Marijuana, pot, weed, cannabis, ganja, mary-jane and probably a score or more names can be applied to this particular drug which has a long, checkered history all over the world. The politics of this drug also has had a checkered history and has often distorted how it is viewed as people of bias in the pro-marijuana and anti-marijuana camps tend to take only the bits they want to promote their own point of view.
To be free of this bias this lens is not PRO or ANTI Cannabis, it is simply anti-addiction which has less to do with the drug itself as it does have to do with the psychology of addiction.
To be addicted to marijuana is not an uncommon thing but the reasons for this addiction can confuse some people. The negative image of marijuana as a drug that causes harm and is associated with harder drugs such as heroin and cocaine have implied that it is as addictive as these drugs or even cigarettes whose addictive effects are now widely known.
The truth is that smoking pot is not addictive like cigarettes or cocaine or methanphedamines because the chemicals in cannabis do not leave the same physically addicting affects. There are some mild effects of withdrawal from marijuana but they are nothing like the hell that people go through trying to give up heroin. Instead marijuana addiction is much more like other psychological addictions such as gambling and alcohol addictions which stem from a want of a certain high be it the thrill of winning, the loss of inhibition and control of alcohol or the mellow high that most people experience with weed. This want can be strong it feels like a need and is the basis for being classified as an addiction, the user feels like they cannot live without it.
The causes and reasons for cannabis addiction are many and varied but a common thread is that people smoke to escape from something in their own lives, an issue or problem they cannot solve so it is easy to zone out than suffer. This can range from abuse, stress and even just boredom and lack of motivation; the reason is always there lurking and driving you back to smoking marijuana because without this driving force you would be able to quit much easier.
The first part of giving up smoking marijuana is nailing down these reasons for your addiction and being brutally honest with yourself about your habit and addiction without trying to lay the blame anywhere else.
I will repeat this ... You must be brutally honest with yourself and take responsibility for your own actions!
Only then will you be able to start on the path to kicking your addiction.
How To Give Up Smoking Marijuana
Ok, time to test if you can give up pot! Here are a few things you can do RIGHT NOW to help you overcome your addiction.
- Throw away all your stash. I am serious, you cannot think you can give up weed if you have marijuana there tempting you. So forget keeping some "just in case", just in case what? Forget keeping some to reward yourself for staying off for so long that does not work! It is just an opportunity for a relapse!
- Start exercising more, one of the side effects of pot is often low motivation and lethargy which can be countered with exercise. Exercising can also give you a natural high from the endorphins that are released in your body that make you feel great. Not only this but it will help with your health and respiratory system that may have been given a rough time from all that smoke inhalation.
- Start thinking positively. This may sound like that stuff from the secret but there is no magic involved just human psychology, if you think and act with positive intent you will train your brain to stay positive and it gets positive results from people around you too. So instead of saying "I have given up smoking marijuana" say "I chose to live a healthier happier live without drugs!" a small shift can make a massive difference!
- This is the most important one ... you must find a reason to give up smoking marijuana that is greater than your desire to smoke. It could be anything, your family, your friends, your career, your health, everyone's reasons to quit are different but they must be strong motivators because motivation is the key to overcoming addiction. Along the way you will stumble sometimes, it will be hard, you will CRAVE again and again so this motivation has to be there shining brighter than your reasons to smoke pot.
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