Marijuana Withdrawal: What Are the Symptoms and Timeline?

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Many people falsely answer the question “Is marijuana addictive?”; this belief comes from the fact that the withdrawal symptoms of marijuana are not as dramatic as other drugs.
But research over the last 15 years suggests that marijuana does have a potential for addiction, especially in teenagers. Current estimates indicate that one out of ten regular cannabis users develops a psychological addiction to the drug.
People who smoke marijuana (or “vape” it using a vaporizer) regularly for long periods of time – several months to years – often experience marijuana withdrawal symptoms when they suddenly stop. And that is a sign of physical dependence.

In a study done on nearly 500 marijuana users who attempted to quit using the drug, about 30% relapsed because the withdrawal symptoms were too much to handle. This result provides some evidence that cannabis withdrawal is a legitimate problem, and that it involves both psychological and physical addiction.
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What Causes Marijuana Withdrawal

Marijuana does have addictive potential, especially for teens and individuals who frequently use the drug. There are few legitimate studies on the physically addictive qualities of the active ingredient in marijuana – tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. But this is largely because there have been so few legitimate studies on cannabis use, period, due to repressive U.S. federal restrictions that prevented researchers from having access to the drug to test it.
What we do know is that unlike most other drugs, including alcohol, THC is stored in fat cells and therefore takes longer to fully clear the body than other common drugs. This means that some parts of the body still retain THC even after a couple of months, rather than just the couple of days or weeks required to eliminate water-soluble drugs.
Also, we know that addiction is a brain disease, which means that marijuana use chemically alters the brain to make it believe that THC is a necessary substance, one that it not only wants, but needs. These chemical changes are why a person might have uncontrollable cravings to use marijuana, and also why their body may have violent reactions when they stop using it. Such reactions are part of withdrawal, the process that occurs during detoxification or detox, the body’s natural process of removing toxic substances from the system.

Cannabis Withdrawal Symptoms Prevalence

About one-third of regular marijuana users have reported withdrawal symptoms, while 50% to 95% of those in treatment have experienced withdrawal symptoms. Factors that seem to influence the severity of marijuana withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Quantity of use
  • Frequency of use
  • Presence of co-morbid mental health issues
THC is the primary psychoactive ingredient of cannabis. If it is consumed repeatedly over an extended period, the brain will develop a tolerance to the drug.

In response to this growing tolerance to THC, the user needs higher and higher doses to achieve a similar effect. The brain and the body become accustomed to regular marijuana intake, and begin to rely on the drug. This is how physical dependency becomes a reality.
From that point forward, the weed user will experience unpleasant sensations when they go too long without the drug: weed withdrawal symptoms.
Fortunately, the drug withdrawal symptoms associated with pot withdrawal are not very dangerous, although they can be unpleasant.

What Are The Symptoms Of Marijuana Withdrawal?

Symptoms of withdrawal from marijuana include:

  • Troubled sleep
  • Irritability
  • Loss of focus
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Shakiness
  • Cravings for resumed cannabis use
  • Restlessness
  • Excessive sweating
  • Chills
  • Stomach pain and/or nausea
  • Low appetite or loss of weight
  • Depressive states of mind
  • Dysphoria, a feeling of general unease or dissatisfaction
  • Tiredness during the day
  • Insomnia

These sensations are similar to the experience of breaking a tobacco addiction. They are not life-threatening, but can be disruptive enough that the user may have a difficult time being fully functional until the symptoms stop.

How Long Do Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms Last?

The marijuana withdrawal timeline begins one day after the last intake of the drug. The most difficult withdrawal symptoms will occur on the second and third days and may include headaches, cravings, sweating, chills, and gastrointestinal distress. The withdrawal timeline will continue for up to two weeks while the symptoms slowly fade.

Timeline – Day 1

The first symptoms of weed withdrawal appear immediately after the active molecules of THC have been processed. The body and the brain expect another dose, having learned to rely on a regular supply of the drug. Not receiving the expected dose of marijuana, the body’s expected chemical balance is disrupted.

At this point, the first symptoms of THC withdrawal begin to kick in, typically several hours after the last marijuana dose, or at latest the following day.

The user will begin to experience:

  • Troubled sleep. The most common symptom of marijuana withdrawal is insomnia. Insomnia can manifest itself as a complete inability to sleep, or as waking up regularly during the night. During the early THC detox process, people may experience very vivid dreams or nightmares, which can make relaxation at night very difficult.
  • Irritability. The lack of proper sleep and relaxation during weed detox can make people more likely to lose control over their emotions. Irritation is common, as people become tired, but are unable to sleep. They may experience a wide range of previously-suppressed aggressive feelings. Some may experience outbursts, others irritation, and still others episodes of rage. These negative emotions are often accompanied by a lack of humor and a decreased sex drive.
  • Loss of focus. Another byproduct of the constant fatigue is the loss of concentration, and difficulty with learning, memorization, and memory.
  • Anxiety. It is quite common for individuals at the beginning of their cannabis withdrawal to experience anxiety attacks. The soothing marijuana effects are no longer active, so some react the opposite way, and feel uneasy and anxious.

Timeline – Days 2-3

The period of peak withdrawal symptoms occurs between 48 and 72 hours after the last cannabis use.

Marijuana consumers in that early stage of detox will likely face some unpleasant consequences:

  • Headaches are common during the detoxification stage, usually during the first three days. They usually weaken over time and ultimately fade away.
  • Strong cravings. After the initial shock of withdrawal, almost every marijuana user will begin to crave the drug.
  • Sweating and chills. During detox from weed, many users suffer from night sweats and chills, which should fade after a few days. The sweating is triggered by the body attempting to rid itself of toxins.
  • Gastrointestinal distress. Over 30% of former marijuana addicts report that when detoxing from weed they have had some form of eating problem. Most often, the former marijuana users suffered from a loss of appetite, which caused mild weight loss. Others reported digestive issues such as stomach cramps and nausea.
  • Risk of relapse. The discomfort and cravings can be strong marijuana relapse triggers.

Timeline – Days 4-14

Symptoms start to fade gradually, but some may persist, such as:

  • Depressive states. The brain’s chemistry is undergoing changes trying to adapt and function without THC. Mood swings and emotional issues are not uncommon and are a sign of the brain trying to reestablish a healthy chemical balance.
  • Cravings. Cravings to use cannabis again will persist in almost all former marijuana users on a detox program. Cravings are a natural consequence of the body adapting to the absence of THC.

Timeline – After Day 15

After two weeks, most of the withdrawal symptoms should disappear.

However, some symptoms may continue for several months until they fully dissipate. That is especially the case for severe addicts. They can expect:

  • Coughing. After two weeks, people may begin coughing up phlegm. This is a result of the body attempting to clear the lungs after extended abuse.
  • Insomnia usually stops after two weeks to a month. But it can take up to two months until a person is able return to a regular sleep cycle.
  • Depression and anxiety can go on for several months. If so, this may be an indication that the user has an underlying mental issue, and should see a therapist. Do not hesitate to get help.

So the answer to the question “How long does it take to detox from weed?” has to be “It varies, depending on many factors.

Factors That Affect Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms

Many factors can impact the duration and the intensity of the withdrawal phase. Not every person will necessary experience all the same symptoms as others.

Factors that affect marijuana withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Frequency and length of use. The longer an individual uses marijuana, the more it builds up in their body.
  • Consumption rate. The amount of cannabis that the person typically consumes in one intake session. People who have developed a greater physical dependency on marijuana will need to expect more intense withdrawals from weed. The strain of the weed consumed can also affect the withdrawal – for example, Charlotte’s web marijuana strain is low in THC; hence, the withdrawal might be relatively mild.
  • Emotional and physical vulnerability. People who are less able to handle stress will likely experience more severe withdrawal symptoms from cannabis.
  • General health and metabolism. The healthier the person and the better their metabolism, the quicker the person will get rid of toxins and end the unpleasant withdrawal sensations.
  • Body type. Fat tissues store THC molecules; as a result, the more fat that one has in the body, the more storage space one provides for toxic cannabis molecules. Most women naturally have a higher fat content than men, and thus are likely to retain more THC in their bodies than men. As a result, their marijuana withdrawals can be more severe.

How To Reduce The Weed Withdrawal Discomfort

Fortunately, quitting marijuana is not as difficult as withdrawing from other drugs. Medical supervision is usually unnecessary because the symptoms, while unpleasant, are not dangerous. In many cases, people manage to quit on their own when properly motivated.

Depending on the situation, there is a lot one can do to ease withdrawal period.

What One Can Do At Home

Here is what a user can try at home to soothe milder detox symptoms during weed withdrawals:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking 2-3 liters of water per day. Avoid sodas and drinks with sugar or other artificial sweeteners.
  • Eliminate coffee and caffeine until sleep cycle returns to normal.
  • Do not use other substances while detoxing from marijuana. That means: stop drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and consuming other drugs. If someone is taking medication, talk with a doctor about cannabis detox.
  • Eat healthy foods like bananas, lemons, green leafy vegetables, melons, and tomatoes. These will replenish potassium and other minerals an individual loses through sweat. Avoid processed foods as much as possible. If a patient has digestive problems, cut down on fats and sugars considerably. Cranberry juice has been used effectively by recovery facilities to help purify and cleanse the body.
  • Exercise every day, even if only for a short while. By exercising one will 1) boost mental health and 2) increase the speed at which body removes toxins through sweat.
  • Treat to a nice warm bath to relax and improve mood
  • Surround with supportive people, whether they are members of family or friends or online forums and local support groups.

Get Professional Help

If one can’t deal with withdrawal period alone, don’t hesitate to seek professional help.

  • Medical assistance. If a person experiences debilitating pain or gastrointestinal issues, they should ask a doctor to prescribe some specific medications. These medications can include treatments for drug abusers with digestive problems, sleeping pills to counter insomnia, or anxiolytics to reduce restlessness and anxiety.
  • Get therapy. Individual counseling is always helpful during any step of recovery. Look for psychologists specializing in behavioral therapy. There are also various support groups in every major town, such as Narcotics Anonymous or Marijuana Anonymous.
  • Go to addiction rehabilitation center. For people who find that they are really struggling to deal with withdrawal symptoms or additional substance abuse, the best option may be to go to marijuana rehab. Naturally, people who are also dealing with co-occurring mental or physical health issues should also consult medical professionals. Often such individuals will receive a referral to an inpatient rehab center. These facilities are well equipped to help users recover from marijuana dependence and addiction.

How to detox from weed? Will marijuana detox kit help?If one is ready to give marijuana detox a try, start by contacting the people who can help one do it successfully, and with the least discomfort.

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  • LB
    OMGOSH I WISH WE WERE FRIENDS!!!!! I am going through the same thing! My story is identical to yours, I am 53 and have been smoking every day for 8 years. It has been a crutch for me, however lately I have become so depressed, and I miss feeling joy. I used to have friends and hobbies- I have made my world really small and have exhausted my family with my emotional outbursts! I made the decision to cut back my marijuana use switching from a pipe to vapeing it, my withdraws started only I did not understand what was happening to me. I started seeing a naturopath whom I felt comfortable telling I smoke; she is the one who told me what was happening to me. Now that I read this article I am quitting as of today!!!!! I am terrified, absolutely terrified!!!! I am so insecure, I feel so alone and hopeless I just need to know I will be ok in the end! I have been trying to find a good counselor to help me through this but am finding it hard to find anyone taking new patients! This is the scariest experience of my life- I am a shadow of who I once was!
    • Joe D.
      Oh man I wish there was a way we could chat, I could have written this post too. I’m also 53 but I’ve been smoking for 30 years and am ready to quit. I’ve been going thru these same symptoms as you describe/as others describe on here and I’m confident that I can make it but it would help to have contact with others in this position.
      • Rico
        I agree with you m.a meeting shows me I wasn’t alone . 32 years I smoked , shoot I was military and started smoking while I was in believe it or not, I had just came back from my 1st tour (Iraqi freedom) and came back with ptsd , I was left the military because the anxiety was just to hard , but when I was in I would take hot just to sleep . After I got out I never stoped smoking because I felt and was told it is great for PTSD and boy when I started dabs my world became a false sense of heaven , been smoke heavy concentrates for almost 16 years now and looked around me and realized it wasn’t helping I was secluding my self And was an addict , this is my first attempt and I have just 72 hrs in my mind is racing and my stomach feel like somebody punched me my heart seems to be off rhythm and boy the contseny thought of smoking is always there , I have found that I I didn’t even think of the affects it was having on me as I was using , today was the 1st day I felt different in the sense of reality and visual change , as I worked out my boy was sweating so bad I accully got dehydrated and passed out … never happens when I was high . I’m told weed help retain water so my body was so I sick , I took a show and laid down , and started to read all your comments , my only advice is to Just anyonone who is being told weed is not addictive to F off I pretty sure the. Never quite Hang in there everyone I have seen 40 pluse year users say after they quit there whole life changed for the better ….most the time it’s because the amount of money weed will cost you …..I don’t want to even think about the thousand I have sent smh . We all got this and remember your not alone .
    • Dustin
      I understand what your going through. I just recently quote on Saturday. My wife quite 17 days ago. I have been a smoker for about 8 years. I was a drunk before that. Quite one for the other. I am a veteran and have ptsd. But I am willing to work through all my issues. My wife noticed that I was mad all the time while smoking. I am angry all the time and I have noticed recently that my anger was affecting my family. My kids and wife became scared of me and I have almost lost what is the most important to me. I don’t think I can lose anyone else in my life. So Saturday morning I woke up and threw everything away, I needed to. I can lose her or my boys they complete me. So life is hard and we can do this no matter what if not for you then for your family. Stay safe and be proud. Take walks my wife says they help. I went today with her. Made me realize how much I have missed her.
    • Jeff
      Hello everyone, I’m 41 and started when I was 15. About 2.5 years ago my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer. My way to cope with it was smoking a few times a day. As the days went by I started smoking 4-5 time during work and 4-5 times at home. It got to the point on weekends every time I had a cigarette which was 30-45 min. I was basically training my brain to want thc all the time. I had a lot of anxiety and bad migraines. I didn’t think it was possible to be addicted to thc. If I would go a few hours my head would hurt until I smoked. On August 20 I said enough I want my life back. It’s now been 1month 5 days. I’ve have a few bad dreams and headaches but the worst is the body pains. (Try to stay hydrated) My aniexty has almost completely gone away and the pain in the temple’s are feeling better every day. Next step is to quit smoking I can’t ever see myself smoking again because when you start feeling better you know it’s not worth it. Hope this helps someone out there. Just write down the pros and cons
  • Bre
    Hey MJ have you been able to sleep normally? And have you been eating normally?
  • Cynthia mosher
    I’m almost at 72 hours clean. I’m quitting so i can get another job. I’ve wanted to quit earlier but i would get so anxious at the thought of no weed i just couldnt do it. The night hefore i quit my brain was in disarray. Back and forth, i can do it, no i cant. I had a therapy session the next day and we did EMDR for the racing thoughts. I went home expecting to give up again and go buy some. ( its hard when there are dispensaries on every block). I’ve been fine! I dont have many symptoms. I had some night sweats and a nightmare about my cat. I have thoughts that float by, wish i could smoke but they arent cravings. I guess EMDR really made a difference. I also found some positive quotes ive written up and put them on my bed so i see them all the time. Maybe these saying will help someone else.One day or day one. Its your decision.Remember, the reason youre doing this is to make your life better.Dare to begin
  • MP
    Hi , I am in the same boat too! Quit this summer after 30+ years (for 90days exactly). I am 48. First month or so was hell, ended up needing to go to dr to get something for sleep and anxiety. After about 2 months I felt great didn’t have cravings and then gave in after a bad day thinking I could do it occasionally but was wrong. Went right back to habit of daily use. I am down to one puff per night just to be able to sleep. Sweating and crazy dreams at night..I am preparing to stop again and have taken a couple days off work to get through the bad insomnia ..good luck all. It does feel good to be one th other side of this!! Kicking myself for having to go through the withdrawals again. LB you will be ok in the end PEACE
    • Jane
      Oh my I’m on day ? Nine I haven’t kept count but I’ve been smoking on and off for 20 yrs I’ve quit before not a problem with God’s help and the desire to not disappoint , but fell heavily these past two years due to family loss in death depression and using it as a crutch I’m so tired of depending on it It’s like u depressed if u smoke u depressed if u don’t , I got bad headaches every afternoon about 3pm it begins ! I want to be right w god and not rely on this drug anymore not have anxiety or this heartache of personal problems with family I’m going to talk w my church pastors and confess I feel so ashamed I want a clear conscience, I’m a functioning my user but that doesn’t make it okay , I gotta get through this hopefully have gods help so then I can also be the example for my functioning mj user husband as well , cooking from a drug addict mom I need to break this cycle these chains !! Wish me the best
    • Kevin Walsh
      Hi read your story and thx u.. I took cbd:thc 1:1 ratio for 9 months.I’m 26 days in clean but still have brain fog and nerves are shaken .I took it because my father died and it was a way of escape to dull my pain but it bit like a snake in the end.I love Jesus and I’m embarrassed to say I lost faith for a season but I’m on my way up with one day better then the next.I hope this breaks soon.Cheers friend.
  • Lorraine
    Day 7. No let up. I cannot control my body temperature or my anxiety, pounding heart or sweating. This didn’t happen last time I quit, but I smoked homegrown heavily, now I’ve been vaping only for months and months. Detox from herb was not like this. All this has done is reinforce my determination. No long term studies on concentrated oils. More will be revealed I’m sure. I hate this. I literally cannot function
    • CaliGrown
      Omg this is me!!! I’ve been the the ER twice with a pounding heart, numb sweaty hands/arms completely out of it, lightheaded, mind goes crazy swearing I’m dying and this is the end. Happens for 20-30 min at a time almost every day, especially if I’m thinking about it, which I can’t stop doing. Doc thinks anxiety or panic attacks. I literally feel like I’m dying. Been in and out of the docs office trying to figure out what was wrong with me. (Haven’t told them I smoke though) Cause I’m like weed wouldn’t do this!!! I’ve been smoking out of a vape pen for about 6 months (due to convenience) but the last oil I had caused me to have these episodes every time I hit it. I thought it was a bad batch or just too strong so I quit all together after about a week of using it. This was 1 1/2 weeks ago and I’ve still been having these episodes. Insomnia just started but I’ve been so freaked out about what was wrong with me I figured I was causing even more anxiety and insomnia. How long did your symptoms last or what did you do to help rid yourself of them? I can’t function, I’ve been in and out of work because of it. I’m literally wearing a heart monitor as I’m typing this because I swore it was my heart and my doc wants to confirm but now I’m wondering if it’s withdrawals???? I had a missions trip to Iraq coming up so I thought it was anxiety from that too. Never thought withdrawals. Please help, I’m still going through these symptoms almost everyday and I will do anything for them to stop (except start smoking again of course)
  • Mm
    OMG,thanks so much everyone,im laying here wide awake at 3am. Is only been 24hrs since last use.I’m 50 and been a regular THC user for over 10 years and quitting to get my life back in order and also to find another Job. After reading everything here I believe I can and will beat this ,my partner is a light smoker and DOESN’T get any side affects apart from getting very angry which frightens me as it’s something that calms him down.he has stopped with me . Again I thank-you for sharing your posts and hope everyone does well.
  • Arlena
    Why is nausea so bad and when does it stop.when is it required to go to the doctor.
  • Michelle
    I am 50 I only been smoking for about 4 months everyday I want to quit not sure if I can do it or not I feel anxious should I just cut back or just quit all together
  • type"23
    im on day 4 quitting today 31/1/19 and i feel like the withdrawal symptoms are starting to peak for me.. i have had 6 attempts of quitting over the last year.. i am 25 but have been smoking spliffs heavily for 9 years sometimes 9/10 spliffs a day or untill i have run out of supply. I am having a wide range of symptoms from sweats all day, insomnia, nausia, headaches, heart palputations, mood swings., increased paraniod thourghts.. the list goes on.. I first found weed in high school and would use it as a way to fit in at the beggining, i have also been alcohol deppendant since aged 15. i have used alcohol and cannabis as a crutch to numb depression that stems from childhood trauma and loosing my birth family and also my adopted family after my mum passed away while i was 6 years old.. as much as both substance have been a crutch for me in times of need they have also held me back in terms of work, education and relationships.. also having devastating consequences to my mental health.. i might not have a great support network but i am determimed to put this harrowing time in my life to rest and move on. i wish the people reading this that are seriouse about quitting weed the best of luck
    • Dan
      Glad I’ve seen this having the same issues been dependent on weed as a teen as I lost my dad when I was 3
  • Ian
    This helps.. Thanks for sharing.. day 4 very little sleep.
  • Colun
    I’ve been off the weed for 6 weeks after smoking it for over 30 years,it’s been torture,I thought it would’ve got easier but no.
  • Sabiha Ullah
    My partner now been clean for 3 days but his suffering from paranoia and delusions…is this normal? I’m really concerned
  • Jay
    Hello everybody and thanks for sharing, I’m 48 years old and I’ve been smoking heavy for 25 years, last smoke two days ago and experiencing all the same symptoms as I have read you are experiencing too, we can get through this if we are strong, Good luck to everyone.
    • Jj
      Hi I’m 17 and I’ve been smoking weed heavy for 3 years and I’m trying to stop I’m 3 days in and I’m experiencing really bad stomach cramps how do I make it stop
  • Laura
    I’ve never been a user; however, my significant other is suffering just like all those who have posted here. It is so hard to watch. I’m trying to be as supportive as possible and look forward to the day his good health is fully reclaimed. To all of you brave souls fighting off this addition, I praise you for your courage and for sharing your journey. Keep fighting the good fight, reclaiming your health and your life is soooo worth!
  • Kirsty grumble
    Hi i’m 28 and iv been smoking for 15 years as a coping mechanism since I went into care and now my children are growing up I really want to quit and set a good example. iv tried it in the past and stuck to it for a couple of months a few times but now I want to quit for good, I’m going cold Turkey and have done 6 days. I know it wont kill Me but it doesn’t half feel like it will, I also have mental health problems some of which accourd before I started to smoke.
  • Heavy user
    Hello, I am a 62 year old man who has been smoking weed since 16. One week ago I was taken to the ER after waking up at 3am with my heart pounding and a blood pressure of 200/110. My wife is a nurse who realized what was happening and quickly got me to the hospital. After blood work and an EKG showed that my heart and blood were fine they sent me home hours later with some Adovan and Lisinopril. It’s been a week now with no marijuana. I can tell you now it has been hell. Everything that has been posted is happening to me, Anxiety attacks, no appetite, no focus at all, sweats then chills, nausea, irritable, weight loss. I’ve never in my life had a medical issue. The Adovan helped with the anxiety the first 4-5 days. Today is the first day that I didn’t take it and I’m trying to control the anxiety with breathing exercises. Never had this kind of issue with normal weed. The weed they sell at the shops here in CA are very very high in THC content, and I have also been using concentrates. It’s been 7 days, and it scared me so much I have no thoughts at this time about using it again. Thank you for reading this, prayers to all
    • CaliGrown
      This was me! I’m literally going through this right now. I would go through extreme episodes and have been to the Er twice with a racing pounding heart, sweaty clammy hands and arms, lightheaded ness and my mind going crazy swearing I’m dying and both ekg and and blood work are normal but high BP they thought anxiety or panic attacks but that’s not me and never thought it was the weed because flower has never done this. It wasn’t until this forum that I realize it must have been my vape pen. I stopped flower due to smell and inconvenience about 4 months ago and the last cartridge I had was either way too strong or a bad batch because that’s when my symptoms started. I didn’t like how it felt and threw it out halfway through it. Thought it was that but figured weed wouldn’t do this. Been taking Xanax to prevent the attacks and it helps but don’t want to depend on it but if I don’t take it 90% of the time it happens and it’s almost every day. It’s so crippling and I can’t function. I stopped the pen 1 1/2 weeks ago and still have the symptoms. Been to the Er twice and in and out of the doc. I’m literally wearing a heart monitor as I type this because I swore it was my heart and never thought it could be the weed but clearly the vape pens are doing something to cause this and I refuse to touch it either. How have you gotten through it? How long did it take? And any tips you may have? It’s so hard to function with these attacks, please help!!!
    • CaliGrown
      How did you get through this. Same happened to me. Went to Er in full attack, ekg and heart was good even though racing and pounding. Swore I was dying until I found this thread and realized it must have been my vape pen. Never had issues with the flower but the pen has completely ruined me. In desperate need of tips. This is happening almost every day. How long did it go on for you? How did you get through it? It’s been 2 weeks for me now…
      • James
        I’m literally in the middle of this, right now. Two trips to the ER in a week. Thought I was having a heart attack. Ekg was fine, bloodwork was fine, went to the cardiologist and endocrinologist- both cleared me. I’m one week off of heavy use, 90% vape cartridges, pax3 steamer, edibles, you name it. I stopped cold turkey and I’ve been off my rocker. Panic attacks have been the worst. These are causing racing BP. I’ve been forcing myself to eat and drink but I have zero appetite. Last night started the strange vivid dreams. My PCP gave me .5 Xanax to help with the anxiety and it brings it down quite a bit. How long was it until you started to feel back to semi-normal?
  • LP
    Thanks everybody for sharing their stories! I thought i was alone or just suffering a very rare and extreme case of weed-drawal until i found this message board. About to turn 50, chronic smoker for over 20 years, in pretty good shape and with an active life, found myself smoking about two grams a day for the last year or so to numb the pain away. Just like Connor above and so many others in similar situations, I used it to numb myself emotionally after a big loss in my family about a year ago, and more recently, my mother’s terminal cancer diagnose, which resulted in me becoming even more depressed, isolated and unable to handle some basic but important daily tasks like remembering (or caring about) appointments. I detoxed before and have gone through some withdrawal, but the symptoms this time around have been considerably stronger than what I’ve previously experienced. Today is day 14 without smoking and I feel a LOT better, hardly out of the woods but i can now see a clearing in the distance. Having a clearer head is definitely helping things. Still have to switch pillows, change shirts and at times place a towel under my torso due to night sweats but that is also getting better. My joints ache like crazy but getting better and my digestive system has become more consitent. Having wild vivid dreams here and there but no actual nightmares so far and other than the sweating, Iam sleeping well and wake up pretty rested and clear headed. Exercise is definitely helping my mind and body. A little irascible at times but my general mood is greatly improved, like a grey fog has been lifted. Way more in control of my emotions nowadays. I can now take action to change what i can, or adapt to what i can’t in my life. I feel better everyday!. I hope these lines help anyone going through the same or similar circumstances the same way reading previous posts have helped me better understand and cope with my combination of depression enhanced by withdrawal symptoms. Thank you all and trust yourself, you can do it!.
  • Simon
    Av been smoking cannabis for 30 years yes did have vivid dreams and dizziness and feeling sick it’s been 6 weeks now still having bad stomach cramps tho because I was a heavy smoker it’s taking longer with the withdrawal symptoms I read it could take up to 6 months I advise people to be stronger yes it’s the hardest thing to do but you can do it just try to drink plenty of water eat healthy stay away from caffeine and cut your sugar intake . A bath helps with anxiety and helps you relax.. or reading before bed . didn’t think it would be this hard but yes it is ..try to cut out fatty foods and spicy foods eat more fruit and veg I have good days and bad days I just wanna get through this rough ride and be strong . So try and stick it out we can get through this good luck to you all
  • Rob
    Hello to all going thru this after reading the posts from everyone it has helped me and given me strength to know I’m not in this battle alone, for me I have been a casual smoker since the age of 16 and started using every day taking a hit every couple of hours thru out the day all day long, got ptsd from my experiences in Iraq and was suffering from stress , survivors guilt and terrible nightmares and the smoking helped I smoked the best I could get with the highest concentrations of thc and it helped to make me numb and relieved some of the bad feelings and nightmares I was having and have been smoking heavy for the last 15 years . I’ve tried to quit several times over the last year and always failed and went back when the dreams , cravings and insomnia kicked in, but with the help of my wife and a new job it’s been 2 months since I’ve smoked and I’m still suffering, the cravings aren’t too bad but the nightmares and insomnia are terrible, I’m in work now after being up all night, the dreams are so vivid and horrible when I do sleep , in almost all my dreams I have paint on my face and body I keep trying to peel it off and I’m always lost trying to get home and no one can help me , there’s alway blood and violence and I wake up screaming , I’m not weak but this has been hard , every time I tell my wife I’m going to get weed she resists and reminds me not to give in, thank god I have her. To all of you fighting and struggling with this beast know there are others fighting along side you and your not alone and never give up, hopefully the end is near!
  • Matt
    Day 3 no cannabis. Only 20 years old and have used daily for around 18 months. I went on holiday last year abroad where there was no cannabis. Thankfully I was only away 3 nights but my body shut down. I genuinely thought something was seriously wrong. No appetite, sweating like fu*k all day, every day. When I came back I started using again. 12 months later I’ve decided to stop. Thank you so much for all your comments on this. I hope everyone succeeds in quitting as there’s so much more to life than feeling like a sack of potatoes stuck on a sofa. No matter how much you want to smoke DON’T. You can never win. You’ll be depressed if you smoke. You’ll be depressed if you don’t. So just don’t smoke. Stay at it. We will all succeed!
    • Ron
      Are you still smoke free?
  • shami
    hi all, am from the middle east. i was a heavy smoker of Hashish ( hash )since i was 17yrs, now i am 32yrs. i stopped smoking since 17 days. i might have stronger withdraw symptoms than you because hash has a higher percentage of THC, thus i did it. so you all can do it too. i had the same symptoms. the worst of all were the 1st 4 days : A physically : 1 couldn’t sleep and if i did i would wake up after 2 to 3 hours having weird detailed nightmares. 2 heavy sweating not only at night but all day ( sweating while feeling cold + shivers ). 3 stomachache, lack of appetite, diarrhea, and feeling that i wanna vomit. 4 i simply felt weak, getting tired just by simply walking! B psychologically : 1 kept thinking of death and how and when i will die ( continuance negative death thoughts ). 2 i lost the interest of everything and every one. i didn’t talk to any one for 3 days not even a phone call or a text. 3 depression ( nothing would make me happy or smile )after the 1st 4 days : A physically : 1 muscle cramps 2 headaches ( 3 sever headaches, stopped after a weak or so ) 3 sleeping for 5 hrs max + nightmares 4 dizziness all day ( persisted for 8 days ) 5 feeling high again( all day ) + head numbness every morning ( persisted 11 days after the 1st 4 days ) 6 tongue rash ( started after the 1st week till Now ) 7 feeling weak ( till now ) B psychologically : 1 lack of motivation ( lasted 14 days ) 2 depression ( i felt a lot better but still couldn’t escape some negative thoughts – lasted 10 days )i just want to add that i didn’t crave for it since the 1st day, and what made me take the decision to stop it is the lonely life that i live. year after year i am loosing friends and couldn’t make new ones because all what i want is to go back at home smoke and watch tv or play games, more over the denial life that i am living. if i did it so you can.
    • Ron
      Thank you for sharing your story
  • Eve
    Day 7 for me, smoked every day for 4 years. I have less cravings now, the nausea is gone, but I’m so depressed, I’m having horrible nightmares and yes sweating all night… Annoyed all the time, can’t relax. Feels like there’s nothing to look forward to without weed, I’m bored out of my mind. I just hope it gets easier soon because I’m going through hell.
  • Sam
    Hi, thank you all for sharing your experiences. I’m from the uk and have never smoked weed but my husband is one month clean from being a heavy cannabis smoker of 7 years. I also have mental health issues and have used alcohol to try and block past bad experiences out so things are really tough at home. I’m so relieved to hear that the withdrawal symptoms do get easier although it may take up to 6 months because until I found this page, everything else I researched said that withdrawal symptoms only last a couple of weeks!! it’s hard to see him go through the insomnia, depression and the night sweats which are all still apparent. My thoughts are with you all on your journey to a healthier and happier life. One quote that helps me through the bad times is “when it rains look for rainbows and when it’s dark look for stars”
  • Richard
    Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your words and testimonies.5 days without, and it is hell. I think the headaches are going down, since today it wasn’t as bad.I am truly grateful for finding this page and reading you all, knowing I am not alone in my struggle.I have been a heavy user since I was 16, I am now 55. I never thought I would be in this situation, I always thought it was that bad to consume, I was very wrong…
  • Davis
    Hi to everyone, reading these posts are kinda reliefing. Smoking for last 6 years or so , I’m living in holand so was using only top % cannabis mostly haze and hash, went to Africa on vacation and passed out of overheating, they put me under system and after that it hit , I feel my blood cleaning really fast but also I feel like going insane , panic attacks , sweating , not talking about lack of sleep. Just wanted to ask you’re thoughts how long the withdrawals could last , cuz to be honest sometimes it feels that I can not hold anymore. Not that I want to smoke , but that I constantly feel like passing out and my head and thoughts are flying uncontrollably…
  • Samuel
    Hi to everyone. I’ve been a weed smoker for just over 10 years, smoking about 3 /4 joints a day everyday and I recently went cold turkey not knowing that there is withdrawals from weed which was about 3 weeks ago. I’ve been exhibiting all the major symptoms of withdrawals which were really bad the first two weeks and persisted past that point so I sought help from my gp who prescribed tranqipam 1mg which is the lowest dosage for anxiety medication. It helps a lot with the anxiety but is strong enough to get a person to sleep and keeps me really calm along with the exercising for about 30 min in the afternoon followed by hot shower helps me get a good night’s rest apart from the crazy dreams still going on.keeping constantly busy and focused on pretty much anything else gets me through the day cause for me it always goes downhill when I’m sitting and relaxing.. I will not be defeated by this substance and going back is not an option and maybe this will help I hope.. All the best cause I know it’s extremely tough but find the reason you doing this and hold on to it like you never gonna let go..
  • Ola
    From Nigeria…i am 4 months clean but i still feel some changes in my body and some chest pain…i have smoked everytime for 5 years and now i am trying to substitution weed for alcohol…will get better?
  • Bryan
    I started smoking when I was 14 and stopped in Jan 2019. It’s been 6 months and I’m still dealing with symptoms. I’m dealing with vertigo and chest pain and of course anxiety/panic. I hope it’s some sort of post withdrawl.
  • Mya
    Hi, I am a 40 year old woman who has been ingesting THC (gummies,pills), for about a year, every single day. I started at 30mg and would take on average 360mg at the one year mark. I’m on day 5 now and experiencing very serious withdrawal symptoms. Major stomach pains, I still can’t eat. I’ve lost 11lbs and now weigh 110lbs. My sleep is broken but doesn’t sound as bad as others…I’m getting a few hours…for me it’s my stomach, irritably, depression and anxiety, I am very jumpy and the night sweats are brutal. I’m looking for any comments or support. I need these symptoms to go away as soon as possible. I can’t believe I did this to myself..
    • James
      I’m in about the same boat. I was vaping very heavily and using edibles as well for about a year and a half. I stopped cold turkey and I went ba**it. Racing blood pressure, wicked anxiety attacks, crying fits, etc. how long did your withdrawal symptoms last?
  • Michael
    I’m 32 been smoking for 15 years. About 8 months ago I started smoking dro. Lots of it. Like 2 to 4 grams a day. I recently stopped back in February. I stopped because I was at home on lunch eating a baked bbq potato and had 2 big glasses of blue Hawaiian punch. 15 minutes into driving back to work both my arms went completely numb, and both my sides went numb, I was freaking out. Called a ambulance. For 3 weeks I felt like my body was on fire. And hamburgers, any spicy foods would make me fill as if my arms and insides were burning. In those 3 weeks I wasn’t smoking. After the 3 weeks I started to sleep and things seemed like they were going back to normal. I started to smoke again after 2 months. I smoked for 3 weeks and then all the sudden I had symptoms of I cant be in the heat. I would fill like I was goi g to pass out. Really bad headaches. It only occurs In the sun only. I fill like 1 hour in the sun is enough and I have to get to the a/c. I’ve been I mechanic all my life and this is bothering me. Is it just weed psychiatric withdraw symptoms or somehting else? Been to the hospital over 7 times since February everything checks out fine.
  • Dustin
    I am glad I got to read everyone’s stories. Makes me feel less crazy. I was everyday smoker for 24 years. I got popped for a UA for a company that I had been with 20 years. It was my first ever random. I am on day 4 now and it s**ks. My body is miserable. Ugh. At least I still have a job in 30 days.
  • Ron
    Been smoking off n on for three years. Im 46. This last time i have only been smoking for two months. I didnt really want to stop but it seems like everytime i smoke now i get an anxiety attack. Anyone relate?? So im on day three of quitting. Anyone ever use ativan while quitting??
  • Scott C
    I haven’t slept in 3 days, sweating, heart pounding, and ruminating over my screwed up life. I live in Washington were weed is legal, I’m 45 and have been smoking since at least 13 years old and before pot was legal it wasn’t that hard to find but the quality often varied but now that it’s legal my pot use has skyrocketed and the weed sold in the stores is very high potency. After a awhile my tolerance was so high I switched to consentrates and I was dabbing up to two grams a day. Maybe I’m getting paranoid but it seems the withdrawals from legal weed is even worse then the street stuff, is it possible there putting something in the legal pot to get more people hooked? I’m seeing more reports of severe withdrawals than ever before and back when I just smoked the street stuff sometimes I would quit for few days to get my tolerance down and it was never this bad.
  • LINDE
    this is quite helpful, I’ve been clean for 3 days and to be quite honest I’ve only experienced mild headaches, troubled sleep and sweaty palms. i only smoked once per day(a joint) on weekdays to relax after work and for sleep, and on weekends, about 2 to 3 joints per day. I’ve always exercised regularly and tried to eat healthy. I’ve been smoking for 2 years, tried to quit 3 times with no success. seeing this timeline has motivated me to go further because i know what to expect along the way and how to lesson discomfort of withdrawal. thank you.
  • Stay strong
    I stopped smoking weed and vaping at the same time…. let me tell you.. it’s one of the worst things I’ve ever been thru … the was a heavy user and 2 days after stopping cold turkey I felt like I was dying literally… I was going to go to the hospital but after reading other things I saw it was no use … my advice never do that stuff again it’s worthless and can take a good amount of money from you .. I’m never doing that stuff again. People say weed isn’t addictive…. I lost my football career because of that crap …. hope this helps someone … stay strong and know there’s light at the end of the tunnel… God bless
  • kimarlie
    Im 16 and I smoke marijuana everyday so how would the treatment affect me