A Logical Process for How to Stop Smoking Weed
The facts are that overdoing it when it comes to recreational use of marijuana doesn’t do a body good. I probably don’t need to tell you that since you’re perusing a website about how to quit smoking marijuana. In the last article, we pointed out that it’s best to not get sucked into the weed media tornado. In this article, we’re going to start talking about some tools that’ll help you stop using weed.
Lay a Foundation
A great foundation for quitting weed is to make yourself aware–painfully aware–of the mechanics of addiction, particularly marijuana addiction. We’ve tried, on this site, to make the science as accessible as possible. If you’ve read all the articles in order, you’ve already laid your foundation.
Don’t Let the Addiction Label Hang You Up
It doesn’t matter, by the way, if you consider yourself technically an addict or not. Knowing how addiction works still benefits you. And there’s nothing like the cold, hard science of addiction to root out any romantic notions lurking around one’s mind about one’s drug of choice. Finding out about the chemical and biological processes that go on when one is stoned can even be a bit gross, for lack of a better word. And feeling grossed out is more ammo to quit. Also, and this may sound hokey, but becoming aware of the ways your brain and body are being stressed by using weed will evoke sympathy for them, all the more reason to quit. All of this knowledge isn’t going to help, though, when you’re jonesing, in the middle of prepping your pipe, or half-baked.
“The Craving Brain” by Dr. Ronald Ruden, MD
The Pathology of Addiction
Thinking in such concrete terms about the ways in which your body and brain suffer will cultivate self-compassion. But what if it doesn’t? What if you don’t feel compassion for yourself when you think about how weed stresses your brain and body? Then you need to cultivate self-compassion. Simple. You probably won’t be able to quit using until you do. Even if you can already acknowledge the harm you are doing to yourself and feel remorse for causing it, more self-compassion doesn’t hurt.
Before we explain how to cultivate self-compassion, let’s all get on the same page by defining it. Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S., provides a definition in her article “Cultivating Self-Compassion.” Actually, Tartakovsky quotes a definition by TEDx speaker Kristin Neff, Ph.D.: “Being self-compassionate means that whether you win or lose, surpass your sky-high expectations or fall short, you still extend the same kindness and sympathy toward yourself, just like you would a good friend.” We can apply this directly to quitting weed. If you try to quit but fail, do not be unkind to yourself. That blocks self-compassion. The more self-compassion you have towards your body, the more you will want to take care of it, the less you’ll want to harm it. Blocking self-compassion harms your attempts to quit using weed.
Self-Compassion Is Self-Kindness, Common Humanity, and Mindfulness
Neff says that self-compassion is really a mixture of three things: self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness. Self-kindness is becoming aware of and then applying the brakes to the continuous “self-judgment and disparaging internal commentary that most of us have come to see as normal.” The second component, common humanity, is simply an acknowledging that all of us suffer, that suffering is part and parcel of being alive. And lastly, we have mindfulness. Neff says that “in order to respond to our current situation in the most compassionate – and therefore effective – manner,” we have to “see things as they are, no more, no less.”
Self-compassion is required for quitting weed.
Watch Kristin Neff, self-compassion expert, drop some knowledge.
This is how to start the quitting process: Understand the marijuana addiction facts and what being high does to your brain and body. Then, cultivate self-compassion.