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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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Turns out caffeine with is waaaaaaaay worse and comes on a lot faster. Drank only one cup of coffee every day for a few months. Gradually increased to two and then started feeling poorly so detoxed off caffeine cold turkey. Horrible headaches, irritability, lethargy, confusion, heart palpitations. Took an entire 2 weeks to start feeling mostly normal and a month later I was back to 100%. This has never happened with cannabis, to me, ever. I'll use heavily for a month or two, then quit completely for the same period. There are no side effects, at least for me. Worry more about caffeine, which is a legal drug that has actually killed people.
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I have recently quit using marijuana, becomes I am pregnant. Well ever since I quit I find my self vary depressed at random times in the day. I also noticed that I'm not as hungry any more. I wake up and I have bad stomach pains and fatigue. My boyfriend and I argue more than normal now becouse I don't feel good and the way my mood can change really fast. I find my self getting mad when he continues to buy it. I have never used any other drug besides marijuana and I have noticed that I do get a little chilled, sweaty, and I have a little Shake to me when I do get chilled. I was using it for about 2 years. And idk how long it will make me feel this way. But I hate the way I feel ever since I quit marijuana.
Don't give up! You're doing the right thing for you and your baby!
I smoked weed since the age of 16 to 25 and the withdrawals symptoms I've experienced have been intense, I have experienced and still am experiencing anxiety, panick attacks and when I first stop insomnia my appetite also went but after a few days it eventually got back to normal. I experience headaches and a feeling of glum or doom, which is like feeling very low. I have started going to the gym which I heard helps stress and anxiety. I do feel slightly depressed. Stopping smoking is also changing the friends you once held as they smoke also and I feel it's best not to be around them. I also had to stop smoking cigarette as that would trigger of my anxiety. As days go by it's getting better and I guess more manageable. I had to be put on medication as the anxiety I was experiencing was so intense and severe I was uncontrollable and would play on my low feelings until I got worse and heart would beat so fast. My sleeping has got better. I meditate also to relax my mind and I avoid anything that contains caffeine as that triggers off anxiety. This has actually been quite hard for me as I was a very hard smoker but I am happy that it does not have a hold of my life and I guess I have to travel through the storm to get to the calm.
What do you do if you dont know what you are smoking. I am from India and here the weed sold locally is said to be spiked by various things like shoe polish, rat poison etc.. I have been smoking for last 7 years (and yeh it started from Goa), nearly everyday. At time have smoked really good stuff (real Hash made in front of eyes). The experience was very different from what we smoke locally. initial days/years were good. But life has took a different angle. My life before smoking: - Black belt in Karate - World championship bronze medal on karate - Topper in class, college - Awards in drawing and Arts competition at National level - National position holder in Table Tennis (particularly SGFI, School Game Federation of India) - Challenger for high kick World Record Life after smoking, alcohol, cigrattes: - quite karate - no exercise - no drawings, arts - started daily masturbation atleast 3 times a day - addicted to Porn - performance dropped in academics - procrastination - started my own Software development company - got married - smoking and masturbation hiding from wife Though I have started my company and is doing well, relatives and other have feeling that I would have done far better if I have not been smoking. Clients are not that happy as deadlines are not met, might because I spend nearly straight 4 hours smoking and masturbating every day. Lately my wife caught me masturbating, it happened again and then she called Police. My parents came to know about my habits, my in-laws came to know. Though its a love marriage I lost interest in my wife and got distracted to a cousin who came for a family visit. My wife got suspicious on it and screwed up me, my parents, relative and my cousin. Now, for few days I am experiencing sudden weight loss, had upset stomach, and now headache. This is my first day after I have decided to quit and get my life back.

We are so sorry to hear of your struggles with drug use. It is a great first step you’ve taken by identifying the issue and deciding to quit. You might need medical help to stop smoking marijuana. For a step-by-step guide to finding the right treatment for your medical problems, please see https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/treatment/what-to-do-if-you-hav.... Many of the resources are specific to the United States, but much of the information should be useful for you. We recommend you visit your doctor and consult with them to help you on your path to recovery. We wish you well.

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I have been smoking pot for 3 months and smoked for just 15 times I guess....but I decided that I am not gonna do it again ever and it has been 4 days since I took gravity bong and now i feel like I am high 24 hrs and depressed.... I am taking water as much as I can and taking rest as well as sleep but sometimes I am not able to do anything please help me
have been smoking pot for 3 months and smoked for just 15 times I guess....but I decided that I am not gonna do it again ever and it has been 4 days since I took gravity bong and now i feel like I am high 24 hrs and depressed.... I am taking water as much as I can and taking rest as well as sleep but sometimes I am not able to do anything please help me as soon as possible.

Hi Emma, sorry you are dealing with this. You can get information about drug abuse treatment programs at https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/. If you aren't sure what to do or just want to talk to someone, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.

I've been smoking marijuana for 29 years, getting clean is hard, but a must! withdrawl symptoms, headache due to teethclenching in the night are the worst headaches. This afternoon my nightplate is ready. hope it helps. I start thinking I now know why I started at 15. No-one understood me as a kid. maybe there are other things wrong with me? I no longer want to look fot excuses to smoke marijuana. I want to face life and face myself for who I really am. You're worth it.. take the plunge into the unknowm and feel renewed love and pride for the real true you..
let me just say that i believe in liberty and freedom. i am an anarcho- capitalist because i dont believe in the use of force to comply others so i am against things like taxes, the drug war and interventionist foreign policy. i have been a heavy pot smoker for the last 7 years. i smoke every day at least 4 times a day. usually i smoke about 7 or 8 times a day. i went two days without it and started getting panic attacks and had very bad anxiety and i was very scared of everything. eating made me more nervous and i thought i was losing my mind. i puked and felt like i was dying. we went to the hospital because i was feeling so bad. i did not know why i was feeling so bad. i thought i had something in my stomach. i went to the ER 3 times and every time i went they told me i was fine. i thought i was going crazy. 3 days after my last hospital visit i tried to smoke weed to make me feel better. i ended up not smoking the pot i bought because i was scared that with my current state if mind it was going to make me feel paranoid and increase my anxiety. after about 14 days i started feeling slightly normal and decided ti go back t work. the nervousness and anxiety was still affecting me. i only ate soup because i was too scared to eat anything else. i lost like 10 pounds. after a month passed i felt almost 100%. so i started smoking again. i started smoking a lot like 10 times a day for about a month and a half. then i went 2 days without it and all my symptoms came back. this is how i learned that dependency to marijuana and withdrawals from marijuana is very real. i was so happy to have learned this because for a second i thought i was just going to suffer from anxiety at random. i am healthy and always have been and now it is completely clear to me that what i was going through was withdrawals. my advice to you is to not smoke everyday or every week. and if you do then prepare yourself for some bad feelings when you cant smoke a day or 2 because you ran out of money or for w.e reason. i love smoking weed everyday but i do not want to be dependent on anything to feel good. i choose to not be a slave to anything. it's bad enough we are all slaves to our governments
You're right on the money with all this man. I hope you're doing better. Whoever says weed isn't addictive is a lie. My girlfriend is going through all this now.
I have used for 20+ years pretty regularly and can verify this is very real. I was able to quit at times in the past without any real bad side effects. I live in Colorado so there is open access to the best weed anytime you want it. For the past 18 months or so I've only used vape pens because they are easier and I assumed healthier, but I think they have been worse because they are so potent and so easy to use and hide. I've decided I'm done and need to quit and am on my 3rd day sober. I cannot believe how bad the withdrawls have been. It's just crazy, the stomach cramps, night sweats, insomnia and it feels like I have the flu. I can't eat and have lost 10 lbs in 3 days. I hate the gov't war on drugs too but you are correct, addiction is addiction and the facts are the facts. Weed (especially the modern strains) is like any other narcotic and is just as destructive when abused. The cannabanoids can be a miracle for many illnesses and I know people who have benefitted from them. But some people have no business using it recreationally, and it has taken a long time to accept that I am one of them. I sincerely hope the younger readers here pay attention to the stories being shared. It's not a joke - you can confront it now or in however many years it takes for you to realize your life is slipping away. Slavery comes in many forms. Best of luck to all of you. Hang in there.
"I choose to not be a slave to anything." Couldn't have said it better myself. I quit smoking cigarettes 3 years ago because I felt like I was a slave to RJ Reynolds. I made up for this lack of cigarettes by smoking insane amounts of pot. (yeah, yeah, I know) So now I am a slave to pot. Just wanna stand on my own 2 feet, without needing some other substance to prop me up.
I smoke a half ounce a week been doing it for 3 years straight. havn't gone more then a couple days without smoking. I managed to stopped once when i moved i had stopped cigs and weed at the same time. now i want to stop for a while and man i remember these feelings they suck XD dont give up everyone!
Perhaps for many of you it is more of a dopamine addiction than a marijuana addiction? The symptoms of dopamine withdrawal are anxiety, panic attacks, depression, sweating, nausea, generalized pain, fatigue, dizziness and drug cravings. In extreme cases I certainly agree that marijuana can be addictive (my brother has smoked weed heavily for 20+ years & goes thru withdrawal when he's without it for 12-24 hours) but I think it's because over time dopamine is released not only when the thc reaches the brain but whenever the smoker does marijuana-related tasks, rather than the thc sticking to the brain & other body parts like nicotine does. No documented science behind that, just a little personal experience with dopamine addictions
Im an addict of spiceee, yess the addiction is reall lol.
I quit smoking 1 month ago, an my withdrawals have been very minimal - possibly due to the fact I take one 50mg Tramadol a night before bed due to my back pain. This is after smoking 1 - 2g per day for 3 years every single day. I thought it would be allot harder but I had to do it for my own mental state. The only main side-affect is the lack of inspiration when writing music, an struggling slightly with social situations. After taking a large quantity of hallucinogenics 1 and a half years ago, smoking cannabis was never the same. I would get very down, depressed and even developed slight psychosis from smoking (voices, anger) etc. Don't get me wrong cannabis is great for some people, but everyone should know when to stop when the fun stops. Once you quit though, time slows right down. Days become longer, with so much more time to be productive, food tastes better, sex feels better, life is just generally better. I know the common thing to believe is that cannabis makes the world brighter but in reality all we are doing by smoking is numbing and diluting the beautiful world that we live in, once you quit you will make that realisation. It's the best thing i've ever done. But god damn I could do with a joint! hahaha! - That craving will never subside!
i've noticed.... every long term smoker can't spell worth a pile of beans.
I'm a heavy smoker at 22, I'll smoke about a half a week, maybe a little more. I quit every now and then, just feels like I have a a bad flu for a couple days. Day 2 and I'm starting to feel better.
I've know people, been around THC users. Everyone reacts differently to any drug. It's how you're wired and how you make yourself think, unless you are in a state of mind that you need psychiatric help. From my experience, when I was younger, I didn't really like it, but I did it with my friends in high school. I didn't like the feeling. I'm an anxious person, this isn't a good thing for anxious and stressed persons. But what I can tell you, if you choose to smoke marijuana, drink alcohol, use tobacco, etc. Drugs that don't literally deteriorate your body within months.... ... If you choose your priorities over your drug of choice marijuana, alcohol, cigarettes.. and use it in moderation. And I mean moderation, not every day, but when you want to, when you don't have important things to do... When you are an adult over 25 years old... I can't stress enough how sad it is when you have to pay for groceries 2 weeks in a row and other high ticket items, when your lover tells you they're broke, but catch them buying marijuana.... $140 of it...... Not cool. Not at all. It's more heartbreaking than frustrating and being angry. No one should tell anyone what to do, but suggestions, learning your priorities, and growing the hell up should be embedded I'm your brain. If you're going to chose to smoke marijuana, do it wisely, with people and places you can TRUST. Kids will always experiment and same with adults that have never used it before. There's nothing wrong with being curious, but be smart make the right choices and find yourself without the use of mind altering substances..... Marijuana isn't a big deal, but when it is also being made into oils, and other similar ways of ingesting... And being grown/farmed with stronger strains. You must be careful....
I'm a heavy weed smoker, who smokes daily, except for when I travel for work or vacation. I have a much easier time with withdrawal when I travel than when I'm in familiar settings. Today, I am on day 4 of a planned month off. Yesterday was the most difficult day so far. I'm mentally set on not smoking so it's not a matter of fighting the urge, so much as dealing with the constant irritability and restlessness. In 2014 I made a resolution to quit for one year, which I completed successfully. During 2014 I had always intended to smoke again come the following New Years. During my year off it took about three months for me to notice all of the positive effects, such as better memory, better sense of direction, being more present in the moment, being more social, reading more, and engaging in less space out activities. That is not to say that it was torture for three months just that I continued to notice the benefits for three months. Anyway, after this month off I'd like to learn how to regulate myself better to use it ~once a week. I've been down this road enough to know I need a plan. Has anyone had success in dramatically lowering their intake to the point that it's no longer a struggle to do so?
I've smoked daily for 13+ years, quarter to half ounce per week. I'm now in the process of obtaining employment that requires a urine drug test so I've stopped smoking cold turkey. It's been about a week and I'm fine, and I'm sitting on a quarter ounce that's in my fridge waiting for me. I have no desire to reach for it because it will be there when I can smoke again, which will be about three months from now. My desire to start a new phase in my career supersedes the need to smoke. I have a reason, an incentive, to quit. The problem with most people is that they don't want to quit, so they're resentful of it. Studies have shown that when properly incentivized, addicts have little trouble quitting. So.....find a good reason to quit. "People tell me I smoke too much" rarely suffices, "If I quit for a year I'll have more money and a better job waiting for me" just might do it. As with any arduous task in life, find your incentive.
People really need to know that Weed has different effects on everyone. For myself, my withdrawel symptoms are minor and I can choose to stop smoking when I feel necessary. For my girlfriend on the other hand, her marijuana intake was much higher and she decided to quit cold turkey. Her withdrawal symptoms are extreme. She has been clean for 6 days and for the past 6 days she has not been able to keep food in her stomach and cannot stop throwing up. She's had to go to the ER to be hydrated via IV because she's been throwing up so much. I've never seen symptoms this bad in anyone but they are very real and what we are going through is very real. I feel a lot had to do with how much and how long she has been smoking weed, oil, and eating edibles. I believe that you can be addicted or become dependent on this drug from first hand experience. In my life, it only seems to cover up my sadness and when I stop smoking I feel more depressed. I love weed and how it makes me feel in the movement but it's only a temporary fix and my problems don't go away with smoking. I truly believe people should seek different ways to remedy their emotional or physical problems with something other than marijuana. PEOPLE DONT BE FOOLED, weed is no different than a dependency on coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, or any hard drug. The effects vary and are different for everybody but the bottom line is a weed is a temporary enhancer and without your brain will feel the absence on the extra intake of THC you have been giving it. The effects you'll see are all listed above at the beginning of this page and are all VERY REAL. Just remember, just because it hasn't happened to you doesn't mean it can't happen at all.
I am a student 24 years old, studying psychology. I have smoked since i was around 14, i find it has became a hindering routine within my life. I am lowered to attempting to hide the fact that i am "dependant" on smoking from my family, my partner most of all. I find smoking gives me clarity for thinking aswell as a great release from the excess pressures of life.unfortunatley i have a troublsome time attempting to steer clear of smoking although i know i shouldnt be as it is holding me back acedemically, socially and emotionally. I need advice toward overpowering my urge and habitual behaviour pattern of getting high, i have tried informing myself but this just is not enough and i have not been able to act upon this, any ideas on how to break bonds with mary jane ?

Hi Josh, if you're interested in a treatment program, this tool may be able to help you find one near you: https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

I dont suppose wether you know if there is an equivalant within England, merseyside perhaps? Many thanks in anticipation.
First off you need the support...you need to let your partner and anyone important know what is going on. Then think about the money aspect. Add it all up and see how much you really spend and use that money for a hobby or just exercise. I personally smoke more cigarettes (which is not better by any means at all) but it really helps me. I can quit cigs easier than pot too so I'll ween myself off cigs as well. This is my 3rd time to quit and the withdraws are worse than ever and it has been 48hrs now but I can say there is NO better feeling than not letting a sustance control you. When you overcome it ...it is the most amazing feeling and you are like yes I did it! I'm telling you I enjoy that feeling the most. Being able to just say no and to be in complete control is amazing and I promise you will get there. But to me main thing is support because you will really need it. Just think positive and if you have any questions I'll be happy to try to answer them!
Hi, I am 31 yr old weight 75 kg A+blood group, I have been smoking weed from last 3 years or so and suddenly decided to quit smoking weed and cigarette as well. This year 2016 Jan I smoked my last weed and stopped smoking completely. And things were going well until 5th April I was partying and smoked weed after gap of Feb March....After that day on 6th April I had severe pain headache like migraine and got admitted to hospital bcz of uncontrollable headache....later after dose of 2 pain killer I was feeling better.....However after 6th April I have been feeling tightness in my front portion of head and also sometimes in mid top....but after having food I feel better and go to work...and subsequently my heavyness or tightness goes away....but after sometime while m going g to sleep I feel the tightness again....I consulted doctor and did blood ct scan etc and everything came out as perfectly normal... today while writing this comment I am feeling little heavyness and tightness but that's for couple of mins and I would feel better in sometime again....I have been feeling like this for almost 2 weeks since I smoked marijuana last time on April 5th 2016....I don't feel urge to smoke or something but every morning I am awake after 2 hrs before my breakfast the tightness starts and heavyness remains for sometime and disappears.... I don't know if this is due to marijuana or something else....please help

Hi Nishant, we can't say what is causing your symptoms; please contact a doctor if you have concerns.

ya i wouldnt blame that on the weed especially if you were "partying" likly the alcohol and then taking pain killers while on alcohol and weed, man seriously have to consider all the other things you are throwing down the hatchet.
I've been using daily for about 6 months and my life is worse because of it. I'm much more withdrawn and eat a lot worse when high. I say I'm going to do things but never follow through. I've decided I need to quit. This is my second day and I just feel tired and unfocused. I also have very little appetite so maybe this is linked to feeling tired? Sleep is a bit harder and the dreams are crazily vivid. I've thrown everything out and I'm not going back.
I'm 25 and I have been smoking MJ for 5 years. At the first 2 years, I was only smoking during nights. Then it became during days and nights and then I started to smoke it like tobacco. Yesterday I decided to quit it, it will be my first try and your comments make me fear more :) The hand sweating thing is for real as well as the restlessness and I probably will have to deal with insomnias and very vivid dreams too. What I realized is, I was continously smoking it not because of my environment or other things but because of myself and my perspective of looking the world and I didn't know how to deal with them. I still have many questions deep inside my mind, but what I think is it's better to try to deal with them sober instead of running away from them with a substance. I'm not judging the other smokers either, each of us has its own way to deal with themselves and I just found out that this way ain't good for me. Marijuana is a really nice plant and I'm very glad to taste it, for 5 years, continuosly :) But when I think about my younger days without this beautiful plant, I feel like I were freer in my mind. I will see if it's true or not, in some weeks maybe, and would share my additional experiences. I wish many courages to the ones who try to withdraw it and fun moments to the ones who doesn't have any problem smoking it :)
I'm so glad I found this blog. I am a long-time smoker, over 20 years, and a daily smoker over the past six years or so. I haven't had any for 4 days, and I feel like I'm dying. :/ I started having just depression jags and a bit of insomnia the first two days. On the second day, I started getting bad night sweats, and stomach pain and cramping. That has intensified over the past two days, to the point of severe nausea that leaves me with dry mouth, and the urge to throw up, but I don't. I dont know if this is a blessing or a curse, lol. I am also getting hot and cold chills. It feels a lot like the flu. Honestly, part of me hopes that it is flu, so it will stop, but I've never suffered from the flu for this long.
I'm currently quitting marijuana myself and am on my 3rd day without a joint... I quit a few years ago for 7 weeks and felt most of the symptons. Waking up feeling like I've pissed myself (sweating), nightmares, headaches, currently I feel incredibly under the weather as though I'm on the cusp of full on man flu. Sleep deprivation is very real and works very fast. In the last 3 nights I've accumulated a total of 5 hours of actual sleep. Don't let yourself and your buddies convince you that it's harmless and not addictive. I had actually forgotten about the withdrawals I had last time and 2 weeks ago I'd have told you it's not addictive and that I'm not addicted. Aside from those 7 weeks, I have smoked almost daily since I was 15, beginning at a simple 1g for the most part of it to about 2 months ago starting to smoke 3.5g at £25 a day (an astounding £175 a week and the excess need for tobacco as it was rinsing 50g of Baccy in 2 days meant I was spending around £280 per 8 days of it) by myself... This was when I saw a problem in myself as I was blowing the most part of a monthly salary of £1.1k in the space of 3 weeks sitting around smoking. Sometimes (usually after just being paid) I would buy a quart (7g at £50) and 6g would be gone by bedtime, to myself. I'm now 21 and have decided that I've wasted too much of my life on it even to the point where paranoia has dwindled my friends over time to the point where I only have a handful... And with GAD and Social Anxiety I'm struggling to renew what I once had (even when drunk I struggle with my thoughts). While I don't think I'm depressed as I've just recently been offered a full time permanent job in my chosen field of work so I'm on a bit of a high (no pun intended) at the moment... While I can admit to a decrease in my sex drive. I'm absolutely determined by this point to kick it to the curb for good, even to the point of saying I wouldnt touch it on a special occasion because that's how I got back into it last time. Time for me to do what I really want to do, get a car, move out, travel with friends, go to the gym, pick up a sport like boxing...
Withdraws are SOOO real. I have been a heavy smoker...about an ounce of hydro a week between my husband and I. I have quit before but it wasn't by choice...it was because I had to. Imwe have no decided to quit by choice and it has been 48hrs since we have smoked. My symptoms have been sweaty hands and feet, jaw clenching and sometimes I have felt like it was vibrating..if that makes sense...kinda like teeth chatter..? I have had some insane dreams and it is taking me forever to fall asleep at night. I am more irritable and VERY forgetful,..like in mid thought I lose my train of thought...it's so odd and I'm already over it. Good is no where near as good as it was either. Lol Considered a resin hit but realized it's not worth it now.
I smoke every day, all day, for far too many years now. When I quit, I get uncomfortable chills, stomach pains, and I have trouble focusing. The worst though, by far, is the insomnia and night sweats. It will take me forever to fall asleep, and I will wake up soaking wet in the morning. This usually only lasts about 3-5 days for me, (or maybe I only quit for 3-5 days, hmmm) but it is insanely uncomfortable. If I am going on a trip somewhere where I cannot smoke, I have to quit a few days before, because it is quite embarrassing to soak sheets that are not your own. I am currently starting a break, because I am visiting my parents, and I am really going to try to not start up again. After smoking for about 15 years, it is about time I spend a few of them clear-headed.
I'm 25 now and have smoked everyday for over 3 years! I've taken a new job recently that means I have to be in Sweden for a couple of weeks a month and I get the worst withdrawal symptoms after 48 hours of not smoking; waking up every 30 mins covered in sweat (literally have to change my sheets during the night), constant shakes during the day, sweaty dirty hands that I have to keep washing every hour, I grind my teeth, very hot and clamy forehead, irritation, literally have no focus on anything, the whites in my eyes actually turn bloodshot with a yellow tint I've noticed as well as well as getting spots and blotchy skin! I'm addicted and I've gone from smoking an eighth a day to a ten bag but I physically cannot smoke less than this over a days period or the withdrawal kicks in! But I think the worst symptom or whatever I have is that constant need to find something to replace the weed with when I can't smoke it - I replace it with alcohol. Instead of having a smoke in the morning, I'll have a couple of shots of wiskey then a couple of glasses of wine at lunch and a bottle after I finish work! This helps my withdrawal symptoms to a certain extent that I am not going crazy out of my mind but the even weirder thing is .... I feel completely sober and not drunk. People that say there are no physical addictions to weed - all I can say is lol. I actually cant wait to get on the plane home tomorrow. I need (and yes need not want) a nice doob!
Im 25 and I've smoked for the last 6 years with a couple breaks here and there. The last time I stopped was almost exactly a year ago for about 3 weeks. I felt great in every aspect of my life when I stopped (physically, mentally, emotionally, sexually). I definitely don't smoke a lot because I always figured if I only use a small amount, it will be easier to stop when I need to. I'm pretty sure this works out well but when I slow down or stop using I notice some of withdrawal effects like vivid dreams and anxiousness. In a normal week I'd smoke 1-2 grams. I realize that's not a lot and that other people smoke way more in a day than I do in a week, this is because I use a vaporizer which is pretty efficient and gets me happy and high off of approx. 0.3 grams. I'm not a fan of smoking joints to begin with because I workout regularly and am quite fond of my lungs. My main problem is that weed is super accessible and free for me in small amounts, this makes 'relapsing' or keeping a stash very easy. Even now as I've decided to quit cold turkey, I can pretty much walk up two flights of stairs and get higher than the empire state if I pleased. My good friend also always has a healthy supply of dat loud and I realize that I would have to stop hanging out with him so much in order to cut off my usage. At this point I'm kinda rambling but typing out the way I'm feeling really helps, there isn't anyone I can talk to about this so this anonymous post will suffice. The withdrawal effects of marijuana from sustained use are definitely real as I've experienced them first hand and will probably feel them in the next couple of days. I've realized that practicing awareness really helps when you want to change a habit, some of us will go on autopilot when we want to get high and will grab our stash and paraphernalia without a second thought. If you're already high, it's hard to turn that autopilot off since your mind is relaxed and malleable. Taking 30 seconds to think about why I shouldn't smoke rather than why I should helps me to stave off any 'cravings' and I've thought about practicing meditation to assist with having a clear mind. Now that I think about it, I'm not very interested in getting high by myself anymore, I accomplish next to nothing and waste vast amounts of time. I'm not trying to blame the people around me who do use weed, but I am more susceptible to usage when in the presence of other smokers (peer pressure). If you've read my story up until now, you're probably asking wtf is your point? and I'm not 100% sure but I feel better about finally putting my thoughts in the open so to speak, so thanks for reading, leave a comment if you'd like, and I wish you the best of luck in your journey to quitting. I've made an active decision not to buy anymore or blaze with my buddy, but I won't completely cut myself off cold turkey as yet but that is the main objective. TL;DR - random reasonably relevant ramblings about my usage, withdrawal and quitting tactics
ive been smoking marijuana since the age of 11yrs old and now im 27 and really trying to quite! Ive only been 2days clean cut cold turcky threw away any that had to do with smoking mary jane. And i feel very sick i have all the symptoms of withdraws! I need advice on what to help with the withdraws and is it deadly to stop cold turcky?
We're sorry to hear about your struggles and appreciate you reaching out to us. As a federal scientific research agency, we are unable to provide medical advice. It is important to listen to what your body is telling you, and seek medical help. If you feel you are in crisis, please have someone drive you to the emergency room or call 911. To find treatment in your area, please call 1-800-662-4357 (toll-free) or visit this website and enter your location: https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/. This free service is available 24/7/365. It is courageous to admit that you feel you are addicted. There are no medications scientifically proven to help with cannabis addiction; however there are things professionals can advise to help you through withdrawal. You can also check clinicaltrials.gov top see if there are any studies that might be able to help you. We offer a step-by-step guide that provides answers to common questions about treatment [https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/treatment/what....... The guide offers lots of resources that can help. We wish you the best.
You all don't know nothing about heavy chronic smoking and real marijuana withdrawals, because no one smokes marijuana as much as me, no matter how many pounds of weed you've been through. Every 30 to 45 minutes, I smoke 2 to 3 grams, sometimes i just grab a hand full of buds and smoke it all, joint style, bowl pipe, bong, etc., i smoke in all forms of ways just to get that 30 minute stoned. It used to take me only 1 toke to get stoned for 4 to 5 hours in my teen years in 2007. Today, the whole town knows i'm the biggest pot head in the town and anywhere out of town they go, they say no one smokes as much as me, not even the biggest drug dealers in the cities. I smoke so much, every 10 to 15 minutes i cough out pure black tar (resin) from my lungs, worse than mucus, you can probably even get THC test results from the Tar in my lungs. I'm glad i got blacked out drunk few nights ago, i woke up in the ER having tremors/seizures, and the doc told me i have to go cold turkey on marijuana. Heart palpitation, gastroinstesinal, musle spasms and cramps, sweats, tired and weak, insomnia, major nausea, all kinds of crazy stuff going on with my body that I've never experienced before I started smoking weed. I used to be the healthiest kid in school, no chemicals in my body. Ever since I started smoking weed in 2007, all kinds of negative stuff been going on with my body. Talk about over-kill, there is a point in life where one can smoke so much marijuana, you all think you're hard core potheads who smoke more than your competitors. You're not me though, you don't know how dependant to marijuana my body is. 20 to 30 minutes without it, i will be angry and not fun to be around, not even the big guys hang around me, they call me crazy behind my back instead of my face. Once i start something, i don't start easy or slow, i binge and hog it all without leaving you anything. I can one-hit your biggest bowl from your bong or pipes, i can 1-hit a whole gram in 1 hit. I can puff a whole joint in one big inhale and not get stoned, just a small tease stoned. Dabs? Not enough THC for me too. I tried Dabs, and it doesn't do the trick, no matter how many Dabs i have from hash oil, wax, or shatter, i just feel a few minute relaxation and few minute euphoria, 30 minutes max. In the ER, the docs gave me the Maximum amount of every Anti-Nausea and Pain medication they can give me, shots, pills, and IV. That's how dependant my body is to weed, your strongest Anti-Nausea and Pain meds won't take away my bad withdrawals, nothing takes away my nausea except for weed. The docs in the ER said they gave me enough Anti-Nausea and Pain medicine to knock out a Cancer patient under Chemo and also knock out a big animal like an Elephant. When the docs look at my health record, they will see dozens of marijuana related paper work and dozens of paper work for anti-nausea and pain meds. In 1997, i had a surgery to remove 1/4th of my kidney cause of over-size. Again, your strongest pain meds never helped me. The docs said they gave me enough pain meds to put a patient in coma. I was wide awake and still feeling the pain before surgery, after all those pain meds that gave me, nothing seized my pain. The doc gave me more pain meds, he said double the dose of the Maximum amount they can give any patient for pain meds. After that, i found my self giggling and out of pain, so if you want to compete with me in any way, nothing can put me down, not even all your pain meds at once, shots, pills, and IV. You'll have to double your Maximum power. My 2 eskimo names in English mean: a stranger, and one who sees all. That is a fact. Not even the best docs could find out why pain meds don't help me when they give me their Maximum amounts. No one can compete with me when it comes to smoking marijuana and having marijuana withdrawals. I enjoy the bad withdrawals, pain feels good to me and i love throwing up. Only thing that will put me down is a bullet, make that a full clip of bullets for my thick head.
I've been smoking for 5 and a half months (quit 10 days ago) I was wondering how long the withdrawals will last.
I have never read so much nonsense, this tiny minority of self-pitying whiners have got it completely out of proportion. It's about as addictive as chocolate.
Berti, I think you could benefit from exploring compassion and opening you mind to the possibility that these words are true for every person who wrote them. You can call people self pitying whiners but that only causes others to call you names and think poorly of you as well. Is this the cycle you want in life? There is no need to bash the recovery others seek with your cruel denial.
I want to clarify before you read that I know for a fact that I am not addicted. I never feel the need to smoke and if I have an obligation or I'm going out I won't smoke, which has never been a problem for me. I've just managed to work it into my every day routine, especially recently since I don't have a lot going on. I've been smoking nearly every day for about a year now and 3-6 times a day for a few months. I'm 21 and started smoking when I was 18, not very often at first, but the frequency gradually increased over time. Four days ago I decided to cut back on smoking, which turned into not smoking, since I'm running low on money, and I've recently gotten into song writing and get too self conscious to write while high. I've stopped before without problems, but this time I'm having difficulty sleeping and feeling a little cloudy The first day was by far the worst. I took night time benadryl because the day before I had a little trouble sleeping. I fell asleep at 2AM and woke up at 3AM with my body feeling completely stressed out for no apparent reason. I didn't consider not smoking the issue due to my previous experience with quitting, but considering the timing and every other factor, it's the only explanation I have. I was able to sleep the next night, but considering I barely got an hour of sleep, that's no surprise. This bring us to right now. I'm unable to sleep again, despite being tired all day. It's incredibly annoying, but considering that I dabble with other drugs which I can't sleep on, I'm sort of used to it. I only really noticed the fog today because usually when I stop it only takes one or two days for me to feel clear again. I imagine this is because I've been smoking more heavily recently. Thankfully, these are the only negative side effects of quitting I've noticed. Pre-quitting, I've noticed that I'm a little more spacey than I used to be, but to be fair I've always kinda been like that. I blank on trying to find a word a lot more than I used to though, sometimes even a pretty common word, which is what really made me notice. I can't say whether or not my cognitive abilities have declined significantly or not besides the word acquisition issue. I can say that my motivation to do anything is shot as soon as I'm high though, which has definitely reflected in my studying/grades. To be fair I never studied all that much in the first place, but I digress. I'm also a rather anxious stoned, so I often decline offers to do things, which considering how often I smoke, is impeding my social life. Now on to the positives I've noticed since quitting. I'm generally a very messy person, always have been. Surprisingly, since quitting, I've without thinking cleaned up after myself after cooking, which was starting to become a problem because I live with two roommates and I know it's been bothering them. My appetite/control over my eating has also changed considerably. When I'm stoned I like to call myself "The Great Devourer" because if I have the option to, I'll eat until it hurts, which combined with a sedentary lifestyle has led to a rather hefty weight gain. Additionally, instead of ignoring something being on the floor that shouldn't be there and walking on, I take the half second to pick it up. I know it doesn't sound like much, but for me these are some serious changes in my behaviour. I've also become more social since quitting. My roommate/best friend hasn't stopped completely like myself, but now he's limiting himself to smoking at night. We always end up hanging out in our living room, but when we were high wouldn't say much unless we had a comment about a show we were watching or had something special that we wanted to share from reddit and things like that. In general, no idle chitchat. Post quitting/cutting back, we've been talking a lot more, which while it starts at small talk, has lead to us having more in depth conversations about our lives. I've even shown him a song I've been working on, which would never happen if I were high. Like I said, I'm self conscious to the point of not even writing when stoned, let alone allowing someone to see it, even those I'm closest to. What started as a funding issue has turned into me considering quitting altogether, though I'm leaning towards just seriously cutting back (restricting to weekends or something like that). I still enjoy the way it makes me feel, and love how food tastes when I'm stoned. I'm confident if I can treat it as a special occasion as opposed to a casual daily event I'll be able to keep the benefits. Though for now I'm going to stay the course and see where it takes me. If you've made it this far, thanks for reading. It's now 5AM and I'm going to try to get some sleep.
I have smoked about my whole life, I'm 63. whenever I could not find it, I would drink more beer. I have decided to quit for awhile.It has been 3 days and I feel the anxiety, hard to sleep, very vivid dreams when I can and no appetite and mild depression, though I am recovering from a heart attack. Marijuana has kept me from doing things some good things and some bad. To continue not smoking it, I try to be more active and do things that help others and get out of myself, sounds easy, not so! Anything worthwhile can involve great effort.Wish all of you well.
I've quit smoking after 13 years off and on (on) mainly because in started to get sad every time I smoked. I also noticed like alcohol I just can't control myself. I'm an addict. I thought my problem was just alcohol but soon I started to realize I was doing essentially the same things I did when I was out of control on alcohol. I'm not craving weed but I do have the headaches and insomnia. Albeit this is only 5 days into it. But I want to live a more clear headed life which I've never allotted myself before. Plus I have a commercial drivers license. I pray everyone on this message board stays vigilant in their journey to level headed life

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