If you are the kind of person who smokes a lot of weed, and you suddenly stop, there can be some unpleasant side effects. While studies exploring the nature of physical addiction to cannabis and it’s withdrawal symptoms, the psychological withdrawal symptoms of marijuana are well documented. Common complaints include insomnia, irritability and especially anxiety.
Quitting weed and going through marijuana withdrawal is a process that you CAN and WILL get through, but the beginning is definitely one of the hardest times. Giving up the lifestyle you were used to can cause boredom and certainly anxiety. When going through anxious periods, there can be many negative feelings running through you – anger or frustration for not being able to get high, nervous shaking or shortness of breath. Marijuana withdrawal can even bring on panic attacks.
Anxiety Effects your Ability to Stop Smoking Weed
A recent study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience found that anxiety can actually lead to poor decision making. The researchers studied the anxiety levels of about 30 participants before, during and after a simple game where they had to figure out a pattern.
The researchers found that people with the highest anxiety levels struggled to adapt and remember when patterns change, indicating that decision making skills are affected by underlying anxious feelings. The study also suggested that people with anxiety struggle with important decision making during times of duress.
How to Cope with Marijuana Withdrawal Anxiety.
Anxiety can makes life and quitting more difficult if you allow it cloud you head with worry and doubt. If you are struggling with anxiety, especially due to marijuana withdrawals, there are some natural things you can do to reduce your symptoms. For example, simply splashing cold water in your face and the temperature change on your skin will help your mind to refocus.
Likewise, using olfactory tools is also an excellent way to calm down the mind. Essential oil diffusers can dispense many different scents that have been shown to ease anxiety, including eucalyptus, lavender and sandalwood. If you do not have a diffuser, a few drops of the oil in a warm bath will do you just fine. Just remember to breath deep and remember that this too shall pass.
When you are learning how to stop smoking weed, remember that anxiety can lead to poor decision making. Don’t allow your emotions to get the best of you doing the withdrawal period.