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finding it hard to give up cannabis does anyone have any tips
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Marijuana while only a "soft drug" compared to the likes of cocaine, heroin and others can still be a very addictive and destructive drug. Many people who long to quit smoking pot find their lives revolve around marijuana and it becomes a habit that fills any gap in their lives. It can become such an integral part of their lives that they feel like they are living in a haze most of the time and are missing out on some very important parts of life. The first thing to know when learning how to quit smoking weed is that the drug is not chemically addictive!

Pot is not an addictive drug like heroin or cigarettes as there is no physical craving that occurs when you do not take the drugs. Pot does not affect the receptors in your brain like these drugs and the effects are also not as vivid as the hard drugs making it less of an issue to many people to start smoking. The primary addiction to weed is a psychological addiction, the memory of the highs you once felt smoking pot always come back and make you want to try to reach that feeling again even if it takes you more and more pot to do this as you become more resistant to its effects. The smoking goes from a pleasurable action to a habit with little real benefit just a perceived one. To compound this many pot smokers have friends who also smoke and it becomes a social thing making it more ingrained.

So this being said it is possible to quit smoking weed without suffering cravings or relapses and you are not fighting with a chemical need but a psychological need which can be overcome with willpower. While this may sound easy it can of course be a lot harder in practice as the habit can run very deep especially for those who have smoked for years. Quitting can be accompanied by anxiety and depression as you learn to live life without the constant smoking which can seem soothing and comforting but only because it was a part of your routine. The trick for some people is to find something to replace this addiction, obviously not another addiction but something creative and fulfilling. Something that makes you happy without an extreme high you may try to latch onto as an alternative.

So how to quit smoking weed in a nutshell? You must realize you do not crave weed but just want it! Once you learn to adapt to a life without marijuana you will find you can quit smoking pot forever!

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I was an avid pot smoker for many years. It's weird but when i got addicted to morphine, i quit pot. It was nothing to do it, because mixing the pot and morphine weren't ideal! Now that i am 11 days clean from morphine, I'm wishing I just stuck to pot....I know that could be the addict in me...but, pot can help people with many things....i'm not trying to condone it, i'm just saying you have to control your consumption, quitting it is easy really, it's what your going to do with yourself after you quit. Finding a healthy activity to replace it is best, and even an NA meeting is something to try if your finding it really hard to stay away from it. You won't have withdrawals I promise but it's the stuff in your head you gotta work through! Do you really like feeling foggy and tired and hungry after smoking pot all the time! I got bored of it, and if you are here asking for help here then i think you getting bored of it too, good luck, keep posting!
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A way for you to quit pot is find something you enjoy, practice at it, get good at it, and compete.

People smoke pot non medicinally and they are usually not into things that they can compete in (especially if there are drug tests) so they never find out just how good they are.

Pick something, have fun with it, practice it everyday, and when you are ready, go for the gold.

If you don't really want to quit, you won't, so you have to find that thing that you like more than getting high, and it is out there.
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