Tips and tricks for cannabis withdrawal

Discover the secrets to becoming cannabis-free!

After preparing for cannabis withdrawal and understanding the withdrawal phases, we now move on to the third part of our mini-series on detoxification. If you’re looking to quit smoking weed, you absolutely need the right tips and tricks to help you navigate through the cannabis withdrawal process.

1. Overcoming the fear of cannabis withdrawal

We all love our comfort zone, but if you truly want to make a change in your life, you have to break free from it. The same goes for giving up cannabis – exploring the unknown can be scary.

But that’s completely normal! We were also afraid of what awaited us when we decided to quit smoking. It’s not just giving up cannabis, but also changing most of our habits and our outlook on life.

This fear can prevent many from even starting to quit. But it’s important to know that this fear exists only in our minds. Once we get through the first few days of withdrawal, we quickly realize that it’s not as bad as we thought.

To help you overcome the fear of withdrawal, we have put together three methods in a detailed post that can help you transform your fears into something positive. With these methods, you can prepare yourself for your new life without cannabis and make the most out of your situation.

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2 .Your personal reasons for quitting cannabis

The list of your reasons is so powerful that it becomes essential during the cannabis withdrawal process. Whenever you have doubts about your decision, take out your list that you prepared during the preparation phase.

Remind yourself repeatedly why you shouldn’t give up and what motivated you to start the withdrawal. This is crucial! You need to say to yourself “I want this” instead of “I have to do this.” It makes a big difference and influences your determination!

If you found this post with the 15 tips on Google first, feel free to visit our preparation page to learn how to create this list and what to include in it. This list provides you with the greatest motivation and will remind you throughout your life where you never want to go back and what you can still strive for!

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3. Staying hydrated is crucial for a successful withdrawal

You may think that drinking water is important in general and you see it mentioned everywhere. However, please read the following information before moving on to the next point. When you quit smoking cannabis, staying hydrated is crucial. The more you drink, the faster you can flush the stored THC out of your body. By eliminating THC from your system quickly, you can expedite the cannabis withdrawal process.

You can even optimize this and prevent withdrawal symptoms by adding high-quality calcium tablets to your water. Cheap ones from the discount store won’t help much as your body can barely absorb them. So, make sure to stay optimally hydrated from day one. The best way to monitor this is by ensuring that your urine remains clear. Yellow urine indicates that you haven’t been drinking enough.

4. Vitamins and minerals can help alleviate withdrawal symptoms

Adding calcium to water is one way to intake mineral supplements. In the initial phase, it’s important to provide your body with everything it needs to function optimally and detoxify.

This includes essential vitamins and minerals, preferably obtained through food. However, if you’re having difficulty eating during the first few days, you can also turn to dietary supplements.

While they’re not a substitute for healthy eating, they can be helpful at the beginning when appetite is diminished. Personally, I noticed a difference. On days when I didn’t consume fruits or other nutritious foods, I felt much worse. Combining it with ample fluid intake can greatly alleviate discomfort.

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5. Find a substitute for cannabis use

When you quit smoking cannabis, you may initially feel a sense of emptiness. This is completely normal. Suddenly, you have time that was previously filled with consumption. You may not know what to do with that time and energy.

That’s why it’s important to immediately seek meaningful alternatives to fill the void. Many people start by rearranging their entire living space and creating a pleasant environment. I highly recommend this! It can give you a sense of a fresh start.

You don’t have to spend your evenings in the same spot, with the same view, watching TV like you used to while high. Doing so will only subconsciously remind you of the past. Instead, find projects you’ve wanted to tackle or help someone with something. You’ll find that it brings you great fulfillment.

6. Avoid exercising in the evening

If you want to quit smoking weed, exercise is one of the best tips. Not only is it healthy, but it also helps combat restlessness and other withdrawal symptoms during the cannabis withdrawal process.

Additionally, it helps tire you out, making it easier for you to fall asleep. However, it’s important to avoid exercising in the evening. Exercise stimulates your circulation, making it difficult to fall asleep quickly. So, please refrain from exercising at least 3 hours before bedtime.

Sex is, of course, an exception. Sex has the opposite effect, as it helps you fall asleep faster! The only issue is that during the first few days or weeks, you may not feel a strong desire. This is completely normal, and you don’t have to worry. Your desire will return, and even stronger than before.

7. Avoid taking afternoon naps

For most people, getting through the night without interruptions is the most challenging aspect. That’s why it’s crucial to exert yourself during the day to increase the likelihood of finding peace at night and recharge for the following day.

One important factor to consider is avoiding afternoon naps. Despite feeling tired during the day, resist the temptation to take a nap. It may seem tempting to catch up on sleep, but it can disrupt your nighttime sleep. Taking an afternoon nap can make it more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep for a full 8 hours at night.

By staying active and engaged during the day, you can naturally promote a healthy sleep-wake cycle. Engage in physical activity, pursue hobbies, or engage in productive tasks that keep your mind and body occupied. This will help you feel more tired and ready for a restful night’s sleep.

Remember, establishing a consistent sleep routine and avoiding daytime naps are key strategies to improve your sleep quality and maintain a healthy sleep pattern during the cannabis withdrawal process.

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8. Avoid caffeine

Avoiding caffeine is an essential tip during the withdrawal process. Soft drinks and coffee, which we all love, can intensify the inner restlessness you may experience. If you find it challenging to completely eliminate caffeine, try setting a time limit. For example, avoid consuming anything caffeinated after 5:00 PM. This will help you relax in the evening and recharge your energy during the night.

9. Taking personal breaks

In addition to taking breaks and finding ways to unwind during the coping phase, it’s important to engage in activities that promote self-care and well-being. This can include practicing mindfulness or meditation techniques to help quiet the mind and reduce anxiety.

Taking up a new hobby or revisiting an old passion can also be a helpful distraction and provide a sense of accomplishment.

It’s important to remember that progress is not always linear. There may be setbacks or difficult days along the way, but each day without cannabis is a step forward. Celebrate your milestones and achievements, no matter how small they may seem.

By staying committed to your decision to quit and utilizing healthy coping strategies, you can successfully navigate through the challenges of the coping phase and continue moving towards a healthier and more fulfilling life.

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10. Breathing exercises to combat stress

What we have recently discovered is a special breathing technique that can truly shut down your mind. The method by Wim Hof can be a real game-changer. It only takes 15 minutes and has an incredibly positive effect.

It’s hard to put into words how you will feel afterwards, you just have to try it. I do it multiple times a day now and the effect is amazing. Here’s a guide I’m linking to. Just give it a try!

11. Cold therapy

Cold therapy is also a part of the Wim Hof Method and has a profound effect on your mood. Stress dissipates within minutes, and this state of calm can last for hours. You can try standing under a cold shower for at least 30 seconds or immerse yourself in a tub filled with cold water when stress becomes overwhelming. Here is a link to a guide on how to practice cold therapy effectively.

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12. Fresh air

Fresh air is essential for your overall well-being, especially during the cannabis withdrawal process. Spending time outdoors and getting fresh air can have a positive impact on your mood and mental clarity. Make it a point to step outside, go for a walk, or engage in outdoor activities regularly. The combination of physical movement and fresh air can help reduce stress, increase energy levels, and promote a sense of well-being. So, take a deep breath and enjoy the rejuvenating power of fresh air.

13. Planning your new life

Planning your new life after quitting cannabis is a vital step towards achieving success and personal growth. Take the time to envision the kind of life you truly desire to lead and set specific, achievable goals for yourself.

Reflect on the activities, hobbies, and interests that bring you joy and fulfillment, and create a plan to incorporate them into your daily routine. Additionally, consider the areas of your life where you want to make positive changes, such as your relationships, career, and personal development.

By creating a clear roadmap and holding yourself accountable, you can navigate the challenges of this journey and embrace the transformative power of change.

Remember, planning your new life goes beyond quitting cannabis; it’s about embracing a holistic approach to wellbeing and creating a future that is fulfilling, meaningful, and free from the influence of cannabis.

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14. Building a Strong Support Network

Social contacts and support are crucial during cannabis withdrawal. Talk to someone about your current situation and feelings. You will see that you feel much better afterwards. If you can’t confide in anyone, share your thoughts with people who have been through the same thing and can give you further helpful tips. That’s exactly why our community with over hundred members was created.

15. Tools to Support Cannabis Withdrawal

Tools and aids can be invaluable in supporting individuals during the cannabis withdrawal process, making it easier and increasing the chances of success. That’s why we have curated a dedicated “Withdrawal Tools” category, where you can find a wide range of resources and tools to assist you on your journey.

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About the Author

Hi, I’m Ben and I’ve been a part of the QSW team since 2018. I started smoking weed at an early age and know what it can do to you. That’s why I became an author on this information portal. Feel free to share your opinions on the respective articles in the comments. I would appreciate it!

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