How to Stop Smoking Weed

by Johanna Bloomquist June 08, 2022

How to Stop Smoking Weed


For a lot of people, cannabis is a huge part of their daily routine. This can be beneficial to those of us who use weed as medicine, but we’ve all been there—wondering if you’re smoking too much weed and if you should take a tolerance break or even stop. It might seem weird to take advice on this from a cannabis company, but we promise we’re here to help! After all, where are you going to get an opinion from someone who knows more about the wide world of cannabis?


Do I Smoke too much Weed?

This varies from person to person. Typically, it’s best to not smoke every day (unless, like we said, you use cannabis for medical purposes). It’s hard to come up with an average or the “right” amount of weed to smoke, since it’s so personal. Everyone’s tolerance is different, and everyone smokes for different reasons. Read on for more guidance.


How to Know you should Stop Smoking Weed

You might have heard of “cannabis use disorder,” a fancy term for being addicted to weed. Even though cannabis isn’t chemically addictive like nicotine, alcohol, and even caffeine, cannabis can be habit-forming and psychologically addictive. Cannabis use disorder is defined as “a problematic pattern of cannabis use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress.” Basically, that just means “regularly smoking more weed than you want to, not being able to cut back, and having it interfere with your daily activities.” If you meet the criteria for cannabis use disorder, that’s a clear sign that you need to stop smoking weed.

You might have also heard of “Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome.” This is a rare syndrome that usually only affects very heavy, very long-term cannabis smokers. Essentially, this syndrome causes severe vomiting and nausea whenever you consume cannabis. It’s not super well-understood yet, but most people say that hot baths or showers help with their symptoms. However, for most people, the symptoms will reappear any time they consume cannabis. This syndrome is easier to spot than cannabis use disorder—if you’re suffering from cannabis hyperemesis syndrome (or CHS), you’ll know.

Even if you don’t meet the criteria for cannabis use disorder or CHS, there are plenty of other reasons why you might want to stop smoking weed. Whether you need to pass a drug test, are moving somewhere where cannabis isn’t legal, or just want to cut back on unnecessary spending, it’s easier than you think to cut back on your cannabis consumption or even stop smoking weed entirely.


How to get my Child to Stop Smoking Weed

This can be tricky. If you want to help your son stop smoking weed, you’ll need to try and understand where he’s coming from. Many people, especially adolescents, begin smoking weed to help with perceived problems in their lives. Is your child having trouble fitting in, sleeping, relaxing, or eating? Is your child particularly stressed? These problems are all common reasons that people begin smoking weed, and they are all things that you can help your child manage without the use of substances.

If you find out your child has been smoking weed, especially if they are underage or you live in a non-legal state, you will likely be wondering how to get your daughter to stop smoking weed. Try to confront your kid smoking weed gently, and make sure you wait until they’re not stoned to bring it up.

If you’re wondering how to get my kid to stop smoking weed, there are a ton of resources and professionals out there who can help you figure things out. These resources and professionals can often help your child get a handle on the stressors in their life that are driving them to smoke weed as well.


How to Help my Friend Stop Smoking Weed

Is one of your friends trying to quit weed? Even if you have not decided to stop smoking weed yourself, you can still support your friends and help them on their journeys.

First of all, if your friend is trying to stop smoking, do not offer them cannabis! This seems obvious, but it can be hard to remember and hard to avoid. Try to avoid offering them other substances, too—if they’re trying to kick an addiction, the last thing you want to do is encourage them to replace it with another.

Secondly, try to find things that you can do with your friend that don’t involve weed. If you’re used to smoking together, this can seem kind of tricky at first. We promise that it’s easier than it seems, though! Once you break the habit of getting stoned before you do anything, you and your newly-sober friend will be able to do all of the things that you enjoy, just without the weed.

Finally, if your friend is trying to stop smoking weed, make sure that you support them. There are a lot of reasons why someone starts smoking weed and a lot of reasons why they might make the decision to stop. Whether they’re trying to stop smoking weed or not, it’s always good to support your friends through the everyday stresses that we all face.


How do I Stop Smoking Weed?

Finally, the information you came here for! There are a lot of different ways to stop smoking weed or cut back on how much or how often you smoke. Keep in mind that everyone is different. The approach that works for someone else might not work for you. We do have a few suggestions, though.

Quitting anything “cold turkey,” from cigarettes to sweets, can be really difficult. If you’re a longtime, heavy cannabis user, we don’t recommend stopping all at once. It’s best to slowly taper off how much and how often you smoke, if possible.

A great way to do this is with Delta-8 THC and other cannabinoids. Delta-8 THC is a naturally-occurring cannabinoid that’s usually said to be about half as potent as regular Delta-9 THC. It usually produces a much milder high, so it’s a perfect “step down” from high-THC products. Many people who like D8 also report that it comes with fewer side effects than D9. When you consume D8, you’re less likely to get “too high,” feel paranoid or anxious, or get unpleasant physical side effects like cottonmouth and dry eyes. If you’re stopping your use of D9 because of the side effects, Delta-8 THC might be a great alternative for you!

Once you’ve switched from Delta-9 THC to Delta-8 THC, you can take another “step down” to CBD. CBD is another naturally-occurring cannabinoid, and one of the most common cannabinoids in both hemp and marijuana plants. It’s non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t get you high or stoned. It does still have a ton of other great benefits, though. Even though everyone experiences cannabis products differently, most people report that CBD can potentially help them feel more relaxed. CBD doesn’t bond to the cannabinoid receptors in your brain and body in the same way that D9 or D8 does, and it can actually help to “cancel out” some of the effects of D8, D9, and other psychoactive cannabinoids.

Once you’ve gotten to the point where you’re just using CBD products, you can stop using cannabinoids completely, if you want to. Keep in mind that there are a ton of chemical-free ways to address the things that cause many people to start smoking weed—read on for some suggestions!


Alternatives to Smoking Weed

There are a ton of different reasons why people start smoking weed. Cannabis has a ton of potential benefits, but just like any other substance, it can also be used irresponsibly.

If you smoked weed to help you sleep, try natural supplements designed to support restful sleep. You can also improve your “sleep hygiene” by keeping your bedroom cool, dark, and distraction-free. Try coming up with a bedtime routine that doesn’t involve cannabis—some hot tea, gentle stretching, and music or a guided meditation are all great options.

If you smoked weed to help your appetite, there are a ton of other natural appetite stimulants out there. If you’re able, try to get some physical exercise in every day that you can. Eating healthier foods and sticking to a regular meal schedule often helps with appetite as well.

If you just smoked weed to relax, consider trying out a natural supplement designed to help you have a healthier response to stress. Everything else we’ve mentioned—good sleep, a healthy diet, and moderate exercise—all help with everyday stresses as well. If you’re consistently feeling too stressed with or without the help of marijuana, consider talking to a professional about what’s bothering you. A therapist or psychologist will be able to help you come up with ways to manage your everyday stressors without relying on substances.

If you smoked weed in social situations, you can always get a nicotine-free vape or find a non-alcoholic drink that you like to keep your hands busy at parties. And remember—if anyone questions your decision to not smoke weed, you can ignore them. You’re allowed to make your own decisions about what to put in your body.

All of this being said, keep in mind that we’re not doctors. Always check with a healthcare provider before starting or stopping any new supplements or wellness regimes. Check with your doctor if you have any general questions or concerns about marijuana use or your use of other substances, too.


Benefits of Quitting Weed

I know we talk a lot about the benefits of cannabis on this blog, but there are also a lot of potential benefits to not smoking weed.

You might notice that you feel better physically after quitting weed—even though it’s not as bad for you as cigarette smoke, weed smoke can still irritate your lungs. Plus, stopping smoking weed gets rid of the munchies, which can go a long way towards helping you maintain a healthier diet!

You might also notice that you feel more clearheaded and focused after quitting weed for a while. Longtime, heavy users of marijuana sometimes show some signs of impairment even when they haven’t been smoking. Not to worry, though—quitting weed for even a short amount of time can help with that. The human brain is a remarkable thing!

Longtime, heavy use of marijuana can also impair your sleep. Even though it might be harder to get to sleep for a while after you quit weed, eventually you will probably sleep better than ever.

Some longtime, heavy users of marijuana also report slightly higher levels of depression and anxiety. Quitting weed can help improve those conditions in the long term, though that varies from person to person. Be sure to seek professional help if you are quitting weed for any of these reasons and don’t see an improvement in your symptoms.


Overall, the decision to stop smoking weed is a highly personal one. You can’t force someone to stop smoking weed if they don’t want to, but you can support them in the decisions that they make. If you are looking to cut back on your Delta-9 consumption, switching to Delta-8 and then CBD is a good way to do it. Take care of yourself!


Where Can I Buy CBD? Where Can I Buy D8?

If you’re looking to cut back on your weed smoking by smoking D8 or smoking CBD instead, then you’re in the right place!

Here at Bay Smokes, we offer a ton of different products—there’s something here for everyone.

If you’re trying to quit weed but still want to be able to smoke something, we have a few options for you. You can try one of our D8 prerolls or some CBD distillate. We also have D8 disposable vapes and D8 cartridges available.

If you want to stay away from smokeables, we’ve got you covered there too. Our Delta-8 edibles and D8 gummies are some of our bestsellers. It’s easy to get a super accurate dose with D8 edibles and D8 tinctures, so they’re a great choice if you’re looking to slowly taper off your cannabis consumption.

Bay Smokes is here with a product for you, no matter what your relationship with cannabis looks like.