If you’re currently going through withdrawals and experiencing insomnia, you’re not the only one. According to a study done by NIDA in Baltimore on marijuana withdrawals, almost 51% of their subjects experienced sleeping issues including insomnia.

About 49% experienced insomnia alone. Just looking through forum threads you’ll find that people seeking help with insomnia or other sleep problems is extremely common.

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia can be exhibited in a few different ways, such as:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Restless sleep
  • Inability to fall back asleep after waking up

Insomnia can also be present with other sleep problems like extremely vivid dreaming with or without nightmares.

Anxiety, another extremely common withdrawal symptom, is often linked to insomnia, either as a cause or intensifier. Naturally an inability to sleep properly is going to cause anxiety. Likewise, feeling very anxious is going to prevent you from sleeping.

Am I Going to Experience Insomnia?

Unfortunately you won’t really know you’re going to have insomnia during withdrawals until it either happens or it doesn’t. Marijuana withdrawal symptoms can be unpredictable.  There are a number of different factors will dictate what symptoms you experience, if any, and how severe.

Factors Influencing Weed Withdrawal Symptoms

Whether you’ll experience insomnia (or any other withdrawal) can be dependent on factors such as:

  • Age: Based on statistics, older people are going to have a more difficult time than younger people. Theoretically, a man of 50 who has smoked daily for 5 years is going to experience more withdrawals with higher severity than a 25 year old man who has smoked the same amount for the same time.
  • Amount of Usage: Smoking a bowl once a day every day has a much milder effect on the body than smoking 5 bowls a day every day. The larger amount smoked = the more dramatic of a change your body will experience after quitting.
  • History of Use: Probably the most obvious, if you’ve been smoking for a very long time you are probably going to experience withdrawal symptoms. Those who smoke intermittently general experience mild symptoms or may not even notice a difference after a day or two.
  • Marijuana Used: The type of marijuana used also is a factor. People who use a high-grade, potent marijuana with strong THC levels tend to have more severe symptoms.
  • Psychological Expectations: Interestingly enough, if you become anxious about impending withdrawal symptoms you are more likely to experience them.

Generally you should expect to experience some withdrawal symptoms if you’ve been using marijuana regularly for 6 months or more. If you’ve been a heavy user for a number of years you are much more likely to experience stronger withdrawals. However, refrain from predicting what you’re going to experience since this can cause a more severe reaction just from your anxiety alone.

How to Counter Insomnia

Insomnia isn’t as innocent as a lack of sleep. Prolonged insomnia makes the withdrawal process much more difficult because it can cause or exacerbate other health issues like general fatigue/lethargy, delayed reaction times, irritability, high blood pressure and mental health issues (depression and anxiety primarily).

Thankfully there are a number of ways you can successfully counter insomnia during your withdrawal period. Not everyone will respond quickly to the same insomnia treatments so don’t feel discouraged if you don’t notice a difference at first.

  • Use A Sleep Aid: There are plenty of over-the-counter options for sleeping pills that may help. However, sometimes taking a medication isn’t the best method for a recovering marijuana addict. Instead you might want to try a natural sleep aid like liquid melatonin. Melatonin is non-addictive and quite effective.
  • Start Exercising Daily: Exercising is probably the last thing you feel like doing when you’re going through withdrawals but it can be incredibly helpful overall. Exercising is a highly recommended tool for people going through any type of withdrawal period from an addiction. It is especially helpful for people with insomnia to start exercising every day. Just be sure you don’t exercise too close to bedtime since your workout might actually energize you for the first few hours afterwards.
  • Turn Your Bedroom Into a Sleep-Only Zone: We’ve all been guilty of lounging in bed while on the computer or watching TV. This might sound crazy but doing these things can actually train our bodies that lying in bed doesn’t mean sleep. It can be difficult at first but you need to stop the habit of using your bedroom as a hangout area and only use your bed to sleep or sex.

When you begin only lying in bed to go to sleep you’ll find that even if you didn’t feel that tired, after laying down your body will automatically begin entering a relaxing state that invites sleep. Also, make sure your bedroom is dark and quiet.

 

  • Try to Avoid Naps after 3pm: This can be difficult for some people who rely on intermittent daytime naps to help them function but it really is necessary. Start limiting your naps to around 30 minutes (never over an hour) and only take a nap if it is before 3pm. Even if you’re really tired after 3pm, just stick it out until a decent bedtime and then go to sleep. Even if you don’t make it through the entire night you will usually sleep longer and much more restfully.

Some other tips include:

  • Moving your alarm clock out of view
  • Not using bright electronic devices 2hrs before bed
  • Using a guided sleep meditation (these can be found free on websites and YouTube)
  • Get out of bed if you can’t fall asleep
  • Practice anxiety control techniques

If you’re experiencing insomnia as a withdrawal symptom, don’t worry. According to studies, like the one mentioned earlier, insomnia as a symptom will tend to peak at around 3 or 4 days after quitting.

Within a week of quitting you should be experiencing some improved sleep and people experiencing only mild symptoms may have their sleep cycle completely back to normal within 2 weeks. Those who were heavy users for a long period of time may take up to a month before sleep issues are completely gone.

For those of you currently going through insomnia or other sleep-related withdrawal symptoms, don’t give up. The way you are feeling is only temporary and you will soon start being able to get some restful sleep. If you find that your insomnia is strongly affecting your life and you need relief, visit your doctor to find out what options they may have for you.


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    • Toker

      I’m 36 years of age and have been smoking since 14 years of age. Have smoked marijuana on a regular basis throughout- Been just over 2 months since giving up marijuana.

      I’m still suffering from insomnia although not as severe. Helps to eat healthy and do exercise and eventually it will go away.

      Best wishes to those trying to give up

      • AlsoAToker

        Hi Toker,

        My history of usage is not all that different from what you allude to in your post. I’m facing insomnia as I try to quit and it’s quite frustrating. Have you tried any sleep aids to manage the insomnia? I’ve found melatonin to be ineffective (although it does seem to help me relax and feel drowsy).

        I’m debating coordinating with a physician to help manage this aspect of my withdrawal. I’ve been ready to make this change for some time but oddly enough my personal and professional responsibilities are a major impediment to struggling with insomnia for weeks or months (The claim that all ‘potheads’ are lazy sure does make me chuckle).

    • Anonymous

      So I decided to lay off weed for a while. I was a pothead for 7 months straight. I smoked between 4 and 12 grams a day. Now school is back and i am trying really hard. Unfortunately I have insomnia. I haven’t slept in almost 2 weeks. I have major headaches consistently that cause me to lose my hearing for a while. I don’t know if that is a withdrawal symptom or not but it sure as hell hurts. I have been losing weight really fast. In the past I had issues with being anorexic and after I got over that I finally was able to get to a normal weight and now I’m underweight again. I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, my dad won’t take me to get medication for sleep and I can’t go on with no sleep like this forever. To be honest weed only ever helped my health. I never got sick on it and i slept like the dead. I had a great appetite and everything was normal. Unfortunately because I use to smoke so much every day I don’t really feel the affects of weed as much anymore but since I stopped smoking everyday I have been able to keep myself on a smoking schedule. I only smoke on the weekends. The problem is that I can’t fall asleep during the week when I have to wake up at 6 am for school. What should I do?

    • EB

      The writer obviously never experienced weed withdrawal and insomnia. You can’t just sit still and “wait for a sleep wave” to come in. If it were that easy, why would insomnia even be a problem? The factor that makes withdrawal insomnia so scary is that you are tired, physically and mentally, but no matter how hard you try, you’re left completely awake with racing thoughts, uncomfortable sensations in your stomach, and a tightness in your abdomen that gives you an almost tic disorder-like need to move around. If you’re just gonna vaguely detail what withdrawals are, you might as well just type “just google it” and submit your article. Ridiculous.

      • John Mckee

        Oh Alex. I have experienced the insomnia. I’ve slept 8 hours in 5 days. Don’t think that I haven’t been through it. I am sorry my writing hasn’t done it justice. Would you be open to writing what the withdrawal is like for you. I wrote my piece after the withdrawal, not during. I think your description is very powerful and accurate.

        John

        • Maddox

          Hey John

          I myself have quit a couple of times, and to be honest, what really helps is the experience that it is going to be okay. The first time I quit weed I felt like I was losing it, going crazy – just totally bonkers. I coulnd’t sleep, eat and I was sweating like a mofo. This is the second time i 3 years I try to quit or at least take a break, since I would smoke about 10-15 joints a day. I’m 4 days clean now, and the first two days sucked but I’ll be fine. I try to get stuff done, so I don’t have to think about that I want to smoke, and to be honest it is working great. The only thing I dunno how to deal with is the insomnia and erectile dysfunction, since masturbation and sleep is a thing for me.

      • Andrea

        How accurate. I have had the insomnia for about 3 months now and it does not really get better, my friends try to help with googled advice about different teas, natural remedies, meditation, exercise, I have tried all, but it does not really help/make difference. I have not that big problem to fall asleep (so exhausted already), but my brain switches on after about 2-3 hours of not very deep sleep. But I am not giving up yet – now I have time to read all the books 🙂

        • Andrea

          Hi Andrea,

          I’m also an Andrea and I have exactly the same problem!! I fall asleep quite easily but then I wake up for a bathroom break and I cant get back to sleep… Went through a ‘withdrawl’ a few years ago already when I quit smoking and had really restless sleep and crazy dreams.. I did sleep most of the night then but woke up tired and confused. Back then I put it down to the fact that I moved to another country and didnt really blame it on the weed so much.. Now I see that it probably was the weed, or more so the relaxation that comes with it.. I mean thats the reason I smoked it in the first place anyway.. So its got something to do with that as well I think: the kind of person you were before u started smoking.. No weird dreams this time luckily. For anyone worried; it will go away at some point and you will be able to sleep fine all night.. But I have to admit (the way I feel now) there’s no sleep like a mary-j sleep..

          Keeping it up though! Good luck to everyone here!!

    • Medical Marijuana

      I don`t understand why marijuana is legal if we get bad withdraws after.

      • LAURA

        alcohol causes strong withrawal simptoms and it is legal, addictions are not about the object of your addiction, it is about YOU, one needs to dig deeper and get to know yourself better in order to heal. In my own experience, marijuana is a master that can show you hidden parts of yourself so that you can face them and heal them, sometimes the unconcious fear of facing yourself is the thing that keeps people attached to it.

    • Eric

      I’m struggling so hard right now. It’s been over a month and I still can’t sleep through the night. Dreams keep waking me up and once I’m up it’s extremely difficult to fall back asleep. I know working out has worked in the past, but I just can’t find the energy with 3 hours of sleep/night. Try working out really hard people. I used to workout over 2 hours/day for 4 to 5 days/week. I did that immediately after stopping the first time around. I’ve waited too long after quitting this time and just can’t find it in me to hit the gym. On top of that I have chronic dry eye disease, so pain is hitting me super hard on a daily basis. I need to find a job now that I have a degree, so going back to smoking isn’t an option. Not sure what to do other than suffer until it goes away.

    • Kings

      Hi guys, I would like to say, if you are experiencing withdrawals, be strong and just keep you eyes on a prize, it will be over, knowladge about about withdrawals helps you to understand what you going through thus eliminating the anxiety factor, so guys just keep your eyes on the prize.

    • leo

      heavily smoked for 20 years. now i’m on week 5 cold turkey. only withdrawal symptom i have is insomnia. Going to bed at 10 getting up at 2. cant go back to sleep for 2 hours, then have to be up at 7..lorazepam helps to sleep uninterrupted for 7 hours. Dont wanna be on pills though….

    • y2k

      so heres my story in my part of world we use charas or hashish and on and off i have been a user i think its been 7 years this time i am so depressed because of no job lost most of my friends and have nothing to look forward to intense suicidal thoughts what used to help me previously was motival and anti depressant would eventually make me fall asleep.I am addicted to valium to sleep although running out of it i used to get high on anything i could get my hands on so the doctor gave me deprel poor guy didnt know i would get high on that too firs time i od on it next sniffing it boy thats not a good trip.Have been paralyzed 3 times because of this as you can see i am not even writing in a proper order or a sequence but this time i will leave it for sure not gonna touch anything that can make me high or anything my main reason to do anything is to pass out i am afraid that i wont be able to sleep fear of sleep is that a thing although recently i am getting awake during the night for pee and or some noise.my favourite anti depressant isnt really available cant tell family either just a couple of friends know it
      the problem is i think once and addict always and addict.i wish i could just die and never exist

      cant find anything interesting and huge fan of jerking off while high i think thats more dangerous the stupid neurologist said i need to see a shrink i dont think that works i believe in pills

      can it be genetic ?

      • Dan

        Hey man, keep it together. It’s gonna get better, you just have to be patient. The thing about drugs and jerking off is that they are shortcuts to that dopamine rush that we all need. You need to replace with healthy habits to feel better about yourself(running, working out, pick up a hobby like cooking, reading, guitar). I think the thing that makes recovery harder for most addicts is the self hatred, you need to forgive yourself. And get some help, talk to someone about it, like a family member or a psychiatrist. Above all you need to believe that you will be ok, anxiety is a ugly monster that feeds on everything.
        It helps to read about people who went through the same thing and overcame it

        Hope you get well 🙂

    • anotherformeruser

      Thanks to all for posting and for the article- have found reading others experiences helpful and encouraging, and maybe/hopefully mine might be useful to someone. Like many, I have smoked heavily for >20yrs, with experiences of coming off before, but after 5yrs of especially heavy use the withdrawal is much stronger than ever before, and the associated level of insomnia-tiredness is new to me and very tough to deal with.

      I came here looking for indications as to how long the insomnia might last……
      theres not a whole lot to go on, and clearly its subjective, and there can be other factors at play- I hope/trust this is the case where people find little improvement after several months. I suppose once people get clean they are less likely to revisit sites/forums like this and volunteer their experiences.

      – exercising when very fatigued from lack of sleep is difficult to begin, and when I’ve succeeded in doing it my heart rate has rocketed more than it would otherwise. I exercise a lot more now, and this is great when Im a little rested (endorphins/achieved something etc.), but when Im not rested, I believe the ensuing especially elevated heart rate may do more harm than good with respect to cortisol levels…. taking a good walk/easy swim has been good when this is the case
      – Bracketing negative feelings /despair as resulting from tiredness has helped/is helping get me through the lows.
      – I have had restless leg/arm syndrome with insomnia in bed, which feels pretty awful. This is probably associated with a messed up dopamine system. Masturbation has made this go away each time (though I have almost no libido currently but, as with eating, Ive forced it, and its better than simply lying in bed kicking legs and waving arms). I guess if you have impotence associated with withdrawal this isn’t going to help, and I write from a male perspective. The restless leg syndrome has abated now, although libido is unchanged (14 days in).
      – yoga has been an emotional and physical godsend (thanks and respect to Tim sensesi yoga).

      Currently I’m very fatigued after getting short bouts of 1-4 hours sleep at random times each day for about 2 weeks; I think I need a decent bit of sleep (>4hours) to stay relatively functional, and in a positive mindset moving forward. I will try some kind of beta blocker tonight, though in the past this, like getting drunk, has never left me feeling well-rested. If it helps then Ill leave it as an option, but not again for several days after. Any thoughts here especially welcome!

      On a positive, despite the tiredness, fatigue and anxiety, my mind already feels a world apart from where I was (still love/hate cigarettes, but one step at a time). Focusing on this despite the fatigue is helping. reiterate ‘Andrea’s’ post – there can be positives re. time to read, and books have helped distract me from anxiety/personal thoughts.
      good luck and strength to all, and apologies for the essay

    • joseph

      To anyone struggling still. I smoked weed since i was about 15 until i was around 30 with a few small breaks here and there. Finally i quit in my 30’s and it was as awful as everyone here obviously knows it is. Most things resolved but the sleep was a huge problem for months. I still get shitty sleep every now and then but for the most part i get 7+ a night. A few things that helped me…..
      1.) Valarian root(i prefer the liquid dripped into my fav calming tea)
      2.) Exercise, even if you are tired you can at the very least take a walk
      3.) Meditation(This helped less with insomnia than the other symptoms)
      4.) Theanine(another calming herb)
      these last two were suuuuuuuuuuuper helpful but must be used with caution as they can interact with medications
      5.) 5htp(helps with sleep and depression and to produce serotonin)
      6.) l-tyrosine(probably the best suppliment because it is the pre cursor to dopamine, this did wonders for me for sleep and everything else…takes time to become effective though)
      7.) your mindset

      Now that last one will make some people angry because it seems like another one of those “pretend everything is ok and it will be” things u hear ppl who have never suffered very much in there life say. Before i finally got sober off weed for good i had tried to quit and failed due to the shocking severity of the withdrawl. However the next time i tried to quit i sort of knew what to expect and it was easier. There was no difference other than i had a little confidence. I think the sudden onset of symptoms that no one really talks about much cause it’s “just pot” and the unexpected nature of it all threw me more than anything. Knowing what to expect helped lots because i wasn’t nearly as frightened. You can make it….the list of folks who have is much larger than you probably think(pretty much everyone in the 60’s). If you tough it out and get through the worst there is a better life out there, we all had that doubt that we could do it just like you do siting here reading this but we made it, and you can too! Don’t give up….
      You will sleep again i promise.
      You will laugh again i promise.
      You will eventually quit craving weed i promise.
      You will quit feeling like you are going crazy i promise.
      Food will taster good again i promise.
      Your moods and irritability will go away i promise.
      You WILL return to the “normal you” i PROMISE.

      love and patience to anyone still struggling
      -joseph-

      • Chris

        Man, I hope you’re right. I’ve been battling this insomnia for five months. I’ve refused all sleeping pills after doing too much – but very much needed research. To hell wi all those pills. I barely even take the supplements, but I have found at they help from time to time. I’m not sleeping good at all. It doesn’t help that I have a mood disorder which also causes lack of sleep. Bout two days ago I was up 40 hours, slept 8, up 40 more, slept two now been up nearly 34 on two hours of sleep. It’s 7am here in Georgia, drinking calming tea, and debating on taking me some valerian and 5htp, sometimes they work sometimes they don’t. I’m just tired of fighting it, trying to just go with it until I actually feel sleepy, like maybe how a normal person feels sleepy. Who knows anymore – I’m fed up with it. Some days I say hell it’d be better just to start smoking again. I have no reasons not to really, well one reason, but I won’t get into that. God bless us all.

        • Ryan

          Chris I am with you. The lord told me to purify myself so I quit, MJ and then fasted for four days, cold turkey with only water. Its been some 35 days and there were bouts for me with 1 hour in 5 days, This week it has been 6 hours for the past 6 days. 5 being in one night and here I am again up. I have been praying a lot but seems that they are not being heard. I have went to the doctors thinking something else may be wrong but now reading this it may be the MJ. I had lost my leg in a hiking accident and never tryed MJ before in my life. After 8 months of all the drug use to stop the phantom pain, and going to specialists for the pain they started over on the same drug list. Then after much prayer three different people suggested MJ. At first I said no way, the second person I was saying now thats a coincidence but the third was a doctor and I had been crying out to the Lord for help. So I said, it can’t be as bad as all the medicines they have been giving me and killing me with so I took a couple hits. The next day there was NOOOO phanton pain at all. I was then scared because I was just going to do it to prove it didn’t work and Wammy, it did. Making a longer story short, Its been soooooo bad that I am losing my memory, sooo fatigued, no energy, no nothing or feelings really. I was afraid that something medically was wrong but now think I may go back on just to relieve my sleeplessness. Then ween off instead cold turkey. I have tryed to stop before for months at a time without any difficulty seeing if the phantom pain is still there but it always returned. But this time it hasn’t but now there is no sleep whatsoever, If I get one hr a night Im lucky. Some of the meds they have been giving me has my heart up to 150 bpm and my constant heart rate is 100 bpm now. Before this I was always at 65 bpm. Its easy to stop for me as I was only doing it for the pain but kind of enjoyed it over time to relax. I was always very hyper at 48 but now seem just dead. I am being treated by a friend with a hybalic chamber. Will Let you know how that works. They were giving it to me as a brother in Christ as insominia sucks. Can’t even work its so bad. My eyes look like someone beat the crap out of me. Anyways will pray for you all as this might even be worse than the phantom pains. And that was a feeling like a nail being hammered through the top of my non-existant foot. I had that about 5-6 times an hour at the worst point. So now at least I have hope again, I thought I may be losing my life to something else. Blessings all

    • Paul frederick

      I got caught with some weed,now i’m on probation -“can’t smoke ,If I do, back to jail-prison,Someone Please help me ,I cant sleep anymore,HAVE,NT BEEN ABLE TO,SINCE MY ARREST,HELP,PLEASE¡

    • Paul frederick

      How do l get sleep,after I have been forced to stop smoking marijuana?Please help!

    • Andrea

      Hello, this page seems to be in lack of good news, so I have some..I quit smoking (even tobacco) in mid September and really could not sleep for a very long time. As you describe above, fell asleep and woke up at about 2am and it was not possible to fall back asleep. Long holidays by the see in March helped a lot and now already for a month I can sleep, it almost got back to my previous sleeping habits (if I remember it well enough:), it took a long time, some tears and some very bad days, but after about 6 months I can sleep! I still use herbal teas and put a little bit of nutmeg powder in it (ayurvedic remedy for sleep that I was advised to use), but in general I am not deprived of sleep any more and I hope it will last.
      Good luck to everyone who quit, it is worth it and I do not miss smoking (both tobacco and weed) since then. Happy summer – Andrea

    • Deborah

      So comforted knowing that this kind of severe insomnia is a common problem. Thank you so much to everyone who has posted here. It’s been 51 days no weed, and it may have been bad timing in retrospect but it’s been 22 days without cigarettes. But it’s the weed withdrawal that’s causing no sleep, or one or two hours sleep. I’ve started taking diazepam which helped me get a couple more hours but not much. Now I’ve realised these diazepam are only 5mg so I’ve been taking much too little. I’m going to take two tonight, after checking with a pharmacist that it’s ok. Fingers crossed I’ll sleep better tonight. Good luck to you all. By the way, I smoked weed for about 25 years so not surprising the withdrawal has been so rough. Please stick with it, dying of cancer is much worse than withdrawal symptoms, trust me I’ve seen it first hand. G-d bless.

    • Tooni

      I mistakenly eat the food that consist of cannabis since then have been unable to sleep((insomnia)and anytime i sleep i do have vivid dream and waking up exusted

    • Kenny Dollars

      Its 5 am here in France, and I am researching the question of insomnia while withdrawing from cannabis use…I went from long-term 5-7 “mixed buds with tobacco joints” a day, to over 15 a day recently…then quit cold turkey four weeks ago. My general Doctor said that was a mistake, as like all meds one should scale down over time. My shrink said I did well, said it was courageous, as she knows “moderation” is a concept with me, not a reality. Since, my relationships, parenting, and work have greatly improved, but insomnia abounds. No problem to get to sleep, but then I wake up every 1.5 hours, until like now, I am over it. Typically, my dreams are vivid yet make little sense. I will stick it out, as I know and believe that in time this will pass, as it always has in the past…a fact. So, I will leave you with a funny story…I fell asleep the other night, and had an immediate dream in full detail and color. I was at an outdoor restaurant with some girls, and a cowboy looking guy with moustache and chambray jean shirt leans over and pinches my shoulder really hard, not letting go. I looked around for help, but to no avail. I tried to hit him, but like the screams in nightmares that just don’t come, couldn’t do anything. I felt really bad, and finally took a swing that connected. The ensuing crashing sound actually woke me up, only to find my bedside lamp and glass of water exploded against the wall…so the unconscious meets real life, damn…I stayed awake and watched a movie!

      Good luck to you all, my only parting comment is: Not one of these comments or articles says that Insomnia from Cannabis withdrawal lasts forever…

    • Jah

      ive been reading the comments. im currently on day 4 of quitting. Insomnia, unable to regulate my body temp, not being able to eat, and not feeling comfortable in my own skin. it all happened. the only thing now is slightly decreased appetite, insomnia and the occasional break out in a full body sweat. i am going to take melatonin tonight to reset my biological clock. insomnia is by far the worst apect of this whole thing. would highly recommend melatonin for that much needed hard reset. make sure to take a very low dose if doing it for the first time. you should not be taking more than a gram to fall asleep. recommended dose is .3 grams.

    • Sun

      Last year, in Feburary, I went cold turkey, I started losing weight, shaking hands, night sweating, fast heart beating, and insomnia. I did not know about weed withdrawal, so I had struggled not knowing why my body gone crazy. I tested thyroid, heart, cortisol rate, x-ray and so on. Insomnia was the most difficult part of the symtoms and lasts longest.

      I was not really heavy smoker as many people was in this forum, and I only smoked less than 2 yrs. Insomnia started about a week after the point of cold turkey, and it was really severe like no sleep at all for the first three days and I thought I lost ability to sleep for almost 10 months.
      I cried a lot, depressed, had anxiety

      After that, I was definitely getting better, and early this year, I smoked again, because I didnt know I went through weed withdrawal.

      I slept much better, I was happy, I wanted smoke more and more.

      And I have to quit for new job again and went cold turey again.

      I had all the symtoms back and plus nausea.

      I google for the withdrawal symtoms and FINALLY I found out why I had crazy sleep and everything.

      I think I sleep less than the first quit but I feel better because I know why now.

      I believe time will ease all the symptoms and am trying to sweat more to withdraw more toxins and regenerate my body system faster.

      I was going to smoke again after I get the job, but changed my mind.

      I am going to quit weed forever and going to sell or give away leftover weed.

      Good luck everyone and I feel much better now because I am not the only one who is struggling

    • Pam

      I stopped a month ago after 30 years im 62 taking melemton 1 week of very little sleep and very werid dreams intense vivid eating chocolate like crazy in the middle of the night always hungry worse then munches i dont miss it but im bipolar and on meds i feel im losing my mind i sleep very little then im up

    • jhon doe

      what about loosing the ability to sleep at all. ive been severaly reduced now for two weeks, only smoked 5 times. before that like a g pluss a day. i like cant sleep anymore i was up for 70 hours the other days and had to go to the er to get a sleep aid. this sucks i jus want normal sleep again. anybody else exp this kind of insomnia after pot. note also im totaly alert when i stay up for long periods its uncaney. ivd been a user since my teans intermitetly.

    • Insomniac

      Does anyone remember having insomnia before starting cannabis use? I think I may have had trouble falling asleep prior to experimenting with weed. However, after quitting suddenly insomnia seems more severe.

    • IVAN C. BAUTISTA

      Hey I think i might be able to help some of you with this problem.

      There is no way around the insomnia but their is a strategy that i used to help
      ease the sleep disorder, this might help a bit to those who are not Heavy users.

      I tried to quit 3 times the first 2 I failed without a doubt, and keep in mind I was a heavy user, the 3rd attempt was easier because I had already been through this and I did some research 1 week before my cutt off day.

      -THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO BEFORE YOU QUIT
      1. REDUCE THE AMOUNT OFF WEED YOU SMOKE 1 MONTH PRIOR TO QUITTING
      TO REDUCE THE HIGH TOLERENCE, VAPE IF POSSIBLE example( if you used to smoke 5 bowls a day, you will have to start smoking only 1 bowl a day, preferebly at night.) ONCE YOU ARE ON YOUR LAST 10 DAYS BEFORE QUITTING CANNABIS, TAKE ONLY 1 HIT AT NIGHT BEFORE GOING TO BED.

      2. PRIORITIZE HANGING OUT WITH YOUR FAMILY OR GIRLFRIEND, DO NOT HANG OUT WITH YOUR OLD SMOKING BUDDYS.

      3. ALOT OF CARDIO EXERCISE

      *ONCE YOU HAVE QUIT, IF IN THE 1ST WEEK OF QUITTING YOU REALIZE YOU ARE GETTING SLEEPING ISSUES, ONLY TAKE 1 HIT EVERYNIGHT FOR A FEW DAYS OR MORE IF REALLY NECESSARY, I WOULD VAPE TO AVOID HEAVY SMOKE IN MY LUNGS FROM A BOWL OR JOINT, IF YOU DONT HAVE ANYTHING TO VAPE THEN TRY EDIBLES OR CANNABIS TEA ONLY BEFORE GOING TO BED.

      *THE FASTER YOU GET YOUR LUNGS USED TO LIVE WITHOUT HEAVY SMOKE CLOUDS OF CANNABIS, THE BETTER.

      WHEN I TRIED THIS I COULDNT BELIVE HOW MUCH EASIER IT WAS FOR ME TO LEAVE THIS ADDICTION, AFTER A 6-7 WEEKS AFTER QUITTING I WAS SLEEPING NORMAL AND I WOULD STILL CRAVE WEED EVERY NOW AND THEN, BUT MY INSOMNIA WAS GONE WHICH WAS THE HARDEST PART FOR ME.

      DO THIS WITHOUT CHEATING AT ALL AND YOUR EXPERIENCE IN LEAVING CANNABIS MIGHT BE AS EFFECTIVE AS MINE WAS.

    • Olgemar

      Thanks those comments were very helpful. Im at detoxing 3rd week and sleeping at night 2-4 hours taking melatonin isnt help for me. Exersices(running and gym) can help but those take my heartrate so high i get scared to get heartattack . Long distance walks daily and sex is more helpful for me. English isnt my first language so forgive my grammar mistakes.
      This forum is really good to read, that we are not alone. I have been an alcoholic for 10 years and sober now 2 years. Belive me weed detoxing is much more scarier and disturbing than it was quiting alcohol.

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