Being a website that supports the legalization of marijuana, it is often hard to write a negative post about this miraculous plant. With that being said, we feel it’s important that our readers have the whole picture.
Addiction and marijuana withdrawal are two of the most controversial topics to talk about when discussing the cannabis plant. However, similar to other addictive substances, prolonged marijuana use can increase a person’s risk of withdrawal, especially for chronic users who have built up a tolerance.
Of course, marijuana withdrawal is not nearly as serious as the effects of withdrawal from other kinds of drugs like opioids and prescription painkillers. In this article, we discuss some of the potential effects of cannabis withdrawal, as well as how you can avoid experiencing these effects if you do decide to give up cannabis use. First, though, let’s talk about some of the reasons why people might want to give up cannabis in the first place.
Why Would People Want to Stop Marijuana?
Marijuana is one of the most commonly used substances in the United States, with nearly one in every ten Americans engaging in use. Furthermore, recent studies have shown that more than 60% of Americans support cannabis legalization and more than 70% believe that the government should not intervene in state laws, especially states that have legalized marijuana for recreational or medical use.
While marijuana is slowly coming into the light and being recognized by many professionals as a natural cure for a number of medical conditions, the way it affects each person is extremely individual. While it might help one person, for another, it may cause discomfort which can include; memory loss, trouble with concentration and problem solving, anxiety, distorted perception, panic attacks and problems learning.
If you are concerned that someone around you is using abusing marijuana noticing the signs is the first step. Some of the common signs include:
- Weight Gain
- Lack of Motivation
- Bloodshot eyes
- Increased appetite
- Nervous or paranoid behavior
- Impaired coordination
- Slowed reaction time
The biggest sign of marijuana abuse is the constant urge to use marijuana no matter the outcome or the scenario. Smoking pot whenever, however, and in circumstances that are inappropriate. Some marijuana users will prioritize marijuana over social or occupational responsibilities.
Symptoms of Marijuana Withdrawal
Withdrawal symptoms develop as a result of physical dependence on the plant. This tends to occur when someone uses marijuana for a long period of time. While the withdrawal symptoms are not very dangerous, yet they are unpleasant. Some say that the withdrawal symptoms are similar to those of Tobacco.
To determine whether or not a person is experiencing marijuana withdrawal specific criteria must be met;
1) The smoker must have used marijuana on a regular basis for several months before quitting
2) The smoker must be exhibiting at least 3 of the following symptoms;
- Bad dreams
- Weight loss
- Discomfort (Chills, Sweating, Headache or Stomach Pain)
Other less severe symptoms may include; constant fatigue, concentration problems and hypersomnia.
Treatments for Marijuana Withdrawal
Marijuana withdrawal can last anywhere from a couple of days and up to a couple of weeks. This period is also known as the marijuana withdrawal timeline. Treatments for Marijuana Withdrawal divide into different categories:
Natural Marijuana Withdrawal Treatment
One of the more common ways to overcome marijuana withdrawal is to drink more water, exercise daily and simply wait it out. By drinking more water (around 2-3 liters of water per day), you will help flush your system, speed up your metabolism. Exercising also helps in this aspect as the higher your metabolism, the faster you’ll be able to flush the THC out of your system through sweat. Eating foods like lemons, bananas, melons, and tomatoes will replenish potassium and other minerals you lose through sweat.
Using CBD to Help With Marijuana Withdrawal
Another potentially effective means to reduce the symptoms of cannabis withdrawal is to use CBD oil or other CBD products. As a natural cannabinoid extract of cannabis, CBD works in the body much in the same way that THC does. However, it is entirely non-psychoactive and does not produce a high.
In other words, CBD may help immensely in transitioning to a lifestyle with decreased marijuana use. In fact, there are studies showing the effectiveness of CBD in helping mollify addictive behaviors. Furthermore, CBD products are widely available throughout the United States (as well as globally), and can be bought without the need for a medical cannabis card.
Medication for Marijuana Withdrawal
This is not a method we recommend, and while there are no current FDA-approved medications that can treat marijuana withdrawal, some medications (such as antidepressants) may help with some of the symptoms associated with marijuana withdrawal. For example, there are medications for things like sleep disorders anxiety, which are two potential effects of cannabis withdrawal.
Again, however, we want to make it clear that we do not support the use of medications to help ease symptoms of marijuana withdrawal. Also, please remember that this article is for informational purposes only, and none of the content herein should be taken as medical or clinical advice.
Therapy for Marijuana Withdrawal
While marijuana withdrawal is less complicated than alcohol withdrawal or other drugs, and in most cases, a patient can overcome the withdrawal phase on their own, there are different forms of therapy that assist. These include psychotherapy, motivational enhancement therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy and social support. There are also different types of rehabs, which provide skilled medical professionals who can assist with the process.
Final Thoughts About Marijuana Withdrawal
If you are experiencing marijuana withdrawal or know someone that needs help, feel free to let them know that they can reach out to us through our Facebook Page. It’s important to surround yourself with supportive people, family, friends or online groups. While quitting cannabis might seem like a simple decision, those who’ve tried will tell you that it’s not always so straightforward. Cannabis indeed has its addictive properties, and with anything that’s addictive, there will always be a struggle involved with trying to give it up.