how to convince someone to smoke weed

How to Help Someone Stop Smoking Weed

Do you have a friend or family member who is continuously smoking weed? Are you the parent of someone who seems to rely on weed to get himself (or herself) through the day? It is possible to help a person stop smoking weed.

Like with any drug, the effects of the drug themselves make it very hard for a person to stop once he has developed a dependence on the drug. It can seem very true to the drug-user that he needs the drug every day just to cope with life, just to feel what he considers “normal.” Despite these fixed ways of thinking, on the Narconon program, marijuana addicts have recovered the ability to think clearly, enjoy life and achieve goals again.

Symptoms of Marijuana Abuse

Marijuana use creates euphoria, sedation, lethargy and a feeling of empathy that is not based on real emotions. With high doses or chronic use, a person can suffer memory loss, difficulty paying attention, even panic attacks and hallucinations. He may feel like his senses are sharper but he will lose an accurate sense of speed or distance which can make him a dangerous driver. The loss of inhibitions combined with poor judgment that commonly occurs when stoned may mean that decisions with dangerous consequences may be made, such as the decision to take on a physical challenge that cannot be safely met, or the decision to have unprotected sex.

Of course, many people know that weed use results in loss of coordination that can seem funny at the time. Marijuana is well known for causing the “munchies”—increased appetite for snack foods, especially sweets. The eyes of a marijuana smoker are normally red after he smokes the drug.

What many people do not know is that heavy weed use is increasingly resulting in what has been termed “cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome” which simply means that use of high potency weed can cause people severe, excruciating abdominal pain and violent vomiting that continues for a long period of time. In fact, the only temporary relief seems to come from staying in a hot shower or bath for hours. If a person does not know that the cause of this problem is cannabis or weed, he can continue to cause the problem by smoking more weed. Medical treatment or drugs do not ease the pain or vomiting. The solution is to stop using weed. Doctors are slowly becoming aware of the cause of this problem and are more likely to ask if the person suffering this type of condition is using cannabis.

Problems for Students in Particular

Marijuana abuse is especially popular among young people. Right at the time in their lives when they should be learning and planning careers, marijuana may be sapping their ability to focus, learn, think logically and retain what they have learned. In addition, a person who chronically abuses this drug very often suffers a loss of motivation. Educational goals may become uninteresting and the lethargy and lack of focus resulting from marijuana abuse make it hard to follow through on assignments anyway. Statistically, more young people receive lower grades when they habitually smoked weed. One study showed that of those who had been heavy users completed college less often and had lower incomes after leaving college.

So these points cover how to tell if a person you care about is using weed and what the negative effects of this drug can be. You may already have been aware of some of these problems but didn’t know how to help.

Offering Help

If a person feels that using marijuana is making his life better, you will have a hard time convincing him (or her) to stop smoking the drug. You may have to work with your friend or family member to remind him of the way things were before he began to rely on marijuana to detach him from problems and emotions. Help him compare the way things are now with earlier times when he might have talked about his plans and future with enthusiasm.

You may have to convince him that the dreams he gave up on can still be attained if he quits cannabis use with your help. These earlier dreams and enthusiasms are the key to helping many people envision a new life without drugs, but that new desire may be fleeting. If you get his interest again, you must move quickly to the creation of a new sobriety so these dreams can be renewed.

You will have to work with this person to get him to stop using the drug. He will have to stay away from drug-using and drug-selling friends because most people easily fall back into drug abuse when hanging out with the people still involved in the drug habit.

The withdrawal symptoms he may encounter include:

  • Anger, tension, irritability, restlessness, depression
  • Chills, stomach pains, shaking, sweating
  • Decreased appetite, sleep difficulties, bad dreams, nausea

These symptoms are not normally severe but he may need help resisting the cravings that probably will last for weeks or months. Clearly set goals and the support of sober family and friends can help him stay on a new, creative path toward goals of his own choosing. Nutritional supplementation can help him recover energy and interest in life and help alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal.

What if He Can’t Seem to Quit?

Each year, more than 400,000 people enter rehabs to get help for addiction to marijuana. And these are only the ones entering publicly funded facilities, which means the real total would be higher. Since only about one in ten people who need help for addiction get it, it would be easy to estimate that more than four million people are addicted to this drug. A heavy user may be so drowned in the fog of drug abuse that he can’t quit using the drug when he wants to. In this case, a long-term rehabilitation program that helps a person build a new sober life and the skills to maintain it over the long haul is the answer. This is the service provided by Narconon drug rehabilitation centers around the world.

In many rehabs, prescription drugs make up part of the treatment program. Not at a Narconon center. The entire program is drug-free. Nutritional supplements aid a person in regaining energy and bright viewpoint. A sauna-based detoxification step flushes out the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the intoxicating ingredient in weed), helping a person regain the clear thinking they may have left far behind. The life skills segment of the Narconon program walks a person through the learning of the real-life abilities needed to stay sober and achieve goals.

If you are trying to help a person stop smoking weed, you should find out about the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation today. If he can’t stop using the drug on his own, he needs the help of an effective rehab program before any more of his life or talents are wasted, and definitely before he can progress on to use a more heavily addictive drug.

Do you have a friend or family member who is continuously smoking weed? Are you the parent of someone who seems to rely on weed to get himself (or herself) through the day? It is possible to help a person stop smoking weed.

How do you convince a non-smoker to smoke

  • Feb 12, 2010
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  • legalizeplz
    New Member
    • Feb 12, 2010
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  • HB Rob
    New Member

    Educate yourself as much as possible and have a chat with him about why you think he could benefit from it. Past that if he decides against it then I would leave it at that.

    More details = a more detailed response.

    • Feb 13, 2010
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  • greengo840
    New Member

    I would think more in terms of advice rather then convince.

    I absolutely adore the effects of mmj, but some people just don’t like it or want it. MMJ is amazing, but it is not a one-size-fits-all medication.

    I would argue that a doctor would be the best means for helping your father determine if this kind of treatment would benefit him.

    • Feb 16, 2010
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  • sungoddess
    New Member

    I would educate yourself as much as possible & then offer the resources that you have to others. I used to be one of those people that were dead set against pot (and I mean in any capacity, not just for medicinal reasons). Every time someone came at me trying to “convince me” or “talk me into” their reasoning, it was just one more door that I slammed shut & used as another factor in my rational for not approving of MJ (when really I had no real rationalization for being against it in the first place).

    Now I’m in a position that I’m trying to “change people’s minds” that are much like my own were. I think that what worked with me was letting me make my own decision. Basically people, like my husband and a couple of friends helped to provide me with factual information. They also rebutted the BS that’s out there. In the end, I was able to come to my own decision and decided that I wanted to try out MMJ, and every single day I’m soooo thankful that I did. I don’t know how I’d make it without it now that I have it in my life.

    GL in however you decide to proceed. I hope that it all works out in the end. Just remember that your dad may or may not decide to hop on board with you and add it to his med list, but at least you’ll have educated one more person. That’s still a great thing

    “A great many people think they are thinking when they are acutally rearranging their prejudices.”
    – William James (1842-1910)

    • Mar 10, 2010
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  • TorturedSoul
    Member of the Month: May 2009, Oct 2010, Sept 2017

    How do you convince a non-smoker to smoke

    If they choose not to smoke (generically), I would not only respect that, but commend them for it.

    Most medicines – at least in the “civilized” (lol) world, aren’t smoked. They are consumed orally, patches, injections, other less savory entry methods, etc.

    Therefore, if you are trying to convince your dad to “smoke,” that might be part of the problem as it would tend to play into the mindset of “pot-smokers” vs. cannabis as a valid medicine. For that reason, I probably wouldn’t try making pasta with cannabutter (“You laced my food with WHAT?:rasta either.

    Can you make a tincture or concentrate that you can place into gelcaps or make some kind of edible such as a lozenge or even hard candy?

    Not going to guess your chance of success either way, but I would bet that it would be higher if you were to say, “Hey, Dad, I (or a friend who has some of the same problems as your dad) have had great results with these cherry-flavored medicated lozenges and I (/we/they/whatever) have found that when taking them, all my other pill bottles are still half full at the end of the month,” – or, alternatively, replacing “cherry-flavored medicated lozenges” with “herbal supplement capsules” if you go that route – than if you were to say, “Hey Dad, let’s go smoke a fatty, you’ll feel better.”

    The fact notwithstanding that he probably would feel better, lmao. He’s probably seen people drinking “to feel better” when it did not actually make them BE better. And if he’s “a sober kind of guy,” he most likely wouldn’t respect it and would make a mental connection between the two.

    And try using the term “medical cannabis” or “herbal cannabis” instead of “medical marijuana.” After all, cannabis is what it is; marijuana is just a name used by our govt. in the 20s or 30s (I think) to help portray cannabis as being a negative/bad thing. And for many, that still works – whether or not you add the word “medical” to it.

    Going Philosophy 101 for a second, someone’s perception of reality may at times be more important than the actual reality.

    In closing, good luck with your Dad. Quite some time ago my father lost his long battle against lung and bone cancer (and other “minor” cancers, among other things) and it was only later that I realized that he’d probably have been trusting enough to try some kind of orally-injested cannabis product – and that his C doctor would have most likely been more curious and hopeful than antagonistic – especially considering the heroic length of time that my father denied himself the use of things like the morphine IV drip because both he and his doctor knew that it would have finished off his remaining lung function in short order. It’s a horrible thing to have to choose between pain-relief and the chance that you will be alive a few more days – especially when the days become months without relief.

    Tortured Soul

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