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How to Quit Smoking Weed After Years

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Though marijuana is less addictive and physically endangering than many illegal substances, it can still very easily turn into a harmful habit, which is difficult to control and causes damage to everyday activities, social interactions and physical abilities. This is especially true for long-term users, who have been smoking for years. If you or somebody you love is one of these people, you should know that quitting marijuana is completely possible and, in fact, much easier than with most other addictive substances — all starting with Step 1 below.

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If you’ve been smoking weed for years, it can be difficult to quit, but by replacing smoking with positive habits, you can do it! Instead of going cold turkey, try gradually reducing the amount you smoke. For example, if you usually smoke at least twice a day, only smoke once a day for a week, then every other day, and so on. When you stop smoking completely, throw out all of your paraphernalia, like your grinder, rolling papers, or bong to make it harder for yourself to start smoking again. As you’re kicking the habit, remind yourself of the benefits, like having more energy and saving money. Keep yourself busy to distract yourself from cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Start a new hobby or learn to play an instrument. Physical exercise is a great way to channel your energy and stay busy. For more tips, including how to change your diet to help reduce your cravings for weed, read on!

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If you feel that marijuana is taking over your life and replacing all of your friends, hobbies, and favorite ways to pass the time, then it’s time to quit smoking and get your life back on track. Marijuana may be psychologically addictive, which means that you need to be mentally prepared and willing to give up your habit. So if you’re looking for help for getting your old life back and dropping your old habits, you’ve come to the right place.

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While it can be difficult to stop smoking weed, with a little effort and support from your friends and family, you can do it! To go cold turkey, throw out all of your pot and paraphernalia so you aren’t tempted to start smoking again. This includes any lighters, matches, roach clips, and bongs that you own. Once you’ve cleared out your stash, tell trustworthy friends and family members about your plan to quit so they can hold you accountable. If they smoke themselves, you might ask them to not smoke in front of you, since you may be tempted to join in. After you quit, try finding a replacement activity to keep your mind off weed. For example, you could go for long walks, talk to friends on the phone, or start cooking. To learn how to manage your urges to smoke after you quit, read on!

How to Stop Smoking Weed. If you feel that marijuana is taking over your life and replacing all of your friends, hobbies, and favorite ways to pass the time, then it's time to quit smoking and get your life back on track. Marijuana may be…