Contrary to popular belief, taking a break from cannabis can actually be a good idea. And we’re not talking simply about temporarily cutting down, either. Instead, completely cutting cannabis out of your life for a temporary period of time.
Have we lost the plot? Not at all – it’s simply a case of resetting your tolerance slightly, in order to then enjoy cannabis a thousand times more when you return to it. It’s basically a case of trading maybe a few weeks of unpleasantness for a huge and much longer-term payoff on the other side.
Sounds good? It certainly can be – here’s a quick look at a few tips if you want to make it happen:
First up, don’t for one minute fool yourself into thinking it’s going to be easy or enjoyable. Most regular cannabis users like to think they are in total control of their habits. Which might be true to a certain extent, but this doesn’t mean it isn’t going to be hard and quite horrible to stop. The more you accept the inevitable difficulty of quitting temporarily, the less likely you are to fail when those withdrawal symptoms start kicking in.
Force yourself to live
It’s pretty likely that during the first couple of weeks, you are going to feel seriously demotivated and lazy. To such an extent that you will have to force yourself to live any kind of life whatsoever. And that’s exactly what you need to do – accept that this is part and parcel of the process and simply get on with it.
If you have any cannabis or cannabis products around the home while trying to cut down or quit, you can forget about it. It just isn’t going to happen. Just as soon as you start feeling those unfortunate withdrawal symptoms, having any kind of cannabis close to hand is a guaranteed recipe for failure. So for the time being at least, make sure there is absolutely zero temptation in the vicinity – a great excuse for a huge blowout before going ahead with your break.
Make your intentions known
It’s so much easier to tell your friends and family that you plan to take a break than to attempt to hide your intentions from them. For one thing, anyone who truly has your best interests at heart will respect and support your decision. Even if they don’t, they might at least be a little less aggressive with the peer pressure in the meantime. In any case, it isn’t exactly the kind of secret you can expect to realistically keep.
Last but not least, it isn’t until you temporarily quit cannabis that you suddenly realise just how much spare time you have on your hands. Spare time the likes of which you really do not know how to deal with. As such, one of the best ways of following through with your intentions is to stay as busy and entertained as possible. Boredom is the single worst trigger when it comes to going back to just about any recreational substance there is. By contrast, the more time you spend distracted, the less time you will have to succumb to temptation. If there is something you’ve always wanted to try in terms of hobbies or activities, now might be a good time to do exactly that.
If this sounds completely insane and taking a tolerance break seems way to hard for you to do just yet, maybe start with some of these tips.