed again.

So, I kept having to redo it all again.

One year later, (at a time when I was weed-free and cigarette-free), I spent a few months in Europe, sharing accommodations with people who were drinking and smoking daily.

Inevitably, I went back to smoking.

It took a total of 2 years, many attempts, and getting seriously ill after that trip, for me to finally stop smoking both weed and cigarettes “for good”. (I don’t know if I will ever quit “for good”. I think I will always have to stay vigilant).

How I stopped smoking weed cold turkey even if I didn’t really want to (… and how you can too)

Ok, so here are all the steps I followed to stop smoking weed even though I enjoyed it and had been smoking every day for years.

1. Explore your pain

People always talk about the importance of following your passions, your dreams, your heart’s desires, etc.

But what do you do when you have no passions, no dreams, and no desires?

I think many of us feel this way. Especially when you’ve been smoking weed for a very long time. It can feel like your life has become very, very small.

And when you have no passions, desires, goals… it’s hard to find the motivation to change. To do something about your life.

Well, maybe you don’t have desires anymore. But do you know what most of us have? Sorrows. Pain. Doubts. Shame. Guilt. Regrets.

Start there.

If you want to change your life but don’t know where to go, where to begin, and don’t even believe it’s possible? Explore your pain, it will tell you where to go.  

This topic is way too broad and too important for me to address in just a few lines. I put the questions and prompts I followed in a workbook.

It’s FREE and printable, and you can access it right here:

These questions will help you identify what you want to change, why you want to change it and put you in the right mindset to do so.

This step is especially important when you “love weed” too much to quit, and are not yet fully ready to let it go.

2. Pay attention to your internal monologue when you think about quitting weed, and write it all down

The reason why you think you don’t want to stop smoking weed is because you have a short memory. You think about quitting when you feel shitty, then time passes, you smoke out of habit, remember why you like it, and forget all about quitting.

If you don’t write your feelings down, you will do that dance a million times.

My thoughts would go through the same cycle, over and over and over again. And it’s hard to escape that loop. Partly because weed feels good (so, it is hard to stop), and partly because of the fog it puts us in (so, we “forget”).

Seriously. You could still be there in 20 years, wanting to stop, forgetting, smoking again, wanting to stop, smoking again, then regretting again, etc.

The cycle from hell.

If you are going to remember that you want to stop smoking weed and why you want to stop smoking, then you will need to pay attention to those feelings and record them.

The next time you feel shitty after a joint and want to stop, write down everything you feel, every shameful or uncomfortable thought you have.

Don’t just think about it. Write it down.

Even if it doesn’t all make sense (yet), write it as it is. No filter. On paper, or your notes app, or wherever you want, as long as it’s in a place where you can find it. Then come back to it the next time your brain tries to make you believe that weed is fine and you don’t want to quit.

3. Make a list

List all the bad things weed brings into your life + all the possible bad things it will bring in the future. For example: what has been the impact of smoking on your health so far and what will be the impact in the next 5, 10, 20 years?

Then list all the good things weed brings into your life + all the possible good things it could bring in the future.

Now, ask yourself this: Is it worth it?

4. Make an honest self-assessment: Are you doing what’s best for you?

Is your current behavior what is best for you, your mental health, your body, and your soul?

Is there a possibility that your behavior is harming you? Are you the winner in that equation?

Seriously, all these questions are important. I’ve put together an entire workbook with all the questions, examples, and lots of empty space for you to fill out the answers.

Even if you just answer the questions and never do anything else, it will plant a seed in your mind.

Trust me, these questions WILL change your life.

5. Strike while the iron is hot

Take advantage of that moment when you are fed up with weed. You know, that moment when you feel disgusted with yourself, and you just hate weed?

That’s the moment you need to quit. Not tomorrow. Not later. Not “when my weed is finished”.

But that’s not what we do. Usually, when we get fed up with ourselves and weed, we think: “That’s it! I’m done”. But then we finish that joint (because, I mean… it’s right there), go to bed, go to work the next day, and come back home, tired, tense… and now we want the reward. Weed.

The cycle from hell. Remember?

Don’t do that. Do this instead:

The instant you feel that disgust, that urge to throw everything away and stop, do exactly that: throw it away.

5-4-3-2-1. Go*.

More on that in my next point.

* This is a reference to The 5-Second rule by Mel Robbins. More on that later.

6. Quit weed cold turkey and make a dramatic gesture

The only times I was able to stop smoking weed for long periods of time (or even just a few days) were never when I quit gradually. (Because then, my resolve fades and I am tempted to buy some more).

I only managed to stop smoking weed when I quit cold turkey and made a dramatic gesture (like flushing all my weed down the toilet). And doing it exactly at the moment I was feeling fed up with myself.

So no, I didn’t wait 5 more days, when I would be out of weed.

“The moment you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and physically move before your brain kills it” (Mel Robbins)

By the way, this is why I read and reread The 5 Second Rule (or rather, listened to it over and over again) during that time.

Learning to take the right action at the right time and learning to honor my instincts with appropriate actions have been essential in my personal transformation journey.

Other ‘dramatic’ gestures that have helped me quit weed:

  • I threw my weed out in a public trash can in the middle of the night.
  • Flushed it down the toilet and watched it disappear down the drain. Yes, look at it. It’s symbolic. Weed = shit. Powerful.
  • Gave it to a random person in a park.

7. Adopt the 5-second rule

The 5-second rule states that the moment you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and physically move before your brain kills it.

This is a fantastic tool to get you to take action. Exactly what I needed since my ‘weed brain’ was systematically killing all my desires and impulses to do things.

The 5-second rule stopped that.

The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

8. Shortcircuit your thoughts first thing in the morning

I rewired my brain (partly) by listening to relevant audio content first thing in the morning.

As soon as I wake up, instead of checking my messages or social media, wondering how I would survive another day without smoking, etc. I would instead put an audiobook or video and listen to it in bed.

It helped replace my negative thoughts and forced me to focus on the things I wanted to cultivate: self-care, courage, strength, etc. It gave me the mental strength I needed to face the day.

I did that every day for 4 months until all the messages I was listening to became ingrained in me.

I’ve included a list of resources and books to listen to at the end of this article.

9. Commit to exercising daily

I stopped smoking weed for good when I started running daily. (By the way: running decreased my weed cravings too, a lot).

I know, some people will say: just exercise 2x or 3x per week, that’s good enough.

That didn’t work for me.

I can’t do this halfway. Weed is an addiction. Something I was doing every single day. To get rid of that addiction, I had to replace it with another ‘addiction’, something else I did daily, but that was good for me: cardio.

Now, I was not addicted to cardio. It’s just a way for me to say that when it comes to quitting weed, I could not half-ass it.

I had to learn to be consistent at something other than smoking. Something that was good for me.

Of course, if I was truly (I mean truly) too tired to run one day, then I would rest. But beyond that, I woke up every day and went for a run.

It was the only thing I made myself do every single day. No excuse.

Related post: What’s the point of running? 5 surprising ways running changed my life

10. Drink lots of water

Another thing that was very effective in helping me resist my weed cravings? Water. Drinking lots and lots of water.

I don’t know how it is for other people, but for me, weed cravings feel like a strange sensation in my mouth. Like my mouth could kill for a joint. Well, that feeling decreases greatly when I drink water.

It’s easy to forget to drink water because it doesn’t feel like you’re thirsty. And so you just spend your day battling with your desire to smoke. Don’t do that. Your willpower is not unlimited. Drink water.

11. Eat a low-carb, veggie-packed diet

If you want to stop smoking weed and reduce your cravings as much as possible, then be mindful of what you eat. Food can literally make or break your efforts.

Foods that are too fat, too sweet, too salty will make you want to smoke weed even more. If you want to increase your chances of successfully quitting weed, try a low-carb diet. Not only will it significantly reduce your cravings, but it will also have the added benefit of helping you feel better.

I’ve experienced it, but don’t just take my word for it.

12. Keep healthy snacks at hand at all times

Stock up on carrots, nuts, healthy snacks that are low on carbs, not too sweet or too fat, etc.

BTW, the key to sticking to a diet is to eliminate unwanted foods from your house and keep the desired foods in your home, readily available.

Related post: I tried the Wahls diet and here’s what happened

13. Stay away from fat and sugar

I’ve mentioned it already, but it is so important, it deserves its own bullet point.

Seriously, sugar multiplies my cravings by 10. And the more junk food I eat, somehow, the harder it becomes to resist smoking weed.

14. Journal the process

When you stop smoking weed, it is important to keep a daily log of everything you feel and experience.

The reality is: you might relapse.

And we don’t talk enough about that. It’s important to know that you might experience setbacks so that you don’t stay stuck in a pointless “I failed, there’s no point trying again” mindset when it happens.

A study has shown that 51% of people started smoking again in the year following a smoking cessation program. And according to this study, 75% of smokers experience relapse within 6 months.

These statistics concern tobacco smokers but, you get the point.

So, anyway, I still succeeded in quitting weed because every time I relapsed, I learned something new, took notes, adjusted, and went back at it.

I learned by observing my thoughts and behaviors and taking notes.

For example, doing this allowed me to figure out that the 5th day after I stop smoking weed is one of the hardest days, emotionally, mentally, physically, etc.

The next times I tried to stop smoking weed, I knew I had to be extra careful and not pay too much attention to my inner dialogue on days 4-5-6, because I’m extra vulnerable.

Related post: How to start journaling when you suck at it

15. Do not use alcohol to cope with withdrawal symptoms

You may feel tempted to deal with your weed withdrawal symptoms with other substances, such as alcohol.

Don’t.

You are vulnerable and the last thing you want is to replace one addiction with another one that’s even more damaging to your health.

Besides, drinking alcohol might make you crave weed even more, and eventually throw you back to square minus 100. Because now, on top of a weed problem, you have an alcohol problem.

16. Don’t resist temptation: Avoid it at all costs 

In my case, not smoking weed meant avoiding everything that triggered me. That includes places (like my balcony and my couch), people, locations, behaviors (drinking alcohol), etc.

I literally spent HOURS walking outside on my first days of not smoking, just to avoid being home and feeling triggered. I wouldn’t go before 11 p.m. when I was exhausted and had no other option than to get into bed.

Don’t count on your willpower to help you resist temptation. Avoid temptation at all costs.

This video on willpower is one of the most helpful things I’ve listened to and it has helped me navigate my weed-free journey a lot better.

17. Know your triggers

That’s where journaling and writing things down can come in handy. Take the time daily to observe your thoughts, your desires, your impulses… Get to know yourself and understand what triggers your desire to smoke weed.

Is it your “reward” after a difficult task? Is it your “go-to” solution after a stressful encounter?

Practice self-awareness, notice these moments, and slowly (and consciously) replace these habits with healthier, more positive ones.

18. Stay away from friends who smoke

Literally, be that anti-social person. Not only will it help you stop ‘social-smoking’, but I’ll tell you this: one of the main reasons I relapsed so many times was because I was around people who smoked.

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Not that I’m trying to blame others for my decisions or anything, but that’s a fact:

If you are going to stop smoking weed, you need to put some distance between you and your smoking friends.

I know it’s hard. But that’s how it is.

Related post: 9 reasons why you just can’t quit smoking weed

19. Learn to set boundaries

One of the biggest challenges you’ll face when trying to stop smoking is learning to say no.

And it’s hard.

Not only will you have to figure out what is “good” and “bad” for you, but you will have to learn to say no to people or events that trigger your desire to smoke, deal with the guilt, and perhaps even deal with people getting upset with you.

You will also have to identify the situations that in conflict with the transformation you are trying to achieve, and say no to these as well.

If all of this makes you feel guilty, don’t try to avoid the guilt: instead, learn how to effectively deal with guilt and move on.

20. Reevaluate your relationships

Who you hang out with can make or break all your efforts to stop smoking weed.

If your friends or the people you hang out with smoke a lot, drink a lot, do drugs, party hard, stay up late, eat crap, etc., you will most likely do all those things. And fail in your attempts to stop smoking weed.

Now, if you relapse, it’s okay. Don’t beat yourself up indefinitely. Try again.

However, no one can keep going against the current for a very long time. And if your friends are pulling you down, then you need new friends.

In my case, after relapsing a few times “because” of that, I stopped seeing some people for good and finally managed to quit.

Related post: Should I remove this person from my life? The complete guide to help you figure it out

Full disclosure, though

I then got back together with my ex (who smokes weed daily) and started smoking again.

(Sigh)

It sucked. I eventually managed to stop again, a few months later, but it’s been really hard. And I succeeded only after putting some distance between us and getting seriously ill.  

21. Stay active no matter what

Don’t just sit on a couch all day (or all evening after work) watching movies.

It will make it incredibly harder for you to not only stop smoking weed but to actually want to stop.

Try to stay as physically active as possible in the first few weeks, or a couple of months, after you stop smoking:

  • Walk or bike from and to work;
  • Walk to the grocery store (even if that means going there 3 times during the week instead of one time by car);
  • Go to the gym;
  • Take up a new sport or activity outside your homeè
  • Go see friends or (if your old friends trigger your bad habits), meet new people;
  • Walk, walk, walk. Walk everywhere.
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22. Address the issues that made you smoke in the first place

Why did you smoke every day? Were you trying to avoid the world? Your feelings? Is it social anxiety? Trauma?

Seek therapy, counseling, coaching… Read about personal development, self-help, and psychology. Learn about the mind, get to know yourself, your own mind, and journal daily.

Related post: How I got rid of my crippling anxiety for good

Don’t just bury everything and pretend your feelings are not there. If you do that, then your weed addiction might just show up in some other way (work addiction, porn addiction, food, etc.).

23. Don’t self-medicate

Self-medication is when you use food, drugs, or alcohol to manage symptoms of a mental health issue, change your mood, face your fears, or deal with painful emotions (source: Help Guide).

Rather than doing bad things, and then doing more (bad) things on top of that to “fix it” and feel better, learn to solve your issues by going at the roots of your problems.

It sounds scary and it might be a bit harder to do at first, but I swear, your life gets a million times easier and more manageable once you get into the habit of behaving this way.

Related post: How I got rid of severe anxiety and depression by facing and solving my problems

24. Don’t count the days

When you first stop smoking weed, you will probably count the days (or even the hours) since your last joint. It’s fine. I mean, if it makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something, go for it.

But in my case, and after 1 or 2 weeks without smoking weed, I felt like counting the days since my last smoke was counterproductive. If anything it made me think even more about smoking, when all I wanted was to forget about weed!

And so I stopped.

I cannot tell you precisely how long it’s been since I last smoked. And it’s fine like that.

25. Don’t fall into the “I’ll just keep some weed at home and smoke once in a while now” trap

You won’t. When you’ve smoked weed every single day for so many years, it’s almost impossible to have it in your possession and not smoke it.

I cannot tell you how many times I tried the “I’ll just smoke occasionally” dance, only to end up right back in square 1.

Now, I simply refuse to have it in my house or in my possession because I know I’ll smoke it.

Full disclosure: my boyfriend keeps some in the house, but I make him hide it from me. I do NOT want to know where it is. If I know where it is, I’ll smoke it. How sad is that?

26. You will fail

When you do, learn from it, then try again.

27. Be willing to do whatever it takes

If you are not willing to put some friendships on pause, reconsider your habits, reevaluate your daily routine, exercise… and overall, change your life, it might be hard for you to stop smoking weed for good.

28. Practice self-care, self-love, and learn to value and love your body

I successfully stopped smoking weed once I started viewing quitting as a holistic approach to self-care and self-love.

Related post: How do you love your body (when you hate your looks)?

As mentioned throughout this post, quitting weed is not just about quitting weed. For me, it’s been about eating the right foods, thinking the right thoughts, reading the right books, listening to the right audio, hanging out with the right people, building the right habits, etc.

You can’t give your body crap, talk to it like it is crap, and expect to be successful at quitting weed (or whatever else you are trying to quit).

Or maybe you can (?) but it doesn’t work for everyone. It certainly didn’t work for me.

29. Focus on creation rather than consumption

You know what you used to do daily? Smoke weed. Imagine if you had done anything else consistently, every single day, for the past 5 or 10 years: exercise, tend to your garden, invest $5/day, write a small piece of fiction…? Where would you be today?

Well, now, you are going to replace that daily “bad” habit with a daily “good” habit, that is focused on creating something rather than consuming things.

Come up with a new project. It has to be challenging, interesting, and something you work at every day.

Be as consistent as possible.

This project will not only help fill the void that the absence of weed smoking will create in your life, but also help build a new “you”.

A new You that now speaks Japanese, built a shed in your backyard, wrote a book, joined a soccer team, created a side hustle, etc.

I’ve written a separate post entirely dedicated to what to do instead of smoking weed.

30. Don’t focus on “not” smoking; focus on things to do with your time

When you stop smoking weed, you suddenly find yourself with a lot of free time and it can be uncomfortable.

You could literally start smoking again just to escape the discomfort of not knowing what to do with yourself. Seriously. As dumb as that.

So, instead of thinking “Don’t smoke, don’t smoke, don’t smoke”, ask yourself: What can I do/would I like to do with my time?

Then do just that.

31. Acknowledge (or reward) yourself for every tiny progress made

For every hour, day, week, or moment where you’ve managed to resist temptation and not smoke weed, congratulate yourself.

Celebrate every milestone.

The first hour weed-free is just as important as the first day, the first week, the first month, or the first year.

Also, do not celebrate with weed. And ideally, don’t celebrate with alcohol, sugar, fat, or cigarettes either.

Related post: How do you reward yourself effectively?

32. Read inspiring books and listen to empowering audio

These are the books that helped me stop smoking weed. I’ve also included a few YouTube videos that were incredibly helpful.

I recommend listening to them in audiobook format. I would play them constantly (mostly when I’m cooking, cleaning, or early in the morning), almost as a way to replace the voice in my head.

A. The best videos to help and motivate you to stop smoking weed

These are the best (free) videos when it comes to learning about self-control, personal transformation, and quitting weed

This video by Kelly McGonigal is ESSENTIAL to learn to deal with cravings, setbacks, and understand Willpower.

These videos when you need guidance on how to change your life and become a different person:

  • This video (Jordan B. Peterson) is the kick in the butt you need to stop wasting your time and avoiding life. (Don’t let the title of the video fool you, it’s not necessarily about students and college grads).
  • Unleash your brain’s hidden power (John Assaraf). Great video but after 22mn it becomes a bit more “business”. Still great, but just thought I’d give a heads up.
  • Learn how to control your mind (Joe Dispenza). The full video is here but you can get a shorter version here.
  • Figure out your purpose when you feel lost (Jay Shetty). Although I’m not always a fan of Jay Shetty (because success seems to “change” people sometimes) this video is older and worth watching.

B. The best books that helped me stop smoking weed

Rewired: A Bold New Approach To Addiction and Recovery (by Erica Spiegelman)

The 5 Second Rule (by Mel Robbins)

Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions (by Russell Brand)

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (by David D. Burns M.D.)

The next ones have nothing to do with weed. But, during that time, I also discovered the (audio version of) The Percy Jackson series, and also audio versions of Oscar Wilde’s funniest plays: An Ideal Husband, and The Importance of Being Earnest.

I swear, these books kept me company, made me laugh, and were a source of comfort and entertainment during these challenging times.

Maybe you could try and find books (or music) that make you feel the same way.

33. You don’t need to keep chasing shinier ‘objects’, in a constant quest of THE magical solution that will ‘make’ you stop smoking weed. You just need to do ONE thing (or a handful of things) CONSISTENTLY and for a long enough period

You don’t need a new book, a new video, or a new method. You also don’t need to read 100 books on addiction or listen to 100 motivational videos. That’s a form of procrastination, btw.

Once I found the ones that worked for me, I listened to the same audio and read the same books over and over again, to make sure that the message sunk in.

You don’t need to keep chasing shinier objects, in a constant quest of THE magical solution that will make you stop smoking.

You just need to keep at it consistently, every day for a longer period of time, eventually adjusting your tactics, but staying focused on the goal and the message.

Read next: Why I decided to quit smoking weed and how my life has improved since

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