This one is pretty self-explanatory. You won’t get the munchies anymore. For those of us who’ve gone on munchies stampedes and devoured 12 Krystal’s, 2 Wendy’s Spicy Chicken sandwiches and more French fries than a potato farmer (definitely not me), this might not sound too appealing.
Munchies are a staple of the stoner lifestyle, which is why weed is the fast food industries’ #1 salesperson.
I can assure you as someone who eats approximately 487% less fast food now that I’ve quit weed that it’s a good thing. After a few days you won’t miss it. Neither will your cholesterol level.
What to do to help?
Appetite will return to normal after a week or so. There’s really no need to combat this one. But if it’s really bothering you…
Exercise- Nothing snags the hunger bug like a little physical activity.
C3PO marijuana meme
For me, social communication was just a little awkward after I quit smoking herb. As a partially reclusive stoner, my interactions with the world consisted of random, pseudo-profound Facebook status updates and philosophical debates in my head.
I felt a lot like C3PO at first. Dialogues with earthlings felt robotic. When something was said to me, I could almost hear my brain computing the programmed response.
Anxiety bouts decreased with time away from marijuana.
What to do to help?
Fight the urge to isolate- A lot of people deal with anxiety with isolation. Social situations tend to bring on the nerves. Try to resist the urge to isolate and get out with people who don’t smoke pot.
Meditation- this is becoming a recurring theme, isn’t it? Meditation is clinically proven to reduce levels of anxiety.
Exercise- physical activity is also clinically proven to reduce anxiety.
Avoid excessive caffeine- I should probably take my own advice here, as I tend to drink a little too much coffee. But during the few week or so of marijuana cessation, try and avoid a lot of caffeine.
Listen to calming music- avoid the death metal and scroll down that iPod to a mellow track. As a recovering pothead, there should be no lack of relaxing tunes.
When I was smoking weed, I felt a lot like the Big Lewbowski. Mellow. Smooth. Witty.
When weed went away, I discovered I wasn’t as laid back as I thought. In the days after I quit, I was much more likely to get frustrated over things I didn’t care about before. Two semi-trucks driving side by side on the roads, keeping people from passing? On weed, that was far out. Off weed, I fantasized about running them off the road and calling my congressman to change the law that let trucks drive in the left lane.
What to do to help?
Fish oil- there is evidence that fish oil helps mood and promotes positive attitude. There’s also evidence it helps the brain. Two good reasons to incorporate fish oil into your diet once you start quitting marijuana.
Exercise- it’s a fact that exercise enhances mood.
Meditation- you don’t have to be a monk to do it.
Eat- even if your appetite is off, make sure to eat 3 regular meals. Hungry equals angry for this recovering stoner.
Here’s the good news if you put the pot away for good…
No need to borrow a friend’s urine for job-related drug tests
Better work ethic
Improved mental acuity
Improved quality of life
Improved taste in music
No more Visine
Actual skunk smell when driving on the road will smell appealing, not disgusting
Hope you enjoyed my attempt at a humorous take on marijuana withdrawal. It’s really nothing to geek out about because many people who try to quit don’t get through the inital discomfort. If you’re serious about quitting, start by taking a brief inventory. What are the pros and cons of quitting? Why should I quit?
Get a gameplan together and follow it. And remember, the more support you have, the more likely you are to succeed! Feel free to send me an email if you’d like more direction on ways to quit marijuana. At the time of this article, I have not used cannabis for 797 consecutive days.