what happens when you quit smoking weed

What Happens When You Quit Smoking Weed

The Good and the Bad of What Happens When you Quit Smoking Weed

After you have done anything for long enough, especially something like smoke marijuana, then there are bound to be side effects that will arise from suddenly stopping. The good news is that the negative side effects are relatively short-lived and the positive results that will begin to occur  when you kick your marijuana habit will far outweigh any short term effects of marijuana withdraw that you might experience. Like with any attempt at changing your behavior in a radical way, you are just as much breaking old mental habits and routines  as you are physically detoxing your body of THC. It is also important to be honest with yourself about your current level of marijuana usage and how much of your life it may be taking up and what kind of void no longer smoking weed will leave.  Lets face it, if you are a “pot head” like I was or in other words smoke weed every day, then going from smoking weed on a regular basis to suddenly not smoking weed any more its going to be a change physically, mentally and socially.

Physically and Mental  Side Effects Of Quitting Smoking Weed

  • Insomnia. It isn’t uncommon to have a hard time getting to sleep at night, especially for the first few days after quitting but generally this will only last a few days.
  • Intense and Weird Dreams. One of the things that smoking weed for a long time does is take away most of your dreams at night. For some people when they first stop smoking weed, their dreams can be more intense than usual. This like the insomnia typically only last a few days.
  • Sharp Mood Swings. Smoking something like marijuana for a long period of time has an effect on your mental state and when that stimulant is taken away it’s an adjustment for your brain. The result can sometimes be sharp mood swings from feelings of enthusiasm about your choice to stop using weed and making a positive change to feelings of lethargy and wondering why you’re even trying to quit in the first place.
  • Lack of Appetite. Everyone who has smoked weed before has probably experienced what are called “the Munchies” which is basically the desire to eat large amounts of food, preferably something bad for you. When you take away the appetite stimulant of smoking marijuana then it can take a few days to a week for your body to readjust. This is why exercise is especially good for counter acting this and helping to boost your appetite to normal levels.  Also try to avoid heavy foods that contain lots of fat, sugar, or salt and  stick to lighter foods like white meats, vegetables, and fruits. This is also the perfect time to think about going on a detox diet, if even for a few days.
  • Mental Fog. Lets be honest, smoking weed on a long term and daily basis does not make anyone smarter and when you suddenly quit smoking weed you can still experience some of the negative side effects of this. Of all of the side effects of quitting weed this one probably lasts the longest and while typically most people begin to feel normal after a month it can last for longer but this will vary for every person.

Positive Side Effects of not Smoking Weed

  • More Money. Ever Wondered what happens when you quit smoking weed? well the most obvious answer is all the money that you used to spend of buying weed, pipes, papers, bongs, snack food and gas to go get the weed will now be staying where it should be, with you, not being wasted. Be smart with the extra money and spend it on things that will help you in the long run like paying down debt, investing, continuing your education or job related training. These are things will continue to benefit you and save you money for years to come. Once you have stopped smoking weed it becomes apparent very quickly that continually spending money on buying weed will just be money wasted as soon as its gone while education, savings and investments can provide security and benefits for a life time.
  • More Brain Power. When you successfully quit smoking weed  it’s not going to make you a genius if you never were one before you started smoking. It is however definitely going to make learning new skills and memorizing things much easier.
  • Loss of Fat. In addition to making food taste great, getting high on a regular basis makes most people lethargic and not feel like being active. This can have a pretty bad effect on the waistline over time and when you replace a couch bound smoking life style and eating habits with one that includes healthy food and exercise the results will often be a reduction in your body fat which is never a bad thing.
  • More Energy. While everyone is different, typically smoking lots of weed usually doesn’t make people super energetic and naturally when you stop you’re going to have more enthusiasm and energy as apposed to the sleepy apathetic state of being high. This can have a big impact on every area of your life and quitting weed doesn’t have to be the end of your self improvement if you don’t want it to be.
  • More Time to Do What You Want. Just like how the money that you save should be viewed as a valuable resource, the time you spend buying, smoking and being high is time that you can never get back. Once you quit you find that you have a hole that needs to be filled where smoking weed used to be. This is a great time to learn or do something new. Whether its learning a new language or rebuilding an engine, whatever your passions are, go do something enriching that you love doing.

There you have it, the positives and negatives of what happens when you quit smoking weed and embark on the next phase of your life sober and free from marijuana.



43 thoughts on “What Happens When You Quit Smoking Weed”

  1. please e-mail me more of this important information because i am trying to break the habit and i need all the help i canget

    1. Elliott: I’ve started my own journey to stop using cannabis. I’m an older guy who developed a daily habit that lasted 4 years. I’ve never been a heavy user, just a small amount at night and I never fell into the trap of daytime use BUT my everyday nightly use had a powerfully negative impact on my ability to get good sleep which, in turn, left me with low energy and an inability to get to work early (self-employed and if I don’t put in a couple of hours before my business opens, I’m ALWAYS going to be behind on getting important tasks done). Now, today, I’m 3 weeks into being cannabis free and the changes are nothing short of astounding. I can actually wake up early in the morning and there is ZERO hesitation to get my day started. I cannot emphasize enough how this is transforming how my whole day goes. I still have A LOT of catching up to do but at least I am now getting to work early and tackling all those tasks that I used to put off and oftentimes simply never do. I’ve also found renewed enthusiasm for running, something I’ve done for decades, including the past 4 years. But the difference is I recently connected with the local running community and I’m making friends with people who are very focused on achieving high levels of fitness. People may say that I’m replacing one addiction (weed) for another (running) but I don’t care. I’ll take running (which in turn provides for me all kinds of added health benefits) over weed (watching Netflix all night long and then struggling to get to work) any day of the week. I am NOT anti-cannabis. I live in a state that has legalized recreational use. I’m OK with that but I will be the first to say this (all caps are intentional!): WEED IS NOT FOR EVERYONE! IF YOU FIND YOURSELF WANTING TO DAILY USE, THEN DO NOT USE IT! DO NOT KID YOURSELF. DAILY USE IS NOT, I REPEAT, IS NOT CASUAL USE. IF YOU FIND YOURSELF DAILY USING AND YOU’RE MAKING EXCUSES THAT IT’S OK TO DAILY USE, IT’S TIME TO COMPLETELY STOP AND IMMEDIATELY FIND A HEALTHIER ACTIVITY TO REPLACE WEED. Good luck. Believe in yourself. You can do it.

  2. Ive been smoking more than a gram daily for almost 3 months, i ve stoped since 3nights ago, my stomach feels abnormal. As you said ive been eating smooth foods but eating vegs make me bloated still after 4 days. how long does it take to get back into normal digestion?

    1. Hey thanks for stopping by and definitely a big congratulations on quitting smoking.
      When you are going from regularly smoking weed like that to stopping suddenly, its going to be an adjustment for your body but the good news is that typically a week to ten days should be enough time to start getting back to normal.
      If you’re feeling bloated you may consider adding some fiber to your diet, or even look into a gentle natural cleanse. That would definitely help to ease your digestion back to normal as you’re going through the detox.
      Best of luck

  3. I’ve been smoking two to three dro blunts a day and i recently stopped two days ago…i can’t sleep I’m eating real small amounts if food my stomach feels like its hungry but I’m not i got a little headache that won’t go way.. I wanna stop cause it’s for the best of my kids my wife and me as well.. But honestly how long do i got to i get my body back to normal and is their anything i can take or do that makes it go away faster

    1. The bad news is that as you have learned there actually are physical withdraw symptoms from quitting weed, the good news is that they do pass fairly quickly. Everyone is different but one to two weeks seems to the the time it takes to start to get back to feeling normal. Don’t despair yet, you are very close to kicking your habit and feeling 100% once again.
      Feel free to give an update as to how long it took to detox from weed and feel normal again

  4. I am 19 years of age I started when I was around 13 I have been a regular smoker since then and smoke around 9 grams a week over the days not in one day, I am on holiday and it’s been 4 days I have touched nor a joint nor a cigarette, I really want to get high I love getting munchies, but at the same time I want to work out become healthier and become a better person (on the outside lol) so It’s been 4 days and I feel good but needy aswell, should I stay off it or should I smoke something? And what would happen either way? Remember I am also a cigarette smoke (very light) around 5 cigarettes a day usually after food only. And weed would be everyday every night

    1. Congrats on making it four days! You have gotten over the first initial stages. Ultimately the decision as to whether or not to smoke weed is up to you but my advise is that because it sounds like you are wanting to make some changes in your life, maybe getting high isn’t the best thing for your long term future. You will ultimately have to decide what your goals are with your health, education etc and decide whether using weed has a place in your life anymore. Believe me when I say that sure getting high is fun but in the long run the happiness and fulfillment you will get from making real accomplishments in your life far outweigh the enjoyment you get from getting stoned.
      Best of luck

  5. I havent quit completely but slowed down alot! 😍😍😘 im 23 ive been smoking since i was 15 but over the past 4years the blunt count increased from 1 every other day to 3/4 a day. Ive slowed down to a half a blunt a day. I can only eat small portions….i cant really sleep. And ive lost an inch from my waistline. Initially i just lost the urge for weed idk y!!! but i dont fight it. I know that quitting weed can give me longer hair, brighter skin just overall health. But how do i fix my apetite i can barely eat. But it is helping my fat decrease.

    1. Hey, thanks for stopping by the website.
      Congrats on wanting to make a change in your life for the better. What you are experiencing is actually normal and the good news is that it won’t last long. For me it was less than two weeks before I was back to feeling normal and had an appetite again. Like you said though, in the meantime it will just help you to lose some weight in while you are getting your appetite back.

      Best of luck to you and feel free to stop back by with an update on how you are feeling

  6. Coming from a recreational marijuana smoker, I would just like to suggest to some people that you don’t have to quit cold turkey. Try starting off with just once a day (personally I will usually smoke before bed to help me go to sleep and wind down from the day). Some people prefer a glass of wine to relax at the end of the day, and others, like myself, prefer a joint at the end of the day. I don’t think getting high every now and then will ruin your life. I smoke pretty much every day and I have a job, I go to college, I’m fit because I do work out and I eat normally (with the exception of a few splurges but who cares we only live once and we deserve to treat ourselves and give ourselves a break every once in awhile). All I’m saying is marijuana helps me cope with the stress and depression in my life, it helps me see the good in people, it helps me be okay with things I can’t change, It helps give me PATIENCE, and so much more… yet I’m still successfully working on myself and my life by doing well in college. And guess what? I’m a very athletic person as well. I enjoy jogs in the morning – who knew a pothead would say that??

    1. First, thank you for taking the time to stop by the website. You are absolutely right, everyone is going to have a different relationship with smoking weed and a different level of dependence. For many people marijuana is a purely recreational habit that never really becomes an issue. It’s when it starts to become a bigger part of your life and is beginning to effect other aspects of your life that it transitions from being something to do for fun as apposed to a major part of your life that can have negative side effects.
      Thank you for your comment and best of luck to you

  7. I also want to leave it but not at once I have been smoking for last 8 years so please do let me know what to do its just taking me down day by day now

    1. If you don’t want to quit cold turkey then the next best thing is to start to cut down on how much weed you smoke. If you smoke in the mornings then cut that out. Try to make it a game and hold off as long as you can each day to see how long you can go without lighting up and you will gradually start to decrease the amount of pot you are smoking everyday

  8. I stopped smoking since middle of last of december and i been smoking since i was seventeen. I feel like a rejuvenated person getting things done, feeling more energized, been eating smarter. Is it a good thing to stop smoking weed for good and getting my body healthy again

    1. Hey there. Congratulations on quitting weed! That’s a big step and I am glad that you have been feeling the positive effects.

  9. Hi, I am 44 and stopped smoking around Jan 1st. I have been a heavy smoker since 19. I have a good job and take care of my responsibilities though could see immediate positive results in completing goals this past month. There have been days when I have had severe cravings for weed, including trying to scrape up anything I could find that might have THE. Ash, resin from pipes etc… I was out of town this week and did not really think about it until the day I was to fly back home. I started thinking about it non stop. Dreams have returned and they r the only way I can confirm I am getting any sleep at all. I look forward to getting through the next couple of months, hopefully notice will start to feel normal. A plus is I am saving money every month rather than dipping into savings every month. Thanks fir the info.

    1. Hi there, thank you for the kind words. It’s fantastic that you took the plunge and quit smoking weed. The good news is that it will get easier as time goes on and you start to build new habits. Keep it up and stay strong.


  10. after school I started smoking , 2 years on as a daily toker I feel like a spastic with no job and half the brainpower of what I once was , I think I need to quit but im having trouble with facing up to life problems ( no job and a daily toker) and keep trurning back to spliff
    . I lie to myself and make myself think its what I want to be doing everyday
    . I also thought I had packed in the habbit last month but when I got money again (3 days after quitting) it was the only thing I wanted to do with my money and I couldnt resist. that started a weed binge that has come to an end today cuz ive smoked all my money again. when I get more money next week im scared I wilk buy weed

    1. The first thing to do is write down why you want to quit. This is your motivation for being successful when you try and quit smoking weed. Until your desire to make the change id greater than your desire to keep smoking it will be hard. The reasons are entirely your own, maybe its because you want a new job or just want to feel better. Whatever it is, let this be your motivation to stay strong. The good news is that the first few days are the hardest, once you get through this hurdle it only gets easier.

  11. I have start smoking weed cz of my frnds i hv been smkoing fr 1 month nd i m not a chain smoker or alcoholic at all but last week i stopped smkoing weed and m feelin very uncomfortable i cnt eat i cnt sleep i feel scared to close eyes and my hands shivering and in day time also i dnt feel like to do anything i m feeling like i m high 24 7…and every nite i gt scrd to roam or sleep what to do…

    1. Hi there, Thank you for stopping by. The good news is that if you keep with it you will be feeling normal before long. Typically it takes 5 to 10 days before you are back to feeling normal. Usually after 3 to five days your sleeping pattern will be normal again and your appetite will be back and then by day 10 or so you be be back to feeling amazing. The key is to stay strong and keep in mind why you are quitting and when you are feeling like crap or feel like getting high then remember what your motivation is and keep staying strong.
      If you have any more questions or need more help then don’t hesitate to drop me a line and I will help out however I can.


  12. Thank you for your answer but since one week i m not smoking weed but i still feel like i have taken weed my mind still spins and feel uncomfortable ..every night before i go to bed i feel very high..this is too much i have to go job i want to be normal what should i do ? How many days wil take to get fine???

    1. Hey there. I’m sorry you are still feeling bad. After a week at least from my personal experience you should be starting to feel normal again. I would say five more days maximum before you are getting back into the swing of things. For me it was ten days or so to be fairly normal feeling but it wasn’t until four to six weeks that I was 100%. However, it I was feeling better and better as more time passed. I would say if you are not feeling at least functional after a few more days it might be a good idea to visit a doctor just to make sure there isn’t something else going on. Everyone’s body is different and people react differently both to marijuana and then to suddenly stopping smoking after having been a frequent user. I am sorry I can’t be more specific but I think that if you have made it a week already feeling like crap the worst is behind you and you just need to stay strong and struggle through until you start to get back to feeling good again.
      Please don’t hesitate to reach out again if you have any more questions.


  13. I’m 44 and have smoked weed daily for over 25 years. I appreciate this site, it’s tips and stories. Day 8 is in the books, which is the only way to get to day 9. Personally, I went through the withdrawals – but I feel I’m turning the physical and mental corner. As a husband, father and business owner, the why I NEEDED to quit was clear: motivated responsibility. For me, one cannot occur without the other. I suffered from something many suffer from – I can half ass (high every day) it and still “get by”; meaning I was not maximizing my ability to flourish in life. No more. In the past 8 days I am sleeping better and am up at least 2 hours earlier. I’m more focused and driven. Life is about choices. I am choosing to quit weed forever.

    1. That is amazing, congratulations on realizing you need a change and then actually following through with actually making the changes. It is never the wrong time to make a positive change in your life and starting a new more fulfilling and productive chapter in your life. I wish you the best of luck and if you ever wanted to share your story then let me know

  14. Im 19 and have been smoking weed for the past 3 years. I have been off it for the past 4 days and i cant sleep. Im always feeling emotional amd always crying. Feel like i have noone and nothing apart from my boyfriend. I have been through a lot in the past and im going through a hard time now, and i dont know if the reason i cant sleep, cry is because i bavent smoked. I havent been a hard core smoker, some days nohing, some days 4 spliffs a day. Please help…

    1. Hi,
      First congratulations on wanting to make a positive change in your life. Going through an emotionally difficult period of time can be normal when you first stop smoking weed. There is good news though, after usually a week to ten days the feeling will usually be gone. In the meantime, do anything you can to be positive try and bring your mood up. reach out to friends and go out and socialize, watch funny movies and comedians, anything that you can to make yourself laugh and bring some joy into your life. It will get better and sooner rather than later you will be feeling normal again and all of these experiences will just be bad memories.

      Keep it up

  15. Hello
    Thanks a lot for the idea of this website
    It’s very helpful and useful. It gives the feeling that we are all setting together and discussing the issue of quitting
    I love to get high 😉
    I smoke and quite and smoke and quite!
    The last time I quite, I decided not to get high again!
    The reason was simply is what we face in the first 1 week after quiting.
    Whenever I remember how difficult it was for me in those 7 days, I tell myself I don’t want to have this feeling and suffering again.
    Cold turky is the best way:-)
    Of course I can’t sleep so I tell myself no sleep and I stay until 9 or 10 in the morning, I read, TV, movies, Internet and chatting until I close my eyes.
    Guys we have to be brave and not to think to much about the first 5 days or 1 week but what is more important is not to get high again.
    At the moment I can see the difference in my face, I look healthy and I m very active.
    I hope I will not smoke again

    1. Hey,
      That’s awesome, it sounds like you are making big changes in your life! Best of luck to you and feel free to post again with any updates.

  16. hi im 19 and i smoked weed for a little over a year i would some alot during the day and sometimes ill lose count of how many i would smoke in a day my mom noticed me lose alot of weight but i was stressing at work that i had just got so she took mw to the doctors and i weight 163 from 200+ i weighed before so the doctor did a check up on me and said that weed was causing the weight loss but i used to eat more when i would smoke then now i havent smoked in 8 days and i feel like i cant eat could weed be causing that

    1. It’s not uncommon for you to have a lot of appetite in the first week to ten days after you go from smoking pot of a regular basis to being completely clean. Don’t worry though, usually after a bit of time the appetite will come back and you will be feeling normal again. In the meantime, try and switch to smoothies, fruit and other foods that are easy to eat to help maintain a healthy weight.

    1. I am glad that you thought it was useful and found some value. It’s always great to hear that people are actually finding these articles useful because that’s why I started this website in the first place to help other people who are going through what I went through.

  17. Very well written article. I personally have been smoking everyday for the past ten years and I am almost 25. The realization of so much time and money spent on this substance throughout my life has got me really wanting to quit. Great piece to read when you are thinking about smoking or have a sudden urge. I will read it every morning when I awake and anytime I want to blaze. “Just like how the money that you save should be viewed as a valuable resource, the time you spend buying, smoking and being high is time that you can never get back.” – Easily the line that really hit me, very true statement. Favorited the site by the way.


    – Stefan

    1. Hey there,
      Thank you for your kind words and I am glad that you found the article to be helpful. When I first decided to stop then I personally found it very helpful write down the reasons why I wanted to stop. That firstly made me become aware of the reasons why I wanted to make teh change and then served as a motivational boost when I was feeling weak or getting down. Just keep on going and even if you struggle or relapse then the important thing is to get back up and keep on moving towards your goals. It’s because of people like you that I keep this site going. I know that when I was first realizing that I needed to quit smoking weed I found a lot of value reading about other people who were or had gone through the same thing as me.
      If I can help you out with anything else then don’t hesitate to let me know.

  18. Hello there, its really nice to see there are people who face the similar situation I am in and I am not alone. My smoking is maybe on the lighter side, mostly peer pressure. I usually smoke 2-3 joints per day, that too shared with other people. Its like we light one up and keep passing it. I am not much dependant on it as it has been 2 days and I havent noticed any abnormality yet. However I am planning to quit for a longer time. Please advise what to expect?

    1. Hi There,
      Thank you for your comment. Yes we do allow guest posting of articles that are of similar content and would provide value to the readers. If you want to talk more then just send an email with the details and we can go from there.

  19. Hi. I’m 29 and I’ve been using weed for almost ten years… it’s been quite a journey. When I first start smoking pot I was amazed with all the good things that happened to me. I was struggling with finding who I was and weed helped me with that in some way. I always liked photography so when I found that smoking weed made my senses so alive I tought I was in heaven. I had some anxiety and weed helped me with that in a way. I was very popular with a great sense of humor so when I was smoking with my friends I felt amazing. However, that didn’t last long. I came to realize that after a while I was seeking those feelings alone, and enjoyed more smoking weed by myself. I left high school and spend a lot of time just being by myself. When I finally realized that it can be very addictive, it was a bit late. I lost touch with most of my friends. I was still able to do other things because weed really made me very creative, and some times I could actually do the stuff that I had in mind. I was able to create a non- profit organization and working as a freelance photographer. I was very skinny because I was smoking a lot but did some sports. But the truth is, I knew that wasn’t enough. I always tried to achieve greatness and the things that I achieved I were just a small amount of what I could really do. The truth is I was lazy. When I settled down, three years go, I found a great job. I had a great team and I stop smoking so much, nearly one per night. Tried to stop a lot of times but the cravings were very hard to deal with. Depression, mood swings, I had it all. One time , I did one month without smoking pot. That was truly one of the best moments of my life. I felt amazing, strong, capable and confident.. until I smoked again. When you don’t smoke for a long time and you come back to that life the first weed is so great, the feeling is just perfect that I couldn’t stop the next days. Now I’m in another country where the weed is much stronger and the laziness that I hate is more felt. I always loved weed, but at the same time it’s very dangerous for people who really want to suceed in life. I think it’s better if you smoke after you achieve your goals, I guess. My life is better than it was a few years back, but I know that if I really stop smoking for good, it will make me 100 times better. I saw this website today, and really felt at home with all your advice and stories of people just like me. I will quit smoking today and I will write about it. Thank you so much.

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