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Cannabis Detox

Cannabis is a widely used drug. Favoured for its ability to relax both the body and mind, it is regularly used by those suffering with pain conditions and mental health problems. However, through consistent consumption, there is a high probability of developing a cannabis addiction. Enquire Now
Cannabis Detox
Updated on 01/04/2022
Medically reviewed by
Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

Although illegal, cannabis is perceived as risk-free. Many users deny the addictive tendencies it can influence. Yet, through its THC content and vast research, cannabis is, in fact, an addictive drug when abused over a long period of time, usually resulting in a strong psychological dependence.

In this instance, users must consider the cognitive damages experienced and potential cardiovascular deterioration and further negative associations of addiction. To work through and overcome these damages, cannabis rehabilitation is a must. Starting with cannabis detox, to reduce physical and mental dependence, followed by alternative therapies, treatment services are a must to motivate withdrawal.

If you’re looking for a way out of the reality cannabis abuse has created, reach out to our team here at Addiction Advocates. We can find you the most effective treatment options through our referral services, starting with a beneficial cannabis detox.

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Treating a cannabis addiction

Treating a cannabis addiction will resemble treatment aims for alternative drug addictions. However, as there is great concern surrounding psychological effects, greater cognitive intervention and support will motivate recovery.

To ensure that withdrawal symptoms are experienced both physically and mentally, you will be provided with a personalised treatment programme through our referral service. You’ll have access to addiction treatment options covering both medical and psychological areas through our referring rehab centres.

From a cannabis detox, influencing physical withdrawal symptoms, to support groups, cognitive behavioural therapy and counselling sessions, this combination will help to influence recovery efforts. Likewise, treatment services are available to support those with a dual diagnosis, contributing to the overarching aim of addiction recovery.

A successful recovery journey can be experienced through this combination; individuals will likely overcome a cannabis addiction while reducing future relapse opportunities. To benefit from this degree of success, contact our team today.

We can understand your cannabis addiction further and its long-term impacts, followed by addiction treatment recommendations.

Why withdraw from cannabis in a controlled environment?

Cannabis withdrawal is the process of removing the drug from the body, commonly through a cannabis detox. If the drug has been abused over a long period of time consistently, tolerance will likely accumulate. As the full desired effects of cannabis are aimed for, the quantity of cannabis will be increased by users. Here is where a cannabis addiction can and will develop if control is lacking.

Cannabis (Marijuana) Facts and StatisticsAs addiction grows, the body and brain will become custom to the higher levels of THC in the bloodstream. Likewise, the same goes for the artificial levels of dopamine. When withdrawing from cannabis, here is where challenges will lie as the dependence your body and cognitive functioning have on the drug will slip, resulting in shock, known as withdrawal symptoms.

Marijuana withdrawal symptoms can go from moderate straight to chronic, especially if profound cognitive changes have been experienced. This is exactly why a medical cannabis detox in a controlled environment should be completed, helping boost the detox process’s effectiveness while guarding health and safety.

Without completing a cannabis detox in a controlled environment, those withdrawal symptoms can become unbearable and disrupt the success of the detox process. With this in mind, physical and psychological detox from marijuana should be opted for through a rehab facility with the guidance of medical professionals.

Here is where a structured and success-driven cannabis detox will be offered, slowly reducing the presence of the drug, helping the body and mind safely adjust; something we can help with here at Addiction Advocates.

Commonly experienced withdrawal symptoms

By completing a cannabis detox, withdrawal symptoms are expected. Withdrawal symptoms are the body and brain’s way of responding to shock. As comfort levels begin to reduce, down to decreased levels of cannabis in the system, natural reactions are likely through the detox process.

Commonly, the first 48 hours of detoxing from cannabis will present withdrawal symptoms. After a few days without cannabis, especially if long-term abuse has been experienced, this withdrawal process through medical detox can become unbearable; exactly why a controlled and medically supervised detox process is advised.

Although withdrawal symptoms will differ between marijuana users, there are commonplace processes that the physical and psychological systems will go through.

Psychological withdrawal symptoms

As cannabis consumption, over the long-term, affects the brain’s functionality, capacity and reliance, great psychological withdrawal symptoms are unfortunately likely through a cannabis detox. From insomnia and irritability to depression, anxiety and paranoia, these quick changes will trigger similar symptoms of mental health conditions.

Physical withdrawal symptoms

Physical withdrawal symptoms are also likely when completing a cannabis detox. From nausea and sweating to migraines and tremors, the body will naturally respond to the reduced level of cannabis. Although these side effects are usually moderate, paired with psychological withdrawal can be challenging.

As withdrawal symptoms can be difficult to control, sometimes leading to further substance abuse, coordinated cannabis detox programmes are encouraged. Through this approach, alternative addiction treatment and medications can be used to alleviate withdrawal from cannabis.

Cannabis consumption and mental health problems

When consuming cannabis, an increased level of dopamine is present in the brain. Over time, as an addiction develops, where reliance is placed on this level of dopamine, the dangers of a strong psychological addiction are likely.

Yet, there’s great concern linked to the psychoactive effects of cannabis abuse, changing the functioning of the central nervous system. Changes are experienced, usually displayed in adaptations to behaviour and perception. There’s a high correlation for mental health problems to develop. Here is where the risk of a dual diagnosis is present, where both cannabis consumption and negative mental health issues can fuel one another.

If you are experiencing a dual diagnosis, sourcing support from addiction specialists is recommended; something we can help with here at Addiction Advocates.

It is also important to remember that many individuals will consume cannabis to control pre-existing mental health conditions. This, again, can be dangerous, as the THC content is identified to advance psychoactive effects.

Whether you’re consuming cannabis to control the symptoms of a mental health condition or have developed psychological impacts down to cannabis abuse, considering treatment should be prioritised.

Psychological detoxification

A cannabis detox must be completed to work through both physical and psychological side effects. With this in mind, additional addiction treatment options must be activated alongside a physical detox process, especially when considering the strength of dependence.

Psychotherapy, therapy sessions, and support groups will commonly be used to detox from cannabis mentally. Likewise, cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational therapy are effective treatment options to utilise with cannabis detox, helping to progress through the withdrawal symptoms.

Detoxification and Rehabilitation Help Many Overcome Painkiller AddictionsThis step is crucial as the predominance of addictions are both physical and psychological connections. Without completing a psychological detox process, there is a high potential that cannabis abuse will restart later down the line.

To benefit from the success of both a physical and psychological cannabis detox, contact our team here at Addiction Advocates. We can recommend the most effective addiction treatment options to work around your personal needs. However, please be aware that a cannabis detox will be initially prioritised, helping kickstart the addiction recovery process.

How long does a cannabis detox take?

Although a cannabis detox can be completed efficiently, when long-term abuse has taken place, there is a likelihood that traces of the drug will remain for a period of time. Without completing a structured cannabis detox, these traces can remain high, commonly influencing further consumption.

The detox process will differ for all cannabis users. This will depend on the severity and length of cannabis addiction and how the body and mind respond to withdrawal. In some cases, a cannabis detox can take 7 days, while for others, greater detoxification will be required, as traces can be found in body fat cells for up to 13 days.

With this in mind, it is important to note that a cannabis detox can take some time. However, it will be worthwhile when completed through a treatment facility.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to naturally detox from Cannabis?
It is not always advised to detox from cannabis naturally, especially if you have a severe addiction and we would always recommend consulting a medical professional for their approval before hand. But a natural detox is possible through ceasing your consumption completely along with regular exercise, optimal hydration and avoiding foods such as red meats
How long does it take to detox from Cannabis?
The rate at which you complete a full cannabis detox all depend largely on your individual cannabis addiction and its severity. If you have abused cannabis for a very long time, and consume very large quantities, the likelihood of a quick detox is slim. Detox programmes typically last up to two weeks from cannabis, but this is dependent on the individual.
How long does it take for cannabis to leave the body?
This largely depends on the amount consumed and how often the user consumes it. However the body typically metabolises cannabis very quickly, although there can be lingering traces of metabolites. The THC metabolites can stay in your system, sometimes after 20 hours whereas some can actually remain in the system for up to 14 days in body fat.
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Seth is an author, addiction recovery expert and fully accredited member of the national counselling society. He has experience working with a wide range of addictions and mental illnesses using a number of evidence-based therapies and programmes such as the SMART models of addiction recovery.

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