Ready to Kick it?

Tools, Techniques, Support for People Want to Quit Weed.

Welcome to, an online community of ex-chronics who want to help you shake your marijuana habit for good. This resource has been developed to help you understand how weed has affected your life, make the decision to quit, and get through the detox process. You make the choice to quit weed – we give you the tools to succeed.

Are You Ready to Quit Weed?

First of all, if you’re here, then I’m pretty sure you’re fed up with your lifestyle revolving around weed. You are ready to quit your pot habit. I want you to know that it can be done. You can succeed if you make the decision to really do something about it and make some important changes.

For addicts, there isn’t anything scarier than quitting "cold turkey", detoxification, or rehab. Most addicts would rather go to jail than even consider going through detox at a marijuana addiction treatment facility. Why? Because the thought of going through withdrawal and being forced to face the reality of their lives is infinitely scarier than jail. Consider yourself blessed! You aren’t into meth or coke or heroin so withdrawal isn’t going to be so bad. However, be prepared to take a good look at your current lifestyle, the people in your life, and be prepared to change a few things.

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My guess is that you are not an occasional weekend joint smoker. You smoke pot every day, sometimes (or always) smoking weed in the morning, before work, and combined with almost every single activity. The thought of doing anything fun (or even mundane chores) seems impossible without getting high first. Weed has become a tenacious companion in your daily routine, attaching itself to every activity, and creating a whole long list of requirements and a schedule for you that has nothing to do with your actual "real" life.

Like you, my many failed attempts to stop smoking pot left me discouraged and I began to accept the idea that I would be a chronic in one form or another for the rest of my life. Unlike you, I had very little help in dealing with my "addiction" to marijuana. I found little or no help online and I wasn’t aware that marijuana rehab or marijuana addiction treatment even existed. Finally, I was able to break my habit using just my own will to quit weed and… wait for it… succeed.

I developed my own methods to beat my marijuana addiction. I use the word "addiction" cautiously because I think pot smokers fall into a category all their own and I don’t want to lump you in with alcoholics, cigarette smokers or heroin addicts. Marijuana dependency is a different animal and comes with its own complications and solutions, but more often than not it’s just not taken that seriously. The truth is, for some of us, smoking pot all the time is pretty destructive. Unfortunately, there is very little good quality information on how to quit smoking pot or resources for determined people who want to break free from the "chronic" lifestyle. It’s for that reason that I am going to let you in on everything I’ve learned – because I love my weed-free life – and I’m going to reveal a tested and proven method that will help you quit smoking marijuana for good.

The steps to quit weed, or concepts, or rules, or methods (call them what you want) you will follow to quit weed are simple. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they are easy, but simple enough in concept to grasp. The only difficult part is the actual decision to change your life and give up your weed habit. The reasons to stop smoking weed are obvious (for the most part) and there are benefits to quitting marijuana you might not even be aware of. I will cover all this stuff. The important part is that you are ready to make the decision to quit smoking pot, and change your life for the better.

Make no mistake, your life will be better without a chronic pot habit. Trust me, your pot smoking buddies may miss you, but after a while you won’t miss them all that much. The hours spent coming up with cool ideas that never get executed will turn into productive hours. You will sleep better. You will not be irritable or anxious or burnt out. You will not waste time chasing around seedy pot dealers, sitting by the phone waiting for your dealer to call you back, or waiting for the dispensary to open (these are constantly opening and closing here in California). You will save a significant amount money. You wont stink. The list goes on and on. Most of all, you are going to simply "feel better" all around. Your real friends and your family will notice a positive change in you, guaranteed.

You can quit smoking weed now if you are ready for change… I will show you how to shake your addiction to marijuana. Before you jump into this, I recommend that you get familiar with how to quit smoking pot before you quit cold turkey.


  1. mike December 3, 2012 1:29 am Reply

    my friends who smoke pot aren’t any less real then the ones that dont

    • QWAS Admin December 3, 2012 4:23 am Reply

      Hi Mike, That’s probably true. I think if you poke around the site you’ll quickly find out that it’s for people who can no longer control their pot habit. For those people, the habit becomes a destructive force, and something that can be tough to shake. If you had a friend like that it would be hard not to notice. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Cathi December 4, 2012 4:37 pm Reply

    Finally – a time frame… no wonder I can make it a couple weeks, months but always go back…

  3. OMG January 5, 2013 7:59 pm Reply

    Ok, So it’s safe to say this page was created by a group of mentally unstable people unable to live their every day life without the help of a substance. Because normal pot smokers may prefer to be high, but there are without a doubt ZERO withdrawal symptoms. These so called “symptoms” of quitting marijuana is called DEALING WITH BEING YOURSELF. Also if marijuana is smoked the right way it does ZERO damage to your lungs, thats right folks. IT DOES NO DAMAGE. Also “Admit it. How many times have you smoked really good weed or really good hash. Not that many I’m willing to guess.” Maybe if you live in Alabama or something. I’ve traveled all over the United States and Canada in the last 10 years and bad weed is harder to find than good weed. I feel for those people who can’t deal with the harsh reality of life without using a substance but this page i a joke and full of BS.. sorry.

    • QWAS Admin January 5, 2013 8:33 pm Reply

      You may as well be denying the existence of alcoholism and liver disease. Your opinion that withdrawal symptoms don’t exist is simply incorrect. Read a book. Oh, and thanks for the comment! Seriously, we appreciate input from all sides. Anyone care to add to this thread?

    • jon hurley January 8, 2013 4:37 pm Reply

      you’re a cock then pal who like others in denial looks through a haze of weed smoke & probably listens to the bullshit that comes out of your dealers mouth. i have smoked for over 20 yrs & this is the 2nd time i have tried to quit, i am having the same withdrawal side effects as last time sweating (palms mainly), nightmares, lack of taste & aggression. So either you’re talking out your arse or you have never tried yourself to properly quit, amazingly the withdrawal symptoms i am getting are the same as other people get. As for smoking not damaging your lungs!! your brain must have gone soft from all the weed, burning a substance & then inhaling the smoke from this will cause lung damage, go to a gym & try & keep up with someone who doesn’t smoke in any cardiovascular exercise.

      • Emma January 26, 2015 7:51 pm Reply

        Here here. I get the same way after a day or two. I’ve never made it longer. People should be happy if they’re withdrawl free, or just shit the hell up if they’re not willing to help people.

      • Richard May 5, 2015 1:37 pm Reply

        Well said. That was exactly my experience too, when I quit. That was 17 months ago. Since then, I have stayed clean and have written two novels which I’m very proud of.

  4. Shayla January 12, 2013 7:01 am Reply

    Ok so I am a 40 year old woman who has been smoking pot since I was 15. The last 10 years I’ve smoked on a daily basis. I was also a cigarette smoker. Started that at 13, quit for 2 years in my early 20′s then stupidly took it up again. At 38 i FINALLY quit smoking cigarettes for good but kept on with the pot (no longer adding tobacco when I roll em). Stopping cigarettes was hard as hell. Lots of withdrawl symptoms. Had to do it cold turkey. I have very little self control so for me it’s all or nothing! Gradual doesn’t work for me.

    Now I’m ready to quit the pot for good. This is day 3 without and so far I have headaches, trouble falling asleep and am irritable. I have tried to quit this before and from those experiences I believe I am also in for weird and vivid dreams, sweating, difficulty concentrating and a slew of other symptoms. I know I can do this……I did it with tocacco.
    My pot smoking, although daily, is not common knowledge. I don’t look like a ‘pot head’, I have a respectable career (my collegues would be shocked), and I don’t live a ‘pot’ lifestyle (not a party girl, more a mom type). However, my husband is also a pot head and has no intentions of quitting. He was a tobacco smoker too when I quit that and a year later, he stopped tobacco too so….who knows?
    I feel like pot holds me back from so many things. There have been many many times that I have missed out on other things because I knew if I joined in I wouldn’t be able to have that joint I needed so I choose to stay home and smoke up instead. Sad. I want my life back. I want to be able to make choices that have nothing to do with whether or not I will be able to toke. I don’t want to have to hide an addiction from my kids anymore and to feel guilty for being a hypocrite as a mother. I don’t want to worry about getting caught toking and driving and the consequences (yes I drive stoned….stoned is my normal). I want to feel free to invite people over and not watch the clock, waiting for them to go so I can get high. I don’t want to have to worry about the mailman, neighbours, friends or family smelling pot wafting outta the garage when they come to knock on my door.I don’t want to expend all this energy living a double life. Bottom line…..I am ready to be free. Thanks for this site. I will check back in for motivation, recommitment, support and advice to keep me going over the next few weeks as I go through withdrawl. Wish me luck!!

  5. Shayla January 15, 2013 4:40 am Reply

    End of day 5. ugggg. Headaches. Not sleeping much. Insomnia SUCKS. When I do sleep though the vivid and sometimes lucid dreams rock. Very very irritable. What has helped? I stopped when I got the flu so for the first 3 days I felt like shit because of the flu and any symptoms from withdrawl were masked by feeling so shitty sick. Day 4 was hard. I got drunk instead. Not good. but then the hangover on day 5 helped mask the withdrawl symptoms again. The plan for tomorrow? Go to the gym and exercise really hard and exhaust myself.
    I can do this. I am doing this. This will be done!

  6. Audry January 31, 2013 12:57 am Reply

    I went through this entire website and I just wanted you to know that this is the most complete and understandable self-help marijuana recovery information I have found. I have been to bookstores looking for books, I have been to numerous websites and even bought e-books. However, it took all those to get half the information I found here. Thank you for your support.

  7. KRS ONE February 18, 2013 10:21 am Reply

    Hey I’m gonna try to quit. First day today. I smoked for 14 years but I want out & freedom. Will keep you posted…

  8. Lynn March 7, 2013 12:05 pm Reply

    Like Shayla, I’m a closet “chronic”. I started getting high everyday about 6 years ago. It was an escape, a rebellion, fun. Then it became my life. I’ve been hearing that inner voice for quite awhile now that I have to stop. I quit on Monday and by Thursday convinced myself that maybe I should just slowly ween myself. Maybe just a hit now and then until the cravings/inner anxiety subsided. Yeah, right!

    I’ve now done step 1 and thrown out the pipe and am giving away my left over pot today. Getting out mymrunnning shoes (or walking shoes,,,who can run after living in my head for 6 years!).

    Whoever you are that writes this, I am extremely grateful to you for your HONEST voice and perspective. Just to have this place to come to to counter the thoughts in my head is a wonderful thing and I feel more hopeful about my ability to succeed .

    Thanks also to all who comment… You’ve helped too.

  9. Don March 17, 2013 12:57 am Reply

    I think this article is great and for those that have “strong” smoking habits i am not talking bad about you i think marijuana is something some of us can handle and some can’t. I just recently quit smoking and besides a few minor headaches i have been feeling a lot more motivated. I started smoking my sophomore year but it was only a few times. Each year i grew more and more dependent on it intill now 3 years later a decided to give it up. As for those who say it does not hurt your lungs i would think again unless your vaping because thats the best way to go. You are lighting a substance on fire and inhaling it. In no way is that natural for us. We are human being we are suppose to breathe oxygen. The thing i have a question about is all of my friends besides a few smoke and i find it hard to keep clean if there always smoking? There all cool guys and i dont wanna ditch them because we all play JC baseball together. any ideas?

  10. anastasia March 28, 2013 9:37 am Reply

    many consequences become real once you start getting high every day. i failed a class this quarter for my first time. damn, that was hard to see. i used to be smart… i could get straight As. i find myself not being able to form my sentences as eloquently as i used to. my grandma says ive changed into a person that only thinks for herself, and she knows nothing of my marijuana use. my lungs hurt. ive convinced myself i love weed. i spend almost all of my money on it, and my family gives me $350 a month in addition to paying for all of my food, housing, and education. my parents know i smoke and it probably hurts them every time they catch me. im bipolar and i know weed affects me even more, and probably more seriously, than most people. i keep my constant marijuana use secret from my therapist. this was never the life i wanted to live.
    Marijuana. Addiction. Is. Real.
    god damn it hurts to type that out. but… ive been cutting back. im irritable as fuck. ive decided to replace weed with exercise. i just need to get out of this trap and i hope i can. im a better person than this and ive worked too hard on my mental health to watch it be destroyed before my eyes.

    • QWAS Admin March 28, 2013 4:24 pm Reply

      Typing out how you really feel is a big step in the right direction. I think you’re not telling your therapist because you probably already know that he/she will encourage you to quit. But, once you’ve made the decision, your therapist might actually offer some powerful support… an advocate for you rather than adversary. Perhaps the same goes for your parents. I do understand that certain activities like smoking can be exceedingly difficult for people who struggle with mental disorders. You may have a tougher road ahead of you than others as you said in your comment. Just keep listening to that inner voice that says “i just need to get out of this trap”.

  11. Alex March 29, 2013 8:48 am Reply

    I fell in love with Mary Jane at the tender age of 15. My brother had been hounding me for months to try it, and although I was reluctant, my curiosity inevitably overcame my better judgment. I just had to see what all the fuss was about. So I took a few hits of some hydro from his home-made gravity bong. At first I felt nothing except some nausea.

    I walked in the house wondering what was so great about this plant. Then I went into the bathroom, looked in the mirror, and it hit me. My entire perception of reality changed for the first time in my life. At first it was a bit shocking but then I relaxed into the feeling. It was as if I was seeing the world through some uber-happy goggles that made everything fucking hilarious. I remember watching Drake and Josh and laughing until I cried. It was a great experience.

    After that, my life became weed. It was all I thought about, all I talked about, all I dreamt about. I replaced the air I breathed with marijuana smoke. I replaced my old hobbies with getting high. I replaced my old friends with the stoner crowd. My once perfect grades began to plummet. My golf game plateaued. My interest in girls all but faded away. I had found sweet Mary Jane.

    It wasn’t long before I became disillusioned by the intoxicating effects of the infamous herb. The once happy and euphoric feeling turned into a sullen and depressing lethargy. The once fun-filled times of laughter and cheer became lonely evenings laying in bed alone smoking my bubbler just to feel like life had some sort of meaning. It was pathetic. Even in this sad mess I continued to smoke weed. Finally, I knew I had to quit. And I did. I would quit for months at a time but I’d always go back. An old friend or family member would lure me in and I’d think “Aww what the heck, a few hits can’t hurt.” I few hits became a few grams became a few ounces became a few months. Wasted.

    Now I know its time to quit. It’s like saying goodbye to an old friend who was always there to comfort you. A friend that never let you down. But a selfish friend who would steal your mental clarity, steal your vision and vitality, and worst of all, steal your passion for life. I must say goodbye. Peace out Mary Jane, I’ll flush your ashes down the toilet where they belong.

    • QWAS Admin March 29, 2013 4:37 pm Reply

      Hey Alex… nice piece of writing there my friend. You are obviously a creative person, an excellent writer, and much of what you said here will resonate with people who visit this site. It’s not an easy thing to articulate all of the complex feelings that result from habitual inhalation of the worlds most intoxicating woman, and you did it. Mary Jane is truly the siren of the plant world… drawing you in on her sweet, mellifluous odor, only to trap you there until one day the vapors become stifling and oppressive. For most people, the love affair lasts for years and years… even 10, 20, 30, years or more. I hope you take pride in your decision to quit. Each day will be a victory. You’ll be accomplishing something that many of your ‘stoner friends’ secretly wish they could too. It’s simple. If you’re not having fun anymore, if you’re suffering, if coercion is the only reason you go back, the time to quit is now. Anyway – thanks for your message. We’re pulling for you.

  12. p0p_zst May 15, 2013 6:09 pm Reply

    Thanks for creating this excellent website.

    I started smoking weed around 13 and I’ve been on and off for 20 years; ranging from heavy daily use, to occasional use, to quitting cold turkey for months.

    I found your site because I haven’t smoked in a couple of days and I really haven’t felt the need to get high so I though what if I stop this shit altogether, forever? So I started searching for benefits of quitting weed.

    I’ve had most of the problems you describe here. The worst being the paranoia, the anti-social behavior, the lethargy, the waste of time, the mediocre hygiene, and the excessive junk food.

    I’m in my thirties now and looking back at all the time I’ve wasted, all the opportunities I’ve squandered, all the money I’ve burned because of the weed habit, there is absolutely no evidence to support that a weed habit is beneficial.

    I know we can all do this. I’ve met a lot of cool people who are freaking hilarious and intelligent and can hang out anywhere without the need to get high or drunk. These people exude power. They are not slaves to substances and to their providers. I admire them, and I’m becoming one of them.

    I want to share the format of my new journal:

    Smoked Weed? Yes/No
    Masturbated? Yes/No
    Went to the Beach? Yes/No
    Lifted Weights? Yes/No

    Number of Social Approaches
    Notes (ups and downs, what did I read, who I met, etc)
    How did you feel today (1-5 star rating)

    This is my logic:

    If I don’t smoke weed, if I reserve and boost my T levels by not masturbating and lifting weights, if I go to the beach for the exercise, the tan, and the social opportunities, if I approach people everyday, and if I keep track of what I’m doing every day, I will become the best of me, I will become a furious, roaring lion, and nothing will stop me.


    • QWAS Admin January 12, 2014 7:32 pm Reply

      “…cool people who are freaking hilarious and intelligent and can hang out anywhere without the need to get high or drunk. These people exude power. They are not slaves to substances and to their providers. I admire them, and I’m becoming one of them.” – I really love what you said here. I think that we have all met people like this. Confidence is something you can learn and improve through practice by exposing yourself to uncomfortable situations periodically. Each small success makes the next time easier. I love your list. Please get back in touch and give us progress updates as you continue this experiment.

  13. Nan May 24, 2013 6:54 pm Reply

    I’m 31 yrs old. I Started pot at 15 and have been doing it on and off since. The longest I quit was almost 3 years when I got pregnant. Now my daughter is not quite 2 and I stupidly decided to try it again. Wham, right back into it, every day for almost a month. Now I’ve quit again. Day 3 now. I will never smoke weed again. I’ve been so emotional and angry. I wish I hadn’t tried it again. But this short experience with it after being quit for so long has really taught me that I should never smoke weed again. I started thinking how “harmless” it is and forgetting all the reasons I quit in the first place. This won’t happen again. Thank you for this site because its so helpful to see that this is the reality of it for so many people. It’s not just me!

    • Kaveh June 29, 2013 10:54 pm Reply

      Just read ur post and it really helped me I’m felling really tempted and confused and its only been 5 months

      • QWAS Admin June 30, 2013 4:44 am Reply

        Hi Kaveh, Great to hear from you! I’m sorry that you’re having those feelings man. What can I say, it’s part of it. I will tell you this: Most people including myself had to go through these times on the way to being completely quit. Now you could light ten joints in front of me and I wouldn’t care, but that took some time… maybe a couple of years. Let me help clear up some of your confusion. First, 5 months is really impressive. I’m not sure exactly what has changed in your life during that time, but clearly you are on a different path completely, and that is exciting. Going to back to smoking weed would totally derail everything you’ve accomplished so far. It sounds like you are looking for a way to channel your frustration, depression, confusion, emotions, whatever it is that is upsetting you. That is what you need to work on. I’ll tell you what is helping me right now, and that is swimming 2-3 times per week and martial arts. Between those two things, I can release all the negative and positive energy that builds up inside me and feel proud of the work I’m doing on myself. I hope you’ll find something like that for yourself.

  14. Nel Ly November 23, 2013 12:12 pm Reply

    Hi, I`m 26years old, I smoke regularly for the last 3-4 years. Last 2years at least 2-3 times a day. It make me nervous, aggressive, and slowing me down now when I`m not. For the same time i lost a lot of weight. Not only it feel like lost my-self. I wanted to quit a lot of times, i still want it, but i have a boyfriend that`s not willing to and says hes gonna do it when the right time comes and doesn’t like to be pushed. He doesn’t believe you can get addicted nor in the withdraw symptoms. Well I do and I have them. I don`t know what to do I feel for me it`s time to quit.

    • QWAS Admin December 29, 2013 7:53 am Reply

      Your boyfriend is wrong. But I think you already know that. If you want to quit and he’s not supporting you, how can you grow together? Once you make up your mind, explain to him why you’re quitting, and what you want out of life. Explain that you can’t be with a pot smoker while you are making a change. He’s going to face an ultimatum – you or weed. It’s important that he is genuine if he decides to choose you – otherwise he’ll smoke behind your back and you’ll both resent each other.

  15. stoner June 26, 2015 12:11 am Reply

    It seems that no one has posted here in a few years, but I figured I would comment anyway.

    I am 2 weeks into recovery and it sucks. I want to smoke so bad. Luckily (I guess) I don’t have any possibility to get weed. I am feeling utterly alone. I have lots of issues. I am anorexic and I used weed to stimulate my appetite. I have PTSD and am bipolar and it helped me regulate my mood. I feel like weed has helped me more than any anti depressant or anti psychotic med I have ever been on. My use got out of control. I was high ALL the time. I am terrified of my feelings as I come out of the marijuana fog. I just want to sit in the fetal position and cry. (some more I should say) My life really sucks and I just want relief from my own brain. I am feeling desperate.

  16. ShannonM February 2, 2016 4:39 pm Reply

    Hi. I am really glad I found this website. I am not going to lie, even googling “stop smoking weed” makes you feel silly. I am 25 years old and a mother and I am ready to be done. I am a yoga teacher and I meditate quite regularly, and I cannot meditate when i am stoned without my inner voice telling me to quite pot for good. I am a every night smoker and have attemped to quit several times (even went two week without!!) But I live with 3 men that smoke all day everyday and somehow even if I dont have weed always get asked if I want to hit it real quick. Since I have an extemely addictive personality (and have told them that too) I always give in. I keep feeling like I cant move on to the next beautiful step in my life until I am done for good. I take very good care of my body in every other way except this, why cant i be done. I really need help with this guys I told myself I would be done by age 25, then I made it the end of the year, then the end of the weekend, now I am saying by age 26 (which is march 28). I really need help, I cant really talk to anyone in my life about this…..

  17. Eni July 15, 2016 2:05 pm Reply

    Just wanted to thank you for this page. This is my second week off and feeling great. I rest much better at nights and I am recovering my lost energy to do things I liked. It’s been quite a ride that started months ago that I got serious doing yoga every day and that (and my boyfriend quitting tobacco) made me want to quit smoke My main addiction I had been doing for years in big amounts was hash and I knew I wouldn’t be able to get rid of one only for it always came together for me hash and tobacco So then I decided to buy pot instead of hash and start by quitting tobacco that soon developed into me realizing I didn’t want to smoke pot either. The day 6 off pot I decided to have a little puff and wrote down every feeling that came with it. That night again I didn’t rest and haven’t done it since. Good luck to everyone around here I think it’s never late to change and become a better person towards ourselves and our body.

  18. Debra August 22, 2016 3:35 am Reply

    Thanks for this website. I’m 7 and a half months sober after being a chronic pot smoker for 20 years. Addiction is real, withdrawl is real and anyone who is writing in with posts denying this is an addict. I get it. I’m an addict. But, here’s the thing: addicts hate it when you change because then they think “do I have to change? I don’t want to change!” so ignore all the negative voices coming at you. The most upsetting part of my quitting was (is) my pot head friends trying to convince me to not quit. Heartbreaking, really. I know it’s not them being cruel, again, they’re addicts. A year ago I would’ve done the same thing to them, I’m sure. ALSO: I still like garbage a lot. I know that this is going to take a few years, but I want it so much, so I am going to take it one day (one hour, one minute) at a time. I wanted to add to the list of pros for quitting: SMELLING GOOD. I can’t believe how good my apartment smells now, and I constantly get compliments on how nice I smell. I haven’t changed my perfume, I just don’t smell like pot anymore. NO MORE DRY MOUTH: how fucking terrific is to NOT have cotton mouth. So. Fucking. Great. NO MORE ILLEGAL STUFF: I really love not breaking the law anymore. Yeah, I live in a state where it’s almost legal, but it’s not- really. I just like that I can answer my door and dogs at the airport don’t make me nervous anymore. Alright, thanks. I needed to find this website today. You’ve helped me get thru one more hour…

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