marijuana abuse facts

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It may come as a shock to you that marijuana, as harmless as popular culture makes it seem, can have withdrawal symptoms. Marijuana, just like harder drugs, is still an addictive substance and, thus, can create discomfort when you finally try to quit.

If you have recently decided to quit using marijuana, for whatever reason, congratulations. You are taking a step towards recovery and that is worth celebrating all on its own.

However, because of the withdrawal symptoms that may be experienced, the road to recovery may be a little rocky.

You are not alone, though. Finding the right detoxification program in your area can help manage symptoms of withdrawal and give you the support necessary to be successful in your recovery.

symptoms of marijuana withdrawal

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If you’re going to try and break your addiction to methadone, you’ll likely experience some of these symptoms. You should try and do it under the care of a professional to ensure your safety.

Within the first thirty hours, you’ll likely start feeling tired, anxious, or restless. You may also start sweating, have a runny nose, and watery eyes.

Every person’s body is different, and because of this, each person will have a different response when they get off of marijuana. The symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, insomnia, headaches, and (the most detrimental) depression.

That is right, quitting marijuana can cause depression. Because marijuana use changes levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain, abruptly stopping after prolonged usage can lead to shortages of these neurotransmitters. These hormones are linked to happiness. Many types of anti-depressants influence them to decrease levels of depression.

Hitting a heavy depression right after quitting marijuana does not put you in an optimal position for recovery. Being part of a detox program can help immensely.

What are the other effects of quitting marijuana? For one, marijuana withdrawal can affect your sleep.

Insomnia is a common symptom of marijuana withdrawal and can persist for weeks. Certain tactics like establishing a sleep schedule and reestablishing natural circadian rhythms can help ease the severity of insomnia. All of these would be advised through the help of a drug detox program.

marijuana withdrawal timeline

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The moment you stop using marijuana, your body begins the process of flushing it from your system. When it is not replenished, the irritability and physical discomfort may reveal itself.

Typically, the first few hours and days will be mild. But within the first week of quitting, the physiological symptoms hit their peak. This is when nausea, abdominal pain, insomnia, and lessened appetite are in full swing. This is the hardest part of recovery to get past.

Next, come the persistent psychological effects. In locations where you typically would use marijuana, your craving for the drug may be extremely heightened. You may experience mood swings, depression, or anxiety for no reason other than withdrawal.

This difficult time may lead to you relapsing without the proper support. A qualified detox program is the best option for ensuring the safety and success of your recovery, and through Addiction Detox, it is easy to find a program near you.

symptoms of marijuana detox

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A drug detox program can ease the withdrawal symptoms in a variety of ways. For one, they give you accountability. If you are a college student, this can be especially helpful.

There is an entire drug culture on most college campuses, so this can be a major hindrance to your recovery. Having access to a contact list of fellow young adults who are going through the same complex emotions can help infinitely on your road to healing.

Then, there is the nuanced distinction between inpatient and outpatient detox.

Inpatient Detox

Inpatient detox is a program where you, the patient, are placed in a substance-free state under medical supervision. The pros of inpatient detox include the following:

  • Substance-free environment (to avoid relapse which hinders recovery)
  • Relief from immediate withdrawal symptoms
  • Treatment of psychiatric conditions

While inpatient detox is usually not needed for marijuana recovery, it is often used when a patient has relapsed after going through outpatient detox.

Outpatient Detox

Outpatient detox is any program that caters to patients who are unable to attend an in-person program. This is a viable option for those who are unable to afford the expenses of an inpatient program, wish to continue working through rehabilitation, or have access to plenty of emotional support from friends or family.

In the right candidate, this type of recovery works extremely well in easing the symptoms of marijuana withdrawal.

Why Should I Choose a Detox Program?

Simply put, because it gives you the highest likelihood of being successful in your rehabilitation. These programs are specifically designed for patients who have had trouble quitting in the past, live in an environment where recreational drug use is enabled, or who have a mental illness which makes recovery more difficult.

All in all, a detox program is there to help you do what nobody should have to do alone. Even with the support of friends and family, there is no one more qualified than a medical professional to ensure your comfort and safety through difficult times.

If you or a loved one is coping with marijuana withdrawal symptoms, know that sobriety is just over the hill and that there are resources to fall back on.

Taking Action Today

The longer you wait, the more discomfort you or your loved one will have to endure. Finding adequate programs is simple and only a click away. Do not suffer in silence, there are people who make careers out of helping people in your exact situation.

Through Addiction Detox, find a detoxification group through the use of our convenient search engines. They will lead you right to your closest group so you can begin your recovery right away.

For your information, also be sure to read our Drug Detox Guides and visit our blog for more info on addiction and withdrawal symptoms.

Medically Reviewed: September 25, 2019

Dr Ashley

Medical Reviewer

Chief Editor


All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Dr Ashley Murray obtained her MBBCh Cum Laude in 2016. She currently practices in the public domain in South Africa. She has an interest in medical writing and has a keen interest in evidence-based medicine.

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

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