If you are you addicted to cannabis and you want to quit, then you should know this first: a lot of it is about how well you understand cannabis.
Cannabis comes in many forms and there are many ways of taking the drug and enjoying its effects. But regardless of the consumption method, there are always those people who will be more attached to the drug than others.
This is one of the main reasons why, after decades of lobbying and advocating for legalization, only 10 states in the U.S. have legalized recreational marijuana. Meanwhile, when it comes to medical cannabis, the number of states that have legalized it is more than thrice that number.
On a federal level, things are not as progressive. The federal government thinks that more scientific research is needed to make sure that cannabis does not have any long-term ill effects.
Now, some stoners have a hard time letting go of their habit. People think this is because of the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is a chemical compound that creates a “high” for users and which makes pot very irresistible.
Those who use weed for recreational purposes prefer to smoke the drug because the very act of inhaling something and then exhaling it is already therapeutic. Smoking is actually like an entire ritual itself.
Those who claim to be addicted to pot need to understand that the drug per se is not physically addictive. Yes, THC is not like alcohol or the nicotine in cigarettes, where it sticks to your system and leaves you always wanting. This nicotine dependence makes people go through withdrawal before completely giving up smoking. This does not exactly happen with cannabis. With smoking cigarettes, the cravings come from the lack of nicotine. However, when it comes to cannabis, the cravings are from a psychological dependence to the drug.
The withdrawal from cannabis is mainly psychological, too. Users dealing with the effects of withdrawal will experience having vivid dreams, for one. Even after you have smoked your last joint, THC will stay in your system for a few weeks. THC has an effect on the brain that prompts the system to have vivid dreams that may be too scary. Some people will experience some anxiety, which could also lead to paranoia. Then there are those who have sleeping troubles and those who develop insomnia.
What we are trying to say is that, with cannabis addiction, there is no actual physical need to have the drug in the system. This is not like cigarette addiction (or addiction to other drugs) wherein users have a physical need for the substance and they have to wean themselves by using things like a nicotine patch or gum.
Smoking cannabis becomes addictive because it provides an escape from real life, thanks to the high it creates. Because of this high, and because the high only lasts for a short period of time, smoking weed becomes a habit. You do it again and again until the mind believes that it is a part of your routine. This pretty much sums up what psychological dependency on cannabis is about.
What we are really trying to say with all this is that it is easier to kick a habit when you understand it. If you feel like smoking pot has become an addiction for you, you can treat it like a cigarette addiction. How exactly? You can turn to other forms of cannabis like brownies, gummies, CBD oil, among others. So every time you feel like you need to light a joint, simply turn to another form of cannabis. And the next day, you can use another form. This way, each form you use won’t turn into another addiction.