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Marijuana Withdrawal Is Real

The NIDA Blog Team

On this blog, we often get comments from people claiming that marijuana isn’t addictive. A lot of people seem to think marijuana is different from other drugs. Unfortunately, it’s not the case: Just like with other drugs (including alcohol and nicotine), you can get addicted to marijuana—especially if you use it during your teen years.

Dependence vs. Addiction

Drug "dependence" means needing a drug to feel physically okay. If a person is dependent on a drug, having enough of a supply is always important to them. However, being dependent doesn’t necessarily mean they’re addicted. For example, many people can be dependent on a medication prescribed by their doctor without being addicted to it.

The difference is that people who are addicted start to think about the drug all the time and make it a larger priority than other things in their life. They often make bad decisions that work against their health and their overall well-being. In the case of a medication, they may start to abuse it (use it differently than how the doctor prescribed): taking more of it, or crushing it and injecting it. Or in the case of a drug like marijuana, they'll be unable to stop using it even though it's causing problems with school, a job, or relationships. People with an addiction are often unable to see—or admit—that this is happening.

That Bad Feeling …

… is called withdrawal. A person with drug dependence will experience withdrawal if they completely stop using the drug all at once. Withdrawal is what leads a lot of people who are addicted to a drug to relapse—meaning, they've tried to quit, but they start taking the drug again.

A new study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine shows that teens who use marijuana heavily can experience withdrawal when they stop using it. In a study of teens receiving drug abuse treatment at an outpatient clinic, nearly half of them (40 percent) experienced symptoms of withdrawal when they stopped using marijuana.

Not Just a Crummy Day

From portrayals in movies and on TV of people addicted to heroin, people have an image of drug withdrawal as sweating, shaking, and being curled up in bed with unbearable pain. Marijuana withdrawal is a lot more subtle, but every bit as real.

The main mental symptoms of marijuana withdrawal include:

  • Being irritable
  • Feeling anxious or worried
  • Feeling depressed
  • Being restless
  • Having trouble sleeping at night and feeling tired during the day
  • Having low appetite or losing weight

Some people having marijuana withdrawal might not realize it. Some of the symptoms just contribute to being in a lousy mood, and it’s often easy to blame that feeling on other people annoying you or just having a bad day. You can also have physical symptoms like:

  • Stomach pain
  • Sweatiness
  • Shakiness
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache

More Use = More Problems

The longer a person uses marijuana, the more likely they are to have withdrawal symptoms when they aren’t using it. In the Journal of Addiction Medicine study, teens who had marijuana withdrawal symptoms were more likely than other marijuana users to have problems like difficulties at school or at work or trouble with relationships or money. They were also more likely to have other signs of marijuana dependence and mood disorders like depression.

And teen users who suffer marijuana withdrawal are more likely to experience marijuana addiction than adults. One in six teens who try marijuana will get addicted to it, and that goes up to as many as one-half of teens who use it every day. 

If you’re worried you may have a problem with marijuana or any other drug, this page may help answer your questions and let you know what to do to get help.

Tell us in the comments: Do you know any regular marijuana users who stop using marijuana and experience the withdrawal symptoms described in this post?

To learn more about marijuana, check out the blog posts “Secondhand Marijuana Smoke?” and “What’s Wrong With ‘Medical Marijuana’?”

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I'm a teenager, 15 and I've been using drugs since September of 2014, over the months it's worsen and started becoming all I could think about , all I wanted. It was like an obsession. So I made a promise to quit when it started interfering with school. I'm on Day 3 and I've barely gotten any rest, when I do sleep I wake up sweating. Very emotional, all these provided on this website are accurate symptoms of withdraw for teens.
I am on Day 3 can't sleep, bad appetite, irritability
I grew up in a strict home, never drank or smoked. When I moved away to college(a notorious party school in Arizona) I began expirementing with marijuana and I preferred it to drinking because it made me sick. I began to smoke heavily since last January( high quality marijuana), pretty much multiple times a day every day. At first I loved it, I was giddy and zoned out from my priorities. I feel like before smoking I was a lazy person, now my laziness escalated. My GPA decreased I was too lazy to clean my apartment and gaining weight from all the munchies. Still I was loving how it made me feel. One day something happened, I had a panic attack and ever since then I have never been the same. My heart would race I was paranoid my chest was tight I felt like a prisoner in my mind. I was up late on web MD trying to diagnose myself not knowing marijuana was the cause of all this, I even went to the emergency room twice thinking I was going to have a heart attack at 21 but I was fine it was just my paranoia. Two days ago I decided to quit cold turkey, withdrawals have been like HELL. I wake up feeling fine then my stomach feels comparable to being carsick I am paranoid, anxiety ridden, nauseous have a fever and have zero appitite, today all I have been able to eat was 2 grapes a bite of a banana and a cup of soup broth.. The psychological effects and paranoia are what really scare me, it feels like you cannot control your feelings. I have found comfort in taking drives with my dog and reading forums like this really help calm me down. I will never smoke marijuana again, if you are a smoker you probably will read this and laugh. Withdrawals are real, they are different for everyone, but are real. However I used this as a kickstart to better myself and have vowed to cut alcohol weed and junk food for a happier body and mind. Good luck!
i am going through the EXACT SAME THING. no apetite,.. had 2 bites of pizza and 4 fries in 3 days.. and i feel like im dieng slowly.
I've quit smoking weed nearly a month ago, I was smoking bongs everyday for 3 years and ngl I think I'm going insane, my head always feels fuzzy, my heart feels like it's going to jump out of my body, and every time I have a fag it feels worse anyone else having this problem?
Marijuana, isn't addictive, and you can't "withdrawal" from it. I smoked daily for years and when I finally quit I felt fine. Also it dosen't make you lazy your personality dose if you guys would get off the coach once in a while, you would be fine. I also think it funny that all you people think it's bad, but it a scare tactic from are stupid government
I completely agree with the article. I came to this article for help. I feel the exact feelings stated in here and it's killing me. I use marijuana as a way to ignore my PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Without it, I feel lost.
i have been a daily ganja smoker since i was 15 i am now 32. i was smoking between an eighth a day but for the last 8 years iv been smoking 2 eighth a day. i own 2 companys and earn a very good amount, i wanted to stop as it was taking over my life and boy when i did it hit home fast. My symptoms was anxiety (very bad), upset belly ( lasted 1 week), as the first week went by i thought things was getting better but on the 7th day wow things got worse i started to have mini panic attacks but things started to get better slowly from that day. I kept going with it as i had set my goals to stop.. By week 3 the only problem i had was self doubt and a bit of anxiety which now has gone. Them who say there is no withdrawl symptoms need to find a new dealer as the must of been smoking grass not skunt, i always smoked blueberry with a high of thc. When you do anything for so long you body adapts to it and your body starts to need the weed just like you need food. The main thing is them out there who are feeling what i felt the feelings will go between week 3-4 and if you can get through the early stages things will only get better and it wont be long before your feeling the benifits of stopping
Thanks Ben reading your post has made me feel a bit better and given me hope, I am going through the same, I'm on day 9 now. Just had the panic attacks by far the worst of the withdrawal symptoms. I will never smoke that rubbish again.
I have been smoking for quite sometime. I decided to take a little break the first 2 days were fine. Loss of appetite,sleep,etc but wasn't too hard to deal with. The 3rd day however I woke up with the WORSE migraine and stomach pains ever. A lot sicker then I have been in quite a while. (Years) I was dry heaving every few minutes since the moment I awoke. I actually though the stomach pain was due to the migraine. So I took some extra strength pills, the migraine dissipated! The stomach pain stayed.... I can only contribute this to me taking this break... Perhaps I got sick at the same time, but I don't have a fever...
Absolutely true. I'm in my early 60s and retired. I'm a medical marijuana patient who had been doing Rick Simpson oil for prostate cancer. I'd smoke a few times a day, too. I'm clean a week with the major symptoms being quite agitated and irritable, plus the appetite has disappeared. It is hard to swallow down food because my stomach just won't accept it. I'm thirsty a lot and I'm drinking a good amount of water. Thirst allows me to drink nutrition shakes so I won't get sick from poor appetite.I'm looking at the bright side of the experience of losing weight and I've taken all that nervous energy to the exercise bike. It used to be boring to do much more than an hour, but now I'm like a hamster on a spinning wheel. I take a powerful sleep inducer so sleep is not too bad of a problem. I've gone from sleeping 10-12 hours a day down to 7-8 a day, which is great since I can get more done around the house. Also I have a scrip for Xanax, which helps with the nervousness, not much, but every little bit helps
I have been clean for a little over a week, been smoking on and off since I was 15. I am now 30. I have a bit of a cold, but the headache.. Stomach pain... Anxiety.. Insomnia.. Chills... All I want to do is smoke to make me feel better, but I know I can't... Trying to not be depressed:(
Wow...This #### is tripping me out. I smoked in high school, mostly to probably be popular and YES it did do that...Still have the same friends 30 yrs later tho most have stopped including me. Never thought much of it but it made me not care about school...I read and studied a lot...just college subjects before my diploma which ruined that , priorities a little messed up for ???whatever...at first popularity and friends, later just didn't care about a diploma. It wasn't as interesting as metaphysics I guess....I let my daughter smoke, tried to talk her out of it as she sings, and my friend let her son smoke. both 17 now and smoking a couple years. My daughter acts like she is suicidal without it and her son acts like he is going to put his or someone elses head thru a wall without it...I'm tripped out...My friend still smokes. It was no big deal for me to quit. I got sick of everyone smoking all my pot, being broke all the time and never even getting one hit every couple weeks as when it comes to that EVERYONE will smoke every last speck around and then MAKE you go buy more and do it all over again while they never have to drive and or pay for anything. POT MAKES people selfish and users....It's not sociable to use everyone....It's rude and not worth it. Why do people act like it's heroin or something? You can barely even tell if someone has been smoking. It's not like alcohol....Why are our kids acting like they will die without it? Seriously! Her son gets violent and my daughter cries and acts so depressed I can barely stand it...What is going on? Addiction? I don't know....I'm wondering if it's just manipulative ways of acting spoiled...But I have seen him...and he is scary violent without it. Is that spoiled too????,

Hi Robby, marijuana affects people differently, so we can't say for sure how it will affect your kids. Please contact a doctor if you have concerns, or find a treatment program at https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/.

please believe your daughter, the symptoms are real. today's marijuana contains far more THC than it used to in the 70s. I am a 23 year old female and have been smoking since 16, and i have severe mental and physical symptoms when I try to quit.
I was smoking every day for 30 years and decided to go "cold turkey " 3 weeks ago. I went to my GP because I felt I needed help. I have been prescribed some medication for anxiety and they seem to be helping with that. But the other symptoms have been awful...my appetite went completely for a while and I felt nauseous for about a week. My sleep pattern has gone from a regular undisturbed one, to now not only having problems drifting off, but also to waking during the night, every night. I am very emotional and am happy one minute and in tears the next. I have just started experiencing headaches as well which is rotten as I 'm sure you know. I still don't know who I really am and I at this point am finding it hard to get motivated. I am getting to the gym as often as I can, not only for the exercise, but just to get out of the house ( I live alone ). Abstinence has left a hole in my life that just has to be dealt with. As with any addiction/dependence, it is ultimately a personal battle but thankfully I have a family who are supporting me as much as they can.
I've been smoking on and off for the past 3 years, but I've been smoking everyday all day for the past 7 or 8 months. I got a concussion a month and an a half ago, and I had pcs. It completely freaked me out so I haven't smoke weed or digs in a month and a half, and I am in complete hell on earth. Anxiety is thru the roof, really depressed, I feel really anxious and nervous all day, I started having panic attacks, can't sleep, and the list goes on. I can't even get out of bed and function. I'm stuck in my thoughts constantly. I just want to feel normal...
I always thought I was better on marijuana but now I can see non of you stoners can spell or portray your thoughts! So glad I just quit. Btw I got 3.0 in engineering school loaded everyday. 10 days clean and I already regret not getting a 4.0 GPA. My thoughts are so much clearer than before.
I just quit 2 days ago and I was sweating extremely last night! I also have had bad stomach pains after I eat, loss of appetite and slight dizziness. I know it sounds stupid to have withdrawals from weed but I was a heavy smoker and some slight withdrawals will occur if the person was a heavy smoker for longer than a year. (That was me)
I've used it for a month and 4weeks ago it hit me and it was the most crazy experience I've ever had. I felt like everything was in slow motion. All of the Has stopped now but I feel like my hands are really sweaty I get scared and panic I don't really talk to people and I feel like am losing it sometimes and I tend to cry a lot I try to tell Myslef that everything will be ok but it's not working! Somone please help me on what to do

Hi Candy, please talk to a doctor if you are concerned about how withdrawals are affecting you. If you need help finding a drug treatment program, you can search for one at https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/. If you just want to talk to someone, you can use one of the resources listed at at http://teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/post/lifeline-where-to-get-help-when-you....

The withdraw is real. I'm a daily user and I'm on vacation. I've been irritable and emotional. I use marijuana to ease the symptoms of bipolar disorder so without it I feel manic and depressed. I don't think I'm having an episode, I think it's just the withdraw.
I smoked off and on for about 28 years and each time I quit it became more challenging. This time I feel flu-like symptoms and lots of mood issues. It's worth it to move on and enjoy life with a new lens. I can tell you that these withdrawals are motivation to stay off the weed. Life gets better. We have to stay vigilant to stay sober.
My boyfriend has smoked for years and is trying to quit but he's restless and not sleeping well. He's trying melatonin and mild exercise to help sleep. Does anyone have any other suggestions for better sleep?
I've been smoking since I was 14, I am now 19 and a full time college student. Personally, I've had no problem staying on top of my work and reaponsibilities while smoking every day. Unfortunately though, smoking every day is my normal and helps me manage my anxiety. Whenever I stop smoking the symptoms that are the most severe for me are the nausea/lack of appetite, anxiety, and problems sleeping through the night. Yes, everyone is different and stopping isn't a problem for some, but for those who use it habitually over the span of a few years I think it's safe to say we're more likely to experience withdrawal.
I started smoking weed when I was in middle school. Then in college I started smoking constantly as it was readily available. After college, I still continued to smoke heavily everyday. I smoked joints, blunts, pipes and took bong rips constantly everyday. I was in so deep, I thought it would take a miracle for me to quit. Now at age 35, I felt it was time to make that commitment and to say bye to weed once and for all. A couple months earlier, I started my first day of sobriety. The first 3 days was the worst. I had all the symptoms marijuana withdrawal you can think of. I craved badly, was irritable, anxious all the time, couldn't sleep and had night sweats. When I did sleep, I had really crazy, vivid dreams. I couldn't think properly and felt as if I was going insane. But each week, the symptoms started to get less and less. Until now after 60 days later, all symptoms have subsided except for the vivid dreams. What helped me each day of coping was just extreme will power and keeping yourself busy. I focused on other things and concentrated on accomplishing my goals. I stayed active by excercising and participating in sports and acitvities to keep my mind off weed and also to get me tired enough so that I can sleep at nights. Without the support of my girlfriend, I would have the motivation and discipline as well. Now 60 days later, my mind is more clearler, less paranoid and more sociable. I only wish I could have quit a lot sooner as I probably would ended up more successful in my career. I feel a lot more alive now. Quitting marijuana took all the strength and will power that I had and I can proudly say this was the biggest thing I was able to overcome in my life. If I can do it, you can do it. All you need strength, confidence, support and the mindset to accomplish it.
I have been smoking solid and weed daily for 42 yr and decided to give it up a week ago, I have been having terrible night sweats and a loss of appetite and slight stomach cramps, I have been quite but not miserable, hopefully these effects will ease as the toxins leave my system, I can also breathe easier, good luck to all those who are attempting to give up, financially I will save a fortune.
For me its relatively pain free if I cut it down to nothing very slowly but when I cut it out cold turkey out after 9 years of heavy daily use it was like a bad acid trip and sickness bug combined for a little over a week, after that I felt better than I had in years though and can enjoy it far more on occasion (though its very hard for me not to lapse back into heavy use again). I kidded myself for years it wasn't worse than a cup of tea but that's just not true lol
WHERE ARE THE REFERENCES FOR THIS INFORMATION, WHAT CLINICAL RESEARCH HAS BEEN DONE TO SUPPORT YOUR CLAIMS. IF YOU HAVE NO EVIDENCE BASED RESEARCH TO BACK IT UP THEN THIS ARTICLE IS ANECDOTAL AND NOT FACT.

Hi! Did you check out the Journal of Addiction Medicine study mentioned in the post? Here is a link: http://journals.lww.com/journaladdictionmedicine/Abstract/2014/09000/The...

Ive been smoking marijuana for 15 years and i decided to quit a week ago. Im currently going through it all. Im vomiting having ibs, chills horrible headaches and well extreme weight loss . the stomach pain and chest pain feel the worst today. I feel like i cant sit still, but every muscle hurts to move. Honestly i want to die, but i know it will get better so i keep holding on till it goes away. definitely want it to be over and done with already.
I have been smoking for about 2 years every day all day i quit for about a month between the 2 years but other that that its an every day thing for me and my bf. Today is my second day of not smoking and my only reason behind quitting is the lack of job opportunity and nothing more. I believe myself to be an undiagnosed bipolar because of my extreme fluctuation in emotions from depressed to the point of suicide and belief that im lower than dirt and not worth a thing, to extreme happiness and belief that i am great and can accomplish anything i put my mind to.....the green balanced me immensely and i was happy and did my daily duties without complaint house work yard work job ect. it was getting me through life perfectly. Unfortunately the job i have an opportunity to get, through a friend, requires a hair follicle test which goes back 3 months. Ive decided to quit for a month bleach and then redye my hair black to pass (hope it works) But so far ,in the 2 days of not smoking, I have cried the entire first day feeling as if the weight of the world is on my shoulders started argument with my bf which in the year we have been together fighting is a very rare occurrence. Today is his first day and we have barely spoken to each other. The Irritability and depression is the only symptoms ive had thus far, but ive had these before i began smoking, they are just more extreme and fluctuating now since the weed was like a crutch that has made my mind weaker at controlling these emotions. I would like to know how long is it possible to have the angry irritable symptoms.....and hopefully we dont experience any of the physical symptoms some say they have had. ~just my experience on quitting.......or should i say taking a break lol
This is brutal I've never had it this bad I am a fitness model Love to read and study currently I smoked weed for 17 years I would smoke weed and train in the gym Smoke weed and climb a mountain Smoke a joint and paint a huge oil painting I believe if you have ADHD it helps you focus and be creative But little things like dealing with stress I wasn't working on so just became unable To deal with any day to day stress without it I was up to about 15 joints a day after my best friend passed away A month later I ALMOST got into a car accident Killed myself and two other people (one being a child) I decided that no amount of pain reduction is worth this Also I wa starting to get a really nasty cough Now!!?!!! Wow fml Not only can I not sleep I'm in so much pain It feels like nails are stabbing thru my bones and joints My cough is almost gone It's been a month But my pain is getting so bad i don't know what to do Help I need help Is there support groups I'm in British Columbia This is brutal I can't even sit still

Hi Natasha, we don't have information about support groups in Canada, but a doctor or crisis line may be able to point you in the right direction. You can see some lists (not compiled by NIDA) of crisis lines here: http://unsuicide.wikispaces.com/Online+Suicide+Help#.VqFT2vkrKUk and here: http://www.crisischat.org/find-resources/ Good luck!

I was smoking constantly(every day more than once) and I stopped out of no where. A day or 2 later I got this rash looking thing on my face which spread to one side of my face and neck and ear. I think it's withdrawal from my body not being use to me not smoking so excessive. Is it possible to have gotten this due to everyone having different bodies and reactions?

Hi Jahaira, we can't say what might be causing this, but if you're concerned, you should talk to your doctor.

Hi I'm sec and I have smoked weed for 8 years and Nicotine for about 4 I quit cold turkey just made 4 months out of th blue i said im tired of this s$%# my anxiety and depression is off the charts but its getting better day by day with a psychologist and psychiatrist I also wanted to ask if anyone had migraines and diarrhea as symptoms.. I thank God everyday for giving me the courage to say I don't want this anymore and being able to quit cold turkey with a family that smokes all day everyday . In these last 4 months I have not had the urge to pick up a cigarette or to roll a blunt and it's the most great feeling
I have a friend who actually had withdrawal. He smoked for about six years and experienced these symptoms when he stopped using.
I have been smoking for 35 years. It was fun and exciting smoking weed when I was young, healthy and fit. Now it is a habitual and $ draining crutch that is pushing me deeper into seclusion and living for the most part isolated from socializing with people. Everything I read up above is right on the money, loss of appetite, irritability, depression, no interest in anything, pissed off at the world, its all part of leaving weed behind. I'm just about to engage with the system and find away to quit. Not looking forward to the experience. I'm 61 now and its that time. I was accustomed to having one to three week business trips and this would be my dry out periods from smoking. These trips don't happen any more so now its a dube a day, everyday and more. Why, hum! Because I can, probably loneliness, addiction and habituation. Its what I do because its what I do. My wife is excepting and understanding of this habit but truly hates it and is praying I find my way away from this smoking. If your young, stop as soon as you can! It will only screw your life up and rob you of a good life. Serious, this is coming from a long time toker.
Lost my mom Oct 2015...leading up to her passing I started smoking weed again. Wrong decision. It seems to be harder to quit now. But have gone cold turkey several times. U can do it! #Day2..night sweats..anxiety and major loss in appetite, nausea, insomnia..I even threw up today. But it will all pass. And I highly doubt I will ever smoke again. Not worth it..
Smoked cannabis for 25 years, started on solids then moved on to weed. At the worst I smoked all day every day for about 15 years. Dad died when i was 13, didn't get on with mums new fella then got kicked out of home at 15. Smoking weed did block out the bad feelings but at a cost, wasting money, mixing with bad company, committing crime and damage to mental and physical health. Quitting has been really hard, nightmares, insomnia, lack of appetite, anxiety, grumpy, headaches, feeling sick and worried. On day 9 now and still suffering hopefully it won't last too much longer. Please don't make the same mistake i did, there are other ways of dealing with personal problems, best to get professional help rather than hide it away.
It's good to read other people facing the same problems (not good for them :( ) and others getting over it. I first smoked hash when I was 12. I smoked buckets before school, lunch, and after school. Since the age of 14-15 I have smoked spliffs every day. I am now 35 and have smoked around a teenth daily for 20 years. I am giving it up because I can't continue this for the rest of my life and need to make a change. I love weed. In the few years leading up to Xmas I always had at least 20 strains sitting in miniature mason jars so I have been like a kid in a sweet shop. These past couple of months I have smoked what had without stocking back up. My last smoke was 2 nights ago. I got through last night in puddles of sweat not sleeping other than 10 mins here and there. I track my sleep and have been for a couple of months in preparation for this day. My withdrawal symptoms are: - An increase in the severity of my sleep apnea - Palpitations - Increased anxiety - Insomnia - Night sweats - Mild depression (I tell myself that nothing has changed. My family are still the same. So are my days) - Spaced out - Headaches, no energy and the shakes but that is probably due to the insomnia - Complete loss of appetite - Sweaty hands, chest, and back Probably more but I feel so bad none of it really matters. I know I have to do this though. There is no point grabbing some more and delaying the inevitable. I will just be back in the same position when I run out again. I am doing this for my family although it is all they have ever known. My kids love me and I am a good dad but I know I can be better. I hope anyone in the early stages of smoking cannabis will read this. Some food for thought. I think if you do not have an addictive personality and only smoke occasionally in social situations then cannabis is far better than alcohol but don't fool yourself. It grabs you and if like me doesn't let you go.
we sound like brothers from another mother. good luck in your endeavor. I love it too. but i share many of the same feelings you do. I don't have as severe a set of symptoms as you're dealing with but I have to admit, when I used to say there was no withdrawal, I was wrong. There's withdrawal. Luckily mine is tolerable and 99% in my head. I have a very addictive personality. If it feels good, I'll buy 20. I hope I lose my appetite so I can get back to my fighting weight! j/k - but seriously, good luck man.
Cheers for the reply my newly found twin lol. Addictive personality... check! I've think I can deal with the depressing thought that without a nice bit of bud what is there to look forward too. My wife is helping greatly. I keep telling myself that nothing has changed and if I'm not couch locked by the evening we can actually do more with our lives. It's the anxiety that's the worst withdrawal at the minute mate. I can barely catch my breath. Looking forward to it subsiding. Good luck to you too!
I started smoking in 1994, pretty casually at first then pretty much everyday for 20 years. Finally had enough as I'm about to take turn 40 and was just sick to of it. Stopped smoking on New Year's Day 2016 so I'm about a month in and I'm not going to lie it had been pretty tough. First few days were the toughest mentally but that urge passed after about a week. Weeks 2-3 is when it really started, terrible night sweats and then the intense vivid dreams, even dreams that continue after waking and falling back asleep. Now on week four and the new issue is a very sour stomach, mild diarrhea and gas. I did it to myself no doubt, so not feeling sorry for myself by any means. My only real question is on the stomach issues, has anyone heard of this before?
Your detoxing, the stomach issues could be caused be the change in your diet due to quitting? not eating as much junk food... Etc. For myself my diet changed as soon as I stopped smoking, I eat but not as much, and not as much junk. Sugar especially. My advice is to also lower your fat intake its harder on your digestive system, at this stage of your detox. Fat not digested properly can create horrible foul gas and stool, and bloating etc. And your body is still adjusting, especially due to the length of time you have been using. I also used for a long time and excessively, and have had to deal with most all the withdrawal symptoms listed in this article. But I've quit before soo it's nothing new to me.. If it doesn't subside in 3-5 months I would really look into your diet.. But it's all normal bro hang in there.. I have a lot of experience with marijuana withdrawal considering how many times I've quit after using excessively. Things will get better, drink lots of water and truly follow the instructions in this article it will help.
I smoked for 16 years on and off till around 19 then everyday almost all day , at highest point i would easily smoke a half oz a week last few years a qtr a week. Ive been done for a little over a week now , yes i have symptoms of withdraw , first three days sucked cause all i wanted to do was smoke but got past that insomnia is real ill lay in bed for atleast an hour before finally drifting off to sleep, and been getting headaches frequently and no medicine working. As for hunger im not much of an eater to begin with so kinda hard to tell on that one. No stomach pains or anything like that have been feeling slightly feverish but then again its also winter so could be getting a cold . Im my experience withdraws real but not unbearable, to anyone looking to quit for ever or temporarily, it is difficult at first but hang in there it will get better as it goes. Atleast it has for me and the dreams are trippy at night feel like your actually there and not sleeping some good some creepy lol . Actually had a friend over the other night who asked if it was ok to spark up told him had no issue with it long story short i ended up just taking one puff , and surprisingly i coughed my a$$ off and the taste was horrible , and no not low quality same stuff i used to enjoy on a daily basis, so yeah to those non believers like i was it is real ,but then again everybody responds differently to things . Just figured i would share my on going experience of walking the road to sobriety . Like i stated before it sucks at first but it gets better and honestly i feel good and have no regrets on my decision , but.. wont lie in saying i will never do it again but atleast not anytime soon
I would like to contribute to this page as well. I am a 37 yr old male, I only ever started smoking about 4 or 5 years ago. At some point, it became a daily thing. I have tried a few times to quit. I even tried locking it once in a box and sending myself the key through the mail so that I knew if at least the key was coming through the mail, I could resist for a few days (however long the mail takes). In retrospect, this was kind of a funny but creative idea. Ultimately, it wasn't that hard to break my dollar store lock. I tried quitting a few more times. And now I'm trying again. Tonight I smoked for the first time since January 30th (cold turkey is not for everyone). The withdrawal symptoms are 100% real. For me, I don't experience any of the physical symptoms (except for the sweating - which I didn't realize was a symptom until I read the comment by Peter (scroll way up). However, I am experiencing almost all of the mental symptoms. The biggest one is the lack of sleep. I even tried Zzzquil which didn't have any effect. I don't feel depressed, but I have a far shorter fuse and get myself into an angry state when I overthink situations. I realize that not everyone will have the same reaction. To be honest, for some people, marijuana is works. But I am definitely addicted and don't want to depend on it. I do think it's a bit silly that it isn't completely legal. It's like alcohol, some people are terrible drunks, and some aren't.
This is the 2nd time i have quit smoking Marajuana....so funny how it creeps back in and next thing you know you have buds who are rolling as you drive into their homes.. and next thing you know you stoned all the time, i am not a half measure kind of gal..i function very well when i am stoned but i know that its an illusion..please God this time i intend to really get rid of this addiction..i dont want to be a slave to anything..food is next..yoga is my vice in getting to the bottom of why i seem to think i function better on it...
Hello. I am a 26 Year old female, who believes she is currently going through extreme withdrawal from marijuana. I was an extremely heavy user from August til the beginning of last month. HOWEVER, my withdrawal symptoms began before I even quit smoking. I went from medical to recreational and instantly starting having these paralyzing chills and headaches, but I was still using. Then I moved cross country and lost 10 lbs in 3 weeks, because I stopped having access to any marijuana. These symptoms began around Jan 4, so when people say a month or SO, I'm less inclined to believe I'm lucky enough to be able to say it shall be over any day now. I'm starting to get incredibly hopeless and I hate knowing there's nothing I can really do medically speaking as Obama care has decided 26 year olds don't need health insurance. :( I'm just really tired of going through this. I know nobody has answers, I just worry this is about to be the rest of my life. I've quit before, and never went through this....

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