How to Survive a Special Occasion Without Smoking Weed - HØJ

How to Survive a Special Occasion Without Smoking Weed


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So, you're excited for your upcoming trip to Indonesia, meeting your partner's parents for the first time, but there's one thing that's putting a damper on your excitement: you won't be able to smoke weed.

Whether it's because you're traveling to a country where cannabis is illegal or because you don't want to risk getting high around your partner's parents, not being able to smoke weed on a special occasion can be disappointing. But don't worry, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy yourself. Here's how to survive a special occasion without smoking weed.

Whether you're doing a cannabis cleanse for the holidays or traveling somewhere you can't be smoking weed, here are a few tips that will help you cope with abstinence.

What Should I Do When I Can't Smoke Weed?

1. Plan ahead

Before your trip or special occasion, take some time to think about what you can do to cope with not being able to smoke weed. 

This could include packing non-cannabis relaxants, such as chamomile tea or lavender oil, or planning activities that will keep you occupied and distracted.

Man planning ahead
Man planning ahead​​ (Envato)

a) Identify Your Triggers

Take some time to reflect: What are the things that make you crave a smoke? Is it boredom? Stress? Being around other people who are smoking? 

Once you know what your triggers are, you can start to develop coping strategies for staying away from weed. For example, if you know that you tend to crave a smoke when you're bored, you can make a list of non-cannabis activities that you can do to keep yourself occupied, such as reading, listening to music, or going for a walk.

b) Make a plan for staying busy

One of the best ways to avoid cravings is to stay busy and distracted. Make a plan for how you will spend your time on your special occasion, and make sure to include activities that you enjoy and that will keep you engaged. 

For example, if you're traveling, you can plan on visiting new places, trying new foods, and meeting new people. If you're attending a family event, you can spend time with your loved ones, play games, and participate in activities that everyone can enjoy.

c) Pack non-cannabis relaxants

If you're worried about feeling stressed or anxious on your special occasion, pack some non-cannabis relaxants, such as chamomile tea, lavender oil, or a weighted blanket. These items can help you to relax and de-stress without smoking.

2. Be prepared for cravings

It's completely normal to experience cravings when you're trying to abstain from cannabis. If you find yourself feeling tempted to smoke, try to distract yourself with something else, such as going for a walk, listening to music, or talking to a friend. You can also try using a relaxation technique, such as deep breathing or meditation. Here are some tips to tackle cravings mindfully:

a) Acknowledge your cravings

Don't try to ignore them or suppress them. Instead, acknowledge them and allow yourself to feel them. This will help you process them and move on.

b) Identify your coping mechanisms

What are the things you can do to cope with cravings when they arise? Make a list of these coping mechanisms and keep them in a note on your phone so you have something to refer to when you're feeling tempted. Some examples of coping mechanisms include:

  • Distracting yourself with another activity

  • Talking to a friend or family member

  • Practicing relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or meditation

  • Engaging in physical activity

c) Remember that cravings are temporary

Cravings will typically peak within a few minutes and then start to subside. So if you can just resist the urge to smoke for a few minutes, the craving will likely pass on its own.

Woman meditating to calm anxiety
Meditation to calm anxiety (Envato)
Young woman running outdoors
Young woman running outdoors (Envato)​​

3. Don't be afraid to say no

If someone offers you cannabis, it's okay to say no. You don't need to explain yourself or justify your decision. Simply say "no, thank you" and move on.

If you have a hard time rejecting cannabis, remember the reason why you're avoiding it in the first place. Standing your ground with your willpower will help you stay true to your purpose.

4. Enjoy yourself!

Just because you can't smoke weed it doesn't mean you can't have a good time. Focus on the positive aspects of your trip or special occasion, and make the most of every moment.

Additional Tips That Will Help Abstaining Yourself From Smoking Weed

  • Get enough sleep. When you're well-rested, you're better able to cope with stress and anxiety.

  • Eat healthy foods. Eating nutritious foods will give you the energy you need to enjoy your trip or special occasion.

  • Exercise regularly. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and improve your mood.

  • Spend time with loved ones. Surrounding yourself with positive people will help you stay happy and relaxed.

  • Do things that you enjoy. Make time for activities that you find enjoyable and relaxing.

Some Final Words

As we mentioned before, whether you're doing a holiday cleanse or abstaining from smoking cannabis for a special occasion, remember that it's temporary. After all, you can always get back home and enjoy a nice puff of finely grinded marijuana on your favorite pipe. So stay calm and enjoy your sober time, it is for a good cause (probably).

Simon Folmann
Simon V. Folmann

Simon Folmann

Simon is an accomplished entrepreneur and inventor in the cannabis industry. He’s the founder and CEO of HØJ; a revolutionary high-end cannabis accessories company. His mission is to change the way we experience the herb and enhance people’s smoking experience through knowledge and unique products.

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Disclaimer: HØJ is not a medical advice blog, so please consult with a doctor or a specialist if you have any questions regarding smoking or anything related to cannabis consumption itself.

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