How to Quit Smoking Pot

Familiarize yourself with the tools and techniques and learn "how" to quit smoking pot before you attempt.

Most people we hear from have been flirting with the idea of quitting for months, if not years (usually years). The desire to quit smoking pot has been a tiny voice that steadily grows inside, nagging more often and speaking a little louder each day. Usually, the desire to quit is strongest when you are about to roll a joint, or smoke a bowl or whatever your preferred method is. Until now, it has just been a nagging thought, temporarily interfering with your ritualized prep-time before getting high.

Today, something is different, you have sought help… information… testimonials from other people who have quit successfully. You are wondering "how do people actually quit smoking weed"? What does life feel like without getting stoned every day? What do people do to avoid the same old routine? How do people get over the intense bouts of jonesing that seem to scary to face? What happens to your accomplices? All these questions will get answered, so relax and keep reading.

Visit the Ex-Chronics

Most chronics will fail without the knowledge and support from others who have succeeded. It is important to read about those that have come before you.. You are a unique person, but your desire to quit smoking marijuana is shared by thousands of people, which means that thousands of people have quit successfully before you were even a seed in your mothers bud. Some of these people have been motivated enough to share their stories (including me) because they want to show you how it can be done and hopefully make the process easier for you.

Do Some Book Learnin’

Understanding why pot habits can evolve into debilitating addictions (I use this word reluctantly) is of paramount importance. Understanding the emotional triggers that led you down this path is going to help you identify why you started getting high more often while most people just dabbled at parties, on weekends, or maybe just a few times a year. There is a great book called Understanding Marijuana on one of the other pages on this site… you’ll see it… if you are interested in reading a scholarly and painstakingly objective analysis of good old Mary Jane, you’ll like this book. I will caution you not to get too fascinated with the topic, after all, this is something you need to think about a lot less.

Break Your Brain!

The human brain loves repetition. Unfortunately for you, you are about to royally piss off your brain. Seriously, your patterns and routines that make up your pot habit have given your brain exactly what it thrives on…. repetition. So, addiction to marijuana isn’t just chemical, it’s about gratifying your brains’ need to complete repetitive tasks and thought processes over and over again. Modern neuroscience has shown this to be true and offers us some valuable tips and techniques for changing the way we think. Breaking your brain from it’s own addiction to routine, and replacing the old patterns with new ones is something you probably haven’t contemplated until now, but it’s going to be a repeating theme as you read through this material.

Break Your Routine

If you are planning to quit pot for good, then you are going to have to change the "where", "when" and "who" of your daily routine for a while. You simply cannot revisit the same places at the same times with the same people and expect that you will somehow summon the strength to abstain when presented with that familiar and comfortable old shoe. Whatever you do, don’t underestimate the importance of this one… Do some serious planning and make a new schedule for yourself. Inform the people you used to regularly smoke up with that you aren’t going to make the usual get-togethers.

Make the Decision

The most important step in your journey to quit smoking pot is going to be your own resolve. No technique or tool I teach you is going to work if you haven’t made up your mind 100%. I caution you not to make the decision while you’re high, after you smoke your "last joint" or about to fall asleep after you last hit. Do it when you are awake, alert, and somewhere away from the place where you normally smoke up. This decision will be the cornerstone of your entire effort to quit pot.

Tell Someone

Going through a major life change is an exciting and positive development for you. Tell someone you trust that you have made the decision to quit smoking pot. Informing your partners in crime is always a good idea – just tell them you are quitting, and you can’t hang out for a while. In my case, I told one of my best friends that I was quitting, which was difficult for him to understand since we had smoked weed together for almost 15 years. But, he supported my decision, and only tried to suck me back into the old lifestyle a couple times before he realized I was done for good. You can tell whoever you like, but I believe that it’s important to get it out there and make it real.

Tell us if you don’t have anyone else to talk to – use the email form on this site. We will get your email, but we may not respond right away due to the huge volume of email that comes in every day through this website.


  1. Chrsitopher November 14, 2012 9:53 pm Reply


    I found your website today, and read some good information.

    I have been smoking weed daily for almost 12 years. I have gone through fits of anger at myself, to right myself again.. ll to end up with a joint in my hand again.

    I am so ready to be done with pot. I have been “trying to quit” for 6 years and i have never had any success.

    I am ashamed of this habit that i have. it makes me so sad that i want to smoke a joint. what a cycle.

    this weekend. i am quitting for good. i need help though. i cant do this by myself. do you know of a former chronic that could help me stay straight?

    Sincere thanks,

  2. admin November 15, 2012 2:30 am Reply

    If it is one-on-one support you’re looking for, you may want to try Marijuana Anonymous and see if there’s a group in your area. Unfortunately, we don’t have the resources to provide that kind of support at this time. In the future, we plan to have a forum where you can interact, share stories, and ask questions to a mediator. Please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know how it’s going, ask questions, etc. We’ll do our best to answer.

    For now, just know that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. The worst part of detox will be over in two weeks, and in a month you will be free of THC in your bloodstream. After that, it does get a whole lot easier to manage the cravings.

  3. Matt November 16, 2012 4:56 pm Reply

    Christopher, don’t despair, you’re not alone. I just found this site, myself, and your story reminds me strongly of my own and I think we’re in the same boat. While I’m not a “former chronic.” maybe we could help each other and kind of encourage each other and hold one another accountable through email? I’m up to try anything if it may help, and if it can help someone else that’s even better.

    If you’re interested, shoot me an email at mattymckoble @ gmail . com. I know this is kinda weird and I promise this is legit and I’m not some asshole trying to take advantage of your situation, just trying something new. If you’re not into it, no hard feelings.

    Admin- I love the site and the last thing I’m trying to do is step on your toes or claim to be better suited to help or anything like that, but I figure if me and Christopher MAY be able to help each other out, it’s worth a shot, right?


  4. QWAS Admin November 16, 2012 9:32 pm Reply

    Hey Matt, right neighborly of you! I hope to get the forums up soon so everyone can work together. Still have some work to do to the new site here. But it’s coming I promise.

  5. Anonymous December 4, 2012 6:34 am Reply

    I just wanted to say today was the first day I didn’t smoke weed out of 2 years of non-stop smoking. I am 18 years old, and my boyfriend suggested we both quit, and only save it for only the weekends so our tolerance can get lowered.

    For some reason though, I get very moody and I sometimes snap quickly at people or even situations where I should be calm but I’m not. I haven’t been eating and I’ve been trying to replace the habit with smoking cigarettes instead. It’s just gross.

    My goal is to just go this week without smoking but I’m craving it, especially after a long day of work or school, it is extremely difficult. Even if I read, write, or anything. I’m constantly thinking about it.

    What’s the best alternative other than cigarettes?

  6. Tom December 6, 2012 8:26 pm Reply

    Greetings from EU.
    Nice web site and a lot of helpful things for those who are trying to quit.
    Im in my 5th day of second withdrawal symptoms in 2 years.
    I stopped on 1.1. 2010 and it was the most terrible time in my life i had no idea that i will go almost mad before i get normal.
    I was 100% sure im sick and im going to die or finish in mental institute.
    It was not my decision to stop, but after a long long time 20 yr+ of smoking like its described on the web site anxiety started to arrive every morning at 5:45 and as i sad i was thinking its my health going down the drain.I refused to belive that my best friend my partner in good and bad is cosign that to me.I even went to doctor to do all the check ups for cancer, mental issues, liver, heart etc etc…and when all the results came negative i had to believe that anxiety is coming from oversmoking MJ.
    So i told to my self 1.1.2010 im done. I was thinking thats it im free, but omg what a 10 days i had in front of me. First day was not that bad it was like a day when u cant get pot a bit cranky , night was totally different i went to sleep early and had no problem going to sleep…………. for two hours and i awoke all sweaty and my heart going crazy, my mind was full of bad thoughts and i sad to my self bloody doctor has missed something i didnt smoke for a day and im going to die in a minute or two, my wife was big help she was the one who supported me and put reasons in my head ,prepared tee and made me feel safe.
    No sleep that night i was shaking and sweating bad odour like pig for the rest of the night.Second day was a terrible i cried was super depressed, went ballistic at little things, no food at all.
    next days were the same and i had another visit of doctor this time in ER.Again i looked like fool when all results came in negative.

    to be continue

  7. Kari December 7, 2012 3:48 am Reply

    As an alternative to cigarettes, just getting things that smell nice. Candles, satchels of lavender or ground coffee, perfume, incense. Breath the scent in deeply, just like a hit.

  8. Terry Merrill January 5, 2013 2:28 pm Reply

    Acting moody and constantly thinking about smoking weed seems to be pretty common with people quitting or cutting back on marijuana use, I know I got that way! One thing that seems to help with the moodyness is “Ciwujia” It’s a type of ginseng. If you go on amazon and search for “ciwujia” or “cannitrol” you will see some options that are right on for your cravings and short-temper. I know because I used to be a daily smoker but have cut WAY back to a few times a year. Im much more clear and productive now, and without the aid of herbal supplements I simply could not do it.

    Cigarettes are NOT an alternative, you are basically bidding to trade one addiction for another, and it might even end up that you pick up another habit.

  9. katy December 28, 2013 10:31 pm Reply

    Hi. I have had this website pushed in my face along with many others. My partner (or should I say x-partner) has
    emailed me this link and subscribed me – x-partner being one of the down sides from my weed smoking. I have been smoking now approx. 8 yrs I would say (not by my own but by a non-smokers standard) a lot daily and continually. I’m a “virtual recluse” the x calls me (…oops called me) among many other things, including “a social spastic”. I have to be honest, it’s not even the health issue but the insults I endured that were enough to make me stop and think. I don’t have enough time to go into my in’s and out’s, but I will say that the trail of devastation (from my weed smoking) is endless. I like the look of this website think i can learn from it.

    • QWAS Admin December 29, 2013 7:39 am Reply

      Hi Katy. Sorry that your relationship suffered. It’s a common problem and you’re not alone. Most chronic pot smokers have a long list of failed relationships under their belts because they sacrifice everything for the herb, including myself. That’s long since behind me now (I’m clean 10+ years and happily married with a young son). I guess the real question is: what is it that you want? A good relationship? Shelter from insults? What is it that you really want? Once you know, you can decide if your weed habit will help you get there, or make it impossible.

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