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How to Quit Marijuana

How to Quit Marijuana

This article is about how to quit smoking marijuana, with reasons to quit, what to expect, and two methods: the cold turkey method and the tier method.

Reasons to Quit

Marijuana abuse and marijuana addiction, as with any form of substance abuse, can have detrimental effects for the livelihood of an individual. Abusers can suffer from:

  • Physical health problems
  • Psychological healh problems
  • Problems with jobs, family, and all other cooperative aspects of life

Any sort of marijuana use has the potential for negative effects. If you or a loved one is suffering from marijuana addiction, please contact a marijuana addiction rehab center from our directory.

What to Expect

Whether marijuana is physically addictive as well as psychologically addictive is a moot point, according to Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D. and Director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse. "Twenty years of scientific research, coupled with even longer clinical experience, has taught us that focusing on this physical vs. psychological distinction is off the mark, and a distraction from the real issue. From both clinical and policy perspectives, it does not matter much what physical withdrawal symptoms occur," Alan writes in his article, "The Essence of Drug Addiction." Like with any addiction recovery and detox, breaking the bonds of dependence can be extremely difficult.

Another study published by the National Institude on Drug Abuse, "Marijuana abstinence effects in marijuana smokers maintained in their home environment," states that "withdrawal from marijuana produces identifiable behavioral and emotional distress that may be as important as, if not more important than, physical symptoms in the development of dependence and undermining attempts to quit using the drug."

The real concern, as Alan states, is "the essence of addiction: uncontrollable, compulsive drug seeking and use, even in the face of negative health and social consequences." If you are a habitual user of marijuana, ceasing drug use may cause you to have uncomfortable cravings.

Help from loved ones, friends, and others, along with a determined attitude, will help combat and break these patterns of craving.

The Cold Turkey Method

With the cold turkey method, a user completely stops using marijuana or any drug, facing the withdrawal sympthoms head on. Because marijuana addiction is more emotional and behavioral than phsyical, quitting weed use through the cold turkey method can be a good solution. This means changing relationships in which destructive abuse is encouraged, and even changing locations and jobs if those places facilitate a relapse. The most important part of quitting weed cold turkey is separation from the substance.

If you are a habitual user of marijuana, ceasing drug use may cause you to have uncomfortable cravings.

The cold turkey method can be more smoothly facilitated by visiting or contacting a local marijuana addiction rehab center for treatment or advice.

The Tier Method

The tier method simply involves slowly decreasing the amount and frequency of marijuana consumption until no further use occurs. If you or a loved one has tried the cold turkey method and failed, try the tier method.

Begin the tier method by keeping the frequency of consumption the same but cutting the amount consumed by half. If the change is too dramatic, begin with 3/4ths and work to 1/2.

Then slow the frequency of use down by 50%. Continue with this until comfortable.

Next, cut quantity down again by 1/2, then frequency by 50%, and so on until the marginal and infrequent use slows to a halt.


If your marijuana use has come to negatively impact your daily life, it is time to make a change. Quitting weed by either the cold turkey method or the tier method, or visiting a marijuana addiction rehab center, is a smart decision toward a brighter future.


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