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Marijuana Withdrawal and Detoxification

Marijuana Withdrawal and Detoxification

Once the addiction has been developed, getting rid of it without a proper treatment plan is very hard. Treatment is a very challenging process for the victim as well as his family and rehab center staff. At SLO Recovery Centers, we believe that every patient comes with individuals needs and every patient should be provided unique treatment depending upon his condition. Quitting the drug is the first step towards recovery followed by detoxification. As the body becomes habitual to function in the presence of drug, its absence can ignite violent reaction termed as withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms for marijuana:

Addiction is a brain disease that alters the function of brain in such a way that it is no more able to function without the drug. So when the drug is quit, the brain shows negative reaction producing a number of symptoms. Although marijuana withdrawal is not as severe as the withdrawal of some heavy drugs like cocaine or heroine, it is still a highly uncomfortable experience.

Withdrawal symptoms may vary a great deal from one user to another depending upon a number of factors such as:

  • Duration and amount of abuse
  • Tolerance level of the user

Light smokers experience milder withdrawal symptoms compared to heavy smokers.

Withdrawal Symptoms in case of occasional or light smokers/users:

The common withdrawal symptoms experienced by occasional or light smokers include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain

In many cases sweating, chill and fever are also noticed.

Withdrawal Symptoms in case of heavy smokers/users :

The withdrawal symptoms in case of high potency users can be of more acute nature. They include:

  • Decreased mental capabilities
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Excessive tiredness during the day
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Mood swings
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Weight loss due to low appetite
  • Excessive sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

According to a rough estimate, withdrawal symptoms disappear after a week or two. However, individual cases may vary depending upon the conditions.

Marijuana withdrawal timeline:

The duration of marijuana withdrawal varies for different users. For most of the heavy users, symptoms start appearing within a few hours of quitting and reach their peak value within 48 hours. The symptoms start to get better with time and completely disappear within 2-3 weeks.

  • First 24 hours:
    As soon as the drug is quit, some mild withdrawal symptoms start to kick in. Most of the users experience anxiety, irritability and insomnia on the first day.
  • Days 2 and 3:
    Withdrawal symptoms reach their peak value by this time. Excessive cravings start to kick in. due to the unpleasant symptoms and cravings, the addicts are most likely to relapse during this period so special care should be taken. Symptoms like stomach pain, sweating. Chills and fever are also experienced by some users.
  • Days 4 to 14:
    As the time passes, most of the withdrawal symptoms disappear. Any lingering symptoms at this time will be mild. However, psychological symptoms like depression can develop and persist as the brain learns to function without the drug. Cravings may also be present.
  • Day 15 and on:
    By 3rd week, most of the physical withdrawal symptoms disappear. However, heavy users may continue to experience psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression. These symptoms may need proper treatment to disappear. Some users continue to experience them for as long as two years.

Marijuana withdrawal remedies:

While in case of other drugs such as cocaine or heroin, certain medications exist that can help to ease down the withdrawal by treating symptoms and settling down cravings, no such medications exist for marijuana. Although a number of OTC drugs can be used to treat individual withdrawal symptoms such as pain relievers can be used to treat headache and stomach pain, antiemetics can be used to control nausea and vomiting, antidepressants can be used to manage depression and so on.

Other than medications, a number of remedies can help to manage withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • Regular exercise
  • Attending 12 step recovery programs
  • Doing yoga and meditation
  • Eating healthy

Marijuana detoxification:

Detoxification is a natural process carried out by the body to remove harmful chemicals accumulated due to drug abuse. In case of marijuana, THC is the main chemical that is removed from the body. Completing detox is only possible when the drug is quit completely. In case of addicts, the drug is never completely removed from the system since they keep on adding more to their system. This is the reason they do not experience withdrawal symptoms.

Detox is a natural process that can be carried out anywhere. It can be carried out at home, at a rehab center or a detox center. It is recommended to go through the process at a specialized facility to avoid undesired consequences.

It is unlikely to die of marijuana withdrawal but some withdrawal symptoms can become so bad that death is resulted. The body uses all the possible means such as vomiting, diarrhea and sweating to remove toxins. The person can become dehydrated. This is the reason it is advised to go through detox at a specialized facility under expert supervision. It doesn’t only increase the chances for recovery but also make the process much less painful.