Steps to Quit Weed

Essential Steps to take when you stop smoking marijuana and emergency stop "jonesing" methods.

1. Get rid of all your dope-smoking paraphernalia immediately! Do not tuck your pipes, papers, tobacco, bongs, lighters and tools of the trade into a nicely packed box and slide it under your bed, thinking that out of sight is out of mind. Give ALL of this stuff away or throw it ALL in the trash. Don’t cling to those items, they represent the part of you that needs to be put to rest. Ditch all of it right away, don’t keep anything you use to smoke pot. Your "marijuana brain" may not remember much these days, but I guarantee that it knows where the papers are.

2. Keep busy! Make a list of replacement activities. As I always say, anything is better than getting high again. Do not sit idle and obsess over the idea of getting high. Keep yourself busy with projects. Build a new spice rack, buy some oil paints and a canvas, organize your photos into albums, do your bills, join a choir … whatever. Keeping your mind occupied is the key.

Need more ideas? How about joining a yoga studio, life drawing class, French class, martial arts club, indoor soccer team, start swimming, make holiday season or birthday gifts for your friends and family with stuff from the craft store, join a book club or a chess club, take guitar lessons, etc. Believe me, you’ve been missing out on all kinds of things you would probably like a lot. Remember, you don’t have to think of your replacement activities as defining you, they are a means to an end. When you are free from your desire to get high, you can do whatever you want.

"Don’t think of your replacement activities as defining you, they are a means to an end"

Volunteer. If you can’t trust yourself to be alone after work or school with nothing but the TV and your dealers phone number cycling through your head, then you might be better off not staying home. Find a place you can do some good like your local animal shelter. Go help some dogs and cats that need your love.

3. Keep Away. Stay away from you old haunts and pot-smoking buddies. Avoid social functions where you know there will be pot-smoking. Call up one of your non weed-smoking friends and make different plans – go go-carting instead, or go to an art opening at your local gallery, whatever. You won’t have marijuana on the brain while you’re taking corners in go-cart and it costs about the same as a gram – perfect for your budget!

4. Find a new way to Relax. You’ve been using weed as a vehicle to relax for too long. Find a new one. Listening to relaxation music, meditating, or practicing yoga can really help retrain your marijuana brain to relax properly. Your body mind and spirit will benefit from each of these activities. One, or all of these suggestions are great ways to really relax yourself, and achieve real results, unlike smoking up.

"Relaxation music, meditating, or practicing yoga can really help retrain your brain to relax properly."

5. Save your weed money. You know on average how much your pot habit cost you right? Take the money you would have spent on pot and put it in a jar. Please do this. It’s very important to have something tangible to look at as you push yourself to quit weed. Watching you savings grow is exciting and empowering. By the time six months goes by, you will have a nice chunk of change to do something really great with. Imagine saving $10/day for six months, that’s $3000.00!

Emergency Stop "Jonesing" Methods:

1 Roll joints with the worst tasting tobacco you can get your hands on. Find something that literally makes you feel physically ill. Associating your “feel good” drug with “feeling sick” will make you want quit in a hurry. This can only work if you really are honest with yourself, and use this method in times of desperation, not as a replacement for every joint you would normally smoke.

2 Replace your joint with ONE glass of wine. Take a sip and savor the taste when you feel like the temptation to get high is becoming too overwhelming. The wine will give you a nice warm feeling and a pleasant taste to focus on, which will help take your mind off the urge to roll a joint. BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THIS. If you have a history of alcoholism in your family, or dont know your own limits with alcohol, DO NOT TRY THIS. This is simply something that worked for me in EMERGENCY situations. Situations where I would have otherwise relapsed.

3 Floss, brush your teeth, and rinse with mouthwash. Go into your bathroom and brush with a soft toothbrush for a couple minutes, floss, and rinse with mouthwash. After you finish up with dental hygiene, go make yourself busy with a project. Replacing your gum rotting, tooth staining joint with your self-imposed dental hygiene program will replace the satisfaction feeling of getting high, with the satisfaction and pride you will take in having the best pearly whites.

4 Give yourself a new reward. Potheads always think of getting high as a reward for accomplishing ordinary daily tasks. Try making yourself your favorite dessert, or fun snack like celery with cream cheese and peanut butter as a reward instead of lighting up a joint. Don’t abuse this one and turn yourself into a big fat beached whale. Emergencies only.

5 Phone a friend. Only some of us have someone to talk to about these types of things. Admitting that you have have a problem to yourself is hard, but to someone else can sometimes be impossible. But wait! Don’t underestimate how much your close friends and family love you. If you have someone you trust in your life, call them. Tell them you are freaking out because you can’t smoke pot anymore. Talk. Wait until you get distracted in conversation and the craving passes.

Be creative. If you want to quit smoking weed, find new ways to replace your craving for weed. You can replace the act of smoking up with something pleasant, or with something unpleasant. I’ve tried both, and in the end, a combination of methods and my own determination is what worked. Referring to my list of reasons to quit weed really saved me from relapsing more than once.

The precise combination of methods and behaviors that will help you quit weed are your own. Everyone is different. Just as certain things will worked for me, you may not respond to the same techniques and need to adapt them to suit. Keep your "marijuana brain" active by thinking of ways to satisfy your urges with other rewards, keep busy, and avoid bad situations. In a few months your life will have taken a new direction, you will have money in your pocket, and you won’t look back.


  1. Alex December 17, 2012 9:24 pm Reply

    I absolutely LOVE THIS!!!! I didn’t even realize how much smoking weed has screwed up my life and how many opportunities I have missed that can be traced back to me getting high instead. Instead of dealing with my problems in a healthy way, I would get high. Instead of doing some productive work, I would get high. Instead of playing golf which I loved and was really good at, I would get high. Instead of pursuing my dreams in music and practicing guitar, I would get high. And the list goes on and on. When I was high, I would just kind of lay in a retarded stupor and do some other mind-numbing activity like watching tv. When I would wake up in the morning, I’d STILL feel tired and wouldn’t even want to get up, especially if I had no weed to smoke. Life began to feel hopeless. I’d gotten to the point where I HATED smoking weed, but I didn’t know what else to do because it had been a part of my daily life for so long. It was painful for me to take a hit, physically and emotionally, yet I did it anyway. Your website helped save my life and I now feel hopeful and optimistic again, ready to live up to my FULL potential. Thank you!

  2. lynn March 7, 2013 1:34 am Reply

    Thank you. This is exactly what I needed to read– all of it. I’m giving it up and starting my life again.

  3. len March 27, 2013 10:01 pm Reply

    I’m about two days into trying to quit and I really can’t stop thinking about smoking. Never realized I depended so much on weed. Really hoping this works and I don’t cave and buy a gram.

    • QWAS Admin March 27, 2013 10:11 pm Reply

      Plan out your first few days. Errands, activities, meetings, whatever. Don’t sit around. Whatever you do, you need to break your routine. At the end of each day, plan the next day. Come back to the site for ideas. You can do it. So many before you have, including me.

  4. len March 27, 2013 10:25 pm Reply

    Thanks for the positiveness. Everyone in my life just says I need to smoke. It’s who I am. Great people lol. I started when I was like 14. I’m 31 now and have been a daily smoker for a solid decade if not more. As far as the sitting around thing that’s not an issue unless I’m working which I’m doing now and have nothing to do but sit here and wait for customers. So obviously I just keep thinking about smoking. I have a 6 year old and it would be great to just have the money to do things with him and not calculate my money to buy weed first. I did take a run before work today and it felt great.

  5. Dee April 14, 2013 8:57 pm Reply

    Quitting in 5 days to tie in with Eminem’s 5 year sober anniversary. Smoking daily for 10 years. Thanks for your page and advice. It is time…

  6. B May 26, 2013 4:26 pm Reply

    I’ve been smoking MJ and cigs on a mostly daily basis for the last five and 1727282 years respectively. Recently spent three months working in an Asian country where weed is nearly impossible to obtain. The combination of zero availability and being constantly occupied allowed me to keep off the grass with no troubles at all. Can’t say the same for cigarettes – still a total slave to them despite the fact that nicotine hardly alters your behavioural/thought patterns in comparison!

    On my second and final (for the foreseeable future) sobriety period due to drug testing at my future workplace. It’ll probably be a little harder this time, as there’s always a dealer and/or smoking acquaintances around the corner where I’m living now.

    Anyhow, great site and thanks for the tips! Following steps 1-4 will essentially replicate the conditions of my last sobriety period and I’ll be sticking to that.

    Smoked my last nug 48 hours ago. Feeling good. Lets do this!

  7. james September 6, 2013 1:26 pm Reply

    thankyou. you have saved my life

  8. Maureen September 17, 2013 4:33 am Reply

    Was so impressed with your site till I read step 2. Are you serious……sip wine! One sip you say. Didnt most peoples weed addiction start with one puff………so are we to advise people to trade one addiction for another? I can see what a kindhearted person you are and I get that you want to help but it’s looking like there’s no qualified professional addictions experts on your team. I feel very strongly that this advice could see many spiral from weed addiction to alcoholism. For the sake of your public will you please reconsider your advice. You’re recommending people trade one chemically enhanced feelng for another. Worst advice I’ve ever read. How long do you think it will take before one sip becomes one bottle. God bless you for trying tho.

    • QWAS Admin September 17, 2013 4:46 am Reply

      Hi Maureen, thanks for your comment. I realize that #2 could be interpreted as trading one vice for another. I also realize that for people with a history of alcoholism in their family, it’s not appropriate. For people with highly addictive personalities, also dangerous territory. For most however, a glass of wine is not going to lead to a life of drunken debauchery. On top of that, I’ve not indicated once that Quit Weed and Succeed is about quitting everything, it’s about quitting weed. If a glass of wine gets you through one difficult night and stops you from returning to your weed habit, I’d still say try it. This is a suggestion to be used in emergency situations when nothing else is helping. There are plenty of others if that one isn’t for you. Good luck with quitting, and please write in and let us know what worked for you, and what didn’t.

      • Maureen September 17, 2013 6:02 am Reply

        I stand by my comment on your page but I do trust your honorable intentions and can clearly see your desire to help people. I was looking for reputable helpful sites to recommend as I work in a professional capacity with addicts of all descriptions.

        • QWAS Admin September 17, 2013 4:47 pm Reply

          Hi Maureen, what is your background exactly? Are you an addict yourself? Just curious. FYI – We get literally thousands of emails per year thanking us for our website. I’ve personally helped hundreds of people break their addictions to marijuana. I’m not sure what your criteria are, but perhaps you might not be so quick to dismiss this website as a resource. If you’d like to pick up this discussion offline – send me an email at – I’d love to chat with you and learn more about your work.

  9. Maureen September 18, 2013 10:49 pm Reply

    My emails keep bouncing back sorry. So I will have to reply here

    I am a counselor and youth worker in New Zealand. And I simply disagreed with your suggesting sipping alcohol as a step in recovery. However you seem very defensive of this. I’m not sure what point there would be in us debating this matter further as we will never agree. I was rather positive and complimentary of other areas of your site. If I caused offense then I apologize.  I just see this as a very dangerous suggestion on a site that clearly has followers troubled by addiction.  Yes I have experienced past addiction battles myself.  Its why I do what I do. i quit using prayer or meditation and long walks.
    Sent from Samsung Mobile

    • QWAS Admin September 18, 2013 11:17 pm Reply

      Hi Maureen, Ok. Actually I was suggesting moving the conversation offline because I have another project I’m looking to partner with someone on and I was curious to know your background and what kind of training you’ve done.

  10. Chiran November 14, 2013 10:25 am Reply

    EFT is gonna help you quit smoking weed.

    • QWAS Admin December 29, 2013 7:41 am Reply

      It’s one way to get through the jonesing, yes. It does work – but you have to take it seriously and follow the steps.

  11. Steven February 5, 2014 6:00 pm Reply

    Today is my third day of not smoking weed and I am having a very hard time. I want a blunt so bad that is consuming all of my thoughts. I have always told myself that I can quit whenever I want to but now I realize that I was only fooling myself and that is kind of depressing which makes me want to spark one up even more. I have read all the testimonies and I give two thumbs up to them all and think this is a great site but I just dont know if I can fight the temptation. I think I can make it through the day but the weekend is approaching and that is when I usually spoke the most and just dont know if I can fight the temptation becuase I am off Friday and will have nothing but free time until I return to work on Monday. I already go running all the time but after a good run to me smoking a blunt is by reward before I hit the shower. But I kind tell my temptation easing a little by just typing this post. Please help, I don’t want to fail this time because I have tired to stop many times in the past but I never could make it past a week or two unless I had to quit because of my job. By with my current job there is no drug testing plus I make enough money to support my weed habit. As you can see I am in big trouble because my mind is all over the place right now. Do anybody have any suggestions???

  12. Wayne August 8, 2014 2:56 am Reply

    Any recommendations on starting conversations with a 20 year old son whom we recently kicked out of our house? Smoking pot was at the center of behavior issues we’d been dealing with. Irrational thinking, anger issues, mood swings. I’m reaching out to him by sending him the link to this site and one of the benefits each day.

  13. Ann September 24, 2014 2:09 pm Reply

    Hello, I’m Nigerian and I found your site while i was jonesing and looking for reasons not to fall back on my habit, currently on my 4th day of quitting after 2years of addiction. Sometimes i think I really need to quit other times i think. What am i quitting for especially since here the weed costs almost next to nothing {less than 1 dollar a gram}. My routine is the same. There were times i sneaked out of work to get high and my dealer works in the same building with me. I clearly cant quit my job to avoid my old habits, but this makes it harder especially when my dealer greets me every morning. I am trying to engage in new activities. but i can only do that over the weekend. My evenings after work leave me tired and wanting to watch movies which i always did high. I keep telling myself i can do this. But i’m getting scared i might fall back and i really cant do that to myself, Weed has caused me a few problems in my life. I’m scared I might tell myself that i can live with this problems just so i can go back. I really have no friends i can talk to about this and i have cut off the people that smoke away. Please Feel free to email me and help me with some advice, I would really appreciate it..

    • QWAS Admin September 25, 2014 4:18 am Reply

      So, the problems you face are: 1. Your dealer works in your building. 2. You’re tired after work and you like to watch movies (normally high). 3. You can only engage in new activities on the weekends. I’ll be honest, this isn’t the toughest situation I’ve ever heard of. First of all, your dealer isn’t your friend. This person has no vested interest in you changing your lifestyle, or your life in any way. Just say “Hi” and be friendly and let them know you’re taking a break. Every time to walk by it will get a little easier. Number two, part of changing your routine includes your ritual when you get home from work. This is pretty much the hardest time of day to avoid relapse because you’ve created a powerful reward system for yourself. Got work, work all day, get home, get high and relax. Getting high is your reward for making it through the day. It also means you get shit-all done in your life outside of work, because your free time is burned up with movies and joints. You’ve got to find something else to do or you’ll drive yourself mad. Watching movies will be fun again after you get over the hump. But for now – it’s your old routine without the reword. And finally your 3rd point – Ok – I understand you only have energy on the weekends, and that’s great. But the weeknights can still be productive in some way. I’m sure there’s at least two hours that you could do something with. Go swimming at the local pool for an hour or take a martial arts class. Eat up the time and make yourself tired.

  14. pete May 30, 2015 2:59 am Reply

    THIS WEBSITE IS AWESOME!!!! i first wanted to start and say that. i am a pot smoker have been it for about four to five years. i really need to stop i smoke because of constant stress in my life i mean other people deal with things but i have been going through since i was 14 some decisions were due to myself but i started smokeing for fun and it kind of turned into addiction. I ADMIT IT!! Right now i have a half smoked joint and a whole joint i know im useing the excuse after that no more or do you think i will fall into the same pit; Also does weed cause weight loss ive noticed iv lost weight thanks

  15. LLefty March 14, 2016 6:51 pm Reply

    I became an addict after I came out of the womb a Codependent but after my 1st toke at 15 I prided myself in toking for 44 years except for the 10 I worked a program; well now I’m 60 and in the last act of my life and have made that personal decision to finally live out my desires that went up in smoke; (my period and comma key broke) I’m a writer but chose to toke instead; That choice put on hold the movie offer I had on my part of my life story as a one armed Repo Man; I’ve been a drummer all my life as well but living abroad I don’t have drums but am learning bass and when under the influence of cannabis I could play all night but when I’m not I don’t even want to look at it; so my question is this: Why are we more creative when high (excluding writing of course)? Your website answers So Many questions many are afraid to ask;;; So from the dark recesses of my thwarted brain I THANK YOU

  16. Rico04 May 15, 2016 10:03 am Reply

    It seems like it has made me too calm of a person. I have allowed life to really pass me bye and I never fought to grasp a moment. Im ready to make the change. Im so tired of feeling like I’m not getting ahead in life. Im not blaming it on the fact I do smoke, its that I refuse to give it up when it would be in best interest at this point. And that really hurts, all I could think about was this site, and the name, quit weed and succeed, I think it’s about time for me too…

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