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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:

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  • 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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32 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.

11:46 am June 16th, 2015

Decided to quit cold turkey right now I been smoking 18 years. I start sweating and look like a crackhead after 4 hours without weed. I’m scared to go to sleep tonight I have the most severe night sweats I soak my sheets every night. Its nearly been 4 hours since my decision and already my body is producing severe sweat please help me to sleep at night and get off this putrid controlling drug

4:10 pm June 17th, 2015

Hi Cherie. Seek your doctor’s help to help prescribe medications or suggest over-the-counter medicines and herbal remedies to ease withdrawal symptoms and lower their intensity.

12:45 am September 11th, 2015

Sunday was my last time smoking marijuana. These past few days have been difficult dealing with the withdrawal. I have been smoking for a year and a half. The anxiety is killing me because I have never been through this before so It’s hard to not think that this will never end. I also have insomnia, cold sweats, shivers, nausea, lost of appetite, and chest tightness, but it’s the anxiety that’s killing me. Where can I go to seek help to calm myself down?

2:40 pm September 22nd, 2015

Hi Hilson. You can ask your doctor to prescribe medications for short-term use that will treat specific withdrawal effect or suggest some over-the-counter medications that will help relieve symptoms. Your doctor can further refer you to a treatment clinic in your area that will be able to provide a more professional round-the-clock monitoring and assistance OR call the helpline number displayed on our site to get in touch with our trusted treatment providers that will help you enter a program that fits your needs best.

2:51 pm November 11th, 2015

I quit cigerettes and marijuana cold turkey alittle over a week ago.I going through terrible withdrawels.Can I expect to be well soon ? Do you know how soon?Mostly, I feel the worst at night now.vomiting,sleeplessness ,dizzy, chilling and sweating,bad headache and stomach upset. When I smell cigerettes I start feeling sick too.Boy I hope I feel better soon,I feel like I never will.Will I?

5:23 pm November 11th, 2015

Hello Kathryn. Marijuana withdrawal symptoms depend mostly on how long and how frequently the drug was used. There are many ways to ease withdrawal. Have you tried some relaxation techniques like breathing exercises? Also, over-the-counter medications can be used for treating headaches and nausea.

7:48 am November 14th, 2015

Hi. I abruptly quit smoking marajuana a week ago. I can handle the random sweating and irritability.
However, the symptoms that greatly concern me are the cardiovascular ones including a 20 point increase in my systolic blood pressure and a 20 beat per minute increase in my heart rate. Also, my temper is 0-10 in 2 seconds flat. Any thoughts?
Thanks a million

9:53 am March 17th, 2016

Is it safe to use xanax to help withdrawal symptoms? I have been smoking now for ten years daily use anywhere from a eighth a day to sometimes a quarter a day …today was my first day and the shakes and nausea and anxiety are very intense ….I have puked once and I have been very irritable …what can I do to help this ??

2:45 pm March 23rd, 2016

Hey Zack. Marijuana withdrawal symptoms can include: insomnia and vivid dreams, anxiety and feelings of nervousness, depression, moodiness, loss of appetite, nausea, sweating, fever, chills, restlessness, marijuana cravings, etc. You can treat each withdrawal symptom as it occurs. Xanax is one solution for the anxiety, but other symptoms can be treated with over-the-counter medications. Your Xanax use shouldn’t last longer than a week, because then you’ll be risking developing dependence to the medication and going through another withdrawal. Ask your pharmacist about what herbal remedies or OTCs can help you at this point.

10:17 pm April 8th, 2016

day 2 I’m a bitch been smoking 10 years daily, needed to stop for my breathing, now what??? I’ve done it before and wonder why I ever went back??

rodney c
4:48 am April 24th, 2016

i just want to thank you for your article on marijuanathis is my six day not using and feel better but still having them moments where its a little worst i find exercise cranberry juice meditation deep breathing helps .can you please send anything that may help

8:15 am April 26th, 2016

i’ve been using almost daily since i was 17, and in the last 3 years i have been using very heavily. i am 22 now and been cutting back for the past couple weeks. in two days it will be time for me to quit as i am getting shipped off to the coast guard in june and need to be clean for the UA. is there anything that can help get me clean for the UA and for my own benefit?

10:58 pm May 12th, 2016

I am aregular user of marjuiana daily atleast 2 times when available. I tried to quit 4 months before and everything seemed ok but frequent headaches and then a strong ache in righr eye and right side of head started. High blood pressure, anger and depression caused me to start again. It was without medication for three and a half month.
My question is, how can i quit safely without disturbing my practical life and would i be able to feel and act the same after withdrawl or i would be a changed man.

1:26 am September 21st, 2016

All you guys have my EMPATHY. SOMEONE CARES. I am a caregiver, and let’s all say a prayer for C.A. who is in the hospital. Marijuana saved her life, and now in hospital, she is cold-turkeying it. She has gained weight. C.A. herself saved many lives working I hospital roller-skating to codes where she resuscitated people. She so deserves prayers and I am sure she has empathy for all you suffering similarly.
God bless all good people. PS my son got 18 yr prison sentence for selling marijuana in CA where it is legal. However it is not legal federally anywhere. Nice the feds go after sweet nonviolent daddies, rather than hardened criminals. My son’s wife then died!!!!! They have 2 kids.

6:26 am December 14th, 2016

I’ve smoked daily for about 7 years. I never knew you could have withdrawals from weed. Not out of choice, I haven’t been smoking yesterday and today. I feel like crap. It’s clear to me I have a problem with the drug (sad times) and want to quit. I can’t continue cold turkey, I have mental health issues and it’s worrying me a little. I’m already on mirtazipane after trying flouxitine, sertraline, vanlefaxine and others so I don’t think using an anti depressant will help here. I’d imagine benzos (valium) would help but Ive had a history with that and again it’s not worth the risk.
My question is do you have any advice for gradually cutting down? Things I can do before I’m off it entirely to help? Do I ask my gp for something to aid sleep during this period?

I’m so glad to of found this. You tell a stoner you want to quit and they flip. Tell them you think you’re addicted and out comes the science behind addiction. Too little people know the real effects of marijuana and it’s terrifying to think teenagers will use as it’s a soft drug. :'(

9:31 am January 10th, 2017

I need to know if Nescafe can help reducl

8:59 am February 1st, 2017

Just about to quit smoking dope now after smoking for almost 20 yrs. I gave up alcohol for heath issues (which still haunt me) and now I’m being told that smoking anything is not good for my pancreas and its time to stop. Scared shitless but I know I can going to do this – I’m not going to have fun ever again! Wish me luck.


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