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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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I am a smoker of 27 years and am on day 4 of quitting. I used to smoke the actual herb, but within the last year have moved to oil. Much higher concentration of THC. By the time I quit (last week), I could barely get high. For whatever reason, I don't get stomach cramps or sweats, but I do have problems sleeping. I decided to quit because I need to see what I can become. I am married, but am often angry at our relationship. I don't know if I am a good father. If you knew me, though, you would never know that I smoked. Most people don't. A functioning addict, is what I call myself (and in a bizarre way, I am somewhat proud of that). Even as I write this, I am exhausted from lack of sleep and cannot lose focus. Any encouragement any of you might be able to give me would go a long way. This is just simply tough and my mind is playing tricks on me, trying to justify why I don't need to give it up. I have read many of your posts and I find encouragement from them--I know that if others can do this, so can I. Wish me luck, my friends. It is time for me to part with my best friend of many many years.
If I smoked as much as many of the posters here I'd probably have all these issues too. Dear Lord, before and during work or school?, 1/2 oz per week!, never missing a day! Back off! You're swimming in it. Have a productive day. Get done what you need to get done then relax with a few puffs like those do with wine or a couple of beers. You are taking it to the extreme and then whining about it. Just do it on weekends if you have a problem with self-control. Today's potency means you need very little. Take 2 and wait. Let it sink in instead of blasting yourself into oblivion. If I started my day off with getting high it would end right there, a total waste of a day of your life but you shouldn't. I've used it for 40 years to relax and unwind, not escape from reality. Moderation is the key to so many things in life.
I've been smoking since the age of 21 and I'm 34, yes I was a stoner and I'm on day 4 of quitting and every symptom mentioned above I am having but by the grace of god I'm gonna get through this process, just hope I don't lose too much weight cause I have no appetite what so ever..
I never had an appetite BEFORE weed, so this detox will be interesting for me! I sneeze and I lose a pound. :-(
Marijuana can heal. Psychologically it can cause withdrawals. Every human is different some people quit cold turkey and feel excellent from day 1-forever(me). Meditate drink other herbs(dandelion, green tea, lemongrass etc.) Sweat/detox. Again meditate and advance. Caffeine is lethal at high doses and sugar can kill you. Marijuana you can't even OD with. These so called withdrawals is just life. We need these experiences to grow and become stronger. Its a part of this wonderful world. Its miraculous just to be breathing. The mind controls everything, overpower it. Big whoop small withdrawals, without it we wouldn't learn anything from it.
Thanks for sharing! I really appreciate what you said here. :-)
We go through every experience for a reason and we need the people who can't comprehend and see clearly that doctor prescribed pills are killing people over money while marijuana is illegal due to reason that go way back. We need these brainwashed people that think marijuana has withdrawls. Its what keeps this perfect planet so perfect. Without pain there would be no such thing as joy. Saying " sometimes the best things in life are the worst things in life"Our minds are limited and not everyone is meant to see the picture.
You can't fool people. Look at the websites name lol. You guys controlling this site sucks to be you hahah karma's got you and you will never know. Oh no im having dandelion withdrawls and I'm suffering lmao
I started smoking in the seventh grade. By the eighth or ninth grade I was smoking daily, 24-7. I am now 32 and about three weeks herb free. I am going through hell. I am not having any physical withdraws but the mental part is killing me. I feel like I am losing my mind and going through some sort of psychosis or something. The anxiety is so brutal and the depression has me in a really dark place. I really hope that I have not done permit damage to my brain and these mental feelings will go away. But how long will it take? I mean it has been three weeks already!!! I am in school trying to get my degree and my anxiety with tests and what not is too much to bare. I really hope this will get better and my life does not spiral out of control. I am done with weed but hope this is not what my life will be like from now on.....I would rather just continue to smoke If that is the case. I am going to a support group and seeing a Doc so hopefully I will get better soon. For all you who doubt the long term effects marijuana has on a person, think again. What I am going through is very real. Thanks for all the inspiring words and stories from those in my same position. It does feel good to know I am not alone here. Good luck to everyone struggling! We can do it and I love all of you!
I am an teenager and can confirm this article is true, after smoking weed heavenly and consistently for the last month and then deciding to take a tolerance break. During the experience while smoking I would find myself having cravings for weed which is an indication of dependence. Also I found myself going through slight negative symptoms from withdraws when I stopped smoking. I got a head ache, felt slightly sick and had trouble sleeping. I still believe marijuana is a relatively harmless drug that you can remain productive on, however withdraw systems happened to me. While the withdraw symptoms for me were not the worst in the world, and nothing compared to the experience people go though kicking harder substances like opiates or alcohol, they were still unpleasant. I would also like to mention that I was an extremely heavy smoker during that period of time. I would smoke large amount multiple times a day which I speculate added to the negative withal symptoms.
I'm a girl who has been smoking for 14 years straight, I'm now 27. I have always smoked my weed out of a cigar, and in the beginning I smoked around 5 bunts a day because I was young and broke. Now that I'm older and sad to say I'm a stripper (in college as well for 3 years for RN) I'm around weed every time I go into work. We even have a smoke room in our locker room. The job is very stressful so most of us do turn to weed. I can't blame my job because like I said I have smoked long before that. I make a lot of money and most of it goes to weed. I live in California where weed is everywhere and VERY expensive. Top shelf weed is 60$ an eight and for the last 5 years I have smoked an ounce every two days by myself. That's 480$ every two days! I'm embarrassed because I'm not saving as much as I should and I feel like I'm stripping to just keep my habit. I have been putting this off for so long but now I finally had it. 3 days ago I quit cold turkey. I'm very strong minded and I know I will never go back. I'm experiencing headaches bad, and my rear end isn't agreeing with me. I haven't even told anyone I quit yet I need to make it two weeks then I will tell people. GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE TRYING TO KICK THIS, and if u smoke out of blunts(cigar) it will be hard because u are kicking nicotine as well. U can do it if I can!
To quit smoking pot cold turkey not easy I have smoked for 35 years since a young teen I had to quit to pass drug test for better paying job on day 9 having mad crazy dreams since I put down the joint miss getting high very much part of my every day life counting days till I can puff again
I have smoked since Nam. Serious grower or I could never afford 2 ounces a week. I quit when I leave the country. I go through serious night sweats. This time I did some reading about it. I am in my 4th day of withdrawal. On the first or second day or both I kept smelling this odor from my hands. Mild stomach upset. Feeling like all kinds of problems were accumulating and getting me down. Night sweats and some non normal sweating in the day. My bowel movements are way softer. I feel dehydrated and am not eating as much. Last night I slept much more, maybe from being so tired from the previous 3 nights of almost no sleep. I have been a heavy pot smoker for 50 years but I think it is time to quit for good. Good bye old friend you have gone up in smoke.
anyone who says they do not get withdrawal symptoms is flat out lying
I am currently at day 4 of quitting. I have smoked for 7 years habitually 2 grams per day and that doesnt include dabs. The first 5 years only smoked weed bowls. The last two years I smoke weed/tobacco mixture bowls. That will get you addicted to weed really quickly. Adding the nicotine to weed makes it so much harder to quit. But nothing hits you harder than a moke bowl. I have quit weed temporarily (1 week t breaks) with ease and the only symptom i had was loss of appetite, but it soon went away after 2 days. But now that i have quit mole bowls I have woken up with morning sickness a feeling of having to vomit, i never do throw up though. This feeling of having to vomit makes it so i cannot eat without forcing it down the throat. Theres no doubt that im having withdrawals, however they have never been as bad as when i smoke moke bowls. I always told myself that because i was using american spirits dark blue that the organically grown tobacco is "better" for u. After 2 days smoke free i started coughing up tar. Black and brown, a lot of it. This never happened from straight herb. I had minor chest pains, they would hurt for 5 minute intervals sparatically. Whenever i actually get the food down it settles in my stomach very wrong, stong pain and gurgling while digesting. Everyday i wake up with a headache but on day 4 the head throb is not as intense. I also notice that im getting very irritable. I wanted to yell at someone for walking too slow. This can lead to lashing out on others even if u do not actually mean it to those u care about. I found myself having to say sorry to people for being a jerk, at least i know when im wrong. I Plan on goin for a month off of the moke bowls, then keeping it to strictly herbs. No doubt, tobacco feels too good but it does have addictive chemicals unlike bud and it feels too bad without it. Im age 21 been smoking since 14 and mj has created so many good memories with close friends only bringing us closer, no doubt that one day ill give it up all together. Still in college, living in colorado age 21 finally legal. Almost wish i didnt have so much fun with it so young, the hype is still there but it has become an activity that is too normal in my everyday life instead of making it an objective to get out and find somewhere beautiful to toke up with friends it has become ripping and watching movies in the basement with friends. Marijuana does not make people lazy tho, only lazy people who smoke weed will be lazy. I have gone to class high every day and taken every exam high on dabs in college so far. I have a 3.2 gpa and have not failed a class. I have not lost any important relationships to marijuana and continue to make new lasting relationships. My girlfriend does not even smoke and we have dated for over 2 years showing the tolerance people have to marijuana in colorado. The moral of this excerpt being that marijuana affects people differently, i highly recommend staying away from tobacco/weed bowls because quitting nicotine is not the same as quitting thc. And i found myself needing "3 for me" bowls to get sufficiently stoned versus my usual "2 will do". Ahh i remember when it used to be "1 and done". Where did my tolerance go!? :)
Thanks for sharing your story. I find we have similar feelings about mj in our lives. I long for the "1 and done" days myself! ;-)
Hi, I'm a recovering marijuana user. I have been a heavy user for the past 2 years and recently I have quit. The withdrawal symptoms are very much real for me: feeling on edge from intense anxiety & borderline panic attacks, difficulty sleeping, stomach pains/nausea (especially in the morning), times when I feel my thought stream is out of control, headaches, eye twitches, reliving some traumatic experiences from my youth, and restlessness. I feel it constantly every day; some days I can make it through okay, some days are worse than others. It's a terrible feeling. I was beginning to worry that I was going to drive my mind out of control. Thankfully, I turned to the internet to do some research on what was going on with me. I knew beforehand there was going to be some withdrawal symptoms but I did not know it was going to be this bad. However, I found this site (as well as others) and found recovering long-time cannabis users also struggling with these same symptoms. It is reassuring to know that I am not alone, and even more so knowing that I CAN BEAT THIS. I want to be normal again and have the same outlook on life I had before - I know I'm on the right path. I am excited to know that one day soon I will return to a sober life and love every day that comes. Anyone who reads this page and this comment, know this: you are NOT alone in this, you WILL GET BETTER! Just take it a day at a time, exercise, find a hobby, eat healthier, and most importantly of all - YOU control your MIND, not the other way around. Control your mind and you will take back control of your mind.
Today, Tuesday, I'm in Day 1; my first full day without. I've smoked maybe 20 years and when I left my job in 2008, that's when I started smoking more and spending more. The funny thing is, I always stayed away from it when I felt sad or blue or just bad. When I'm happy and the sun is shining and I feel great and motivated, THAT'S when I go for it! I'm not depressed, I'm living my dream, I'm self employed. I like it better than alcohol, in fact, when I received acupuncture for a year, it totally rid my system of any craving for alcohol to this day. So smoking once in a while fit me. I have increased my use and therefore, started buying more and that's annoying. I have tried to slow it down (of course I have told myself that I'll only take a few puffs a couple of times a day and wean myself off. Problem is, I'm low on cash right now and faced with however long it will be until I can resupply, so it looks like cold turkey for me). In the past, when I got shaky, dizzy, nauseous, anxious, sweaty, I never associated that with the fact that I was out of marijuana. I'm also menopausal, and I sometimes don't know if it's that or the marijuana detox. I tried to go without a few times over the last few years with some success without withdrawal. So I'm not sure if it's menopause or detox or freakin' both! I'm scared to death of the withdrawal and I don't really want to give it up completely because it's not something I use to cheer myself up, or escape or anything. I kayak, exercise, walk and hike with my dog ... I'm pretty active. Since I was an infant, my appetite was NEVER strong and I basically started using it for my "time of the month" (sorry guys) because it relieved my symptoms and gave me an appetite. I will say that the strains I buy have been medical and have tremendously helped some of my menopausal symptoms, such as anxiety and estrogen headaches. Maybe I'm wrong and kidding myself, but I'm also open to the fact that if I control my use as I once did with alcohol, and I lose my desire, I'm totally ok with that. I've gone a week or two without, and have felt AWESOME and FULL of energy and being less of a procrastinator. Like I said, I'm in my first full day of detox, as Monday afternoon I celebrated Labor Day with my last bit of stash for a while. I probably smoke about a quarter every two or three weeks. Of course now that my tolerance is high, I have to smoke almost an entire joint to feel the comfortable effects, so this is what I want to stop. I know many of you are probably nodding with understanding or rolling eyes as if that's something that can happen. But after I do this detox, I'll have to see how I feel about it. I am really scared about the feeling bad part; while nausea might happen, I find that marijuana helps considerably with nausea, so this is why I feel that I will refrain unless the nausea gets out of hand. I can take most of the withdrawal symptoms I've had or have heard of...EXCEPT THE NAUSEA! Thanks for reading and sharing your experiences and I wish everyone love and luck with their detoxing!
Am having side effect of marujaun for almost 5 months now can that be possible it goes and come why

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Smoking weed is the only thing to help sleep and take crazy dreams away day 16 of not smoking cant wait to pass drug test so I can smoke again oh ya heroin coke all out of body in 4 days weed a month wtf
Hi, I am 30 years old, I stopped smoking marijuana many times in the past, my longest was 236 days, been smoking heavily since I am 17 years old, this time around my symptoms during my detox were way more pronounced than in the past, irritability, night sweats, vivid dreams, eye problems, kidney problems, irritability, insomnia, gastric reflux and fever. Every time I manage to pass through these first 3 weeks I tell myself I'll never start smoking again because the detox is most uncomfortable. This time around I've manage to rely on a lot of healthy food to help the drug get out of my system. I hope that this time around I'll manage to stay clean. I am happy that all these people posted here about their symptoms and stories, it's hard when people tells you that "they smoked 5 times a day for 5 years" and "they've quit without any problem". My symptoms are very real. Thank you.
Okay, now 1 month without puffing the magic dragon. Withdrawls lol what?? Yes I have night sweats occasionally but it don't bother me the slightest bit, actually mentally feels good because i know im sweating out toxins. Since week2 I've remembered all my dreams and i love it. Its all perception and mind control you got to be positive, the mind is powerful. I feel much happier and have way more energy, get way more done and believe it or not since I quit I eat 3 times more than I did while burning. May be because I'm a roofer and I'm always hungry but still I was a roofer while smoking and didn't eat half as much as I do now. I also quit sugar/junk food/fast food at the same time no headaches at all. There r no withdrawls from pot. Again its mind control if u sit around all day doing nothing and zoom in/focus on withdrawls your mind will create these withdrawls but it has nothing to do with pot. Its just you creating it. smoking pot or not your the one that creates depression or anxiety through thought. Every single thought effects the way you feel. Be happy smoke all the weed you want. Weed heals, it changes for the better everything happens for a reason we go through tough stuff because that's the way life is suppose to be it makes us stronger and we learn from it. I have never felt better sober I didn't start smoking pot till I was 19, I'm now 25 and I know pot has its flaws but definitely has its perks big time. Everything in pot our brain produces naturally even without it. Use in moderation or heavy or not at all its up to you. Its natural! Every person is different as well. Pot makes me super tired and enhances my mood temporarily but makes me have more mood swings which are very minor and controllable I still function great. No effects towards others or work. I get very creative when I smoke but also creative in other ways when I don't smoke. My whole life I've always been in a great mood when I wake up with and without pot. Again it has its flaws and perks. Do what u think is right, there is no right and wrong its what you make it. Kriya yoga people self realization through meditation gain mind control. You can control every feeling and emotion through practice.
Day 21 of straits ville its been murder still having mad nightmares every night I am counting the days till I can get high again 11 to be exact all for a better paying job I cant wait to sleep without having a nightmare every night most dreams consist of me smoking then in the dream I'm like oh no I'm not going to pass the test I hope all this torture is worth it and better pass my d test on the 26th will keep you posted and yes I have cravings every day to puff it is a challenge every day not to but the pay I will be making is double what I make now
I just like to get high. I have smoked off and on for years. I quit for like 10 years because my fiance was opposed to me smoking. Then one day she brings home some weed after a camping trip. I let her know that if she green lights it for me it will be on like Donkey Kong. I really love being stoned. I generally wake up and have a bong hit with my coffee every day. Now I got laid off a couple of months ago and I have to take drug test for employment. I am on day 3 of quiting and actually have enjoyed the loss of appetite because I need to drop a little weight anyway. I have trouble sleeping on or off of pot. So really my only symptom is the loss of appetite. I like to get high and miss it but it does not mean I am addicted. Hell I was a heavy cigarette smoker for years and quit that cold turkey as well. I have over an ounce in the home now and want to smoke pot because I am just bored. It's just will power that I choose not to smoke pot or tobacco. Of course I plan on celebrating once I take drug test and pass. I will smoke a big fatty! The appetite issue is real but not hard to deal with. I find the munchies while high to be a bigger problem than the loss of appetite.
I have been smoking weed for 21 years and id say all day everyday for 17 I wake up and get stoned right away with a pail or bucket i get stoned every 2 hours and once 2 hours before i wake up i like to get stoned and relax n go back to bed i have gone 8 hours before because i travel and i feel insane withdrawls so wish me luck lol
I'm just here to remind everyone that drugs affect people differently. Some may experience noticeable withdrawal symptoms upon quitting marijuana use and others may not from what it seems. I read some comments of people saying nicotine withdrawals are worse or cigarettes are harder to quit etc. For me personally, cigarettes were pretty easy to quit. Smoking half a pack a day for 6 months, was able to cut cold turkey, resist the cravings for 2 days and felt back to normal after that. Painless process. Whenever I discontinue use of pot, I am plagued with the mentioned withdrawal symptoms. Insomnia being the worst. Last time I went without pot I was awake for 40 hours straight without being able to sleep (even with OTC sleeping medication) and eventually caved and had a hit to sleep. I think it's best to go a day cold turkey and see if you're the type of person who will get withdrawals from pot or not. If not, great! Hopefully discontinuing marijuana use will be as painless for you as quitting cigarettes was for me. If you do get withdrawals, It's a good idea to wean yourself off. Know your body!
3rd year college started, smoked every day since except for a 2 year period in the late 80's,now 65 years old. been smoking all day for the last year. work, go to gym 6 days a week. my stomach feels funny every morning, have a cough, feel light headed at times like right now and its 1pm. I need to STOP.,I don't have the drive that I had. And my Drive, my work ethics is who I am. Need to get it back.
ice smoked it for 23 years and its been 3 days and counting, 1st time i gave up was years ago and was quite easy however i got back into smoking it, not this time am giving up for good, never new it would be this hard...i can handle sleepless nights and emotional swings but the mind starts to come alive , i feel like i am going to die, i can honestly say i wish i had given up years ago,,,i never new it would be this bad, i can handle most things well but this is bad, however i am clinging onto hope and not smoking it ever again...learnt my lesson well...
I believe this is true. I was a heavy user, as in every day, to help with my anxiety and depression. Now if i stop using it for a day I lose my appetite completely, I have full blown panic attacks, I'm nauseated and generally feel all around sick. I'm going on day 4 of these symptoms, and I will never smoke weed again because I feel horrible, and the panic attacks are not worth it.
same here. I had my first panic attack on weed but didn't see the connection. In all i've smoked for 3 years pretty heavily. I've been smoking nearly everyday for the past year, almost all day except when I work. Last month I start having anxiety attacks everytime I smoked and intrusive thoughts. So I quit cold turkey but slipped up twice , each time because I had a drink and my inhibition was down, and caved. I had severe withdrawl symptoms, night sweats, sleeping 3-4 hours a night tops. Really bad depression, feeling of hopelessness and worthlessness. The feelings/symptoms DO go away. They come and they go. Whoever is having trouble just stick to it and you will eventually feel better and start feeling like yourself again. Today is one of the days that I feel better. Everyone is different too, some people can smoke for ages and be totally ok, some people cannot. My husband has been smoking even longer than I, maybe 10 years and he is the most happy, social, carefree person. He has stopped using in the past and all he gets is a little sleeplessness. But his brain is not my brain. I fall apart. Which means he can smoke and I can't and he is supportive and understanding about that. We all have to make the decision that is right for US. So if you feel like smoking is sucking your life out, quit and join a forum to help. If the symptoms hurt, let it hurt and remember it will get better. If you can smoke and be ok no problem, then smoke. Everyones different, do what's right for you.
These are some week minded people - I walked away from doing .70 grams of Red Phosphorus SPEED after doing it for nearly a year along with Heron & Cocaine. You need to control your MIND NOT LET YOUR MIND CONTROL YOU - I was 45 when I walked away Knowing I could & would LIVE WITHOUT THEM Night sweets - give me a BREAK
I've been smoking for 13 years everyday. I've been clean six days. I've experienced night sweats, irritability, stomach pains, I've had vivid vivid nightmares for the past three nights when I normally don't dream at all. I've been coughing up phlegm on the daily. I exercise daily so my appetite is still up as well as my happiness. so I'm not bumming too hard...but it is sooooo hard not to smoke. I want a bowl soooo bad...but each day it gets easier to not smoke...the "withdrawls" are not too bad. I just created a habit over the years and that's the hardest part to break
Yes actually, my husband is experiencing them right now. He is out and has zero money for more. He's exhausted and extremely moody. He has no appetite, and headaches. Maybe he does have a different chemistry or whatever, but I've watched him go through this more than once. He does withdrawal. People can fight all they want to say it doesn't have that effect, but come watch my husband for the next few days and you might change your mind. Good luck everyone.
Pot withdrawal is a thing. As with all withdrawal symptoms, it is a consequence of irresponsible use of a substance. I have an anecdote about two brothers who smoked pot, and it goes like this: Kirk enjoys reading, gaming, watching things on the t.v, going on hikes and all of that stuff , and he enjoys smoking pot. When Kirk does not have pot, he occupies himself with his hobbies. Kirk enjoys his hobbies with or without pot; pot just alters his sense of pleasure so that he is not entirely focused on his hobbies - even the most absurd and boring philosophical thinking entertains him when he is stoned. Kirk does not enjoy always being stoned because he knows that he does not appreciate his hobbies as much when he is; but what's worse about relaxing to a joint than relaxing to a cup of whiskey (especially when alcohol is at least as bad for one's health as pot)? Kirk could take up drinking if he was forced to quit pot, he just prefers pot because alcohol makes you feel like a water filled garbage bag with holes poked into it the next day. Kirk's brother, Dirk, has no hobbies as far as anyone can tell. Dirk is obsessed with his appearance and with being the best at everything. Dirk smokes as much pot as he can afford, and he takes money from other people any chance he gets to buy pot. Dirk binge smokes. Dirk's sense of pleasure is largely based on whether he has pot or not, and when he binge smokes, the days after when he is experiencing withdrawal, he does not know what to do with himself and he lashes out at his family verbally and physically. Dirk does not believe in pot withdrawal, even though he would literally cry in front of Kirk because Kirk does not want to share with him. Kirk is as annoyed as a person could possibly be with Dirk's irresponsibility, but that's just how Dirk is: he is narcissistic and in denial about his addiction, and he makes every other stoner look like a complete waste of space to people love to generalize. Kirk, however, is not Dirk; and to categorize them together would be like saying anyone who drinks is an alcoholic when anybody who has met a true alcoholic knows that that simply is not true. This article is bad because it does not specify how much one has to abuse pot before these symptoms arise; and because it apparently demonizes pot instead of placing the responsibility for pot use on pot users - which is essentially a representation of prohibitionist mentality.
(18 year addict) I quit smoking cigarettes using the Allen Carr system and Smoking weed with a similar system. The trick in these books or programs is when you feel a craving you interrupt your thought pattern and say yippee I quit smoking! and celebrate the fact that you did and how Wonderfull it feels to be a non smoker. It works for me and it ceases the sensation and my spiraling thoughts. If you mope about quitting your just going to stay depressed about it. You need to interrupt your though patterns. So think happy thoughts and you'll get to Neverland soon enough.
Has anybody tried moderation? I smoke an 1/8th a month. Just a couple of tiny bongs a day is enough for me.
hi I'm also a user..been smoking for about 8years now..and I've been off the weed for 5days now..reason for the break is i usually spend r800.00 a month on weed (about $60) and always got a free banky every god dang time from all 3 of my dealers..that's how much I love weed.. this is my second break in almost 5years..my previous break(3months) was easy though I'm guessing because I was still fresh in this but I smoked a whole banky in a day (+- 5 joints) and would hit the gym regularly without any problems.. (mind you unlike most of you I was completely sane before I started smoking weed..just did it for the fun of it)..I've had 3jobs in my life all lasting about a year to 3years (depending on the contract) and i got all those jobs while i was a stoner..the symptoms are very real and I do have some thoughts of going to my dealers for a banky or 2 but because I have self-discipline i cant..but for some are worse because they use other drugs as well together with the weed..some symptoms here are just plainly psychological..your environment also plays an important role in this..what i want to say is that at the end of the day it's all up to you..you lack discipline (in Eric cartman's Chinese voice)..self-discipline is very important..know when to use it, and know when not to use the weed...I'm taking a break till January the 3rd 2017..and south African weed is much stronger than what Europeans and Americans smoke..no one will stop you if you can't stop yourself..
i have been smoking weed for 15 yrs now i started when i was 17 yrs old i have been smoking pot heavily i smoke 7-10 joints a day sometimes even more. i smoke whenever and wherever i can i decided to quit smoking pot. it affects my ability to make decision it also affect my work and my relationship with my wife. i know im going to miss smoking pot im going to miss how it feels to be high i am on my first week and the symptoms are worst cant sleep I've lost appetite the hardest to deal with is depression,anxiety attacks and mood swings even the smallest thing makes me irritated, I get nightmares like im smoking 4 bowls of pot and then will take ecstasy then will feel like im drowning then i will wake up shaking and sweating i know its hard to quit but i have to do it for my family whenever i have the urge to smoke pot first i ask guidance from god and i also tell my self not to give in and it will be over soon.
I'm only 20 years old and I didn't start smoking heavily until July 2016. It started with a 20$ sack a day and by October 2016 I was buying and smoking a gram of dab a day. I quit smoking on October 16. I'm suffering from all of the symptoms above. It's crazy when you quit and you realize all the damage that weed has done. You would never realize these things while being a stoner. I feel awful from all the withdrawals but I'll be back Feeling happy and sober again!
Feel depressed, can't sleep at night, feel tired during the day, have no appetite, just sucks overall and dont know what do to with my life lol.
I've been smoking marijuana everyday for the past 4 months. I got introuble with cops and have to face a drug test in 8 days. Two weeks ago I stopped weed , but gave up and smoked 2 blunts. I got detox pills. After taking them, I feel as if I have the flu. I puked so much. I'm getting so many hot flashes. My throat is sore and I just feel horrible. I haven't smoked since I detoxed. I don't know what to do. I feel so awful.
I have personally had it on and off throughout the years for about 18 years now. longest i've gone without was 2 years. i must admit irritability and chills are the main ones i've experienced the rest of the symptoms i am and have been treated for for about 20 years. so i cannot comment on them for i do not feel them. but i can confirm with 100% certainty that these withdrawals are far better than my prescription drugs. if i stop taking what the doc gives me i'll be in the same boat as a those who do heroin and such. for the same thing that cannabis can treat. more exact the THC in cannabis can treat what i have.
I've been smoking every single day for over two years and just stopped cold turkey. Im not saying im having withdrawal but dependence is real. Im 20 years old, have fused vertebrate, beginning stages of spina bifida. Im in constant pain everyday and every year it gets even worse. In not too long I will have a rod and lose most of my mobility. As it is I cannot lean or look left with my neck. I used Marijuana as a pain reliever and a sleep aid and it's been the only eat to not be in pain for years now. I take no peracription meds do to a previous addiction and two friends overdose. It is not medically legal in my state so I can't just get perscription. Im in pain all the time from my back not smoking, I can't sleep, it's causing my girlfriend to have doubts cause she takes me being hurt and frustrated as not loving her because of the attitude I get. Stopping may be fine and dandy for you but for us that sent recreational smokers and do it for medical purposes it is extremely hard to stop. All the physical pain comes back and it keeps me from sleeping. Withdrawal may not be an issue but dependence is all too real. More than anything I want to know, how do I get better? How do I completely change my way of life? How is someone like me supposed to just cope with unbearable back and neck pain and just quit? P.S. I do not drink at all (can't Stand alcohol) and I've never had a problem dropping cigs and not smoking them. Don't ha e withdrawals from ciggaretes, been smoking them for about 7 years and quitting them was easy.

Hi Tommy, 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/. 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/ or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

im smoking marijuana regularly.how to stop them?

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It never ceases to amaze me how willfully ignorant those on the "Marijuana is not addictive" wagon are. To the point where they are willing to tell an addict to their face, on message boards, social media and otherwise that what they are experiencing is simply not legitimate. If you pay attention to whom is saying what, you'll notice a very obvious trend... The people who state they are addicted and are seeking help are the ones saying it most often. The ones who are saying "It isn't addictive, you bought into the lie" are generally either those that still smoke it or have been through other addictions that are perceived as 'worse' than Marijuana. It's as if someone being addicted to Marijuana offends them on some visceral level... I have been on both sides of this debate. I have been a heavy daily Marijuana smoker since I was 18. In the past I have quit with no issues and truly believed it was not addictive in the slightest..... However I am now in my early 30's and have realized my desire to completely quit Marijuana and it is only now that my addiction has presented itself. The withdrawal symptoms are as follows; Sweating Cold Chills/ Sweats Headache Nausea Insomnia Complete loss of appetite Body Aches/ Pains Anxiety Depression Irritability/ Mood swings and Clouded thoughts These are all very real and are not nullified by others' disbelief and judgmental statements about how it is "all in my head" or I've swallowed some kind of Big Pharma lie... Frankly, those whom are willing to smoke cannabis in the first place are hardly those that are at Big Pharma's beckon call in the first place. If you stumbled upon this page because you are like me and trying to find ways to cope with your withdrawal know this.... YOU ARE NOT ALONE. WHAT YOU ARE FEELING IS REAL AND LEGITIMATE. YOU ARE NOT CRAZY, YOU DESERVE THE HELP YOU WERE BRAVE ENOUGH TO REACH OUT FOR!
I get sick every day and I am beginning to wonder if it's related to the pot. I smoked pot for a year when I was in my twenties, then again for two years in my thirties. Then in my sixties I smoked for 2 years, quit for 4 and finally smoking again for 2 years. Each day I start off feeling unwell. Then most days that is followed with nausea. I have no appetite and over these past two years I have lost 32 pounds. Sometimes I get headaches but not that often maybe 2 or 3 a week. I have tons of tests and nothing accounts for the nausea. Medication doesn't stop it. Yet let me smoke and every problem is solved, or is it? I get an appetite, the nausea stops and I feel so much better. Anyone else go through this?
We have a friend (who has been a buddy of my husband since 1977) who just had a complete mental breakdown associated with going cold-turkey off of medicinal marijuana which he has been smoking for most of his life since his teen years. He literally flipped out, took his gun and was shooting it outside of his home, incoherent, and threatening suicide. He was texting and calling my husband with very scary messages that concerned us deeply. Fortunately the police intervened and HELPED by getting them the desperate help that they need and we have hope that our friend will get well. The point I am trying to make is that studies need to be done because it isn't as simple or easy as anybody wants to say it is. We are pro legalized marijuana but this incident is causing us to re-think the issue. This is my husbands best friend for over 40 years. He needs something to help with the physical issues he has to deal with and of course we all thought medicinal marijuana was the answer for him. It is a catch 22. They live on disability and his insurance would pay for all the drugs in the world but he had to go into a rehab clinic to get weaned off of those because they were detrimental to his health (post heart surgery, diabetes etc) and the marijuana gave him relief. However the cost doesn't work with their budget and when you are dependent upon any type of medicine that your body MUST have but you can't afford it and the necessities of life (such as food) what do you do? I hope this information is helpful; there are no easy answers however if you've never had to go cold turkey after smoking it all of your life you are fooling yourself if you think marijuana withdrawal posses no health threats. We just witnessed it this week!

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