How to give up smoking weed

Marijuana is illegal in some countries and this article or site does not condone nor condemn those that choose to use it. This site does, however, attempt to deliver people from a cycle of nicotine dependency. We cannot ignore the fact that recreational smoking of marijuana (mixed with cigarette tobacco) has caused nicotine addiction.

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Marijuana refers to the cannabis plant intended for use for medicinal or recreational purposes

Quit grass first before you stop smoking cigarettes

The UN has estimated that 4% of the world’s adult population (162 million people) use marijuana annually, and about 0.6% (22.5 million) use it daily. However weed, grass, pot, blunt, joints, cannabis, reefer, bong hit, skunk, hash, resin, leb, etc., whatever it is called, is not very addictive. Neither is it as harmful as cigarettes to smoke.

But our natural way to give up smoking needs to be entered into with a clear head. This is why you have to stop smoking marijuana for a few days in order to be cured.

This will be easy for most people. Only a few people smoke cannabis habitually all day everyday. However, there are many reefer smokers who smoke often and would like to curtail it’s use. We have a solution for these people.

If people do seem addicted to marijuana, it may be because they are addicted to the substance they are smoking it with. We need to separate these two substances in the mind before we can commence with treatment.

That is why it is very important for smokers to finish, give to others or throw away any weed or hash that they have on their possession or in their abode. Even hardened pot smokers should find this relatively easy to do.

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The psychoactive chemical in cannabis is Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC

Is Marijuana addictive?

There is evidence to suggest that is not physiologically but psychologically addictive and that regular use can cause dependence in 10% of cases. It is reasonable to assume that a great majority of cannabis users are not addicted to the active ingredient although many may feel trapped and isolated by it’s continual use.

Many pot smokers will go through extended periods free of dope when it is, for what ever reason, in short supply. You can always buy cigarettes or alcohol, however, even in this day and age, occasionally the weed can be “sold out” in some areas.

During these periods, recreational users are quite happily abstinent and for this reason, we believe, most users can be taught to relieve themselves of both a marijuana and a cigarette habit relatively easily.

Stop smoking weed for just two weeks

Those wishing to engage in our program need to give up weed first. They can drink alcohol, they can smoke cigarettes but they won’t be able to do cannabis as complete concentration is required.

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“Stop Smoking – The Essential Guide” review

This is a review of a fantastic little book on quitting smoking called “Stop Smoking – The Essential Guide” by Simon Daubney.

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Simon had a habit of smoking more than 30 cigarettes a day (as I did), and as you may imagine, had struggled a great deal to try and stop. Simon has written down his personal experiences along his journey of quitting cigarettes into words. He has also researched the subject deeply and his hard work will now benefit others who read this book.

Around 100,000 people die each year in the UK alone due to smoking related illnesses like cancer and heart attacks. It is always best to take advice from an expert or someone who has quit smoking cigarettes after seemingly thoroughly addicted. Simon Daubney has experienced the highs and lows of quitting smoking, and his book can help with his own experiences.

I don’t have much faith in the nicotine replacement products marketed by the large pharmaceutical companies. They are mentioned in the publication but he also concentrates on common sense, home-grown experience to guide you through a successful quit.

There is much detail on picking a quit date and a diary and forms for you to fill in to gauge how you’re getting on and your improvement while quitting.

Another interesting section of the book explored the thought processes behind giving up. For example, the arguments for smoking are explored. Statements such as “smoking relives boredom” and “I need to smoke to combat stress”. Daubney forces you to examine these beliefs and challenges you to think about them to see if they are really true.

Similarly, the negative thoughts after quitting are explored. The author impresses upon us to observe our negative thoughts and explore their validity. Usually, if one does this, you can see that the negative thought is not really based in reality and can evaporate after applying logic and seeing how the thought process developed.

There are large sections in the book that explain how to deal with weight gain and increased stress after stopping smoking.

The book is obviously written for the UK market as there are lots of references to the NHS, etc. I hope that the non-UK readers of this site can get hold of a copy easily as the book contains some great facts about smoking addiction as well as some great tips about how to combat it.

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How to get someone to stop smoking

I get a lot of emails and letters from people concerned about their wife, girlfriend, husband, boyfriend, teenage daughter, teenage son, father, mother. All wanting to know the same thing: how to get someone to stop smoking.

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Families play an important role in getting the smoker to stop and yet they can be counter-productive

Because very often it is the smoker’s loved ones who actually seem to worry more about the smoking habit. I say “seem to worry more” because very often the smoker is very worried about their smoking habit. They are the ones waking up coughing and in terrible pain, after all. But very often smokers will not seem to be worried. But don’t be fooled. This may just be a coping mechanism.

The first step in trying to get a loved one to stop smoking is the most important step and it’s all about communication.

Talk to them

However, this is easier said than done. Because the last thing you want to do is to stress the smoker or put any pressure on them to quit. This will only make the situation worse. And yet you have to talk. Before we discuss how to talk to a smoker let’s see why we’re talking with the smoker.

What is the purpose of the conversation with the smoker:

  • Find out if they want to quit. Try to gauge how important to the smoker it is to give up cigarettes is. It’s essential that there is a desire to quit.
  • Find out why they want to quit. This is very important. Eliciting the reasons for giving up shows the smoker the need to do so.
  • Find out what has stopped them so far. Have they quit before but relapsed? Or even if not, this will give you fantastic information about what to look out for when they actually try to give up again.
  • To offer your help. There is a limit to what you can do but it’s important that you make the smoker aware that you are there for them. You can buy healthy fruit and snacks for them to eat while they’re giving up. You can enjoy certain hobbies together to take place of the smoking, for example exercise.

So, as you can see from the above, the conversation with the smoker is more about listening than talking. This is extremely important. There is a real limit to your ability to persuade the smoker against smoking. The smoker is probably more aware than you of the damaging consequences of their habit and they don’t need to be reminded of them all the time. This can be counter-productive.

That is why it is better to listen to the smoker rather than to preach. Ask the questions “why do you want to give up”, “how will you give up” and “what’s stopped you giving up before” in a non-accusatory manner. You will never get someone to stop smoking by arguing with them. Period. This goes for whoever we’re talking about, a friend, a parent, a kid.

Lead by example

You can point the smoker towards all the help and advice on how to give up smoking there is.

A lot of the advice will center around increasing exercise, eating well, drinking water and meditation. So, it would be a good idea if you practice and show the benefits of leading a smoke free life yourself to show your loved one the way forward.

This will be 10 times more effective than trying to get someone to stop smoking with words. Get someone to stop smoking with actions.

So, increase your weekly exercise routine, purchase and eat healthier foods, drink more water and less alcohol and, if you like, meditate.

Do this in front of the smoker but don’t explain why.

If the smoker asks, you can explain the benefits of exercise, good eating and drinking and meditation. Explain to them how great you feel. But don’t say it’s because you don’t smoke cigarettes. They will put 2 and 2 together!

How to get someone to stop smoking

So the best way to get someone to stop smoking is to listen to them and then indulge in activities and enjoy them in a way that they can’t until they stop smoking.

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Quitting Cigarettes – Help and Advice

You want to quit cigarettes? What do you do? Whose advice do you take? What should you do? I remember all these things running through my head when I decided to give up and the multitude of sites, books and advice in this area is staggering, contradictory and, quite frankly, off-putting to the potential ex-smoker.

So I’ve decided to collate the best advice here.

What the experts say isn’t always true – trust yourself

The first piece of advice is this – don’t take everything you’ve heard on the subject as gospel truth. There are many reasons for this:

  • Cigarette manufacturers are a hugely powerful lobbying force in north American and western European governments. It will not benefit them financially if you give up. So it is in their interests to obfuscate the anti-smoking message and downplay the harm that cigarettes can cause. They have been doing this for years and haven’t stopped now that the cat’s out of the bag and everybody knows that smoking’s bad.
  • Pfizer is one of the largest companies in the world and they happen to manufacture most of the cigarette cessation aids (patches, gum). If you think that you can only give up smoking with one of their products, you may be right, but they have spent countless billions of dollars trying to persuade you that this is true.
  • There is money to be made if you stay smoking; there is money to be made if you give up smoking. A lot of websites that claim to help you are actually poorly disguised feeder sites for certain products. Here, I recommend products but I also offer a free course in how to give up smoking by self-hypnosis that won’t cost you a penny!

“Pick a quit date”; “tell everybody about it”; “throw away your cigarettes”; “chew gum/wear patches” are just some of the pieces of advice that prove totally wrong for me!

What works for someone may not work for you. So, don’t worry, if you read that you’re going to have a terrible time giving up … it might not be true!

Keep busy

I’m not exaggerating: giving up smoking may well be the best thing you’ve ever done. It may lead to a new chapter in your live that you will look back on as one of the happiest periods of your life!

But you’re going to say goodbye to a habit – a part of your life – that’s been with you for a long time. So you’re going to have to replace it with something.

So, quickly, get a piece of paper out and write down 5 new habits/hobbies you can replace smoking with and try to do them all when you stop smoking. Here are some suggestions:

  • Do more exercise (the best, best thing you can do!)
  • Start creating more healthy and exotic recipes in the kitchen
  • Read more books about … (insert subject that’s of interest to you)
  • Look up some old friends you’ve been meaning to call
  • Watch less TV

OK, the last one is more of a negative than a positive new habit. But it’s a good one!

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Smokers are often bemused by the amount of information about giving up cigarettes

Think about triggers

What sets you off wanting a cigarette? Drinking alcohol, going to bars, meeting certain people? Try to avoid these triggers for the first few months.

Breathing

You can make positive suggestions to yourself whilst concentrating on your breathing. Try this. Similarly, if you get the urge to smoke, quietly take a moment to yourself to breath deeply and concentrate on the sensation of breathing, the feeling in your lungs, mouth, etc. It works, trust me!

Drink water

Similar to the above, just a glass of water can be enough to stop cravings sometimes.

Remember the feeling the last time you had a smokers cough or cold

The next time you reach to take a cigarette out of the packet, remember the pain smoking has caused you.

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What is Nicotine Addiction? And What Can We Do About It?

There are many facets of nicotine addiction. Here are some of them:

  • Behavioural dependence. If you are young, cigarettes may be used to make you look older. Tobacco is seen as something that makes life more enjoyable, like a “pat on the back” or reward after accomplishing something.
  • Physical need for nicotine. For some people the hardest barrier to overcome when giving up smoking is the physical addiction. Your body responds to the nicotine it has taken and naturally feels something is missing after it is taken away. Smokers will naturally adjust their bodies without even thinking about it. They may smoke more than they normally would before boarding a long-haul flight. Like heroine, nicotine is physically addictive and, like heroine, there can be tremendous physical and mental hardships to endure when quitting.
  • Part of your day to day life. Smoking quickly develops into a habit. It provides rituals and patterns in your day to day existence which are really hard to break.

These facets quickly form a vicious circle. The nicotine “hit” which you experience within 7 to 14 seconds of taking your first drag can have a huge “beneficial” effect of feeling high and reducing anxiety. However, these effects are soon diminished as more nicotine is required to experience the same levels of arousal.

And so it goes on, you require more nicotine, you smoke more, you get more addicted. This is why a 2 or 3 a day smoker rapidly becomes a pack a day smoker.

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Along with the addiction comes the health issues we all know well enough. There is the immediate physical pain that is associated with smoking as well. And, don’t forget, there are tremendous mental challenges to overcome when dealing with a nicotine addiction – sometimes a lack of self-worth, a feeling of helplessness, isolation, dependency, etc., etc.

But all is not lost, there is something you can do about it

With all this negativity around smoking and all this evidence as to the seriousness of nicotine addiction, it’s a wonder anyone ever gives up!

But people do quit smoking. In fact, only about 20% of adults in the UK smoke nowadays. After the war, it was only 20% who didn’t smoke! Quite a turnaround!

So, gradually bit by bit, people did conquer smoking. It didn’t happen overnight in a flash and a bang. But, quietly and assuredly, men and women just like you in their millions turned their backs on nicotine and went on to enjoy their smoking-free lives.

The problem is there are many ways to quit cigarettes. There’s not one over-arching and definitive solution to this addiction. And, meanwhile, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. Huge billion dollar multi-national companies spend fortunes on advertising saying that chewing nicotine gum will help you whereas evidence suggests that most people quit cold turkey and they don’t make a huge song and dance about it.

I gave up easily. I woke up one morning and didn’t smoke a cigarette like I usually did. However, I had been meditating for a few weeks beforehand.

I can teach you what I did. I’ve had a lot of successes with other people so far.

If you want to find out how, enter your email in the box below and I’ll send you the information pack consisting of a PDF e-book, an MP3 plus a series of emails – all for free – which will help you use self-hypnosis to quit cigarettes now!

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