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Cannabis (Marijuana) Withdrawal Symptoms

Cannabis (marijuana) withdrawal symptoms are common through detoxification. Work through them with medical support, accessible here at Addiction Advocates. Enquire Now
Cannabis (Marijuana) Withdrawal Symptoms
Updated on 01/04/2022
Medically reviewed by
Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

Classified as an addictive drug, cannabis is one of many illicit substances which induce withdrawal symptoms when consumption is either reduced or stopped. The cause of withdrawal symptoms is due to shock, where usual tolerances are unfulfilled, resulting in cravings and physical/psychological symptoms.

Cannabis (marijuana) withdrawal symptoms can surface throughout both the addiction cycle and the detoxification process. Through the addiction cycle, withdrawal is a common feeling once the effect of cannabis begins to wear off. Throughout detoxification, symptoms also surface as traces of the drug reduce, yet the role of such symptoms are different in this case, leading towards sobriety.

While withdrawal symptoms are foreseeable, they are understandably challenging to manoeuvre around, especially independently. Through a medically assisted detox, cannabis (marijuana) withdrawal symptoms can however be worked through comfortably, to progress towards addiction recovery.

From expected withdrawal symptoms and the reasons for their effect to the detoxification treatments that you can secure, with management and prevention efforts, here’s some information on cannabis withdrawal. For support throughout withdrawal symptoms, contact our team here at Addiction Advocates.

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Causes of Cannabis (marijuana) withdrawal symptoms

Through the cycle of cannabis addiction, withdrawal symptoms can amount, usually a few days post-consumption. They are caused by an unfulfilled tolerance, which develops to a certain level through consistent, addiction-like consumption.

Post-consumption, as the effects of marijuana begin to wear off, withdrawal symptoms are inevitable, a sign that usual quantities of cannabis, in the body are low.

This is also a sign that the brain requires readjustment efforts, due to becoming accustomed to such tolerances. Withdrawal symptoms are an aggravator of addiction, which for many individuals, churn the continuous use of cannabis.

Withdrawal symptoms are also caused through detoxification. Here’s where cannabis levels will slowly reduce, to reach a clean slate, working towards addiction recovery. Once present, working through withdrawal symptoms is a must, to avoid refuelling an addiction. In this case, withdrawal symptoms are an indicator of shock, as all traces begin to leave the body.

Both causes of cannabis (marijuana) withdrawal symptoms can be difficult to work through, due to the addictive traits of the drug. However, through the latter of detoxification, withdrawal can be worked through via a medically assisted cannabis detox, seeing withdrawal symptoms as a sign of recovery.

What to expect during cannabis withdrawal?

If cannabis withdrawal is an intention through detoxification, it’s very important to gauge some expectations. The process will be fulfilled through a detox process, which helps to remove toxins from the body, in this case, traces of cannabis and its influential traits. Supportive treatments and replacement medications may also be suitably found throughout the detox process, to ease the shock that withdrawal will have, especially through a chronic build-up of cannabis.

Physical withdrawal will be felt through a cannabis detox, helping to slowly stabilise both the body and mind to adjust without drug exposure. Withdrawing through a detox process will also help to reduce cravings, supporting the aims of cannabis addiction recovery.

Cannabis withdrawal will be a key milestone. Yet, it is important to expect a degree of withdrawal symptoms throughout the process, on both physical and psychological levels.

Cannabis (marijuana) withdrawal symptoms commonly include:

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  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Irritability and restlessness
  • Difficulties sleeping
  • Low moods, reflecting depression
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • The shakes
  • Headaches/migraines
  • A reduced appetite
  • Cravings

For those who consume cannabis regularly, these symptoms are expected to display within a few days post-consumption. They are also found through the addiction cycle yet are suppressed through ongoing exposure. Through detoxification, withdrawal symptoms are found to peak and then suppress by committing through the process of sobriety.

Cannabis (marijuana) withdrawal symptoms can range in degree, in length and in the display. However, withdrawal symptoms do generally present themselves due to the addictive traits of cannabis.

The benefits of a medically assisted detox

As cannabis (marijuana) withdrawal symptoms can be difficult to work through, there are many benefits of doing so through a medically assisted detox. Available through private drug and alcohol rehab clinics, medical standards and structures are in place through detoxification to ensure that symptoms can be worked through comfortably.

The timespan and the intensity of withdrawal symptoms can be managed with medical backing, along with upholding wellbeing and comfort while detaching from cannabis. Due to the unpredictability of withdrawal symptoms, support will also be accessible to work through physical and psychological symptoms, as both the body and brain work to digest and adjust to sobriety.

A medically assisted cannabis detox will also set the tone for further addiction recovery efforts, available through inpatient treatment. With medical backing, personal recommendations can be made similarly through withdrawal and additional treatment services.

Cannabis (marijuana) withdrawal symptoms are part and parcel of reducing, stopping, and detoxing from the substance. Doing so with professional backing will be the safest and most productive way to overcome symptoms.

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Additional cannabis addiction treatment services

To fully withdraw from cannabis, and to motivate management and prevention of future consumption, additional treatment services will complement the detoxification process. Addiction treatment services are personally recommended through the rehab process, to ensure that individual side effects, triggers and changes caused by cannabis exposure can be worked through reliably.

Additional services will however focus on psychological withdrawal, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, dual diagnosis treatment and relapse prevention. Addiction treatment services will help clients digest the impacts of cannabis exposure, while also addressing causations and preventive tools.

Working through cannabis (marijuana) withdrawal symptoms can be eased with additional support. Work through the admissions process with our team here at Addiction Advocates, to access a drug rehab clinic and programme.

Reach out for support

Withdrawal symptoms are a sign of detoxification and of the addictive nature of cannabis. To safely work through them, with intentions of cannabis addiction recovery, contact our team at Addiction Advocates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I start recovery during my call?
Prior to your call, recovery will begin as you’ll be committing to addiction recovery. The call itself will set your intentions into stone, starting the admissions process.

When considering physical recovery, this will however begin on detoxification, influencing the surface of withdrawal symptoms as a starting sign of recovery. You will however need to work through your call and admission to reach such service, all marking the start of your recovery.
What questions should I ask a cannabis (marijuana) helpline?
Questions around rehabilitation, around your experience with withdrawal symptoms, around your relationship with cannabis and also around your future options will all be wise. Increasing awareness around your current experiences with marijuana along with how to change them will be worthwhile through a helpline.
How do I build confidence to call a cannabis (marijuana) helpline?
Confidence is something that can take some time to develop. Yet by taking small steps, and by understanding that your call will be confidential, will be supportive and will be empowering, confidence levels can slowly build up.

It’s also fine if you are lacking confidence, as support will assist with this, to help you have faith in your ability to recover.
Can I call on behalf of someone else?
You can contact a helpline on behalf of someone else, through a referral service. Being aware of this process and how patience will be important will be beneficial, as referrals can take some time to accept.

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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