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Smoking too much weed? Here’s how to slow down

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Marijuana is great, but too much of it is usually a problem. Given the pandemic and the stress that surrounds our lives, many people have turned to cannabis as a coping measure. Although it’s a healthier option than drinking alcohol or other behaviors, it’s still a substance that should be monitored.

Cannabis overuse can lead to a cannabis use disorder, a condition that can affect your daily life and relationships. Fortunately, cannabis is just as healthier than other substances, but it’s also easier to slow down consumption. There are symptoms of cannabis withdrawal and they are bothersome, but they are manageable as long as you do things right and take things one step at a time.

How to Slow Down Your Cannabis Use:

Be honest with yourselff

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Ask yourself whether or not you have a problem and answer sincerely. While it makes sense to cut down when you don’t have a problem, it is very important to do so when you are facing a more serious problem. Since cannabis is generally not considered to be of concern and its side effects are mild, it is not easy to tell if you are dealing with a cannabis abuse situation. Think about whether or not you smoke every day, whether you freak out when you run out of weed, or whether you need to smoke to sleep or to do certain activities.

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Ask yourself why you want to stop using cannabis, whether it is affecting your relationships or preventing you from doing other things. The better your answer and the more clarity you have, the stronger your determination.

Take it slow

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Take your time when slowing down your cannabis use. Whether you want to stop drug use altogether or just want to cut down on the amount of weed you smoke regularly, start by cutting back on the amount of cannabis you use during the day. This will help with your withdrawal symptoms and reduce the chance of headaches, mood swings, etc.

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Add a few training trips to your week. This will make you feel motivated and successful as you rid your body of THC, which is normally stored in your fat cells and released after a workout.

Exercise is a healthy activity that you can use to fill your time, distract yourself, and get a better night’s sleep.

Avoid excess nicotine, tobacco and alcohol

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If your preferred method of consuming weed is by smoking spliffs or blunts, try getting tobacco out of the equation. Instead, buy edibles or a vape pen to satisfy your cravings and watch out for your use. These new methods will produce a different response from your body, potentially making you feel high and therefore needing less THC, and they will also help you remove tobacco from your system.

It’s also important not to replace your cannabis use with anything else like alcohol or nicotine, which could lead to worse results.

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Beth Edmonds