Weed withdrawal symptoms can make the process of quitting more difficult.  A recent study at the University of Illinois in Champain showed that people who have weed withdrawal symptoms relapse more quickly than people who don’t.

If you understand and counter the weed withdrawal symptoms, you stand a better chance of quitting for good.

The researchers looked at these 110 people who were weed smokers for at least 70 of 90 days prior to entering the study. They were diagnosed during the study as having cannabis withdrawal.   It’s the usual symptoms:

  • nervousness
  • cravings
  • restlessness at night
  • difficulty sleeping
  • “mood disturbances”

In the study, people who had withdrawal symptoms, 85 percent of them relapsed and returned to using within about 16 days. Those who did not experience these withdrawal symptoms were able to be abstinent for about 24 days…That’s 50% better!

Too bad they didn’t have the 30 Day Action Plan…It’d bump those numbers way higher… now that would be an interesting study.

Heavy Smokers More Likely

If you smoke or vape a lot and suddenly quit “cold turkey” there’s a very good chance you will have some of these marijuana withdrawal symptoms. They usually start one to two days following your last smoke.

What might this mean for those who are actually trying to quit?   Your success or failure has a lot to do with how you experience the weed withdrawal symptoms.   Think about it, if you have insomnia, a withdrawal panic attack, or other stessors as you are quitting, you are more likely to go back. Makes senses, right?

“This study shows that people who met the … criteria for marijuana withdrawal … had a harder time initiating abstinence, so we do need to be concerned about people who are telling us they have these withdrawal symptoms when they first try to quit,” said Douglas Smith, study co-author and professor of social work at the University of Illinois.

Withdrawal from cannabis is different than withdrawal from drugs like heroin or alcohol, and thus can be difficult to spot. It is important that if you are thinking about quitting or know someone who is considering quitting marijuana, knowing these withdrawal symptoms can be helpful so you know what to look for, what to expect, and what to do.

You Need a Plan for Withdrawal

Weed Withdrawal Symptoms Map

The key takeaway here is that you need to to have a plan to deal with marijuana withdrawal

Currently, cannabis withdrawal is diagnosed only after three symptoms are identified. But these symptoms, according to study co-author Jordan Davis, “are mainly psychological and very short-lived, typically lasting from two to seven days.” And it is not often that multiple symptoms come to the fore at the same time, so in the process of waiting to see if a third symptom arises, it could already be too late to help that person quit successfully

Get the knowledge you need about weed withdrawal symptoms.  Understanding the symptoms and how to defeat them make success so much easier. Be observant, be open to help. You have the power to succeed.

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    2 replies to "Weed Withdrawal Symptoms Makes Quitting Harder"

    • Keith Irey

      I was a heavy users and now on day 81 I’m still going through issues. Information for long term use and quitting is not there. My doctor has not been much help beside I’m the unlucky one and recovery will take time.

      • John Mckee

        It does take some time, but the progress is gradual and very real. It’s only when you look back on how you felt last week, last month, and last year that you really notice the difference. Quitting doesn’t solve all of your problems, you will still have tough times and winters, but quitting gives you the clarity to work through them with honesty, compassion, and respect for yourself.

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