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.

    72 replies to "How to Deal With Marijuana Withdrawal Insomnia"

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      • Rene Yanez

        All I can say is that I quit smoking cannabis 2 years ago and to this day I still battle with insomnia. 2 years (sigh). Unbelievable I know but smoking on a daily basis somehow permanently disrupted my natural Melatonin production. I’ve tried everything thats been written regarding improving sleep cycles and nothing has really worked. Light therapy also proved to be inefficient which tends to be very promising among sleep disorder patiens, it failed even when combined with an oral administration of Melatonin making me believe that somehow the daily use of Cannabis not only depleted my melatonin levels, but in the long run also caused some sort of oxidation to the MT1 and MT2 Melatonin receptors which are crucial for the natural sleep/wake cycle. Thus, not allowing my brain to enter a normal 8 hour sleep cycle and keeping me awake all night even when I’m physically exhausted. I’ve contemplated suicide many times but my poor mother would be crushed if I took my life. She is the only thing stopping me from doing it but it still crosses my mind almost daily. Luckily this doesn’t happen to everyone, only about 6% of heavy Marijuana users report semi-permanent side effects. The problem is you won’t know until you’re going through it and by that time you’re already screwed. My advice (to everyone) is: If you notice you can’t sleep for more than a week after quitting DONT GO BACK TO IT just to get some sleep. If you’re having problems falling asleep after a week of abstinence chances are you might be one of those 6% and continuing to smoke will dig that hole deeper until the damage is permanent. Just tough it out and think about your future and how horrible it would be to go through life not being able to sleep well enough to feel normal again. We’re barely understanding the long-term effects of Marijuana because they’re so diverse from one person to the next but all I can say is that I never thought this could happen from smoking weed daily. Too late now

        • wade.

          Rene, your reply has scared the hell out of me. I, myself, was attempting to get clean but the “cleaner” I got, the more insomnia I had. I make it to around 3 months before I’m literally a walking zombie. I have heavy lucid dreams and sleep less and less.

          • Christine Wayne

            The Frist time is the hardest, I came off it 6 years ago and my god I thought I was going to die from sleep deprivation, I got really irrational with my thoughts and became really suicidal however with the proper supports I made it through, only to find myself back on it the last two years, this year I’ve come off it again and I can promise you it gets easy cbt therapy is the best method I found there are a lot of pod cast and YouTube video out there to help if you cant access supports, I hope this helps

        • Long time smoker

          I just have quit smoking weed 3 weeks ago after + 35 years of daily and heavy smoking and i suffer to get deep sleep.

          I am trying all the things people commonly suggest, most don’t work much and i wake up after 2 hours of sleep.

          You might try drinking a glass of warm milk before going to bed, it helps me getting some sleep in however once i wake up it is difficult to continue to sleep. I get out of bed when i remain awake and return when i feel tired again. Usually i wake up because i need to go to the bathroom.

          Most simple trick is trying to keep your eyes open and stare at something and this surprisingly works most of the time and i get another 90 minutes of sleep. Sleep goes in cycles of 90 minutes to this is not surprising.

          I have accepted to wake up early and try to do chores or i go to the gym at 07.00. This gives me a positive feeling as i am not wasting the time with worrying about not getting enough sleep. The excersizes helps me improving my health and detox further. It will take a month or two to get everything out of my system completely. Also fixing all the things i left behind for years helps me to keep my mood up and building more motivation (and avoid relapse)

          Also from smoking tobacco, if you smoked joints with tobacco, the body will wake up early as it wants a nicotine hit. Try to quit that also if you still smoke tobacco.

          Also i write down my thoughts and try to find the logic why i was smoking weed in the first place and what i get from quitting now. This helps building a positive mindset. I also watch a lot of youtube video’s on selfimprovement (Better than yesterday channel)

          Hope my experiences help you, keep up the faith .. we will get there!

        • Mirna

          Hi! Can you shoot me an email? I would like to hear more about this

        • Tj

          Ive had this same problem however i realised that when i also cut out sugar/processed foods and dairy that my sleep came back. I hypothesize that weed off sets the inflamtion that is caused by these foods but also puts melatonin in over drive similar to dopamine burnout from over use so you dont produce it anymore. Cut out sugar (including alcohol) for a while and you feel the melatonin come back with that deep sleep sensation. Ive been experimenting for about 2 years to work this out.

      • George

        Iv been a weed smoker for about 20 years , Iv quit a few times, the last time I quit I went 1 year without it, the withdrawals were mostly anxiety and health issues, which I overcome within a few months,.. then I recently started again but I started vaping it and smoking too.
        I put on 10 kilos in weight and my body started breaking out in a rash, mainly my torso and arms,I also been now diagnosed with sleep apnea, so I decided to quit again.
        This time around the withdrawals are worse..
        It’s been day 20 of quitting, my body rash is still there, my anxiety is very high, I’m angry all the time, I can enjoy myself doing things I used to like.. and I can’t sleep at all unless I pop pills , but having sleep apnea is dangerous if you pop pills. So I’m screwed, can’t sleep can’t take pills to sleep..
        Iv decided to start training every day and gone on a diet to lose weight but.. I feel like it’s not going good at the moment.. I will continue to push thru this.. it just seems harder this time with much more withdrawals

        • John Mckee

          Hey George,

          Withdrawals can vary each time you quit. Your current background stress/anxiety level, and the frequency and dosage you used have a big impact on the withdrawal symptoms. You are through the most acute phase. Things will improve over time.

          • Pablo

            Hi George

            Keep going. You’ve taken the hardest step by deciding to quit. Exercise and diet (especially) will help your mood. You will start to see changes and feel better. That should also have a knock on effect with your sleep.

            I’m four weeks in, and my sleep isn’t great, but like most things in life, it’s impermanent, and will change over time.

            Best wishes


    • bk

      Pls I really nid ur hlp bcuz d situation is getting out of hand itz my bf he smokes more than two a day 2 d extent DAT if does NT smoke,he CNT eat ND I reali nid HM 2 stp it he said that wen he LL stop it z wen we get married & he said dat he really nids stop it Bt he tries ND finds it difficult plz HW Cn he STP it I really nid ur hlp we really love each other &also begged me NT to leave HM in dz state I shld hlp me plz HW Cn he STP ND wat kind of withdrawal drugs Cn he tk 2 stp it .i LL be very grateful if u hlp me plz TNKZ & GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AMEN,MAY YOUR HEART DESIRES BE GRANTED AND MAY D LORD ALMIGHTY NEVA DEPART 4RM U & UR FAMILY AMEN

      • jen

        wow.. learn to spell

        • Andy Dube

          wow…learn how to have some compassion

          • Melissa A

            Wow…Excellent response.

            • josh

              You know i was going to say Jen needs to chill out but this paragraph is horrible. Sorry Jen.

          • MAARTEN

            No. First learn to spell, then compassion.

      • Shane

        I just lost all hope for humanity after attempting to read this…

      • LSG

        I am sorry you are experiencing this. My guess is you are a non-user or only an occasional user while your BF is a daily user. In my experience, these relationships do not work. You will turn into a judgemental nag and your BF will resent you for it and one of you will eventually leave. I hope you find someone who suits you better. Best wishes.

      • Nick

        Do… do you speak English? How old are you? like why the caps? Why two-letter words without vowels?
        and… 4RM??? Somehow I can tell that you mean from but come on I mean 4 isn’t even a sound in the word, it just starts with an f, Jesus you don’t have to be an English Scholar but make a fucking attempt at writing something readable

      • Justin B Shirley

        For the love of god, please do not ever type like that again!

      • Anon

        Can’t believe people talk like that and expect people to understand them……..

        • Anton

          She’s obv from Africa stupid fucks, leave her alone and instead pray for her! They spell like that in some african countries, widen your own knowledge instead of bashing on others…

          • Melissa

            I can’t believe how people can be so mean and judgmental. Im pretty sure she is from another country but even if she is not a lot of people’s responses were rude, childish and downright nasty. I personally Struggle with spelling and grammar. I’ve tried my whole life to get better, practiced so so much and am even an avid reader and love to wright. I’ve recently come to the realization that my ADD has affected my memory retention. My younger self has been hurt and made fun of endlessly by mean off handed comments of people who don’t have compassion or decency to put themselves in other peoples shoes. Game of Thrones had it right: Shame.

          • karl

            you know how racist that is. dont assume somone’s race based on mispelling. Do you have a moral compass?

      • fred

        Is this laziness or what? Type correctly first.

      • Oneiro

        Can’t even read what you’re saying or trying to get across. They clearly know how to spell somewhat since they’re using leetspeak, which is common for computer gamers. They literally used the number 4 in the word from to replace the letters “fr”. Like, no, learn to spell or spell correctly or just shut the fuck up.

      • T

        Thank you for sharing your story BK and I hope you can ignore these horrible human beings for commenting on your spelling. Is it touch to read? YES! But it’s your style and that’s ok. I taught my son that bullies are people who are in so much pain in their lives that the only thing that helps them cope is making others feel bad about themselves. Your bf will quit when he feels it is the only choice. If he loves you, perhaps he needs to choose YOU or the weed. I recommend you set some strong boundaries with him, with love of course, that you will not continue in a relationship with him if he does not quit. Then love him and help him in any way he needs. There are lots of options for help out there. Also, YOU CAN’T CHANGE ANYONE… No matter how hard you try. You can only ENCOURAGE and LOVE someone regardless of their choices. But BOUNDARIES are vitally important in a relationship. I hope this helps.
        PS: To everyone here saying terrible things to this person about their spelling, teen suicide is up by 75% because of only bullying and judgement. Your 1 comment could be the last straw for the person you are insulting. Imagine that. SMH

      • Pablo

        Hi bk

        Sorry to hear you’re going through this experience with your partner. Worse still having to read all of the disgusting and disrespectful comments on here.

        This forum should be a supportive environment, for people who have a common goal to quit cannabis.

        People should reflect on their own character and behaviour toward other people, especially those seeking help.

    • 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).

        • Brad

          Try Kava. 24 hr slow release tablet’s. It doesn’t mess with your serotonin levels. In some parts of the brain it actually increases dopamine levels, although in other areas it does decrease them. All I know is it works for me. Instead of the usual 6 month of sleeplessness I experienced, previously, I am only 30 days out. And am actually sleeping 6 to 7 hrs solid…and rising ( Plus exercise ).

      • Jake

        I’m going through it right now and it’s really rough … it’s been 1 week of giving it up and my life is miserable right now, but your comment has given me hope thank you!

    • 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?

      • SJF

        Hey, IF you really have to bring the cannabis back in your life, maybe try to keep it as harmless as possible,
        by thinking of the cannabis as a medication and not a way to get high or get fun:
        -Buy strain higher in CBD than THC
        -Change mode of consumption (vaping or eating the cannabis is better for your health than smoking it, eating it being the best way to take it, the effect also last longer )
        -Reducing the dosage week by week and resist the envy to consume more (if you learn to resist that little spark say “I want more !” you will gain way more control over you life)
        -Don’t blame yourself for cannabis consumption.
        Hope it helps ! I’m currently in withdrawal myself (very light, just sleep is not very restful albeit sleeping ~7h a night but it’s only been 3 days)
        I’ve been in many cannabis withrawal over the past 10 years, the first one being the worst (total lack of sleep for 3 days and sleep not good for 1-2 months, no hunger, panick attacks….) and i can say that the more you fear the withdrawal the worst it will be, also if you consume it with tobacco you get nicotine (and all the crap in cigs) withdrawal too.

    • 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.


        • 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!!

      • Zee Beaver

        Just the symptoms you said is exactly what I’m going through. It’s mainly the thoughts before bed leading to anxiety, the crappy stomach feeling (almost nausea), and the “Tic” feeling. It’s like the moment my mind starts to slow down I hear almost like a zipper or a bang and I spring up and can’t fall back to sleep.

        I have to quit due to it giving me BAD anxiety put of the blue.

        2020 is such a bad year.

    • 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.

        • SJF

          Yes ! very well said.
          Cannabis can be a powerful tool healing but also a dangerous weapon of destruction.

    • 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….

      • Jerry

        I have smoked for over 25 years. I just recently quit It’s been a month and I have insomnia went to the doctor and he gave me an Astor I feel the same way like you don’t want to be on pills but I don’t know what to do please help

    • 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

      • 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.


      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.

      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.







    • 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.

    • Frank

      Belated comment (but hey, I just read this … so I imagine others will as well). Yeah, insomnia is a mofo when quitting marijuana. I’m also an avid weightlifter (and withdrawal hasn’t stunted my performance in the gym), but I’m falling asleep at like 2am (sometimes later), which really sucks. I didn’t expect any withdrawal symptoms (after all, marijuana is not physically addictive in the same way as alcohol or opiates), but there is withdrawal nonetheless. The weird thing is, yesterday I did squats, deadlifts, and back (fairly heavy) and I still didn’t get to sleep until 3am (so not sure how much exercise helps). Today, I did like a 3 mile slow jog (but it’s 9pm and I feel like it’s gonna be another one of those nights). So I’m gonna try some melatonin and report back 🙂

    • Yeah

      I’m sick of this garbage! Exercise and eating healthy is not the damn cure to everything in the world. Neither does drinking fancy teas, or wearing yoga pants under the sun set. Cannabis is an extremely powerful life changing drug that health professionals know hardly anything about. So they throw antidepressants, antipsychotics and things that are 100 times worse. Please do deeper research.

    • CG

      on 2 weeks no weed. No a heavy smoker but was dependent on weed for sleep, anxiety and migraine relief. My sleep is poor but has been for years. I am 49 and a single mother. There may be other factors at play that contribute to your insomnia. For me, it is PTSD. (Had an extemely abusive first drug-filled marriage in my 20s. Went into recovery in my 30’s. Later married someone i met in recovery, who relapsed and eventually OD’ed. My sister also died shortly after my husband died. Living with an addict & losing him to addiction as well as losing my sister and best friend only contributed to my PTSD.)
      So, now I sleep maybe 3-5 hours a night. I try to practice good sleep hygiene, exercise, eat well, blah blah blah. I take minimal meds for PTSD. I just don’t want any more dependencies. That said, I still don’t sleep. I know it is partly withdrawal, but also my unresolved issues. I have finally gone back to therapy to address my issues. I don’t know if and when my sleep will ever be normal but I am hopeful. It has been over 25 years since I have had a normal night’s sleep with Rx meds or drugs. I have faith that it is possible to sleep again.
      One thing that helps me immensely is exercise. I believe it helps my sleep somewhat. But, what I find is when I wake up crying or with nightmares, a good hike or swim seems to re-energize me and allows me to move on with my day even though I am sleep deprived. I NEED my hikes. I need to step out into nature, get sunshine and move my body. Sometimes I ball my eyes out on the trail, but I find it cleansing and a sort of release. (I wear big dark sunglasses…and really I don’t care who sees me cry. Not their business why I am crying. My best advice to those who feel they can’t exercise, is to just try. If you can only commit to walking around the block, do that. Get some sun, get fresh air. It helps to set reset your brain/body.
      I believe it will get better. Don’t give up. I’m not. I want to live and I want to live better. I think we all do. Good luck!

    • Mila

      Thank you for the encouragemen, it’s pase 3am and I can’t sleep and was thinking of smoking again just for that reason so thank you for these words. I’ll be patient

    • Wilbur

      Long-term smoker from Australia here. Have told my friends, family and myself many times that I’d quit but alas here I am quitting again! but still a fantastic success! At this very moment It’s Day 5 for me.

      Smoked up to 7g green daily for the last five years mixed with tobacco at equal ratio so we’re talking at least 10-15g of Toxic carcinogenic material a day.

      We all know and love the sleeps that Mary Jane giveth us, however, It comes with a cost.

      Most of us never dreamt while we went to bed stoned, Some may have dreams upon waking up. Marijuana severely affects our REM cycle which converts short-term memory to long-term memory, it is also responsible for stabilising your sleep cycle and ushering in D Wave sleep. Deep Restful Sleep.

      Having studied Architecture – the marriage of facade (Outside) and structure (Inside) of forms and figures. I apply this method of understanding to the Built, Material and Spiritual world. All three spheres.

      At this time of internal struggle it is time to focus on your structure and your facade. Marijuana allows us to hide behind the structure, it numbs the pain because we forget most of it upon toking up.

      My dreams have never been more vivid but I believe it’s due to the fact that our poor brains have been unable to communicate with our Light Bodies / Soul for such a long period of time, due to the black out nature of weed sleep.

      We all have natural cycles and abilities, never forget this. You cannot expect to have one or two or three or even 50 years of behaviour modification come to an end cold turkey with no severe consequences.

      Now is the time to Extend yourself a sincere and heartfelt understanding of forgiveness. Accept that what you are experiencing now is a lesson from your past.

      Walk or at least stand barefoot on the earth, allow yourself to come back into harmony with nature and appreciate all the things in life. Talk to the plants around your home and at the park, meet your neighbours and forge new connections. Practice gratitude daily. This is what life is truly about.

      I’ve slept five hours over the last five days however I’ve never felt more in tune with my body, I understand my body is going through a purge and it is showing me the nature of my ways of the past. It is imperative we all respect this process and we understand its seriousness.

      Do not falter, You’ll become stronger, courageous and more fortified than ever before.

      We started smoking to alleviate our pain. After withdrawal it is time to formally recognise it, to accept it, and to allow yourself to come back in harmony with the earth around us and it’s inhabitants. Once you grasp this notion you understand you are never truly lonely. There is life Vibrating around us constantly, you don’t need words to communicate just open your heart.

      You are never alone and you’ll never walk alone. 1000 people have stood where you stand today and 1000 people have succeeded.

      And old friend of mine whom was the first person to call me an addict, made a great point that marijuana is fantastic for ceremony and for channelling a higher power, where as I believe a vast majority of consumers are like myself, looking for a way out of the structure because we are tired of the facade. The pain. The fear. The shame. Every time you smoke you will give into these emotions until the next bowel or the next joint.

      Be humbled by this experience, learn from yourself and your inner mechanisms. Understand your beautiful amazing incredible human body and mind is extremely sensitive to what you put in there. Let’s not even touch on social media!

      Many of you have mentioned Ayurvedic medicines, herbs and exercise. The most important thing is belief . Belief in yourself that you are stronger than what you were smoking days, weeks, months or even years ago.

      Love and light from Australia


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