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How to withdraw from marijuana

How to withdraw from marijuana

Quitting marijuana can be very difficult for daily, chronic users. In order to withdraw from marijuana, it’s best to educate yourself so you’ll know what to expect and how to deal with problems that can occur. Read on for more about how to withdraw from marijuana and what to expect during marijuana withdrawal syndrome. Then, we invite your questions about marijuana withdrawal or finding marijuana addiction help in the comments section at the end.

When do you withdraw from marijuana?

Withdrawal from any drug occurs after physical dependence develops. The same is true for marijuana. Daily use of marijuana leads to physical dependence over the period of a few weeks. When you become physically dependent on marijuana, this means that marijuana withdrawal can occur when you drastically reduce doses of THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) or when you stop using marijuana completely.

How long to withdraw from marijuana?

The time it takes to withdraw from marijuana will generally be determined by your individual circumstances, particularly the length of time you’ve been using the drug. For instance, if you’ve been using marijuana everyday for several years, it will typically take you longer to withdraw from marijuana than if you’ve only been a casual user for a few months.

After you last use marijuana, withdrawal symptoms will usually occur within a day to three days. These symptoms can last anywhere from a week to a month.

Can I withdraw from marijuana at home?

Marijuana typically does not have any dangerous withdrawal symptoms like some other drugs. Therefore, you can usually withdraw from marijuana at home without any serious problems. However, enlisting the help of addiction specialists can help minimize the chances of a relapse and better equip you to deal with marijuana withdrawal symptoms.

Withdraw from marijuana symptoms

It’s likely that you’ll experience a number of different marijuana withdrawal symptoms when you stop using this drug. Some of the more common symptoms include:

  • anxiety
  • decreased appetite
  • drug craving
  • headache
  • insomnia
  • irritability
  • restlessness

How to ease withdrawal symptoms from marijuana

Many withdrawal symptoms from marijuana can be treated at home. Oftentimes, it’s just a matter of changing some of your routines and habits. For instance, to help relieve anxiety and insomnia, eliminate caffeine and try to stay as relaxed as possible. Relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises or even a regular exercise routine may be helpful for this. Headaches can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication, and nausea can be treated with over-the-counter stomach medication. Similarly, irritability or restlessness can be treated using awareness practices such as meditation.

Medications studied as possible treatments for marijuana withdrawal include those that alleviate symptoms of cannabis withdrawal, those that directly affect endogenous cannabinoid receptor function, and those that have shown efficacy in treatment of other drugs of abuse or psychiatric conditions. To day, buspirone is the only medication has shown efficacy for cannabis dependence in a controlled clinical trial. However, dronabinol and lithium may warrant further study.

How to withdraw From marijuana safely

Safety is not usually much of an issue when withdrawing from marijuana. However, it may be best to go through marijuana detox and withdrawal under medical supervision. There is less chance of a relapse when you withdraw from marijuana in a detox or clinical setting, and medical professionals will be able to help you if something should go wrong during your withdrawal.

The best Way to withdraw from marijuana

There is no one and only way to withdraw from marijuana. Typically, the best way to withdraw from marijuana will depend on you and your individual needs. Many people, though, find that the best way to quit using this drug is to taper their usage and gradually reduce the amount they use by a small amount each day or each week. This is often more successful than quitting cold turkey, and individuals that use this method will usually experience less intense withdrawal symptoms.

You should also try to stay away from marijuana completely while you’re trying to quit. This means get rid of all of your marijuana as well as all of your marijuana paraphernalia. Surround yourself with non-users and try to stay busy with activities in which you will be unable to use the drug. This eliminates temptation and helps make withdrawing from marijuana a bit easier.

How to deal with withdrawal from marijuana

Withdrawing from marijuana can be a touch time. If you’re ready to quit but need a little guidance, leave us a comment below. We’ll try our best to answer your questions and point you in the right direction.

Reference Sources: NIDA: Available Treatments for Marijuana Use Disorders
NCBI: Pharmacological Treatment of Cannabis Dependence
Drug Facts: Marijuana
NIDA: Want to Know More? Some FAQs About Marijuana

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15 Responses to “How to withdraw from marijuana
1:44 pm September 6th, 2014

my daughter uses marijuana for many years gradually she is becoming more violent when she doesn’t have it, she has a under 2 years old baby she is 48 years old, she starting to evacuate her bowel movements are color deep green ( the # 2) when she goes to the toilet, she denied using it. what can be done.

2:57 pm September 10th, 2014

Hello Rosita. You can first consult with your state’s Attorney General Office to review the laws and procedures about drug use, domestic problems, and what you can do about them to intervene. I’d suggest that you talk with a licensed clinical social worker who can work with you to advocate on what is best for the child in the situation. Or, you can seek help through a psychotherapist who can help guide you through resolution of the issue of family addiction. Please let me know if this helps. You are not alone! I wish you all the best.

11:52 am September 11th, 2014

It is day 3 for me quitting both Alcohol and Marijuana. Fortunately, and unfortunately, finances has forced this decision on me. I say unfortunately though for I cannot go the rout of detoxing or cutting back regular use. I had to go cold turkey. This is probably a good thing as well for I have proven to myself multiple times that I cannot control or discipline myself when trying to stop. Alcohol and weed would normally have taken turn running my personal life.
My main struggle at the moment is obviously overcoming strong cravings (even tempting my mind into criminal activity to procure more of either drug) and then the extreme exhaustion. Just operating a daily routine is almost impossible! And since I just started a new job in the religious sector I cant take time off and also have to walk this road alone!
Russel Brand’s comments on “just one day at a time” has been a great encouragement, but I feel beyond isolated and lonely in my struggle! And the one AA meeting I went had 2 people from my church!!!

2:31 pm November 18th, 2014

Hi I’m on to my third week off cannabis. its hell the first week was the worst. but now im panicing because i feel like the withdrawl should be over and i keep thinking there is something seriously wrong with me. lately iv been getting what feels like muscle spasms Nd cramps in my neck chest area. And the middle of my collar bone is really tender to touch. my aniexty and panic attakes are really bad to the point where im afraid to eat in fear of choking and getting stuff stuck in my throat. Is this normal? need serious help!!

5:32 pm November 19th, 2014

I just quit yesterday how long will it take not to want any

6:39 pm November 19th, 2014

Hi Sarah. It can take anywhere from a few days to weeks or months for cravings to lessen. I’d suggest that you eek help from a psychotherapist (certified addictions counselor) who can teach you where they come from and how to deal with them…cravings are not just in your mind, but can be managed.

9:00 pm December 16th, 2014

I get so angry with everything what should i do?

2:13 pm December 29th, 2014

Hello Camel. There are many anger management treatment programs available. A simple search can help you find the program options in your area. Find one that you feel most comfortable in and commit to working on the issue.

3:31 pm January 20th, 2015

I’m trying my first day of detox cold turkey a habitual user for 20yrs going to be 35 and in need of change. I have loving wife and is time for a better me for a better us. With all the trials and tribulations I’ve experienced I know that I can be a better person if weed brought me this far then I should be able to do the rest. Withdrawal is making me feel bad today but I know tomorrow can and will be better. It’s totally up to me to make the rest of my life better. Today’s sober lows are tomorrow’s life highs .life is what u make it believe to achieve. God’s got ur back 1 day at a time

6:01 pm January 20th, 2015

Hi Harry, and congrats on the decisiveness to quit. It’s unbelievable how something that made you feel so good can make you feel so bad…i know. Keep going forward one step and one day at a time, things do get better. Good luck to you!

9:00 pm January 20th, 2015

I’m having stomach pain and not eating what do I do to help get my pain gone.need my body to catch up with my mind.

3:14 pm January 21st, 2015

Hello Harry. I’d suggest that you schedule a physical exam with your family doctor or general practitioner. You may require medical diagnosis for symptoms unrelated to marijuana withdrawal.

7:24 pm January 22nd, 2015

Today I feel great eating is almost normal and body is getting stronger. i will be going in to my 4th day today and my mind is clear. Thanks 2 all who wrote on this blog it really helped me out the negative and positive. My support system is really strong a excellent wife that takes care of me and a older brother that loves me. Don’t have any friends because they get high and I don’t kinda hurts but they weren’t my friends anyway if my change means we don’t talk. Kinda funny to think that all we had in common was getting stoned. Thought we were close but drugs changes u and soberness reveals the real you. I guess I didn’t know who I was or who they are but I’m working on me not them. So stay strong for those that love u and away from those that like who you were. This is the best feeling I have had in years only on day 4 but feels like day 40 . congrats to all trying to stay clean and to those that wanna try step out the smoke cloud we will be here for u. God bless u and remain strong $$$$$$

9:39 pm January 29th, 2015

I Was Smoking Weed Since I Was 14 I’m Now 18 (4 years) I Been Off Weed For A Month Almost 2 Months these symptoms don’t feel pleasant I wanted to know how long does the symptoms last

10:47 pm January 30th, 2015

Hello Faizon. I can totally relate. It can take up to 6 months or longer to feel better after marijuana withdrawal. It can help to seek temporary help from a psychiatrist for short term use of antidepressants (3-6 months) in addition to both psychological therapy and social support.

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