If you have decided that you need a break and want help with quitting synthetic cannabis then we have put together this small guide to help.
Quitting any habit, including synthetic weed can be easy for some and more difficult for others, continue reading to get some advice on quitting legal weed.
1. Write down your reasons for quitting
How much are you smoking? Do you smoke every day? – If you are smoking synthetic cannabis every day, then you are not only hurting your bank balance, but you are likely hurting your health. Taking or smoking legal highs every day is not recommended and can have negative effects on your motivation, short term memory and possibly even your lung capacity. The same goes for drinking alcohol or smoking natural cannabis.
Write your reasons for quitting down on a piece of paper. If you want to be more motivated, note that down. It can help remind you of why you are looking to become smoke free.
2. Find something to keep you busy
Often people end up smoking legal highs every night because they are bored or have nothing better to do. This rings true for many synthetic cannabis users. So why not take this opportunity to turn your life around. If you are not exercising or getting to the gym, start making an effort. Set a time and go for a run, lift some weights, get to the gym and get motivated. Remember that summer is only six months away. Now is the time to get fit for summer!
Other things to do, go visit some family, friends, do some reading or get some chores done. Probably a good idea to stay away from people that are still smoking for a little while.
3. Get some vitamins and supplements
Coming down from long term use of cannabis, both natural and synthetic can lead to insomnia, lack of appetite, night sweats and mild depression. Don’t worry too much, because these negative effects won’t last longer than 1-2 weeks and can often be helped by a selection of vitamins and supplements. Go to your local health store or pharmacy and ask for the following;
- Natural mood supplement (Something with 5-HTP will help regulate your mood)
- Natural sleep aid (Something with Valerian might be a good choice, but anything that can help you get a good sleep)
- Magnesium (Helps reduce cramps, muscle tension and helps with sleep)
- Multivitamin (B Vitamins are essential to nervous system and mental recovery)
- Fish Oils (Omega 3-6-9 will help super charge your overall recovery)
Also, remember to eat healthy. Sometimes it’s hard to get your food down and get your appetite back. Protein shakes and berry smoothies are the two best ways to get nutrition in to you quickly and easily without too much effort. Soups are also easy to get down if you’re not too hungry. Try and eat or drink something nutritious twice a day. Then work your way up from there.
4. Call the Alcohol and Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797
Give them a call and explain that you are quitting synthetic cannabis and you would like to have a chat about it. Ask for any advice. They have a lot of experience with this subject and they are there to support and praise you. They can help put things in to perspective and talk you through the hard times.
5. Talk to your Doctor
Sometimes the withdrawal symptoms can be harder than first expected. If things are getting difficult, you can’t sleep or you have anxiety, visit your Doctor or local GP. Tell them about your situation and they may offer you some anti anxiety medication, sleeping medication, anti-nausea medication and possibly strong B vitamins to help with your appetite and overall recovery.
Remember that quitting any addiction or habit is never easy. If it’s natural cannabis or synthetic that you want to stop smoking. Alcohol or tobacco. There is always a way out and if you reach out to get the support you need, you can get through anything. Don’t forget you can always visit the TripMe community forums where there are a number of other users that have been through it all with the help of other users and have shared their stories, visit the link and take a look around, sign up and ask for help!
Good luck! And don’t hesitate to contact us with your story.