How To Ease Cannabis Withdrawal

Symptoms and Anxiety


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You might come across a situation where you trying solemnly to get rid from cannabis forever. Without a doubt, one of the toughest problems we face today is the continuing existence of cannabis use. Hopefully, you already started the journey to become free from it. But there might some unpleasant physical effects stumbling blocks in the way of ending, called cannabis withdrawal symptom's.

New research shows that one of the biggest hurdles standing in the way of ending marijuana use is withdrawals. If you’ve tried to quit before, you know that how crucial is this to achieve recovery. But you may not know that the feelings that's why you relapsed previously, do not last forever.

"The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure."

― Stephen Richards

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― Allan Rufus

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Doing Know About Insight of Addiction - The Right Way

Why people turn to drugs I wanted to learn, how they become an addict, and what role the understanding about habituation, tolerance, dependency and addiction might be able to play in overcoming that addiction.

  • Habituation:

    It is a condition resulting from the repeated consumption of a drug characterized by desire to take it. Desire (but not a compulsion) to continue taking the drug for the sense of improved well-being which it engenders. There is Little or no tendency to increase the dose, some degree of psychic dependence on the effect of the drug but absence of physical dependence. e.g. Desire to sex with partner is a habituation.

  • Tolerance:

    Tolerance is defined as a person’s diminished response to a drug that is resulted from repeated use.There is tendency to increase the dose, absence of compulsion with little or no dependency. e.g. patients with chronic pain frequently develop tolerance to pain relieving medications with (opioids) or without developing an addiction to them.

  • Dependency:

    A state in which a person functions normally only in the presence of a drug. There is tendency to increase the dose, both physical and psychic dependence present here. If you with drug dependence & stops taking that drug suddenly, you will experience predictable and measurable symptoms, collectively known as a withdrawal syndrome. Chronic dependency leads to addiction.

  • Addiction:

    Addiction is a state of chronic or periodic intoxication produced by the repeated consumption of a drug (natural or synthetic) despite harmful consequences. It is characterized by an overpowering desire or need (compulsion) to continue taking the drug and to obtain it by any means, tendency to increase the dose, psychic (psychological) and physical dependence on the effects of the drug with detrimental effect on the individual and on society. You may experience addiction from tobacco, marijuana, opioids, alcohol, sedatives (benzodiazepines) etc. --one alone or one along with other.

Freaky Reasons About Addiction Could Get You Fired

  • Drug addiction is a brain involving disease. Abuse of drugs leads to changes your structure and function of the brain. It is because of these changes in the brain that is challenging for you to stop abusing drugs.
  • Brain impact leads impairment of self-control and ability to make sound decisions, and at the same time create an intense impulse within you to take drugs once again.
  • Due to addiction you do not have control over what you are doing, taking or using However addiction may reach a point at which it is harmful for you.
  • It leads you to feel guilty, shame, hopelessness, despair, failure, rejection, anxiety and/or humiliation.
  • When you addicted to something you cannot control how to use it, and become dependent on it to cope with daily life.
  • One very common belief is that drug addicted person should be able to just stop taking drugs if they are only willing to change their behavior. But breaking free of pot use takes much more than willpower. What people often underestimate is the complexity of drug addiction -- that it is a disease that had several impacts on your brain, and because of that, stopping drug abuse is not simply a matter of willpower.
  • Fortunately, there are treatments that help you to counteract addiction's effectively against that disruptive effects and regain control of your life. Research shows appropriate medications with behavioral therapy is the best way to ensure success for most of the patient.

The Best Ways to Understand Detoxing And Withdrawal Symptoms

Detoxing -

Detoxing means freeing of an object from toxic substances--accumulates within it following long term exposure. You can detoxify your home (by cleaning) and your body from harmful substances. After termination of further accumulation of toxins-- natural detox, healthy diets and life style modification can helps for detoxing your body completely.



Withdrawal symptoms -

Withdrawal symptoms are nothing but the effects of accumulated toxins in your body. Accumulation of drugs or toxins occurs usually within fat cells, brain, muscles, liver, bone etc. From the accumulated sites, they release slowly into blood to exert withdrawal effects. Finally they excrete to exterior from blood by several routes--urination, breathing, defecation and body secretions (sweating, salivation). Elemination time for a toxin or drug always calculate by its Half Life. Time required to decrease its concentration in the blood into half is called half life of that drugs.

Detox options for Marijuana -

In most cases, doctors will use a tapering dose method helps you to overcome withdrawal symptoms. This method involves reducing the amount and frequency of weed used over a period of time. Tapering of the marijuana allows your brain to slowly adjust to lower levels of THC, resulting in alleviation of withdrawal symptoms.

While some are trying to detox marijuana on their own usually by "Cold Turkey", doctors are able to prescribe medications that helps to reduce withdrawal symptoms. For example, drugs like Domperidon and/or Ondansetron can help with nausea and vomiting. Headaches can be treated with Paracetamol or Tolfenamic acid and muscle spasm can be treated with Tolperisone hydrochloride. It is better to consult with a doctor about how to treat the symptoms of marijuana withdrawal.

How Cannabis Withdrawal Scale Could Get You Blacklisted

"NCPIC" Published cannabis withdrawal scale asks about symptoms experienced over the last 24 hours, and can be administered by an interviewer OR by self report.



The following statements describe how you have felt over the last 24 hours. Please circle the number that most closely represents your personal experiences for each statement. For each statement, please rate its negative impact on normal daily activities on the same scale (0 = Not at all to 10 = Extremely), writing the number in the right hand column.



Score by summing each items value to a maximum withdrawal score of 190 (you can derive two scores from the scale: one for withdrawal intensity and one for the negative impact of withdrawal – each separate score has a theoretical maximum of 190).



"THC" Excretion Dockets From The Body After Quitting pot - That Will Make You Understood That How Easy It Is To Quit

How Long Does Marijuana Take To Get Out Of Your Systems?

Due to presence of several factors it's become very hard to say that what exact time you needed to become THC free after quitting weed. But Armentano cites a study says that-

"THC can stay in your body up to 100 days afterward- depending on presence of it in urine, blood and hair."

Excretion time that means half life of a toxin (THC) depends on several factors. That's why time required for complete excretion or detoxification vary in person to person.

Factors included:

  • Age :
  • Excretion of THC varies at different ages. Human excretory organs--Liver & Kidneys doesn't able to work perfectly in extreme ages due to underdevelopment or ageing process. If you are young, you can excrete any toxins very quickly due to having full functioning excretory organs. It becomes easier for you to attain THC free body and overcome cannabis withdrawals smoothly.


  • Sex :
  • Female usually have more fatty tissues comparing with male. That's why they can store more THC and after quitting weed excretion takes long time than male.


  • Height & Weight :
  • THC get stored by our body in different parts. The more height and weight, more storing of THC depending on frequency and duration of consumption.


  • Percentage of Body Fat :
  • Predominantly, THC accumulates in the fat cells of brain,liver & kidney. Persons with more body fat needs more pot to gain desire effect. At the same time, they accumulate more THC comparing with lean persons. That's why time required for excretion after quitting usually shorter in lean persons.


  • Metabolic Rate :
  • The main site of metabolism is Liver. The metabolic capacity of liver was determined by individual genetics. If you have faster metabolic rate then you will get quicker excretion of toxins from your body.


  • Frequency & Duration of Exposure :
  • If you use cannabis every other day then it gets harder to remove THC quickly from your body and withdrawal's persist for long time. However, occasional and less frequent user experience less of both.


  • Healthy & Balanced Diet :
  • Diet containing antioxidants, essential minerals & Vitamins may helps you to attain healthy state by removing THC where it accumulates. Vitamin E, C, A--are called antioxidant vitamins that can keep you evergreen by averting aging process. Green leafy vegetables has great role in removing stored THC from intestinal muscles. It also decrease absorption of THC when you take marijuana orally (THC containing beer) and relieve constipation quickly.


  • Volume of Fluid Intake :
  • 60% of your total body weight is water (the universal solvent). Everyday body fluid gets cleaned from harmful substances by blood circulation through your kidneys and excrete them by production of urine. Water is a universal detox that helps to clean your systems quickly if you intake it more.


  • Immune Status :
  • You may know that THC can decrease your capacity of preventing diseases by lowering immunity. Non excretable stored THC are cleared by immunocompetent cells - Macrophages, WBC, NK-cells. You can re-establish your immunity by daily exercise and balanced diets. Exercise, healthy diets and maintaining own hygiene increases the number of immunocompetent cells that helps you to remove more stored THC. So, intact immunity is essential to achieve a THC free body with little cannabis withdrawal symptoms.


  • Associated Diseases :
  • Pot users with compromised kidney and/or liver function (CKD or CLD), metabolic rate become decreased and excretion rate of THC also reduced. Liver has capacity to convert toxic and fat soluble THC into non-toxic and water soluble THC-COOH for elimination from the body. If you smoke pot in spite of having concurrent diseases, you will develop toxicity after taking a small dose. Withdrawal symptoms also persist for longer duration due to inability of your body to excrete it. It requires very long time to gain THC free body when you smoke pot despite of having severe kidney or liver disease.


  • Presence of Excretion Inhibitors :
  • Smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and taking too much caffeine may reduce your excretory organs capacity to excrete THC after quitting weed. THC remains more in your system when excretion reduced. Tissues containing THC release it slowly into your blood stream and produce long lasting withdrawal symptoms.


  • Pregnancy & Lactation :
  • When you're pregnant, you are the owner of two lives in spite of one person. You may know that THC is harmful for both you and your upcoming little one.

    Surprisingly, less withdrawals may develop despite of decrease excretion of THC when you become pregnant and quit smoking weed. Probably due to presence of pregnancy related hormones--HCG, Estrogen, Prolactin. But still it may affects development of fetus. Pregnancy related complications may occur in lesser extent in contrast with non-smoker. Stored THC slowly released in the blood stream aren't strong enough to cause pre-term birth and development of child attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). There is very little chance comparing with active weed smoking pregnant mother. You might be benefited from our ways to quit weed during pregnany.

    After termination of pregnancy, THC excretion rate is high and withdrawals resolve quickly. This period also harmful for your baby because THC can also excrete trough your breast milk. With little chance, this also may leads to child ADHD comparing with active weed smoking lactating mother. So it's better for you to quit weed before getting conceived.

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THC metabolism urine excretion-

How drug tests Can Make You failed? - Information's Will Keep You Out of Trouble!

Testing considerations-

  • Cannabis drug tests look for THC (the main remnant) and THC-COOH (metabolized THC)
  • THC-COOH and serum creatinine ratio for new users.
  • How long THC stays in your body depends on several factors (described above in factors affecting excretion)

Sample collection-

  • Urine (commonly used)
  • Saliva
  • Hair & Hair follicle

"Marijuana has the longest detection time compared to other drugs, may upto months, because the detectable chemicals stay in the body’s fat cells"- explained by Nicolas Rossetti, manager of clinical services of "Mobile Health", an health center that conducts with about 200,000 drug tests in New York City every year.

THC In Blood :

According to "The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)", To identify you as either occasional or regular cannabis user, Blood concentration of THC-COOH usually measured.

  • Regular user : THC-COOH concentration >75 ng/mL
  • Occasional user : THC-COOH concentrations <5 ng/mL

Below 50 ng/mL is upper cutoff value for THC in the United States. But 20 ng/mL, lower cutoff value are also frequently used.

Cannabis test would be positive in blood sample-

  • Occasional users - approximately 2–3 days from the last use
  • Heavy & regular users - may upto 7 days after stopping use.
THC-COOH In Urine :

Presence of THC-COOH in the urine sample depends on frequency and duration of your weed smoking. Urinalysis is the most common method that used to screen marijuana use.

Probably, you may undergo to a urine test for screening while going for a job. You can get more accurate result about your urine test from online by drug test calculator, without any charge.

According to "NCBI"- a study about THC-COOH excretion pattern in urine of 86 chronic marijuana users after their last use shows that - (Method of detection: colorimetric modified Jaffé reaction on a SYVA 30R biochemical analyzer)

  • The mean excretion time for all chronic users about 27 days.
  • After 27 days, most subjects had one or more separate sequences of negative urine test results, lasting a mean of 3 days each and followed by at least one positive result.
  • They have positive results for THC-COOH in urine at 20 ng/ml or above on the 46 consecutive days from admission, and can take as many as 77 days to drop below the cutoff calibrator for 10 consecutive days.
THC concentration in urine

For occasional users, It may varies from 5 to 27 days depending on several factors.

But "canorml.org" described it from another point of view. According to them -

Frequency of use

Urine

Blood

Hair

Saliva

Marijuana - Single Use

1-7+ days

12-24 hours

Doubtful

Not validated

(0 -24 hours?)

Marijuana - Regular Use

7-100 days

2-7 days

Months

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According to "Shackelford" -
  • Amounts of THC > 50 ng/mL :Urine are reported as positive.
  • Amounts of THC < 50 ng/mL : Urine are reported as negative.

Now-a-days cut-off value commonly used in USA: 20 ng/ml. More then it- test is positive, while less-test is negative.

A recent study of 2017 by "webmd" shows that-

"Almost all pools of Canada including hot bathing swimming pools contain urinary excretory products."

So, it is not surprising that - THC pollution can occurs when you will swam in a swimming pool.

THC In Saliva :

In saliva THC persist for very short duration. It may appear in your salivary secretions usually after 1 hour of using and can persist upto 12 hours. This test commonly used by highway police to identify the weed addicted drivers for prevention of RTA.

THC/THC-COOH In Hair Follicles :

Incorporation of THC/THC-COOH with hair follicle and melanin is very low due to very less blood supply. THC can be found in hair (having no blood supply) following contamination during use and may found in passive weed smoker. So, there is more chance of false positive result. It is unwise to use hair for screening test.

The metabolized form, THC-COOH can found in hair follicles (having little blood supply) if you are a heavy and very long term marijuana user. It can persist your hair follicles in very much little amount may upto 100 days or something more after quitting weed. Interestingly that amount is not enough strong to produce withdrawals symptoms.

THC: Produce after burning of weed and absorbed in the blood after inhalation or ingestion. You can find it in both exterior and blood before metabolism. THC travels through blood and go into the liver to metabolized into THC-COOH for excretion.

THC-COOH: Liver produce THC-COOH from THC by metabolism and release it into blood to excrete easily by kidneys. Most probably it is the main storage & secretory form of cannabis.

Sizable Ways You May find for wanted life By Utilizing Only "Withdrawal Timeline"





What Happens When You Quit Smoking Weed?

If someone smokes today’s high-potency marijuana daily, what happens if they stop? Almost 50-95% will suffer withdrawal symptoms that's are real.

  • The most common and decisive symptom of withdrawal is "insomnia" (difficulty in sleep). This can last from a few nights of practically no sleep at all, it can persist for months of occasional sleeplessness even may upto year in some users.
  • The next most common symptoms are anxiety and depression. According to expert medical researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) over the past few years, "the decision to stop smoking marijuana for any reason can trigger depression and anxiety."
  • Next are nightmares and vivid dreams. Marijuana use tends to dampen the dreaming mechanism, so that when you are in a clean dream all of a sudden it turns into a crash. They can be vivid color, highly emotional dreams or nightmares. They last for about a month at most and then taper off.
  • "Using" dreams (dreams involving the use of marijuana) are very common, and although they're not as vivid or emotional as at first, they last for years and are just considered a normal part of recovery.
  • The fourth most common symptom is anger. This can range from a slow burning range to constant irritability to sudden bursts of anger when least expected: anger at the world, anger at loved ones, anger at oneself, anger at being an addict and having to get clean. Emotional jags are very common, with emotions bouncing back and forth between depression, anger, and euphoria.
  • Occasionally it causes loss of sense of humor and decreased or increased sex drive.
How Long Does Marijuana Withdrawal Lasts?

The symptoms of withdrawal from marijuana vary between each user. Most all of these symptoms fade to normal emotions by three months. Some people with mild marijuana dependencies may able to stop on their own. However, chronic and heavy users who have built up a tolerance might need more help to kick their habit.

Many symptoms can appear when you are in withdrawal phase. Not every person will necessary experience all the same symptoms as others.

Day 1

Symptom starts to appear immediately after the metabolism of active molecules (THC) from last use. Your body will deserve another dose, having learned to rely on a regular supply of cannabis. Disrupted chemical balance of your body start to restore body functions.

The first symptom you need to kick-out usually develops after several hours or the following day from the last cannabis use.

You will begin to realize:

  • Sleep difficulty: The most common symptom of marijuana withdrawal is insomnia. Insomnia can manifest as complete failure to sleep, or waking up regularly at the night. People may experience very vivid dreams or nightmares during the early detoxification period.
  • Mental instability: Lack of proper sleep and relaxation leads to lose of control over own emotions. Mental instability is common, as you become tired, but unable to sleep. You may experience a range of previously-suppressed aggressive feelings. Sometimes you may experience outbursts, irritation, and still others episodes of rage. Lack of humor and a decreased sex drive often accompanied with these negative emotions.
  • Poor concentration: Initially you may feel that you're unable to concentrate in work, daily activities and/or study. Long term cannabis use can make you constant fatigue. That may leads to difficulty in learning and memorizing. These symptoms can persist for first few days.
  • Agitation: Agitation and irritability is quite common at the beginning of cannabis withdrawal. You may experience anxiety attacks. The palliative effects of marijuana are no longer active, so the people feel uneasy & anxious and react the opposite way.

Day 2 - 3

The period of peak withdrawal symptoms occurs between 48 and 72 hours after the last cannabis use. This is the early stage of detoxing procedure.

At this point, You will face with some unpleasant physical consequences:

  • Headache: You may feel compressive type of headache and which is common during the detoxification stage, usually lasts for 2-3 days. Several medications. Tolfenamic acid, 200/100 mg once or twice daily and 20 mg of Esomeprazole twice daily for 2-3 days are very much effective to treat headache in this period successfully. After 2-3 days, ultimately it fade away gradually.
  • Sturdy cravings. Almost every marijuana user will begin to crave the drug after the initial blow of cannabis withdrawal. It may break your detoxing procedure. But after 2-3 days it goes away from you.
  • Sweating and chills: All marijuana users commonly suffered from night sweats and chills, which also should fade after few days. The sweating is also a part of detoxing procedure triggered by your body attempting to expel toxins.
  • Bowel disturbance: More than 30% of former marijuana addicts complains that they have had some degree of nausea, bloating sensation, abdominal spasmodic or lancerating pain, weight loss and loss of appetite. Eating healthy & nutritious foods, vegetables and lots of water make you able to regain appetite and body weight. Well acceptable medications are available to relieve your nausea and improve appetite in this period. Domperidon 10 mg, 3 times daily before meal for 10-15 days is very much effective in relieving nausea and improvement of your appetite.

Day 4 - 14

You already passed the most crucial period of withdrawal symptoms. Now its time to fade-out of symptoms. Symptoms start to fade gradually but still you may feel some mental distress.

  • Adaptive states: During this period, your brain undergo several chemical changes to adapt your body in absence of THC. Your Dopamine & Serotonin level in the brain start to rise in pulsatile manner. You may feel depressed and low mood when dopamine and serotonin level become low and feel better when they increase. Brain will adapt it within very short time and re-establish a healthy neuro-chemical balance. Mood swings and emotional issues are common signs of reestablishing healthy chemical balance of your brain.
  • Cravings: It may persist in almost all marijuana users during whole detoxing period. It is a natural consequence of your body adapting system in absence of THC.

From The Day - 15

According to National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) -

"Withdrawal symptoms should disappear after 2 weeks in almost all cases, but still some users can feel withdrawal symptoms without having it. If your brain hooked by THC for long time, it take some more times to adapt & re-establish your healthy neuro-chemical balance of brain."

However, some cannabis users commonly long term and heavy categories, continue some symptoms for several months until they fully dissipate. They may persist-

  • Coughing & RTI: Due to chronic injury to the respiratory epithelium, coughing may persist some longer in duration. You may coughing up thick mucoid sputum after 2 weeks. In this time you may suffered from respiratory tract infections (Pneumonia and/or Flu like symptoms). Coughing is one type of body defense mechanism that remove foreign particles from your respiratory tract and lungs. Your body clearing processes (coughing, micturation, sweating , defecation etc.) are always working to make you clean.
  • Insomnia: Your sleeping difficulties may persists from week to months or even upto year in some cases. You can try our sleep regularization protocol (described below).
  • Anxiety and Depression: All addiction either resulted from anxiety & depression, or anxiety & depression can resulted from any addiction. Both of them can persist for several months to years. It is the main issue that the user has an underlying mental illness, and should see a therapist. Do not delay to get help from your physician.

So, in the long run you need to fight against anxiety and depression. The person who do not take marijuana for once in whole life, he/she also fights with anxiety and depression all time. In this state, hopefully you become a normal person without using weed completely. Now, it's time to enjoy weed free life forever.

Insane (But True) Things About Cannabis Withdrawal Symptoms

Heavy and long term marijuana users will experience withdrawal symptoms usually after quitting but not by all. For those that do, marijuana withdrawal symptoms can include

  • Cravings for weed
  • Insomnia
  • Vivid dreams
  • Anxiety and feelings of nervousness
  • Depression
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Pyrexia
  • Chills & Rigor
  • Restlessness

DSM-5 Diagnostic Guidelines For Cannabis Withdrawal

What criteria's you should fulfilled for a medical diagnosis of cannabis withdrawal?

The American Psychiatric Association included cannabis withdrawal in its latest diagnostic manual, the DSM-5. You must need to meet the following APA’s diagnostic criteria.

1. Do you just quit using marijuana after a period of heavy and chronic use.

2. Within 1st week of quitting, you should experience 3 or more of the following symptoms -

  • Anger, irritability or aggression.
  • Nervousness and anxiety.
  • Insomnia or other sleep difficulties (vivid dreams.)
  • Restlessness.
  • Reduced appetite.
  • Depressed mood.
  • Physical symptoms causing significant discomfort, like shakiness, headaches, fever, sweating, chills or abdominal pains.

3. Your withdrawal symptoms must cause you significant distress or interfere with normal social or occupation functioning.

4. Your symptoms must not be better explained by another physical or mental health disorder or from intoxication or withdrawal from another substance.

How To Ease Cannabis Withdrawal Symptoms And Anxiety?

Are You Worried About Cannabis Withdrawal's After Quitting?

The authors of “Psychology and the Challenges of Life” (2016) write-

“Damaging of Brain tissues, reduced learning ability and memory impairment can be resulted from marijuana use.”

They also said that marijuana is an strong addictive drug because of its extensive withdrawal's and anxiety that result when smokers quit. Perhaps you may be suffered from these withdrawal symptoms. You must need to solve these problems without recapitulating them.

  • Do you experience vivid, disturbing, or frightening dreams when you sleep?
  • Have you suffers from insomnia (difficulty sleeping), excessive daytime sleepiness, parasomnia (abnormal or unusual behavior of the nervous system during sleep) or disturbing subjective experiences during sleep (nightmares, hypnagogic hallucinations, sleep paralysis).?
  • Do you dream that you’re relapsing again in any of the dreams?
  • Are your daily activities and fine skills “off” a little or a lot?
  • Do you feel fatigue or have muscle weakness?
  • Are you suffering from the "body shakes"?
  • Do you encounter with panic attacks or feel restlessness all the times?
  • Have you undergo with delusion, hallucination with functional impairment?
  • Do you feel excessive mood swings, from euphoric to misery feelings?
  • Have you lost your sense of humor or self judgement capacity?
  • How’s your Attentiveness? Can you focus attention or is it now difficult to concentrate?
  • How’s your appetite? After eating a meal, do you feel bloating sensation or suffer from indigestion?
  • Do you suffer from nausea?
  • What about your confidence level - does it changed after stopping?
  • Do you feel depressed all the time or don't find any interest in daily activities?

If you realize that above questions are very much close to you--No doubt, you are suffering from cannabis withdrawal symptoms. Be with us to know how to ease these withdrawals. Always be confident that you can overcome these withdrawals because you are not alone.

Cannabis is the most widely used illicit substance in the United States. Women report greater positive subjective effects of cannabis, and greater cannabis withdrawal compared to men.

The proportion of patients reporting cannabis withdrawal in recent treatment studies has ranged from 50-95% (Budney & Hughes, 2006). Commonly experienced symptoms include sleep difficulty, decreased appetite and weight loss, irritability, anxiety, restlessness, and increased anger & aggression.

According to WebMD.com, a study of nearly 500 marijuana smokers shows that-

"About one third of marijuana user exhibit anxiety and depression as withdrawal symptoms who tried to kick the habit and resumed the use of of marijuana again to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms."

Another study was done by David Allsop, researcher of the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) at the University of New South Wales. The study shows that-

"Habitual pot users who were asked to abstain for two weeks experienced anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties and other symptoms that affected their ability to work and their relationships with other people."

However, it is proved that- Symptoms of marijuana withdrawal are real when people try to quit smoking pot, that can affect their daily lives. So, withdrawal symptoms are real- where you are at now. Be more confident to overcome withdrawals- we are always on your back. You can share your problems or experiences with us any time.

Easing Cannabis withdrawal's: Confidential Techniques Of Getting Good Night's Sleep!

According to NCBI-

"Sleep was frequently interrupted during cannabis withdrawal, although the specific mechanisms of disruption remain unclear. It can persist from weeks to months or even upto years in some individuals."

The function of sleep is unknown but it is required for good health. Sleep is controlled by the reticular activating
system in the upper brainstem and diencephalon. It is composed of different stages that can be visualised on electroencephalography (EEG).

As drowsiness occurs, normal EEG background alpha rhythm disappears and activity becomes dominated by deepening slow-wave activity. As sleep deepens and dreaming begins, the limbs become flaccid, movements are ‘blocked’ and EEG signs of rapid eye movements (REM) are superimposed on the slow wave. REM sleep persists for a short spell before another slow-wave spell starts, the cycle repeating several times throughout the night.

REM periods become longer as the sleep period progresses. It seems to be the most important part of the sleep cycle for refreshing cognitive processes, and REM sleep deprivation causes tiredness, irritability and impaired judgement. Most probably THC interferes with your REM sleep. It is important to remember that any process affecting brain function will have some effect on mood and affection.

Establishing A Regular Sleep Rhythm:
  • What you can do to sleep better?
  1. Try to go to sleep within 11 pm to 12 am and get up in the morning everyday at the same time.
  2. Get as much as natural sunlight possible.
  3. Move strenuously during the day—don't take sit for more than an hour.
  4. Limit intake of caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and big meals at night.
  5. Take time for relaxing activities before sleep.
  6. Create a calm and restful sleeping environment.
How Do You Get a Better Night Sleep?

Falling asleep may seem like an impossible dream when you’re awake at midnight, but good sleep is under control of you more than you can imagine. You can make the difference between restlessness and restful slumber following healthy sleep habit. Researchers have identified a variety of practices and habits that can support you to get better sleep even if you suffered from insomnia, jet lag, or shift work—known as “sleep hygiene".

"Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine" said that, "Sleep hygiene" is the best way to get the sleep you need.

  • What you need to do to sleep tight?
  • Getting in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, or circadian rhythm, is one of the most important strategies to get a better sleep. You’ll feel much more refreshed and energized if you keep a regular sleep-wake schedule. You can try to sleep the same number of hours at different times or can alter your sleep schedule even by an hour or two.
  • Control your light exposure: Melatonin is a hormone controlled by light exposure that helps to regulate your sleep-wake cycle. Dark light stimulate melatonin secretion from your brain that makes you more sleepy and less when it’s light- make you more alert.
  • Exercise vigorously during the day time. Regular exercisers sleep better at night and feel less sleepy during the day time. Improvement of the symptoms of insomnia and sleep apnea occurs if you exercise regularly. It can also restore your regular sleep rhythm.The more vigorously you exercise, the sleep benefits become more powerful . Even light exercise such as walking for just 10-20 minutes in a day- can improve your sleep quality.
  • Do you suffers from inadequate sleep or awaken night after night? The residual stress, anger and worry from your day can make it very difficult to sleep well. You should try to avoid these.
  • Some techniques for better sleep that can make you relaxed: By practicing relaxation techniques before bed time you will be able to cool down your mind and body which may help you to sleep better.

You Can Try following Techniques To Relax Your Body Just Before Sleep -

Deep breathing exercise technique: Lie down in your bed and close your eyes. Take a deep breath and slowly release it. Repeatedly do this and try to make each breath deeper than the previous one.

Gradual muscle relaxation: Start from your toes, tense all the muscles of your body tightly as you can, then slowly relax. Work your way from the toes up to the top of your head.

Imagine a place: Close your eyes and try to imagine a place that can make you peaceful and calm. Concentrate on that how relaxed this place makes you feel.

Easing Cannabis withdrawal's: Wanted Secrets Of Getting Well Immediately!

According to National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC), Physical symptoms arise during withdrawal periods are -

  • Chills
  • Stomach pain/abdominal pain
  • Shakiness
  • Sweating and
  • Headache

According to NCBI,

"The combined influence of residual/offset drug effects, withdrawal, and craving was observed in chronic cannabis smokers during withdrawal period. Physical symptoms were more intense in the initial phase, implying importance of early intervention in cannabis quit attempts."

  • These symptoms must causes significant distress and/or interference with school, work, or other daily responsibilities of you.
  • Most physical symptoms have their onset within the first 1-3 days of cessation, peaking within the first week, and lasting approximately 1–2 weeks- according to NCPIC journal.
  • You can control your physical symptoms by applying your knowledge with the help of will power. Remember that, you need to wait upto 1-2 weeks to get rid from them- This may be your turning point.

The symptoms typically are not of severe enough to require medical attention. But medication or behavioral strategies may help to ease symptoms and improve prognosis in those who trying to quit using cannabis. Medications are not necessary to control physical effects except headache (described). But Nabiximols can be use as an agonist replacement therapy during cannabis withdrawal to control withdrawal effects. Gabapentin may also be effective to control physical effects-still under trial.

A case study report of 19-year-old woman with cannabis withdrawal syndrome treated with cannabidiol (CBD) for 10 days. Daily symptom assessments demonstrated the absence of remarkable withdrawal, anxiety and dissociative symptoms during the treatment.

Easing Cannabis withdrawal's: Dealing With Psychosis!

Psychosis is a group of mental disorders characterized by individual functional impairment with psychotic features - delusion and hallucination.

According to Cochrane library, "cannabis in high doses may produce mental illness or psychosis."

A study was done by Kings college of london,2015 revealed that,

"24% of new psychosis cases are linked with cannabis use and the risk of psychosis is three times higher for users of potent "skunk-like" cannabis than for non-users."

Clinical evidence suggests that overall outcome is worse in people who have schizophrenia and use cannabis. However, it was claimed by some schizophrenic patient that, using cannabis is helpful to relieve symptoms and reduces side effects of anti-psychotic medications. But, current evidences are insufficient to show cannabidiol has an antipsychotic effect or not.

Heavy and regular cannabis user with psychosis need consultation as early as possible with a psychiatrist. Anti-psychotic medications - Olanzapine and Risperidone may be helpful to treat psychosis associated with cannabis withdrawals.

Psychosis - OCD!

Some persons usually heavy & long term weed users may experienced obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD is a psychiatric disorder characterised by obsessive thoughts, which are recurrent, unwanted and usually anxiety-provoking, but recognized as one’s own; and by compulsions, which are repeated acts performed to relieve the anxiety. An example is, repeated hand-washing related to thoughts of contamination.

Unlike other anxiety disorders, which are more common in women, OCD is equally common in men and women. OCD usually responds to some degree to antidepressant drugs (SSRIs) and to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which helps patients expose themselves to the feared thought or situation without performing the anxiety-relieving compulsions. However, relapses are common and the condition often becomes chronic.

Easing Cannabis withdrawal's: Challenging Mood Swings!

Swinging mood up and down is a characteristic feature of bipolar mood disorder. Mood swing can occur every moment of time in a normal person who don't take pot once. When mood swing produces psychotic feature with marked functional impairment of you then it goes to mental illness.

Medication usually not needed when you are in withdrawal, because in this period- mood swing is not enough strong to produce psychotic feature. But some degree of your functional impairment may occur. You can take consultation with your physician for this matter. Hope you will recover it within short period of time.

Lithium salt & Sodium valproate may be useful to stabilize your mood when down. On the other hand, atypical neuroleptic drugs (Olanzapine, Ziprasidone) can be useful to control your mood when up.

Easing Cannabis withdrawal's: Special Alert For Anxiety & Panic Attack!

Anxiety disorders characterised by the emotion of anxiety, worrisome thoughts, avoidance behaviour and the somatic symptoms of autonomic arousal (palpitation, chest pain, sweating, dizziness, trembling, shortness of breath and fear of dying).

Among the withdrawal's- anxiety is more crucial, because it can be both challenging and stressful for you. You can get some intense panic attacks and generalised anxiety when you stop. Anxiety develops when your brain is trying to compensate for the THC, received while you used marijuana. Brain will accommodate it within 7 days in most of the cases. So, Withdrawal's are not endless. You just need to wait with patience.

How can you overcome anxiety during withdrawal period?

To relieve anxiety you must try to keep your body busy in the day time. Get out and exercise! Ride your bike, jog, lift weights, anything that gets your body working. It also helps you to get sleep easily without anxiety.

Medications and psychotherapy also helpful to alleviate your symptoms.

Medications for Anxiety -

  • Anti-depressants, particularly selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI) are widely used to treat and prevent anxiety disorders. SSRI includes citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine, paroxetine, and sertraline.
  • Serotonin and Nor-epinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are newer drugs very-much effective in the treatment of major depressive disorder and mood disorder. But sometimes SNRIs use to treat anxiety also. SNRIs includes Velnafaxine, Sibutramine, Atomoxetine.
  • Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) like Imipramine, may also helpful.
  • Beta-blockers like Propranolol, commonly used to control physical symptoms of anxiety.
Panic Attack!

Repeated attacks of severe anxiety leads to development of panic disorder, which are not restricted to any circumstances or particular situation. Somatic symptoms such as chest pain, palpitations and paraesthesiae in lips and fingers are common. The symptoms are in part due to involuntary over-breathing (hyperventilation). Person with panic attacks often fear that they are suffering from a serious illness such as a heart attack or stroke, and seek emergency medical attention. These episodes can occur at any time, even when you sleep.

Panic attacks usually lasts for less than 10 minutes. Although some of the symptoms may persist for a long period of time. People who have had one panic attack are at greater risk for having subsequent panic attacks than those who have never experienced. There is worries about having more episodes when the attack occurs repeatedly.

How can you control or prevent your panic attack?

The cause of panic attack is unknown, for this its treatment vary person to person. Medications are used to prevent or alleviate immediate symptoms of panic attack. You can control it without medications by psychotherapy (CBT), relaxation and/or meditations, that make you relax and relieve your anxiety.

Medications commonly used to treat or prevent panic attack includes -

  • Anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan. These drugs are used to control acute attack, but not good for long-term use. Propranolol or Atenolol can be use for long term where indicated.
  • Some Anti-depressant can be used to prevent anxiety and reduce the frequency & severity of panic attacks. Commonly used drugs are some SSRI - Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, Lexapro and Zoloft. These group of drugs considered as first line drug for the treatment of panic disorder.
  • Certain newer anti-convulsant drugs are under trial for the treatment of both anxiety and panic attacks. They includes - Lyrica, Neurontin.
Easing Cannabis withdrawal's: Dealing with Depression As A Pioneer!

According to WHO,

  • Between 1990 and 2013, the number of people suffering from depression and/or anxiety increased by nearly 50%, from 416 million to 615 million. Close to 10% of the world’s population is affected.
  • The number of people living with depression increased by more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.
  • Depression is also the largest cause of disability worldwide.
  • More than 80% of this disease burden is among people living in low- and middle-income countries.

Major depressive disorder has a prevalence of 5% in the general population and approximately 10–20% in chronically ill medical outpatients. It is a major cause of disability and suicide. If comorbid with a medical condition, depression magnifies disability, diminishes adherence to medical treatment and rehabilitation, and may even shorten life expectancy.

There is a genetic predisposition to depression, especially when of early onset. The number and identity of the genes are largely unknown but the serotonin transporter gene is a candidate. Adversity and emotional deprivation early in life also predispose to depression. Depressive episodes are often, but not always, triggered by stressful life events (especially those that involve loss), including medical illnesses. Associated biological factors include hypofunction of monoamine neurotransmitter systems (serotonin and noradrenaline).

Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D says in "Mayoclinic" that,

"It doesn't appear that marijuana directly causes depression. It's likely that the genetic, environmental or other factors that trigger depression and depression leads to marijuana use. On the other hand, some people with depression may use marijuana to relieve their depressive symptoms. Heavy users may appear depressed as a result of the dulling effects of the drug on feelings and emotions."

How can you Challenge to overcome depression?

Depression is one of the most common cause of suicide world-widely. Not only addicted person, a good number of mentally stable persons can suffers from it. It can hamper your daily life badly. You should try best to overcome this. Following tips may be helpful for you.

Hangout and staying connected:

When you’re depressed, grow tendency to isolate. It become tough to reaching out to close family members and friends also. Feelings of shame and the guilt you may feel at neglecting your relationships. But social and familial support is essential to recover your depression. Staying connected with other peoples and building new friendships can change your mood and outlook.

Ways to staying connected -

  • Talk with your friends or close one about your feelings.
  • Hangout with friends frequently.
  • Try to help or donate voluntarily.
  • Ask loved one to meet with you regularly.
  • Go for a walk in every evening with a buddy.
  • Take part in various social activities.
  • Enjoy movies, concerts or live games with friends.
  • Give priority to the others.
  • Connect with new peoples by Text or e-mail.
Try to do things that make you feel better:

Give priority to your hobbies like gardening, reading, writing, traveling. Try Yoga, exercise deep breathing, meditation and/or progressive muscle relaxation. That may alleviate your symptoms of depression, reduce stress and boost your feelings of joy and well-being.

Eat healthy and mood refreshing diets:

Try to take meal regularly at a fixed time. Meal must be included your favorite dishes. Avoid or reduce intake of substances that affect your brain and mind like cigarettes,alcohol, fats and food containing excessive preservatives. Eat more fresh vegetables, fruits and drink water. Vitamin B12 deficiency can trigger your depression. So, try to eat more Vitamin B12 containing foods-milk, beans, chicken etc. Vitamin E containing foods like sunflower oil, almonds oil make your skin shiny and decrease hair-fall.

Avoid negative thinking's:

Always think positively. Depression impacts way you see yourself and your expectations for the future. To overcome depression you need to change your way of thinking.

Get help of Professional's:

Depression is now totally curable condition due to availability of expert health professionals and good drugs against depression. At the end of the day, consultation with Psychiatrist will make you success to defeat depression.

Commonly prescribed anti-depressants :

  • Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs): These are first line drugs to treat depression includes Amitryptyline, Nortryptyline, Imipramine.
  • SSRI includes Citalopram, Escitalopram, Fluoxetine, Paroxetine, and Sertraline.
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) includes Emsam, Eldepryl, Nardil, Marplan, Parnate, Zelapar.
  • SNRIs known as serotonin–noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors, also a class of antidepressant drugs that commonly used to treat major depressive disorder (MDD) and other mood disorders. These group includes Venlafaxine , Atomoxetine, Milnacipran, Levomilnacipran.
Easing Cannabis withdrawal's: Weight Loss, Appetite & Others :

Other less common or non-aggressive symptoms can not impact on your daily live activities. Decreased appetite or weight loss, aggression, irritability, nervousness, restlessness, chills, stomach pain, shakiness and sweating are disappear subsequently when you try to control described withdrawal symptoms.

You might get worried about appetite and weight loss. If you are able to establish a rhythm in your life - all symptoms disappear and you will be owner of a addiction free life. Try to eat more green leafy vegetables, citrous foods, avoid fatty foods and drink more water. Make your everyday harder then previous one. Then enjoy your life.

Taking Domperidon tablet 10mg, 3 times daily before meal for 15 days can increase your appetite and nausea. You can keep your mood stable during day time also by taking Flupenthixol+Melitracin combination tablet, once daily in the morning for 1 month.

Where Available Experts Are Headed To Help You

At the some point of life you fall down and you feel like you don't have the strength to get back up. But life is interesting, life's a journey. I found that, with weed addiction one of the most important thing's you could realize is that you're not alone, you're not the first to go through it.

If you need some support while quitting, you can get information about drug abuse treatment programs at https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

Call free 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

OMG! Wrap Up Is Interesting As It Used To Be

"Gorelick" tells WebMD that,

"Heavy pot users should be aware that they may experience a withdrawal syndrome that will make them uncomfortable when they try to quit,"

How can You reduce discomfort?

For some of the milder detoxing symptoms, a few home remedies have proven to be useful:

  • Hot soaking baths can help your emotions as well as your body.
  • Try to drink plenty of water and clear liquids, just like for the flu.
  • Cranberry juice has been used effectively for years by recovery houses to help purify and cleanse your body.
  • Really excessive sweating can deplete the body of potassium, a necessary mineral. A few foods high in potassium are: melons, bananas, citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, and tomatoes
  • Eliminate fat from the diet until your digestion become better.
  • Greatly reduce or eliminate caffeine until your sleep pattern is more normal or the shakes are gone.
  • The old fashioned remedy for insomnia, a glass of warm milk before bedtime, helps some people- you can.
  • Exercise not only helps depression and other unpleasant emotions, it helps your body to speed up the healing process.

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References: (And also welcome for further informations)

  • Davidson's Principles and practice of medicine, 22nd edition.
  • Management of cannabis withdrawal, published by NCPIC.
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