Do you smoke more weed in the winter?

Published Dec 1, 2022 01:59 p.m. ET
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It’s not uncommon for people to overindulge over the winter months, be it with food, video games, binge-watching TV programs, or cannabis. Once those temperatures plummet, many of us are far more comfortable staying indoors, and for most, it’s a few month-long breaks from regular physical activities such as playing sports or hiking. With virtually nothing to pull us from the warm depths of our homes we’ve got a whole lot more spare time to fill, and that’s not necessarily always a bad thing.

This is where the notorious “winter weight” comes on as we exercise less and partake in the things we love for comfort in excess, and that’s not a terrible thing as long as you’re not going overboard. However, if you’ve noticed that these cooler temperatures seem to make you smoke more weed, and that isn’t a change you want to make, then there are some easy ways to avoid it. Whether you’re smoking more, or simply looking for ways to cut back to make your weed last longer, you’ve come to the right place.

Here we’ll give you some ideas that might help to curb those urges and keep your cannabis use on track.

1. Physical exercise

One thing we tend to forget over the winter is that regular exercise helps us not only to be healthy but also to feel good as it releases endorphins and serotonin which have very similar effects as cannabis. Of course, it’s not going to work to cut out every craving, but it will keep you distracted between seshes, and you might not feel such a strong urge to use cannabinoids, as you’ll feel great once it’s all said and done.

2. Keep busy

If you don’t want to smoke more weed, then you’re going to need to find other more productive ways to fill that time, which is probably a lot easier than you might think. Get lost in a good book, write a memoir, rock out to your favourite tunes while cleaning the house, or take on that project you’ve been putting off for months. If you stay busy and moving, it’ll be a whole lot easier to cut back on cannabis because you’ll be distracted and pass time with other just as mentally and physically beneficial activities.

3. Snack on protein-rich foods


Those extra pounds we put on each winter aren’t exactly going to be helped by this one, but it might work to keep your mind off of cannabis, and if you stick to protein-rich options, then you’ll be fuller faster, and far less likely to overindulge in a way that might be bad for your health.

4. Aim for small doses

Do you normally roll giant blunts? If so, then perhaps now is the time to consider adding the occasional joint to your usual lineup. Pack giant bowls? Well, then you might want to cut those in half, so you aren’t burning through that stash so quickly. These little changes can add up in a big way, without forcing you to make any major sacrifices.

5. Divide your stash into equal portions

Make your weed last longer by dividing your stash as soon as you get it, using individual containers or pill organizers so that you know exactly how much you’re consuming each day. Sometimes, just having this visual is enough to help with cutting back, and for others, setting this limit will keep you from going over your budget or goal. Either way, it’s not a bad idea to try it.

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