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Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms: What You May Experience

If you have used marijuana extensively for a long period of time, you are going to experience some withdrawal symptoms. For some individuals the withdrawals are more severe than for others. It depends on body chemistry, degree of abuse, and other factors like whether you were using the drug to cover up some other problem. For people that use it to make themselves more comfortable in social situations, they may experience extreme discomfort and anxiety coming off the drug. Similarly individuals that used it for other reasons like appetite boost or to help with insomnia generally will experience some sort of a crash while their physiology changes to adapt to life without the drug.

Factors that influence marijuana withdrawal include:

1. Time Span

Did you smoke marijuana for a week? A few months? A year? 5 years? 10 years?

2. Frequency

How often did you smoke marijuana? Was it daily? Twice a day? Thrice a day? All day everyday?

If you smoked marijuana heavily for the past decade and used it at a high frequency (i.e. 3x per day), chances are that your withdrawal symptoms are going to be more severe than someone who has only used this substance for a few months a couple times per week. In fact the person who only used the drug a couple times a week may not experience any withdrawal whatsoever, while the individual that was addicted for 10 years may not be able to cope without the drug.

Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Anxiety – You may feel more anxious in social situations and develop some sort of generalized anxiety. This is the exact opposite of how relaxed you felt while using the drug – your brain is trying to compensate for the chemicals it received while you used marijuana.
  • Appetite changes – If marijuana helped boost your appetite, you may not feel hungry at all while coming off of the drug. In some cases, people actually feel hungrier coming off marijuana – it totally depends on the case.
  • Cramps – Some people notice stomach cramps and digestion problems. Others may feel achy.
  • Cravings (for marijuana) – At some point in time, most people will experience a craving to use marijuana again. This is because you stimulated your brains pleasure center and kept feeding it chemicals to make you feel good. It wants its fix, and knows marijuana makes you feel good, so you will likely crave the drug.
  • Depersonalization – You may feel like you are not the same person or are going crazy. This is usually a result of intense anxiety. You may have never felt this way before; your brain chemistry has been thrown out of whack.
  • Depression – Many people experience some sort of depressive symptoms when coming off of the drug. You may feel sad and as though you have lost all zest for life.
  • Dizziness – Some individuals report feeling dizzy. Try not to lose your cool if this is happening, just accept it as a symptom.
  • Headaches – Another common withdrawal symptom is that of headaches.
  • Insomnia – Not being able to sleep at night is a problem, but one that you need to tackle head on. Try learning some relaxation techniques or getting more exercise during the day to help tire yourself out at night.
  • Irritability – You may experience anger or frustration with the world when coming off of the drug. No one wants to get mad at little things, but this will eventually pass with enough time.
  • Mood swings – Some people experience extreme changes in mood when trying to quit this drug. You may feel alright one minute and then raging mad or depressed the next.
  • Nausea – Feeling nauseated, especially before, during, or after eating is common.
  • Sleep disturbances – You may experience crazy vivid dreams or have disrupted sleep where you wake up in the middle of the night.
  • Sweating – Some people end up sweating more than they normally would during withdrawal.

Note: It is known that marijuana stays in your system along with cannabinoid metabolites for between 4 to 21 days after your final ingestion.  Some speculate that once the THC and cannabinoids are fully excreted, discontinuation symptoms become more prominent.

When will the marijuana withdrawal symptoms subside?

Depending on the length of time and frequency that you used marijuana, time period for withdrawal varies from person to person. Most people will notice that they are completely symptom free after 90 days. It also depends if you tapered off slowly or just quit one day randomly in “cold turkey” fashion. I think cold turkey is the best way to quit, but probably the toughest for your body and brain to re-adjust to normalcy.

Don’t freak out if you don’t return to normal after 3 months of withdrawal. Keep pushing forward and accept all of the symptoms that you experience without freaking out. Engaging in healthy activities like socializing, exercising, eating healthy foods, and staying busy will help you make it through this difficult time.

Fortunately marijuana withdrawal is easier than many other drugs – so consider yourself lucky. If you aren’t able to withdraw on your own or deal with symptoms, you should consider consulting a professional. If symptoms are still too extreme to manage, you may want to look into a rehab facility. Most people can quit with the help of family and a good social network.

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  • jamie tancred October 17, 2013, 5:59 pm

    Good insightful and wise advice ex-thirty nine year victim. I thought i was just falling apart. Now i get to enjoy the pain, happily knowing i do not have to smoke with my old friend Mary Jane anymore. Even though i will miss her! The dope has definitely made coping with life easier, even with some minor lung function and short term memory effects. I guess i should have paid more attention one of life’s golden rules”everything in moderation”. jayct.

  • darren a shortt October 25, 2013, 10:26 pm

    i know ppl think that if u smoke weed or hash u end up a herion addict that bullsh*t .I am ex heroin addict i stole fborm me u and anyone but weed didnt make me junky f*ck no i was on cuse i chouise to be one not weed or peer prusser .say thay make weed legle will the ppl how take it for outer reasons than getting stoned will thy ppl what ms or ppl how cant hold a cup of tea over shaking thy not drug addicts so y do the top brass and most of irish ppl think that weed hash make me ex drug addict don’t think so.

    • Ryan Elges April 2, 2014, 5:33 am

      It seems like you have a tenuous grasp on grammar and the English language in general. Weed is a drug just like everything else, it was legalized in my state because it was lining the pockets of criminals and comparatively it is a lot less dangerous than all other drugs, including alcohol. Heroin kills people. Smoking weed does not but it still has withdrawal symptoms. Go read something and salvage whatever brain cells you have left.

      • Laura McCulloch May 2, 2014, 9:54 pm

        I gave up weed 4 days ago and am experiencing really tough withdrawal symptoms – all my friends smoke and my boyfriend and I feel like I just can’t get away from it. It might not be as addictive as heroin but after years of smoking it has gnawed away at my motivation, personality and soul yet it tricks me into thinking I need it to be happy. A life without weed seems like a life with complete apathy towards everything – I hope it gets better, I am determined.

        • Steve L May 30, 2014, 11:11 pm

          You can do this. Check out marijuana-anonymous (dot) org for basic help. If you feel comfortable with therapy, do it. You do have to minimize contact with other smokers and yes that means the boyfriend too, if you you want to make a permanent change. If you haven’t tried 12-step meetings, any of those can help…yes even AA if no MA is available near you. The main thing is to try to avoid negative people, and try to make new friends that are drug free. It is not easy…but it is simple. I now have 3 weeks of sobriety and yes, mood swings and other issues are a problem but I just PUSH through. PUSH: Pray Until Something Happens.

          • Concerned Reader September 14, 2014, 1:24 pm

            God can’t help you. Good people can.

          • Ian July 31, 2015, 12:25 am

            I’ve been smoking strong cannabis bud for 20 years and enjoyed every minute of it, unfortunately I have had to stop due to a change of job. I’ve run my own business for the last 15 years and been very successful. Cannabis is a very misunderstood plant put on our planet by God for all of us to enjoy, but like any drug is not for everyone.

            I’ve abstained from the herb for 3 weeks now and have suffered some withdrawal symptoms especially insomnia and really vivid dreams. I do miss this beautiful plant like you wouldn’t imagine but due to the corrupt governments that make gods plant illegal I must stop or refuse this fantastic job opportunity. I hope one day hemp is legalised everywhere as God intended. Check the bible for this, don’t take my word for it. Good luck to you all.

          • Matt O'Connor May 26, 2016, 12:49 am

            Quit cold turkey two days ago and I feel horrible. I’m a heavy user, concentrates & flowers, 3-5x daily. Unbelievably anxious and feel kind of worried. I can only eat in the AM usually around 9. My self esteem is at an all time low.

        • Renee June 30, 2014, 3:19 pm

          I just started the quitting process yesterday(cold turkey)! This is hard! I’m hoping withdrawal won’t last long but I’ve been smoking for 10 years so I’m expecting a long battle! Pray for me!

          • Sam November 30, 2014, 11:31 am

            I’ve puffed for the last 10 years heavily. Started when I was 16 maybe a joint or two per day for the first year or so. By the time I was 18 it was probably closer to a half/day, every day. Now, 8 years later I’ve had it with dope. Not because I don’t enjoy it or found it too expensive. The #1 reason for quitting is that I feel like the drug is causing too many issues in my life from interacting with family/friends, concentration difficulties, awful short-term memory, anger, depression.

            Last but definitely not least, my sleeping patters are so messed up If I haven’t had it with the past 24hrs. Sometimes I can’t fall asleep for between 35-45hrs at a time, is that a normal symptom? Headaches are by far the #2 reason for quitting. They are so severe at times that my head literally feels like it’s pounding . Anyone else have relative symptoms, or should I be concerned about something else?

          • Jose October 1, 2015, 4:18 am

            I stopped smoking weed cold-turkey about 3 weeks ago. It’s been very difficult. The first seven days I didn’t even get any withdrawal from smoking weed. Then after the 10th day!!! Omg!!! I started getting night sweats, my heart till this day beats at a rapid pace. I had two panic attacks, severe anxiety attacks. At times I’m smiling and then I start to cry. Is crazy!! My girl has cried because I tend to sometimes get on her case for no reason. But through a lot of prayer I have made it. Now I’m about to enter my fourth week. I hope this week withdrawal starts to subside. Is really painful as I think and feel I’m going to die from it all. Please keep me in prayers guys. We are all in this, God bless you guys.

          • Nichelle December 20, 2015, 2:42 am

            I quit smoking marajuana November 15 and it is now December 19 so a month ago. I have been experiencing the worst insomnia of my life… I cannot sleep anymore and it’s tearing me apart!! I smoked it for two years and honestly wish I never started it because the withdrawal symptoms are the worst. Even thought about picking it up again just to sleep!!

          • Michigan smoker May 29, 2016, 6:34 pm

            I had my last bowl on 5/27/16 and have had emotional outburst with my barber the news and people in general. It has me thinking cold turkey isn’t the best way for me since my use slowly increased over time. I’m thinking of flipping the equation to see if I have the discipline not to indulge.

        • jeff December 16, 2014, 3:17 pm

          Im on day#4 not easy

          • Vince November 20, 2015, 6:39 pm

            Let me tell you. I’ve been off for 4 days as well and it hasn’t been easy at all. I get super angry super fast at little things. Sleeping isn’t a huge issue, I feel really tired throughout the day and really awake at night though. I woke up this morning and felt the shittiest I think I ever have in a long long time, I felt weak, worthless, upset, tired, achy.

            I have bowls sitting on my table right now I could go and smoke but I’m trying to stay strong with this. All I want to do is really cut back, I’ve been doing it everyday for about a year, now if like to make it once every couple days maybe after school or something only. I don’t know but all I’m gonna say is, after a year of smoking it’s been hard. I couldn’t imagine if it was 10 years. Even 20.

          • Victor Eden July 2, 2016, 5:58 pm

            This is my 3rd day and I’ve been having mad panic and anxiety attacks, sweats, nausea like crazy, vivid nightmares, heart rate is up I get a small headache, and I get randomly tired at times. Can anyone hold down food? Cause yeah I have nausea, but so far with small bits I have been able to keep food down.

        • sad and missing it January 2, 2015, 9:24 am

          Wow that is exactly how I feel. I have smoked for approx 9 years. The last 2-5 being constant, I have lost all drive and need to change careers (for different reasons) although I cannot find motivation to do it. I have been sick with bronchitis for about a week and haven’t been able to smoke. I do feel more motivated although very depressed and sad. I feel as if I have become dependent on this drug and know stopping is the best thing for me. It’s very hard when everybody around you does it. My boyfriend and I have decided we need to stop as it is taking priority in our lives which makes me very sad. I will miss Mary Jane but I think our time together needs to end.

          • Stella January 8, 2015, 4:29 am

            I’ve been smoking for over 30 years, chronically for over 15. I have developed cyclic vomiting syndrome which I believe is caused from my long term marijuana use. I’m not experiencing too many emotional withdrawals but I am having severely vivid dreams and incredible headaches. I’m hoping these go away soon. I’m also hoping it will correct the vomiting syndrome, which is much worse and has lasted years.

          • Ki March 24, 2015, 6:02 pm

            I quit smoking about a week ago (after several years of heavy use) I was just feeling that it was driving my life and that I got to a point in which I wasn’t enjoying it that much and rather was just a basic need. I’ve taken several pills to help me get sleep but I think those just increase some of the withdrawal effects of quitting pot as headaches, dizziness, etc. It’s good to know that you’re not alone with these severe symptoms and that eventually all these withdrawal effects will disappear. I just hope that they do not last much because the sadness and loneliness of the last days have been very tough to go through. Be strong fellas, we can kick this out of our lives.

          • Moss December 21, 2015, 3:26 pm

            Currently on day 5 of withdrawals, victim of 3 years smoking daily thinking I was a critical, open-minded and imaginative thinker. This is my second attempt at giving it up cold turkey, the first time I lasted 3 weeks, only to fall into temptation at a party, and evaporated my efforts. The reason why I decided to quit is because my use of cannabis got to the point where I used (and I mean literally) every opportunity I could to get stoned, and I truly felt that I was in the shoes of someone who is going to fail in all angles of life if it didn’t seize.

            I truly believe that I will overcome these temporary symptoms and there’s certainly a whole lot more to life than than just smoking away my problems, looking to work away my problems instead. I’ve found these comments relative to my situation. I would use the excuse to get stoned before even if it was just to get extra pleasure out of a drive to the post office.

        • Aron April 7, 2015, 9:05 am

          It does get easier, after around 7-10 days without you will feel much better. With a gradual increase each day after. I smoked all day every day for about 7 years and quitting was the best decision I ever made. My motivation is back in full swing and I’m finally studying to complete my honors degree. I met the most amazing woman – who I’m having the time of my life with – all thanks to kicking that monkey off my back. Don’t get me wrong I used to be the kind of person that would instantly jump to the defense of cannabis at the slightest opportunity.

          The truth of the matter is that just like any drug cannabis doesn’t just waste your time it literally eats away at your soul. Personality, your confidence and motivation is slowly chipped away at until there’s nothing left. Take your life back and become the person you were meant to be. I wish you and anyone else needing the support to quit the best of luck, you can do it and I promise you won’t miss it ;)

          • Rob July 25, 2015, 1:14 am

            Amen Brother!!! On day 7 here… It isn’t easy but nothing good comes easy. But I know full well the strait jacket that this flower has put on my soul and throwing my baseball career away for it is something I can never take back. But I hope just one 16 year old reads this and decides the right path.

          • Tabitha January 9, 2016, 2:10 am

            This made me feel a lot better. I am on day 1 after smoking heavily for 13 years. I cannot eat yet and I’m hungry. I just want to cry and feel so lost. I truly hope this gets better.

          • Miranda February 15, 2016, 4:08 am

            Nice comment :) very encouraging; best wishes to us both.

          • Vicki March 20, 2016, 8:31 pm

            I too have been smoking for approx 10 years. The sleep is so interrupted. The sick feelings. God let them please get better!

          • Jesse March 28, 2016, 11:04 pm

            Thanks for the positive words I have smoked every day for 10 years and am not 2 months sober. I don’t have cravings only maybe once every two weeks. Now I feel very bored with life and I am having a hard time enjoying much of anything but I guess my brain needs to produce dopamine naturally again. Sex was terrible when I first quit but now I am lasting longer than ever haha. I’m gonna keep sober! This comment site is helping me stay away and so is my lady. Thank you all.

          • Sammy June 13, 2016, 12:49 pm

            Am now on my second day, this is my third time trying to quit (cold turkey). The last two attempts I lasted for about 3 weeks and fell back again due to the sleepless nights, night sweating and irritability. It’s nice knowing am not alone in this struggle. Thanks guys, your comments make me feel I can make it this time round!

        • Nathaniel ward June 12, 2015, 3:20 pm

          Hey Laura, I am a recovering weed addict I smoked for 5 years have been kicked out of home loads of times. I lived in my car for 3 months selling weed and smoking cones all day everyday, I have lived in housing commission with a dealer and also couch surfed with so called mates. I’ve been bused by the cops with two ounces and so I said I quit… I lasted 1 day… So I went in a 1 week dextox in hospital and lasted 1 day when I came out I just couldn’t shake it weed was my life and all I knew.

          It made me fail school and loses great girlfriends. So I went to rehab I know it’s just for weed but I really couldn’t give it up but I have also tried every other drug out there. I went there for 4 months and am not feeling great I am now 8 months clean but still get tempted all the time! But am just strong enough now to say no! You need to get away from your so called friends!! It’s hard but if you want a proper life get off the cones :)

          • waydownsouth July 30, 2016, 1:24 pm

            @ Nathaniel Ward, I know I’m replying to a post that’s a year old, but I’m hoping you will see this and respond. Thanks for posting and explaining how you got off marijuana. You are the only person I know of who has gone to a rehab program to get clean and stay clean from marijuana. Someone I love may need to do exactly that, but we have not been able to find a rehab place that knows what to do.

            There are plenty of places that treat alcoholism, opiate addiction, etc. But not marijuana addiction. So where did you go? Where is a good rehab program for marijuana addicts?

        • Clauida July 27, 2015, 6:55 pm

          So have you quit for good now? For me it was very effective to detox when quitting, even if I had no test to pass. And it makes sense eliminating the THC from your system completely faster to shorten the withdrawal period.

        • anita October 13, 2015, 11:57 am

          I am sorry for what you are going through. I know exactly what you are going through because I’m watching my 15 year old son go through it right now. Yes he’s 15. Started smoking pot with his piece of shit father at the age of 12. He smoked alot of pot and daubs. He has every withdrawal symptom bad. He can’t function. He quit cold turkey about 4 months ago and his anxiety and depression is so bad he cannot live his life normal.

          I am taking him to seek professional help. I am very concerned he will try to commit suicide. He thinks he is a loser, a horrible person and more. It breaks my heart and I have tried to help him but I cant. Stick with it. Don’t start smoking pot again. It takes time for the symptoms to go away.

          • Dani December 3, 2016, 3:52 am

            How is your son doing now? I’ve been having all the symptoms as well. It’s been really hard for the past week.

        • Mark ryan October 16, 2015, 10:06 am

          Keep going, I gave up 4 days ago too after 15 years of quite heavy cannabis use. I’m finding it hard at the moment, cravings and sleepless nights, anxiety but I’m trying to stay focused. Exercise, healthy eating and stay occupied. Good luck!

          • Mark ryan October 16, 2015, 10:35 am

            Day 4 of giving up after 15 years of heavy cannabis use, I’m feeling anxious, lack of sleep and vivid dreams. But I know all of this will pass if I stay focused. Eating healthy and going out on my bike again. Good luck to everyone going through this :)

        • Australian Teenager16 October 27, 2015, 1:41 am

          I am a 16 year old, Female Australian teenager. Anyways it does get better. I know this 1. Because I can remember what life was like before using marijuana but also because I know that in some cases it actually helps make you realize your true inner self and helps you realize your true potential and purpose in life.

          2. Who knows when its all over you might find that going through the painstaking and life changing experience of choosing to get clean. That you in fact actually come out on the other side of it. A better, Stronger, More improved you. Basically all I am trying to say is anything can happen in this world of life. So No never give up hope on who you are and what you want to be and what you dream of one day achieving.

          Because you are special and you’re worth believing in follow your heart and never give up because you are better and strong than you ever thought possible.

          • colin July 12, 2016, 12:52 am

            Hey Laura. I’m a 26 year old on my first night off the weed.Reading your comment put a smile from ear to ear. I had my first joint young too. Great to see such a young girl with such lovely words. Wish you the best in future shine on you diamond.

        • claudia November 23, 2015, 12:23 am

          Laura, kudos to you! All the best in your new Life, no need for crutches such as weed,

        • tevin April 1, 2016, 11:46 pm

          You can do it, I’ve only been smoking for a year and I thought I was losing it. Just humble yourself and stick to people thy love you and you’ll be fine trust in them with all your heart and you’ll make it. =)

        • Laura Conner August 25, 2016, 6:41 pm

          I know how hard it can be when everyone around you smokes. My husband smokes morning, noon and night, and my grown sons smoke a lot too. Of course all of the “friends” who are around are also users. I went through a constant battle in my mind for at least 20 years; wanting to smoke, but hating it too. Finally, after a lot of prayer, I woke up one morning literally feeling like chains had been removed from my legs.

          I was actually feeling for chains that I knew were missing. I haven’t smoked, or been tempted since and that was nearly three months ago. Jesus heals us from addiction if we ask Him too and trust Him. The chains were His way of telling me that he had set me free, as His love for us is unique and He communicates with us in ways we can understand.

      • Paulina May 15, 2014, 11:43 pm

        I have smoked for 35 years almost daily, if I do go without for a week or so, I have none of these supposed symptoms, as for brain cells, I did 20 courses in 10 months with straight A’s after not going to school for 20 years, and was smoking throughout school so I call BS

        • Whatami May 17, 2014, 8:21 pm

          Everyone isn’t the same, some people have terrible withdrawal symptoms some have none at all. I have tried to quit before and am trying currently and have dealt with intense headaches, nausea, fear, depression, anxiety, sweats, the whole deal. So I call bs on your bs. Everyone isn’t you, some people handle it better.

          • Jennifer July 24, 2014, 6:58 pm

            Yess I smoked for 15 yrs and I quit cold turkey 3 days ago and I feel like I have lots of pressure in my head feel dizzy light headed alot nausea and just weird I really thought I was sick tumor tripping just never knew u could have withdrawals from weed but I’m hoping that’s all it is and goes away soon cause it’s driving me crazy I just don’t know what to do my head feels so heavy is all that normal !!!!!

          • Bridie October 5, 2014, 5:22 am

            Oh snap!! Just wat I wanted to say! I’ve been through those horrible withdrawals, vomiting , sweating, severe dehydration, plus more! Not everyone is the same. If you google Cannibinoid Hyperemesis syndrome, that’s what I was diagnosed with. And it’s very real. So I second your call on her B.S call!

          • Ryan July 13, 2015, 11:57 pm

            Hear, hear. a few weeks ago I fell ill. I don’t know about others, but when I’m sick the thought of smoking makes me worse. I was one week without and as I became better I thought I’m gonna see how far I can push this. In my 17 years of puffing I really can’t recall sober days. I’m three weeks into quitting. Let me tell you I have been experiencing some of the worst anxiety I have ever felt.

            I suffer from social anxiety, which I could manage slightly with pot. The nausea while trying to eat, just brutal. And my dreams, oh my god they are so vivid, so intense. I haven’t remembered my dreams since I was young. Read an article about REM rebound. I won’t get into it but was worth a read. So to the dude/dudette who claimed BS. I also say bs to his/her bs.

            The bud you’re buying or growing is either garbage or you flat out lied about how long/much you smoke. Or flat out lied about smoking it at all. I realize I’m replying to a yearish old post but, you never know who may come across it. To those who may come across, know you’re not alone. As for me, I suffered to much the last three weeks to turn back now.

          • Precious July 23, 2015, 10:05 pm

            I quit about 3 weeks ago after smoking some weed sent me into a severe panic attack. For the past 3 years I’ve smoked heavily. But still able to function in society and attend college successfully. But this particular incident had me literally thinking I was going to die. My chest felt like an elephant had sat on it & my heart was racing about 1000 miles a second. I was trembling. Couldn’t catch my breath.

            An experience that was unlike anything I ever felt before. It scared me so bad I swore off weed that same night. Since then, I’ve hit a couple blunts here and there (maybe twice for 2 days) and almost immediately got that same reaction, only less intense. So as of about a week ago, I’m totally sober. But the withdrawal symptoms have been just as bad as the incident that made me decide to quit in the 1st place.

            I’ve had several panic attacks, insomnia, body/facial twitching, mood swings, tremors, hot/cold flashes, sweating profusely, irritability, restlessness, head/neck aches, and chest pains. All of which are heightened at night. Each day the symptoms do get less and less but any type of stimulant sends me into panic. So I’ve also sworn off energy drinks, tobacco products, & anything else containing caffeine.

            I’m still able to work, go to school, and be social but I have the hardest time relaxing and calming down. I’ve started drinking water like it’s a new religion and exercising which seem to b working, but I’m ready to feel normal again. How long will this last? Will it get better?

          • anita October 13, 2015, 12:01 pm

            I call double BS. You are right whatami!! You should see what has happened to my son. He has every symptom listed on this site. He can’t function anymore after quitting. It depends on the person and how much they smoked and how long too.

          • Brianna November 30, 2015, 10:22 pm

            Hiya Precious, Reading your comment about how smoking weed in the first place sent you into a severe panic attack made me feel much less alone. I have been smoking weed almost every day for about a year now, (which I realize is a significantly less amount of time than many of the people here) and about a week ago I had a severe panic attack, something that felt like it was going to cripple the rest of my life, so like you, swore off weed immediately.

            In the last week, I gave in to smoking one joint, which seemed to send me off into another panic attack much like the first, and now I’m trying to cope with severe anxiety, depression and insomnia and I still don’t know whether to attribute these symptoms to withdrawal or something more serious caused by the pot. How are you feeling now precious? Did you recover okay? Please get back :)

          • wolf pharoh March 16, 2016, 1:06 pm

            Been smoking for 16 years. evrey day twice a day. Withdrawl symptoms are not bullsh*t! They are very real and are agonizing! I’m finding that working out is helping alot!!! Good luck to all of you and keep pushing through it!!!

          • Hailey August 5, 2016, 12:18 am

            Couldn’t agree more. Going through day 2 of symptoms and I feel awful. Just a rollercoaster of emotions and feeling nauseated and vomiting. I’ve decided to wean myself off. I was a heavy user for almost 2 & 1/2 years. So again, couldn’t agree more with this!everyone is different. Who is anyone to judge another’s experience? All we can do is share our stories and give one another support.

          • Feeling your pain October 26, 2016, 7:52 pm

            Hey Paulina, your comments elicited the “irritability” many are referring to as one of the symptoms suffered while of trying to quit. This forum isn’t for you so why don’t you “roll” on outa here.

        • Tyler June 1, 2014, 12:31 am

          You can call BS all you want – I am quitting right now and the withdrawal symptoms are definitely hard to ignore. If you’ve made it this far in life and did “20 courses in 10 months with straight A’s” you should know by now that everyone reacts to shit differently.

          • N R July 29, 2015, 12:56 am

            It depends on what courses she did, 20 in 10 months! The courses must have been pretty minor or basic to say the least. I get smoke heavily on and off over the last 6 years. I have gotten all the symptoms described but I do believe it’s mind over matter! However right now I have stopped for 2 days due to being on holiday and I’ve been having some very bad neck / back pain. I am by all means a little p*ssy who doesn’t know the threshold of pain (from Yorkshire and know all about farming life / recklessness).

            The back pain kicks in firmly during my sleep and when I awake (always happy to wake up) my back had seized up. I won’t be giving up any time soon when returning from my holiday but I shall one day. That person / choad who claimed that they have had no withdrawals is what we call in England, a thick c**t and has probably been religiously smoking resin / rubber for many years.

            Everyone is different, and I believe everyone has these effects listed but in different concentrations with different recovery times. I am fortunate to have a low range of effects and a very quick recovery. P.S. I cannot be bothered proof reading this… Thinking about it, this could be the lack of motivation aspect! Oh well.

        • Ryan Smalley June 26, 2014, 8:39 pm

          I smoked all day everyday 4 19 yrs until 12 days ago and am going through hell coming off gone cold turkey if u can do without and not have withdraw-ells did u even smoke pot or are you talking sh*t I’m experiencing every symptom that can be imagined and it’s so painful never felt anything like this ever before in my life 20 courses in 10 months well done whoopy f*ckin doo to you.

          • everyday smoking guy July 13, 2015, 2:53 am

            I quit about a week ago and damn it’s rough. Smoked about two bowls a day for about 8 years. Lots of depression, irritability, insomnia in the first 5 days. Still dealing with a loss of appetite, but I know I’ll recover. Anyone who says there are no withdrawals is a tard-farm. This is hardest thing I’ve done, but I know I’ll make it through. I wish luck to anyone trying to quit, it’s tough on you physically and mentally, but know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and things will get better.

          • Josh January 3, 2016, 6:52 pm

            I have been a heavy user for almost 16 years. Started at 13. Up until my early 20s it was just a bit of fun, we all smoked, as well as sniffing anything available or dropping pills. (Things that fortunately I found easy to give up when they started to f*ck me up.) But Mary Jane was always with me every day. Even if it was just a couple joints/bongs in front of the TV.

            I stopped smoking tobacco at 25 cold turkey and it was easy… and that’s when I bought a bud bomb. I thought just pure weed was the way forward, no bad chemicals from tobacco and I’d probably smoke less. WRONG. For the last 5 years since smoking just pure pipes and blunts I have steadily smoked more and more every day. 2 pipes in a row before I even put my trousers on before work. And I don’t mean measly pipes, I mean a stuffed bud-bomb.

            A good single skin worth. Pipes in the car outside work several times throughout my working day and any opportunity when the kids/Mrs isn’t looking I’d sneak into the shed for a quick double hit. Thing is I absolutely love Mary Jane. Helped me through some really tuff times, light up and forget all the sh*t going on. But family problems, and the fact I realize how unfit breathing-wise I am, has led me to once again try and quit.

            I have tried before but never lasted more than a few days. Last month I tried and lasted… 3 hours before I was on the way to meet the man. So here I am 3 days in to the cold turkey. Hoping to finally crack it. I’ve had 2 sweaty sleepless nights. My emotions have gone all over the place, anger and rage have got worse, close to tears at random things. The anxiety of having no weed is almost unbearable.

            It took me nearly 8 hours to finally pluck the courage to throw my budbomb into the woods out back. But I did it, and reading through these posts and countless others are helping. I’ve denied having a problem for years, but after having withdrawals like this after only 3 days, it has been a real eye opener. The urge to smoke is massive just to chill the f*ck out… but I’m gonna try harder than ever before this time.

            Any young guns out there reading this and the other posts and thinking it won’t happen to you… guess what… we all thought the same but hey ho here we are suffering from yep, drug addiction withdrawal symptoms similar to much heavier drugs. So if there was anything I could say to you, if not just to stop now, it would be USE IN MODERATION. Any way that’s my 2ps worth. Good luck.

          • Ci Ci September 1, 2016, 11:12 am

            For those who say they haven’t had any withdrawal symptoms and have been smoking everyday all day for years simply don’t smoke high grade. When you chief top of the line all day for years the withdrawal is inevitable my friend.

        • Andres June 30, 2014, 2:25 am

          Wait till the job of your dreams comes along and u are forced to quit for random drug screenings. Then see if withdrawal symptoms are BS.

          • Beyonce September 25, 2014, 2:02 pm

            Andres I totally agree! Let’s not forget feeling pissed off because you have to quit on top of all the other symptoms.

        • Clay August 9, 2014, 1:49 pm

          Screw you Paulina. I am sick and f#cking tired of you pot head a##holes telling me that I am not going through severe withdrawal symptoms after trying to quit weed! F#CK YOU! I smoked everyday for ten years and now I am on day 6 of my quit and this is as hard to stop as nicotine. You are just an addict justifying your usage, but you are a piece of utter sh#t to me right now. I call bs on you A##HOLE. You cant smoke 35 years daily and go weeks without bud.

          • Matt August 19, 2014, 2:21 pm

            Well said Clay! You can’t smoke it for 35 years and have weeks off!?!? You are kidding yourself Paulina. I smoked it for 2 and half years near enough everyday if I missed a day I would definitly make up for it the next day! I am on day 8 of cold turkey and am going through hell and I know exactly what the withdrawal symptoms are like!!!

          • Tyler October 16, 2014, 1:46 pm

            I have smoked for 1 1/2 years, and I am going through severe withdrawal as of 2 days ago. I smoked At least 6x a day, before, during, and after school. If you try to say you smoked excessively for years and aren’t noticing symptoms, you’re bullsh#tting. I quit on October 14th, 2014, at midnight. I did this not only for me but for the love of my life, and family.

          • Michael G January 7, 2015, 10:59 pm

            Amen to that – Paulina is full of sh*t. I have smoked for a long time and it’s been 6-8 bowls a day for the past four years. What makes it worse is that I work from home in a job that could jeopardize the safety of others by my use. I am on day 2 of stopping, I feel like total sh*t. My stomach hurts, I have a massive headache, I haven’t slept much at all, am irritable and keep randomly sweating. I don’t know how long this will last or if I can make it out of this hole. Weed has already cost me my relationship and it’s only a matter of time before I get exposed at work and fired if I don’t stop.

          • Anonymous January 9, 2015, 4:18 pm

            How I feel exactly. The good thing is, we’re all going through similar withdrawals (the exception being Paulina). It makes me so angry and I can only assume your going through the same anger right now. Doesn’t it make you feel like punching something 100x…

        • jay September 21, 2014, 7:22 am

          i been smoking weed nearly 30 years i can’t go 1 day without it u talking bollocks everybody has withdrawal

        • jay September 28, 2014, 2:24 pm

          I think you were smoking a lower THC marijuana because I had withdraw symptoms. It wasn’t like harder drugs but it is real and I think you are lying and in denial.

          • Adam November 19, 2014, 9:01 pm

            Jay is right!

        • Cristy October 6, 2014, 1:04 am

          Like you said only for a week or so, it is different when a person tries to stop consuming it completely, and I know a girl who smokes it and is really smart too, even smarter than students who don’t smoke it. However like others say everyone is different.

        • 20 year addict October 7, 2014, 4:47 am

          I call bull sh#t. I can assure you that you have areas of your brain that have been harmed by 35 years of cannibinoid intoxication.

          Sorry, but it is almost certain that you have permanently affected negatively your brain tissue via your irresponsible drug abuse. Have fun with Alzheimer’s!

          • paul m April 15, 2016, 2:07 pm

            Everyone please stop replying to Paulina. It is ruining a thread that should be used to just express support and share experiences. Forget her comments. She is trying to poke a reaction and getting one. Ignore her comments and move on.

          • Hurting September 28, 2016, 11:40 pm

            Not what I wanted to read while trying to quit smoking… long time heavy smoker… over 1oz a week for over 30 years. Day 6 and the stomach pains are the worst.

        • Phil October 13, 2014, 11:08 pm

          I call BS on your entire post. On day 8 of qutting after 40 years of smoking. The last 5 years smoking Colorado’s finest. Withdrawals are very real. I think your just a coward too weak to quit.

        • Rich October 20, 2014, 12:07 pm

          Your comments are unnecessary for this site, and possibly damaging to others looking for help. I would even go as far as to say that you are full of sh*t, thanks.

        • Alex December 4, 2014, 3:29 am

          I went cold turkey about 2 weeks ago and I have pressure in my head, loss of appetite, and a little trouble falling asleep. I have switched to a healthy diet consuming lots of greens, chicken, and seafood. Exercise in the gym has helped a a lot as it makes me focus on a activity rather than my old habit. Although I have what I consider minor side effects, I would still categorize them as withdrawal symptoms. I hope this helps anyone who is in the process of quitting or is considering. I will check back in two weeks to report progress. Good luck to all. -Alex

          • Ryan December 25, 2014, 6:49 am

            I’m glad you, and everyone else has shared their experiences with weed withdrawal. I smoked daily for 19 years, from age 16 to now (age 35) and I am experiencing the same thing. The only symptom I really didn’t like and sort of scared me was the pressure in my head and sort of dizziness. I’ve also had trouble sleeping, way more dreams, loss of appetite, stomach issues, irritability, depression, and anxiety. My friends would probably say I’m just a wimp but this is definitely real. I probably smoked at least a gram a day for almost 2 decades and the withdrawal is as real as it gets. I hope you’re doing well sir.

          • carmen March 21, 2015, 9:45 pm

            I agree with Alex. I quit 2 days ago and I have the same symptoms. Trust me after feeling these symptoms I don’t even want to look at weed again. I drink a lot of water, workout 6 days a week, and am eating fish, salad and light food. Good luck everyone.

        • Jennifer December 18, 2014, 11:29 am

          If you aren’t here to support what we are experiencing, then don’t bother leaving a comment. It’s ignorant and plain rude to sit there and basically call us all liars because your body can handle the drug better/differently than ours. Shame on you.

          • Dave February 21, 2015, 12:49 pm

            Thank you. It IS real. I’m on day 21 and still feel like crap. I have stomach cramps, headaches, constipation, and always seem hungry. Some days are good, some bad, but I’m definitely going through withdrawals, mentally and physically.

          • MukaBuka March 21, 2015, 10:09 am

            I feel ya bro that Paulina got some pure sh*t to say that’s for sure. I’m about 45 days off drug now, I dealt with all what you can imagine: anxiety, fear, depression, dizziness, etc. And still dealing with some depersonalization. I feel weird and not myself and I just focus too much on details and have really a low amount of life motivation. It’s like I’m going crazy or some sh*t. I’ve been smoking hash for like 9 years everyday and withdrawal is real sh*t. You can’t just ignore that. I hope this will be gone soon as it’s really hard. I wish best of luck for everyone!

          • Ivan April 11, 2015, 3:00 am

            I’m on day 18. I was always of the belief that pot wasn’t addictive. I am a mess. Daily panic attacks, sweats, dizziness, heart palpitations, headaches, depression, anger. I haven’t been to work in two weeks. Thought I was having a heart attack one day, my kids dialed 911. F#cking embarrassing. I didn’t even connect quitting to what’s happening until I read this. Crazy, but knowing other people are going through the same thing has instantly helped my anxiety. Thankfully I sleep fine. Good luck to all, this sh*t sucks.

          • Tracy November 7, 2015, 9:29 pm

            Good on you Jen. That’s right people have some compassion and don’t say anything if you’re just going to put others who are trying really hard down. All of you guys trying to quit, keep going and keep pushing I will pray for you all. I’m not an addict I just smoked weed for the first time the other week and I smoked it about 3 times for 7 consecutive days. My friends and I decided t might be fun to go on a bender but my body and brain are struggling now having no weed.

            Everyone handles it differently but I just wanted to see the addition symptoms and this has scared me from touching it again. Good on you troopers for getting up and trying to change yourselves. You know other people have other addictions, and a lot of those people don’t bother making a conscious effort to rid their souls of blemishes. I look up to all of you who are being as diligent as you can, you are in my prayers.

        • Greg December 25, 2014, 4:06 am

          Complete BS, if you keep using anything for a prolonged period of time, and then just stop there will be consequences, in this case the symptoms. I’m currently quitting and I have terrible acid reflex, over the past 2 weeks I have probably slept a total of 3-5 hours a 24 hour time period, but I know when it’s over it’s going to be the best decision I could’ve made. It might not be as bad for every individual but you are deluded and should seek guidance.

        • Stella January 8, 2015, 4:49 am

          Pauline, you don’t smoke enough and have not quit long enough to experience these things. Good for you. Anything in moderation is OK. Keep it that way and you’ll probably be fine, but be careful what you preach.

        • Nick March 15, 2015, 9:17 am

          Try stopping for more than a week then Paulina and then get back to me. You probably have enough reserves in your system to not have any withdrawals for at least a fortnight. If you can stop for that long that is. Something tells me you can’t, otherwise you would have already.

        • Mick March 23, 2015, 9:27 pm

          Paulina you call BS!!! Haha your obviously a total idiot. How can you say something that clearly effects people differently is BS. In my opinion you didn’t do 20 courses in 10 months with straight A’s… I CALL BS.

        • Frank March 27, 2015, 12:00 am

          Try quitting for longer than a week. THC is stored in your lipids for potentially months – of course you didn’t experience any symptoms. As for smoking and doing well at school: I’m a PhD student at one of the world’s top universities and have been doing extraordinarily well while ‘using’ daily. Undoubtedly my short-term memory and lack of linear thinking was inhibited.

          I’m on week three without Ms. Jane and am only now experiencing most of these symptoms. Despite this, my mind is beginning to be clearer, stronger, and more focused then ever before. Stay strong everyone and don’t listen to the idiots on this forum (Paulina).

          • Kyle May 19, 2015, 8:49 pm

            Yep, I’m 38 and am back in school with mostly A’s in everything and just recently quit about 12 days ago, smoking nothing but CA’s finest. Feeling the withdrawals now more than ever. High anxiety, seriously sweaty palms and feet, been through this many times before though… I’m also prescribed norco for chronic pain and I have been off of that after being on for years. The norco is harder to quit in the beginning but once a week or two passes, it’s over while pot, for me, the withdrawals last for a month or two. I’m also in no way, shape, or form against the legalization of it, but to say it doesn’t have addictive properties is BS.

          • Andrew March 23, 2016, 5:11 am

            I’m on day three,and experiencing major w/d symptoms. I’ve been smoking good weed since I was 14,I’m now 49! Damn this is hard to do,I’m laying in bed and know I’m not going to sleep for more than 2or 3 hours. I always thought that weed wasn’t addictive, wow how wrong I was!!! I feel awful but thanks to all of you I now realize there is light at the end of the tunnel and these symptoms will subside.

            THANK YOU ALL, except Pauline. I’m so pissed off with myself for not quitting earlier in my life,better late than never. Unfortunately I feel that I will never get back to normal life for I have no memory of being weed free, I don’t know what normal life is! Again, a sincere thank you to you all. Hopefully with your help I think I will get my shit together. Upon proofreading my post I realize how long-term use and now withdrawal has me all over the place, for that I apologize.

        • Ruz March 31, 2015, 4:18 pm

          Just out of interest I wanted to know if you smoked the weed with tobacco? I’ve smoked for 35 years too…about 1 or 1.5g a day and I have horrific withdrawal symptoms…especially nausea, nightmares and night sweats. I have however recently become aware that these are also common withdrawal symptoms of nicotine too, and as I smoked weed with nicotine I have no idea what is causing the symptoms.

          I’m starting to suspect that many of the withdrawal symptoms associated with marijuana actually stem from nicotine withdrawal. I actually crave cigarettes more than weed and I’ve never really smoked cigarettes on their own. I also have a friend who is a psychologist at a drug dependency clinic and he told me that it’s ALL the nicotine… The stress caused by not smoking weed makes everything worse, but it’s nicotine withdrawal and nothing more. So please, spill the beans… do you smoke it with cigarettes?

          • Dani July 13, 2015, 9:36 pm

            So here goes my story. I’ve been smoking since I was 16 with a few breaks here and there but always picked it back up within a year of stopping. So I had my 3rd child in March ’14 and of course the post-postpartum blues helped me start it back up after being clean for almost a year. Well about 30 days ago I thought my 1yr ingested poison and had a complete panic attack. I took him to the hospital and they told me he was fine so I went home and went to bed the next morning I went outside as per my daily routine I went out to smoke.

            About 5 mins after I was done another panic attack came over me and I couldn’t calm down. My hubby took me in to the ER because I’ve never experienced anything like this. I’ve always had minor anxiety but nothing like I was feeling that day. They gave me some pills to help calm me and they did for a while. I decided to finish the last little bit of herbs that I had and that I’m going to quit for good. The first week was hell. I couldn’t sleep, eat or even think for that matter.

            I thought I was going crazy then I thought to Google weed withdrawals and everything I was going through fit perfectly to herb withdrawals. I’m on day 40 and I’m still feeling the shakes and dizziness and my chest some times feels as of someone is sitting on it. I hope personally that by day 60 I’ll feel great again but who knows. I was a very heavy smoker before so I’m assuming that this is going to take a while to get out of my system. I’m so happy that I found this site. Thanks everyone for your posts they gave me a lot of hope.

        • kym May 23, 2015, 2:19 am

          Pauline you seem to be a person with no understanding nor any compassion for you fellow mankind. People are ALL different and react to change different than another. Maybe if you didn’t have the corner on selfishness you could feel for others. Actually, I feel very sorry for you not having any contact with love and understanding. Do us all a favor and please don’t have any children.

        • Gav May 31, 2015, 7:28 am

          I call bs on you Pauline too. What are you smoking? Kiff, definitely not good buds. I’ve smoked about 15 bongs a day for the last 15 years, too long yeah. I’ve always held a good job. I’m now on day 5 quitting and going through hell. Everyone’s different, but Pauline you’re either full of sh*t or you just think your a sick c*nt smoking your kiff. Good on you, but don’t come on to a site like this talking sh*t.

          • Rick November 4, 2015, 7:42 pm

            Come on people! Don’t you think you are all being a little hard on Pauline? I have been smoking weed off and on since I was about 16, and a lot of that was all day every day. I am now in my 50s and have not smoked for about 30 days and I know everyone is different and I am not trying to sound like a d*ckhead, but guess what? No withdrawals at all except the first week I was a d*ck, according to my wife. I guess Pauline and I are just some of the lucky ones. Anyways I wish you all luck with your quitting of the bud. Stay sober. :)

        • Lucyhcd June 2, 2015, 7:00 pm

          I have smoked weed everyday since I was 13 years old, I am now 22; quitting was purely down to the cost becoming too much after smoking so much daily. I think I might be dying?! I’m on day 3 of cold turkey and its only getting worse, I have extreme headaches, crazy hot/cold sweats, not sleeping, not eating, very grumpy and debating if smoking again is the easier option?! How long is this going to last fellow ex stoners?

        • Trav June 12, 2015, 10:46 pm

          Try stopping for a 3-4 weeks, the symptoms will hit hard then. I smoked 4-5 times a day for 15 years and never ever had any issues when stopping for a few days, until I moved to another country, and supply ran dry and I wanted to use the opportunity to stop. Initially I just craved, 3-4 weeks later I’m hitting massive esteem lows, I can’t sleep, having insane dreams, anxiety and headaches.

          Again, not a single symptom except short temper and short term memory loss when I smoked. I’m hoping everything normalizes but read that THC takes longer to leave the body and physiological dependency takes months to get over. I honestly used to be an advocate for weed and defend smoking it massively, after the last 3 weeks that opinion has changed heavily.

        • weedsmoker June 22, 2015, 8:00 pm

          What school? Itt Tech? Some schools give everyone who pays an A.

        • bilbo July 9, 2015, 10:32 pm

          You are what is known as a minority. You are just biologically and genetically lucky to not have suffered the common symptoms. P.S. I think you are a bit of a Richard.

        • Your mom! July 24, 2015, 3:26 pm

          Hey Paulina well done for your straight A’s but it did take you 20 years to get there, if you hadn’t smoked pot maybe you would’ve done it 20 years ago…just saying. Grades such as A’s only apply to the lower qualifications anyway, hons degrees and higher are scored with numbers not letters…so well done on passing exams people 20/30 years younger than you can achieve.

          Normally I wouldn’t be so negative towards someone who is trying to educate themselves but you have no common sense, this is a forum with people giving each other support for making the decision to quit and you post something to say its OK to do it. Do yourself a favor and put the reefer out!

        • Brian July 27, 2015, 5:06 pm

          So I’m on day 7 and struggling. That’s what brought me here, like everyone else I’m guessing. My symptoms are headaches, mild nausea, and serious mood swings. I’m usually calm and down to earth but today the slightest thing would almost send me into a rage. Restless and unable to concentrate. The article is great and about as informative as one can hope for with a substance that has had so much contradictory ‘evidence’ that’s been spread around over the years.

          Making it illegal has inhibited study. Modern studies are definitely getting better though, and the recognition that withdrawal symptoms even exist is great. People like this Pauline bitch are always gonna be out there. Don’t feed the trolls folks. Remember why you’re giving it up and stick to your guns. You will have bad days and you will be tempted. Today was one for me.

          Reading everyone’s comments has helped me immeasurably. Pick yourself up, shake it off, and move on with your life. It will get better if you really want it to. So if you are struggling like I am, know that you aren’t alone, and if others can beat it, so can you. And if you’re Paulina, go f*ck yourself (apologies to other people named Paulina, you know who I mean).

          • JustinTyme May 12, 2016, 6:12 pm

            Wow, lots of nastiness on this SUPPORT site. Is the cussing and name calling helpful! I am a 70 year old who smoked lots of weed in the 70’s to early 80’s and picked up about 3 years ago. When I quit 20 back in the dinosaur age I had no symptoms, but this time is different.

            I am on day 7 – sleep is bad but thank God for podcasts! Sweaty, irritable, anxiety and now today the dizziness. No appetite for the first 7 days but that I see is returning. Some depersonalizations. I did not have nausea or stomach issues so far. Hot baths 2 times a day, cranberry juice, exercise ( hard to do when dizzy) and TM practice.

            Grateful that I am retired so I can pamper myself. Peace and good luck.

        • Hankedm April 2, 2016, 4:10 am

          I am on day number 4 of quitting and it’s so tough. I am basically forcing my self to eat. I just feel so full and my body is telling me not to eat. Drinking isn’t a problem. So I’ve been drinking protein shakes, milkshakes anything with a lot of calories. I have experienced insomnia, OMG the night sweats. I’ve been taking sleep aids but I’m trying to avoid those because I don’t want to become dependent. I want to smoke so bad but I’m sticking to my goal. Even when I smell weed I get sad LOL. This is very difficult and I just feel so sh*tty…

        • Ellencherry April 2, 2016, 7:32 pm

          You are very lucky, indeed. I’ve smoked for more than 20 years and the last 10 daily and heavily and I’m trying to quit and, exactly as the last time I went 1 week without, I’m experiencing excruciating headaches, nausea almost all the time, dizziness, severe mood changes and, of course, insomnia and vivid dreams…

          And this happened, even if in a less severe way, because they smoked way less than me but still daily for years on, to any of my friend which quit or are trying to. So, yes, the withdrawal it’s very real and if you’re so lucky not to feel it, good for you, but please don’t say it’s BS.

        • Jordan April 28, 2016, 7:17 pm

          Yeah Paulina was probably high when she wrote that post. Guys and gals, give her a break. Lolol kidding – that was a selfish thing to say on a forum like this. I smoked for the past ~9-10 years. Started off with the cheap shit before I went to college, then I “graduated” (hahhhhhh) to the primo (grants and scholarships had to pay for something, right?).

          Well I lost an amazing girlfriend that I had in college because I refused to quit smoking and didn’t see anything wrong with it; my logic was, “you met me as a smoker, and we’ve been together for 3 years, but NOW you want me to stop?” The real problem was that I legitimately thought that was an unreasonable request at the time. Honestly, if you can’t see that’s not an unreasonable request, then you’re addicted. I now have self-prescribed ADHD because I can’t sit still and I sure as sh*t can’t focus on one thing in detail for longer than an hour or two.

          I used to have a 4.2 weighted GPA and play competitive soccer (probably would have graduated with closer to a 5.0 had I not smoked the shit while I was in high school), then I went to college and basically smoked for 4 years constantly. I’m talking skipping class basically whenever there wasn’t a test or quiz; I never did homework unless it was something I could just BS my way through. I ended college with a 3.25 (admittedly not terrible for being at a devoted engineering school and in an engineering program), but it grinds my gears knowing that I EASILY coulda pounced dat ass and wound up with a 4.0 with my eyes closed.

          I had allllll of the resources there to help me, but I chose to isolate myself from friends who could get me out of that situation–in favor of the friends who who just toke up all day long with me and play video games. I still achieved so much by getting internships in school, performing my work exceptionally well during those internships. I DOMINATED my tests and quizzes, but the lack of homework and class participation gave me Bs & Cs when an A was ripe for the picking.

          I’m veering off again, but I wanted to give you all a legitimate back story. I am quitting for the third prolonged period of time right now, but I intend to be away from it indefinitely–with no return soon in sight. I was always able to continue my social life and never had anxiety issues while smoking unless it was taking to girls I was attracted to. I would seriously just sit and imagine what it would be like to have a conversation with them (all the while, thinking they are obviously sharing these intense emotional feelings with me.

          In other words, my confidence was at an ALL TIME LOW, but I was delusional enough to think that this was just every guy’s dilemma (not the case). I have since gotten a fantastic job, and I quit leading up to it; then I met a fucking dealer at a bar within 2 weeks of being in a new city where I had NO ONE else around that I knew. So naturally, “it was a sign that it’ll be okay to just keep chiefing it up”.

          I smoked the last 4 months straight, and I’m FINALLY may DONE being controlled by it. I am quickly rebounding, but my worst symptom had been the INSANE insomnia. Last night I laid in my comfortable bed after a long ass day of work, but stared at the ceiling or the back of my eyelids from 11 pm to 4 am. I had to be up at 5 and at work around 6… Let’s just say today sucked a big fat c*ck.

          My advice (coming from a sympathetic and at least fairly intelligent guy) is for everyone to SERIOUSLY take sh*t in moderation. It’s fun as hell to take part in a puff puff pass circle or smoke and play video games, but before you know it boom 5 years have gone by and everyone else is at a new stage in life while you feel like you just blinked. I’m not saying, “turn back on the drug abuse switch by replacing weed with something else,” but to treat yourself to a beer once in a while if the going gets extra tough. And SERIOUSLY gang with friends and family.

          Somehow weed can make you the opposite of what you used to be. I used to be athletic AF, motivated, top 1% in the state academically, and extremely social (and quite the lady killer if I do say so myself). After 9 years of weed, I can still see all of the “old me” waiting to pick back up and become something incredible, but the “new me” does lurk around the corner trying to put my body image down from time to time (thanks to the gat damn munchies lol). There are just too many pros for not smoking habitually for people to go what and some habitually.

          A couple of people mentioned mind over matter; the mind is EXTRAORDINARILY powerful–we’re capable of SO much. You CAN do it.

        • Innit July 11, 2016, 12:58 pm

          The full symptoms don’t generally hit until 9 to 30 days as it takes this long for it to leave your system. I smoked from 14 to 38 and have been off both weed and tobacco for 11 weeks now. It takes a lot of willpower and some soul searching to get there but I am just starting to feel better.

          The hard part has been finding things in life to replace it other than food. It does get better and cognate behavioral therapy can help with the mental side of addiction. It did for me. Good luck to you all.

        • Marc August 30, 2016, 1:50 am

          My experience was more like Paulina’s. When I decided to quit weed I really didn’t have much trouble… I can see that I was fortunate and blessed. However, I’d like to bring something up that I haven’t seen here yet. I’m 61. I quit when I was around 35. When I was 55, I was out on a 110′ fishing boat with 50 others. Someone passed me a joint, and before I knew it I had taken a large toke.

          I have to say that was the most powerful weed I had ever smoked. In my smoking days, I smoked lots of “gold”, lots of sinsemilla, but this stuff blew all that away. I think that maybe todays smoke is way stronger than it was before. Think of it. People constantly keep the seeds from the best plants, and this has been going on for the last 50 years at least.

          I think that very probably it was easier for me (who also smoked all through High School/College, then for another 10 years) to quit because I was dealing with half the cannabinoids you younger folks have breathed in. Something to think about. And I’m too old, and seen too much to call BS on anyone. Good luck, and God bless each of you. Talk to Him. He cares.

      • Mang mang May 24, 2014, 10:26 pm

        You have a tenuous grasp on courtesy and compassion, bruv. Don’t be that guy.

      • jennifer June 29, 2014, 9:46 pm

        even the med’s the doctors give you, gives you withdrawal symptoms so that line don’t work sorry

      • Unknown July 9, 2014, 3:16 am

        If you did your research you know that the myth that claims that cannabis kills brain cells is a fallacy in itself. See they came up with this “theory” because the government funded an experiment in which rhesus monkey were pumped up with over a hundred cuban cigar sized joints via gas mask. So within 6 months these monkeys had died, and they analyzed the number of brain cells and concluded that marijuana was a direct link to killing brain cells, when in reality they died from lack of oxygen to the brain.

        • Lou Lou February 28, 2015, 8:21 am

          I have been smoking since I was 14 I am now 32, me and my partner stopped 6 days ago and I feel like I have been run over by a bus. The headaches are unreal, I feel dizzy, sick, the lot. But the dreams – OMG I woke up this morning in tears. But I am determaned to quit this horrible sh*t it takes over your life. Can’t wait to get home to have a spliff… so wrong. I hope these feeling go away soon. No pain, no gain I suppose.

      • Rob B August 2, 2014, 8:00 am

        Thanks for loving the best you can Ryan…

      • Michelle August 29, 2014, 1:08 pm

        That’s dyslexia my ex has it, that is exactly how they write. I can read it because I’m used to the phonetic spelling. They’re perfectly normal otherwise and usually gifted in other areas.
        it’s unlikely he can decipher your comment but still don’t be mean.

        • Millar September 4, 2014, 2:25 am

          I’m sorry but that isn’t phonetic spelling. Nor is it dyslexia. Have another read through and tell me this isn’t someone who’s brain is fried from drug use.

      • Kaitie June 20, 2015, 5:23 am

        I realize that his message was not grammatically correct and had spelling errors but it is not your job to bash people! Count yourself lucky that you had the access and ability to have an education that allows you to convey yourself properly. Shame on you!!

      • Emil November 17, 2015, 2:04 am

        Amen, Ryan Elges. I am currently experiencing the withdrawal symptoms of a cannabis addiction. I am sure that you would feel nothing if you’re what I would call a casual smoker (few times a week). But if you smoke excessively, you will feel something for sure, whether it’s mental or physical depends, but you will notice your body complaining.

      • Lulu April 17, 2016, 11:44 pm

        Had to comment, just too funny 😅. Week two cannabis free. Struggling but getting there!

      • Michael July 22, 2016, 3:02 am

        Hi Ryan Eagles,

        Or is it Prof. Eagles of Linguistics and English Literature from Oxford University?

        Bear in mind you are speaking to someone who may not have had the same education level as you and who has just admitted to having been on hard drugs for a considerable time.

        How dare you speak to him that way! Do you assume everyone outside of the US will know the f*cking nuances of individual state laws, particularly drug laws?

        From reading both commnets, I prefer the one with bad grammar to your rotten, rotten attitude.

        Where is your compassion?

        How DARE you speak to another addict with that contemptuous tone.

        I really hope you get the sort of miserable life you deserve.

      • Forenzo July 24, 2016, 1:21 am

        What a crass reply. What does someone’s ‘grasp’ on grammar have to do with anything, and why mention it other than to make yourself feel superior? Furthermore, your final sentence equally lacks tact.

      • D August 28, 2016, 3:38 pm

        Leave the guy alone. This forum is for sharing stories, not judgments on literacy – you idiot! Peace out 👍

    • Steam June 24, 2014, 7:06 pm

      Wow! Grammar malfunction is extreme in your case. Keep off drugs and recuperate. All the best.

      • k July 3, 2014, 8:52 pm

        Ive just stumbled across this page as im laid in bed in tears whilst on my 4th day of quitting a 12yr habit!! Im finding this seriously hard! Anxiety, depression, sweats, insomnia, agitation. ive got it all. At my wits end right now! For all u people saying u dont have withdrawls…lucky you but why are u on this page if no symptoms?!

        • Paige July 16, 2014, 6:00 am

          Hey K,
          I have only smoked for a little over a year, maybe 2 on and off, and today is my 4th day quitting cold turkey! I didn’t smoke much or often, sometimes once-twice a day. I found this site because I, like you, have been balling my eyes out in bed experiencing insomnia, headaches, depression, sadness, unmotivation…almost creating problems in my head just because of how low I feel. I now see that they are SYMPTOMS rather than me going crazy… Because I actually thought my life was over and I lost love with my boyfriend and I forever was gonna be lazy and depressed. Well, now I feel better knowing that there is light at the end of the tunnel and I need to stay positive and push myself to sobriety! You’re not alone K and we can do this together!! You’ve made a brave, great decision on taking this path to sobriety, this of these hurdles as a blessing and you’re only gonna get better xx

          • Billboto August 4, 2014, 11:25 pm

            35+ year daily user who just quit 3 weeks ago. To make it easier I ramped down my consumption. AM bong became small one hit pipe, noon one hits stopped along with one hit toke on drive home. Asked for the bottom shelf stuff on last visit to pot store. I chose a date and ramped it down; 3 one hits per day, next day 2 and the final day just one before bed. That was three weeks ago. The main symptom I have are the vivid dreams that I’m able to re-enter after waking momentarily. The dreams have always made me turn back to MJ but this time I’m done. I’m one of a small percentage who have Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome which obviously sucks; seeing as I’m quitting something that I’ve loved for so long. Good luck to all you others quitting, it is extremely easier than quitting any other drug.

          • Ross October 6, 2014, 8:19 pm

            No one would be on here if they weren’t truly feeling the effects of going cold turkey. I quit now for three weeks and I’m going through hell. I also know it will get better, but at the same time my relationship with my fiancé isn’t the best as I’m constantly accusing her of being up to no good. Deep down I know that she would never do that to me or my family…

            I know it’s withdrawal symptoms doing that but seeing people going through what I am has made me feel better in the sense I’m not alone and neither are any of you. So for all of you stick with it and be strong. And for people to be slagging other people’s grammar on here is disgusting you should be ashamed of yourselves. Some of us are not gifted in that respect, so back of and instead of putting people down you should be helping people out.

          • Cassandra February 4, 2015, 10:28 pm

            I related to your post Paige, you have given me hope. I smoked for 5-6 years, all day every day for the last 2 years. The last 6 months I’ve been experiencing nausea, vomiting in mornings, headaches, depression and suicidal thoughts after 1 day of not smoking. Best wishes to you and everyone else here experiencing these awful symptoms. Don’t give up it will get better! :)

          • Niciey J. May 22, 2015, 2:57 pm

            Hello everyone it does take motivation to quit. I am on day two and it’s very hard, the symptoms I am having right now are: headache, diarrhea, and getting angry. All that other stuff I haven’t experienced thank God. My motivation is that I am having a baby and hopefully I can stay off of it after this. Wish you all the best. Pray for me as I pray for you.

        • Elton April 1, 2015, 12:24 am

          It makes it easier to see I’m not alone! This is the 5 the time quitting after 25 years of everyday use 8-10 joints a day 1/4 oz of heavy bud and every time it’s the same thing. Sleeplessness, dreams, and anxiety through the roof, irritability like my skins crawling at times with my mind flip flopping everywhere. The thing I noticed is it all stops after a month or so, for me. Right now it’s day 3 and VERY rough.

          Some how this kind of helps just reading what you guys are going through. it seems like the trigger to start smoking again is after a few months feeling really good and clear headed I seem to start thinking oh maybe I can have a toke with my homie because we are fishing or going on a road trip or something. It seems like I start planning to have a toke while planning my fishing or hunting trip and it’s seems this issue is a re occurring one for me. This time when I start planning to smoke I’m going to erase that because you CAN’T have just one toke because it’ll grab you.

          Even harder because when you get High after a hiatus you get RIPPED OUT OF YOUR HEAD! It’s the high you are always chasing and never get when you are a daily smoker so this time I’m running the other way when this happens because I know it’s a trick Mary will play on me. I admit I love her like a bad girlfriend but for me she has to go because I need to start living for me my wife and children and not the ganja! Good luck everyone!

          • Gwen March 2, 2016, 12:09 am

            Thanks for posting this! I know the comment is from a year ago, but trying to quit myself after 25 years smoking 8- 10 joints a day and I can clearly see myself failing exactly the same way. Today was my first day and I’ve truly felt totally miserable the whole day, like I can’t even function as a normal human being.

            If I get myself out of this I can’t even have one toke ever again, cause I don’t want to have to go through all this withdrawal again. But I’ve smoked all my life, I don’t even know who I am as an adult without weed. Hope my journey to self discovery will be as smooth as possible but it’s starting to get REAL ROUGH.

        • andy April 4, 2015, 11:53 am

          F#ck I don’t listen to anyone on here who claims they don’t have withdrawal symptoms when they quit, what exactly were they smoking because it certainly wasn’t cannabis. It must have been grass plucked from a farmer’s field! I’m on day 55 of going cold turkey after 11 years of hardcore smoking and it seems that it’s getting quite tough again, had every symptom so far and I am on an emotional roller-coaster ride that I can’t wait to get off. After say 3 weeks I felt great was extremely social and full of life but I’ve now hit a wall and really trying to climb it: insomnia and nightmares are fading slightly but depression is a major factor I’m battling.

          I don’t have any friends around me who aren’t smokers so I really have no one to depend on pulling me through this. As tough as it is I aim to keep going until 90 days to see if the 3 months clean relieves my symptoms. I really applaud all of you guys trying to kick the habit and commend you on your efforts, we are all in this together and hopefully we can make it to the finish line and turn our lives round for the better. Just know that you’re not the only one going through this and keep battling everyday until you win the war!

          • Sarah June 3, 2015, 5:33 pm

            I’ve smoked very good hash everyday for 37 years, I’m on day 60 of the coldest Turkey and still not sure who I am anymore. So good to read your comment Andy, I too am aiming for the ninety day clear out and so hoping my brain does re-connect to my personality. Good luck to us all, love and peace sisters and brothers.

    • Jay December 9, 2015, 12:24 am

      Could you please put down your drug filled syringe and pick up a dictionary instead? I could barely understand any of the absolute rubbish you wrote here. Yay drugs, what a joke.

      • D August 28, 2016, 3:53 pm

        Mate, the only joke here is you. The guy was trying the share his story; why attack him like that? I would guess it’s because you wanted to make yourself seem superior. It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice, remember.

    • Matt Corona March 13, 2016, 3:18 am

      Dude, really if you are an ex junkie, stop defending marijuana and go to an NA Meeting. Marijuana is not all it is cracked up to be.

  • Luca November 1, 2013, 9:36 am

    Thank u very much for this article. I think the worst problem with marijuana is that media (I wrote from Italy) do not tell the truth, they do not make evident all symptoms may arise from a marijuana addiction, everywhere you can read it is a “light drug” and it will not lead to any addiction. Fortunately I fell on website like this and could find out the truth about my situation. So thank you.
    Luca

  • Jim November 5, 2013, 7:27 pm

    Just wow. I’ve smoked weed for a few months, smoking daily and everytime I ran out of pot or just decided to take a break I didn’t feel anything.

    • Daniel March 6, 2014, 5:46 pm

      People experiencing these symptoms are people like me who have smoked for 10 years+, all day everyday. Your comment is completely ignorant and entirely insulting. How dare you compare your “few months” to people who treated all aspects of their life with this substance for many years. Does everyone have the same body chemistry and emotional stability that you apparently have? No. Think before you write. A few months????? Why are you even here? People looking this up have a serious problem that they are trying to remove and idiots like you spread the misinformation that marijuana does nothing and anyone could quit anytime with no symptoms.

      Just because were not detoxing from crack doesn’t mean things like extreme anxiety aren’t making their life hell right now. 5 days ago I had a panic attack and I had to go the hospital in an ambulance because I thought I was having a heart attack. Now I’m on anxiety medication to ease the symptoms of withdrawal. You’re either a child or an a-hole, either way you shouldn’t be commenting on serious boards where people are discussing serious things.

      • sheray March 9, 2014, 2:43 am

        Omg Daniel took ALL of the words out of my mouth!

        • Gordy August 22, 2015, 12:44 am

          Yep! Daniel’s the man!!! Everyone that I’ve come across that says they’ve had no issues are always light or short time smokers. I’ve been smoking since I was 13 and I’m now 24. I’m dizzy as hell and on day 5. This site is absolutely genius though as I now feel like I’m in a fight rather than being squashed by this horror… Thanks everyone! Keep up the positive vibes, it’s all for the better!!

      • Carl graham March 12, 2014, 6:28 pm

        Bang on mate I’ve smoked it since I was 12 years old I’m now 33 due to being bullied I felt comfort in a smoke and found these bullies became my friends only to get hold of what I had.
        I’m due a baby in four months and today is my first day without any in almost 22 years it’s going to be a struggle I do suffer from quite bad depression but dispute being a smoker I did security in a shopping centre for five years and no one noticed at all. Now I’m unemployed it all I seem to do but my life feels empty with out this substance hopefully reading what I’m facing will ease the pressure and hopefully In a few months I can post back I’ve succeeded many thanks

      • joey March 15, 2014, 4:05 am

        Well said Daniel. I’m in the same situation. Been smoking everyday for 10 plus years as well. I never had issues with the pot or anxiety in my 20’s but im 39 now and still smoking and very dependent on it. I’m fine until I run out. Had the same issue with panic attacks today. Had to get Xanax .5 and took 3 of them to chill me out…I get very aggressive and angry and something doesn’t feel right..i feel like im withdrawing from opiates as far as anxiety goes. Been off them for a while now so just dealing with this erb thing…Never thought it can be an issue until 20 plus years of daily smoking. Trust me I LOVE THE ERB, BUT, MODERATION is key with anything. It’s NOT the POT that’s addictive, it’s the addict!! I cant sleep or eat normally when I run out of erb…yes I know this all passes in time but I keep sparking up! (as I do have an addictive behavior).. Daniel, PLEASE let me know how your doing !! Comfortable to hear someone in the same situation brother..I wish you the best!

        • Dez July 5, 2014, 5:04 am

          I also agree with Daniel . I have about 18 years of smoking herb under my belt. I stopped about 3 years ago for about 9 months and apart from shaking like a vibrator when I first denied it,(act of God), I felt no other effects other than my tongue being sore for a while. 9 months later I started up again just from the feeling of utter loneliness and separation from my friends,as if I was the only person in the world. 3 years later now its different. I’m now in my mid30s and under stress from moving to another country, going back to college , separation from family, tryna find an apartment and job all on top of me stopping the herb use. I swear down that someone has poisoned me! My heart races sometimes for no apparent reason,I misspell words that I KNOW how to spell, sleep less and sometimes feel light headed and slightly confused. Age and situation have made a big difference. Thanks for sharing guys. I know that this too shall pass and that I probably wasn’t slipped a micky

        • Karen December 28, 2014, 6:41 am

          Hi everyone, I have been smoking cannabis/marijuana on and off for the last, what, 25 years? I am 45 now. The main immediate reasons for attempting to quit (only yesterday!), apart from my general health, were the cash I was spending on it. I smoked at least a gram a day and was spending so much money on it – £70 a week is a lot of money to anyone, least of all me, as I don’t have a job at present. My daughter and I fell out yesterday as I am so bad tempered.

          We have a kind of strained relationship anyway but I am convinced the “argument” would have been magnified by my withdrawal symptoms. I just feel generally gloomy, bored and irritable, can’t be arsed with anything at present. Last night I had some vivid dreams but I went to bed at 7 p.m because I just wanted the day to be over! I woke up at 3.30 a.m and have been trying to keep busy ever since.

          As a recovering alcoholic with 6 months sobriety (from alcohol) this is very difficult for me as I used weed as a substitute for alcohol for the first 6 months. Used to be worse as I used to drink AND smoke alcohol until one night I nearly died from a combination of (I presume) alcohol poisoning and a “whitey”. That scared me enough to quit the drink. Day Two now. Any comments most welcome. Good luck to you all! Karen

          • Fifi January 25, 2015, 9:49 pm

            Good on you Karen. You can do It. I have a friend who gave it all up also and has been 9 years sober and off pot.

      • Sterling March 16, 2014, 1:11 am

        Daniel you could not said it any better he said a few months he need his ads whoop. Ive been smoking since I was 11 yrs of age I’m now 31 and I’m having all these symptoms its stating on this site ive been sober for 5 days and I must admit its hard but I’m fighting it so pray for me!!!! And to u new ass 2014 smokers stay off the web and try smoking 20yrs and you’ll weed see Jim dirt smoking asst!!!!

        • Rell September 1, 2014, 5:37 am

          I am 2 days sober and I’ve smoked weed for 18years .The anxiety and headaches are real let alone the sweating and depression so for all you new booties stay sober weed is very addictive and the withdrawal is even worse

          • Laurie Brule October 11, 2014, 2:25 pm

            Amen! This stinks. The aggravation-slight headache and insomnia is REAL! This too shall pass! Don’t give up! We are doing the right thing by quitting! God bless y’all

        • Matt Corona March 13, 2016, 3:41 am

          I am an old guy 68 – smoked for 13 years, stopped and started again 6 years ago and have quit for months at a time. I never had a problem with withdrawal until now. I started smoking again in September and quit 4 days ago because daily smoking seemed to make me feel kind of sick and depressed the next day.

          This time I feel sweaty, and anxious and somewhat anhedonic, and a bit depressed, angry.No cravings or headaches and I have been exercising daily, limiting caffeine, practicing TM and I take some Bach remedy flowers. I suffer from anxiety and depression anyway so this withdrawal multiplies that. I do take .25 of Klonopin – pretty low dose and an SSRI which may help. After the pot I will detox from this benzo which I am scared to do, but that is for another forum.

          I know that opiate, barbiturate, benzo and alcohol are worse, but I am not loving this. Thanks.

          • te June 6, 2016, 5:18 am

            How are things now? Everything is relative, weed withdrawal is awful.

      • In March 18, 2014, 5:05 am

        I am reading this article with tears in my eyes my partner of 12 years has stopped after over 20 years of smoking but doesn’t think it has affected him, he said he doesn’t love me and has said really cruel things. I know it’s the withdrawal symptoms it’s now been a month since he stopped and I have moved out of our home and when we do speak all he brings up is all negative things I get angry as he won’t let me help him.

        I think you are absolutely right it is a very hard drug to come off and to see someone you love do it is heartbreaking knowing the pain they are going through. He was a person who had 20 people working for him ten years ago and now has a beautiful house but is struggling to get motivated to do anything he has no money and is constantly worrying and keeps saying he wants to get back back to the person he was before he met me he says he regrets ever meeting me and all I’ve done is give him aggravation.

        I’ve had 2 successful businesses and sold them both as he didn’t like me working then he says I’m boring. I’m at my wits end I don’t know whether to be there for him or not contact him at all. This is just a few thing he has done he hates my daughter and grandchild and when we met I wanted a child with him he said he didn’t want them yet and when he hit 40 decided he then did we tried everything (which I paid for) and it didn’t happen he resents this and blames me. Do I wait or do I forget him?

        • Will March 19, 2014, 12:01 am

          Marijuana withdrawal haha, you guys do not know withdrawal.

          Take a person suffering from real withdrawal, IE heroin, cocaine, meth and compare them to someone from marijuana withdrawal.

          I smoked around an OZ of the best weed you can find in New England everyday for three years and quit a week ago, oh no I am slightly less hungry and bored.

          Sorry but marijuana doesn’t make people hate their daughter or grandchildren, that person obviously has other, LARGER, problems.

          • Michael March 31, 2014, 4:41 pm

            I’m 48. I’ve smoked off and on since I was 13. 13-22 totally on everyday all day if I could | 22-35 a few times a week | 35-47 sporadic, I could smoke all day for 3 days in a row or not smoke any for 3 weeks at a time. All through this time I would have pretty much agreed that pot has no lingering effects and there’s no withdrawal.

            Well, I got my medical marijuana card in 2013 and started smoking regularly again. And I graduated to concentrates because – WOW – they’re awesome – that euphoric buzz lasts like 4 hours – and there’s less negative side effect – you’re not tired or lethargic like smoking the standard flower makes you.

            But then I started smoking more and more and more – I’d smoke 3 grams a week (probably isn’t considered a lot but still too much for me). This was pretty much high (totally blasted) 75% of waking hours.

            Well now I’ve decided enough is enough and I’ve stopped – this is just last Friday. But grief, sorrow, and sadness have gripped me ever since – But it’s not 100% of the time – I couldn’t muster the courage and motivation to write this if I was gripped now. It fades in and out – but it does seems to be getting better.

            My point here is that I think it’s unwise to make broad sweeping assertions. I might have agreed with you just 1 week ago. I think the landscape of marijuana is changing – I’m talking mainly about concentrates and the methods used to obtain them.

            I also don’t think it’s helpful to compare Marijuana withdrawal to other withdrawals in the way you did – it seems like it trivializes marijuana withdrawal.

          • Vonne April 1, 2014, 11:33 pm

            It’s more of a mental thing. As well as your chemicals getting a boost, with someone who has major anxiety, depression, or other mental factors, it can be very tough. Marijuana is more easily addictive than heroin and meth, because their effects are stronger.
            Like the article says, it varies from person to person.
            Personal experience: I was a frequent cocaine user and recently stopped with NO problem, the next day after I quit, I had a craving, but no physical or mental ailments afterwards. However, I also smoke marijuana, and am having a very hard time quitting, because of the chemical boost it gives my brain.
            Why I’m replying to you: no one should ever be told that their struggle is any less significant than anyone else’s. Life is tough, we all have to suck it up, but don’t stop people from having helpful healthy support.
            (:

          • Francis Hudson April 13, 2014, 7:36 am

            Bull sh#t you smoked a oz a day you would have to build a joint smoke it then light another up maybe with friends there maybe I smoke 5 grams a day that cost me 40 pounds a day!! And withdrawal lol, I got it bad… No sleep, sweats, no sleep, headaches, mood swings, terribly just shouting at my girlfriend for the stupidest things, but you had no symptoms. You must be a robot. Any any pot smoker knows your lying. An OZ a day maybe once in a blue moon but not everyday.

          • Jay April 16, 2014, 4:58 pm

            Lmao. The best stuff in new England ehh??? So I’m going to assume that’s worse than the schwag in Jamaica. And yes i went to jamaica just to smoke jamaican weed. Try smoking idk 2-5 grams of that danky Cali weed for 15 years a day and see where you end up.

            An a oz really isn’t that much brah, that’s only like what Lol 28 grams?? Ok try hanging around idk 400g (thats only a pound ONLY) of Cali herb and blazing shit like your face is going to fall off. Then maybe you’ll have some room to talk about addiction to Mary.

            Until then keep believing you’re a big player when it comes to weed. Cause honestly you don’t know shit mang.

          • rob m April 21, 2014, 10:46 pm

            You are so full of sh#t its funny. Smoked for 3 years… so what I’ve been smoking over a decade. An OZ? Again you are a bold faced liar sir. To all the others reading this article, don’t let morons like this guy affect you. The withdrawal is very real, more so if your using for a particular health issue.

          • Evan May 19, 2014, 10:26 pm

            I’ve been smoking daily since I was 17, I am 28 now. I have also been addicted to opiates so I know what withdrawal feels like. I can say without a doubt that weed cause physical and mental withdrawal. I live in colorado now and have been smoking weed from dispensaries and I honestly think that weed gives me way worse withdrawl symptoms than any other weed I’ve smoked. I am starting to wonder if it is the growing chemicals they use to make it so strong. Medical weed is not pure folks, they list the ingredients on the container! Some weird growing shit they use, ingredients for weed? Wtf is suppose to be natural!

          • Tom May 28, 2014, 11:09 pm

            Must be some sh#tty ass bud if you have to smoke an ounce a day. How much percent of THC does your New England weed have? I know top shelf strains in Cali that are around 20% THC (Dutch Crunch) and if that’s not strong enough for you then go right ahead and sprinkle some kief or hash on that sh*t. Still not doing it?…One word, SHATTER (90% THC). Smoke THAT everyday for three years then quit and let me know if you’re still just “slightly less hungry and bored.”

          • boog June 1, 2014, 9:05 am

            Well first of new england doesn’t have any good weed lol. California on the other had has thee most potent strains around and smoking that for yrs and stopping is much harder then smoking your garbage ass “NEW ENGLAND” weed n stopping it’ll be just like quiting soda pop or fast food have something real to say something positive not ignorant or down putting u ass

          • Mike June 29, 2014, 3:39 am

            Will, you are either a liar or a complete moron, or perhaps both. I will go with both.

          • dan August 6, 2014, 11:43 pm

            Will,
            Go to a forum that’s for recovering crack heads if it bothers you that people are suffering from depression and anxiety withdrawal symptoms. Don’t be so ignorant everyone here knows its harder to come off of other drugs but most of us weren’t stupid enough to fall in that trap so we are here to discuss pot withdrawal. I smoked all day everyday for 11 years and I’m 44 days clean and I’m dealing with major anxiety and depression issues, it’s difficult. People like you don’t help anyone by belittling our issues, go take your negativity elsewhere.

          • Matt August 19, 2014, 2:51 pm

            Hahahahaha nice one Will! You may have made your drug dealer very rich, or if that’s what you call him!!! You are probably buying grass from a field. Some of these replies crack me up. How much does it cost you to buy that every day!?

          • ol Danny boy September 7, 2014, 12:22 am

            To WILL. Your a liar. You didn’t smoke an O a day. Regardless, Don’t put people down because you were addicted and apparently got off of hard drugs. People that weren’t on meth or heroine don’t know the feeling of detoxing from those. They do however know the feeling of detoxing from thc, just as I do. Don’t be ignorant.

          • Sarah September 15, 2014, 1:58 am

            I agree with all that commented on this! An oz a day? You must either be stupid to believe what you were smoking was an ounce or you are a liar! Me and my partner have just gone cold turkey after smoking it for the last 5 years every single day. If we had a day off, all day long.

            The withdrawal symptoms are real! I feel like I have a serious hangover every day ( I’m on my 5th). My partner is very irritable and says he just doesn’t feel well/right. It’s currently 3am and I still can’t sleep and probably won’t for a bit longer.

            Also no one compared it to other drugs. FYI when I was younger I took speed or cocaine for over a year almost every day (only missed days that I slept through) and I gave that up without any issues or symptoms. EVERYONE is different!!!!!

          • tom September 29, 2014, 6:11 am

            Will… haha Are you serious? An oz a day hey? Your dreaming champ! everyone that puts these comments that they have no withdrawal is bullsh*t your all a bunch of keyboard warriors that have nothing better to do with your time. One thing I don’t get is why you would read a whole page and all the comments or even look at a page about dealing with withdrawal if you have no symptoms and are such hard asses! Bunch of D*CKHEADS!!!!

          • Bridie October 5, 2014, 5:34 am

            You’re an idiot. Keep your stupid comments to yourself. I am one of the few people who had been diagnosed with Cannibinoid Hyperemesis syndrome which is 100 percent real. Walk in someone’s shoes with that medical diagnosis and then open your trap.

          • Andrew January 26, 2015, 11:32 am

            Will you are an Idiot. I have experienced withdrawal from different drugs like you those mentioned (have you?) and yes they are different. Some can even be deadly, but that doesn’t mean MJ withdrawal doesn’t exist. I figure you’re a naive teenager if you’re going through an OZ a day and not feeling any effects, maybe you should learn to inhale as sounds like you wasted a lot of money haha.

            I feel sorry for you on one hand, and on the other I hope you do keep smoking and end up a wreck with nothing worthwhile in your life and hating everything including yourself. Then you can spend your time bagging yourself instead of those trying to make a positive change in their life or the lives of those they care for.

          • mark April 13, 2015, 2:27 am

            No offense will but 3 years is nothing. I gave up coke use also recently, I did that for five years and that was everyday and really that was EASY compared, mostly because its so expensive but also because I really had actually got tired of my head buzzing like that. I have been smoking Cannabis for over 20 years and daily for at least 15. It’s much worse because it feels like it shouldn’t be a big deal. You can actually forget you are giving it up and then suddenly, bang, depression, suicidal ideation, headaches out of nowhere and you don’t connect it to the weed, because weed is soft…frankly 3 years is nothing so don’t come the big man with me. Like being a monk, it’s all about the length of your habit…this one is tough, because I liked it so much.

          • Boberry August 7, 2015, 12:39 am

            Honestly must have been some weak weed if you needed an oz a day.

          • Lapual August 28, 2015, 8:06 am

            Will, you are a moron. Enough said. An ounce a day of new England’s finest? Lmao it was probably oregano then. Try some California indoor high grade and then come back and talk to us. The withdrawal symptoms are very real, I have smoked everyday for the last 12 years and the last 5 years of it has been only high grade OG kush…

            I quit cold turkey 10 days ago and it has been hell. Anxiety, depression, irritability, insomnia, trouble breathing normally, concentration issues, and then when I am able to sleep. I have ridiculously vivid dreams and wake up the next day feeling like I haven’t even slept a minute.. Ugh. Not to mention the constant waking up and night sweats.

            I am determined to make it through this as the dependency since it has started to negatively affect every aspect of my life; and I am sick and tired of being a puppet of my own drug-dependent mind. We can do this guys, persevere and we will prevail to become better, drug free people! P.S. Simply reading these comments has reduced my anxiety since it’s comforting to know that I am not alone. Thank you guys!!!

          • Hev March 13, 2016, 8:03 am

            I’ve been smoking skunk since I was 13, only stopping for each of my 3 pregnancies (and 4 months after birth, breastfeeding) I’m 28 now. I’ve decided this time enough is enough. As much as I love the smoke, I know in my heart that it makes me loopy (I hate to say it but it’s true in my case) This is the 7th day I haven’t sparked up and there are certainly withdrawal symptoms.

            It may not be on the scale of withdrawal from heroin or coke but the struggle is real. I’m highly emotional, sweating, anxious and it feels like I’m waking up from a long sleep. Mostly I think is it worth it? I feel worse than when I was smoking! But that’s my addiction talking! I don’t really know wtf is going on, I just know I’ve got to stop the nasty cycle I was in, if not for me, then for my husband and kids.

            Instead of taking my kids out at the weekend, I’d say let’s have a film day! Basically so I could smoke myself silly. Whoever you are that takes the piss just cause we ain’t all withdrawing from brown or crack is a mug. Everyone is different and people who have found this site, need motivation not someone dismissing their anguish. It is hard and I wish the best of luck to everyone.

        • dee May 7, 2014, 8:49 am

          This has made me cry! I’m in the same situation with my husband of ten years. I’m sorry I can’t tell you whether to wait. Personally I’m at the end of my tether – the cruel crazy crazy crazy behaviour – I just can’t take it any more. I’m the most evil horrible person to walk the earth. I want to keep our issues private but he is a loose cannon. The anger and the nastiness are unbearable and affecting our children. The paranoia is reaching stupid and bizarre heights – he’s just text me to say he is going to contact my boss and his wife to accuse us of having an affair. The worse thing out of this whole situation is that he will not accept that cannabis withdrawal is a problem – he’s coping just fine and it is me that is having a meltdown. I just don’t think the damage is repairable

          • Ui December 6, 2015, 5:18 pm

            I am going through the same thing with a partner going through withdrawals but doesn’t recognize it. Extreme name calling that I don’t think I can look past anymore, he has extreme paranoia, and all the symptoms under the sun. He left me with 3 kids and new born 6 weeks old, all he does is blame me for how he feels and that his life was a lie. He sees me as a horrible person yet I have supported he and I and our 3 children as his job did not have consistent work for the past 5 years.

            For me I think the hardest part of it all is that I’m trying to remain loving and calm and just cope through the separation and all he wants to do is attack me and accuse me of things. I am not sure if I want to file for full custody and child support because the whole issue just makes him even more enraged and then the name calling begins again. He belittles me daily and then says he still loves me and always will.

            Times when we exchange the kids he Kisses me Or is kind almost like bipolar moments. I don’t know what to do but I do know that I don’t want to live like this any longer. Each time I say I’m done he tells me he will kill himself and hurt the kids in the process. He has smoked for 10 years like it was a cigarette. All day long whenever he wanted it. Almost as if the high was gone after 2 hours? He later turned to dabs and was doing that daily for a year. A few times a day more than just one hit?

            I don’t smoke – am against it, and our one year old would get into his things no matter where he hid it. I’m about to give up… for those of you going through this sobriety process / withdrawals symptoms, please help me with advice as I don’t understand what you’re going through or how I can be more supportive instead of counterproductive for the sake of my family. Thank in advance.

        • Nick May 27, 2014, 7:18 pm

          I am now 30 years old. I have been smoking since the age of 14 years. I do not care what other people have to say on this subject as I have sufficient experience to know pretty much what it is all about. Yes, withdrawal is a reality and the symptoms reported here are real for people who have been smoking for many years. In all my time of smoking I have spent a total of about 1 year sober, cumulatively. The longest period constituting this duration is about 6 months. The reason I quit for this 6 months is because a woman I loved dearly threatened to leave me because of it. I am now single, but believe that with the correct understanding, support and lack of judgement, this need not be so.

          However, I am a very successful person and have some of the highest scores for the duration of my university career. I am generally classified as a person of above average intelligence. Make no mistake, marijuana invokes a psychosis within any individual. I know I will never stop smoking permanently as I have seen the benefits of smoking, but unfortunately have also seen the negative side effects. During smoking, focus is enhanced, but productivity is retarded.

          The effects of marijuana addiction is a catch 22 situation, especially when it comes to supposedly highly intelligent people. I have been clean only for 2 weeks now. I have suffered no desire to return to my former ways as of yet, but I know I will in time. The only reason I stopped for now is to regain my focus, positivity and zest for life. I feel inadequate and unprepared for the responsibility of children (even though this wont happen for several years to come now). I know different people have different experiences. I have witnessed this first hand as almost all of the people I know are smokers. Your preferences, personality, likes and dislikes determine your reaction to the use and the disuse of this substance. Consequently, I feel I can help to advise allot of people dealing with this substance.

          I have so much to say on the subject so please contact me should you require assistance in any way. I will give you my all and all I expect in return is your honesty. Who knows, perhaps there is someone out there who could galvanise me into a more permanent cessation of MJ usage.

          • Tommy July 11, 2014, 5:49 am

            Yeah, as a poly drug user for over 20 years I will agree that withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person. Many factors influence how a person responds to the abstinence of a substance they have come to mentally or physically depend on. Especially if a person has had previous problems with addiction. Cannabis for me was always the same when I would stop. It usually lasted for a few weeks; unable to sleep, headaches, sweats and mostly irritable. As far as withdrawal or stopping what ever form of marijuana, especially if your smoking wax which can be up to 50+% THC there is no catch-22. You stop or you don’t. And if you choose to stop and are successful you get to see what the true underlying problems are. For some its an mental or physical illness for others chronic pain, whatever the reason there is no catch-22. Sure your brain is going to tell you consciously or subconsciously to give it what it needs but you have a choice to see it through or not. And no its not easy. I would suggest reading Joseph Hellers “Catch-22”. It’s about a WWII Airmen who tries to get out of flying more mission by claiming he is crazy, he just has to officially ask and file the motion. In doing so he proves he is not crazy. A crazy person would want to fly more mission, a sane person wouldn’t. Hence the Catch-22, he is sane so he has to fly more missions. Sorry for the ramble its an excellent book.
            Just out of curiosity, what help can you offer when you blatantly state you “know you will never stop permanently”, are ok with it, but want to counsel people? It just seems a bit hypocritical. Maybe you should try a 12 step program. Talking with other addicts does help, but the goal is to stop using with a one day at a time mentality. Personally, I find individual therapy is helping me better and sites like these let me know I’m not alone. Good luck to you.

          • Cat July 23, 2014, 7:03 am

            Nick, your comments resonated with me. Let’s talk.

          • Kate July 24, 2014, 9:17 pm

            Hi, Nick!

            You sound nice and I have a problem with my withdrawal, would love to get some advice, as this anxiety scares me a bit. I live alone, so there is no support from people around me and it gets tough at times… And you know what is the first thing that comes to your mind when you are on your own and it gets tough… Smoke some more. Feels like a circle, definitely need some guidance here :)

        • Robyn December 29, 2014, 11:47 am

          To see someone you love treat you that way just because they DO smoke weed is even harder. I have just left my BF to quit smoking as he is too in denial to ever consider it. I tried everything in my power to help him stop but it is him that really needs to want to stop and I needed to stop myself before ever preaching to him. At least your partner has had the want and need to stop the drug.

          That is a very positive thing. Even if all this negativity has stemmed from it for a short-term period. Unlike his habit, his withdrawal symptoms will not last over 20 years. Your partner may never be the same person he was all that time ago, weed or no.. Because everything that happens to us in life, not just habits, will change our perceptions and views of the world, thus changing our opinions etc that build us as a person.

          Your partner will be feeling ever so lost and down at this time, but stay strong and be by his side, for he truly will need you to be there and he will recognize this once he is fully recovered. In the meantime, live elsewhere, but should he ever need you, be there… And always stay positive, say positive and think positive, because you are the closest to him at the moment and we all take it out on those closest to us.. Be strong for him and yourself.. He will thank you for it.

          As for the baby making I believe smoking weed can decrease the risk of fertility too. Now look that up before you take my word on it. I saw it on a poster in a doctor’s surgery. But then you shouldn’t believe everything you read. So if the fact IS fact, do not blame yourself, or him for that matter, as he may not have been aware. Or it may not have occurred to him that he would have wanted children one day. He is probably once again taking it out on the person closest to him. As all us humans do.. I hope this helps.. And good luck to you!!

      • jason March 24, 2014, 6:34 am

        Daniel. I am truly not trying to antagonize you, but it sounds as if you are acting out the very symptoms of anger and anxiety that this article talks about. I am a for real smoker and in withdrawal myself, little things can set me off, my sleeping habits are all jacked and I don’t really feel like eating, I get it (*not saying I know what your specific experience and feeling are, just that I can relate). All the Jim guy said was that he only smoked a few months and when he runs out or breaks he doesn’t get these symptoms. Not really an aggressive statement. He didn’t compare his use with anyone else’s or even infer that he was wiser or stronger than anyone else. It seems to me that he has a right to share his thoughts on his own personal experience. Hell, I wish I was still ignorant to crippling nightmares and having to wring out my sheets in the morning from the sweats.

        • Grace July 12, 2014, 3:46 pm

          Well said Jason! As I lay here at 1:39am wide awake, sweating and suffering from withdrawals…

          Its been maybe 10 years or so of smoking, giving-up, smoking, giving-up and so on and all that I can say really in reply to these common comments is;
          1. We are all different,
          2. We all deal with things differently &
          3. We can all make a difference!

          Grace

      • john April 1, 2014, 10:51 am

        i agreed with you daniel, just fuck you who smoke a few months! youre not even hardcore, youre just bunch of childish who scared of MJ. now im on my withdrawal,

        • Hayley April 23, 2014, 10:02 pm

          I’ve been smoking for 4 months non stop and I’ve been off weed for 2 days and I get withdrawal symptoms. So I think f*ck you back.

          • Gav May 31, 2015, 9:11 am

            That’s cute Hayley, grow up. As a twenty year smoker going through hell on day 5 of quitting, I really am taking some comfort in reading most of these posts, but your a waste of space and I and most others on this forum can’t take you seriously.

      • Ken April 9, 2014, 11:50 pm

        I totally agree! Thanks for being painfully honest. I have been smoking on and off for 10 years and I’ve made up my mind to stop. I am 3 days clean and I’m paying for it. Diarrhea, irritability, sharp pains in my head, and cramps are to name a few. I don’t feel that someone who has only been smoking a few months should be on here!! Word of advice, stop while you’re ahead!!!

        • law June 4, 2014, 5:11 pm

          well while most of you are making sense some of you are not…Been smoking for 4 years now been on breaks once or twice for weeks at most am on a break now 4 days Strong and I know that withdrawal’s are real been really angry at many things I have Flem’s now insomnia is an errdayish for me now but I understand and I don’t blame the Herb Moderation is errtin err1 just needs a Lil help and even though err1 is different we shouldn’t judge nobody…

        • Ona August 19, 2014, 5:37 am

          Oh thank God…I thought I was the only one with diarrhea and cramps!! I thought I actually might have had stomach cancer because of all the weed I was smoking…nausea, stomach discomfort, painful joints and muscles, and shaking are just a few of my symptoms…PUSH seems to help…I pray that this passes quickly because it sucks!!!

      • S April 30, 2014, 9:32 am

        Well said Daniel.
        A lot of people including me could feel these symptoms even after just an year of use! I started having symptoms like severe night sweats , anxiety, heart racing, little or no appetite, insomnia , nausea ( before and after eating) . I mistook this all for depression and started having anti depressants ( of course I consulted a psychiatrist first) . but it turns out I probably never had depression all along it was just all withdrawal symptoms which I was not aware of. Now I’m very much aware and I have accepted these symptoms and I would just say that keep your cool, marijuana is a recreational drug so use it occasionally ( on a weekend or a holiday ) . Everyday use can not only make you lethargic , you will very well not be concious of your surroundings . Moderate it’s use if you’re not too keen on leaving it completely (let’s admit it that never works). Hope you guys will feel more confident and reassured that you are not standing in this fight alone :) let’s keep fighting everyday! Cheers.

      • Destined May 5, 2014, 9:16 am

        While he was ignorant in his comment, you were rude in your reply. It doesn’t take 10 years to cause withdrawal. For me it only took a little over three years of smoking every few days or so and I was in bad shape. When I quit I experienced severe physical symptoms. I also have mental issues that stem from my use and the lack of anandamide and dopamine production caused by it.

        Perhaps your reply should have been to point out the facts to him and let him know that he is lucky thus far and should stop, now that he is educated about the consequences. Let’s advocate instead of being rude about it.

        • Chief May 11, 2014, 11:50 am

          Come on people support. I ve smoked for three years and my symptoms are in the middle, however, I have intermediate anxiety, OCD comorbid with intermediate to severe insomnia. Imagine how I feel. Please stop with all the fuck yous and what not. If you experience no withdrawal symptoms good for you, not all of us have the golden body of the gods. I am not hating on the one comment. I’m just making a point. An oz a day, I’m sorry that seems unlikly, unless your not human. Some ppl don’t seem to understand weed is very addictive. I m quitting but if you smoke and don’t want to stop consider moderation. I say this to everyone, just be smart and careful. After getting bronchitis as a smoker, that was my clue to quit. Good luck to anyone. If your not going to be supportive keep your mouth shut. Oh also, heroin withdrawal maybe harder but weed withdrawal last longer. Do not even compare them.

          • Chief May 11, 2014, 11:52 am

            Also don’t forget the money you can save. If your affluent, use it for something else cooler.

          • Tommy July 11, 2014, 6:06 am

            I agree with everything you said. This site is for support for those who wish to get help or maybe just information on what to expect if they are new to using. But as an poly-drug user I was an intravenous heroin and cocaine user as well as benzo’s, cannabis and alcohol. After 3 unsuccessful rehab trips. I can assure it can take up to two years for a heroin or cocaine addicts brain to return to normal. I felt severe withdrawal symptoms for a solid 6 months. Meth users can sometimes have permanent damage. Definitely don’t compare the drug or the person. Just share what you’ve been through.

      • MC May 20, 2014, 11:50 pm

        You nailed it Daniel. This forum likely wasn’t designed for people like Jim or Paulina, who seems to still be happily smoking. It’s for people like us who are trying to move on with our lives. I’m 51 and have been a daily smoker since I was 15. 36 years is more than enough. I’ve made a few attempts to quit, none of those attempts lasting a full week. Thankfully, my only symptom has been crazy vivid dreams, but all of us are different. Right now I’m on Day 5 of what will hopefully be my final and successful attempt to quit. If I may, a word to the wise: be VERY careful with the anxiety meds. You don’t want to trade one set of problems for another. As soon as possible try to let them go. Try to take solace in knowing that you aren’t alone. Others are trying to fight the same battle too. Finding this page has given me a new resolve.I keep telling myself that I can do this. I’m stronger than a damn plant. I hope I am. I hope everyone on this page is too. God bless us all.

        • Masters May 26, 2014, 9:13 pm

          Well said MC I’ve been hard core smoker for 20 years, I’m on day 7 now and it ain’t getting much better, feels like I’m going mental jus hoping it starts getting easier. Good luck to everyone and fuck off all u part timers cos u ain’t got a clue!!!

        • NmS June 26, 2014, 2:44 am

          Perfectly put! I have been a daily smoker morning noon and night for the last 16 years and now that we are trying to start a family I want my body to be clean for a baby. I am on day 3 and the withdrawal symptoms are definitely there, mild headaches, shaky hands, loss of appetite and slight nausea, and quick to snap at my husband. I have questioned using Xanax to take the edge off but I don’t want to substitute one for the other. It will be rough but it is comforting to know that i am not alone in my journey. As for the negative posters here, like others have said everyone is different and react to things different, just because you don’t react the same is no need for you to argue with what they are experiencing. Good luck to all those truly dealing with this!

        • Karen July 16, 2014, 12:20 am

          I am just an observer of a “long term” user. I have never tried it or any other drug. My son-in-law has been a frequent user since he was 12 and is now 47. He is a great guy but is so dependent on it that he won’t even consider quitting. His daughters (19 and 16) discovered his stash and are so disappointed and crushed that their dad has an addiction. I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s when it was the “thing” to do but, thank God, I chose not to. Even though I am not qualified to judge anyone on this matter, I am proud of all of you that are trying to quit. I have seen the change in my family member over the years. He used to be a dedicated father/husband and now he has no motivation, no interest in his girls, blames his wife for almost everything, anti-social, and paranoid. He is about to lose his entire family due to the fact that he refuses to quit. Is smoking it THAT important? Any addiction is bad and I will pray for all of you that are seriously trying to quit. Keep on keeping on!

      • Abdul Latif Salaam May 22, 2014, 10:58 pm

        I’m a former user I have smoked weed every day all day and it was to the point where even when I went to use the bathroom it smells of weed rather than human feces, I’m having mild night sweating, some dizzy spells and my abs are forming as if I’m working out, I’m a slim guy so no body fat but I be hungry as hell. I’m going to stick it out, I have a great support system and real friends who want me clean too, trust me quitting is as just as much fun as smoking was plus I’m feeling better mentally because in a few months I will feel even better

        • GettingMyLifeBackAgain August 4, 2014, 1:16 pm

          I agree! I smoked bongs and/or joints all day every day for 20 years! My hubby and I quit last year and we were 9 mths sober. During that time we travelled with the cash we would have smoked, took international holidays on planes we wouldn’t have previously gone on due to being afraid to get enough pot for perso use through customs.
          Withdrawal was intense and difficult the first 4 weeks, body aches, insomnia, sweats, headaches, back pain, nausea, lack of appetite, you name it! Symptoms became manageable but still present the following 2 months…but eventually the freedom from cravings arrived, and it was the BEST time of our life. We argued less, socialised more, became fit, ate better, lived better!!! Sadly we relapsed over Christmas holidaying with several friends and fellow smokers and have spent the last 7 months getting hooked all over again. Sigh…..and so here I am again, 1 day in and just remembering that beautiful feeling of being craving free and cashed up and physically able to enjoy life without this curse. My advice to you all is to hang in there, get through it, persevere because the freedom to live without craving is a beautiful place to be, and you deserved it! Good luck team!!

          • Me August 5, 2014, 5:41 pm

            Hey! I have a similar story… My life partner and I have been smoking together since the day we have met, 11 yrs ago, we’ve both smoked before that as well… I always wanted to quite, but he didnt, so it was very hard as it was always around me. We smoked every day, whole day, and then I decided to cut down. I cut down significantly, and withrawal came as a complete surprise (I’ve quit before few times for a month or so with no symptoms at all) and it was bad, Hell that lasted over 4 months, full on panic attacks, night sweats, shakes, nausea, couldn’t sleep, I would wake up in the middle of the night with my heart racing. I took a minute to realize that what I’m experiencing is actually withrawal. I’ve made it to the hospital few time, as anxiety was contast and I thought something was very wrong with me, I was prescribed lorazepam to deal with the anxiety, which made things worse. (Please don’t do it to yourself, suffer through, it’s easier) it freaked me out so badly that I managed to stay away for a full year, until 2 months ago. I am now quitting again, this time my life partner is doing so with me :)! Even though I’ve smoked for only two months since I got clean, I still suffer symptoms like shakes, nausea, lack of apatite and slight depression. Hofefully this time, it wouldn’t last so long…. When I was going to the withrall a year ago, I thought it would last forever, but it doesn’t so stay strong.

          • Stella January 8, 2015, 7:31 pm

            Finally, someone who gave me the answer to how long the withdrawal symptoms are going to last. You said about four weeks intensely, then another 2 months subtly. I’m two weeks in and just thought something was wrong with me. Then it occurred to look for withdrawal symptoms, was so happy to hear that’s what it was (not cancer or some other crazy illness). I’m quitting because I have developed a long term syndrome of vomiting and migraines caused from too many years of chronic weed smoking. So, now that I know theses current headaches are withdrawal, I much happier but still sick as hell.

            Knowing that if I can just hold out another two weeks it will subside some and go away in 10 weeks gives me hope. I’d really like to smoke a bowl to make the headache go away but I know that the cyclic vomiting syndrome will never stop then. I have been suffering with that for years. I have been hospitalized for it and no one knew what it was. So thank you for putting a schedule on my withdrawals. Has anyone else had any experience with a time frame the physical symptoms of withdrawal last? I’m trying the water, cranberry juice, leafy greens, exercise. Is there anything else I can do??

          • dee February 28, 2015, 1:47 pm

            I decided to quit the puff 7 days ago after smoking for 30 years +. In the last few days I have had a chronic headache, so much pressure in my head, had some really frightening vivid dreams, serious night sweats generally and really feel rotten. I thought that I had caught a bug. I am so glad that I found this blog site as I now know that am suffering with withdrawals. I am determined to quit and feel stronger after reading about other peoples’ experiences.

        • Rick March 26, 2016, 2:47 am

          I am 57 years old. I started smoking weed in 7th grade. I have smoked almost every day of my life since then. The last several years I have smoked a half Oz a week. This last year I have been smoking almost an Oz every week BY MYSELF. I have a script for marinol to (in my mind) justify to work if I get tested. A friend recently informed me that it tests differently than pot with the right tests.

          I work in one of the most high tech medical labs in the world. We can perform any medical test there is. I have a great job and work from home. If I tested positive for THC, I would probably not get fired but I would definitely be made an example of. I would have to go to rehab and be forced to go back into the same office as my boss and be baby sat. (would be tested regularly).

          I am highly respected in my field and cannot continue to take the chance any longer. I quit cold turkey a week ago. I have of course been depressed, irritable, have not had an appetite. I am an ex cigarette smoker all my life as well and pot helped relieve some of that habit. I quit cigarettes over 10 years ago and I could eat a pack still. So I miss smoking totally.

          I have always been of the mindset that anyone could quit easy with no repercussions at all. Boy was I wrong. I lived to smoke both cigs and pot. I’m having a terrible time trying to deal with it. I thought I would be fine after a few days but what I have read in this thread I guess I am in for a long road ahead. :-(

      • Shelley Henry May 26, 2014, 2:57 am

        Thanks I felt like I was being heard through your comment. I’ve been smoking marihuana for twenty years and have decided to put it down. At least for now. Its a struggle.

        • Shelley Henry May 27, 2014, 5:39 pm

          Damn it’s only been a day. I want to crawl under a rock. Or throw one.

      • Adam May 26, 2014, 4:33 pm

        Hey Daniel, how r u feeling now. How long did the withdrawl last for u. I’m already in it for about a month, and I think I’m starting to feel better.

      • Jtiger June 13, 2014, 8:39 pm

        I agree 100%! I just quit a week ago after smoking 10+ years everyday all day. These people that only smoke every once and a wile think they are in the same category, is just “ignorant” as you said! Everyone not the same. It an insult to people who do experiences discomfort! Yes, he/she must be a child or an asshole and an idiot.

        Daniel, I just detoxed from anxiety medication Xanax, after 2 months of taking it! Be very careful with it and don’t abuse it, you will be sorry if you do. Xanax withdraws are one worse withdraws of any drug. Don’t believe me, do the research! I am no Doctor, but from my own experience, I recommend only taking it as needed! You can become psychically depended very quickly depending on your body chemistry. Some people become addicted after a month! Good luck and I hope you feel better down the road!

      • Keith July 12, 2014, 2:37 pm

        Well said Danny I’m off the smoke now 5 full days having been smoking 18 years and I feel like complete shit, the summer is here so I’m sweating which to everyone around me seems normal but I’m sweating like a motherfucker I can’t get no sleep and when I do I dream some crazy nightmares.. Lots of my friends tell me I’m only imagining this cause weed doesn’t lead to withdrawal but fuck me they are wrong,I came off it cold turkey and if my missus says hello to me I feel like screaming at her which is not me..I’m only of it because I have to do drug testing but I know This is something I should have done a long time ago so I will struggle true it but for anyone who says it’s easy to stop having smoked most of there lives must have been smoking some shity shity weed..
        Stay strong people we will get through this, I hope..

        • Rick March 26, 2016, 2:58 am

          Keith I started smoking cigarettes when I was 4. Yes 4. I was not even in kindergarten yet. I lived loved to smoke. I tried pot in 5th grade but really didn’t get “started steady ” till 7th grade. I quit cigarettes over 10 years ago and actually look forward to the day they tell me that I’m terminally I’ll so I can go get a pack. I stopped pot cold turkey a week ago. I’m having one hell of a time with it. Good luck to you guy. Hang in there. I’m trying to.

      • Mr. P July 13, 2014, 11:46 pm

        Well said I’ve been a heavy pot smoker for 15 year. I have quit several times and never had withdraw symptoms until now that I’ve been off of it for a week. I guess the potency of the pot I’ve been smoking for the past few years have something to do with it. And also a slower metabolism.

      • John December 17, 2014, 8:05 am

        It does not have to be 10 years or more. I have been smoking daily for 2 years and I am going crazy now.

      • Giddo January 13, 2015, 4:12 am

        Daniel you sir are an intelligent gentleman. Well done. I’m a 20 yr smoker I quit for three days and had to smoke again. Why would I do that when I’m so desperate to stop hmm maybe cause the f*cking withdrawal was killing me. I’m 48 hrs clean. I will pray for you all and gratefully ask you do the same for me. For you idiots who think it’s easy I salute you.

        What is an absolute travesty is to insult, belittle and rubbish people’s very distressing experiences that are extremely real for many of us. And to insult people for bad grammar or poor spelling is just silly. Come on folks there’s enough hate and malice without adding to it. God bless and good luck to all who are trying to beat a very very real addiction. You will all strengthen me in my personal struggle.

      • Dani June 5, 2015, 8:46 pm

        I had the exact same thing happen to me. I had a panic attack and went into the ER, they gave me some anxiety meds which I think it’s really helping with the withdrawal symptoms. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one.

      • Anonymous September 19, 2015, 10:14 pm

        I’m on day 5 of quitting after 20 years of daily smoking. I’m a complete A-hole in traffic, have no patience for strangers and up and down depression. It’s like I’m bipolar now or something. I’ve quit before and know how amazing I feel after two months… however… this sucks.

      • Ryan January 17, 2016, 6:12 am

        Actually I smoked for ~5 months total, with the last three months being ~1g/day. I still got CHS. I should note that from the very first time I smoked I found out that I had a very high natural tolerance and required more the most of my friends to get high. I even smoked an experienced dabber of 2yrs under the table blow for blow. He was scatterbrained and I was still cool and in control.

        I’m not saying any of this to brag; in fact quite the opposite. My body required a lot of weed to get going and for anyone out there who has never smoked and you discover this too about yourself, take my advise; stop now. From my research I think that trait is one of the markers for possibly being susceptible to CHS. Also I have hypothyroidism as well.

        Again, everyone’s different and what may affect one person one way may do something completely different to another person. All I know for sure is that CHS is VERY real and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. For me it started just as the medical literature stated. I actually smoked pot for the first time for fun, but soon found it helped with my appetite and mood and made food taste great.

        Then very slowly the stomach problems crept in. At this point I believed that the two were unconnected and continued to smoke pot because it even helped alleviate the stomach symptoms. And that’s how the vicious circle begins. Even at one point I went to my doctor and described my symptoms (he was aware I was smoking pot) and he told me to take Prilotec OTC. Well as things continued to progress downhill I used the pot more and more to cover up the stomach problems before I realized that the “cure” was actually causing it.

        So I quit. Cold turkey. For the first two weeks the nausea was on a level I had never ever experienced in my life. It felt like getting punched in the gut over and over but with no pain. Just that constant reeling feeling. Occasional massive panic attacks every few days. I went to the ER multiple times because it got so bad I just didn’t know what to do. Finally I decided to get smart about it and dig in to try to find what all the doctors had been missing.

        When I read that first medical journal article on CHS it felt like they had been personally following me around and studying me. It was just dead on what had happened and what I was experiencing. I’m now nearly 18 days clean and even today I had a massive panic attack. It begins in my head as a pressure on the sides and back and works its way to the front of my head while an increasingly tingly feeling develops in the center of my head. Then my legs (usually my quads are first) begin to uncontrollably shake and that’s when the severe anxiety arrives.

        Once the anxiety reaches peak panic levels I begin to have extreme hot and cold flashes that are so severe that on one occasion I stripped down to my underwear and ran outside to lay on the concrete behind my house (it was ~37F out). On the flipside my nausea level has been steadily going down, but these anxiety attacks have remained. I’m hoping I make it out of the woods from them soon because they are just unbearable to go through every few days. It’s been comforting reading a lot of these posts to show me that I’m not alone in these problems and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I can’t wait to feel back to normal and I wish everyone struggling with this syndrome the best of luck and to stay strong.

        I’ll leave you with this quote from Abraham Lincoln: “It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: “And this, too, shall pass away.” How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!”

    • Kyle May 19, 2015, 8:53 pm

      Months…that’s cute.

    • Gav May 31, 2015, 8:57 am

      Aww pumpkin, a few months, that’s cute, what on earth are you doing on this forum?

  • renia December 10, 2013, 4:19 am

    Thank you for your help, my daughter is going threw marijuana withdrawal

  • Alan Phillips December 19, 2013, 9:23 pm

    Just read your article on Marijuana withdrawal symptoms, and It was right on the money. I have been smoking Marijuana for at least 18yrs. I’m trying to quit cold turkey, and it frist seamed easy then into my second day, lost my appetite, I could not sleep, Anxiety, Crazy thoughts, Mood swings, I’m not able to think clearly, Panic attacks,Aches, and pains. I’m a saxophone player, and now I was just telling a friend that for some reason I don’t feel like playing which is new for me. I’m going to go to the gym and try to start running again, and exercising more. Anything you can add to help please email. My Doctor told me that I have a lung problem so it’s very important for me to stop. I’m 60 years old. Thank You.

  • Romeo December 19, 2013, 9:35 pm

    This withdrawal feels like you are dying, i have experienced all of these symptoms; when i started smoking, i had no idea this was going to be the outcome after i stopped. The anxiety is the worst of all of these symptoms, it hits you when you are sleeping; waking up feeling extremely anxious out of nowhere…at times having nightmares. This article helped, thought i was going crazy feeling dizzy or having headaches out of nowhere. Valium has helped me a lot, although from what i hear, Valium also has withdrawals which are probably worse…hallucinations or whatever. I am just trying to take them when i really need them, this anxiety is ridiculous. I am a young guy, from going clubbing and being fine to this…sometimes just going down the street to the store gives me anxiety. Have had several panic attacks, worst feeling in the world. To anyone who is going through this, good luck and stay strong.

    • joey March 15, 2014, 4:30 am

      Spot on Romeo, I’m going through the same thing. I thought it was me feeling anxious due to my personal circumstances. The anxiety is crazy especially when I wake up. I’ve been very aggressive the past 2 days and irritated at any little thing..i never thought this would happen either.. I wish you the best Romeo! Please check back in upon your progression! thanks for that, it helped me out a TON tonight… damn anxiety is the worst part..I’m on day 2.. scrapping my bowls of resin, jeez, really… I THINK ITS TIME TO STOP!

      • Ray April 28, 2014, 10:04 pm

        Ive been off the weed for 3 weeks now after smoking for 15 years! Some stages of my life I smoked heavier than others but towards the end I cut down alot!
        This definitely helped my transition into being clean!
        I noticed I was getting headaches everyday for some unknown reason when I stopped (dughhh) lol and thought I was dehydrated lol
        Only when my girlfriend said it could be withdrawal symptoms it clicked!
        From reading everyone’s comments it is really refreshing to know that you guys can relate and offer advice to me/everyone else who is strong enough to quit for whatever reason.
        Why people are on here going crazy and swearing at one another is beyond me? This is not a competition its a forum for like minded people who in my opinion are awesome for sharing their wisdom!
        It sucks that I cant smoke a joint whilst playing video games ( that was the one for me :) ) but hey at least im getting healthy again!
        Power to the strong minded people.

      • Bill November 26, 2014, 6:32 pm

        I’ve smoked weed on and off for approx. 15-20 years. Not everyday, maybe only 5-10% of that time I’ve been high, max. I have however smoked it continually for maybe a month on occasions throughout that time. When I’m not stoned, I generally feel anxious and nervous, especially in social situations, which is the reason I often re-use. I have had a lot of panic attacks in the past, both from getting too high and very occasionally from withdrawing. Whilst these were very scary when I first experienced them as a teenager, they are something I have become used to and can now usually bring myself down using a range of techniques.

        Two things I’ve noticed over the years is that imported hash has become much less widespread with stronger home grown skunk having more or less took control over the market. Secondly, although strong hash was always around, the skunk currently available today is of a consistently high strength.
        This last week has been a bit of an eye opener for me. Having spent a full week high on skunk (with the exception of going to work) I smoked my last bong on Wednesday morning and went fishing. It was pleasant but I’d managed to get too high the previous day falling into the panic/trip cycle I’d almost managed to forget. It took 2-3 hours to come down and I rode through it by ferociously hitting the towpath on my bike.

        But I knew I’d pay the price later (I just didn’t know how much). Anyway, whilst fishing the buzz wore off and I go ready for work. No more weed till the end of the month again (3 weeks time). This had been the pattern for the last few months having started smoking more recently since splitting up from my ex and finding myself alone in a strange city. I went fishing the next day and I was ‘all over’. Swearing, cursing tangling my line, losing fish, punching the air, contemplating using dynamite, etc. As was usual.

        The first surprise came two days later when I almost passed out at work. Came on suddenly and vanished just as quick. For the past three days solid whilst off work I’ve been experiencing what I can only be described as blind panic. Can breathe, head feels like its exploding, loosing feeling in my arms, almost violently blacking out, and serious abdominal pain. Last night I rang the ambulance. It arrived in minutes. Asked the usual diagnostics and I confirmed with my answers it would be a blue light emergency. Err no… diagnosis…Anxiety. I have felt fine since then but I will never smoke that sh#t again but it has put some perspective on what’s important in life.

  • Jon January 6, 2014, 5:06 am

    Is this a scientific study, or a joke? ;) not my return email. I have used medical herb instead of taking 11 pills each day, $2,100 dollars a month, which I took for 12 years until my kidney test numbers started going up. Now I smoke your “pot”. It has saved my life and will save many more when it’s potential is discovered. God bless. Thank you for your thoughts. Please stick to the facts of your experience. Thank you. Although you may come to scoff, continue to pray.
    Jon

    • Chief May 11, 2014, 11:55 am

      A lot of us do not deny the medical benefits. But that’s to help cure something. Many of us are recreational users. Its like taking pills for something you don’t have.

    • Jim Bob July 14, 2014, 2:11 pm

      Yeah because something that can be beneficial to you in some ways, and can be a better alternative to other drugs can never ever have any negative effects on you, not even when you’re used to taking it multiple times every day and you suddenly stop, the two are totally mutually exclusive (sarcasm). Have you not noticed that the majority of us in the comments ARE talking about our own experiences, which correspond to this article? And no, it’s not the same experience for everyone, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bullshit article, that’s what drugs are like, not everyone’s mind reacts to it the same.

  • Leslie January 10, 2014, 2:51 pm

    An all day every day smoker for years, I quit easily, when I want to. One day of feeling tense is all I experience. Marijuana is a marvelous drug, it has kept me away from alcohol for 22 years. I have witnessed a friend beat stage 4 cancer with cannabis oil. God put this herb on the earth for good reason. I have never commented on this site before and you are telling me this is a duplicate comment?

    • grady swafford March 8, 2014, 4:25 am

      Leslie, If marijuana works for you, that’s great. But “God” didn’t put anything on this earth for you to smoke. There are chemicals in marijuana that can cure or at least relieve symptoms of diseases but the THC is not necessarily the one.

      I smoked weed heavily for 35 years and I have tried to quit at least 100 times. It works differently for different people. It has taken a huge toll on my life and relationships, and the withdrawal symptoms are horrible. Your comment is appreciated and the medicinal qualities of pot are becoming more and more accepted and understood, but you can’t go around telling healthy people that inhaling 400-500 chemicals into their lungs is “Healthy”.

      I realize you feel you need to defend yourself against crazy drug war proponents and anti-legalization jerks, but when a victim says they experience intense withdrawal symptoms when quitting marijuana, it is wrong and cruel to downplay their suffering and act like they are just weak or stupid. Also, I think the “duplicate” comment means the computer accidentally duplicated your comment.

      • jon March 8, 2014, 3:40 pm

        Quiting is all a mental game. Just as it is to smoke in moderation. IT’s the lack on mental strength within yourself that varies how hard it is for an individual.

        • Benson March 15, 2014, 7:30 am

          Jim and Leslie have no idea what they’re talking about. I’m 20 years old now, I’ve been smoking heavily on a regular basis for 5 years and I mean AT LEAST 3 grams of high quality bud (kush) every single day, all the time for all aspects of my life; appetite, mood, socialization, sleep, for the fun of it with buddies; I was constantly high and it got to the point I just smoked pot like it was tobacco. It’s been almost a week now that I’ve stopped smoking completely due to my trip for a month in Vietnam to come see the fam. I can honestly tell you there are withdrawal symptoms. I couldn’t sleep at all and was quite impatient on the flights. Now I’m having headaches and waves of dizziness throughout the day, the head feels very heavy in the mornings as if I smoked a fat blunts as soon as I woke up. I also somehow developed a sore throat I can’t identify although this may be die to the heat. A good thing I’ve noticed is that since I’ve landed and spent some time here for a few days, my appetite, mood and sleep haven’t been impacted much though thank God, it’s actually been very pleasant and I’ve been nothing but happy. Maybe it’s because I’ve been training (started lifting weights 4 months ago; and yes, even on vacation I’m training, no excuses haha), working out HARD must be flushing out the negative emotions, making me hungry and sleepy at the right moments. The inaccessibility to pot has helped a lot too because if I were back home, I know I would’ve relapsed, so in a way, going on a trip for a month is a good way to quit… except if you go to Amsterdam ha! All to say that this article confirmed to me that I wasn’t going crazy (or dying) and there is hope. I wish you all a good recovery and good luck, fortunately mine will be quite a fun one!

    • Alan January 8, 2015, 12:32 am

      This is a forum for people with marijuana withdrawal symptoms and associated problems, everyone is different which has been reiterated on this site by plenty of people. If it doesn’t cause you problems other than that one day of being tense, lucky you. This forum is not for you.

    • MazMuz July 22, 2015, 1:00 pm

      You say you smoke everyday and quit easily when you want to Lesley… isn’t that a contradiction in terms? You either quit or you didn’t! Smoke everyday or don’t! I am currently 3 days in after 16yrs of smoking pretty much everyday and I am on this site to help me through. If you don’t believe in the withdrawal symptoms of cannabis why was you on the site in the first place?

      As for keeping you off alcohol you have just swapped one addiction for another! Some people on here to comment should really think first, there could be young easy influenced minds visiting this site. For those who have been positive and shared their experiences, I would like to say a big Thank you :)

    • iching April 22, 2016, 3:40 am

      Leslie January 10, 2014, 2:51 pm (directed at your kind self).

      Wrong and cruel. And stage 4 cancer with oil? Was it the operation that cured your friend of cancer rather than oil??

      The only other explanation is that after huffing cannabis oil for sometime, your friend defecated the all of the tumors. Hope he goes for a follow up visit at a hospital (not natural healing okay?) or he may die.

  • atish January 16, 2014, 8:36 pm

    I’m not feeling well at all, I’ve taken librax so that to calm the effects of withdrawal but I got to know that in long term you got to be addicted with it swell. So I decided not to take this medicin , 1st day was not feeling well but I was exercising but 2nd day swell was extremely not well as I was getting burnings in my back head and neck and it is unbearable and I took 1 librax but now even of that I’m getting worst cause I’m unable to sleep even after taking librax n sleeping pills

  • mondli February 2, 2014, 9:39 pm

    Very informative and as somebody who has recently quit, I have been expiriencing withdrawal symptoms and often times I asked myself if I was going crazy bt now I know. Many thanks

    • Mike May 1, 2014, 3:33 am

      20yr every day smoker -3 weeks detox-anxiety-loss of sleep-anxiousness-at times chest pain that turned severe enough to visit the er. Im in my late 30’s and considered a possible onset of a heart attack of all things!Doctors diagnosis -after EKG and chest x-ray and blood work revealed I physically was doing great as far as the tests results showed. I was given a prescription for ibuprofen for the chest discomfort and told to try and relax. Still I have a hard time sleeping-my mind races-I have less chest pain ,probably because I take the ibuprofen daily-still have spurts of energy and irritability .-my point is everybody has different symptoms-some are fortunate and have little or none at all , but for those that do -I recommend keeping yourselves busy both mentally and physically -good luck to me and those of you who “just don’t feel right”.

  • andrew warren February 15, 2014, 9:28 pm

    The food & supplements, all of it that is available tastes like cardboard as if my body needs some sort of `nutrient` that I am unable to obtain no matter how much I eat.

  • Damian Cordioli February 17, 2014, 12:50 am

    I wanna thank the person who made this page SO much. It trully made me feel so much better about my withdrawals. I used to smoke ± 15 joints a day for two years, excluding bong & pipe. I also quit in the ‘cold turkey’ fashion. Everything was getting so horrible when I stopped. I had major confusion about everything, & everything was just… SO FUCKED UP. I couldn’t understand what was happening to me. Like you said, your withdrawals can make you feel like you’re going insane, & that is the feeling I hate the most. I’m still going through my withdrawals, & it’s been little more than a month since I’ve stopped. :)

    The last few paragraphs gave me so much hope for my future.. I’m going to be okay. I just need to persevere. Once again, thank you so much!

    • GLOOM February 26, 2014, 11:50 pm

      Glad you found it helpful Damian. Hope you bounce back to feeling 100% ASAP.

      • Dwight March 12, 2014, 3:13 am

        Hi there I’ve been off pot for 6 days now and so far reading this articicle has been 100% thus far thank you for helping me realize I’m not crazy but in need of I really only quit because of getting two wisdom teeth removed.

  • sarah February 19, 2014, 7:52 pm

    today is day 5 for me. I am experiencing all of these symptoms. It is definetley creating a change in my body that is uncomfortable.

  • Shaman Mitchell February 20, 2014, 1:30 am

    I stopped cold turkey 4 days ago I feel like I lost one of my best friends crying depression anxiety lost appetite little sleep need some support

    • Amir Musa March 15, 2014, 10:38 am

      I have been smokin cannabis for 20 years on average 7grams a day costing me £350 per week, but i had no motivation, its my seventh day today, the first day was horrendous I felt like a mad man, with unexplained urges of rage, day by day it is becoming more bareable, my body aches and I feel as though ive contracted flue symptoms, despite this I have clarity and that gives me confidence that its all worth it, it depends how much of a hindrance cannabis as on ur life, I.e say u cant find a supply becos ya dealer is not about or a drought arises, my own experiences was not good I oppressed people close to me becos of the intense need to have a smoke was over powering my mind,, everyone is a individual and knows what is damaging there body or day to day life style, if u notice any substance controls ur mind, ur money, and ur social life then take steps to cancel these out, part time smokers wont know how hard withdrawals are, the addicted smoker always wishes to stop. Some people dont have addictive personalities but those that do like my self will find themselves inhaling cannabis just as much as the oxygen u breathe,, as u get immune to the dosage u will raise the intake to a level where it controls u, u will need it to feel normal leading u to a hopeless circle of I cant be arsed attitude etc etc, even rasta man dont smoke for pleasure they smoke for meditation, I hope everyone is successful in the plight to stop the lethargic minded lifestyle of cannabis, u can do it no pain no gain.. plus u will save money..

      God bless

      • debbie June 29, 2014, 9:10 pm

        Hi I’ve smoked cannabis for 23 yrs daily from the moment I opened my eyes until I went to sleep..I’ve quit it’s been 3 weeks and I can honestly say in these few weeks I’ve felt the worst I’ve ever felt..i get palpitations I get short of breath at times no warning they just appear..I’m bubbly and lively well I thought I was but recently felt anxious alone. Weed was my security blanket I have had heart checked and no lung scan but doc said they sound clear..i get very anxious but it does pass. I loved a smoke and have also quit fags too so threw myself totally in the deep end but…i did it I know I will never buy my weekly ounce again I know I will get better and I’m looking forward to all that cash I burnt..your comment was the one that made me feel I wasn’t alone and many are suffering symptoms of quitting. .good luck and smile we have done well so far!

  • Paul B Bad February 25, 2014, 8:50 pm

    Today is day 4, cold turkey. I am experiencing excessive sweating during the day and night, mostly at night. I am cramping here and there. I am irritable and lost my zeal. I am fatigued and going upstairs or brushing my teeth is exhausting. I have these weird little twitches all over my body. I have a loss of appettie and lost weight real quick. i know this will pass, but it sucks cheese. i have been around a good social network and visited the steam room at the Y. i will try to excerise this week and kick start my endorphins. good luck people and rely on your faith, whatever it is.

    • GLOOM February 26, 2014, 12:24 pm

      Yep, this is your body trying to bounce back to homeostasis. You’ll probably have to deal with some tough withdrawal symptoms. Take it one day at a time.

  • debooy14 February 26, 2014, 5:14 pm

    Day 35, cannabis herb withdrawal, had and have some of these symptoms still. Sleep is back on track (vivid dreams not every night..they’re tapering off too). Appetite is really good again, gaining weight. depersonalisation now thats a baby peeeew, it comes and goes. turns up when i least need it. I have a fellowship of AA or NA to help with all the identification i need. Addiction is Addiction theres nothing better than being clean and serene. once the catalogue of symptoms dwindle a bit..gives Us/we hope. As much as i loved the herb, ive realised a drug is a drug. Though highly medicinal and a gift to mankind, when i over do it..theres the discomfort of withdrawal. had enough of getting on and of this pony. Clean and managable life for me thank you

  • Sarah February 26, 2014, 10:45 pm

    My boyfriend has recently quit. he had a major infection had to b in hospital for a week and went thru the beginning of withdrawals but a month later couldn’t handle it and walked out on me. amongst the withdrawal symptoms he became indecisive he lover he doesn’t he does he doesn’t. i don’t know which way to turn i love him with all my heart but he wants to take time away! what should i do? i swore I’d stand by him thru this and i will but he chooses to be with me then changes his mind. how long will this continue on for as its my heart being ripped at as yell as his. Thnx

    • GLOOM February 26, 2014, 11:45 pm

      Hi Sarah, not sure how long this could continue, it totally depends on the person.

    • Cynthia Cooper March 13, 2014, 8:40 pm

      This isn’t a lonely hearts column, it’s a forum for people in marijuana withdrawal. Kindly take your boyfriend issues to Dear Abby and leave this space for people to talk about their personal experience with withdrawal. I’m in the 3rd week of sobriety and obviously am still really irritable. Oh and by the way take a writing and grammar class, your sentence structure and spelling are pathetic.

      • Cantanker May 4, 2014, 11:46 am

        Cynthia Cooper, I find your comment to be embarrassingly self-centered. Addicts are not the only ones negatively affected by addiction and in need of help. Someone actively seeking out advice on interpersonal relationships with a recovering addict should be provided with encouragement and counsel whenever possible, especially when they’re invested in the addicts recovery more than their relationship. Significant others are frequently the bedrock on which a recovery is founded. Fear of recovery having a negative affect on a partner has prevented many from even attempting recovery. I hope your recovery goes well, and your blatantly obvious irritability subsides, but you have earned no karmic points here today. Oh, and by the way, I’d recommend you review some rules of punctuation before casting that first stone…

      • Katumba July 21, 2014, 11:11 am

        Cynthia, I think you’re taking Sarah’s affliction really personal!
        she kindly asked for how to go about a situation, not to be judged. You go on ranting about her English (maybe with an imagination that everyone here is actually English or something) and provide no way out or rather any clues to the solution.
        Maybe I’m ignoring your irritability as stated with the comment!
        be kind…..you lose nothing.

      • Dave July 23, 2014, 8:21 am

        C.Cooper.what is your problem? Everyone here is looking for support or information. I have been smoking for 25 yrs and quit 2 days ago.People like you should keep your mouth shut. However I’m glad you did because it gives me a chance to shed some light on your stupidity. I know what it feels like to be the one yelling all time . But after reading Sarah’s comments I now know how my wife and 11yr old daughter must feel. Im quitting so I can be the person I used to be. So shut the fck up thank you!

      • Paul August 6, 2014, 10:18 am

        Hi all, I am on day 6 of quitting a 23year habit, puries only as I gave up the ciggies. It makes weed taste crap. I am only quitting as a very high police presence has made it difficult to score. So I’m trying to use it to my advantage.. I feel like shit in general but my moods seems ok. I really fancy one but I don’t want to let myself down and I know I’d regret it now I’ve achieved a measly few days without it, I can’t help but notice, ironically, theres a lot of rudeness and aggression on thus forum, it’s mildly amusing when someone says they are doing fine when their comments suggest different. We are all different but we all have one thing in common…..it got us all so we should unite and try to celebrate being clean instead of insulting eachother.. Good luck to everyone.

        • toni August 28, 2014, 6:40 am

          I am in a relationship with this man who smokes marijuana all day everyday. Every cent that he gets goes to smoking. I have smoked with him because I thought it would make our relationship better. Now I have stopped and he still smokes. When he can’t get it he treats me very bad, it is so bad that I want to leave him but I can’t because I love him so much I don’t know what to do can someone please give me some advice.

          • Anon April 18, 2016, 4:42 am

            Leave.

  • tyrone February 26, 2014, 11:22 pm

    Well I wanna put my 2cents in,I was smoking cigarettes and weed daily for years,I quuit cold turkey nov 3rd and now its feb 26th and the withdrawls are getting less but its been hell,I realize all I had in common with my friends is that we all smoked,now that I’ve quit I hardly see any of em,still having slight anxiety but made it this far,why stop now,by reading everybodys comment I realize I’m not going crazy,hopefully ill be back to normal soon,good luck to u all,I feel your pain,one day at a time.

    • GLOOM February 26, 2014, 11:47 pm

      Thanks for sharing Tyrone. Keep up the good work.

  • mb February 28, 2014, 6:12 am

    I have smoked for about 13 years, about 5 to 6 times a day consistently. Quitting is really hard. Withdrawal symptoms include: the bad: TOTAL lack of appetite. This is not a terrible thing as I have put on weight from always having the munchies. Lol. Sleep is a premium, good luck on that. Sweating easily from anxiety, at times. Cravings are always there. Stomach cramps and irregular bm’s.
    The good: lungs clear up, clear thinking and not so self conscious of others opinions, (more self confident) body functions better overall.

    I find that drinking alot of water helps ease the physical pains from withdrawal.

  • Adrian February 28, 2014, 8:45 am

    3:42 am. did so many sets in the gym today i lost count. still can’t sleep. i feel tired, but i’m brewing coffee now. i’ve been smoking marijuana daily for about 3-4 years, with breaks of a few months here and there. every time i try to quit it feels like it gets harder. this time i dont feel like giving up.

    just for today, i guess. my thoughts will be focused on my recovery. was ritualistically saying that in my head over and over at times today.

    only day 4 for me.
    like my mom says “you did this with your own hand”

  • Adam February 28, 2014, 2:51 pm

    I was a heaven smoke edit years and quit cd turkey in November 15th it’s now the end of feb , I have had all the symptoms the first week was so intensive my mind was all over the place , I also gave got bad panic attacks where I feel I can’t breath etc so horrable but I can see the light I have got so much better since with the help of a Valium (prescribed ) here and there only when my panic attacks get intense ! Thanks to everyone who replied and the author it’s put me at ease knowing I’m not the only one

    • Dan March 24, 2014, 12:18 pm

      This is so sad that you end up taking Valium for pot withdrawals. A Valium addiction is 10 k times worst than any other drug on this planet, look it up, benzo withdrawals. Anyways, I have just finished an 11 year Valium habit and pot was the only thing that helped me.
      Moderation is the key. Your not going to drink alcohol for just a couple days and feel great the next day, just won’t happen.
      Again moderation

  • Zubin Sufi March 1, 2014, 4:08 pm

    Story is… I woke up one afternoon with a mild head ache, but nothing so severe. That night, when I was going to sleep, I had a panic attack after hearing some noise on my terrace. Later realized it was a cat playing with stuff there. Went to bed and woke up okay. That evening, I was out with a friend, suddenly I started experiencing some wierd things, something like a weakness. Rushed to a nearby physician. She checked my blood pressure and told me it was around 150/100 – very high. Also, I started urinating like nobody’s business, peeing literally every minute. Threw up almost everything I took till the next day. From then on the feeling of butterflies in the stomach and all kinds of negative thoughts started ringing in my head. Went to another doc same evening, and he said BP was okay however heart beat was very high. Advised ECG, came normal except for a few extra beats that appeared. Doc said could be anxiety, depression or too much stress. Prescribed BP control and anti-anxeity drugs. To no avail… Not to forget I had been on LSD a couple weeks before all this started. And Ive been a marijuana smoker too. But honestly I dont know if these would be the cause to what I’m going through. I could not go out of my house at all. Absolutely afraid of what would happen if I did go out. ( I was not the same person before these episodes started). So went to another doc and told him about the LSD. He gave me antidotes & said I’ll be okay in a week. To no avail… I had acute chest pains. Following which I was rushed to a hospital again. ECG taken, perfectly okay. Chest x-ray taken, perfectly okay. Again anti-anxeity drugs prescribed. To no avail… All this while what was constant is the butterflies in stomach and negative thoughts… Also not to forget I had sleepless nights even after being prescribed sleeping aides. So this time consulted a shrink, he said its possibly the anxeity and panic attacks due to substance use. Prescribed anti-depressants and SSRI’s. To no avail. All of a sudden, I suddenly started experiencing involuntary jerks in my stomach, pretty powerful. Family thought I was posessed. I knew not! Yet another doctor… Said these were myoclonic jerks and were not harmful at all and will go away with treatment. He prescribed benzodiazepines and tricyclics as anti-depressants again. Took them for three weeks.. Felt completely relieved and relaxed like nothing was wrong with me. Then voluntarily decided to go off the meds since I didnt want their addiction. First day without the meds no sleep at all. Butterflies in the stomach and all kinds of negative thoughts, all kinds of diseases striking the brain. With a cousin’s help started working out to tire myself out so I could sleep. That seemed to help! I was back to normal… Sleep in place, from loads to very little anxiety, was able to go out a little bit. So, from starting of all this till now, what has been ruling my life is the anxiety that I have some kind of an underlying illness and that Im going to die. Even till today, as I lie down to sleep, I start getting thoughts that Im not going to wake up. Thats one!! On the sideways… Since the last two weeks, whats been hitting my mind like a blow is that I may be infected with HIV. And I find myself googling symptoms of the same all the time. I have not had swollen lymph nodes, no fever, no cough, no rashes, no flu. I keep getting panic attacks with these thoughts endlessly in a day. Im seeing yet another shrink and he seems to be able to relate and help. He’s prescribed clonezepam and other drugs for treatment. Im pretty depressed with all this. I wont ever do any drugs and can do anything to come out of what I’m going through. Any help, assurance and love is greatly appreciated. Peace!

    • jimzy April 3, 2014, 2:32 am

      Zubin,
      Hi mate,
      I have been a heavy pot and tobacco smoker since the age of 15, im now 29! I had my last smoke of pot 2 weeks ago, and am trying to cut back the cigs. Iam finding it extremely hard, believing, i was going mad, going to die, develop a diesease and many other things/situations that lead me to feel anxious! headaches, stomach cramps and intense sense of not ‘being’ there, which i have felt over and over again since i have stopped smoking! I believe that my life and the future of my young family depends on me getting clean and ridding myself of the addiction and take control over it! I could not express my thoughts to you enough, as upon reading your experience has confirmed to me im not the only one going through the same scary withdrawals/anxiety and related issues.
      I will honestly say to you and anyone else who reads this, You are undertaking the most admirable and couragous non-selfish action, to ultimatley help yourself. As i write these words it, confirms in my own mind that what im doing myself is the right thing to do. For i cannot comment on taking meds to help as I’m trying to steer away from that, however the action you are taking will ultimatly see you come out the otherside a happier, healthier and more content human being! U have Love, peace and Respect from Down-Under, mate!

    • debbie June 29, 2014, 9:17 pm

      Hi I’ve smoked cannabis for 23 yrs daily from the moment I opened my eyes until I went to sleep..I’ve quit it’s been 3 weeks and I can honestly say in these few weeks I’ve felt the worst I’ve ever felt..i get palpitations I get short of breath at times no warning they just appear..I’m bubbly and lively well I thought I was but recently felt anxious alone. Weed was my security blanket I have had heart checked and no lung scan but doc said they sound clear..i get very anxious but it does pass. I loved a smoke and have also quit fags too so threw myself totally in the deep end but…i did it I know I will never buy my weekly ounce again I know I will get better and I’m looking forward to all that cash I burnt..your comment was the one that made me feel I wasn’t alone and many are suffering symptoms of quitting. .good luck and smile we have done well so far! I Google symptoms constantly but I will get through this. .i have had everything you’ve just described and yes it is horrible…he’ll

      • Rich January 10, 2015, 10:16 pm

        Guys! I’m so relieved to have read these posts! I’m lying on my couch going crazy thinking I’m going to get rushed to hospital at any second! The palpitations and weird cramps/feelings all over my body have been terrifying me. I’ve been smoking heavily since the age of 21 so only 3 years of heavy use. I quit about a week ago and after a few days I decided to have 1 joint.

        After that joint I thought I was having a whitey so I went to sleep and woke up and I’ve felt the same for about 3 days now. Sweats, paranoia, palpitations, shakes, vivid nightmares, depression, irritability. I’m sick of it and really wish I’d never started smoking. Feel like I’m in for a long ride and I’m pretty scared if I’m honest. Thanks for making me feel a bit better knowing others have felt the same way though!

        • Patty December 3, 2015, 2:04 am

          I am at 24 hours and I cant stop crying. I have to quit after twenty years of daily smoking. It is affecting my job and relationships. This is very unsettling. I still have friends who smoke, but at 60 it is time to hang up the pipe… but I am miserable and just want to get through this period.

  • crissy j March 2, 2014, 1:07 am

    i am only going on 11 days now and my anxiety is thru the roof.i feel like im not normal anymore,like im out of my body.i have headaches.i feel depressed.im soooooo irritated by everything.i have horrible dreams and nite sweats.i know its 4 the best though and im gonna stick to it!

  • Anthony March 2, 2014, 10:06 am

    Thanks It pleased me too see some of these facts on paper and in a non biased way
    Helps me focus on what your saying not letting my mind travel by causing myself to comeup with my opinion

  • Nic March 3, 2014, 2:05 pm

    I have a cough which has forced me to stop smoking and im a all day everyday smoker. Now Thing is my most severe symptoms are feeling very nauseated, no appetite, no sleep. But you know what imma ride it out cause i dont wanna smoke it anymore, yh ill miss it cause i did enjoy it but my chest is so weak and i get too many chest infections to frequently its not worth it.

  • DR March 4, 2014, 2:34 am

    I’ve been smoking regularly for most of my life, almost 40 years, and the withdrawal symptoms listed here are right on except they only last a few days not months. I get extremely irritable, depressed, and have no appetite for about 2 or 3 days and then I’m back to normal.

    I’m a programmer with ADHD and without Marijuana I can’t concentrate very well and, in fact, will find myself outside or walking around before I even realize I’ve gotten out of my chair…it’s crazy! But Marijuana definitely helps, though I wish I didn’t need it to work so much because it’s very hard on my lungs, which is why I need to quit from time to time just to let my chest clear up.

    • T September 26, 2014, 4:22 pm

      DR: I think you and I are similar. I smoke kind bud to endure the trials of my job (which is 95-percent on my own, all by myself). It helps my concentration. It helps my creativity. I get A LOT done when I’m smoking. I typically smoke heavily for a couple months then take a week or 10 days off — to clear out. I get some withdrawal effects, though not extreme. Taking the time off helps reset my body. I’ve been smoking very regularly for more than 20 years. I’m not going to give this up because I’m not that guy who can’t handle it. (if anyone wants to challenge that statement, feel free, but you should first do a lot of soul-searching about your own life first). Alcohol is different for me; that’s a tough one to live with, and MJ has made me successful in that endeavor.) But I totally need to clean out the tanks every once in a while, which is why I regularly abstain.

      I wish everyone on this forum (at least those who have been civil and courteous and open-minded) the best of luck in their endeavors. We’re all individuals. Let’s accept that fact, help and encourage those we can, and leave the negativity out of the arena. Peace.

  • Bill March 7, 2014, 5:36 am

    Started smoking when I was 18, now 59. End of my third day. Have tried to quit so many times and after reading so many different blogs, the answer to my failing was very simple. I didn’t want to quit.
    Ten years ago I was doing coke. Every day for 7 years until I woke up one morning, picked up the phone to call my dealer and while waiting for him to answer, I asked myself what the hell was I doing with my life. I quit cold turkey and haven’t done coke since.
    Now, I WANT to quit smoking. Will I be able to-I think so, but time will tell. Seems I’ve smoked so much for so long, I don’t even get a buzz anymore. Ya, it is time to stop.

  • Simon March 7, 2014, 3:34 pm

    This all sounds VERY familiar (Starting day 3). Started with a panic attack 4 days ago, brought on by an anxiety attack where I tried to smoke weed to make it better (HUGE mistake). I’d been cutting back and experiencing mild withdrawal symptoms, though I was unaware at the time, just felt weird and let it get all over me. Now that I know what’s going on, and have decided to go cold turkey, it’s something I can cope with I think. Figure these shyte withdrawal symptoms beat the crap out of panic attacks. Been smoking for nearly twenty years (since the summer I turned 15), so I expect this may take awhile. Tired of weed being a way of life and a constant concern (can’t have a good day if I don’t have a bag, ect). So, *SIGH, one day at a time. Recommendations (will be back with more when I can speak intelligently about them): Been feeding myself apples and cheerios despite zero desire to eat (know I’ll feel worse if I don’t), though I definitely feel nauseous before/during/and after. Listening to ambient mellow harp/flute stuff, breathing exercises , twenty minute walk a day. Still in that phase where I feel uneasy around people, so I’m hanging back, but at least I can get online and talk (unable for that first day or so). Trying to stay away from overly exciting programs on Netflix, watching lots of docs and old Star Trek (recommend anything you’ve seen a thousand times that has a mellow visual vibe, it’s very much like listening to a comforting & familiar song). That’s my two cents for now, hope it helps, because this page has certainly helped me :)

    Stay strong everyone.

  • Ell March 7, 2014, 3:41 pm

    Oh, someone please help…

    I’ve been Vaporizing Cannabis for 5 years and prior to that was smoking Cannabis for a further 5. Thus 10 years+ of Cannabis use. My Cannabis use was not heavy, only minimal .25g per day. .25 in a Vaporizer can last the entire day for me – low potency considering my geographical location (Australia).

    I feel like I am going to have a heart attack; neigh I THINK I am going to have a heart attack. I’ve been having left side sensations for days now. I’m only on day 5, and I want to list some of the symptoms for some of the neigh sayers under the pretext that I was an advocate for Cannabis:

    – Depression (aided by my partner through distraction)
    – Anxiety (Not full blown panic attacks, just a feeling of anxiousness all day)
    – Emptiness (I feel hollow)
    – Paranoia (I believe I am going to have a heart attack even though my trip to the emergency room has yielded no adverse reading after X-ray, full bloodwork and ECG
    – Hot Flushes (Daily and Nightly)
    – Insomnia (I just cannot sleep – I NEED CANNABIS TO SLEEP!)
    – Intensity (I feel tense – always tense)
    – Mood Swings (I am swinging from Paranoid to optimistic to depressed)
    – Nightly PVC/PAC (In all honesty I got this while smoking too)
    – Chest pain (Left side chest sensations followed by Adrenaline release leading to anxiety)

    I Don’t know how long I am going to be able to do this. There is a major issue here though; I cannot smoke it anymore. I am afraid that the Panic attack will set in while high. Cannabis has left me out in the cold.

    Ten years of use, happy use. I loved Cannabis. A week ago from today, I felt f* awesome. I was listening to music and playing video games. Today I am detached and hollow.

    I can’t even relapse. I CAN’T EVEN RELAPSE IF I WANTED TO RELAPSE!

    • jimzy April 3, 2014, 2:45 am

      Ell,
      I have been going through the EXACT same situation as you,
      I have been struggling with my withdrawals, thinking im having heart attack, feeling all those you have stated! Im too from australia, the little island down further south, I too smoked the s**t for the last 10+ years and have found it extremly disappionting how, I had let it go this far.
      I absolutly love Gunja, however as growning up i was never a drinker, (family of alcoholics) obviously having addictive behaviour i took up gunja at age 15, im now 29, have been going through withdrawals now for couple weeks still content in the fact im giving up, actually starting to feel repulsed by the sight of a bong, joint or anything to do with the stuff! Anyway, yeah same symtoms as you nearly to the tee.
      anyway hope my story helps!
      Stay strong and take the up days along with the down days, It will get better, im sure!
      love and respect

    • Dani June 6, 2015, 4:19 am

      I’m in the same boat.

  • Tall one March 8, 2014, 1:13 am

    Smoked for 25 years – since age 15 for severe back pain. Had back surgery last year and the back pain is gone and now smoking causes severe anxiety. But not smoking and having a very stressful job means I am up at 4 am stressing about meetings. Shrink gave me Xanax and I take 1 per day when I wake up or around 7 am and it keeps me calm. Not smoking has made my brain fire on all cylinders again and my appetite is back. But man stress from work is crazy when not high but getting high causes even worse stress. Guess my back pain absorbed the pot and now I have no pain pot only causes stress instead. Good riddance pot. Being careful not to get hooked on Xanax too. Be strong people.

  • Steps March 8, 2014, 8:18 pm

    Wow. Exactly what I’m experiencing right now. I travel for work, so necessarily have breaks and always withdraw, but quickly. For the past couple of years though it’s been most of the day most of the time and it’s hellish. I’m recovering from a serious alcohol problem too btw so I’m not stressing this point, I know what withdrawal is like many here. Secondary psch problems like type 2 bipolar / mixed mood is a multiplier. This week the sheets are so wet I’m afraid the maid will think I’ve messed the bed, I can eat two bites of a fajita a day, throw up twice and look forward to a horrible night of no sleep and unreal anxiety. I take Klonopin when things become bad for me with the BPD, but last night I had to take six and it still doesn’t feel like I’m functional. I have no idea how I’m getting away with this at work, but rehab again is out of the question, work won’t stand for it. It is a comfort to know I’m not alone.

    • Blw March 21, 2014, 12:25 pm

      Listen to this one if you have bi-polar II, I know from experience. Been smoking daily for 6 years or so and am on day three. I have definitely experienced all of these symptoms already. Then again, as a diagnosed bipolar II patient I had many of these symptoms anyways, and used pot to blunt the symptoms. Do not do this to yourself. Treating Bipolar syndrome is difficult enough without having to go through withdrawal.

      Wish me luck, praying for all those who wish to be clean and clear.

  • sheray March 9, 2014, 3:01 am

    Just great to know that these symptoms are normal. I’ve smoked for seven years and had to quit cold turkey. It’s only been about three days since I quit, but honestly it feels like 3 months. I’ve tried working out but don’t have an aappetite so I don’t have the energy.. Any suggestions??

  • skyler March 10, 2014, 1:58 am

    Im a nube to smokeing,ben doing it about a month off and on and im so happy i found this article. I did it all week last week except 2days and now i quit cokd turkey. Fucking who am i , will i hav scizophrenia like one of my bros were all thoughts that wete going through my head. Im not to bad i hav my anxiety off and ons but i know i will b fine. My other bro has ben smokeing pot a long tine and when he decides to take a break like me,i will let him read this. I will go back to pot but it will b an ever other weekend or weekend thing. P.S im sorry to all u cronic veterens out there hope u feel better!

  • Linda March 12, 2014, 12:59 am

    I am 66 been smoking on and off heavily for 30 years, I have an addictive nature, and quit many times. All the symptoms are the same for me, lethargy, lack of soul, tense, nausea, sweating. But I Will stay off this time – I have lost a lot of time and experiences with my loved ones…because of hi
    doing behind my addiction. I am tired if beating myself up. My son, who was an alcoholic advised me to always remember why I made the decision to quit.
    It helps a lot. I quit because I felt like a loser, and didn’t respect myself…lots of past issues come into play for those of us who use…be kind to yourself. You are worth it.

  • john March 13, 2014, 2:46 am

    Thank you for the advice! i thought i was just going insane, i didnt even tell any body nor i planned on telling anybody about my condition. Im 17 now and i was a heavy stoner i smoked about a Q everyday and on weekends i would smoke atleast a half oz. I was forever high i didnt plan on stopping sometimes i had anxiety but ofcourse id just smoke it away and i would feel better now im quitting because i got caught with 3 ozs in my room. Lately ive been gettting panic attacksw everysingle day for about 2 weeks now since i quit. Its glad to know im not the only one going through this

  • Tyrone March 13, 2014, 9:41 am

    Ive been smoking weed everyday now for 2years an im on my 3rd full day of cold turkey dont feel as bad as yesterday i craved it all day n ended up smoking a spliff with a mate :-( so day number 4 has started i feel abit annoyed n sweating like a rapist on death row but im gonna stick it out how long till i feel better

    • Dan March 24, 2014, 12:48 pm

      This has happened to me several times when I take a t break. But always manage to feel better 3-14 days from cessation. Then after these 14 days or so I start smoking again, moderately, and feel great for another 3-6 months, then do it all over again, quit and restart.
      One word of advice, stop googling how long withdrawals from pot last because everybody on the planet is different.
      Some people like myself only feel crapy for 3-14 days, reaching normality around 7 days.
      Everyone is different, but it still makes no sense to read other stories wicking yourself out when you’ve read “it takes days, months, weeks to feel normal.
      My advice is to chill out and ride it out, stop reading stories.
      I have seen people in caffeine withdrawals and it’s almost the same thing.

      What can I say, I love smoking cancer suppressing chemicals.

  • Jazmin March 13, 2014, 2:24 pm

    Hello , I need advice … I found out I was pregnant in February but didn’t think I was keeping it , I have been a heavily smoker for the past 4 to 5 years and I stopped cold turkey when I was 5 weeks and decided to keep it . Will I be ok ? These symptoms are the worse while pregnant . I experience mood swings , my sex drive is not the same , I loose interest in my career , and my dreams scare me so bad that I think they are real and will wake up around 3 or 4 am shaking and scared . I even catch myself going off on my boyfriend and being irritable and not knowing why ? I smoked at least 2 joints a day or maybe sometime 3 or 4 depending on stress level or friends around me . I am very scared of going through these withdraws while pregnant . I still eat but I can only eat a small portion every hour or so .. I eat vegetables , fruit smoothies and I stay away from fried . Do you think me and my child will be ok ? I really need advice and to everyone else Good Luck

    • Sally March 15, 2014, 7:06 pm

      Hi Jazmin,

      I think you will be okay as long as you stay away from marijuana. Withdrawal symptoms are hard on top of all the hormonal issues that pregnancy causes. Don’t worry and hang in there – I’m sure your boyfriend will understand. Engage in something that will take your mind off of the worry and surround yourself with loved ones. It’ll all be worth it! All the best to you.

  • Sally March 13, 2014, 10:12 pm

    I quit 9 days ago. I almost caved in today but, it wasn’t worth it!! I have been taking a multivitamin and omega 3’s. I think this helps with my anxiety/depression and memory. I’m also going to the gym more often and joined a recreational sports club. I just want to be normal without mood swings and less social anxiety.

  • steve March 14, 2014, 12:04 am

    I’ve been smoking weed for over 35 years. now i’m on day 2 cold turkey. been having headaches and loss of appetite. I started smoking kush over a year ago. regular weed does not do it for me. now that I have to spend 3 to 4 times as much money I simply can’t afford it. spending hundreds of dollars a month is enough to make me quit.

  • Cookie March 15, 2014, 2:21 am

    OMG, it has been 5 days for me, cold turkey is hard, I have headaches, cramps, dizziness, insomnia, irritability, lost of appetite. I did quit for 2 1/2 years, I am so dumb to start smoking again. I do eat vegetables, fruits and smoothies it helps a little. Sleepytime tea and chamomile tea, nutmeg with milk helps, I would like to say it will all get better in time, I know is easy to say than done. I like to say to all thank you for sharing, we can do this if we really want to be drug free, no matter what drug we used. Lots of luck to you all. Thank you Mental Health Daily for your information.

  • michele March 15, 2014, 5:39 am

    Thank you linda your comment has made me realise that i am doing the right thing for me. Went cold turkey and i am on 2nd day now because i was feeling worthless and so sick of watching my dealer who used to be a massive stoner getting richer off my hard earned money. I am 44 lady and have been a fulltime smoker on average 2 g’s a day for the last 5 years. Never smoked a joint but love a bong which is weird cause i think i am addicted to the habit of smoking bongs not so much the bud.

  • Goku March 16, 2014, 7:21 pm

    I quit Cold Turkey at the beginning of February. After a year and 4 months of hardcore chronic. Would have Weed Teas, Firecrackers, Pipe hits, Bought a Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer. Every day/Night I would vape constantly. Numerous nights I would have straight shots and vape. Longest vaping session I had was 2hours+ in one sitting. Usually my vaping sessions last 1-1 1/2 hours. Usually would do two vape sessions in one sitting sometimes 3. My Tollerance sky rocketed so much that I would just vape all day constantly and could still keep going no problem. I only had a green out once and it was my first time I made a Marijuana tea. (Used 2grams) I lasted 5-6 hours before passing out. Was a long time ago though lol. Anyways enough of that I went cold turkey and the first 2 and a half weeks I felt fine. No symptoms or nothing than right after that it all hit me like a brick. It was insane I had every symptom possible except Nausea (Thank God). It was hell and back. The intense Anxiety was insane, de realization/personalization made me feel like I was a empty shell with no soul. I lost my personality that made me the person I am and I just wanted it back. During my last 6-8 years I been eating very unhealthy so I have been changing my diet around now. Well during the withdrawl symptoms I felt like I was having a mid life crysis type of event (I am only 23) and I used that experience to start to change my life around. Today, I am still having a little bit of anxiety I am not anxious or nothing it seems to sneak up on me when I am working and forces me into a panic attack stage. For those of you Panic Attacks feel like Heart attacks and spikes your blood pressure like crazy. During my first weekend of all those symptoms hitting me like a brick wall I was at work and was experiencing constant panic attacks while working. I did a blood pressure check and it was so high I was shitting myself. Blood pressure was 155/144 with a heart rate of 144+ with reading of undetectable. (I have never seen a diastolic of 144 in my life). After obsessive amount of research I realized it was the symptoms and not heart failure. Now today I still experience constant pain in my chest (It comes and goes) sometimes I wonder that it could be heart problems but I know it is the withdrawals. Well I have been experiencing tinnitus now for the last 3 weeks at that time I was really concerned about it but now it doesn’t bother me. I learned to accept it. I am probably going to get myself checked out at the doctors soon. One of the worse things about withdrawals is the insomnia. I had it for about a week and I was still working all my shifts not calling in sick at all during my events of quitting cold turkey. Been up for 50 hours easy. Slowly as my brain was starting to get serotonin back I was getting an average of 2-3 hours sleep a night and now I can finally sleep 10 hours again haha, My party days are over and this has been a life changing experience for me. Once I fully recover (I am about 70%) I am going to move on with my life and explore new endless possibilities. I told my self in the past that I would quit in under 1-2 years and I kept my word on that. Shit needs to change. Marijuana is amazing if used in moderation or for medical purposes but if abused it can effect you in many negative ways you may not notice it yet but it consumes you.

    My blood pressure still spikes up and down and my heart rate can get pretty quick. Here is a couple of my readings I have saved.

    Feb 25, 2014 147/99 Heart rate of 103
    March 4, 2014 135/88 Heart rate of 74
    March 6, 2014 126/71 Heart rate of 89
    March 15,2014 148/93/ Heart rate of 115.

    I believe my constant body aches/chest pain is increasing my anxiety which spikes up my blood pressure. My question is I am curious to see how long I have to put up with these aches and pain. Sometimes I feel it on my right chest other times I feel it on my left chest, and sometimes I feel it in the center. I was concerned about heart disease at first but after reading through numerous of withdrawal forums I have found out it is pretty common. Well Thank you so much for your time.

    PS: When the snow melts I am going for cardio workouts. Nice nature jogs and stuff haha.

  • Alex March 16, 2014, 11:56 pm

    I’ve been smoking daily/self medicating for 20+ years. 37 years old now and I can surely say that my addiction to pot has robbed me of my life! All the talent I was given, the smarts, infinite potential all gone “up in smoke!” I go through extreme withdrawals, almost psychotic like behavior when I run out. In addition to rage, feelings of guilt, and the worst, the realization that I’ve been a haze while life passed me by…. it literally breaks my heart. I feel lost, I don’t feel like the person I was and I’m definitely not where I’m supposed to be. My life was to go in one direction… my life with pot wove a path in a completely different direction… the destination, one lonely, sad, fearful place corner that I live in alone with my dirty little secret of a drug habit. The face I put on when I go out is the person I was, with a glimmer of who I was to become…. but it’s all fake. The truth is pot has become central to my life and I continue to just waste away… missing out more and more, each and everyday. I’m stuck, scared, and have no hope that I will ever have a life with any kind of normalcy, namely one devoid of marijuana.

  • Betty March 17, 2014, 4:56 pm

    Hey everyone,
    Regular smoker for 15+ years. Off it for about 4 weeks now. Cravings for the first couple weeks but there are less cravings now. Anxiety has come in waves- as has euphoria. Meditation helping me. Empty for last few days. It really does help to know I’m not alone. Love to all – thank you for sharing knowledge and struggles.

  • xen March 18, 2014, 4:23 pm

    Hi everyone,

    I have been smoking weed for past 4 yrs. I used to smoke 5 joints a day. For the past 4 yrs, there had not been a single day when i did not smoke. Because of it i lost my physique and sometimes i feel as if i m loosing my mind. One day i decided to quit but the side-effect were are not easy to cope with. Then again i started to smoke weed. I suffered from anxiety , depression, short term memory loss , sweating , phobia and weird thoughts. I am just 23 yrs of age and suffering with these type of symptom will be harsh on my career. So, i strongly made my mind to quit and i followed few guidelines which helped me in some manner..
    1) First make up ur mind that u want to quit. Try quitting gradually like:- smoke for 1 days then leave 2 days gap then again take small dosage and keep on increasing the gap between the days u smoke.
    2) Eat healthy food and include fruits as much as possible. There are few fruits which help to detox the body.
    3) Try going for walk or jogging or the best is if u can go to gym. Exercise stirs up the muscle in ur body and help bring stability(various other benefits are there).
    4) For few days avoid talking (except for ur good friends or parents) as much as possible and engage urself in activity which u liked most when u were not smoking weed. It can be anything like reading novel , playing video or pc games , blogging etc.
    5) Lastly, since there is always a pain after joy and vice versa. Be positive and hope for the best. Nothing is beyond the reach of mankind. If u will look into the ur past u will realize that there were harder times than this which u had coped up easily so, why not this.
    Somewhere i read that the cure of a poison is poison itself. So, maybe the cure of addiction is addiction itself. Just it needs to be shift.

  • carlos March 19, 2014, 10:44 pm

    hey ive been smoking for almost 3 years non stop and i took shrooms like 2 weeks ago and the shrooms didnt make me trip they made me quit smoking.they made me think what was going on in school and why i was doing so bad in school. so i stoped smoking its been two weeks but i have been having really bad head aches throughout the day and especially when i wake up i have a bad headache and i feel very dizzy. also ive had a lost of appitite and every time i eat i get a really bad headache for like a hour.also the first couple of days i had like 2 panic attacks about me going to court.another thing for two of those years i was smoking out of a 4 foot bong .

  • joey March 20, 2014, 3:30 pm

    Thank you for this page I’m going through this right now i smoked weed for about 7 through 10 years and I quit beacause I had a panic attack and went to the hospital that I thought i was having a heart attack I’m going through anxiety sometimes depression and sweats from my hands and sometimes my legs would shake how long does it usually take for these withdrawl symptoms to go away or get less intense ??

    • GLOOM March 20, 2014, 4:30 pm

      I’d say give it 90 days (3 months) and symptoms should get significantly less intense. It varies though. Totally depends on individual circumstances. Best wishes.

      • louise July 6, 2014, 1:22 pm

        Good to read all of this, I went cold turkey for 3 weeks and then had three bongs over three days. I fight with myself constantly to not have it. My worst symptom now is the vivid dreams. I wake up tired and grumpy. To make matters worse I gave up smoking 5 months ago. After 39 years of cigarettes and 35 of pot, I don’t know if I can do it. I take anxiety meds and have done for 15 years, my adult children are all addicted too. Two months ago I had a seizure, I have kidney problems high blood pressure and I know I shouldn’t do it anymore. Far out it’s hard work:(

  • Aaron March 22, 2014, 1:47 am

    ive been smoking for less than a year and decided to stop and i can say that this is no joke and very real i had a panic attack at work the other day and it sucked i still feel out of it but i will keep on pushing forward for my loved ones thank you all for your stories this makes me feel alot better i thought i was going crazy thanks.

  • Cookie March 23, 2014, 2:39 am

    13 days already for me, withdrawal sucks I hate going to sleep those crazy dreams I hate the most, headaches, body aches and pains all over my body are so painful for me. I would like to say thank you to Daniel and Gloom you guys are awesome, great help to me. I would like to also thanks everybody again for sharing. Best wishes to you all.

  • Brian March 23, 2014, 3:20 pm

    “weening” off the drug is by far the easiest for me.
    I’ve quit several times after being a long-term, every day smoker.
    Each time I quit it became easier to deal with, since I knew what was going to happen. Also knew the feeling of being without was more comfortable.

    By slowly reducing intake, the withdrawral is not nearly as difficult to deal with.

  • Mr. Contemptable March 23, 2014, 10:24 pm

    I often said i’d never quit WEED,Wow holy withdrawl ! I can’t sleep, if i do, i awake in a PANIC . “Often”i could be yawning in the big chair,and go to bed only to realise the last thing my brain wants is SLEEP,One great big emotional trainwreck complete with tears and fears either real or perceived. Plus anger and aggression more than my usual contempt for mankind , I would be 1st to say NO MERCY for self infliction,relying on weed to cope with the stressors of life was just a piss poor plan. Its now day 5, i’ve smoked weed close to 40yrs , the Rockyroad untouched in the freezer still ! GOOD LUCK FOLKS

  • Mr. Green March 25, 2014, 4:10 am

    Body chemistry along with your physical build will have an impact on your withdrawal period. I have been smoking for 5+ years, all day starting with wake & bake and then start the day. I smoke about 7-8 cones every day. But right now I am on the second day without it, the most challenging part for me is the irritation and inability to concentrate on anything. I have been told the first 2-3 weeks are the toughest. Let’s see how far can I last!!

  • jack March 26, 2014, 8:36 pm

    i had the worst mood swings ever

  • Sarah March 27, 2014, 8:48 am

    Have been reading this and found it very interesting, about 8 years ago I had a nervous breakdown and was put on anti depressants. I carried on for the next 6 years having a couple of breakdowns and being heavily depressed. I found sleeping very hard so started to smoke weed to make me sleep, I had used weed every now and again socially but started using a small amount (only about 1/4 gram) to make me sleep. Life started getting better until about 8 months when I went away on holiday and had terrible anxiety and had to return home, I was diagnosed with a anxiety condition as well as my depression. I know that most people on here have been smoking large amounts for years and most people won’t appreciate my comments but I find that if I miss 1 night of weed then I start to suffer with most of the symptoms that have been outlined in this article, I’m not sure if this is because of my mental health problems or because of weed. I have tried all different ways to see if it is due to the weed like smoking only at weekends, every other day, not at all and nothing seems to help like smoking every night but this anxiety is killing me. Basically I just wondered if anyone else has any insight into my situation? Thanks

    • Duc March 29, 2014, 5:30 am

      Hi Sarah, I appreciate your comments and I’m sure everyone else on here does too. If I read you correctly, you are worried about having to smoke every night to calm your anxiety and that might also adversely affect your overall health? In your case maybe you can try just a small vape hit at night. That way you get the medicinal without too much of the drawbacks with overusage and vapes are much cleaner and smoother. I mean it really does calm the nerves and has great purpose when used in moderation even just a little bit. I like a lot of peeps on here, may have over-used it a bit much.. (10+ years daily x multiples). Now I’m trying to really take an extended break until I get another Job. =) And trust me, I feel you on the anxiety…I’m almost scared even..to take long trips fearing the worst…but when I do take them things go fine.

      • Sarah March 29, 2014, 9:00 pm

        Thanks for you reply Duc, I’m currently suffering pretty bad with anxiety, it really is a horrible state to be in. I get what you mean about the long trips, I literally can’t leave home unless I know I’ll be back in a few hours and I havnt stayed away over night anywhere for well over a year. I will think about using a vape but atm I think I will try to keep off it for as long as possible and see if that helps my mental health but sometimes smoking is the only enjoyment I have at all so its going to be really hard. Thanks again and good luck with the job hunt ;)

        • Shelley Henry May 26, 2014, 3:14 am

          I’m so relieved I found this blog. I don’t feel so alone Thanks

  • htown March 28, 2014, 7:01 am

    just quit its easy I smoked everyday since high school so pretty much 2-3 years I mean in the mornings, nights, on break at work, after work, if I didnt have weed my friends did. I have been sober for about 2 weeks and I feel no symptoms anymore the first 3-4 days were badd! I would turn on the heater, then some seconds later the fan to cool down trippy right? my worst symptom was my appetite, I couldng really eat causr I would go crazy with munchies when high but when I got sober my body was like “dude this stuff isnt that good” so id eat a little and lay down like wtf is happening to.me!!!! but I started eating oatmeal in morning cause I was hungry but didnt want nothing at all like I had no cravings but a empty stomach, and fruits like cantelopes for the sweetness and a morning starter drink like breakfast essentials by carnation. after about 4-5 days I was eating back to normal. and it wouldnt be a bad idea to buy the detox kit from GNC called the 7 day detox kit it has vitamins n all the stuff other people want you to take, I didnt know this at first. if you really want to stop remember what you did before you ever smoked just do simple stuff like play a game, or cut some grass outside (not cut it down into a blunt lol) wash the car, and go to work, I missed 1 day cause u felt like shit in a can litteraly. if you smoke again remember how bad you feel, that should make you stop for a while. dont listen to people who say there are no symptoms they barely smoke, we smoked religiously all day everyday keep your mind up and active cause your body is trying to get you sober so you have to wake up bright and early, get sum grub as much as you can whatever it is, and drink as much water as you can, watet us like stomach lube it makes food slide down like nothing lol keep your will strong and your head up and dont “celebrate” by smoking a joint or blunt if your birthday is near no point at all, as soon as you quit you will feel your energy coming back then the next day you can remember stuff, then you can eat, then you can sleep easy. whatever you did a whole lot when high will be a little difficult in these 3 4 5 START days of being sober. remember everyday you dont smoke you not adding more THC so you gotta be coming down or “getting better”

  • ken March 28, 2014, 6:06 pm

    ive smoked weed for a long time and just quit because I just dont feel like myself anymore and felt like I was going crazy I still do but im quiting for a few months and hope to get back at it if i feel better. Theres other shit you can do then just smoke weed but it helps time go faster

  • Alexander March 29, 2014, 8:05 am

    I’ve smoked for probably a year now. Usually, I just would smoke 3-5 grams on the weekends. Depending on how much money I had at the time determined how much bud I could get and also how long I would have to make it last. I would take breaks from it here and there. Up until recently I never would experience withdrawal.

    However, about a month ago, after saving up a lot of money, I bought 3 oz. I was relieved to finally have a decent amount (I usually only got my bud by the 1/4ths). I threw a kickback for me and a couple of my friends (we started on Friday at 4:20pm and smoked well into the morning). We smoked 1/2 oz of mine and then they matched me with 1/2 oz of their own. Combined, 4 of us tore through 2 oz. I probably smoked closer to 2/3 oz since one of my friends is better at limiting herself and was good after a short while. I, on the other hand, possess a very addictive personality. I also have a tendency to not watch/care about how much I had been smoking (having only realized later how much had been smoked that day/night).

    Over the next 2 and a half weeks I finished off what I had left (~2.5 oz). I had tried to maintain my high, which resulted in just straight smoking for 2 & 1/2 weeks. I would wake up, pack a couple bowls, take a shower, go to class, and then come back and blaze some more. Then I would usually grab lunch somewhere or just get a big ass bag of chips and munch away while I watched some tv. Then I would blaze up again at 4:20 (I’m very observant of 4:20). I would packed a bowl or so more than I usually would consume. The high would last me well into the night, where I would pack a bowl to help me sleep (I have had troubles with sleeping for years). Then I would do it all over again. It was the best time of my life: I was high out of my mind, food tasted excellent, music sounded like it never had before, and I was happy 99% of the time (I did have a couple run-ins with an ex which would kill my vibe practically but I would remedy that with another bowl).

    Then I ran out of weed.

    I woke up a week ago and realized how much I had been consuming per day. Without any bud, I searched every inch of my containers for anything that could be used to pack a bowl. I came up with a less than packed bowl of what mostly was weed and the rest was stem (It’s a tradition for me to smoke the stems of the bud. I don’t smoke all of the stems, just when I come to the last bowl). With what little thc I had managed to salvaged, I only was fractionally as high as the day previous. Later that night I went and bought a pack of cigs (just to have something to smoke).

    The next morning was hell. I woke up feeling very sluggish and I did what I could to pull through the day. I thought it would blow over in a matter of days.

    And now here I am, a week and a half off of mj. I am experiencing extreme loss of appetite (I will only eat once every 3 or so days. Food looks disgusting most of the time). The cravings for more weed are almost unbearable. I often get a whiff of bud and it makes me go crazy almost. I am also experiencing sleepless nights, dizziness, and a few other things.

    I am really tempted to spend what little I have to get more but I know it’ll only make it harder. I intend on being more observant on my amount of smoking and to limit myself so an episode like this won’t happen again.

    And to those of you who have been smoking for years on end, please understand that I do not have as high of a tolerance as you do and the amount I had smoked was way beyond what I could handle. I coughed sometimes after a hit as I kept trying to push myself to bigger and bigger hits. My only drive here was to get as high as I could get while still being able to control myself.

    Sorry for the long post. Potatoes

  • don March 29, 2014, 9:28 pm

    quitting weed totally depends on the person. it can also depend on your situation. i smoked everyday from 13 and when i was 20 went holiday for a month and did not even think about it for a second. i quit for three years. now i am 28 and been smoking for 5 years and have no holiday to go on and quitting is so much more hard. boredom leads me to think about it. for the people who are taking panic medication are too reliant anyway on substances to lead them in life and have to get a grip

  • Scott April 1, 2014, 3:43 am

    Major Pot use creates a life stile and quitting smoking is one of the harder things I have ever done. I quit doing cocaine after about a year of use because it took away from my true drug of choice, weed. It is very true the with drawls are on opposite sides of the spectrum. Weed creates a life dependance. I live in Colorado and can smoke a gram if CO2 hash a day (equaling anywhere from 750-950 milligrams of thc per gram of hash) and that amount is ,in my opinion, quite great. I never thought i would have withdraws but i am 3 weeks sober and ever day i miss the bliss weed gave me. I have been smoking sense i was 13, now i am almost 19 and i cant stand being stupid. Who I am I have never been able to create the middle ground to classify my use as “in moderation” so the ultimatum I am faced with is, be a retard or do something with my life. And in that prospective the choice is easy. But every night I cant sleep and every day I cant be around people with out feeling anxiety. If you read this information and don’t believe weed has withdrawals well then you will be learning a hard lesson in a few years. I hold nothing against the drug. Im not sure if i would be alive today with out its help calming me down when I lived with my crazy mother; and i do believe it has mental healing abilities but that belief created a dependence and my choices caused me a lot of problem solving skills. Any one who smokes needs to understand that they should never loose touch with the real world because we all need to grow up some day and if you use weed to be ignorant to life; life will come crashing down hard and the only way you will know to deal with it is to do dab after dab after dab… And in reality you never can learn what life puts in front of you if you just ignore it.

    Control the world, don’t let the it be a haze

  • Chedman April 2, 2014, 8:30 pm

    Smoked daily 1 gram up to 3.5 grams a day for 15 years have recently quit cold turkey I’m 2 months in and have had very intense crippling mental and phyiscal withdrawl. With strength prayer and focus on my family I am moving forward but the reality is this is a real topic. It’s a slow roll moving forward for a heavy long term user but it’s getting better slowly.

  • lou reed's ghost April 3, 2014, 10:53 pm

    Honestly, this is such bullsh#t. I will admit that this article is more realistic than a lot of other ones, but “marijuana withdrawal” is almost entirely a mental construct. I’ve been getting stoned out of my mind every day (and often all day) for years and whenever I stop for a couple days, the only “side effect” I notice is that I am not high. Would I rather be high? Am I perhaps slightly agitated that I am not? Usually, the answer to both questions is yes, but I’m really no more agitated than I would be if a friend canceled dinner plans or if they didn’t have the film I wanted at the video store. This even with the caveat that I use marijuana to (quite effectively) self-medicate my bipolar disorder. If there is indeed a withdrawal, I’d rank it, in terms of overall effect, below even the withdrawal from caffeinated soft drinks. It is entirely insignificant if even extant.

    And in my honest opinion, people who say otherwise are lying, misinformed, or, well, pansies and God help them should they ever start using alcohol or opiates or something that’s, you know, actually physically addictive.

    • paul April 12, 2014, 4:31 pm

      Hey Lou Reeds Ghost,

      Try using your real name when you want to pick on the weak or is this your other self that enjoys being a dick wad. Seriously- you came here to berate people? If you want to prove “yourselves”- Go do it in public and berate a person or person`s who are maybe just as tough or tougher than you or you two are. People are writing here because they have a weakness.

      My apologies to the moderator of this site, I can`t stand bullies.

      Paul Clark

    • Jillian July 9, 2014, 8:10 pm

      I Have Pushed Two Babies From my Body Splitting My Flesh From End To End With No Meds.
      I Have Repelled From Helicopters Into Wildland Fire, With 250 Foot Flame Links On My Crew And I’s Ass, Dug Line For 52 Hours Straight Up A Mountain WiTh 4 Quarts Of Water. I Have Cleaned Over 30 Dead Bodies (As A C.N.A) And Built A SuccesseFul Business..
      A PANSIE….
      I AM NOT, Little Ghost!!!
      You Probably Also Think Being Gay Is A Choice And Global Warming Isnt Real Too? Lol!
      How DARE You Minimize ANYONE!!! Im Sorry If You Have Been Doubted In Your Life And Perhaps Lie And Bully To Feel Vindicated. But, Dont Come Onto A koom~by~Ya Sight Where People Are Just Looking For Validation And Support And Jerk Your Ignorant Mouth off. Rush Limba Is Always Looking For More Supporters.

      I Have Smoked The Best Weed And Concentrates Daily Since I Was 19 (Quitting Only When Preggo) , Now I Am 32. I Am On Day 4 Pot free again…Let Me Tell You Brothers And Sisters Of The World, Marijuanna Withdrawal Is Real For Some Including Myself.
      Chills Then Sweats. Anxiety, Mental And Physical. Feel Like I Miss My Best Friend And Feel Overall Like Sh#T.
      I Find Working Out And Tea To Help.
      This Too Shall Pass My Friends, I Will Be Beaming My Love And Support Your Way. The Moment You Feel Like Giving Up, Remeber Why You Held On So Long…;)
      The Mightiest Oak Tree In The Meadow Was Once A Little Accorn, Who STOOD His Ground!
      Signing Out From The Emerald Triangle
      P.s.Thank You So Much For Making This Forum!

    • skeelo August 22, 2014, 3:54 am

      If what you say you truly believe, then why are you even on this website…let alone taking the time to comment…

    • Wet Horse Lips October 6, 2015, 11:57 am

      Using my old GrassCity forum name. Anyone?

      9 years. Nine f*cking years. Up in smoke. I barely remember a thing. Time for repentance. Been a week now. Hard.

      The hardest thing about this is the blatant skepticism offered up by my peers and environment. Liberals are gonna try to legalize. I support that motion, but I am scared for obvious reasons.

      Will post back. You all have made my resolve and conviction stronger, tenfold. Thank you, you sufferers.

  • DT615 April 4, 2014, 1:02 pm

    I’ll turn 60 this year and have been a fairly consistent abuser of the mighty green since the age of 13. Stopped once for 2-3 years, but for the most part don’t remember not smoking everyday, seemingly forever. So, I stopped cold turkey little over a week ago and generally feel like shit. But I’ve made a promise to myself…enough is enough…just want to give the straight and narrow a shot…so at least see what happens and hopefully remember the good times going forward….. Suggestion: Read “The Secret Addiction”

    • Paul April 12, 2014, 3:18 pm

      Hey DT615,

      I`m writing to you because our age is just about the same ( I`m 58 ). My first high was @ 14 yrs in 1970. The only time since not having pot or hash or oil was when I could not find or afford it. I was busted ( ratted out ) for importing oil from Jamaica in 79 and got a 2.5 yr stint in a Fed P in Ont, Canada. Even in the Pen guards ( not all- just some ) were bringing it in and selling to the Pop. I should add that the sentence was lucky cause 1yr prior or so Min sentences were 7 yrs for importing. Enough said. Over the yrs addiction has helped kill a few of my friends and at least 3 family members + maybe my father as well. I think of those people a lot. Like you- want to try straight and narrow even though THC tends to take away a lot of the pain of life both physical and mental for me. Been Tobacco free 80 days, alcohol free 35 days ( not 1 ounce ) and now pot 5 days. I was a 20+ cigs, 2 drinks and 2 joint a day person for years and years. Light weight compared to others- for sure. However, that was a lot for my physiology. If I had more I`d be passing out or even barfing ( always had a sensitive stomach and system ). All has been cold turkey and this week been having some nightmares ( didn`t seem to dream for yrs ) and now getting some left side abdominal stabbing sensations and waking up a lot at nite. Kind of proud of myself cause always got very anxious when the erb was running low started making plans to get to the dealership if you know what I mean. Thanks for listening and write back if you wish with stories or if you need support.

      later and take care

      paul

      • tom April 21, 2014, 9:39 pm

        Hey man, appreciate the comment that you left… your history is nostalgic as well as heartbreaking for me… to imagine how the world was in 1970s… you have a fascinating story.

        Thank you for sharing, I truly wish you a sober future with ZERO weed,alcohol,tabocco

  • Razzle April 6, 2014, 3:41 am

    Thank you for all of the informative articles, Gloom. I’ve especially appreciated the readers’ comments regarding mj withdrawal. I’m on day 8 of my detox journey, after 15+ years of smoking, with breaks taken during pregnancy and my kids’ early years. After a back injury two years ago I got a medical mj prescription (thank you, California) and never refilled the Vicodin prescription from Kaiser MD. While I’m grateful not to have fallen under the spell of that very addictive painkiller, I did end up using mj more than I had thought I would, smoking up to 4 grams per week, which I now know (after reading comments) is not super heavy usage (about a half gram per day). But it seemed like my little brass one-hitter was going from morning to night, every day, until all I felt was sluggish – I began avoiding normal tasks, like grocery shopping & regular errands, and some of my friendships were put on the back burner, as I became less social. I am 46, with a wonderful (straight-edge) husband and two beautiful kids. Yes, I missed out on some experiences with my family. But I have to credit mj for easing some of my stress & opening my mind to different ways of seeing things. I have a successful tutoring business that I’m thankful is still thriving, as I made sure to keep those hours of my day drug-free.

    The first days of not using we’re tough – I was weepy and sweating like crazy, especially during the nights. When I couldn’t sleep I would pull up Gloom’s page and read and re-read everyone’s comments, and those gave me solace. I’ve been green juicing since my back injury, so I continued blasting my system with those phytochemicals, and added green smoothies to my regimen as well. I decided to detox from sugar and processed/artificial crap when I gave up the weed – I think this has mitigated some of the withdrawal symptoms – I’m just as thankful, if not more, to get that garbage out of me.

    A saving grace for me has been playing tennis. Even during my many years of using, I kept tennis in my life – lessons & team play. Most of my tennis friends have no idea that they (and the sport) kept me tethered (albeit tenuously, at times) to non-drug life. Today I lost my 4.0 singles match in a 3rd set tie-break, but felt proud of my effort, knowing that I could not have achieved this result two weeks ago.

    Here, at middle age, I make no judgments on others and am trying to be kind (no pun intended :) to myself. I saw firsthand how pot delivered enormous relief to one of my BFF tennis sisters (also 46, like me) & helped her survive chemo, radiation, & a double mastectomy. She’s back from the brink of stage 3b breast cancer, and mj continues to offer her relief. I will never regret or forget all of our afternoon smoke sessions during her shitty low times and literal bad hair days.

    Thank you, everyone out there. Your comments are pulling me through this challenge. I’m checking every day for new posts; when there aren’t any, I re-read, which is just as helpful.

    I’ve never posted a comment like this before. I’m sorry it’s long. Peace, Gloom. Peace all.

  • Sally April 7, 2014, 10:36 pm

    Its been 1 month since I quit. I’m still feeling like my memory sucks and ability to focus and problem solve is not there. I’m hoping things improve soon. I lost a lot of motivation and drive. I don’t want to be this person… I need to snap out of this funk.

  • Meagan April 8, 2014, 1:14 am

    Today is the day that I have decided to quit using marijuana. I have tried to ween off of it before, and experienced all the withdrawal symptoms within a few days. I have been a avid user for the past 2 years, almost 3, and smoked everyday 3+ times/day. In the moment, its really fun to spark up a joint. But once my high hits I’m always extremely paranoid, hungry (for junk food), and beyond exhausted. I also get into very dark moods when I smoke now. I am no longer liking what smoking weed has been doing to me.

    Its nice to see that users that have been doing it for 20+ years can stop smoking cannabis. Truly makes me believe that I can stop too. Its literally been my life for the past 2 years now…

  • Matt April 13, 2014, 12:37 am

    User since 4 years. I’ve tried keeping dry periods (like a month or two of no pot smoking) ever since I began. Now those dry periods last in terms of days. The longest was in January this year for 3 days only. I’ve been high more or less since then. Its my first day quitting cold turkey. I filled up my fridge with food from the money that I would have used for weed. I have $20 to spend for the rest of the month and a carton of smokes. Paid the rent, bills, and any other commitment. And I haven’t slept in 30 hours. I hope I stay strong. If I relapse, I’m getting help.

  • Stephy April 13, 2014, 8:12 pm

    I’m so grateful to have found this site. I’ve been a heavy user since 16 years old now 34 years old. I quit for one year in my early 20s but my stoner dad pressured me to smoke a joint which resulted in instantly starting up smoking 4 times a day. That was 11 years ago. I graduated high school and university with good grades and moved on to work in the office world. Waking and baking before work, no one had a clue. I got to the point that I was smoking to not deal with any personal stress/annoyances and realized I never travelled or did anything cool that straight people do. I’ve basically wasted the last 18 years of my life living a lie. So with a lot of procrastination I have finally got rid of all my stuff. It’s been 2 weeks sober and it sucks. The anxiety is gone but I’m sooo bitchy, and don’t enjoy anything anymore. And I miss my BFF Mary Jane. But I don’t want to be a loser like my dad so I’m hanging in there. Hoping it won’t take 3 months….god that seems like ages away. I have a beautiful life with a wonderful partner but I don’t appreciate him right now. One thing I noticed for sure is how emotionally immature I am since I never dealt with my emotions. I’m a whiner and don’t deal with stress at all. I’m not gonna take anti depressants or Valium since it’s still masking the problem. My goal is to come back in a few months to tell you all that life is really beautiful sober like my mother says. I’m still not a believer, but I want to believe.

  • Marni April 13, 2014, 10:54 pm

    I’m glad a page like this does exist as I know I’m not going through this alone.
    I started at 16 now i am 28 so 12 years. For first 5 years it was occasional but the last 7 years its been all day everyday. I’v wanted to quite for a while, however depression found me constantly lighting up at least everyday 2-3 times a day. I especially needed in the evening to relax. On day 7 and today The withdrawals seems to have slowed down, less irritated, appetite increasing but stil ll not able to sleep, im sleeping 1 hour a night if that which makes it hard for me not to get a joint. But i will be honest i have not stopped myself from will power but i came down with an awful virus which had me bed bound for 4 days, since getting better i have cravings but because i have not ever been free for more than maybe 12 hours before i had to take this opportunity to quit. Im scared of losing weight, suffering from insomnia, but i have tried to look at the positives. Oh and iv saved at least £200 since going smoke free.
    Those of you who think u can not do it, i felt the same and i know i have not yet succeeded but i will try my very best by replacing my evenings going to the gym , reading or even cooking as that what i enjoy. i used to enjoy nothing but smoking , but recently have found new things to do.
    Good luck people

  • Carrie April 15, 2014, 5:26 pm

    My 17 year old son is going through bad withdrawals does anyone know when I’ll get my son back. He can’t even carry on a normal conversation . And no sleep for either of us because of his anxiety doctor said use meletonan for sleep aide but it don’t work on him.he was acting like someone on meth at first so I drug tested him and only mj in his system. He only smoked for a year .hope this helps a mom out there who is up all hours of night, he’s only 3 days sober today

  • dave April 15, 2014, 11:19 pm

    hi people, firstly apologies for spelling and grammar. i started smoking weed when i was 15 and i liked it because it made me not care about the bullying and depression i went through during school (i was a short, shy,quiet kid, an easy target for arseholes) I just thought “yeah whatever, dont care now” but i turned out i have an addictive personality and i loved the “dont care” (still do/did) so i carried on smoking for another 12 years everyday all day. I decided to quit cold turkey a few days ago and its not nice. I never did get past the depression but now its worse and can’t see it getting better in the near future. pre-existing mood swings are even worse and insomnia has kicked in, its affecting relationships with family and the few friends i have. The tiniest little annoyance will send me into full rage mode and i feel that its just a matter of time before this rage is directed at someone i care about or someone higher up the ladder than me at work. I believe that people experience withdrawal at different levels of severity and that i’m at the bad end of the scale. Just thought i’d share all that with you guys

  • Vanessa April 16, 2014, 5:39 am

    I wish i would have saw this months ago. Its been 6months since i had a bad panic attack when i smoked weed out of a bong for the first time. Ive slowly been returning back to normal but not quite 100% yet. Im waiting to be 100%. I used to be so scared that i was going crazy. But ive embraced that its going to be a process now to getting back to my normal state mentally

  • Radd April 17, 2014, 7:29 am

    I smoke about an 1/8th a week or a little more and have been doing so for over 10 years. Recently, I took a trip to japan where I knew I would not be able to smoke. I experienced a lot of these withdrawal symptoms you’re all complaining of but I only had one to two days of them. This thread had me freaked out my trip would be ruined but it was only about a day and a half of symptoms. Im onn day 7 of my 9 day trip right now and have zero cravings. I will definitely continue to smoke when I get back but I wanted to point out that withdrawal from marijuana, in my experience, was pretty mild for a habitual user like myself.

  • Jan April 19, 2014, 8:54 pm

    I am 33 years old. I am ending week 3 after stopping cold turkey.
    I smoked cigarettes and a LOT of joints of the best weed I could get my hands on. Half a pack of cigarettes a day and 15-20 joints for the last 18 years, about 3 ounces a month (or 100 grams a month) So I stopped smoking both in 1 day.
    I have had minor mood swings and depression, however less than when I was smoking!!! I have a e-cig to maintain and build off gradually my nicotine addiction. I have been much more active and eating a lot more, however I have been losing weight, probably because my metabolism has gotten faster. The worst symptoms I am experiencing are now, starting week 4.
    I have lots of flatulence and my digestion is slowing down. On week 1 I had minor flue symptoms as well. Sometimes I do wake up in the middle of the night sweating and it is difficult to go to sleep again. Today was such a day.
    After 3 weeks my head still feels cloudy, I don’t think this will change in the next week. Withdrawal is real but mostly because your body needs to readjust at first, the brain, I see now ,will take even longer to adjust.
    My advices. I am focusing on the good stuff. The smelling, the breathing, the vivid dreams, the energy after waking up, the taste of food, much of which had deteriorated strongly.
    Drink a lot of water, before and after eating, move around as much as possible, don’t sit and think. Go into nature, smell it and taste good foods. Have 1 or 2 beers a day, it will make you hungry. Work out, but don’t overdo it. Ride a bicycle or go swimming. Most importantly, find love, tell people you love them, tell yourself when you love something or someone.

    • Louise August 4, 2016, 8:33 am

      Jan thanks for you post. It really struck with me. I have been a long term smoker over 20 years and have MS. I have given up cold turkey and am happy and proud that I have so far gone 3 weeks. When it gets tough I’m going to read your post for strength. Thank you.

  • jack April 21, 2014, 12:41 am

    Been smoking pretty regularly for the past year and I’m having issues with this withdrawal shit. I noticed weed started to affect my thoughts, or rather my thoughts on weed were not positive for me generally. After a couple of bad trips where i thought i would die of a heart attack or go insane I decided to call it quit, atleast for a while. Now it’s been two months and I still suffer from feeling disoriented mentally, mood swings (these fuck with my mind), and some anxiety.

    Had a couple of panic attacks, sometimes I feel my mind is a mess and I’m scared of going insane. Some times I can’t seem to control my thoughts and this scares me the most. The mood swings are so shit, one moment i feel like all these bad feelings and thoughts are but a little bump, then an hour later I’m balls deep in negative thoughts I can’t shake out of my head.

    But after reading this article I guess this is rather normal. I seriously hope so, because I’m in dire need of some convincing that this will pass, I’m scared I’ve fucked up my brain for the rest of my life and I’m only 18. I can’t really talk to anyone about this either which makes me feel even more shit since I keep thinking about these things and not getting any input from others or closing statements. I just hope my mind settles and this anxiety and fear of losing control of my mind will end.

    I used to smoke like 3-4 days a week for a year, with some breaks. But this is the first time I’ve felt this at loss of control and scared. Anyone with some reassuring words or tips? I could really need them :( before I found this site i was starting to question these symptoms to my personality and my surroundings, which scares me, because I’ve never felt like this.

    • Cameron April 23, 2014, 2:14 am

      I know how you feel. I’m 19 going through the same stuff. Partially I think it has something to do with the fact that this is an extremely stressful time in our lives. Running around outside and lifting weights actually does help. It keeps your mind off of things. Just try your best to do something to keep your mind off of it. When you start to feel a heavy punch of withdrawal, just try to find a quiet place in your head. It might be hard at first but with some deep breaths and closing of your eyes it helps a lot. Just don’t psych yourself out, you can get through it. I dealt with a valium withdrawal and it felt like it would last forever. It didn’t. I hope I helped settle your mind. Seeing another person my age on here gives me a great deal of happiness knowing I am definitely not going at this alone.

  • Frank April 21, 2014, 12:32 pm

    Marijuana withdrawal is the real deal. For me it only lasts a few days and I’m a heavy pot smoker. Diarrhea is at the start and all the usual problems follow. You have to be aware of how angry you’ll get. For me withdrawal is only a few days though. But a couple weeks later I’m like this planet sucks and I like weed a lot. Also for the first time I have been experiencing a new withdrawl symptom where I guess all my nerves, and so my whole body more or less, sort of feels like it is crawling and itching and it is very uncomfortable. Cocaine user etc. withdrawal comments aren’t really all that relevant in this thread I would say.

  • Frank April 21, 2014, 12:34 pm

    Oh also you will start dreaming again (or remembering them or whatever), which I actually find really unpleasant.

  • Julia April 22, 2014, 4:19 am

    Everything said on here was very helpful. Im glad the struggle is real and not in my head….ive been an all day everyday smoker for 9 years now, and im trying to quit bc im pregnant. Ive been trying to quit for 3 months now, and today was the first full day without smoking, its been extremely hard, about half way through the day I would get the symptoms and break down and smoke. It just sucks because I used marijuana to help me eat sleep, and to stay calm and these are 3 very important things while pregnant, and I cant do any of them unless I get high :( I love smoking, probably above anything, but if I knew I would have to quit and how hard it was gunna be I would of never started.

  • Cameron April 22, 2014, 9:02 pm

    I smoked at least two or three grams a day of the best bud I could possibly find, for roughly two years nonstop. Although it isn’t as long as some on here I did do tons of concentrates as well. In one night at one point a buddy of mine and I took 3 hits of probably the best LSD I have ever had and smoked 5 grams of shatter. I am a little over a week into my cold turkey quitting of any marijuana related substances and I can say without a doubt this is the most mentally taxing thing I have ever been through. I experienced a hardcore valium and hydro withdrawal a few years back when I was prescribed them due to a crushed second lumbar(they cancelled my prescription without letting me know or lowing dosage.) Reading all of these comments has brought me so much more peace of mind. I was going crazy thinking something HAD to be wrong with me. I just need to keep my mind off the fact that I am no longer smoking. Thank you all for your helpful comments.

  • Thomas Lartin April 22, 2014, 10:57 pm

    My fiance’ just mentioned to me only minutes ago that it has been 1 month since she quit smoking pot, for myself I occasionally use my vaporizer but it seemed to quite a different story for her with marijuana. Marijuana always effected me differently, but it was after we would smoke and how she craved it that really set us part. She would become a monster without it and if I mentioned that to her she went into the most convicted state of denial you could ever imagine. So IMO it is physically addictive but the part that was a little unexpected and really defined to me exactly what psychological addiction is. To actually see this in front of me my face defined to me that drugs become a crunch that people get used to. Once you take that crutch away they are fine for awhile after the initial detox but in times of extreme stress revert back to that impulsive person or behaves in an uncontrolled way. This has been a very wild ride for and she happened to stop seeing psychologist for awhile in that time too, now that she made a new appointment she seems calmer and I think everything will be fine.

  • Ktrell April 23, 2014, 8:57 pm

    I knew about some things stated but alot I didn’t. Some good info though. 10 points from me

  • Tomas April 24, 2014, 1:20 am

    Just finished reading all of the comments here. Was not sure what was going on with me the last few days. The comments and the article really helped. I myself have been an on and off user for the past 8years (on and of meaning that I would blaze for 6months non-stop then quit for month or two, feeling paranoid as shit…and start all over again)

    AS for all the smokers the begining is the best- u feel awesome all the time and u get to a point where u dont and start asking is the pop culture lying?becauses government sure does…the answer – moderation. Should have realized it years ago.

    weed is not magical its just a drug, a wonderful one, but u get dependant, the worst thing for me is getting up, I wake up affraid of…of something, of life of the shit i have to do and i just want to go back to bed to not feel anything. Exercising helps, but its so damn hard to make youre self do that, but when u do it, it feels great.

    One thing i noticed, the longer period that u smoke the longer it takes for the withdrawal to start and longer to end (if u smoke for couple of months it can star a week or couple of days after), if u were realetively clean and smoked some, the withdrawal starts the next day, but passes in a couple of days (just for user who are or were dependant, not talking about people who can moderate themselves)

    All in all two weeks sober, hving other mental problems besides weed, nees to clear my head if I want to get my bachelors, hope a bicycle trip with my friends wont ruin it for me, cause there will be some smokers…got to be strong.

    Love and peace to all you wonderfull people!

    P.S. want to be a moderate smoker, love those months when I can do it, hate the moments when i realize taht i just tricked myself…

  • Tomas April 24, 2014, 1:33 am

    Oh, yeh, hope to achieve the piece of mind one day not to want to smoke weed at all. Step buy step I guess

  • CaliGirl April 25, 2014, 11:38 pm

    I just put it together today, I thought I was going crazy but it all makes sense now. I’ve been smoking since I was 16 and I’m now 37, made the decision to go back to school full-time so I decided to quit for good. Didn’t think it was possible but wow o wow I have been having some major weed withdrawals: headaches everyday, sweating, shakes, decreased appetite and the biggest urge to take a puff. I know it’s going to take a while to get over this but I can do it. I had tried to quit in the past or just reduce it but as soon as the headaches began I would start up again. LOL….I don’t hate you mary jane!!

  • Retro April 29, 2014, 1:39 pm

    I’m totally going through this right now. My big scare is that I have this traveling dull pain in my chest/lungs that would come and go. Its been 11 days. Went to the doctor to get x rays and blood work. Waiting for results. Possibly a chest infection. Listen to your body people.

    • Mike May 1, 2014, 3:42 am

      20yrs smoker-3 weeks clean and I have had these same scary symptoms ,also went to doctor -had an EKG-chest x ray-and blood work done -doc said I’m all good -still dealing with chest dicomfort around the heart and the pain seems to move around -I was given a script for ibuprofen -it seems to help -and ill tell you to keep your mind occupied and don’t dwell on the pain or it will magnify-time will heal you -be patient and good luck to you, your not alone or falling apart! ;)

  • David, Liverpool, England April 29, 2014, 6:47 pm

    I’m into week 3 of yet another attempt to quit weed.

    I’ve smoked for 20 years. Every single day, quit attempts aside. For some time, the paranoia and lethargy caused by smoking weed has been affecting my life terribly. Having to leave the house once stoned has become nigh on impossible, and the veil of respectability in holding a steady but dull accountancy job for 17 years began to slip.

    I quit for 3 months in 2013. I was that determined, I didn’t notice many symptoms at all. Or maybe I’ve forgotten them already? Anyway, they were the best 3 months I’ve had in years. I was more outgoing, coherent thoughts, paranoia disappeared, reconciled with family I hadn’t seen in years.

    But my partner continued to smoke. Every day, I knew if I wanted a J, I only had to look in her bag for a biy of weed and a packet of skins.

    So I fell off the wagon, and all the old symptoms/problems came crashing down on me like a tonne of bricks. I want to blame her, but I can’t really can I? I can’t force my will on another person, it just gave me an excuse in a moment (leading to many more moments) of weakness.

    This quit attempt feels much harder. Getting asleeps fine, but the quality’s awful. 4 – 5 hours a night maximum. Temper snaps at the drop of a hat, feelings of utter despondency. I know what the problem is. I’m waiting for a 2013 style miracle, while kicking myself for putting myself back here.

    The only thing I know is that the only person who can help you is yourself.

    I’ll sort it, I like a battle. Just a bit sick of setting myself up for the same fight. The war with weed, in my opinion, is mostly in the brain. Therefore, where there’s a will, there’s always a way.

    That’s my moment on the psychologist’s couch over. Fight the fight people. We’ll win if we really want to.

    • Razzle April 30, 2014, 4:25 am

      Hi David. I’m on day 32 of clean living (but, hey – who’s counting :). I can relate to a lot of what you’re saying, having been a pretty serious smoker myself for the past 10+ years. My withdrawal symptoms have waned considerably since the first couple of weeks. Focus on today and your hopes/goals for the future, instead of feeling remorse or regret for the past. You can feel proud and strong about your new direction – that’s one way of reframing that has worked for me. Smoking pot does not reflect a lack of moral fortitude. I think many of us here on Gloom’s page would like to use pot in moderation, but for a variety of reasons find that difficult or impossible. As you have learned for your past experience – you can do this! I wish you luck & all the best.

      • David, Liverpool, England July 3, 2014, 1:59 pm

        Thanks for the kind words Razzle. I’ve had set-backs, but I’m getting there. Unfortunately, contrary to common perceptions, cannabis addiction is as real as any other, so just as an alcoholic can’t have just one drink, and a smoker can’t have one sly cigarette, so it is with us pot-heads (in my opinion anyway).

        Just overcame a massive urge to chong with 30 minutes skipping in the garden. The neighbours think I’m mad, but it certainly helps.

        Just gotta keep on keeping on. Good luck my friend, and thanks again.

        • Razzle September 11, 2014, 6:54 am

          Hi David! How is your journey going? I agree with your recent comments that for people like us weed seems to an all or nothing proposition. I, too, returned to my old familiar ways for the summer. It was a conscious decision – after exactly 10 weeks (on the final day of the school year) I began smoking again. I knew that having taken a long, healthy break once, I could do it again. Surprise, surprise – after 3+ months the physical and mental sludge was back. I don’t know about you, but the worst part of my complicated relationship with pot is the mindless eating! The 10 pounds I had lost without effort after quitting found their way back on my bones, and that, frankly, is a super bummer! I knew I would be stopping again when school resumed & my students came back. Not easy to commit to the mindset I require to look forward (and not behind me at the dispensary a few miles down the road). However, I bit the proverbial bullet & sweated through the first day (already several days ago). Is it a coincidence that my quitting this time is overlapping with the hottest days of the summer – today was 102 degrees! – or is it the universe emphasizing the lesson for me? Some kind of cosmic karma? I’m not trying to be flip or disrespectful – just attempting to laugh to keep from crying :) Anyway, the posts are great & I’m thinking/wondering about you & wishing you the best.

  • Rkatelyn April 29, 2014, 11:37 pm

    Im only 23 years old and have been smoking since I was 14 when my mother gave me my first cone. My partner and I have decided to give it a break, mostly my partner. It is interesting reading your comments, people that have been smoking for 20years. Ive always known that I can easily quit, but my problem is that I really dont want to quit. When I got pregant I stopped cold turkey at age 20 after smoking everyday. I have now not had any for the last 2days due to mainly my partner wanting to quit. I did not think I would feel like this, I feel upset, short tempered, very aggitated and its effecting my daughter and my relationship, also my 16 year old brother that lives with me. This is difficult! But reading your comments has given me a little insignt that I do need to stop.

  • Andy April 30, 2014, 5:11 am

    Hey i smoked marihuana for 5 years fairly intensively (3-10x per day) and realized it makes me do shit A LOT SLOWER like seriously. I was passing off homework to smoke grass like a dumb ass. and i am in art school now so thats fine and i picked up smokin again (smoking weed is fine) for a few months and just quit. and i am getting muscular tension all over my upper body esp. my back. i think marijuana is a more powerful medicine then many believe and although it may be fun it could be compared to masterbation when using it alone— all gain no pain. which as foreseeabley could become an issue. Rats in labs with dopamine inhibitors will literally keep pushing the same button until they die just because they get a ‘free rush’ from the button pushed. similar idea- marihuana is fine for you but an immense distraction. case and point i have lots of muscle tension after my 2nd day marijuana free.

  • Gordon May 3, 2014, 6:59 pm

    I quit smoking pot 4 days ago. I have anxiety and insomnia like no tomorrow. I smoked pot to help deal with anxiety, and in general to help deal with the stresses of life. I smoked pot for 21 years. This article is helpful because not only does it inform me of some symptoms to look out for, but also encourages me to keep going. I’m in therapy, and have learned some simple meditations. There is no looking back. :D

  • Ricky May 4, 2014, 10:00 am

    Half of people on here are full of wind and piss…cant believe people that are finding it hard to stop after smoking it for only 2 3 month..u shouldnt be on here ..as for the guy who smokes an oz a day thats proper bullshit..youd be dead mate….ive been smoking it myself since I was 17, 18 im now 31 with three boys and a missus thats close to been a nurse..and now ive decided to stop cant believe im saying it but im fed up of been lazy (never been out work like) with the kids and what to do more for them and myself..also I was constantly pie eyed smoking bongs mainly 1st and odd joint.(preferred bongs for more stronger and quicker stone) and as I got older it started to be a shotti pipe..id smoke 1 to 2 grams a day and it got to at worst 2 to 3 grams a day in last 5 year.It was getting to a point where even the top graded stuff jak chronic blues etc all high in thc wasnt hardly stoneing me wasnt happy until I had 5 pipes on bounce then I was stoned and happy for 1 hour, then same again an hour later becoming a vicious circle…so ive decided enough is enough 7 day of stopping now and im experiencing digesting problems mood swings.nausea and proper mad dreams as well as problems sleeping.no headaches though as yet.im determined to do it and will for my kids and the moaning missus…ill not lie to you all I could murder a pipe…..lol

  • ninze May 5, 2014, 1:22 pm

    Ive smoked weed for 3 years now. I actually had no plans on quitting until I went on vacation to a country that prohibits any marijuana use. I was staying there for 3 weeks. A day before leaving, I ran out but I decided not to buy anymore because I was leaving anyways. I was in the airplane and OMG just only a day and a half without weed and I already have headaches, stomach cramps irritability while I was in the airplane. Imagine seating inside in a plane for 13 hrs. Straight with severe headaches plus 3 more hrs layover in an airport and another 2 more hrs. Of connected flight with constant motion of the plane. I was dying. Im on day 3 and headaches, nausea got severe. Im am glad i if found this website. Its tuff, though I didnt plan on quitting, but forsure I am now. Fuck this, im goin to ride this until I get better. I will get rid of my bong and start a healthy life. I feel that my brain is swollen. Not to mention muscle weakness and loss of appetite. Thank you all for sharing your experiences. Its an eye opener. Yeah weed is good but I love myself this has got to stop. My heart goes to all you. lets do this goodluck to us :)

  • Wayne May 6, 2014, 9:23 pm

    On my 2nd week of going cold turkey, Been smoking weed for around 20 years off and on but in the last 3 years I became a very heavy user (for me) doing around and ounce a week, on my days off I just sat playing xbox and smoking constantly till the early hours. My withdrawals have been bad. I have sharp pains in my head that come and go out of nowhere, my heart races for no reason on an evening when I’d usually be smoking the stuff, stomach cramps and have had 2 panic attacks (I just sat in the shower both times and it seemed to help). I want this to end, I just want to feel normal again and not like I’m on the verge of a heart attack. When I’m out walking (I live in Yorkshire, England and walk 20+miles a week in the countryside) everything’s fine, but when I’m alone it’s very scary. I’m a 38 year old man who will admit to shedding a tear or two in the last couple of weeks… I’m determined though but I hope the withdrawals decline soon, I’m no fun to be around right now and I hate feeling like this. I will also add I was a believer in the bullshit of it’s not addictive, that is total crap. This is the hardest thing I have ever done, but reading most the comments on this forum has really helped, I like all you guys am not alone, Thank you.

    • Will May 17, 2014, 6:31 pm

      Keep up the good work. You will get better. We need others to share and discuss. This forum is great.

  • Jk May 7, 2014, 10:43 pm

    Hi, been smoking for about 20 years. I’m always after the best bud, smoke it everyday, moody and irritable if I don’t get a fix but hate myself for doing it when I’m stoned. I have two kids and a lovely wife . It has been a week since I quit and yes it’s bloody hard! I keep telling myself that I havnt quit and all I am doing Is taking a break to cut my intake down. Do you think this is wise ? I keep thinking I will smoke occasionally and not everyday like I used to?? Has anyone done this? I am really skinny and I’m glad that going to the gym has helped people. I guess I am just being a pot head by not wanting to give it up completely. I like getting stoned!! I am worried what the future holds for me. Help!!!

  • Saudi boy May 8, 2014, 11:15 pm

    I have been smoking hashish for 9 years, I was smoking in the daily basis. I moved to USA, WA where is marijuana is legal. I smoked marijuana here for 2 years. Also I have been smoking regular nicotine for 12 years. I decided on 10 of march that I will not smoke again ever in my life. I bought quarter ounce that day and I smoked it for one week then I took vacation for week to Orlando. I was very busy. The nicotine withdrawal disappeared and when I get back to Seattle I didn’t feel any pain or headache. I changed my routine, I go to the gym everyday. I didn’t use any kind of medicine or drug. I know that I am going to miss my Mary Jan but I have to do it because I want to be healthy person who can leave until 100 years. I know marijuana has no harm to our body but the problem when I smoke it I may smoke nicotine back again. I almost forget to tell you one to two glass of wine before you go to bed it is good idea. It is about 2 months from the last joint I smoked and from the last nicotine cigarette and I will keep continue.

  • Rob Fia May 9, 2014, 1:33 pm

    Just want to add this, I used to be addicted to heroin, but for reasons, maybe psychologically, maybe because its the last crutch i’m kicking free, I’m seriously struggling to quit smoking weed, the nausea is awful, the lack of appetite makes you feel a lot worse too, I recommend long walks to anyone whose quitting to flood your brain with the endocannabanoids its depleted, and good luck to everyone!

  • Mun of one May 10, 2014, 12:14 am

    I have been smoking the last 16 years of my life, I also been addicted to other drugs during that time but weed has been the most consistent.i managed to gave up when I was carrying but fell back into it once I gave birth, it is my 6th day of being clean and my insomnia is off the hook and my mood swings are just terrible, I gave up smoking nicotine the same day so smoke free for 6 days yay me! My partner still smokes and has no intention of gaving up which makes it twice as hard as my all my habits have to change I met him through mj), I feel like I’m going crazy tbh, I’m like a live wire I wil kick off at the slightest off things with my partner, the thing that’s gripping me the most is sleep deprivation, most of the comments on here have been inspiring to hear about people who have smoked for 10/20yrs + and have given up for more than 3 weeks knowing that there symptoms have faded, makes me determined to see out this phase, I do not want to be a stoned mother that is my motivation just suffering badly with side affects at the moment

    • David, Liverpool, England July 3, 2014, 2:09 pm

      Just keep doing what you’re doing. I also have to watch my other half smoke while I’m trying not to. Lets just hope they take inspiration from us! I hate the thought that either of my boys could find out I smoke weed. Drugs are drugs aren’t they!? I certainly dont want them following my stupid path.

      Good luck, and if u fall off the wagon, it’ll hang on ’til you jump back on.

  • Anthony May 10, 2014, 8:26 am

    Good article. I’m on day 14… Biggest change for me is at work, I’m surprised by the amount of things I can do in a day just after 2 weeks of quitting. I think weed just set the bar too high for most other tasks to compete with so I never bothered doing anything else. Guess this is a similar concept for most drugs. Main downside to quitting is the grumpiness and sleep issues :-< hope the grumpiness isn't just me though. What made quitting a lot easier for me was I needed a catalyst I.e big change, in my case I moved into a new place.

  • T May 10, 2014, 3:45 pm

    really pleased to have found this information. Turns out my 20 year old son has been smoking daily for 3 years. Recently he has blacked out and had a kind of fit and the doctors could find nothing physically wrong with him so have suggested it is the dope. He immediately decided to give up (the fits were scary) and currently he seems to spend the whole time in tears and is struggling to go to work. it has been 5 days and we have assured him it is temporary and he’s doing the right thing. Just hope he sees some improvement soon!

    • Adam June 29, 2014, 5:51 pm

      T I am 20 years old as well and am going through the exact same thing as your son. Is he doing any better after quitting?

  • Valentina May 12, 2014, 9:20 am

    I’m 16 years old and i’m having severe (not extreme) withdrawal symptoms. I have been smoking for atleast 2 years now. I quit about 3 days ago and it’s unbearable to me. (I really wonder how meth/coke addicts get off that shit, wow.) I’m sweating, extreme stomach aches, nausea, irritation, anger, even more depressed than i already was , no hunger, even less motivation, severe anxiety and panic attacks (atleast that’s what it feels like). My family says the last 4 days i have been UNBEARABLE to live with. It gets me so furious to see comments about “Wussies, try meth then tell me what you think” this isn’t about meth or coke or whatever, it’s about WEED. GTFO, what are you even doing here? Anyways, i snap at people and the least they say to me, i’m irritated as hell. So WHOEVER ignorant person said you don’t have anger problems when quiting, you OBVIOUSLY haven’t been smoking ENOUGH or long enough. I smoked EVERYDAY atleast 2 grams, in 24 hours. Mind you, i was 14 at that time. I had to quit school because my memory loss was so extreme i could not remember ANYTHING i learned at school the day before. I went from grade A student to grade D. I’m going back to school after i have quit this toxic shit. Legalize weed? Are you people really that fucking stupid? Holland (Where i live) is FULL of psychiatric clinics FILLED with kids like me who’re now FUCKED UP and have disorders because of this. I wish i never started. Weed IS a gateaway drug, it IS. Due to smoking constantly everyday weed felt like a cigarette to me. I didn’t feel anything anymore, so i started taking EX to feel like that “first time”. Man, this drug fucked my life, but i’m happy i realized that not too late. Please, don’t let your kids end up like me.. Watch out when they go out with friends, watch them when they get back home, look at their eyes, their actions, their movement. Please, it may feel good at the moment an takes your depression away for 1-3 hours but in the end you won’t feel anything and get even more depressed.

  • dedanburydlette May 13, 2014, 1:55 pm

    I have smoked pot since my 13th birthday, I am now 32. I have quit for a few month here and a few years there. The only withdrawal symptom I get is night sweats until it is out of my system. No other problems. It is silly that people are being assholes to others who haven’t smoked long. It doesn’t matter the time or frequency used, ALL OF YOU “veteran smokers” are forgetting everyone is different and we are all effected differently. Sounds like you are trying to make it into a competition and that is sad… For the people who are having mental imbalances and emotional problems, go to your local pharmacy/drug store/ etc.. and buy a supplement call 5HTP, it helps replenish seratonin and dopamine levels. As for stomach cramps and diarrhea invest in some Pepto.. There are easy remedies for most of the symptoms. Most addicts prefer to be miserable in there recovery though, so it is in your hands to embrace recovery, suck it up and deal with it or make yourself and your loved ones miserable… Good luck!

    • David, Liverpool, England July 3, 2014, 2:15 pm

      Wise words. Well said mate.

  • Mark May 15, 2014, 5:52 pm

    Thank you so much for writing this article. it is great to know that i am not alone. I have smoke every day for around 15 years (roughly 15 joints a day). I quit 11 days ago and it has been very very difficult. I have experienced every symptom you detail above, the worst of which has just beena dissasociation from my body. My body is tingling and my face feels constantly in a haze.
    I love smoking cannabis, but have gotten to the point where I have to acknowledge thati asimply not responsible enough with it. This is again anotherproblem of it being illegal where I live. There is no control of the THC levels I consume and, each year, it gets more and more difficult to get stuff which doesn’t come laden with crystals.
    Anyone claiming it has no physical addiction is a fool and has no respect for what they are putting into their body. As for all of those who are going through the same thing, I wish you the best of luck and leave you with the message that you should not give up on your journey to quit. We all began our journey of quitting for a reason, these awful withdrawal symptoms are nothing but justifcation for those reasons.

  • Will May 17, 2014, 6:25 pm

    I smoked off and on for the last 30 years. I quit for about 5 or 6 years, but have been smoking for the last 20 before quitting again 2 months ago. I smoked about a quarter oz every three weeks. I maintained a good job and am currently a VP. I quit mostly because I don’t want my kids to know. They are 10 & 8. I still plan on having an occasional hit now and then if I’m with a certain friend who smokes all the time, but I won’t have any in my house anymore or buy anymore.
    I’m not sure if I had any side effects other than the first week. I had a desire for it but it’s waning. The temptation is still there.
    I was curious if anyone else has experienced a sensation of your heart skipping a beat. I assumed this sensation is from my occasional anxiety attach. I get these sporadically, but often go 6 months without one. I manage through them and they have not prevented me from going to work or working out daily. But they are irritating. So if you have had this type of sensation after quitting, please comment and let me know.
    P.S. for all those posting, I do not see any benefit of you bashing other posters. This is supposed to be a helpful blog and every one is different.

    • Dave November 26, 2014, 9:09 am

      Hey Will. I feel exactly the same. Quit smoking 3 days ago and my heart races for no reason. I then notice it and it scares me, and causes anxiety. But then I get even more afraid, wondering if my heart racing is caused BY my anxiety, or whether my heart racing CAUSES the anxiety. I would hate to think that I have lost control of my mind to such an extent that I can’t control my anxiety. I was the happiest care-free person ever before smoking weed. This is the first time I’ve had to deal with this issue.

      I have quit before for a year, and gone on holidays for months at a time with my only symptom being night sweats and slight appetite loss. This time, though, is different. I am afraid to be alone. I am afraid to not be busy with something, because then it feels like I will notice my heartbeat and get anxious and fearful once again. It is terrible. Will this go away? Can anyone tell me that this will go away after a month or even after 90 days?

      My withdrawal is so serious that I don’t even crave weed. I am actually afraid of it, almost as if I have been conditioned against it now. I literally start feeling panicky if I think about bud… So going back to smoking does not seem like it will be an issue to me – God-willing. But this heart racing/anxiety, is not normal for me, I am not an anxious scared person… This is not me. I just hope it will go away. Someone please tell me it will go away and that I will feel normal.

      To all those who decided to quit, I want to send my positivity to you and pray that God will help you in your endeavor. The people who say weed is good for are people who are interested in one thing only – money. They just want to line their pockets. I can personally say, weed is DRUG. I’ve been through it, loved smoking and advocated pot to everyone. I was dead wrong. I have already apologized to all those who I LIED to by telling them weed is OK.

      It isn’t. 1000000000000 great highs aren’t worth it when the future you is suffering. When you’re there, suffering, you won’t even remember all those highs you had. You will just feel terrible. Thanks guys, best of luck to all of you.

      • Sese February 1, 2016, 10:51 pm

        Dave… I was very happy to read your comment. I am actually strapped to a heart monitor for 21 days. I had a severe panic attack which included hyperventilation. It caused my body cramp up and I had no control over my extremities and was temperarily paralyzed. It was terrifying as I was conscious through the whole thing. My heart races and I check my pulse all the time.

        I smoke since age 12-16 at 16 I went to a rehab facility as I was also addicted to several other substances. Never considered weed a drug. I was completely sober for two years and when I was 18 I started smoking and drinking again. I am now 26 and 13 days sober. I have had about the worse mental thoughts and because I am an advocate of self searching and reaching highest consciousness my body started to reject the weed.

        As you said something that once calmed and soothed my life now sent it into a whirl wind. I would get anxious from smoking and slowly stopped. I have no cravings. And did believe I was crazy as I didn’t think your could withdrawal from weed. Physically and mentally go hand in hand. I can assure you, it will pass, but you need to help it along the way. I do a lot of guided meditation and am constantly keeping myself busy.

        It’s a process but I’ve gone through worse and just keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. The world is much different and I believe your body is telling you you don’t need to smoke anymore. Think about it as a cleanse. Focus on the pain welcome ask it what it is trying to tell you.

        I am very thankful that someone experienced to the tee what I am going through and I have so much hope of an awesome future! Positive thoughts to all life is beautiful and it’s not about the destination it’s about the journey.

  • John May 18, 2014, 2:40 pm

    I have good news for those who are experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms. I am here to tell you that you can quite with almost no or minor withdrawal symptoms. I had been using it for 15 years almost daily, and I am clean now. In about 4 months ago I decided to quit, but the symptoms were so strong (I had all the above symptoms) that I couldn’t resist and I started again after 3 days. A few weeks later when I was able to quit smoking cigarettes using nicotine patch, I decided to make my own HTC patch. I went to Youtube.com and learn how to make “pot butter”. Then bought some empty capsule form pharmacy and fill them with pot butter. I made 3 type of capsule. 1- Full of butter, 2- half full, 3- only one drop of oil. When I was emotionally ready to quit again, I took one capsule every morning and night for the first 3 or 4 days and then only one capsule at night right before going to bed. The capsule didn’t make me Hi, I even didn’t catch a buzz, but it magically helped me to quit. No bad dream, great sleep every single night. All you had to do was after a few day switched to capsule #2 and a few day later capsule number 3 and a few days later I just stopped. You can adjust the time and intake based on your own need. Just remember this capsule should not make you hi, If it does then reduce the butter. Don’t forget to eat lots of green salad and drink water as much as you can. I also started taking vitamin D and C daily (vitamins were great help also). Good luck.

  • zombietoke May 22, 2014, 8:11 pm

    i have smoked weed since being 17, back then it was crap resin, then through my 20s it became plant, then i grew it in my 30s and since then i’ve been smoking 2-3 stupidly strong spliffs a day, without fail. It all became too much, smoking was no longer what it was and it just caused me to start freaking out. I used to love listening and making music while stoned, then it became horrific, sudden bouts of utter panic, dizziness and a feeling of passing out. Then it started happening while driving, while at work, just randomly at any time my mind idled. I was forced to stop smoking, but that nearly caused my mind to break down. so i’ve been reducing and reducing, hardly have any now, just the tiniest bit (match head size) and it instantly sets me off in a state of panic. I have a stressful job, and it can be wiped out at random times with utter panic. It was getting better recently after about 2 weeks of hardly smoking any. Tonight though i can feel a wave of panic in the background, i’ve not smoked anything…. I started to panic about the panic. i know its all in my head but i cant stop any of it. Doctor gave me betablockers to take if the attack starts, i’ve resisted on most occasions but i’ve had to have half a tablet yesterday and today. I feel fucking terrible. I think i’m dying it’s so severe. What the fuck do I do?, someone please help. This is absolutely terrible :(

    • SA May 23, 2014, 6:46 am

      Hello Everyone, I’ve smoked weed for over 15 years, heavy pot smoker here and grower, in my early 30’s now, I did manage to quit several times (largest period was 9 months), but fell back into it because what I found really difficult is the dullness I felt after I quit, although withdrawal symptoms were not a lot of fun either, I had depression, anxiety, extremely vivid nightmares, stomach pains, headaches and craving to smoke of course. I also use other drugs opiates, coke, hallucinogens a lot of times just almost anything I can get my hands on. But I’ve decided to quit about 7 weeks ago after a friend of mine overdosed on coke and opiates, we abused it for a couple of days non-stop and he just went a little overboard with it, thankfully he is ok now, we had to rush him to the hospital. But even before that I was thinking of slowing down on weed and everything, mainly weed though because that’s mainly what I smoke, I would sometimes take a break for a day or two without smoking and basically try to push it out for as long as I could. But 7 weeks ago I stopped completely and been clean of everything for 7 weeks now not even drinking alcohol, clean entirely. I just want to say that it’s been hell, depressed, anxious and all the symptoms I’ve described above.. I’ve been doing it alone, don’t have any friends here or a girlfriend to support me or any family out here and I also had to look for work during that time because I really need a job because I am really short on cash right now, (which is another reason I wanted to quit because I thought I would be more productive), still haven’t found a job but been trying my best. One of the main things I want to share here are the things that helped me so far to stay sober for 7 weeks, I would say number one thing that helped me was exercise, running/walking doing any exercise outside helps a lot!! First of all weed is stored in fat cells so by exercising you’re burning the weed stored in your body getting rid of it and it also feels really good after exercising, it’s a different type of ‘healthy high’ it really helps. One other thing for all the people having panic attacks here, I believe it has to do with breathing a lot, I’ve noticed that when I have a panic attack sometimes I actually stop breathing all together, so try to keep your breathing leveled when you feel a panic coming on, running and exercising also helps with this by the way because when you’re sitting on one place you have a tendency to slow down your breathing sometimes. Another thing that also helped me are cleansing supplements that detox your body, I would suggest to look up some natural supplements online, something that you wouldn’t be allergic, there are a lot of natural products out there and just to take them everyday, i took them even twice a day, just depends on what type of things you’re taking but just look up online for detoxing cleansing supplements and order some or buy them at a store (They’ll cost a lot less than the cost of a bag of weed each day and they’ll help you, but you have to continue to take them for a while, I’ve been off for 7 weeks and I am still taking them) Another thing that helped me is to get busy with something find a hobby or something in my case I got really busy for work, picked up some new books and also got hooked on a video game. Give it some time, for me it’s been 7 weeks and truth be told I still fell really dull sometimes and often I wake up and smell the raisin in my pipes or the crumbs of weed I have left. But I stop myself from smoking because even though I still feel dull sometime I do feel better now much less anxiety and depression and sometimes that has been replaced by a very paranoia free anxiety free happiness. I’ve completely forgotten what it feels like being happy when you’re sober, let me tell you it’s different and sometimes I find that I enjoy it even more. It’s a much more stable happiness without mood swings or paranoia, plus I’ve been more productive and definitely clear headed. So I want to say that it does get better but you have to stick to it, keep yourself occupied with something you like and just give it time and focus on the positive, try not to think less about bullshit, dwell on the good :)

  • SA May 24, 2014, 5:01 am

    Just re-read what I wrote yesterday, should have proof read – made a couple of typos, I think the most important one is the last sentence, what I meant to say was “try not to think about bullshit and dwell on the good instead” (cross out ‘less’, I wish I could edit my post but I don’t know how to do it here) lol I think it’s obvious but just wanted to clarify so it makes more sense…

    Still staying clean here, it’s been getting better, after almost 2 months I just have to battle with cravings when they come up when I feel down or anxious (there has been less of them though and I feel more stable overall) , but if you think about it feeling down or being anxious is normal sometimes to a certain extent of course, but it’s natural sometimes. Smoking weed is just one way to get yourself away from those feelings, there are many other ways to do it that are much healthier for you and don’t include any side effects, like doing something you enjoy (other than drugs lol): hobbies, meeting people you like or in my case maybe making new friends, playing some sports. I also feel that dwelling has to do a lot with intense depression or anxiety, if you think about it, there is a point in time when your anxiety or depression goes from you feeling normal to ‘oh my god I am freaking out’, pay attention to how you feel if you start heading toward that downward spiral, most importantly don’t dwell on it more, distract yourself with something and also take a deep breath, or a bunch of them, keep continuously breathing, put some feel good music, but most importantly don’t dwell on bullshit, the more you do, the bigger the problem is going to feel inside your head, at some point just tell yourself that whatever it is, it’s not worth you freaking out about it and freaking out is not going to help anyway and just try to find a solution to whatever’s happening or just think of something else, breathe, exercise, feel good music, go running all the good calm soothing stuff.. get down with it.. that’s what helps me..

  • Bert May 26, 2014, 12:37 pm

    Hey all,
    I’ve smoked the herb since I was about 17. Today I’m 30, a chronic smoker and I’m pretty sure I’m dealing with the stereotypical “30 years crisis”. I’m single, have no long-term job, no kids, etc. Looking back at what I’ve accomplished and being very disappointed with it, I’ve decided it was time to start this new decade on the right foot and that means cutting the herb.

    Now just so we’re clear, I’ve never blamed weed per se for the the situation I’m currently in. Always viewed it more as the consequence of deeper problems, rather than the cause. I’m a VERY anxious person when sober. Pot always helped me to keep focus and not lose myself in constantly imagining the worst-case scenarios all the time.

    Of late however, it’s dawned on me that a shift had occurred and that weed had most likely become a cause rather than a consequence. I’m excessively apathetic, never exercise, hardly leave the apartment unless necessary, take no initiatives what so ever, etc… etc… etc… When I wake up in the morning, one of the first things I do is “wake and bake” thus setting the tone for the remainder of the day. I.e : laziness, apathy, etc. By 4:00PM, I’m so stoned I can’t do anything but fall asleep. Things like walking my dog or brushing my teeth feel like mountains I need to climb.

    I feel as if I’m waking up and realizing that my chronic smoking has kept me a bit to focused on certain menial things, leaving me oblivious to the fact that years were passing by and I was simply drifting through them with no proper control on what I was becoming. You know that feeling you get when you hear about something, think it’s recent and then realize “Damn, that happened 6 years ago? Wtf have I been doing?!”

    I’ve never been the type to bury my head in the sand and say “Pot isn’t addictive”. Hell, if caffeine has withdrawal symptoms, pretty sure it’s safe to say pot does to. And it does. I’ve been dealing with most of all those you’ve listed above. However, don’t know about you all, but personally, I find the physical symptoms (relatively) easy to deal with. My issue is with the psychological side of things.

    I realize today that over my numerous years of chronic smoking, I’ve come to associate almost everything in my life with pot. Car ride? Need a joint. Listening/playing music? Definitely need a smoke. Gaming on a computer? DEFINITELY need a smoke. Watching a movie? Not without a joint… And the list goes on and on and on. I feel as if most of the things in my life lose meaning if I’m not smoking a joint while doing them.

    Evidently, my social life follows the same patterns. For years now, most, if not all, the people I’ve hung around with were chronic smokers. My best friend and closest confidant is a chronic smoker to and, as if that wasn’t enough, he’s of the type that buries his head in the sand (He’s of the – Pot? Lol, that’s not addictive, try smoking cigarettes and you’ll see what addiction is all about – type of rhetoric)

    I feel as if, were it only for the physical symptoms, I could of tackled my addiction years ago (yes, I’ve tried quitting multiple times before). It’s the mental construct I’ve built around weed that is my biggest hurdle. As if, by not smoking, the life I’ve been living for the past 15-ish years is meaningless.

    During these past years, I have not smoked every single day. There have been times (very seldom) where I went 4-5 days without a smoke, others where I went 12-24 hours. The big irony? Most of the times, it was harder to endure 12-24 hours without a smoke rather than 4-5 days. Why? From my experience, it’s because during those 4-5 days, I was in a different “routine”. Often, it’s because I was away with no access to bud. Sometimes, I was just so busy I did not have time to stop and properly smoke. It’s only after that I would realize “Hey, I just went for 3 days without a smoke and it went well!” The moment I settled back into my routine though… I was done for. 12 hours without the bud felt like eternity.

    Now, as stated above, none of us react in the same way. It has A LOT to do with body chemistry. However, if I were to throw my 2 cents into the lot, I would strongly suggest breaking up your routine. Take on new activities you don’t associate with smoking. Try hanging around with different people (if at all possible) that don’t smoke. Keep yourself busy as much as possible. Once you’re confident you’ve gotten through most of the physical symptoms then consider picking up those pot-associated activities you put on hiatus.

    I think the main reason why I never succeeded in the past, is because I wasn’t willing to break up my routine. Therefore, at some point, I would falter. Now, I’m going all-in. Going back to school, moving to a new place, dropping my current job, slowly but surely putting some distance between me and my pot-smoking friends… if this doesn’t do it, then honestly I don’t know what will.

    So yeah… all this to say that physical symptoms are one thing, just don’t underestimate the psychological side of things. I’d wager that for many, it’s a bigger hurdle than all the rest.

    ***Sidenote***
    To all those out there that think all this is a non-issue, good for you. You need not bother with us, clearly you don’t have these problems. This is not meant to be a pissing-contest and you’re no better or worse for not having any issues with quitting pot. However, I’ll be venturing a little guess. Why would you be here in the first place reading these posts? To flex your muscles and show the world you’re better and don’t have any of the issues being discussed here? Doubtful… you most likely have much better things to do with your time (if not, I’m sad for you). My guess is that deep down inside, you do have an issue, you know it but you just won’t admit to it. That’s ok, I’ve been there, done that. Somewhere down the road, when you stop, look back and realize what you’ve wasted, I’m pretty sure you’ll change your mind.

  • Liv May 26, 2014, 4:54 pm

    Don’t know wether people still post on this, but I came across the article and honestly can say it’s the only article that has helped. Also reading all the past comments being posted.

    I quit after having a bad experience with the drug, I’ve been clean for nearly a month now, I’ve experienced all these symtoms and still experiencing them. Had panic attacks for around 2 weeks after smoking, thought my heart was coming out of my chest, depression, blurry vision which I thought I should see what’s up so I got tested. (later found out I needed glasses though for reading haha) major headaches and head pressure which has recently cleared up thankgod, horrible vivid dreams, which actually makes me confused where i actually think ‘ has it happened or not’, they have slowly been getting better and starting to feel like I can sleep all the way though. Used to shake so bad that I couldn’t barley hold a pen, hardly shake anymore which is great! Keep overthinking things. Anixtey has been getting better-ish I’ve recently noticing I’ve started sweating a hell of a lot more, which is horrible. The worst thing that I am currently dealing with is where I feel like I’m living a dream, it’s awful, it mostly happens from waking, just want it to go, but I know that it will slowly but surely (hopefully).

    I defiantly feel a lot better than I did when I first stopped. Time is the biggest healer. After reading this article I am so thankful I’m not going crazy or dieing and it nice to know that people are going though the same as me! It so reassuring! I would never go back to smoking that stuff, or advise anyone to do it. I only started doing it a lot more due to my brother passing away just over year ago and it seemed to help with the grief a little. I’m glad I’m starting to get clear, and I hope everyone who’s posted is on there way to recovery, I wish you all the best of luck, everything is going to be okay.
    (Sorry if there is any spelling mistakes haha)

  • Nick from London May 27, 2014, 7:08 pm

    Hi I’ve been experiencing really horrible symptoms after quitting smoking weed. I was a heavy smoker for 7 years smoking all day, I do work but I finish quite early around 12 pm so it gave me the rest of the day to get fucking high. I’d smoke at least 7 joints a day more at weekends of strong skunk. I didn’t realise I was compensating for emotional difficulties by smoking it would give me a captain America sort of shield that blocked my problems out instead of facing them. Well I’m on my 4th day of not smoking weed and I’ve honestly never felt like this before. I get really anxious and start to panic, I make up stories in my head I I get a pain anywhere in my body I automatically think he worst, I’ve been experiencing chest pains, palpitations,dizziness, panic attacks, blurry vision, sleep problems, concentration problems, fatigue etc etc. Anyone that says they think its easy to give up is fucking stupid its one of he most if not the most horrible feeling I’ve ever had. I’m glad I found this page it has helped me loads listening to other peoples stories and some similar to mine might have to get somethin of the doc to take the edge off of quitting, this is not good!!!!!!!!!

  • Nona May 28, 2014, 7:21 pm

    I am on day 64. I smoked resin for the first 8 years until the supply started to run dry and a good friend started to grow his own weed and smoked that for 9 years. I smoked anyone under the table and enjoyed every joint I ever had, I loved weed and thought it loved me too. I gave up for 11 months when I fell pregnant and managed to stay weed free for 2 months to breastfeed, but the urge for a joint was too strong so weened my son off and got back on the weed. I enjoyed a good 5 year stretch of smoking every evening managing to fit 3-4 joints in every night. I knew I had to give up as I was starting to feel guilty about smoking weed as my son was starting to grow up and didn’t want him to see me. I had experienced the odd dry spell and had no withdrawal symptoms whatsoever. One night after smoking my heart started racing, my pulse was 110 and not going down, I ended up staying up all night. I now realise I was suffering from a panic attack due to my racing heart. I went to the doctors the next day for an ECG and it all came back fine and the doctor also sent me for tests which also came back fine. Due to this episode I decided to give up weed for good. Having never experienced withdrawal symptoms before (even when pregnant) I was shocked at the severity of my withdrawal, which I can only make sense of now that I am “clean”, I experienced severe anxiety all day and night, couldn’t eat and had a racing heartbeat for about 10 days. I had a constant feeling of impending doom and could barely function. The withdrawal symptoms lasted for about a month my sleeping leveled out quite quickly but I was such a light sleeper that anything would wake me up. Now at day 64 I can honestly say I am over it, I sleep like a log, no longer have dizzy spells and the anxiety has completely gone. Having never had a problem with weed I was surpised at how quickly this changed, I was that person who thought people were over reacting when they said they had a bad reaction to weed and thought they were exagerating. I don’t think weed is necessarily bad but I do believe your reaction can change rapidly. I passed all my exams and held down a respectable job and no one knew about my habit, now I just feel different I’m still the same person doing the same things just minus the weed, my partner still smokes and that’s his choice but me giving up hasn’t changed our relationship. It is hard to give it up but you can do it and come out the other side. Good luck to all those who are in the early days, it is hard but keep focused on being weed free, those who don’t want to give up keep an eye out for your body telling you it’s time to give up.

  • Daniel H June 1, 2014, 9:07 am

    I’ve been smoking for 12 yrs, I’m 25 now for the past 3 months I’ve been fighting my self to quit but everyone around me smokes n it’s pretty much just givin to me so it makes it much harder I’m going to quit I really want to … I’m going to do it for my family my daughter …but for Most of all ME …I’m addiceted and don’t wanna be but my temptation is strong but I need to grow up and put that immature high school play time drug down and really get a grasp on life I don’t like to b dependent on pot to make me feel more comfortable to go out into public it’s like I’m afraid of the world witch is funny because I used to be a MMA cage fighter not scared of anyone or anything till about 2 yrs ago I got shot for 10 dollars of pot … but ironically it helps me coup with the anxiety and tension I now feel from the world I want help I need help I wanna quit I need to quit just don’t know how to or were to start… I think I’m my biggest problem not the pot

  • H June 3, 2014, 10:11 pm

    Like many of you I’ve been a stoner for well over 15 years. I’d just like to share my experience of withdrawal. All the above symptoms mentioned I’ve experienced to, crying, depression, severe anxiety, irritability to name but a few. What I did to combat the withdrawals was to change my entire lifestyle. Begin by changing diet, vitamin supplements such as omega 3 to help with the headaches, vit b,c and d to boost your neuroleptic nerve function combined with a fat free diet. Drink only water and green tea( for the thiamine natural relaxant).Caffeine and sugar will make insomnia worse. Try cranberry juice to detox the toxins in the liver. Exercise every day to relieve the tension and anxiety. Plus THC is stored in the fat of your stomach so you need to burn that fat off to get the withdrawal moving along quicker. Sauna will all help to remove the toxins left behind. Acupuncture and holistic massage also have immense benefits.
    Join a twelve step fellowship ie Alcoholics Anonymous, narcotics anonymous or if you have one locally marijuana anonymous will support you through this. The power of other addicts helping one another through this transition is awe inspiring. Remember we didn’t become addicted over night so easy does it. One step at a time, you’ll succeed if you really want to! You use you lose! The thought of attending meetings will often scare many people it did me, however, to conquer your addiction you must go to any lengths, do what you have to do. You’d of gone to any lengths to score skunk treat your recovery the same way. My sponsor always says to me, when I’m having one of those days, ie anxiety crying etc, “it will pass” and he is alway right. Remember are brains are sensitive and take time to readjust after constantly being sedated by skunk. You will recover! Finally, are stinking thinking never got us anywhere while we were smoking skunk, you need to change the way you think about things, make this change by following the twelve steps or find a counsellor who can give you some cognitive behavioural therapy in order to do this. Choose life, not a life of smoke smoke smoke like I did for far long, life’s short embrace society and life on life’s terms and live free! Respect to you all for doing what your doing it takes courage hope and strength to beat this, and the end reward will be something to behold! Stay strong. H

  • Erick June 4, 2014, 4:28 pm

    This website really helped I quit smoking and I was getting all that crap it says. I was freaking out. The headache, puking, not eating right sweating more than usual… Thank you mental health daily.

  • Ben Hew June 8, 2014, 11:20 pm

    I’ve been cannabis free for just over a month and most of my withdrawal symptoms have left (thank god). Initially for the first 3-4 days I was actually very happy and had a lot energy…Then came the vivid dreams, the insomnia, the awful paranoid and social and generalized anxiety (I actually believed my new work colleagues were talking about me and discussing how weird and how mentally unstable I was. Which was not the case) the depersonalization and the depression. It was awful, one of the worst experiences of my life. But as I said most have left now and I only suffer with mild anxiety which I know for a fact will leave eventually. I also found that I was having some involuntary thoughts which wasn’t nice either? But anyway, I wish everyone the best of luck on their journey to quitting! It’s a tough one! But you must stick at it, the reward at the end is priceless. Clarity. I quit personally because I was having really bad anxiety, I used to smoke and then not talk to anyone and just go upstairs and google whether i was insane or not. It was fucking me up big style. I smoked for 4 years almost everyday varying amounts. Its not worth it and i wish i had never started. It does nothing but distort your sense of reality. Cannabis may not kill you, But it will kill the person you used to be.

  • just joshing June 9, 2014, 1:42 pm

    I had breaks from smoking, every year for the last 20+ years.
    Some of the comments here reminded me of this
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUPHlAbAf2I

    • Sarah June 16, 2014, 6:33 am

      Lmao, thanks for this!!!! This made me laugh so hard!! It’s 1:30am and I needed to smile since my entire day has sucked (day 2 of detox).

      “Have you ever sucked a dick for marijuana??? (Chapelle thinks about it and answers no)!! Boo him” hahahahahaha *dead

  • Alex June 9, 2014, 4:17 pm

    Thank you for this. Although I am envious of those that dont experience withdrawal from this drug. It is a real problem and I think more positive articles like this should be out there. Warning people that moderation is key is dam good advice and spreads across almost every topic. Those calling this bs should go to a local rehab and see just how many types of maurijuana support programs there actually are. Dont be willfully ignorant. Thanks again. All the best to all y’all.

  • Chris June 13, 2014, 7:03 am

    Hi. I first want to say thank you to everybody who shared their experience, it has been invaluable to me, especially knowing I wasn’t alone or going crazy or goin to die! I have been a total stoner since 13, I am 33 now. I smoked about a quad a week or more of California chronic. The best I could get. 3 ft glass bong in my house and an arizer solo everywhere I went. I started before I left the house to work, smoked at work, after work etc…. I don’t drink or smoke cigs so to my totally sober wife this seemed ok and not a prob. After having my second child six months ago I started questioning my life etc and thought it was time to live in the present instead of being ripped out of my ass all the time. Nobody seemed to mind since I was the typical super happy no prob stoner dude. But the last few sessions of ultra strong weed and had gotten me so high I could barely tie my shoes.

    I decided it was time to quit or slow it down so I really cut back, it had never been a prob before for me. I smoke about a quarter a week or more.

    This was about a month ago. I stopped smoking in the day and would only smoke in the eve after the kids where in bed. At this time I started being really cranky, lost my appetite, started worrying about ridiculous things and stopped enjoying activities I used to love doing. My bike stayed in the garage. I was wondering what was up, never even thinking that my herb habit had anything to do with it. About eight days ago I stopped completely beacuse it up just became a pain to go wash the bong etc.. Whatever. Then it really started. Panic attacks, racing heart. The disassociation. Omg . I thought I was dying of some unknown disease. Like really dying. Wouldn’t leave the house in extreme fear of something bad happening. Pure fucking fear. Hot flashes, my stomach in knots. Depression , sadness, hating myself. Thinking I was going crazy. The gym I go to displays everybody’s heart rate on the screen with your name, I’d be at 120 just standing there. I talked to my lady about depression, anxiety was freaking me out clutching the steering wheel of the car with white knuckles , driving ten miles of side streets cause I couldn’t get on the freeway. Feelings i couldnt admit to anyone because I’d have a panic attack. I wrote letters to relatives I hadn’t spoken in years with apologizing for trivial issues. Thinking I was getting fired from work for dumb matters when the work was better than ever. Waking up terrified from ultra vivid nightmares and acting like nothing was going on beacuse I really though I was going crazy and didn’t want my family to think I was nuts. It seemed like Donnie Darko was my reality. The paranoia was relentless. I couldn’t watch end of the world apocalypse types shows with out totally freaking out. It really felt like my world was flipped upside down and I worried I was developing some type of mental disorder. I though I was having a heart attack and this is all in the last week. My buddy came over , we puffed like old times and a couple days ago and I didn’t even think twice. He came over so we could ride our bikes and after we smoked a j on the porch I told him I was too tired and sorry. The truth use was freaked out we where goin to be runn over and die beacuse a moth flew in out faces and it was an omen. He left and racing thoughts flooded my brain. I didn’t go to sleep till 3 am only cause I forced myself to lye down and close my eyes. My daughter woke up crying she’s a baby and I hopped out of bed and ran freaking out like we needed to evacuate the house. My wife realized there was a problem. I was really scared for my life in a way I had never experienced. Four hours ago after writing my stepmother whom I hadn’t talked to in four years a very emotionally charged email I decided on a whim to google marijuana withdrawal half believing it was a myth. Not even realizing that it might be connected to what I had been experiencing. I have a half oz of the best weed ever in my garage and will prob give it away to my buds. I never want to experience this again. I just wanted let everyone know that just knowing what was happening to me was a. Huge comfort and relieved the anxiety of just not knowing what was happening to me. It was half the battle. I know now it will get better and will never look back. I might puff here or there in future but not for a long time. I want my body and mind to heal and be what it needs to be. And I have a newfound respect for mental sanity, lol.

    All I can say is thank god for this article, and forum posts. It has giving me the comfort of knowing what is happening to me, that I’m not alone and it gets better. Thanks! I will update my experiences as my withdrawal gets better. I run a lot and it seems to be one of the only things that helps. It gets me tired so I can sleep and I releases my runners high that make me happy and not scared. Positive thoughts and all my love!!!!

  • Dallas June 13, 2014, 11:47 pm

    I’ve been smoke free for 5 days now and believe me, I’m struggling. Over the five plus years I spent smoking, I’ve managed to quit 2 times for about a month, this being my third. The last time I quit my symptoms got so bad that I heavily considered suicide and ended up in a mental hospital for a week. One would think that I had learned my lesson, but only a month or so later I fell back into my old ways.

    Here are a few things I’ve learned about quitting that may help some of you. I do realize that body chemistry differs from person to person. I’ve had friends who seemed to have no trouble quitting while I felt as if my world was crashing down around me.

    1. Loss of appetite: To me this is key to marijuana withdrawal and overcoming appetite issues have greatly eased the process of quitting for me. The brain requires a certain amount of nutrients to function normally. If you’re skipping meals because of nausea, you are more than likely further inducing your brain’s inability to function. It’s like hanger (hunger+anger) on steroids. Find foods that are easy to trick yourself into eating and consume small amounts throughout the day. These are some things I keep when I’m going through withdrawals: pickles, fruit, chicken and tomato soup, smoothies, yogurt, and some rice dishes. Fall back on your comfort foods and you may be surprised at how much better you feel. Also, don’t force yourself to eat when nauseated. Find a way to break the anxiety before attempting to eat such as taking a hot shower or going for a run to break your anxiety. Try to be patient.

    2. Exercise: I’ve also found exercise to be a great help when withdrawing. You’re not going to feel like it at all, but force yourself to go outside to take a walk or go on a bike ride. Over the time you’ve been smoking, you’ve been building up and storing more and more toxins in your body. Due to the weed itself or just because you’ve become lethargic. The more you sweat, the better you will feel. I’m not sure how scientific this is, but I believe that the night sweats we experience are due to the brain fighting to force the poisonous build up out of our bodies. By sweating through exercise, we help to speed up the process. Also, the high that you’ll get from exercise will be somewhat comparable (hardly) to the high you’re used to. It’s something to look forward to at least.

    3. Water: Drink lots of it! Make sure you’re constantly hydrating.

    4. Distance yourself from those who continue the habit. As strong as you may think you are, you’re not strong enough to keep yourself from smoking when hanging out with friends who are. It’s the addictive personality that many of share that keeps us coming back.

    5. Keep yourself busy. Focus on work, school and if you have nothing to do then force yourself out of the house. Laying around does not help to speed up the process.

    6. Breathe.

    I hope these tips help some of the withdrawal symptoms many of you are experiencing. Unfortunately, there’s no miracle cure and even when following my own advice as closely as possible, I still struggle with mild insomnia, nausea, erratic thoughts, anxiety, night sweats, depression, etc. That’s what I get for not moderating my use and I’ve paid dearly for it. Thanks for reading. Good luck to you all.

    Dallas

  • andres June 14, 2014, 7:36 pm

    day 3 of quitting and feel really bad, stared smoking after high school, 2008, now its that i decided to quit because im tired how this herb got a hold of me, im tired to see life passing by and im not doing sht, most of the people i knew went to college got degrees, some are now even married, but here i am same place, watching life passing by without doing anything but get high everyday, 3 times a day, didn’t want to go to collage cuz all i wanted was to get high, didn’t wanted to socialize cuz all i wanted was to get high, got to stop or else im going to die, 3 years ago, i stopped getting high from regular joins and small bong rips, so i stared doing the “gravity bong” to get bigger hits, so my tolerance is off the roof , now day 3 cant sleep, cant eat, stomach hurts, cant stop sweating last 2 days i woke up soaked in my own sweat, depressed, and today as i was taking a shower, i stared getting tingly feeling in hands and legs and all the sudden, the biggest cramp ever, in my arms, both of them, they locked up in a claw position for like 5 minutes, it was really painful, now im shaking worse than an earthquake, i really hope i can make it.

  • Danny June 15, 2014, 8:19 am

    After smoking almost an 8th a day, everyday of the finest you can find in Vancouver, BC — I’ve decided it’s time to kick the habit. So far I’m on Day 2; 2:00am as I write this actually… Guess that makes it day 3!

    I woke up this morning to anxiety. My heart was pounding pretty hard and I definitely wasn’t at rest. Even now I feel a slight bit of discomfort, however I’ve definitely eased up since earlier. My friend hosted a BBQ for her husband and, since I’m visiting from out of time, I’ve been staying here (day 3 now). I stayed indoors and ate alone as I really didn’t want to be in a social setting; felt like I had butterflies. I actually hung with the kids instead and played video games to try and relax… But I still experienced the underlying effects of quitting in cold turkey fashion.

    I’ve enjoyed smoking weed and at ~$3/gram you can see why I had no desire to stop–simply too much enjoyment for such a small tag. It was like an escape. But you know what? It’s not worth it. Maybe you have a great connect, but you will pay a higher price in other ways.

    I encourage everyone who quit to keep at it! And if you haven’t yet, then I pray you do. With every toke your dreams go up in smoke.

    Danny.giobikes@gmail.com (if you ever need encouragement just holla)

    All the best,
    Danny

  • Anto June 15, 2014, 9:27 am

    Hello Goku.
    I am in the exact same situation here with DP/DR and intense anxiety and concentratiin problems. How you are doing so far?

  • Sarah June 16, 2014, 6:19 am

    OMG it’s only been 2 and a half days, and I’ve experienced insomnia, dizzy spells, severe panic attacks (just had one 2hrs ago), crazy jitters, the shakes, feel like I’m freezing or I’m sweating profusely, clammy hands and feet, irritability, and that’s all I can think of right now. I’ve been smoking on and off for about 5yrs, but the past year I started smoking 5 grams in 6-10 days. When I’m not at work all I do is smoke. I’m planning on getting pregnant and that is why I’m trying to stop! I can’t believe this is happening!! There’s been times in the past where I didn’t smoke for several months and I would experience these symptoms to very mild degree (except insomnia). It is kind of scaring me :(

  • Bree June 19, 2014, 3:19 am

    I quit 17 days ago after having smoked regularly for 4 years . I have bipolar disorder and all the withdrawl symptoms I have anyways … The reason I started smoking in the first place was for depression, anxiety, mood swings, insomnia, pain in my body and stomachaches . I would say the marijuana improved these symptoms by about 50% , making like feel more tolerable . My biggest problem is I hate people and don’t like Leaving the house because I have fits of rage and anxiety … I would smoke in order to get myself pumped up about leaving . These last two weeks have been absolutely miserable ; I am definitely having bad withdrawl symptoms . It’s confusing though because I don’t know if it is my disorder or the withdrawal .
    I’m being forced to quit ; it is not of my choosing . I plan to be off it for at least four months to try to see what I’m like “normal” . But I plan to smoke again because I love it and don’t see how it has any negative impact on me . Except for my liver health . Trouble is I am also an alcoholic and now that I can’t smoke I am more likely to binge drink…
    Just felt like venting I guess but also maybe looking for answers from someone else who experiences mood/personality disorder and has experience with the drug .

  • jesse June 19, 2014, 2:39 pm

    nobody quitS smoking marijuana because they want to, they quit because they have to. For example, getting a new job, being on probation,or having a child, marijuana is the greatest thing in the world and everyone should love it and never quit, I have recently been put on federal probation and I quit cold turkey. I’ve been smoking marijuana heavily
    (14 grams a day) since 1999 and I’ve experienced no withdrawals. eat s*** and die if you are anti marijuana

  • clancy June 20, 2014, 5:33 pm

    this may give inspiration to a few. i’m 60. i have been smoking pot for 45 years. i had a 6 month break 19 years ago, that’s it. moved to colorado 6 years ago and know many growers here. needless to say, this is the best pot we have ever seen in our lifetimes. i smoked morning to night. i am self employed so that is not a problem.

    recently i have had a heavy feeling in my lungs and what was getting to be somewhat of a chronic sore throat. I exercise regularily and was suddenly starting to feel a bit more fatigued…. so I quit 6 days ago.

    the first couple days was a little rough, but I immediately began feeling better about my health. some kind of intense anxiety and whatnot… just drank a couple beers when that started spiking, and just focused on good diet, etc., which I normally do anyway…just a bit more.

    well, 6 days in and I didn’t wake up thinking about my first cappucino and morning bowl. I didn’t even think about it until about noon yesterday, after I had gone on a bike ride, and I felt amazingly great.

    I never liked vaping. I like the great tastes of all the great flavors we have here and only liked flower. Last night we had a big dinner party and the pressure was a bit on. I came downstairs and did a vape hit and just got whacked.

    I was a bit worried that I’d be craving again, but this morning all is good and no desire. So my way of thinking is…. the vape, with long ass tube a long way from my lungs, is child’s play compared to burning doobies the entire day. I have that go to… when I feel the urge, and feel my health will not suffer from a vape every once in a while, but I can feel the dependence fading.

    Glad I did this, as it lets me know how I stand emotionally, etc., without pot continuously. it’s a whole way of life that you give up. and granted, i cheated a bit, but i am staying within my goals and headed in the right direction. I have enough loyalty to myself to not let this turn into a health issue, and feel i’d be letting myself down if i fired up at present, so all is good. head is good. concentration and motivation up slightly. and my nose is smelling shit that i haven’t smelled in years. seriously.

    piece of cake. something new. try it…. well, try it if you are 60 and have smoked your entire life. it’s sort of a no brainer that your lungs can’t hold out forever.

  • Wishvam June 22, 2014, 1:17 pm

    hello all,
    Its my third day and I am feeling a lot better tapering off. Its just the similar feeling that i use to get when i started smoking(More confidence).I use to smoke 8-15 joints per day and its for 3 years. Now after just three days I decided to taper off , I reduced to 3 joints per day. Hoping to reduce it to one joint per 15 days. I believe then it isn’t matter to quit.

    It all started when i took a ibuprofen while i was heavily depressed despite being HIGH. The combo gave super panic attack and Depersonalization issue.(It seems ibuprofen takes all High at once)
    Its as if i lost my identity. I forgot who i was and how i use to be, believing and living with imaginary characters of mine.
    I then decided to stop and enter the reality. So the Things i do are

    1. Maintaining a journal of withdrawal symptoms and mental health.
    2. Doing simple tasks at craving time that I sure can complete and as I look back after completion I would have skipped One interval of intake.
    (and this helps me. I decided to taper off.)
    3. Having sticky notes in frequent place we see, highlighting the cause for quitting. (i use notes in my laptop which is my frequent place),

    Again that’s a working procedure for just me. I tried to quit 3 times and only this method is working. Hope it might help some.

  • Taylor June 22, 2014, 9:02 pm

    I’ve been smoking all day everyday for 14 years.
    I am on day 5 without smoking and I have got many of the symptoms.

    I have never taken pills for headaches before but I have the last 2 days. I’m sweating a lot and becoming dehydrated.quickly. Insomnia is a serious problem. If I’m deadbeat tired, i call asleep for a couple hours. Wake up and can’t fall back asleep. Fell asleep at 10pm. Woke up at midnight and couldn’t fall back asleep for 8 hours

    Small amount of irratbility.
    Cold turkey is brutal. Might ween off…

  • AJ June 23, 2014, 12:41 pm

    For everyone here experiencing withdrawal, keep your heads up, we’re all going through more or less the same process. For some of us, it may take a little longer to get healthy, or the symptoms may be a little stronger, but as soon as you decide to leave the cycle that the drug creates, you’re most definitely on the track to full recovery. Step one in the process is to accept the signs your body gives you in order to let you know it doesn’t like what you’re doing to it (dizziness, anxiety, etc.). Like the article says, do not freak out and do not lose your cool, these are only reactions sparked by you deciding to get a substance out of your body that it has become used to taking. The simple fact that you’ve made up your mind to quit is the sign that you’ll get over the withdrawal, and trust me, it won’t take that long to feel better. Check your progress after 3 months (it may take a little longer to clear completely but don’t worry, by this time no matter how long you smoked you will feel noticeably better) and seek medical attention if the anxiety gets annoying. I didn’t smoke for as long as a lot of people (almost every day for 3 months) but I did abuse the drug in the sense that I used it to be more social at parties (I’m a student in college) and to “relax”, eventually developing quite a dependence for it, hence why I’m experiencing withdrawal symptoms despite not a very long duration of using. Its’s been 4 1/2 weeks and the dizziness is pretty bad in my case but I accept it and it’s starting to get a lot better; good hydration, sugars to raise blood sugar levels, eye drops to clear vision, and calming your body all help this particular symptom. Speaking of hydration, eating well and drinking plenty of water just help you feel more healthy overall regardless of weed withdrawal, as well as sleep and exercising. Try to excersise, and more importantly get adequate rest. I support all of you, you’ll all be fine don’t worry. You’re not “losing your mind”, you’re only going through withdrawal. It’s simply your body adjusting to changes. Heck, everyday clean is actually having the opposite effect, you’re actually “getting your mind back” even though you never lost it to begin with, you just smoked a lot of weed and got kind of groggy because you’re body got used to the high dopamine then come down cycle, and it’s a lot to put your body through if you think about it. Just a reminder, people who are crazy/lose their minds are not aware of it. You’ll be great, don’t worry. God bless you all and seriously, if you would like someone to talk to everyday about the process contact me at aj8265@gmail.com. I’m no expert on drug rehabilitation but I like helping others and never want to see people struggle, especially with things I know from experience may be hard. Keep your heads up guys!

    P.S Don’t forget to seek the right people and socialize. Cut out the people that may hold you back from moving on, not in a vain sense but just so you can avoid environments that aren’t conducive to your recovery. Help them once you’re in a position to but also remember you can only help those who want to help themselves. It may be hard to socialize with all of these things slightly out of wack but do it anyway. The right people/relationships will always pull you straight out of any bad mental state, including anxiety and depression (hence why they always say all that hypothetical kid in school who was depressed and antisocial really needed was a couple good friends/relationships) It’s definitely a rewarding experience. However, all in all just keep your heads up guys!

    P.P.S That was a long PS sorry guys hahah

  • some1 June 24, 2014, 4:18 am

    Apparently I have been a passive smoker because of a neighborg smokes quite extensively and due to airflows in our multistorey app. all the fumes come to my apartment.

    As symptoms I have had visual snow: halos, difficulties with black&white contrasts and I got my first visual migraine attack four years ago, apparently when the neighbourgh moved in.

    Also, I have had these problems that I don’t see things, I mean I see them well and clear, but don’t make a connection with what I see. I have learned it is due to kannabis making you to focus more on the visuals and disconnecting the rest of the brain from what you are seeing. And I just hate that. I’ve couple times been almost under trams and lorries, because it just slows your reactions down. And I do roadcycling, a lot. I’ve learned I have to be extra careful, but sometimes it just does not help either if I forget.

    And one day just recently I was late for work because I just got lost in time. A very weird experience.

    Now this guy has been away couple of days and last night I was sweating a lot and having the weirdest action dreams and kept waking up. But otherwise I have had this great feeling of normalness back! I don’t feel like wordl is muffled but feel like I used to be. Can think clear and don’t have weird emotianal up and downs and unpurposeful things going on, bit like being mildly drunk I guess. I can plan and think ahead. A very nice feeling overall indeed. I hope the neighbourgh stays away long.

    Guess it is quite unusual to get effected by passive smoking, but I am sensitive person for any kind of substances. Like black pepper if I eat it makes me wake up and not getting sleep. Also tobacco does the same. I only need to be in a room where someone has smoked and even if there is no smoke left I cannot get sleep. I can stay awake two to three nights no problem. My friends know not to some around me. : )

    Maybe I just need to start taping the door so the fumes don’t get in or something. Or move. The problem with the latter is how to find a place where there isn’t a similar problem with neighbourgs.

  • PS4 June 25, 2014, 5:04 am

    I have smoked for over 10 years. Sometime as much as going through an 8th a day. My wife and I have finally decided to stop together, and it has been a challenge. Despite what everyone says, get yourself a few gallons of green tea with no sugar or caffeine. Whenever I detox I use it and I feel replenished after a week of heavy pissing. Exercise, and remember you can do everything you did with a blunt in your mouth! Except there is a lot less paranoia, and people can’t bust you for shit.

    • steve July 2, 2014, 11:51 am

      Hi Guys
      I have been smoking every day now for almost 29 years. I have always worked in full time employment and been a keen gym user I have run my own business for the last 2 years which I am highly motivated about. Over the years I have given up weed on three separate occasions on average about 10 days each time and all of which were incredibly hard. Finally I have had enough last week I started to get chest pains and this has really turned me off smoking again so I quit there and then ok so the old side effects kick in like night sweats and headaches but this time I am going to stick to it and will be going back to the gym next week once my chest infection is better as I am on anti-bitotics at present. This time I will stick to it I also visited my Mum in hospital last week who has been a 20 a day ciggie smoker all her life she is now 74 and has tubes in her throat to feed her and supply her with oxygen after having throat cancer. If that isn’t enough to turn me off smoking then nothing is I am prepared to conquer this terrible affliction once and for all. It is all down to the individual.

  • Charlie July 2, 2014, 2:38 am

    At last stopped the weed after 2 years and was feeling the symptoms so decided to have heroin as a substitute to get rid of the withdrawal symptoms and I now feel much better. So for all you people out there who ate trying to quit heroin is your best bet. If you still feeling the symptoms then try some crack with it it will help calm your nerves good luck

  • Ray July 2, 2014, 5:51 am

    I have been a stoner everyday since I was 16 now I am 24 and haven’t smoked for two month the first 10 days was extremely difficult with severe symptoms such as irritability headaches cravings and anxiety but thankfully I had the good network of caring people supporting me. The best way I find to deal with it was going to the gym and focusing on improving my health and avoiding all dealers and those who I use to smoke with. For two years since graduating I was unemployed however since I quit smoking I was invited to a lot of job interviews and just landed myself a sick graduate job in Investment banking. Shows what you can achieve without weed!

  • martin July 3, 2014, 6:40 pm

    I’m on day 14 cold turkey…been a heavy weed smoker 2 grams day min. for 25 years. Been tired of it for a long time now…..I am on cyprolix (30days now) and I’m doing well…I have not had an urge to toke since day 2…vivid dreams and tired is all I’m going through…I can deal with that…my spouse toke but we have a strict rule…I don’t want to see it or smell it…I also have my own tin of weed and pipe which I loaded on day 2 (but didn’t smoke). I’m keeping it cause I know I have it and could use it, but have made a purposeful decision not to…sort of self empowerment ..hey if it works , why not…..also having a goal helpS..I want to get my a/z licence…all in all very easy, not sure why I waited so long. good luck everyone.

  • Trish July 4, 2014, 12:09 pm

    I have smoked Marianas since I was 13 and now I’m 33. I quit for 1 year then went back to smoking around 5 grams a day sometimes more sometimes less. I have decided to quit and I have severe withdraw. I have digestion problems and a severe headache. All the aches and pains are killing me. Any long time smoker will have withdrawals. Short term smokers will not have severe withdrawal if they have any at all. Good luck on everyone’s journey on becoming weed free.

  • james July 5, 2014, 2:00 am

    I’m on day two of sobriety after 20 plus years of 24/7 high. I made heavy duty stoners look like lightweights. 600-800 dollar a month addiction. Yes it’s embarrassing to admit. Yes I feel like an idiot. Right now my withdrawals are pretty serious and I’m having a very hard time. Please wish me well in my journey through hell. I’m doing this for my wife andchildren. They deserve better than what I have offered thus far.. I am a addict.

  • Trev July 5, 2014, 10:11 pm

    After readin these comments it sounds like the problem isnt marijuana, its people who think they know whats best for everyone else. I smoke marijuana every day with no ill effects. If i dont feel like smoking it, i dont. But when someone forces me to not use an organic plant, i feel very distressed and that is when i experience these “symptoms of withdrawl”. Marijuana helped me overcome social anxiety, and depression when my father died. I have seen drugaddicts but i have never heard of or seen a marijuana user as a drugaddict. We dont lose our minds and break into stores to get money for our next fix. I am disgusted at the thought of someone telling me what i can or canno do and i will never stop using this wonderful god given flower.

  • Will July 9, 2014, 10:44 am

    I’m visiting today because I’m now 10 days weed free. I smoked it just to chill out, relax and get a better sleep, had done so for the last 10 years, I didn’t smoke all day everyday and never let it interfere with my work therefore kept it for the evening, 1 or 2 before bed and as much at the weekends as possible. I’ve decided to keep smoking cigarettes during quitting this time and I’ll tackle that when I feel my body no longer needs weed, as it’s hard enough to give up nicotine let alone both at the same time. During the first few days of quitting I felt good and had a lot of energy that was not normally there, although I didn’t have any appetite I generally felt good about it, things seem to have changed now and coupled with the fact I have a fair bit of debt I’m feeling depressed, aggressive and generally feeling like what’s the point to life, I’m arguing with people over the silliest of things. I know that this will pass as my body adjusts and know that I need to distance myself from the drug as far as possible, I tell myself I’m 10 days now, what’s the point of going through this again? I stopped last year for 3 months and experienced all this and I’m thinking to myself why am I putting myself and family through this again?? This time it’s gone for good. I lost the opportunity of a job I’ve been waiting on for the last 3 years as part of the induction was a drug test. This job would have gave me security and a much larger wage that would enable me to clear my debts and start a better life.

    I ask myself is it really worth it? I managed just as well and if not better without the drug 10 years ago? I’ve developed short term memory problems and problems with attention span which I now relate to these ten long years of abuse.

    It really just is not worth it

  • Adam S July 10, 2014, 4:26 pm

    Wow! What a blog! What amazing stories and tips so many of us addicts have to share with each other. I’ve learned more here and I share the extreme discomfort many of you have experienced and are experiencing. My heart goes out to you with the ‘roller coaster to hell ride’ Things in life give us the catalyst and motivations to move on from “medicating” the dependence. As one poster noted, inaccessibility for travel is a factor for those who become dependent. Going more mobile as changes happen in your life, mine will be for practical reasons in that respect and out of love.

    I’m 38. I’ve been smoking since 16. I got into growing and breeding with an elite co-cop across the US. I was the snob or snobs for cannabis, going on relentless pursuits for the best, like G-13. I even have Strainbase submissions because of my pin-point accuracy. Nevertheless, I was partnered, and they got to the point where they said, it’s time close the grow down. Way too concerned with accidents or disasters (electrical,fire, water ect) So we agreed to just buy it. Towards my mid-later 20’s my attitude changed and getting ‘high’ or stoned wasn’t important, but that I was getting enough medical value in its effects. I already suffer from G.E.R.D/IBS/anxiety and social disorders. I’ve seen it as multi-purpose in conditions that other medications don’t offer relief from. After growing, I bought a QP a month just about of reg/middies, at the rate of 3.5 g’s a day. Without getting into a lot of details that go off topic, my ex partner read something that spooked the hell out them and requested I try to quit. It involved money, a substantial amount of capital for future business acquisition. I decided my future was more important than medicating all the time, so I thought maybe we could move to something nicer with the money saved from the smoke. So I went ahead and began the process. The first day is EDGY and cravings like mad, and it builds up. You notice your whole body is out of equilibrium. Moody, snappy, emotional distraught of life and the world. It continues, the body sweats, severe stomach cramps, body aches, restless/uneasy feeling, disjointed, crying fits, horrible nightmares and vivid dreams. Anger outbursts, rage, appetite deprivation, nothing is ‘enjoyable’ anymore. It got more intense with each day. I found only 1/2 Valium could keep my sanity and clam me down. I already am lean and fit, so I pushed myself hard in working out. Took sweat baths constantly. Everyone has great tips! Water, exercise, walking, new activities (get on a roller coaster for an endorphin/dopamine fix!) but only few mentioned SHOWERS. HOT SHOWERS, but I’m about to share something even better than showers or baths…Jacuzzi/Hot Tub! Yes, folks, I’m not kidding. The condo where I live has a cement bathtub for one and not great with jets, but it WILL RELAX you way down. If you have a condo with one, USE the dammed thing! IF you have a home and can afford to put one in the backyard, DO IT if its not already there! IF you can put one inside like a bathtub, get that done unless you have one! IF your only option is a health club, then sign up! It’s the best investment you will make in your recovery, because they do the ultimate in tension and stress reduction. Trust me! Jump in one when you are ready to just explode at everyone and everything and you’ll be like OMG I feel so much better, for now. It comes in waves and builds up again. At nights I’d wake up from dreams and run to shower for hot water immersion. I’d scream, cry and shake like I was being tortured standing under the water.

    One day the tension got so bad that I snapped hard as my Valium was being controlled and monitored. Verbal exchanges that turned physical. I got back handed hard into the nose and was bloodied. That set me off further, so I went and called the cops and brought them over, not even thinking about the contraband lying around on the coffee table. The two cops put it together and used coercion for a confession to give up the stash or they would get a warrant to turn the whole place upside down. I had about a mason jar filled to the top. The jar was slightly covered covered up in bed, and I think my ex partner was about to give in when I came back… Too late, and I gave in and handed one the jar. He told me “this isn’t COPS the TV show and you aren’t worth the time – we just want the the big guy! No arrest made. Just a report filed and was said I had to make a buy from the person who sold it to me with further instructions. Yeah, I had agreed to the buy, but to end this part, the search was illegal and unconstitutional. The case was dismissed!

    After about a week it got so bad, my ex partner started looking into rehab facilities and a ploy to keep me out of doing the buy should the call happen. We thought we found something good and made a long trip down to Palm Beach S FL over several days. When it came time for admissions, most of the staff had taken off for the weekend and very unprofessional handling. It gave us 2nd thoughts to subjecting insurance to claims. I continued to have these extreme swings in moods, a few suicidal thoughts. I only found solace in sleep, but then the dreams kept waking me up in a fit of terror and panic. It kept going on for about 2-3 weeks, and lessening after hitting a peak. It wasn’t over though. The dreams and crying finally ended, but what came on full force was overwhelming anxiety from that point on.

    I was over the withdrawal by the 4th week, but like many noted you find that your personality is missing/hollow and things you associate with smoking such as car rides or trips, video games, movies, music and so forth remind you of the inclusion of smoking in those activities. It’s not easy. If you have stashed or hidden anything at all, your mind begins to hunt and compel you to search those spots or find a few roaches you want a hit off of. It’s also not easy if you are in a difficult relationship. Some environments aren’t conducive to recovering at all being high stress. Not completely over things after 2-3 months, I went to see a counselor to talk with. He recommended Kolnopin and Buspar to clam me down from high tension. My primary physician was reluctant to write the Rx for me. I told him I quit smoking and that I was so anxious and uneasy. I just couldn’t relax at all! Thinking these meds would really help me, I went and got them filled immediately. When I got the Klonopin, I tried that first…10-15 mins later I’m dizzy, I can’t think straight, I’m filled with angst. I run to the shower again to see if I can clam down. This medication made things WORSE for me. After getting out of the shower, my eyes started roll back and drool came out. Walking out of the bathroom I collapsed and just foamed at the mouth. My ex partner just exclaimed “THATS IT! I can’t have you like this anymore” They knew someone that a friend knew that was a smoker and contacted them for supply.

    They came over with something. I rolled up reluctantly considering how far I came (wonder if I didn’t give it enough time ? ), and after 2-3 hits, EVERYTHING, and I do mean every aspect equalized in my body. I just couldn’t believe how this stuff restored the balance, but Rx medications threw the body way off, even worse. I didn’t want to get stoned or blitzed, those days passed. I just wanted to keep the balance or equilibrium in the body from feeling I was going to really lose it. I started with 0.5 a day, but over a few weeks time that went back up to 1.8. I’d roll tiny pin blunts by breaking one paper in half. I would keep myself much more moderated and regulated, trying to make myself go hrs and hrs without smoking it. I’ve done better, have gone up to 12-14 hrs before I reach the edge of the cliff at the times. I’m at a minimal stage now as onset can begin quickly with withdrawal. I’m only staving it off currently!

    The economy collapse of 2008 brought changes with it for me. I’ve had to venture off into dating and meeting someone from online. Many suitors just can’t stand a smoker. It doesn’t matter if it’s cannabis. There are accepting people out there, but the stigma still rules even in 2014. I’ve used it medically on this 2nd go around since 2008, but it has stood in the way of my future and a better life. Recently I’ve connected with a person who seems to like and accept me. plus we share a lot in common, but being high profile with yachts, private jets and global travel I’m staring down the barrel of the gun again. They have emphatically said no smoking on the boats as they will not risk crew lives. They told me they find all smoke offensive smelling and allergic to it. They fret over the legality issues as well and they would rather I be high on life than to medicate.

    I’ve decided after another 6 years, that my life that is soon to come will be completely impractical for cannabis smoking. I don’t want to be worried and concerned where/how to get it being “jet set” in many locales of the globe. It’s one thing to make a trip, which there are ways of bringing your medicine with you, but it’s another to be jumping here and there, being on the go a lot. Now it’s time to let it run it’s course out of me being a hinderance. Upon learning the pace of life I will be leading, I’ve further reduced down. I no longer try to smoke all 1.8 for the day. I try to leave something remaining into the next day. I try to teach myself not to use all of it. I haven’t stopped yet, but I’m preparing myself as I tapper down. It may not be as severe this time around I hope because of the tapper, but nonetheless the symptoms are very real and disrupting for longer than you initially realize. To be honest I’m scared!

    I’m very happy not everyone has to go through the hell some of us must, but don’t equate yourself to us! We all react differently due to body chemistry! We are all DIFFERENT and NOT THE SAME as those who don’t have to feel withdrawl. Nobody is going to tell me it’s all psychological when I feel the physical pains and mental anguish. It’s very real, and lets face it, even cannabis is not that harmless. No drug is harmless. Legal or illegal period. Cannabis is great multi-purpose medicine, but for some of us, we grow a dependence to it and it becomes it’s own chaos. Our brains are already hard wired for cannabinoids stimulant. For some it’s just not a big deal. They take it or leave it. For others it becomes the center of our lives, dictating how we live and limitations that prevent us from having it as part of our daily lives. I don’t NEED cannabis once it’s been completely purged from the body and no remaining traces left. I’m tried of being worried about the “ride to hell” if I don’t have it or how to sneak it. I just don’t want to have to be concerned or worried that I’m going stark raving mad over cannabis. I just want to feel NORMAL without cannabis and the misery of it’s withdrawl!

    Here’s some of my tips that were helping :

    The first being long HOT WATER immersion! The best being able to use a jacuzzi/hot tub regularly that combines, massage, heat and steam! You’ll thank me for this one!

    Find NEW interests to take away from those you associated with smoking . It doesn’t mean give them up, but complement to keep it mixed up in a cycle.

    Focus all your rage and anger into your workouts. Blow it off by pushing yourself to the max!

    Prepare people around you that you aren’t going to be yourself for awhile. Inform them of the symptoms you will show, so they are aware its not you and the brain recalibrating off cannabis chemicals. Inform them of this blog so they understand, rather feel confused thinking you’ve gone mental. I just don’t want to feel it’s only the medicine/drug that keeps me balanced and sane

    And whatever you do. Get rid of everything once you start. Don’t be me with a blow up that leads to consequential circumstances, especially if you are living with someone.

    I will be joining all of you very soon, and this time I intend to stick it out for the betterment of life and a future. I have discovered a study done on Gabapentin and Nabilone for reducing withdrawl in cannabis. I intend to take the study to a Dr who’s been quite liberal with Rx pad and hopefully they will take compassion on me and my desire to give it up. IF it can ease the severity, then I think it could make all the difference in getting through.

    Good luck to all. Keep the support rolling through here! :D

    http://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/nida-notes/2013/04/gabapentin-tested-to-treat-marijuana-dependence

  • Mr Blue July 12, 2014, 9:20 pm

    Thank you so much for this, I was terrified of the unknown when first deciding to go cold turkey and believed I had schzifrenia to panic attacks but this puts everything in perspective, very helpful

  • JB July 13, 2014, 5:19 pm

    day one for me after smoking daily since ’92( several failed attempts never going longer than 4 months). i’m 40 years old now and don’t like the way it controls me. I also cant imagine my life without it. that’s scary. I prefer weed over pussy and i’m hetero. I was a isolated smoker for the most part only did alone cuz I was using it to suppress the negative feelings I have toward myself: low-esteem and lack of confidence. this sound familiar to anyone?

  • Bob July 13, 2014, 7:51 pm

    I smoked weed for 35 yrs, I am 55 now and have never seen a doctor.I have never taken “presciption” drugs as they will screw up your body.I don’t get sick and am perfectly healthy. The Government does not want it to be legal because all of the pharmisutical companies will go out of business will fail! as so will the doctors. All I know is when I stop, (because I can’t find any) I do get withdraw and it is not fun. Weed keeps me healthy and happy. I work my best when stoned and get alot accomplished. I will never stop and will probably live to be 100. we only use 10% of our minds, but weed stimulates your brain and opens up parts of your brain You usually don’t use, makes me more productive and more open minded. if You take presciptions, flush them and buy cannibis you won’t regret it. anyone who smokes habitually will agree. closed minded people will not. Period!

  • JohnD July 18, 2014, 2:14 am

    Quitting sucks. Smoked on and off for 17 years.. Mostly on.. Ever seen “Reefer Madness”..? Well, I agree with most, that 30’s movie was a joke. I say the “madness” starts after you quit.. Jeez o mighty… lol..

  • Just T July 19, 2014, 4:24 pm

    I’ve been smoking all day every day for only one year. i don’t think that pot is the worse drug ever, but i have relapsed at least 50 times, can’t sleep at night, don’t feel like eating or working out anymore, and have really strange dreams. There’s nothing to blame besides the pot.. there is definitely withdrawl. A lot of times i feel pointless trying and i should just smoke my whole life, but it’s the devil and i want it out of me.

  • Jason July 20, 2014, 12:19 am

    i have smoked for 8 plus years using a bong and did this daily. I convince myself it is harmless. I have quit shortly on a couple of occasion and can tell you for certain, withdrawal is real. I generally know what im going to have to go through and its not fun. I actually have a system to beat my withdrawal as quick as possible. I sweat, but I get cold sweats. I wear a sweater and wrap myself in my blanket and hope try to sleep. I feel like I can sweat it out and get through the process faster but it may just be in my head. The worst part is the anxiety..wow, its hard to explain other than you feel scared, worthless, lost, like a failure, confused all wrapped in one. I stress that if you feel this anxiety try not to be alone it is one million times easier to get throught if you have someone with you. If you are alone, the feeling is compounded big time. Anyways my withdrawal usually only last 3-5 days and then after that its a cake walk for me. The problem isn’t getting off, its STAYING off!

    • Matt August 19, 2014, 3:23 pm

      Jason, this is exactly the same as me! I smoked everyday for 2.5 to 3 years and I have gone cold turkey for 1 week and today is the 8th day! I agree that the first 3-5 days are the hardest, I was literally craving a fat bong so badly but I just fought through it! I don’t even know how I did – just sheer will power! I still want to smoke it but now but the cravins are still there for a bong or a zoot. I think I can do this but the problem will be saying no when it is offered to me. I just don’t know if I could do it.

  • vic July 21, 2014, 2:29 am

    reading these post are sureal [excuse my spelling] i began smoking when i was 16 i am now 57 years old. i had minor asthma as a child i now suffer sever asthma and copd [test show i have lungs of a person 107 years of age]. i have tried to stop before and did for about 3 or 4 months, upon getting pulled over and busted i have decided to stop it has been almost a month. i already suffer anxiety and depression mostly due to the death of my son. i was addicted to cocaine and used it everyway that one could. i stopped cold turkey years ago. but i always had my vice of pot. i realize you cant stop unless you want to. however its not so much the urge to smoke its all the withdrawel symptoms that i have to deal with. i sweat my sleeping habits and now i have high blood pressure. i guess my point is if you do smoke pot it does have effects on your everyday life. the memory loss i have can never be replaced, and i dont care what ppl say it does effect brain cells. however it did help with ny cronic back pains and the stress of my job [which is a business i have ran for 30 years and sucsefuly] but truthfully its because i couldnt pass a drug test. sorry to ramble just needed to vent. so to my fellow smokers dont let it take over your lives and good luck i truly feel your pain. wish me luck, and thank god i have a family that stand behind me and beside me.

  • JC July 23, 2014, 8:03 pm

    Nice to see this forum. The libertarian part of me applauds the current state-level push for the legalization of pot, but the pragmatic part of me worries about more and more people experiencing the very real and debilitating effects of marijuana withdrawal, which I and most of you here have. I guess one way of avoiding withdrawal would be to keep smoking, and legalization may just make that a real possibility for many. For many more, though, this won’t be an option. You’ll always be able to get your weed cheaper from your dealer than you will from a state-licensed pot shop, but the stuff still costs money, and there will likely be a time or two in your life when, as I did, you’ll have to choose between paying your utility bills or paying for dope. (Yeah, I know — “You can grow your own for free” — but most of us have thumbs that are about as green as Santa’s beard.) Then, when your friends get fed up with you mooching weed from them, you’ll be visited with the Welcome Wagon of anxiety and depression that all new neighbors in the Land of Sobriety are treated to. The bad news is that the withdrawal, in most cases, is pretty hard to handle. You’ll be amazed at how much your feelings of well-being, self-worth, and good old-fashioned coolness were dependent on your inhaling smoke from a burning plant. The good news is that, as with everything in life, withdrawal’s not permanent. You can soldier through it. Potato chips will never taste as good again, Monty Python won’t seem nearly as funny, and you’ll wonder why you thought the Grateful Dead were so awesome, but you’ll have a renewed sense of optimism, more energy and confidence, and no more worries about utility bills .

  • Kar July 24, 2014, 3:40 pm

    As an experiment I’ve been vaping high end weed for approx. 2 weeks (attempting to create brain changes in a concious and controlled manner), intermitidly on a weekly basis prior for the last year. 3 days ago I ran out and have had severe nausea around dinner time. I had no idea why I felt sick or what was happening until I googled withdrawal symptoms. I will now be more aware as I carry out my experiment. Thanks for the article.

  • NL July 28, 2014, 9:14 pm

    60+ quitting again. Smoking way too long! I can’t tell you how happy I was to find this forum. I thought I was going crazy after quitting and having all the nausea, sweats, anxiety loss of hunger etc that others have mentioned here. Several times I’ve tried and failed because of my weakness and not being able to get past the symptoms. I’m going to succeed this time (at least I’m going into this time with this thinking).

    I now know I’m not alone with feelings and will continue reading each and every comment and try and get insight from most of you. The haters out there are easy to spot and I’ll ignore.

    Thanks again for all of you who have shared and tried helping others. I appreciate it if that means anything.

  • cmo July 30, 2014, 10:43 am

    ive smoked for ten years, and have quit ? TIMES.. people, the withdrawals are very real. ive had them all from terrible night sweats to seriously thinking i was losing my mind.. but every time i think im bout to die, my symptoms disappear and im TOTALLY fine within bout 7 days. in fact, ive been through it so many times now, that i actually know what phases are coming up and look forward to them. so why do i start again? simple, i like to smoke. now, im a mental person so the mental effects are hard for me. my minds power is everything to me, and the first time i quit, i thought i was going to be brain dead and stupid for the rest of my life. when in fact, this experience was prob the best thing that ever happened to me, because i learned the power of the mind and how to control it. even got my degree in biochemistry. And thats really what u have to do when going through this. keep telling urself that it is part of the process and u WILL get over it. dont be negative about ANYTHING. the human body is so incredible. dont let ur mind control you, you control you..

  • Robert July 31, 2014, 4:17 am

    Why would you want something that changes how you act, talk, this stuff I call it the devil once you smoke it you think you no everything and all of a sudden you even become a holy godly person pot weed what ever you wanna call it ruins your brain and brain cells can ruin your marriage and loved ones also it takes over you ! Why would you want some thing that takes over you ! ? People look and turn to drugs to try and run from there problems or etc . Your health is suppose to mean everything to you your family and children and grandchildren before pot weed will ruin your hole life ! And I hate when people say just try it lol stupidity stop letting the devil control you

  • raskan August 1, 2014, 11:32 am

    First of all
    It is good that you are here in this page which means you are doing right thing in the process of quitting Weed.
    2- Some comments are not hopeful for people who want to quit or already quitting so basically you don’t have to believe them or compare them to your condition .
    3- I tried to quit weed after I smoke it everyday for almost 14 months , the first time I couldn’t and in the second time I couldn’t . Then I move out to a place where the weed is impossible to be there and I made it (15 days weed-free) I had trouble with being angry sometimes and had unpleasant headaches and some times bad night dreams . I also had some memories problems and sometime shaking but in total all theses symptoms are normal to coop with if you really want to quit .
    Here are some hints for real people who wants to quit from the experience I have had and I have heard from a friends :
    1- if you decide to quite I advice you firstly to lower the dose so for example for me I did like this ( 2 joints a day for 2 days —> then 1 joint a day for 2 days —-> then 2 joints for 3 days —-> then 2 joints for one week —-> then 1 joints for week .THEN believe in your self and STOP it , I know it was long plan but I was so weak to control my self and my mood and the point here IN lowering the dose is to keep the motivation element valid and effective .
    2- Be honest and tell your friends who used to smoke with them that U ARE LEAVING THE WEED WORLD and Try not to be a lone ..find friends Who are weed-free and stay as long as u can with them.
    3- at the first week of quitting try do daily sport at least 1 hour it is important and effective in speeding up the detoxification and important TO EASY THE SYMPTOMS and try to keep it as normal habit .
    4- Trust your self and trust your ability and tell your self you been born without this shit so you don’t need it and also it is important TO TELL YOUR SELF THAT YOU ARE NOT WHO YOU ARE AT THE FIRST WEEKS OF quitting Weed it is just withdraw symptoms ..keep saying that your self .
    5- Pay attention to your diet it is also important element just keep it as healthy as you can .
    6-(optional and works with some people ) if u used to smoke weed mixed with tobacco then also stop smoking tobacco unless if you really in need for it then just smoke a cigarette as a motivation but not weed so you can easily reduce the need for weed .
    7- for headaches take some pain killer especially at the first week and try to avoid them as much as u can .
    8-( optional) 8 you have insomnia try to change ur bed or move it to different corner so it has no memory for the past or even try to sleep in a friends house if you really had bad insomnia so you are not alone
    9- it is also important to keep your life stable and worth – full so you don’t have to use weed to relief it .
    10 – finally , Trust me it is hard at the first days for some but you will feel happy after you win the war against weed ;)

    Sorry for my English ..but it is not my native language …

    Keep going guys ,,,

  • Magenta August 4, 2014, 2:20 am

    This is Day Nine, and I keep returning to this article to remind myself I’m not alone. I’ve smoked pretty much constantly for the last five years, and sporadically before that. I’m incredibly physically ill right now. Vomiting, diarrhea, night sweats so bad I’m changing the sheets constantly, not to mention the emotional irritation! First two days I had a HUGE headache. From then on I’ve had mostly gastrointestinal symptoms, which makes sense with my medical history. I’m missing important events because I can’t go 1/2 hour without something coming out top or bottom. The insomnia sucks, especially when the two hours you do sleep leave your bedding so damp you can’t use your pillows. Everyone’s body and history of use is different, but I want to punch some people in the face for telling me I’m not in withdrawal, I must really have some other problem or drug habit. Nope. Just the pot. I’m grateful that the symptoms are not nearly as bad as opiate withdrawal, because I’ve gone through that three times. I have a chronic pain condition, and I HATE the side effects of opiates. Right now I’m planning on using again, but I’m second-guessing that. I hate drinking all this Gatorade!

  • Pete August 7, 2014, 7:25 am

    Started smoking at age 18 when I moved out – I smoke the equivalent of 3 bowls + a few joints of potent BC bud, usually sativa, daily. I’m almost 28 now and I wake and bake with a bowl, smoke on lunch break at work, and always have a J rolled for the walk/drive home, then smoke myself useless once I get home. Weekends are typically a hazy write off where grocery shopping and laundry fall by the wayside quite often.

    Absolutely no self control – if there is weed around and I am coherent enough to roll/pack, I smoke.

    My addiction has never interfered with work, but it has interfered with my personal life – I am stopping now because I lack motivation; weed only increases my latent antisocial and lazy tendencies. Sick of getting so stupidly high that I lie in bed motionless in bed for 2 hours after midnight staring at the ceiling contemplating whether I can muster the will to walk 5 feet and brush my teeth tonight or not. Sick of not going out, cancelling on friends to stay home and smoke alone, and even if I do go out, being too high to function acceptably. Sick of not having the self control not to get high before, during, and after EVERY occasion, no matter how mundane. Watching life pass me by through smoke tinted goggles.

    Consumption has been non-stop over the past decade, save 1 month to clear my head after a break-up about 2 years ago. I unknowingly experienced withdrawal during that time, but attributed it to depression related to the break-up. I’ve had intermittent (short, week long max) forced breaks due to travel, or events, but never had issues with withdrawal if I knew I would be able to get high again in the near future. I was usually preoccupied with whatever I was doing in those cases anyway.

    I am currently on day 3 of cold turkey after full, regular use, and am in pretty rough shape; same symptoms as everyone else:
    – non stop tremors in hands and arms
    – hot and cold, flushed one moment and shivering the next
    – insomnia
    – irritable
    – extremely vivid dreams (indistinguishable from reality) whereas I never dreamed while smoking
    – blurred vision, trouble focusing visually, teary itchy eyes at night
    – crushing feeling, feels like lungs are limited in capacity, beleaguered breath

    Vindicating to see I’m not the only one – I probably should have weened myself off like everyone suggested – instead I ramped up my intake right before stopping. Bad move in retrospect…

    I actually plan to make this only a temporary break, I’ll start back up again in a month or so, with the ultimatum that I either moderate or quit for good if I can’t control myself.

    This page was very illuminating – thanks for everyone’s posts that preceded mine, some if for nothing more than a laugh! :P hopefully my two cents benefits someone….

  • amanda August 7, 2014, 8:22 pm

    I am two days in of quitting after smoking multiple times a day for 6 years. I quit during that time while I was pregnant, but started back up as soon as I could. I suffer from anxiety and weed has been my security blanket since college.
    I’m thankful I found this site and read all of your comments. It is nice to not feel so alone. I feel horrible. Physically and mentally. I have been holding back tears all day and I have lost my cool and raised my voice at my son. I feel like a horrible mother but I keep trying to tell myself it will be worth it in the long run.
    If I could go back I would have never started smoking pot. Unfortunately I can’t go back, but I’m moving forward. One sweaty hour at a time.

    • Matt August 19, 2014, 3:07 pm

      Keep going Amanda you can do it! I am in this with you and I can’t sleep and when I do get to sleep I have weird dreams and when I wake up I feel completely empty and dead!!!

  • Doug August 10, 2014, 4:47 pm

    So glad i found this sight! I am 33 years old, and have smoked pot everyday 5-6 times a day since I was 12. I have quit Cold Turkey 30 days ago. It has been HELL!!! I feel lightheaded/Dizzy everyday, I am tired after I eat, my digestive system is so out of whack, I have the disturbed sleep and vivid dreams as others have mentioned. I have severe anxiety and had to go to ER due to believing I was having Heart Attack. I have been to my PCP 6 times in the last 30 days trying to figure out what is wrong with me. I have completely ignored this could all be just from quitting marijuana. So far the symptoms have not stopped or slowed down. This sight has given me some peace of mind. Will I ever feel normal again! Since I have relied on Weed for so long, do I even know what normal is? You all are in my prayers, please keep me in yours.

  • curty August 11, 2014, 9:47 pm

    Hello People.

    stopped cold turkey and i had a couple cones with a friends 4 days ago (so had done 33 days clean) and OMG all the anxiety comes rushing back irritation, insomnia, dizzispells, sweats all of it. i am so lucky to have a amazing partner who treats me well and doesn’t just say oh well that’s your fault. people weed is a drug i smoked for 10 years everyday and i used to fiend a hit to the point i would scrape the bong and hit the resin this i am not proud of but it is in my past and that’s a place i don’t want to revisit. i take my hat off to anyone that is trying to stop smoking weed, its not easy but very rewarding. i am also 300 pound so getting it out of my system will take a while because THC is stored in fat cells but the point i am trying to get across is don’t give up keep going on because once the with drawls stop everything will be good as long as u keep active once you have stopped therefore tiring your body out to the point of wanting to sleep, and also sweating out THC by going to the gym.

    good luck to any one trying to stop or stopping cold turkey i wish you all the best.

    cheers

  • D. August 12, 2014, 8:56 pm

    Hello all. I’ve been smoking for the past 20 years, and regularly smoking very high-grade for the past 17, about a quarter a week. Today is day 6 of sobriety for me, and the last five days have been awful. Not so awful that I needed to check myself into rehab, but not far off. The worst part by far has been the cravings, but the rest is no picnic.

    Other symptoms which I’ve been struggling with have been headaches, digestion issues and insomnia. The insomnia has been pretty rough because I watch my one-year-old daughter full time. I’ve been sweating like a stuck pig and I’m showering like twice a day. I’m running to the bathroom all night long. There’s been some depression, but honestly I’m used to that (lifelong issue). And through it all my brain just kept on craving that sweet sweet reefer.

    Well I must say I woke up today and all that has diminished. I doubt I’m out of the woods but for the first time I don’t want to smoke up. The concept of riding out the detox actually seems more appealing to me than getting high, which has definitely not been the case all week. Last night the cravings were at their worst, and today they’re barely there. Physically, I feel like I’m getting over a bad case of flu – like it’s the day after the fever broke. I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but since forums like this have helped me get to this point I figure I’ll try to return the favor in some small way.

    These things have helped me: 1) Constantly watching movies. The more engrossed I am in a film, the less I’m dwelling on what I’m going through. Without my TV I don’t think I’d have made it this far, it really is a temporary vacation for my brain. 2) Nyquil. Lots of Nyquil. Lots of Immodium, antacids, and ibuprofen. So far I have not needed any medication today (knocking on wood). 3) Detoxifying agents. I’m chugging cranberry juice and every so often drinking 2 tbsp. of Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with 8 oz. of water and a splash of honey. Also constantly drinking water. 4) Pushups. When a really bad craving hits (and that is often) 20 pushups will usually take care of it until the next one comes along. Last night I must have done 200. 5) I’ve read countless forum postings about withdrawal. The internet can be a wonderful thing, and in this case it’s like a worldwide AA meeting, but for stoners. 6) Eyes on the prize. I just keep on repeating the mantra that “this too shall pass”.

    And that’s pretty much it. I’m hoping that it just gets better from here, but it’s hard to predict – seems like everyone’s detox experience is a bit different. Good luck, God bless, and thank you to everyone who shared.

  • Nate August 14, 2014, 3:09 am

    I have been using cannabis since I was 17 yrs old. I am now 37 and have been using daily for the past 10 years. For the past 5 years I have only vaporized high grade medical cannabis. For the past 2 years I have added hash chips to about 1 in every 3 bowls. My consumption has been about 3-4 vapor bowls per day at about 7-10 hits per bowl. I will also add that vaporizing, for me, is a much more dangerous way to get high as it is main-lining THC straight into the blood with little to no burn off. Plus, you can take 10 hits of smooth vapors without feeling anything, until ‘BAM!’ you realize you have gone too far and are roasted to a quivering vegetable. At least smoking, you can tell almost immediately that you are good and can stop. Anyway, I digress.

    So I have been without cannabis for 56 days exactly. And I must say I haven’t had one craving. What happened to me the last time I had gotten high was so traumatizing that I never want to feel that again, and have been struggling for the past two months just to feel half like my normal self.

    To make a long story short, vaporizing the past 6 months or so, had left me many times numb in the body and limbs, while quivering and shaking with anxiety. No longer was I getting an enjoyable high from my use. I was a puppet to the routine of it and really didn’t even feel that good overall anymore. I was on edge, over anxious, out of shape, and unmotivated. Well, one fateful morning 56 days ago, I had the worst experience of my life. I packed up a vapor of about 3 varieties of cannabis with some hash chips sprinkled on top. I took my usual 7 heavy drags and turned off the vaporizer. About 10 minutes later, while washing my hands, I blacked out. My vision went white, I fainted, and I fell to my knees. I came to consciousness about 15 seconds later and felt my heart beating so hard I thought I was dying. My entire body went numb from head to toe and I was curled up in the fetal position writhing In agony. My spirit was no longer connected to my body and I thought this was the end for me. I crawled around on the ground for about 3 hours trying to find relief but none came. It took about 6 hours before I was finally able to settle down. I decided from that point on it was time to give up cannabis.

    So I went 2 days without and thought, ” this isn’t going to be so bad”. Well, on day 3 I woke up in a severe panic. I couldn’t feel my arms and legs, I had severe dizziness and could barely move my body. This was the beginning of my withdrawal hell. For the next 2 weeks, I was stricken with severe anxiety, no appetite, and the worst dizziness ever. My dreams were demonic and so vivid that I could not leave them even after I had awaken. I also had a heck of a time trying to get out of bed most mornings as I was extremely groggy and spaced out. Weeks 3-4 of withdrawal did not get much better. Extreme dizziness, numbness and tingling in my limbs that would come and go, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, and waking in the middle of the night in a panic to name a few symptoms. I also would get severe head and neck aches about 3 times a week that would make me have to lie down. My mood was in the dumps and I felt that I was dying from some disease. As I did more research I finally put 2 & 2 together and realized I was withdrawing from cannabis. I had been to the ER twice in one 24 hr period; once for atrial fibrillation and once because of a panic attack so severe I thought I was having cardiac arrest. I was also to my primary care doc 3 times and they didn’t seem to have an answer but to give me Ativan for anxiety, which I’ve used only for some of the most extreme panic attacks as I do not want to get hooked on anything else.

    So, I have now gone through 8 full weeks of abstinence and I still do not feel close to normal. The past week was actually half way decent compared to the rest of my struggles, but today was horrible. I am beginning to feel severe depression and emptiness. I woke this morning with extreme grogginess and dizziness and that out of body feeling that I though I shook 2 weeks ago. From what I’ve read, recovery is an up and down roller coaster of a process. This has been a roller coaster from the depths of despair as far as I’m concerned.

    I have almost come to the end of my rope so many times with all of it. I have researched to the ends of the internet everything about cannabis withdrawal and realize that the symptoms are very real, not only psychologically, but also physically and spiritually. Plus, the duration of withdrawal can last much longer than the typical ’30 days to get the THC from your system’. I am at 56 days and still am wondering if something else is seriously wrong with me, or if I’ll ever feel normal again.

    My prayers go out to anyone having to go through the nightmares of withdrawal be it a long or short journey. If I would have know this would be the outcome of my usage, I would have never started, or would have made it a point to practice extreme moderation in my consumption. I hope that the adage ‘time heals all wounds’ applies to this, because this has been the worst 56 days of my life and I hope that with each passing day, I am healing back to my normal, happy self. Good luck to us all!

    • Matt August 19, 2014, 11:44 am

      My thought go out to you and I hope you will be alright. I’m sure with more and more time you will start to feel more and more normal. I smoked it everyday for 2 and a half years and I feel dreadful so I can only imagine what you are feeling like. I didn’t use vapours however but used to often hit a dozen bongs a night and I have only gone cold turkey since last Monday! Good luck to you and fair play for realising you have to quit. Matt

  • Matt August 19, 2014, 11:28 am

    Hi everyone, I am 19 years old, I smoked weed everyday or near enough everyday for about 2 and a half years from about the age of 16. (I am 20 in December). It got to the point where I was smoking a 20s plus a day and felt like I needed a daily dosing every night because that was just my routine everyday. It effected me at college as I dropped out but luckily got a full time job. The weed effected me at work, I couldn’t concentrate and was consistently late. I am not exactly stupid but I got in with the wrong croud probably and all they do is smoke weed. These people who I thought were my friends, really weren’t and they were in it for one reason and that was the weed.

    I lost good school friends through weed and effected my relationship with my family.last Monday (11th August 20) I smoked my last ever bag and it got to the point where my parents found out everything, obviously they were really upset (I never thought I would see the day but I had my dad in tears when he found out the extent of how much I was smoking up) I have gone completely cold turkey since then and it is a week later. I have experiencing the problems from the article above, I am sweating a lot more and am really struggling to get to sleep at night. It feels as if I am completely empty and although the cravings were a lot worse in the first 2-4 days I am still craving it now but not as much.

    I feel depressed and sad but have been doing lots of things to keep my mind off it. I have managed to be in contact with my old friends which is really good but my old weed smoking friends I have completely cut off and they don’t really want to know since I told them I have quit smoking weed. It is tough but I am moving on and I wish I didn’t waste 2 years of my life smoking weed and regret picking up that first joint not knowing it would lead to something to big. I just feel a bit lost without weed but I would also recommend getting e-cig with a flavour. I have a strawberry one and whenever I am craving I just smoke that and also normal rollies.

    I am just looking forward to saving my money and buying back the things I sold for weed like my TV, Xbox, iPad which I spent my hard earned money on in the first place. If someone would like to talk me I would encourage it as I don’t really have anyone I can talk to about this. matt-sargant@live.co.uk. Thank you and the above article was a good read and helped me.

  • raj August 19, 2014, 8:51 pm

    i have smoked weed everyday ……for the past 15 years…..max in this duration i left smoking for maybe 2-3 months…..and that too when my whole group left…..this addiction is so bad that i can hardly withdraw…today is my third day of not smoking and i cant take it….i am fighting with almost everyone i know for no reason…..my vision is different…..i feel hot and then cold….my dreams are scary and i cant sleep much as i get up in max hour or two….i feel sleepy the whole day….can’t finish my meals…… all those who are suffering the same…..i pray for them too…. god make us strong so we get through this tough time. all the best.

  • mike August 22, 2014, 6:17 am

    I have been smoking for about 15 years daily. I have had times where I have quit using pot. The only time I didn’t have many withdrawal symptoms was when I first stopped smoking. But then I was much healthier and exercised more than the average Joe. This time the withdrawals are pretty intense to say the least.

    I am exercising to help cope, and it helps a great deal, but i’m not a 18 year old kid with a lean body anymore. I have had most symptoms but no nausea or dizziness. I am about a month and a week clean and am still going through some withdrawals. Withdrawals can last up to 3 months for some people. All I can say is push through it and accept the consequences of smoking too much weed.

    For those of you who think pot has no withdrawal symptoms I think it is time you took a few bio chem classes. It really makes you look like a ill informed idiot to make such claims. Good luck to all of you :)

  • Pawan Arya August 22, 2014, 10:07 am

    I was in mental depression when I started marijuana smoking. And continued with it for 2.3 years now and finally I decided to give it a break and not quit at all. Soon after I smoked my last joint from very next morning I went to exercise and did jogging for around 45 min with gaps at 3 minute intervals. My stamina is completely lost now and on same day after few hours I felt severe chest cramps and hearth beat raised.

    I got tripped up and thought I was gonna die today and soon consulted a doctor. Today it’s the 3rd day after I quit smoking and feeling very intense. Chest cramps still persist but not of that level at very first day of quitting and exercising. At night, before sleeping my heart pumps at enormous rate but it soon comes to normal. Shivering a bit is also seen.

    Mood swings are common at times. I am also a tobacco chewer. I didn’t consulted doctor for chest checkup and still waiting until this effects wipe off, but if it does not, I’m surely gonna consult specialist. I used to smoked on daily basis approx. 3 joints a day. Not facing any chest pains but feel like itching and cramps near my left chest lower part below heart. Looking forward to some good advice.

    • Quitting Mary J August 24, 2014, 8:04 pm

      I hope you can stop chewing tobacco…causes mouth cancer. Wishing you hope and recovery. Also one of the many reasons I quitting Mj is my concern for respiratory health…have to wonder what it’s doing to my throat & lungs after years of use.

  • Quitting Mary J August 24, 2014, 8:00 pm

    I started using Mj back in high school; back then it was a bag of shake for $20 & much much lighter stuff than what’s out there today years later. I have gone years at a time without using…then used again..then stopped again because I couldn’t find access or life got too busy to use.

    Now, summer 2014, after 5 years of using top grade best medical marijuana bud..I have realized how deeply Mj has impacted my life…bounced my emotions…from glorious highs to deep desperate weeping isolated bottomless pit lows punctuated with nausea & wretching. All this complicated by the chronic pain of old injuries that were at least temporarily relieved by Mj. Further complicated by my own emotional complexities & tendencies to rebel.

    I have been slowly reducing my usage..weaning down & using the lighter THC levels of Mj to avoid the horrid symptoms of abrupt withdrawal. Still I experience fluctuations in mood…easily frustrated & agitated. I couldn’t bring myself to deal with the business of managing my life…so there have been considerable losses. I’ve experienced sweating at the slightest activities, headaches and significant stomach cramps & frequent loose stools…it has not been fun. I’m just blundering my way thru this…two steps forward..one step back…but I KNOW I can get my life back on track.

    I’ve had real issues with deep depression but I’m not willing to give up…I’m trying to make this as easy on my system as possible..things don’t look as bleak as they once did…I have renewed strength & hope. I ‘d say one of the biggest things that helps is having supportive people around you who will listen patiently and without judgement or any harshness. Avoid controlling negative people, avoid partyiers at all costs and get medical and psychological help to get yourself on an even keel.

    I also avoid righteous people with overly religious ways…those folks can really toy with your head…find what balances you and make it you refuge. As days go bye I am less and less drawn to use and it is so nice not to feel compelled to use & actually know it will make you feel worse if you do..not better. Watch you don’t substitute Mj with another addictions…weather it be sex, shopping & spending, others drugs or alcohol….over eating..over doing anything..work towards balance & health on all levels…emotional, spiritual and physical.

  • John August 26, 2014, 6:32 am

    Hi, looking for some advice a friend of mine has just quit after smoking quite heavily for about 6 weeks she was smoking around 2.5-3 grams per day she had also been a heavy pot smoker for about a 6 month period last year she then quit only but took the habit back up she is now quitting again as i wasn’t around last time she went through withdrawal just wondering what are the likely withdrawal symptoms she’ll go through?. As i notice alot of other posts are from people who have been smoking for years just wondering if it’s different for someone whose only been smoking for a short period of time?.

    • Nate August 26, 2014, 1:44 pm

      John,

      Though her daily use is heavy, 6 months is not that long. Everyone is different. If she smoked tobacco too, things may be different. She may very well experience some withdrawal from both, but I would doubt she will experience severe cannabis withdrawal symptoms. Sleeplessness, irritability, anxiety, and depression may be some of the things she experiences for a while. From what I’ve seen, most of the painful, long-lasting physical symptoms come with heavy use over many years to decades. Good luck to you both.

  • Amy August 27, 2014, 7:58 pm

    My boyfriend is trying to stop smoking. He has used basically all day everyday for 10 years. His withdrawls are awful. Is it better for him to quit cold turkey like he is trying to do, or gradually? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I think its as hard for me to watch him go through this as it is for him to do it.

    • Nate August 28, 2014, 1:55 am

      Amy,

      I am in a similar situation to your boyfriend’s. I have used daily for about 10 years, and I have been a user over all for 20 years. I am exactly 70 days without cannabis after quitting cold turkey. I must say the withdrawals I went through were horrifying. I am just starting to feel half-way normal after 10 weeks! your boyfriend may be different as far as recovery time. I personally would recommend cold turkey quitting. It is harsh, but once he is through the suffering of withdrawal, he never has to look back. If he attempts to quit gradually there is more likely a chance of relapse or him not quitting at all.

      Again, everybody’s situation is different, but I was a heavy, daily user for ten years and am just starting to feel half way normal after 10 weeks. I have read many accounts of people taking months and even up to a year before their withdrawal symptoms were completely gone. Not to sound alarming, but as I’m sure you can already tell with what he is going through, cannabis withdrawal is the pits.

      Hang in there, and reassure him that the symptoms do go away, slowly, and in time. The last thing he should do is go back to smoking if he has quit. It will only set his progress back or even make things worse. Good luck to you both!

  • V August 28, 2014, 6:33 am

    I must say, I pretty much have dibs on a little bit of each individual posts here. I’ve smoked for 15 years. Pretty much every minute of the day and/or night. I was always lighting up, regardless if I was driving 15min or 3 hrs. I’ve used tincture, tried everything regardless of cost to see light at the end if the tunnel, brownies at family functions to be discreet. I’ve quit many times but it never lasted long before I started again. I’ve spent a readily of $300-$1000 per month for supplies. When the good grade wasn’t available I’d settle for bunk weed but I always had a stash.

    I would even get depress or smoke more when i know I’m about to run out. I was chronicly ill. My body was dying. Little did I understand at the time..grief had taken over me and I was literally so depressed that I made my body sick. I was nautious every min of the day so my doctor had me on phenergan for 8 years to buy me time until they could figure out what’s wrong and how to treat me. I turned to weed for relief in so many ways to cope with life. Everytime i came I to the medical field setting then they would suggest i quit. So i do but things would get worst. I was always trying to kill myself.

    I vomited everything I ate and anything I didn’t eat. I saw no point in living when my body is a wreck. I was vomiting air when I had nothing left in my stomach. I was rushed to the hospital countless times to be ressessatated. I exhausted my finance to seek medical help for my illness but it was all hopeless. I had so many doctors and multiple 2nd opinions it was a living nightmare. I wanted to die every sec of the day. I never slept. I couldn’t eat. My stomach wouldn’t hold anything. It was a vicious cycle that just kept repeating. I almost on several occasion drove myself to a state that I can legally end my life. Where do I begin.

    I was abused so much started with childhood on top of everything, rape, child molested, beaten beaten beaten..my doctor said my body just braced as much as it could..the aftermath was a living horror..I didn’t know how to live with myself, the grief tore me up. My depression from losing a baby took over me. That was the turning point. The doctor telling me if I bear child I could die, they could lose me. A life with no children was pointless to me. To me children are the future..without them there’s nothing. I must have lost my mind and sat in the same chair for weeks not knowing my own name… Just tears rolling down my cheeks ..that’s a I had.

    My mother just got hit by a drunk driver and she’s in ICU ..not knowing if she’ ll make it. I knew weed was wrong, but to survive myself and stay alive I’d say fuck it and light away. I got a cat in hopes it will help lift my spirit. Then a dog. Hopeless. On worst days I’d feel so guilty and want to quit weed but suicidal was worst at the other end for me. My doctor would tell me how I’m still alive up to this day is a miracle. He tells me if I think suicidal is not fatal don’t kid myself.. That I’m worst than a loaded weapon. Everytime I saw him he would tell me this. Most of the time It meant nothing to me. The void it in supersedes everything.

    I drowned myself. Weed was the only thing that kept me alive for another day of torment. I was less than 70#’s. Basicly skin and bones. Malnourished in every way. I’d even throw up water. Desperate to gain weight I resorted to weed to get any appetite to eat. I’ve crossed path with many medical staff..some was absolute that I quite..some said fuck it if it keeps u alive don’t feel guilty about it..live to survive another day. After I smoke I would ramble on nonstop as if my body is trying to shed stress. Unfortunately, I just stopped eating period. When I tried to eat and i’d throw up. When I don’t eat I throw up. Desperate to numb the pain I turned to weed.

    I balled up everyday. Hide in corners of the house ..idk why. My esophagus was fucked up. My intestines were fucked up. Family death after famy death didn’t make it any better. Everyday I just wanted to die. My therapist taught me tools to help me survive..but she was against weed..I’d skip seeing her bc I know she’ll push for no weed and I’d be downing a bottle of pills and slit my wrist. She taught me to Call my worst enemy even if I had to in order to survive my suicidal attempts…. I even ran out of ppl to call. I had less friends everyday that went by. Shame guilt all tormented me. I’d smoke. I’d smoke to sleep, eat, cope with anxiety and fears..smoke to stop shaking.

    I was never sober longer than a minute. One day I met my current doctor … He saved me. He finally was the first physician who could help me. I asked him about antidepressants and told him my experience with meds and depression. He adjusted dosage to my ideal weight so I don’t get poisoned like the previous attempts by other 2nd opinions. Now I take remeron. It’s the only thing that shuts me down to sleep and the only thing that gets me to eat. Of course I still smoked weed. I just could eat if I didn’t smoke to catch the munchies. The meds took a while to kick saturate and kick in. Without weed I couldn’t eat. Yet, I was too ashamed to tell him.

    I was afraid he’ll tell me to quit or pass judgement that I’m a junkie or/and then I have nothing to save me from myself when I’m in that dark place. I tend to forget to take my meds…antidepressant or I’d stop taking my meds on certain days whether I felt a bit better or I was afraid to be dependent on it. Or afraid I can’t wake up. The thing is, the medicine had it’s side effects. It’s like a state of induce coma. Sometimes I can hear my surroundings but I can’t move. And when I take it I would be knocked out for 24 hrs or longer. I couldn’t make it to work. I’d wake up fainting at times bc my body is so fatigue. Constant blackouts. I’ve fallen pretty bad depending on what position I’m in or where I’m at when I blackout, during which I also had fainting on top of the vomiting and nausea.

    Sometimes I would just drop and I’d wake up not knowing what’s going on. Yes..a nightmare I’m just skimming the top when I mentioned vomiting. I also did have chronic diahrea. Like I said my body was dying. I needed a family or someone to take care of me bc I would even go on myself in bed bc I blackout woke up so fatigue I can’t move a muscle. Close family thought I was faking it. I withdrew deeper in my depression. More shame and guilt. I smoke away to numb it all. No one understood what it’s like to drink an antidepressant that was like a induced coma. I learned to stack food beside my bed b4 I went to sleep. If wake up starving and eat like an animal as I shake. And try to eat as much as I can without vomiting. I slowly learned to cope ..my thoughts aren’t cohesive when I write..I ramble too.

    I’d shake so bad when I awake ..at times I’m literally crawling like an animal trying to get to food and water when I awake. Most days i don’t make it to the kitchen. I cope using weed for every pain in had in g.i., anxiety, fear, uncontrollable cryin or screaming in terror.. When I did have any wits to turn to it. I’m so addicted to weed but it’s the lesser poison as my option. It wasn’t until about 10 years went by that I met my doctor who even began to give me some relief from the chronic internal pain to all the nausea vomiting diahrea constipation ibs depression. He cried. He said he wish there was more he could do for me. I thank him.. I was in tears..I was so greatful to have found him.. He’s the only physician out of countless physicians I’ve seen that made any progress with me to give me any relief.

    Most of the other doctors tried but instead made me more sick. My G. I. Doctor could only put me on nexium as a bandage to try to buy me some time. His hands were tied. I was greatful that he at least tried. He was very compassionate. 10 years of constant vomiting diagreah ….the list went on. He also found that another doctor was sued for malpractice and he had also seen me once but dismissed my illness and declare I was faking it. He sought to try to cure me more realizing i was already in that very same clinic and yet I’m back again for another 2nd opinion.

    The one day I had strength to get outta bed and drag myself to make it in the hospital without shitting on myself but yet that other doctor didn’t try to help me but dismissed me bc he claim he didn’t find anything wrong with me. At 70# it kinda hard to miss how under weight I was…My g.i. Dr. did 2 scopes on me..one for each end . The 2nd one they had so much trouble trying to wake me from anesthesia. After that he said he will never put me under again. I hurt my family bc they had to endure me going through all this.. Killing myself over and over again bc I didn’t want to go on living like that and all that mess.. I really couldn’t even stop from my sufferings to even think about them.

    Today, 15 years later, I still battle it.. But I’ve made progress. I continued to smoke to cope and I can now eat without weed. I’m at a heathy weight. My blackouts, fatigue, ibs, diahrea anxiety, fear, depression… To name a few..has been as low as 1% occurance. I’ve been eating without weed. My anxiety is very low. I’ve quit cold turkey..though I’m not sure if it’s safe for me to quit this time for my safety..so far I’ve been clean for 5 weeks. My mind is stronger this time around. I don’t want it. I experience withdrawal symptoms but I’m pushing through. I do get the odd dreams that Daniel mention where I can go in and out of it.

    I don’t pay much attention to it bc one of my other symptoms during my battle was I would relive my rape, beatings and molestation in my vivid dreams…to the point that when I awaken thrashing …I couldn’t tell the difference between what was real and what was a dream bc it was so real to me. Shamefully, I had several incidents of it during the worst days of my battle, the worst one was I was hitting punching kicking my husband thinking he’s my abuser. I couldn’t tell the difference. He was very hurt, but not bc of what I did, but bc for a moment he realized how bad I had it and I was not faking it. It means a lot when ur family can actually be there for you.

    As painful as it was, I was lucky he didn’t leave me. He didn’t give up. He was against me smoking at first but eventually he understood what benefits I could receive from it and if I can get through it I can deal with the addiction later. So yes, he became my enabler to smoke. Some days he would tell me no matter how horrible u feel, just don’t think.. Just smoke. Quitting right now is hard. But it’s my strong Mind that keeps me focus. You have to want it enough and stick to ur guns. Prepare yourself mentally. I’ve tried quiting many times, so that has made each attempt a bit more ease than the prior but this time I think I truely can safely quit and not worry about my safety.

    My depression is in check. I’m in control. I’m experiencing pretty severe withdrawals. Weed has made me hormonally imbalance.. I’m breaking out along the jawline and neck hairline. My menstrals are heavy, painful, and lasted 12 days, severe cramps for 3 days. I have mood swings. Happy a moment and agitated the next. I had the cold sweats during the first week, entire body. Breakouts with cystic acne on all facial zones. Fever blisters inside my mouth and even on my tongue. The peculiar dreams I can live with even with restless sleep patterns. Only bc at least I can tell what’s real and what’s a dream. I’m not trapped in EMDR sessions with my abuser.

    I few upset stomach and difficult bowls. I have a hemeroid. Surprisingly, after 5 weeks of quitting I realized these are my withdrawal symptoms from quitting cold turkey. I have no idea what else I’ll experience. But so far I don’t have the urge to smoke. I do however consider slow weening so I’ve been researching info. I wonder if I should smoke to give my body a bit relief. I’m leaning towards sticking to cold turkey. I’m waiting for a call from my doctor to see if he wants to treat me for the viral infection I have from the stress of quiting weed is tolling on my body. I hope this helps someone out there. Sorry I put such a long comment. It feels kinda good bc I’ve never even remotely told my story. Ty for putting up with me rambling.

    • millar September 4, 2014, 2:56 am

      hi there V, would you be interested in private chatting? Im intrigued by your post and have some things to possibly talk to you about that may help you. It sounds very much like you have experienced many bouts of CHS. The mental deterioration can definitely be caused by CHS and not knowing what it is doing to your body.

      Unfortunately my opinion at the moment, is that weed is causing you to feel all of what you are feeling and if you were to cease completely- in time, so would the negativity and pain you are experiencing. I do not know this conclusively, but you sound so so similar to myself.
      Anyway, if you would like to chat, let me know!
      cheers,
      sarah

  • eblis August 29, 2014, 2:48 pm

    It’s interesting how ppl blame others everytime..If it’s hard to quit.It’s hard bc you smoked in the first place.Your choice. Don’t insult ppl that don’t smoke. And don’t be envious on ppl that can smoke when they want and can quit when they want.

  • Adel August 29, 2014, 5:00 pm

    First I just wanna say that this post is the best I’ve ever read about hash and weed withdrawal difficulties (especially the comments). Now I feel really comfortable that there are people who are experiencing what I’m experiencing as a recent quitter. Although I smoked for only 3 years now, I’m experiencing really tough withdrawal symptoms; I lost my appetite, I feel sad, angry, lost and lonely most of the time, and I just lost the will to do fun or productive activities.

    I’m completely aware that it’s all a part of the withdrawal process, however, I wish I’d never gone through this. I’m not saying that I’m giving up or anything, but all of this could have been preventable through moderate consumption, so if you can’t control how much weed you smoke, you’d be better off without it. Finally, I believe that the process of withdrawal is a genuine exercise in self control and an opportunity to build a strong personality, that’s how I see it anyway and I guess that’s what helping me coping with this harsh transition.

    I wish good luck to anyone trying to quit, and I’m grateful to everyone here for sharing their experiences, it’s really helpful to people in the same situation just like myself.

  • millar September 4, 2014, 2:48 am

    Hi all. I am a chronic, daily user (upwards of 4 grams) of marijuana. I smoke through a water pipe. I have smoked at relatively the same consistency since I was 20. At 25, my habit has developed and changed over the years. So I have been a heavy user for over 5 years, at times smoking up to a quarter ounce per day.

    In these times, I usually ran out of money very quickly- and smoking 7 grams of weed in the day, left me very demotivated- for everything including work. So you can see, in these times, the quarter day use couldn’t last very long. Financially and mentally. My mental health through these 5 years has affected my desire and need to consume marijuana. I am addicted to it, however, I always increased usage and my dependence felt far more real, in times of mental hardship. I lose my mind when faced with a night of no marijuana. I have not spent more than 24 hours off of this drug in over a year.

    I am one of the unlucky individuals who has Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome. It has affected me three times in 3 years since introducing marijuana in to my life. The intense sickness, is not enough to stop my habit. I am at a point where I have no idea who I really am anymore. My emotions are not mine. My feelings are a mess. I want a life free of addiction. I do not want to want marijuana. I already don’t want to be smoking it. But now I find, I do not want to want it.

    Withdrawal has been difficult in the past when I have decided to quit. Between 20-23 I saw my addiction as very very negative and I hated myself for smoking. I attempted to withdraw and detox myself, completely alone, 11 times in 18 months. The most time I achieved without relapse was 21 days. I have not done this, since October 2012. I would just find that after a couple of weeks, I forgot how much pain I was in from smoking. I forgot how much I hated it and I forgot that I wanted to be free of it.

    Currently, and for the last few days, I have only been smoking 1-2 grams, and only at night before I go to sleep. I have long been one to wake during the night multiple times, and smoke more to fall back to sleep. I experience extreme general anxiety, pretty much every day, regardless of whether I smoke or not. I would conclusively say, with confidence, that my addiction to marijuana has exacerbated any existing illness I had of the mind, and absolutely bred eternal fear and panic within myself as an adult.

    I am not sure if this can be completely corrected, but I know in my heart that it will not be too much longer that I am trapped behind this glass wall- observing the world and how it works- wondering in confusion why it doesn’t feel like that for me. Weed has saved my life many times, but it is destroying me.

    I am very open to chatting to people who are in similar situations or who just want to talk to someone. My email is s underscore e underscore millard at Hotmail dot com.

    Cheers,
    S

  • Samantha September 5, 2014, 2:38 am

    I’ve smoked daily for at least five years. Today I am 5 days off of pot. I’m experiencing same symptoms as when I stopped using opiates. I’ve been off pills for 8 months. Sweating and cold. Dizzy and light headed. Upset stomach and the sh*ts. Sore throat. Body aches. Can’t sleep. Not hungry. Major headache. My body is so heavy. I feel like I’m going to puke. I don’t know how I even functioned at work today. A cold is going around and I hope that’s what I have, but I know I’m withdrawing.

  • mg September 6, 2014, 1:35 pm

    Reading all your comments and I agree 100% i’m feeling most of the symptoms mentioned, been smoking pretty much daily for 15+ years n I’m feeling SH*T, been bout 2 weeks without the erb n yeah struggling to be my positive outgoing self… I’m thinking though its gotta get better I did expect some sought of battle, always new the day would come when all the GOOD times would end and I would pay (in a sense) its cool though I’m a fighter and these down times won’t last forever, I’m excited to experience life without weed, apologies if I’m dribbling just glad I ain’t the only person freaking out alone. Oh n for all the comments about feeling no different on or off the erb blah blah blah, BS in a big way this sh*t is real but not impossible to get through, I got my reasons for change find yours and push on through you all got the ability prove to yourselves you got the strength. Hope n good things to all.

  • Nate D September 6, 2014, 9:15 pm

    First of all I just want to say thanks to everyone for posting their real struggles with quitting Mary Jane (Well except for the blow holes that “don’t have withdraws or issues from weed”). Like the 95% here, I too have found it extremely difficult to quit smoking/eating herb. I’m on day 6 of my sobriety and well it’s been down right hell. I’ve been a relativity active, healthy and happy 31 year old with a recreational habit of smoking pot and eating pot treats.

    I’ve been consuming pot non stop since the age of 19. The reason I decided to quit was for the simple fact I wanted out of a job that’s been dead end since I was hired. P.S. It’s very easy to say, “Why should I quit? I’m making a living and I’m comfortable”. But that’s just it. It was easy to say with the joint in hand but when you remove the THC tented glasses, life really isn’t as great as it seemed to be. The $300-$600 a month going up in smoke (quality over quantity). For what to enjoy my life, I think not. The problem was I wasn’t thinking I was hiding from the struggles of life.

    That all changed 24hours into my sobriety I couldn’t eat, sleep or think. I lost a total of 12 lbs in 48 hours from not eating and being dehydrated. I felt like I had the flu sweating like a pig, nausea, head aches, irritability, and shaking to name a few. Then the anxiety set in, I tried my best to stay in control of my mental state but working in a high stress job. Not good when going through withdraws, I ended up flying of the handle at work and quit my job for no particular reason other than the normal daily stress of the job.

    I felt completely out of control both at work and at home. Not only did the boss get what for so did my spouse. I do have to say I’m feeling more in control now that I understand pot is additive and there truly are withdraws. Having all this free time now to think clearer and being more active has helped me see the potential in myself to become a greater person. So to those that are struggling like me, we can make it if we don’t give in/up. Thanks again and God bless

  • David inkwell September 8, 2014, 7:57 pm

    If you have used cannabis to cover up other things like depression of course it’s going to be harder to quit. Nobody can tell how another person feels inside by reading these comments. Plus why would they lie? Bud may not kill brain cells but has clearly killed murdered some empathy, good luck quitting all who need it. Smash the bong and stay strong.

  • Ex user September 9, 2014, 6:57 pm

    Good luck people, I have made it totally drug free. I’m a new person after having that poison for over 10 years, my taste buds have come back and most of all I ain’t dependant on drugs. Drugs don’t control my life anymore. If I can do it u can it’s all about will power keep on fighting and stay adamant to quit. You can do it.

  • unbelievaoble September 11, 2014, 2:25 am

    It is so remarkable that most of the remarks here are based upon peoples feelings of what they think is withdrawal. It would be no different if you stopped anything you have done for so long. You would miss it but true withdrawal- I dont think so. Everyone is different is what I keep hearing, but thats funny as real withdrawal affects everyone not some for instance, heroin, its true withdrawal, noone says ohh its different for everyone. This whole post and comment section is the reason people Lose Brain Cells. Sorry but you guys are pathetic….

    • JC September 30, 2014, 3:38 pm

      So, what’s the real definition of “withdrawal,” doc? I’ve known two smack addicts, in my life, who’ve gotten off the shit. One went cold turkey, and it was so bad that he went into cardiac arrest and has spent the years since in heavy therapy. The other went cold turkey, too, and just threw up a few times and sweated a lot. People lose brain cells when they let cobwebs form over their ability to think critically (and spell simple words such as “unbelievable”), which seems to be what you’ve done, and that, cowboy, is truly pathetic.

    • ChickenOrEgg? January 7, 2015, 9:16 pm

      To a degree, you’re right. Anything can be used as a crutch-chewing gum, tapping your fingers, grinding your teeth, weed, alchohol, soda, candy-it’s called an addictive personality. I have a buddy whose brother was killed by a drunk driver and his dad was an alcoholic. He’s never touched drugs or booze in his life but goes to regular AA meetings because he figures he’s got the genes to be an addict and never wants to start. He’s so adamant about it, get this, that it’s an ADDICTION for him NOT to be an addict to anything.

      Kind of funny, but at least he’s not coughing up chunks of rubber cement or making his liver into a river rock and running over schoolyards full of children without even knowing it til he gets home and finds the blood dripping off his bumpers. Your post sounds like you’re defending something you know down deep isn’t great for you, but maybe it’s not become a huge problem thus far in your life. Lucky you, hope it stays that way! But being a d*ck to everyone else is a symptom too and your lack of empathy or tolerance of other people’s problems, crutches, excuses etc. is kind of interesting.

      I’d ask one question: How’d you get here? What made you find this forum? Think about it. Best wishes to you always no matter what you think of me/us here on this site. I have the same opinion in a few cases with a few posts, like “gawd, you’re f’ed up from the bone marrow, the stuff you’re writing here is just a symptom, not the disease”. But you know what? I could be wrong. So could you.

  • Andrew September 15, 2014, 11:35 pm

    Started smoking casually in high school at about 15. Could control it fine and bought into all the “Marijuana is not habit forming” BS. I even smoked while studying for our final exams, ended up coming 14th in our year (of +120 students), confirming my idea that marijuana is not harmful.

    When I was 17 I left for uni. Didn’t smoke for a while as I hadn’t met anyone who smoked and felt like that part of my life was over. After a few months had made a few casual smoker friends and was back to smoking every now and then. Before I knew it, we were all smoking daily. Stopped attending lectures, would stay up all night and only wake up at about 3pm. Marks dropped. Went home at the end of the year and stopped smoking cold turkey and was fine, although I had serious cravings every now and then.

    I decided I wouldn’t smoke again when back at varsity, first day back was bonging it up with my friends. Instead of taking 2-3 months for a habit to form, I was back to my same old ways instantly. Failed a course and scraped through with the rest. Have basically smoked at least 3 times a day since. Got tired of basically not being able to function and stopped smoking 2 days ago.

    Have experienced excessive sweating, bad insomnia, stomach aches, reduced appetite and vivid dreams (most of which are about smoking). Obviously these are all pale symptoms in comparison to hard-drug withdrawals but are symptoms none-the-less. I regret allowing myself to get to the point where marijuana was affecting my studies and life but don’t regret starting smoking in a way as it has had some positive benefits on my life.

    I suffer from depression and the weed helped me through some bad times. I feel as if it has definitely given me increased insight. However, I come from a family of numerous addicts (from cigarettes to booze to crack cocaine and heroin) and probably shouldn’t have meddled with any mind altering substances.

    I hope I am able to maintain my sobriety but will miss the positive effects of weed.

  • Mr S September 16, 2014, 7:04 am

    Hi Guys,

    Thank you for your information. Been smoking everyday straight for the past 5 years. Its really hard to come off it cause I love weed. The feeling of wake and bake + knowing your just chilled x 10 no f*cks given.

    Its been the second day of cold turkey & my cravings to punch a FAT MOUNTAIN is slowly increasing. But I also keep myself busy so the cravings go away. Other than that, I like to think I’m doing well for the second day.

    Mr S

  • Todd September 19, 2014, 5:42 am

    I can tell anyone trying to quit (from first-hand experience), that:

    1) It will seem quite sad to quit, and this is the hardest part for me. Weed is like a good friend, like someone who has always been there for you– and it will seem sad to not smoke it. And it’s true– it’s always been there for you, which will make it all the harder to let it go. You’ll remember all of the great times you had with it. I personally have ‘quit’ several times now. the past few times I made it 4 or 5 months and then thought “I’ll just smoke a bowl for old time sake, and remember the feeling”.. then it’s right back into the cycle. This time around, I’m at 4 months clean, and feeling good. I’ve had a few moments of weakness (I’d be a hypocrite if I said I didn’t), but doing ok. In fact, the few times I have smoked, I’ve remembered exactly why I’ve wanted to let it go.

    2) The first week is fine– deceivingly so, in fact. You’ll think, oh this isn’t too bad. The second week is hell, and that will last for a good 2 weeks. For me, that includes a complete lack of energy, depression and overall dull feeling. Really bad diarrhea (from what I hear, this is rare, but for me it is terrible, and lasts 4 or 5 days) But once you’ve made it 3 weeks, you will be on the up-and-up. I still remember the feeling of my real sense of humor starting to come through, and thinking what a good feeling it is to really laugh, or really make a good joke that is purely yourself, and not the weed.

    3) You may need to destroy your bowl, and burn your weed. Seriously, it may be the only way to resist the temptation.

    Good luck to anyone in the same boat. You owe it to yourself to give it a few months. From there, who knows? I know that I personally will always battle the urge to go back to daily smoking, and it will not be easy. All it takes is a rough day, or a bad feeling to have a strong desire to smoke. I just always try to remind myself of all the times I’ve felt like the weed was controlling me, and the feeling of freeing myself from it.

  • penny September 19, 2014, 1:45 pm

    I have been smoking dope for 49 yrs, 17 when I first started, am now 65, oh dear! Have occasionally given it up but always back on it as I find life is full of the stuff that is on the website. so many people with so much feeling, both negative and positive and I have to live in a world of people. life is hard and full of do’s and don’t’s. gave up recently again and forgot I had given up and woke up one Monday morning feeling like I have never felt before. all I wanted to do was fall on my head and stop this awful feeling – and it is not mental it is emotional.

    Why do we persist in calling psychological feelings mental. Tis how we feel that is – the thinking comes after. the world is run by men trying to make money and control others – with guns often. our souls are in need not our mental abilities. Tis hard to be alive as a human being. reality is essentially chaotic and incomprehensible and humans seem to attempt to see patterns that would explain what it is all about. How puny and unimportant we are. The Chinese have a mixture of herbs used for opiate withdrawal which I forgot I had used last time but I am going to get some cos I am old and wearing out and need to sustain myself without dope – well that’s how I feel now! good luck to all!

  • Ricky September 21, 2014, 4:47 pm

    So been a weed smoker 12 years, since i was 15 apart from a period of a year between 16 and 17. Started smoking again at 17 and cant really remember going more than 14 days with it, but when i have felt great! I might add I’ve taken other drugs on fridays and Saturdays like cocaine, mdma, speed, mushrooms once, and alcohol in copious amounts. But all partying or trying new experience not through dependency mon-fri normal working man. Knocked most of that on the head 4 years ago when my first child came along.

    Anyway last 3 years smoked heavily right up to an operation 4 weeks ago for two slipped discs, I know at 27! Was prescribed tramadol as a painkiller smoked weed pretty much daily whilst on a constant 400mg a day although first two day my misses was accidentally giving me 800mg a day which we rectified (felt awesome I might add). 6 days ago ran out of weed, did not buy any more did not feel like it 4 days ago stopped taking tramadol.

    Last two days I’ve had brief moments of extreme anxiety when I say brief 2 mins max but my god those two mins feel like a life time, feels like someone is temporarily getting in my head and having a mess around at my expense. Weird ‘surging’ feelings and at those times extreme irritability anger and a feeling of being freaked out by all of this like my rational mind is unraveling. Normally have a strong constitution but this is weird, and as you can tell from the more psycoactive drugs I’ve took before mentally I’m strong enough to deal with it, but this feels different, has anyone experienced this?

    Is it the tramadol comedown or the weed or both, like I say weed is never been a problem b4. I’m just a little concerned.

  • Daniel September 24, 2014, 5:36 pm

    Ive quit cannabis for 2 weeks now and now my eye sight has gone like static and getting lots of floaters also i keep getting headaches has any 1 else experinced static vision n floaters after quitting?

  • Emma September 24, 2014, 7:08 pm

    I’ve been smoking for 20 years and have up 4 days ago. Ive got headaches, sweats, nothing to numb anything, I don’t think I can do it, I hate myself

  • Nate September 24, 2014, 10:20 pm

    To answer Ricky and Daniel’s questions respectively:

    I have been a daily user for 10 years. I vaporized 3-4 times a day for the past five years and have been using concentrates and hash oil for the past 2 years straight. I am currently 98 days clean of all things cannabis. I can tell you with certainty that the withdrawal process can be hell. Of course it depends on usage, potency, length of time, etc. but I am still not feeling 100% like my normal happy form.

    Ricky: You are experiencing anxiety/panic attacks as your brain and amygdala balance out to normal. Without THC, your chemical balance of neurotransmitters is all out of whack. The only thing that will heal you is time. Trust me I went through it all; the severe anxiety, shakes, floating body feeling, severe surges of anger. It is all part of the withdrawal process so hang in there. The tramadol may have something to do with it too, but I was on nothing but weed before I quit and went through hell getting through the first month of withdrawals.

    Daniel: I too had strange vision during the first 4 to 6 weeks of being clean of cannabis. It is a stress response from your body. Without THC, your system is in shock and is sending out stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones cause many physiological changes some of which are vision issues. I had floaters like you mentioned and also a serous retinopathy, which is an accumulation of fluid behind the retina of your eye. It appeared as a big dark circle in my vision that almost looked like I was looking through 3D glasses. Thankfully that cleared up as well as the floaters. It is all part of the withdrawal process and will eventually clear with time. It is a very slow process though, so don’t be discouraged if it hasn’t gotten better in a few weeks. Like I said, I’m 98 days in and I know that I’ve gotten much better and healthier, but I also know that I’m not completely back to my normal self. Good luck to you all!!

  • fnordfox September 25, 2014, 8:12 pm

    I can accept that everyone has different biology, and so not everyone will feel every symptom. I can also accept that all of these are possible symptoms. But do we have any corroborated claims as to just how likely someone is to show any of these symptoms? Seems all the comments discuss that people react differently without ever considering what ratio of people react what ways.

    I suppose it makes sense, given that intakes are so drastically different, but I am still curious. I only can attest for myself and those comments here that have given their situation. I had always heard that a withdrawal from caffeine was harder to cope with than one from marijuana.

    • JC September 30, 2014, 3:14 pm

      Withdrawal from any drug that affects the central nervous system is hard to cope with, and, yes, that does include caffeine and nicotine. As far as corroboration goes, that’s the whole point of this forum. You can see that many, many people are reporting the identical marijuana-withdrawal symptoms. When you accumulate this many reports, the case for marijuana being addictive goes beyond being merely anecdotal.

      As I say in my July 23 post, I’m sort of ambivalent about pot being legalized. I chose to stop using it, for my own reasons, and I suffered the withdrawal symptoms, in spades, that so many others here have experienced. My beef is with the mindless proponents of legalization, who claim that marijuana is problem-free and is practically a smokeable God and that anyone who thinks otherwise is a cross between a Mayflower Puritan and a Nazi. But I suppose that shouldn’t surprise me, since one of the things that marijuana robbed me of, when I was smoking, was the ability to think critically.

  • 2 September 30, 2014, 12:02 am

    Iv smoked cannabis for just over 15 years everyday and when iv tried stopping I just get the sweats and I’m very moody, still never been able to quit the habit I’m now on day 2 and having same affects, but what I’m going to say now is very strange but when I go on holiday I’m fine no symptoms! Maybe its knowing you can get your hands on it when your at home and its always at back of your mind maybe that doesn’t help? But everyone is different that’s just something I noticed when I go away. And Negative people YES! my spelling and grammar is terrible feel free to point it out and blame it on how much weed Iv smoked PS GOOD LUCK EVERYONE

  • Scott September 30, 2014, 6:05 am

    I smoked daily for three years. I tried quitting a few times but hung on to my weed, just in case. I failed every time because I had access to it. This time I threw away my weed, pipes and grinder. Today is day 18 and my anxiety is out of control. I start a new job next month and pre-employment drug screening is a requirement, every three months another test, and randoms are always a possibility. If I had weed here I wouldn’t be typing, I’d be blazin. WEED IS ADDICTIVE, don’t let anyone tell you differently. Great article, it gave me some hope. Thanks.

  • Nicole October 2, 2014, 1:46 am

    Hey All,

    Only a casual smoker on and off for the past 4 years, more so in the last two, but I am definitely experiencing withdrawals. Stopped smoking mostly about 3 months ago (only a few times a month), but the anxiety/sweats/irritability/nausea/insomnia/mood swings hit me like a freight train a week or so ago. They have since subsided, but I had one very rough week with a panic attack and all symptoms at once for a few days. Now it’s just a little apathy/mild depression that will hopefully get better and better with a healthy, active lifestyle.

    I am extremely sensitive to anything I put in my body and am not surprised it has affected me in this way even though I was a very light user of the drug compared to most (smoked maybe 20 days out of the month at my most frequent usage). I never intended to stop smoking, just was tapering off naturally due to life changes and less interest in it, but now have decided to stop completely after this ordeal. Choose sober, guys, it’s more fun :)

  • Indica User October 3, 2014, 8:10 am

    From a 25 year smoker who was heavy user (Snoop Dogg levels) let me tell you i quit cold turkey 25 days ago and i still feel f#cked. Bad Headaches everyday for over 3 weeks, terrible sleeps, insomnia, crazy technicolor dreams, head feels like its swimming and getting squeezed in a vice grip, I am dizzy everyday, really dizzy. I was thinking of going back to very light use at some point but i am questioning that because this detox has been so rough and I really don’t ever want to feel this shitty for this long again.

    This cleanse is kicking my ass big time, the upside is I’m not overeating and have overhauled my diet big time and have lost 20 lbs. I still think cannabis is a great tool if you use it wisely and don’t abuse it. The oil helped cure some skin cancer on my back. It’s no gateway drug or any of that rah rah but the detox is no joke. I’m 42 year old man 6″1 207 lbs now. I smoked for arthritis pain and sleep and still think its a helpful medication but careful that you don’t abuse it like I did. Cheers

  • Anna October 4, 2014, 12:55 am

    I am 31 years old and live in Scandinavia. I started smoking when I was 18. In the beginning not so much but without thinking about it really, I turned out to be smoking every day. My previous boyfriend and I smoked together which made it even harder to quit. And I was never fully determined that I should quit either. My studies went great, I even studied double courses and never had a problem coping with everyday life.

    When I started working I also managed to do a good job. (My boyfriend though, couldn’t. He failed all attempts of working and studying and mainly sat at home playing computer games..) Weed was my way to on one hand focus and not stress out, on the other hand to get away from anxiety. In the end both me and my ex kind of lost the zest of life and just smoked because that’s what we’d always done. Smoking weed also covered up the fact that I didn’t feel any love for him anymore. I was just stuck in a pattern and wanted to smoke to not feel and not having to deal with the difficulties of breaking up.

    After 10 years of a relationship with everyday smoking I decided to leave that relationship and also quit smoking for about 6 months. I thought I would never start again but one day I just started and I thought I could do it wisely and not in the same everyday-smoking-style. Well, I ended up smoking everyday again and now finally, a year later, I have finally realised this is an addiction to me, both physically and mentally. I always believed what people say about marijuana not being addictive, but now I don’t anymore. Yes, it can open up your mind, and yes, it can relieve pain, but it sure is a poison to your body.

    I’ve quit a few times before, but this time is the first time I felt physical symptoms and believe me, it’s been tough! I quit 3 weeks ago and in the beginning I woke up in the middle of the night sweating, dreaming terrible nightmares. I have also had, and still have, bad headaches, a sore throat and get cold sweats. I can sleep at night but usually wake up in the middle of the night feeling frightened because of my dreams. I also had stomach cramps and diarrhea in the beginning but it quit after about 10 days.

    I never want to go through this again, especially since I do it all on my own, coping with a tough job, and noone knows I’m going through this kind of rehab at the same time. So I am determined to stay clean. I started in therapy and I’ve decided to leave urine to get tested that I’m clean because I don’t trust my weed-loving mind. I blocked all numbers to dealers and have told people I sometimes smoked with that I am off it for real now.

    I still feel a bit apathic and I cant wait to get my zest of life back, the will to meet new people, meeting a partner or whatever. Right now I’m just focused on coping with all the feelings that I earlier could escape from with the help of my drug-of-choice…

  • brbrose57 October 4, 2014, 6:40 pm

    I have been dabbing for 10 months smoking pretty heavy I quit almost a month ago. I took a hit last week thinking it would help my anxiety, but it made it way worse. I don’t feel normal anymore and I was wondering if being around the smoke affects me because I’m tying to get it out of my system but my bf and his friends are always smoking in the house does that affect me?

    • gonads October 11, 2014, 1:11 pm

      Second hand pot smoke can be harmful but most studies show active THC ingredient does not last long in exhaled smoke… brbrose57

  • Bridie October 5, 2014, 5:08 am

    Hi all. I just wanted to share my recent experience with everyone on here, I was a long term user of cannabis (about 10-15 cones a day) sometimes more, I started smoking at the age of 14 and am now 23. I recently decided to quit smoking as I kept getting sick. I couldn’t stop vomiting, abdominal pain, chest pain, severe dehydration, my kidney started to fail. I presented to Emergency with these symptoms and was diagnosed with Cannsbinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome. It’s rare, but it’s real. Very real.

    The condition affects the way your immune system releases the “cannabinoids” and ultimately they build up and cannot be released from your body like most normal smokers. This condition affected me so badly, I went through 2 and a half weeks of hot showers and living in my bath tub to ease the pain. This condition not only can affect you if you are withdrawing from pot, but if you smoke too much also. The only known cure for this is to quit. I was so dehydrated from these symptoms and vomiting that my kidney started to fail.

    Some people think marijuana withdrawals are “nothing” compared to other drugs, but unless you’ve felt this, you have no idea. The only thing that got me through this tough time was my doctor prescribed me Valium and Maxalon to keep the nausea away. Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome is bloody awful. It does pass, but with time and you MUST stop using immediately. Using in-between only prolongs the Agony. Which it truly was.

    So I just wanted to share my experience and make people aware of this syndrome which is absolutely diagnosable. My advice to anyone who is suffering from these symptoms is cut down and quit if you know what’s best for you. Also Drinking small amounts of Hydralyte (available at most pharmacies) and powerade, Gatorade, icy poles and watermelon really helped hydrate me in the end. I hope no one has to suffer these horrible symptoms I’ve suffered many times.

    Very proud NON smoker now. Cheers for reading. :) And good luck all you stoners!!

  • K.S.S October 8, 2014, 5:49 pm

    Wow agreed… I haven’t been on cannabis for 10+ years but I have been for 2-3 years and the pain is so severe I can’t even tell you… Anxiety attacks with just chest constantly hurting you swear as if your heart is falling apart… As if your life is falling apart… I wish someone told me about the effects of weed… Cause people out here think they aren’t real

  • Alew October 9, 2014, 5:46 pm

    Well my husband has been pot free for 2 weeks. Last night he told me he didn’t like me and that NO one liked me. He claims that quitting has been easy for him and that I am still not happy even though he quit. He has smoked pot for over 20 years. He has been with me for 14 years and has spent about 400 per month on it. I thought this would be a positive thing but I feel now he is so resentful towards me and now becoming hateful. I am tired!!

    • CrispyTenders October 20, 2014, 4:04 am

      400 per month for 20 years is almost a hundred thousand dollars!!

  • Cayden October 10, 2014, 12:28 am

    The feeling of hollow hovers over my every waking moment, the anxiety eats me alive at night. I haven’t slept for four f*cking days. It’s good to know the road to sobriety is not paved alone. Best luck to all of you, and remember when it gets tough, just hold on a little bit longer and it’ll all be alright, everything will be alright.

  • Matty October 11, 2014, 3:39 am

    Hey I’m Matty, I was smoking every day since I was about 17-18 I’m now 31. Before I could not imagine life without that comfort and routine of smoking buds. I quit cold turkey about 3 weeks ago… the first week I had bad mood swings and self-harm thoughts. Now I’m very happy and finally realize I have a bright future beyond being toasted every day. But I keep sweating basically non stop every day… it’s intense and very annoying, but I just keep thinking I’ve come this far, why turn back?

    If the sweats would just go way, I’d be home free. I do miss the escape and comfort of being high, but there’s so many devices in the world to experience why just hide behind one because its easy and comfy? Life goes on, change is always a good thing. Just stay strong, each day opens your world beyond smoking, it’s really worth it, gotta be in it to win it.

  • Marijuana-user October 11, 2014, 8:15 am

    I quit 3 days ago and the withdrawal symptoms are massive. To be honest, it has ruined a lot of parts in my life. I only had stoner friends, lost a good gf, lost my personality, a lot of things basically. It’s hard, really hard when you don’t have a good set of friends, like me, cause you have to rely on yourself. I sincerely wish I had someone to connect with. This forum has helped a lil’ being able to read others’ comments. Please pray for me, cause I never wanna fall back into that ditch ever again.

  • lindsey October 11, 2014, 9:22 am

    Stopped 7 months ago after 28 yrs smoking half oz a week – I am so ill now. The sleeping probs only lasted 3/4 months but I have breathing problems, heart suddenly beats so loudly and you can see it jump in my chest. I have nausea, feel so fatigued, and have an awful taste and smell coming up into my mouth… mouth ulcers? I also have a weird left sided brain feeling a bit like someone dribbled an egg down part of your brain before heart kicks off. Serious episodes of confusion like who am I? Where am I?

    They only last for seconds but scary when your in your own home but don’t know it. Had month long halter ECG machine, head MRI and various tests but all negative apart from COPD/emphysema (mild 80% fever) which is the reason I stopped cold turkey on 18th march this year…the breathing wasn’t bad when smoking but since stopping I have days when I really struggle to breathe. A few steps does me in and I have to sit down. Has anyone else had these symptoms? and for this length of time? Or was the pot hiding something?

    Let’s face it we ignore/deny everything we can so we can keep smoking. I am happy I stopped – I finally enjoy things in life again and didn’t think I would lol. I’m no longer bored or scared that I don’t know who I am without it. I gained an extra income just by stopping smoking… most people have to get a 2nd job to do that! Anyone else had long withdrawal symptoms? Or know what might be wrong with me? Good luck to everyone you can do it.

  • gonads October 11, 2014, 1:07 pm

    I have been partying everyday 3 times a day for 18 years. I tried the vaporizer (not the same high), bowl, and brownie recipe to help my lungs out. I only stopped when I left the country, but still found some. I am a proud father of two and have to either buy my daughter her tenth b-day present or an ounce… I work 12 hours a day making fifty bucks an hour and am still in debt from wedding 5 years ago.

    Wife says we could be only owing 20k instead of 22k if I didn’t buy a QP a year for 4 years. The cost is minimal (I could grow), but the mental and health effects are enormous. I notice my teeth are hollowed out from a dry mouth (beer didn’t help), my central nervous system is wrecked, dark circles under my eyes, and mood swings until I get my fix. So easy to spend $50 a month and my dealer is just a click away. Only thing stopping me is my wife and my conscience. I need to invest that $50 a month for my child’s future, wedding, house, etc. Nobody tells you pot ruins your teeth and makes you look ten years older until it is too late.

  • Sue October 15, 2014, 7:53 pm

    I am a mother of a 25 year old man who severely abused weed. Started when he was 17, then the last year he used to do 40 to 50 bongs a day. He has ended up in a mental hospital. Believe me since watching my son telling me he’s Jesus and there’s snipers on the roof / the governments out to kill him, totally losing all type of reality – don’t ever tell me weed is OK. It’s the saddest thing – he is diagnosed with psychosis and I don’t know if we will ever get our son back. Will his brain get better? Is there anyone out there who has also suffered this and recovered?

    • Sean October 18, 2014, 6:13 am

      Sounds like he was smoking salvia. Google it

    • Adam November 19, 2014, 9:48 pm

      Dear Sue, hearing this is terrible. Step one I recommend to you is to pray. Sorry if offended but from my personal experience it is a big help. The good news is that his brain can get better. There have been many reports of near fully or fully recovered psychosis patients. Step two is exercise, eating healthy (fruits and vegetables)and trying to get proper sleep. Step 3 is not abusing drugs such as hard drugs, weed, and especially alcohol. the only drugs he should be taking are those prescribed that may help. Recovery is possible and very real though. Although it may take weeks, months, or years in this case concerning the abuse done. but things can get better in time. God bless you and your Son and there is always hope.

  • beezyboy50 October 16, 2014, 2:39 am

    I’ve smoked for 6 years all day everyday and the reason I started was to treat my depression. All I can say about my 3rd week going cold turkey is that my depression is starting to come back. In my humble opinion, marijuana withdrawals do not create new symptoms in ones body, but instead unchain symptoms held dormant in ones body that they may or may not have prior knowledge about. Hope this helps someone. PS: I’m smoking again because life is better with than without.

  • Ross October 16, 2014, 11:41 pm

    I smoked weed for just over a year, about 2 grams a day shared with a friend sometimes and I have been feeling withdrawal symptoms from anxiety, depression to getting random outbursts of sadness and anger. It’s been about 2 months since I have stopped and most withdrawal symptoms are starting to calm down, but I still don’t feel 100%. I feel like I will never feel normal again, my anxiety is still pretty bad, I always think something is seriously wrong with my health if I have a headache or a random upset stomach. I just want to know when this will all end and I can feel normal again?

    • Mario April 20, 2016, 2:13 pm

      It’s still ongoing for me – almost a year going into 2. I was on pot every single day for almost a year. I eventually stopped, not intending to quit, I just couldn’t afford to since my lifestyle changed – new job, etc. Since then I almost never do it. On the rare occasion that I do smoke (social pressure) I’d get paranoid and even more anxious. I know what you’re going through. Totally feels like superman under a red sun. Powers gone!

      • Mario April 20, 2016, 2:16 pm

        Sh*t! I’m just glad I came here and now know that it’s a withdrawal. I was afraid this would be forever.

  • Sean October 18, 2014, 6:04 am

    For anyone that’s feeling like crap right now, I personally never thought I’d go a day without getting high. But I did. You got to admit that is an achievement all on its own. And everyday you add to it is a feeling of an accomplishment despite horrible dreams, night sweats, ect. Tighten up guys and let’s just do this.

  • Cheryl October 21, 2014, 5:57 pm

    Its been 3 days since I last smoked, on day 2 the symptoms started, I woke feeling weak. A few hours later I got a headache that turned into a migraine, several hours later I was sweating and nauseous. I have smoked everyday about 8xs a day for 4yrs solid. I don’t feel good at all, but I do need to stop this abuse. I believe there is a such thing as marijuana withdrawals, because I feel them personally.

  • miguel October 22, 2014, 3:33 am

    I’m 24 I’ve been smoking since I was 12. Just quit 3 days ago. Man it’s really hell what I’m going through. Makes me wanna go and smoke at least one joint. I smoked about 4 joints a day plus a bowl. Feel hot as f#ck. Last night I experienced insomnia. These withdrawals are real. I don’t know if I can actually quit. My head hurts idk why, I can’t concentrate. I need help for real, honestly I made a promise but I think I’m just going to call the weed man.

  • anonymous taylor October 22, 2014, 6:07 am

    After being a heavy smoker (day in day out when I wasn’t working) for the last 5 years my journey started when I moved out of my parents. I cannot afford the lifestyle I was living so 2 days ago I decided that was it. So far I’ve had ridiculous headaches when waking up and a distinct lack of appetite (struggled to eat 2 slices of pizza last night).

    My own personal opinion is it’s all in your head. I’ve got the motivation and the drive to stop this sh#t NOW, so if you honestly believe that you can do it YOU CAN! Like everything in life, it’s only as hard/easy as that little voice in your head is describing it! Mines telling me “you’ve got this” believe and you can do!!!!

    • you just plain stupid October 22, 2014, 8:34 pm

      This site is dedicated to individuals who choose to tell their story and encourage fellow pot users. How can the next person tell someone what they are experiencing is excessive or it maybe in their head? Are you in their heads or are you them? Maybe you psychic have special abilities. Just be supportive of the next persons situation.

  • Shirley October 22, 2014, 3:45 pm

    Been smoking for 7 years moderately at first than increased. Ran out and decided to quit thinking no big deal maybe a day or two!! To my ignorant surprise…. been one week and went through hell… dizziness, disconnected and headaches… just feel like sh#t. I was really glad to read all of your comments makes me feel that I am normal and it is part of the recovery. Thank you to all of you who have made it better for me by being honest.

  • Tony BOO October 22, 2014, 8:26 pm

    I don’t understand the purpose of this post if individuals are going to tear one another down, we all came here looking for some type of uplifting or to even get educated on how to deal with this addiction. Can everyone just be a support system for the next person because we all know this addiction is hard to beat. I am currently trying to fight this addiction but its so hard I am thinking about seeking professional help. I don’t think I have the will power to stop on my own. Sad but true.

  • d October 23, 2014, 3:57 am

    This is the second time I quit and I remember it being bad but not this bad. I Can’t sleep, I’m down to one meal a day that I have to force down, I’m hot one minute then freezing the next. I’m only on day 4 but I’m hoping for these side effects go away soon, (mostly the nausea and loss of appetite because it is so discomforting). If any one has had similar symptoms and can shed some light on how long I can expect to feel sick to my stomach I’d appreciate it.

  • shiva October 23, 2014, 3:27 pm

    Hey all. Smoked for 6+ years, like most all day, every day. Used it for different reasons, like treating my PTSD and depression, or just plain being bored some of the times. It did helped me tremendously in dealing with my demons and helped me learn not to take everything that happened to me so personally. Had great times with it as well. I had quit smoking before, but mainly because I would run out, and couldn’t get it for some reason.

    Experienced same symptoms, so kinda knew what to expect when I finally decided to stop. I’m a week into not smoking. Headaches are the worst part for me, interrupted sleep doesn’t help either, though one thing I personally really enjoy as an artist are the dreams, no matter how scary they get. They are so vivid! Went through couple days of mood swings, got some B12 vitamins. Helped me. Also helps yoga and meditation, and generally any exercise.

    I was into all that before, so just trying to continue as much as I can, though some days I just wanna stay in bed and wait for my headache to go away (still waiting, though making myself go work out today). The reason I stopped is that it was kinda getting old. I felt like it served its purpose and know I’m wasting more time, money and energy then I need to, and that all of the above could be used for something else. Even though, I don’t necessarily see myself quitting for good. I just don’t feel like smoking every day, once in a while though, like couple times a year, I could see myself doing it.

  • Cody October 24, 2014, 1:31 am

    I have quit cold turkey for a week or so now. It’s not easy for me – I used to smoke it all day everyday in my bong for the last few years. I get cold sweats all the time, shaking problems, passing gas, and it creates a bad discomfort in my stomach, which travels up and gives me panic attacks. I think I’m having a heart attack and don’t ever want to go back to smoking because before I didn’t know that it could be this bad. My friends always told me it’s just weed, you can’t get hooked. I wish I could tell them today that they were wrong. I’m going to continue to fight the withdrawal, I just want to get better. Reading this helped me understand what I was going through – very helpful. Cheers to the sober life. – Cody

    • Dr. J October 25, 2014, 8:05 pm

      Same here, bro. Medical marijuana/dabs withdrawal is horrible. I’m guessing the more thc it has or maybe even your level of tolerance is most likely the factors that give you stronger withdrawals then with let’s say mid-shelf or lows could give you. Point is: Everyone here is 100% I FEEL YOUR PAIN! This sh#t sucks. I recommend: Exercise #1, diet and lifestyle change, sex, yoga, meditation and breathing exercises. But mostly cardio will shake off those bad feelings, TRUST ME. The nausea is really the only one I have serious trouble with but if you’re not vegan/health conscience you could probably take some over the counter stuff for that.

  • mark October 24, 2014, 2:15 pm

    I’m about a fortnight into quitting now. I’ve been a heavy user for nineteen years. I just stopped cold turkey. The first week was terrible. I had sweats, anxiety, upset stomach and I could have quite happily gone on a rampage I was so angry with everything and everyone. Thankfully I have a great friend who’s supported me and still is. All I can say is it gets easier. It’s just the insomnia I’m dealing with now. Which isn’t so bad.

    • Sam November 30, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Mark, I feel you brother. Been puffing @ least a q/day if not closer to 10 for the past 11 years & I am also on day 3-4 of quitting. Can’t seem to catch a blink of sleep if my life depended on it! When will this stop?!

  • Nichole October 28, 2014, 9:26 am

    I have been sober for almost 3 weeks after smoking several blunts everyday for almost 15 years. WITHDRAWAL IS REAL!!!!! I’ve tried to quit numerous times and failed miserably because of this. I finally got to the point where I had enough will power and lack of money to continue on. Going into week 3, I feel much better but let me tell you that withdrawal can be both mental and physical.

    Sure it may be nothing compared to Withdrawal from more powerful drugs but nonetheless it SUCKS, especially when you still have to work and/or focus on school! My symptoms included Depression, irritability, mood swings, insomnia, night sweats, weird dreams when I do finally fall asleep. I believe I also suffered from anxiety.

    As of now most of my symptoms have subsided except Insomnia (it’s 5:18 am right now). Everybody is different just keep that in mind before you claim weed is not addictive or withdrawal symptoms don’t exist! I feel much much better now (minus the insomnia), but I still have a ways to go! Kudos to those who are trying to kick their habit! F#CK OFF to those who deny the fact that it can be addictive and that withdrawal is not real!

  • Anonymous Scot November 1, 2014, 12:38 pm

    Well, where do I start? Long term user, since 18 and 47 now and have mainly done cannabis and quit too for 1 year which was a wee bit rough but after the onslaught of home grown green with high THC content I’m now on day 7 of recovery and I can say that this is way beyond that. Daily feelings are dizziness which was really unnerving at first till I looked up the web (incidentally am dizzy as I write this) and slight shakes/tremors. I feel a bit better as is reading that i’m not alone in this or going mad.

    I’ve also laughed at reading some of the other peoples symptoms, not in a bad way but because I have them too and didn’t realize it was associated (digestion / wind) night sweats, insomnia. Another thing I’ve noticed and only Daniel’s post mentions is visual artifacts. I have a real changing perception of time which is really odd, whilst walking my dog I see an object far away and look around as I’m walking and then look back and I’ve traveled a further distance than I should have – sounds crazy I know, but time seems to go slightly faster.

    Please don’t think I’m mad because I most definitely am not, I do realize that these are just symptoms of my brain readjusting to the daily use of a very strong strain of weed and even now I’m feeling that as bad as it gets. I have to go on as there is no future with this. The tipping point came when I had a head rush after a session and after standing up felt all woozy and after getting that feeling that your going to pass out I sat down on the toilet and did pass out… much to my partner and daughters alarm. For anybody who thinks this is not the weed I can categorically say that I know my own mind and body and don’t do anything else drug-wise or alcohol, hell, I don’t even smoke cigarettes.

    I’m not going to tell anyone that what they are feeling is anything other than very real and luckily at this moment I’m feeling that I have to do this and can do it. Please also the people who come on to criticize spelling, punctuation, strength of weed, blah, blah — go on take my post apart too, really couldn’t care, but for the people who are struggling through this I just want to say “you don’t know how strong you are” because if you can do what your doing right now, and withstand the daily battering of the mind by this, then you really are one tough cookie. Please don’t give up and we only have to do it for today. The sun will shine again and then you’ll piss yourself laughing at the joy of being free. Anybody who fancies a chat though email in order to help, feel free.

  • jack November 3, 2014, 9:55 am

    Been smoking the herb for 27 yrs, finally had enough, can’t take the sh#t anymore. It suppresses the ability to achieve your goals in life. Been cold turkey for 4 days now and have lost the will to live. After reading some of the comments I know there is hope and it’s not the end of the world. Exercising really helps boost my self confidence and makes me feel worthy of something. It is hard, but so is life. With good people around you, we can do it so be strong and stay focused. If any one can do it WE CAN.

  • Nicole November 6, 2014, 9:35 am

    I’m 30 yrs of age, I’ve been smoking since I was 12. Today I’m on night one of no smoking. At 7:30 pm I started feeling nauseous I ran to the toilet and was there for 10 mins dry heaving, I’ve had no appetite all day so there’s nothing in my tummy. I feel at times dizzy, out of it and as if things around me are in motion causing me to slightly lose balance when they aren’t really moving. It’s 4:30 am now, I’m soaked in sweat but I’m freezing.

    Can’t get comfortable. When I feel tired I try to close my eyes and rest but it’s followed by an uncomfortable anxious or sick feeling. My hands feel tight, especially the balls I my fingertips feel weird as I type, my heart keeps racing. Right now I have a starving pain, but when I think of any food to eat I get nauseous. My body is achy and uncomfortable. I’ve cried twice tonight because I don’t have any control over it.

  • Nico of uk November 7, 2014, 5:11 pm

    Hi to all, firstly well done to everyone trying to quit this nasty sh#t – you’re all amazing. I myself smoked weed for 25 years since I was 18 and never thought I had a problem… I was in denial telling myself it’s only a bit of weed. How wrong I was about this “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” I’m on day 16 now of my weed free life and looking forward to the rest of my life without Mr. Green to keep me company. To say it’s hard is an understatement – I’m going through hell but as they say if your going through hell just keep going. I know it’s going to be worth it, I just wish there was a magic remedy to help us but there’s not – it all boils down to us. What really angers me are people who say it’s not addictive, pure Bull crap – it most certainly is. Let me tell you because I’m not exaggerating what I’m feeling at present. Good look to everyone who’s plodding through hell with me – you’re certainly not alone, peace to you all.

  • FH November 7, 2014, 9:07 pm

    I feel really bad for the symptoms people are experiencing – I’m 27 y/o and have been smoking weed for 10+ years all day everyday. I have been to jail for the last 14 days for breaking into a car while being drunk (possibly the stupidest thing I’ve ever done, I’m in Europe we fortunately have short sentences). In jail I have seen many people experiencing the same withdrawal symptoms as described, so I know these symptoms are 100% real, I can see some people are close to going crazy.

    Personally I only experienced 2-3 days of bad sleep and small appetite. I find it really puzzling that people are experiencing such different symptoms from the same drug and I am wondering if it is suppressed aspirations and demons coming back to consciousness in some form? I had some forgotten childhood memories surfacing myself, but fortunately I had a good childhood so they only left me with a smile.

    Looks like I am ramblin’, I just wanted to state that these symptoms aren’t BS, but neither are the comments from people that don’t have any symptoms. I wish you all a quick and good recovery and hope that you’ll achieve your goals in life. Best regards, A fellow human.

  • Kay November 20, 2014, 5:37 pm

    Was trying to find a timeline of what happens when you stop smoking and I stumbled upon this, so thank you everyone. I’ve been smoking regularly for 11 years. I’m on day 8 of having to stop, and not because of choice, I just have lost access to it otherwise I’d still be smoking. The thing I’ve noticed is my dreams, I can recall them, and experience them more frequently during sleep. I have mood swings, this is what I mostly used smoking to help control, and my anxiety.

    Also to help with grief of my Father passing this year. The mood swings are back in action and full force, and I notice that my negative feelings towards things that I was ignoring with the help of weed are also back in full force. The headaches only lasted a few days for me. My appetite is gone, back to picking at food. I had nausea but that only seemed to last a few days as well, so that’s doing better the longer I go. I’ve been coughing up lots of black stuff, and I also contribute that to the dabs I was doing.

    I honestly miss smoking, so for me, this sucks, but yet it has a clarity to it. I haven’t had any sweats… I just notice that everything seems very serious when I don’t smoke, and I think that it just my own mentality and life. I am smoker who likes to be high and venture out into the world. I make it a point to have a good time when I am high, and to smile, and it helps me keep demons at bay. This is the longest I’ve stopped smoking in years and I’m trying to decide if I will go back or not since I’ve made it over a week already, I’m wondering what a month or two would feel like.

  • Kenny November 22, 2014, 1:11 am

    I am only on day two. Having smoked 30 years at least 7 grams a day for the last 15 years I am sick to my stomach so bad. I puke all night long. I can’t eat anything. I hope this really don’t last 3 weeks. I will not make it.

  • brightestpet November 23, 2014, 6:40 am

    OK, I am about a month into no weed, I went basically cold turkey, tapered off for a week or so till I ran out but was still smoking a bit every day til then. I smoked every day for at least 10 years. No missing it now, don’t feel like I wanna go buy any or anything, I think I even lost like 5 lbs. from no munchies, but damn, am I having f-ed dreams! Like nightmares I can never remember having before.

    They didn’t start right away, but no they are horrible. I didn’t even think of pot withdrawal until now. Glad I read about this and that hopefully stop soon. Right now I am up at 1:30 from another zombie nightmare and I will probably fall asleep right back into it. UGH! I have been using magnesium lotion at night before bed because that is good for nerves.

  • Steve November 23, 2014, 8:34 am

    I was really happy to find this page. The original article struck the right non-judgmental tone for me, as I got here after visiting a few websites that use the terms “addict” and “use” in ways that didn’t sit well at all. I’m on day 5 of cold turkey after 3 years of daily use. I have been on and off of cannabis my whole life, starting in high school, picking up again in college, then again in my mid twenties, again in my mid 30’s and now again in my mid 40’s. I’m 47 now.

    I don’t remember the withdrawal being as bad as it is this time. Maybe it gets worse as you get older? Maybe it’s because I smoked more and more frequently than ever before thanks to easy availability (delivery) of really high quality weed here in California. Whatever the reason, it’s notably tougher this time. I just wanted to share my own experiences so that maybe something I say can help someone the way all of these great comments have helped me tonight. I’ve been walking around the last 5 days able to crush coal into diamonds between my ass cheeks, if you take my meaning. Here are my symptoms, which are BOTH physical AND mental, though for me the mental is worse since I also suffer from long term major depressive disorder and have my whole life.

    Emotional lability. This is Number One on this list because its so freaking severe. I can go from snapping at my wife and being irritated by the sound of her crunching crackers to crying uncontrollably sitting in the shower with hot water washing over me in the space of about 15 minutes. Pro tip: crying it all the way out until exhausted and spent seems to HELP me get past the emotional upwelling. Sometimes it takes as much as an hour or more to get it all out. Don’t judge yourself for crying, just let it go.

    Hate. I am not a hateful person, but these days I hate all things, big and small. I hate the way the lady in front of me is preening at the traffic light in her rear-view. Stupid bitch. I hate the Koch Brothers for their systematized exploitation of our democracy to feed their own greed. I hate Everything. Except when i don’t. This feeling comes and goes, but its strong and its awful.

    Despair. I’m convinced that nothing is going to change, ever. That I’m going to suffer in misery from now on and there’s nothing I can do about it. I’m powerless, helpless, weak and pathetic. I felt this way right before finding this article and comments section, but after reading throug this… Not so much any more. I’m sure at some point tomorrow I will be back in the hopless mire again, but whatever, for the moment it’s gone.

    Depression. This is the big one for me, since it pre-exists the withdrawal and even the cannabis habit. Withdrawal feeds right into my already well established self-denigration machine that I take Cymbalta for. I deserve this. I did this to myself because i cant cope with adult life. I’ll never be a happy, well adjusted normal person because I’m fundamentally broken at a deep level. My wife would be better off with a better husband. My kids would be better off with a better father. Every situation I get into in my life is made worse or ruined by my presence there, etc. It’s a huge self-powered spiral downwards until i start fantasizing about ending my life. This is Really Bad Sh*t.

    Suicidal Fantasizing. This one is every day for me right now. At least once a day I either fantasize about how great it would be to just simply not exist or I work through a bunch of inventive ways to off myself to see which one suits me best that day. I would never do it, because I’m the sole provider for my family and would never leave my wife and kids with that wretched emotional baggage, either. So that’s not going to happen. It sure feels good sometimes to fantasize, though.

    Desperation. I feel like crying in the grocery store because I can’t find where they have the f*cking almond slivers. They’re not by the baking nuts or in the produce section!! What the f#ck?? I feel like I’m on the verge of completely losing my sh*t and I am either going to lash out violently or burst into tears. F#ck grocery stores anyways.

    Intermittent nausea. This is lower on the list because I’m also dealing with severe IBS symptoms which developed before quitting cannabis and precipitated my need to eliminate everything from my diet, including caffeine, nicotine and weed. I already had nausea before quitting, and for a while the weed was helping that. But now that I have quit, it’s redoubled.

    Sweating in bed. I felt like a postmenopausal woman the first two nights, waking up in damp covers or laying on top of them comforter and sweating in 60 degree weather. Thankfully the first two nights were the last two and it hasnt come back.

    Insomnia. Generally I could sleep through a five alarm fire, so while I’ve had a few nights of tossing and turning past 2am, mostly I can still sleep OK. I am five days in, but I want to emphasize one particular point above all else. Others have said it before: we’re all different biochemically so just because someone still has withdrawal symptoms three months after quitting, it doesn’t mean YOU will.

    DON’T GET DISCOURAGED BY THIS 90 DAY AVERAGE WITHDRAWAL TIME! That’s an average. Your mileage may vary. You maybe feeling better in one week. If you’re not, then maybe it’s two weeks for you. Or three. Who knows. Maybe it’s three DAYS for you. You wont necessarily have to white knuckle it for a full three months, right? Also, you’re quitting for a good reason, whatever it is. Hold that reason with you as you temporarily suffer in misery. Withdrawal is NOT easy, but personally I think it’s easier to do it right than to do it twice if you have to go through it all again.

    Finally, maybe quitting this time is forever, or maybe it’s not. I love weed, and will smoke it again some day. But right now it’s important to me that i get all the way through the withdrawal symptoms to be misery free and au naturale. When i get there, then I’ll decide if and when I ever burn again. Cheers, everyone. My thanks for your candor and support. And thanks, GLOOM, for providing at least one corner of the internet that isn’t judging me or demonizing my favorite hobby. -Steve

  • Nate November 24, 2014, 8:58 pm

    Steve, Very profound to read your description of your struggles. I would be lying if I said I didn’t find some of it down right hilarious, so thanks for making me laugh, but I digress. Unfortunately, cannabis withdrawal is as serious as a heart attack, especially for those using high grade flowers, hash, or oil for long periods of time. I am currently 160 days (~5.5 months) withdrawn and I am miserable. I am 37 years old and have been a heavy daily user the past 10 years, the last 2 of which were spent vaporizing high grade flowers and hash multiple times daily.

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I would consider yourself lucky if you make it through a fast withdrawal with minimal symptoms. The process can take upwards of months to a year or two before for you start feeling “au naturale”, or so I’m told. I am currently dealing with serious depression like I’ve never felt before in my life. The first 3 months were anxiety ridden and my insomnia still persists to this day. I’m lucky to get 5-6 hours on a good night, and if I do sleep, I wake up feeling paralyzed and out of body. I am still enduring chronic fatigue and serious depersonalization.

    I too have contemplated what it might be like not to be on earth anymore, but have too much to lose with a beautiful wife and 2 year old son. I have gone through waves of every physical symptom you can imagine, from daily headaches, nausea, sore muscles, shivers, numb limbs, etc. I have been to multiple doctors and have had multiple tests, and everything always checks out healthy. The key is to stay positive and try not to measure a timeline. I am just trying to be realistic for those thinking withdrawal is a short term affair.

    Take it one day at a time and know that there is light at the end of the tunnel if you push through. It can easily be much, much longer than 3 months. I frequent this site often, as it has been very informative in regards to cannabis withdrawal symptoms: uncommon forum.com. Check the addiction thread and you will find hundreds of testimonies regarding the pains of cannabis withdrawal. Good luck and peace to all.

    • Anonymous Scot January 12, 2015, 4:10 pm

      Had to jump in Nate, 80 days tomorrow and the reason why I’m back is that I’m still not there yet and was heartened to read your feelings as I’m still not out the woods. Read my story a few posts up. Everyone is different but some of the symptoms much like yourself are still there. For about 1 month the sweats and dizziness were really bad especially the dizziness and spaced feeling and in general I’m so much better but, like you the sleep pattern is still not great.

      The problem is when I wake up for whatever reason during the night, I struggle to get back over (light sleep) which makes me feel in the morning so fatigued like I need about another 8 hrs. One thing I have noticed is also aches and pains (sore back, weak joints, just a general feeling of exhaustion). I do understand everyone’s different and can categorically say that the thought of going through all of that again is the one thing that’ll stop any re-addiction. Incidentally I am well past the “just nip out for a smoke stage.”

      Also Steve, hang in there pal, for all that I say about some of the weed problems still left, I am a million times better than I was and it definitely gets better. It was reading here from people who are a bit further down the detox road than me that kept me going. You’ll get there. Will keep checking this thread as it’s other stories that make me feel as if I’m not alone in this. Hang in there.

  • SS November 27, 2014, 4:17 am

    Well hello! Like many others here, I am super relived to have found this thread. At 39, I have been smoking weed for about 20 years (that’s gross!), in the last 10 more heavily… often all day. My husband have never even tried it, although I’m sure he’s been high just by being in the same room as me while I’ve been smoking. He’s never had a problem with me smoking and doesn’t care either way, which I find odd!

    Today I’m 19 days weed free, I want to have a baby. I am so RELIEVED to see all your comments here and feel encouraged to continue. I’ve spent the last 19 days crying, off and on all day, sometimes it’s actually funny… like running on the treadmill… crying, brushing my teeth… crying! I’m cranked as all hell, people are idiots, everything is stupid, I’m constantly annoyed. I too have been getting sweats, feeling overheated, feeling like I’m getting the flu, back aches… of course I thought I was pregnant lol!

    Then I start to think, you know 20 years of anything is gonna have some withdrawal effects and started looking it up. Thank goodness I did, I found this thread! I need support, people that understand and can relate. I have put my smoking buddies on hold and most of my family has no idea and would be effing shocked if they knew how much weed I used to smoked! For everyone that has quit, I hope your still clean… keep going, you’re gonna do great things! If anyone wants to have a support buddy to check in on them, feel free to email me.

  • Ronald H December 1, 2014, 5:10 pm

    I have been a pot smoker for over 42 yrs, and yet I managed to still maintain a career and family life and avoid the stereo typing of a “pot head.” I’ve been through all stages of use from light to heavy use and woke up one morning about three weeks ago decided to pull my head out my ass and see life in a better way, realize my health is more important than pot. Since then I’ve gone through hell with withdrawal symptoms that have been difficult, such as anxiety, severe headaches, weight loss and generally feeling like sh*t most of the time. The good news is I’m starting to feel somewhat better, little by little everyday, and most of all, I feel better about myself for doing this, as hard as it is to do.

  • Kostas December 1, 2014, 9:42 pm

    Got really emotional reading all these posts, and felt like I should share my story… Im 18 and been smoking for almost 4 years everyday heavily. I decided to quit after about a year of being mentally unstable, at least that’s what it felt like, went through depression, anxiety, paranoia attacks random freak outs manic episodes fears. I was experimenting with every drug I could get my hands on to except opioids, and combined with my chronic weed abuse I got f*cked.

    But all this time I did not know why I was going mad and trying to compensate by using more drugs, mostly psychedelics pretty often, which gave me about a week’s of bliss but then another problem appeared. So first 3 days after quitting I felt like a god, totally comfortable. Days passed by and every night got more intense dreams, at first I was waking up full of sweat about 5 times a night, but yesterday (day 7) I could not sleep. At all. And made a horrible mistake to drink coffee.

    I got a panic attack in classroom, felt similar to low dose LSD freak-out, went to the schoolyard and my friends were laughing because I acted like a weirdo shouting and then whispering “shhh they’re going to hear us” but I went through it like a boss ;). So went home and finally slept for about 3 hours, woke up sweating and here I am now reading these posts. Thanks for everyone sharing their stories and I hope you read mine too. Oh and of course 3+ years of smoking is not that much, I’m sure plenty of you here who have been smoking for decades are going through a lot worse.

    Well as a really emotional person, I’m really prone to psychosis. As a kid I always wandered what its like to “lose your mind” and how mentally ill people feel. Well I got a little taste and damn It was the worst thing ever happened to me, all I try to do for the past year is self-fixing myself, missing out life and giving two sh#ts about school since I have “more important issues than school or work to fight for.”

  • kristen December 4, 2014, 2:56 pm

    I have been smoking everyday for 3 years, I started in college and couldn’t stop. I have been smoking up to 2 grams a day. I have been diagnosed with canniboid hyperemesis syndrome and have been in the hospital 6 times in the past year. I have made the commitment to stop and I haven’t smoked anything in 5 days and the withdrawal symptoms are bad, it is reliving to know I’m not the only one going through withdrawal. Also all my friends smoke so I have not been able to see them for awhile, plus how sh*tty I feel but from everything I have read on here it is just so nice to know I’m not the only one going through this. I know I have to just keep strong and it’s going to be hard, but I am committed.

  • OMG December 5, 2014, 3:31 am

    Thank you so much, all of you, you’ve relieved quite a bit of my anxiety just by reading these posts. I’m on day 12 and it’s the worst day I’ve had, by far. Spent most of the day in bed because I thought I was going to faint every time I got up. It does seem to be a roller coaster ride, and I want off, NOW!! 51 and I’ve smoked for 30-35 yrs, heavy daily smoker for the last 25. I don’t care if I ever see another bag of weed as long as I live, I refuse to go through this crap again.

    2 trips to the ER, one night stay for observation and a stress test to rule out any heart problems. Greatest cardiologist ever was the first person that addressed it as my withdrawal. Sweats, shaky, feel like chest is compressed, lightheaded all the time. If you’re lucky enough not to have these symptoms, I envy you! Those of you that are going through it, we’re in it together. Nice to know I’m not alone!

    • Hakan October 28, 2015, 7:55 am

      I have smoked Marijauana for over 27 years. For the past 15 years I have smoked about 7 grammes per day every day without fail and never used tobacco in my spliffs. Up to the day I stopped I convinced myself that I would break down if I stopped and would not be able to cope. Well for the first few days I only suffered some sleep deprivation and some weird dreams. But I can honestly say I have suffered no mental issues or cravings to smoke again.

      If you used tobacco in your spliff then the craving for nicotine will be much greater than the marijuana. The key to my stopping has been to occupy my time with anything and everything. You are at much greater risk of relapse if you just sit around doing nothing as your mind will play tricks with you convincing you that you can’t live without it. Go for walks, gym, spend more time with family and friends and stay away from your smoking circle.

      I strongly disagree with all the symptoms that this site believes you will have. It’s mind over matter and be glad it’s not heroin we are trying to quit. I am also aware it’s not as easy for everyone to quit as it seems for me but if you are determined you’re finished with the lazy laid back feeling you get from weed then you will quit. I still believe it can have many benefits medically hut socially it holds you back in many aspects of your life.

      As well as the smell and slowness one feels when stoned. Instead of being stoned and doing everything tomorrow or the day after or never you will be more assertive and active in your choices in life when stopped. The key is keep busy, keep busy and keep more busy. I now it’s not as easy for everyone but quitting is achievable for all. Good luck.

  • john smith December 5, 2014, 6:26 pm

    And here lies the problem: smoking an ounce a day eh? That’s proof that your either beyond ignorant or a pro-marijuana propagandist. It is totally impossible to smoke an oz per day. Your lungs must be so clogged with black resin its gone into your brain. Try quitting for a month and you’ll probably boo-boo your way back to pot dependency.

  • Grady Swafford December 5, 2014, 6:43 pm

    As an artist, I depended on pot for decades. When I quit because it had begun to aggravate my COPD (from 35 years of tobacco use), I thought I would never be creative again, but finally im as creative as ever. What baffles me is why anyone would post something literally denying or insulting someone suffering from detox. Can you imagine attending an AA meeting and a guy stands up and says “hi, my name is Joe and your all a bunch of anti-alcohol liars!”.

    The issue isn’t whether pot detox is real, it’s how to recover from the detox symptoms. Nobody’s arguing about whether pot should be legal. Nobody has a secret agenda involving support for a failed war on drugs. If you are not addicted, more power to you! There are plenty of forums for those who love their weed. Why not avoid stress and go to those sites? People are trying to recover from detox symptoms. Just dont throw a rusty nail into the soup! Is that too much to ask?

  • Rex December 5, 2014, 9:22 pm

    I am 55 years old. Been smoking 6 to 8 times a day for 42 years. Not just a couple puffs at a time. Usually half a man sized joint at a time of mid grade Mexican. I still love it but need to find a new job because of a random saliva test. Quit 4 days ago and today the only symptoms I am experiencing has yet is a terrible headache that is not affected by over the counter meds. The pain is like my head is swollen.

    Literally feel like someone kicked me a dozen times all around the head. As far as brain cells goes, I play chess with the very best players around and find it hard to find good competition. Weed does not destroy your brain cells and does not cause dementia or any other brain dead afflictions. The black tar is simply dissolving from the fat of the brain causing much pain. Too much nonsense being spread around!

  • Myname December 5, 2014, 11:09 pm

    I smoked daily (2-3 grams) for 16 years. I put the shit down 5 days ago. Now I’m sweating like a pig. Doesn’t matter if it’s hot or cold or comfortable, I’m still sweating. Cold like symptoms too. Sometimes chills, but never fever. My dreams are a little more f*cked up too. I’m past the “I want it/I need it” stage, so I don’t think quitting is going to be tough mentally. But physically, I’m tired of trying to replace lost fluids from all this sweating. Tired of reading all these “no withdrawal symptoms from quitting pot” all over the internet. It’s a bunch of bullsh#t. YOU WILL EXPERIENCE WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS FROM ANYTHING THAT HAS CHANGED YOUR BRAIN CHEMISTRY OVER THE YEARS. YES YOU WILL, STOP YOUR F#CKING INTERNAL DIALOGUE.

  • Jen December 6, 2014, 3:12 pm

    The withdrawal…is so very real. Stopped the strong stuff about 2 or 3 weeks ago, been “hitting” on some crap bud that was harvested too early to help deal with the worst of the symptoms, but I’m not even doing that the past couple days ’cause the stuff just tastes sh*tty. What I am experiencing: Continual heaviness in my head…like in all of my brain, it feels like someone’s got a wire mesh over my skull and it is continually being tightened down…brain feels on fire…I am dizzy, shaky, stomach is f*cked beyond recognition, no appetite, insomnia is making me feel sicker, horrible, horrible nausea…malaise.

    I feel like I have the goddamn flu. My husband feels so bad for me he keeps wanting to get me a dime. I started this sh*t just to sleep, then ended up using all day, every day, numb my ass, please. No more. And I’m not getting that dime. If I cave now these past weeks’ trials and tribulations were all for nothing. Once I get my work permit in my new country, I can’t be going through this while starting a new job. For me, quitting now is worth it. It’s just living f*cking hell. Mood swings, anger, crying my face off at times…and oh god the nausea just kicked back in. Stay strong everyone.

    • Johanna September 15, 2015, 5:39 pm

      Sounds a lot like me!! But it’s only my 2nd day. Keep it up that’s great! I’ll get very moody and emotional…last night I cried before I fell asleep it’s pretty bad and the nausea has to be the worst for me. I can’t even smell food without me feeling very sick even though I may feel hungry.

  • Mike32 December 12, 2014, 12:07 am

    I’m 18 years old I started smoking when I was 15. I stopped 2 weeks ago and now I have become stressed… I feel anxious all the time can’t sleep / wake up during the night lost of appetite I don’t feel like my self my legs and hands are always tense. I get headaches that will go away and appear on the other side of my head. Eyes low and red they feel dry, I’m always thinking, I don’t even participate in the activities I usually do. I really need help. Can some one comment and tell me if they relate to me?

    • Kelly December 30, 2014, 3:12 am

      You can do this! One thing for sure, everyone seems to have slightly different symptoms, and for different lengths of time. I’m now at day 36 and feeling so much better… not completely normal, but great compared to those first three weeks. Today I actually made it through the whole day without any crazy suddenly nauseous feelings. Head doesn’t feel thick and heavy anymore, and the appetite has returned with a vengeance! I quit smoking cigarettes and drinking Mtn. Dew at the same time I quit smoking weed…go big or go home!

      Thinking I need to start working out to counter the appetite. Still haven’t slept a full night since, but I’ll take it compared to the beginning of this ordeal. Keep up your fluid intake, breathe deep breathes through your nose, not your mouth. I found that the cold winter air actually made me feel better. Listen to your favorite jams. Try not to focus on how crappy you feel…Reading all these posts from others helped me by just knowing I wasn’t alone. You got this!

  • Erik December 13, 2014, 7:08 am

    The withdrawal symptom I am having is very bad anxiety that seems to be affecting my breathing patterns. I find that drinking a lot of water is a temporary fix. It makes my head and anxiety feel a lot better.

  • kayleigh December 14, 2014, 8:10 pm

    I am 25 years old I have been a smoker since the age of 13. I gave up 2 months ago and its horrible I have really bad anexity also had a few panic attacks. But I will not let this thing beat me. I am working towards being drug free. I have had a cheeky puff here an there but for nearly a week haven’t been so cheeky to do so. And I will not be again, weed really isn’t good it messes people up in the long run. People have such a bad attitude towards people like me who really don’t understand why I smoked it for so long. It doesn’t make anyone a bad person to smoke it but it really isn’t good. Just because no one has died from it doesn’t mean it great. My days of Mr skunk man are over! All the best… You can do it! I did.

  • amber December 19, 2014, 5:53 pm

    I think anyone who’s on here came for a reason, and if you’ve been smoking for more than a few months, I fully believe you will feel these symptoms. I’ve been smoking pretty much everyday, for 5/6 years and I’m now on quit day #3. I also started smoking cigs when I started smoking it, I used to usually smoke less than 3 cigs a day and now I find that number increasing, but it takes a little of the edge off :/. I would say the withdrawal symptoms are taming down and reality is slowly coming back.

    The first day I was mad at the thought of marijuana but couldn’t fall asleep easily but managed to knock out around 4am. The next day I felt the sweating coming on, and I knew it was not normal for me to sweat from just normal activities, but just brought deodorant along. I drank wine in the evening which kind of helped, but substituting is no better than the original problem so I did not drink more than 1 small glass. That night, I took half of a unisom plus pain so I could knock out a bit earlier, which definitely helped; made me fall asleep around 2.

    And each day I only had 1 meal, which usually I have 2 or 3. Also noticed these days I felt kidney pain, which was strange because I thought that would be more of an alcohol symptom, but it’s real. The next day I woke up drowsy from the sleeping medication around 10am, ate a meal at 3pm which usually it would be a little earlier (munchies) but at least I ate it and felt good. Then I went out that night, had 1 garlic roll and a slice of pizza and there was so much pizza left but I could barely eat the one slice.

    Then I got home and I could literally feel the pizza inside of me felt nauseous, but I pushed through it because barfing the food would not really help. Then I fell asleep before 2 (slightly earlier than night 1/2). I think the symptoms are there and annoying but they are beatable and the money and mental integrity you gain from quitting are worth the struggle. I strive to get to 3 months because I’ve never quit for more than a few days (if even). I’m 22 and I realized it’s a waste if your using all the time craving it, you should just end it.

    Stay positive and make a goal of how long you will be free of it, because you are somewhere underneath there. this page has helped me a lot and I know that life changes when you accept the fact that you need a change.

  • Tammy Robbins December 26, 2014, 4:34 pm

    Hello, I’ve been smoking over 25 years! Now I’m currently in college, and I’m trying to cope without. It’s really hard,because the things I use to laugh at I now cry. I know what I need to due, but that don’t make it any easier! Everything is different sex, food,and my mood swings are off the chain. Some days I just want to take a couple puffs, but I know that will be 50 steps backwards, so I just wanted everyone to pray for me one day at a time.

  • BeagleBoy January 4, 2015, 2:25 pm

    First of all, thank you GLOOM for starting this page and secondly, thanks to all for sharing your experience, strength, and HOPE! I am on day 4 of cold turkey quitting and experiencing some of the many symptoms shared by others. Your comments and sharing has given me answers as to what I am going through. It helps to know I’m not alone and so many are fighting the good fight. Emotionally and physically weed had taken over my life and I do not want ANYTHING having that much power over me. And through me it has affected ALL of my relationships with others. Good for all of us and best wishes to all as we return to our former selves before the weed took us over.

  • Ben January 7, 2015, 7:33 am

    I’m on day 5 of cold turkey after 15 years of smoking weed (a quarter to an ounce per week) and I’m having a lot of withdrawal. Mainly stomach cramps, mood swings, insomnia and my head is just buzzing 80% of the time. I really fear I cant take this for more than a week let alone 90 odd days. I live on my own and not being able to sleep is causing my already sour relationship (my temper on weed caused this in the first place) with my neighbors to get even worse. So I have that to deal with that too. They have now taken to knocking on my wall whenever I lay down to try to sleep. Coupled with the withdrawal I feel I’m either cursed or going to go insane.

  • JD January 7, 2015, 6:16 pm

    Once it is all out of your system, your concentration, motivation, and ability to make positive changes to your life will return. It can take weeks for some and you will feel like everything is just falling apart during this time, not to mention the withdrawals, which can feel life threatening to some. Don’t fall for this, your brain is lying to you, stick with it and you will get the reward of being able to actually achieve more, make better decisions, build stronger, meaningful relationships with non-smokers and break out of the mental Prison that weed puts you in.

    Make sure that you keep a video diary of the pain you are going through right now, as it will serve as a reminder for the future. The depressions you may get are more about you realizing how low you have become, how much money you have spent/lost, how you hid from non-smokers and family, as you do not notice, or even care about these things when using. Get angry with yourself for starting the weed habit and build a hatred for what weed has done to you, your life, and your relationships with the people you care about who do not use weed.

    Get through this and you will be mentally equipped to make the right changes that improve your life. Impossible as it may seem right now, you will be happy again; it just takes a few weeks so hang on in there. And finally, for those of you who are skint, who have lived a life desperately trying to find the cash to buy your next bag(s), I highly recommend that you get yourself a large box and put the cash you would of spent on weed into the box, and then treat yourself to a holiday, you deserve it as you have broken out of the weed-prison. Well done  Been there, done it, and will never return. -JD

  • MSI January 10, 2015, 2:17 pm

    I really need some words of encouragement and motivation. I smoked weed everyday for the last 5 years. I normally would spend £10 a week but it went up to £40 weekly 2 years ago after I lost my husband suddenly. I stopped smoking weed on 31.12.14 and the withdrawals symptoms are very real. I went from no appetite, to insomnia, then anger and weird dreams.

    I am now on day 10 of cold turkey and am craving weed so badly, I actually called my dealer but number when to voice-mail. Day 8 was the worst having not slept all night, I had an emotional breakdown and ended up seeing my GP who gave me sleepers which helped significantly. I really want to stop this bad habit and need some buddies who have been through this process to support me. How long will it take till I get back to normal?

  • Matt January 11, 2015, 12:21 am

    I have smoked pot for twenty years, I have given up numerous times for anywhere from three months to six months but always seem to fall back into the lifestyle. This happens mainly because all my friends smoke and the exposure to it was still there. Pretty much if you are around it you will want it whether it has been two days or two years. I have one mate that smoked it religiously for about 18 years he has been off it for two years now and still thinks about it almost everyday.

    If you do something for so long it’s not only addictive it becomes a way of life. I have just recently disowned all my smoking mates besides two. The reason I’m still friends with these two is that they will not smoke it around me and if I try to smoke it they pretty much drag me away by force, now if your friends aren’t doing that sort of thing they are not real friends and it’s hard, but disown the losers they will only make things harder. I am currently trying to get off it again anyone that says it’s easy can go jump, everyone is different and unless they have some special mind reading device they have no idea what you are going through.

    It’s been four months for me and I could quite easily go for one right now. That’s where you gotta take it day by day and every day you make without a smoke you gotta tell yourself you just won not a little battle but a massive one and be proud of that cause I/you know how hard it is!!!! Surfing really helped me, I had not surfed for over ten years now it’s the one thing that keeps me sane, I had no idea why I didn’t feel like smoking pot after a surf but my councilor told me that I’m triggering all five senses in my brain when surfing.

    Sight: your watching the waves, smell: the wax the sand the water, sound: the breaking waves, feel: the water the board and that awesome feeling of riding a wave, taste: the salt water. Pot was never associated with surfing for me but if you associate pot with surfing this won’t work for you find something else to trigger your senses, Pretty much if you are stimulating your brain that much your brain has no need to be stimulated by pot. Good luck to anyone trying to quit it is a battle that will last a long time, don’t kid yourself.

    It’s going to be hard but it’s for the best. Don’t lay down easy be proud of yourself everyday you make it without a smoke and if you do relapse get up kick life back in the balls and go again. Never stop trying never give up hope, there are heaps of people out there to help. Use them and good luck! I shed a few tears typing this so I’m still not over pot, but you HAVE TO BE PROUD OF YOURSELF FOR TRYING if your not, you will fail time and time again. Good luck.

  • Hope January 11, 2015, 5:47 am

    Hi all, I have quit cold turkey for a week now. I quit because I started to feel like my heart was racing and my mind/ memory/caring about others was fading. Frankly I am done with MJ. I want to be plugged into life and my family. I didn’t know that I would feel headaches, night sweats, stomach cramps and crying / depression. Everything but the crying is gone. Today I was a fountain of tears for no reason other than quitting. Finally I grabbed my shoes and walked a track for an hour.

    I feel so much better. I think I need to replace MJ with exercise. Walking, running, yoga, and have healthy side effects from exercise. I think the harder it is to get over MJ the more you need to do it. I want to work out a plan of what to do when I am around a crowd of people doing it. At a party what will I do? I am a non pot smoker now. I sure like the sound of that! Good luck with your journey to a clear mind and a healthy body everyone!

  • Hinano January 13, 2015, 7:58 am

    Smoked weed the pass 2 1/2 years 2-3X a day, I’m on day 4 and feel like sh*t!! I’ve totally lost my appetite, and have flu like symptoms. I feel dizzy, nauseous and somewhat depressed. Whoever says marijuana does not have any withdrawal symptoms is full of sh*t. Lord help me!

  • bearjaw January 13, 2015, 6:46 pm

    Yip! here goes… I’m in my early 50’s and have been smoking weed for protracted periods of time, (as in years,) then quitting for a number of months only to find myself getting on the ride again. I’m giving it another go as I am tired of the lethargy… of the trappings of a fogged and lazy mind. I’ve reached an age where I understand on a real level that the years ahead of me are not limitless. Weed is not conducive to getting things done. When I started smoking in my teens weed would feed my imagination and creativity. That was then.

    Now it has become a dull lethargic something akin to transient pleasure without much substance. I’ve stopped for just over a week now after a 9 year run. My withdrawal symptoms have been crippling anxiety, anger, insomnia, and depressive periods. As far as physical symptoms go I’ve been experiencing acute spikes in blood pressure due to the anxiety and bursts of anger. Those have now subsided. I consider myself fortunate compared to so many other people in the comments when I read what they have to go through. Nonetheless, I can assure you it ain’t no picnic.

    I had literally stopped dreaming and wanted to start dreaming again. When quitting weed (and when you do manage to fall asleep) chances are your dreams will come back in overdrive. As interesting as that may sound the dream experience can be intensely vivid and unpleasant and frightening. After a week, that has finally started to level off. It may sound like a contradiction in terms but I also am an advocate of legalization. I believe that weed is very much like alcohol and different people react in different ways.

    If you can have the occasional joint or the occasional drink and derive some benefit and pleasure from it, then good on you. If you are smoking 3 joints or downing a six pack every night and need a hit or a shot to start your day, then there might be a problem. When I was younger I would go through extended periods of heavy drinking and never had a problem quitting or suffered any withdrawal symptoms. I am now a moderate drinker and can handle it quite fine.

    I have however seen friends and family go through hell due to alcoholism and how difficult the withdrawal process was for them. Addiction is different things for different people. Weed, drugs, food, sex and television… What’s your poison? DO NOT BELIEVE THE NAYSAYERS. They are just fools proud of being fools. They lack the empathy and basic humanity to acknowledge that other people’s hardship and pain are real because they do not experience the same thing. The withdrawal symptoms are very real and intense.

    Exercise definitely helps. Meditation can also helps relieve the tension. If yoga’s your thing, then yoga. Talking about it is important. Despite the withdrawal period I’ve noticed positive changes within the first couple of days. I’ve always been an avid reader but hadn’t finished a book in years. Now I find myself going to bed with a good book and having the concentration to stay with it and remembering what I’ve read in the morning instead of laying lethargic in front of whatever crappy TV program flickers in front of me.

    My ideas actually make their way to sketchbooks and notebooks and actualization instead of being ephemeral vapors. Even after only a week I get the sense that the days are building blocks and evolving instead of fuzzy copies of themselves. I can dream both literally and figuratively. Surround yourselves with supportive people. Have courage. This too shall pass.

  • Steve January 14, 2015, 7:14 pm

    Here’s my testimony of quitting weed. I’ve been only smoking for about an year and a half. But for the past 6 month, I smoked everyday, but not your typical one to two joints or few bowl rips a day: I would smoke multiple joints with few friends, take multiple bong rips, do multiple dabs, and edibles at least once or twice a week. I came to a point after several dab rips I didn’t even think I was getting high. So despite using cannabis for year and a half, the amount I used daily for the past six month is abnormal.

    It’s been a week since I’ve quit and I’ve been experiencing mood swings, insomnia, loss of appetite, depression, lack of motivation, headaches, an nausea. Anyone telling you that they have not experienced withdrawal symptoms: 1.) didn’t smoke enough 2.) simply is in denial 3.) never actually stopped quitting and still smoking everyday like Wiz Khalifa. The withdrawal is real, it’s not a myth. I wish everyone the best in their efforts to quit weed. Good luck and soldier on!

  • zeze January 15, 2015, 10:20 am

    I’ve been a heavy smoker for about 10 years, multiple joints a day everyday. I stopped cold turkey a week ago. Sleep is no longer a part of my vocabulary, and the boredom and sweats are awful. I’ve heard that there are no withdrawal symptoms from marijuana, but that’s a lie. Even though everyone is different, it seems that we all are suffering in some form or fashion. So I must call BS to anyone that claims no symptoms (at least for a heavy smoker).

  • real_reefer_madness January 16, 2015, 1:27 am

    Marijuana is an insidious drug. Unlike hard drugs it might appear that MJ usage has little to no negative side effects upon it’s newcomer addicts for years. However, the behavior patterns develop that do more damage in the long run than half a year to a couple of years the hard drugs abuse would do to a young person. By the time the MJ addict realizes what has happened to their dreams and how much life went up in smoke, it just might be too late to materialize the potential one had prior to this horrid addiction.

    • Bearjaw January 17, 2015, 10:33 pm

      I clearly see your point and have to agree with your overall statement, however unless you are in advanced older age, there is still much room to dream and accomplish. Best of luck. DO NOT GIVE UP!!!

    • mitch January 18, 2015, 11:55 am

      This is all too true.

  • Mitch January 18, 2015, 11:54 am

    For all those who are saying you don’t get withdrawal. I’ve been smoking heavily since I was 14. I love weed, everything about it and If I could I would smoke weed everyday. In the last year I have started smoking more then I ever have done. I have started noticing my memory is really bad and I used to be very sharp minded, obviously I am not anymore. Withdrawal is very real. I have been trying to quit for months now and I keep going back to it because I am weak. I am having sleepless nights when I don’t smoke and feel anxious nearly all of the time.

    Sometimes when I really need it it feels like my heart is beating out of my chest. My wife hates it but she allows it as every time I try to stop, I get so snappy and most of the time over nothing. I’ve smoked heavy for 14 years, if you reading this and have only smoked a year or so and you’re curious, I have one piece of advice I wish someone gave me when I started… Just don’t start. It’s a horrible addiction. If you do, be prepared to smoke your entire life or if you are lucky and decide to quit like I have, be prepared for a long battle with withdrawal and with your own head.

    Since quitting, I convinced myself everyday it’s OK. I can go get an 8th and the logic kicks in and says, “No you have kids.” All I’m saying is its illegal in most countries for a reason. It’s not bad for short term use, but the moment you depend on it to cope with stress or just life in general, don’t say you were not warned. It’s a horrible, long road to recovery and I wish I told 14 year old me that this drug will ruin my quality of life. Good luck to anyone trying. I really hope I can beat this but I feel so weak and hate being stressed about nothing.

  • Bearjaw January 19, 2015, 2:58 am

    Holy crap boys and girls, I’m back. I’m back because I have to talk about this because the withdrawal symptoms are nastier than I expected. I’m on maybe day 10 now and just as I thought things were getting smoother… all of a sudden they are not. The mood swings and the depression are crushing. I am very grateful to my wonderful spouse because she gives me reason to keep my sanity and temper in check. If it wasn’t for her I think I would lose my mind.

    I’ve been running to help me cope and to tire me out and to relieve the anxiety. I’ve been running and completing 3.3k in 20 mins. I want to run 2 or 3 times a day and it blows my mind that I can run this much. I’m not talking jogging here. I mean running like my life depends on it. I read somewhere that some research showed that weed increases your lung capacity and there has to be some truth to it because this doesn’t seem to make any sense at all. I hadn’t done any running in over a year and it makes no sense that I should be able to run this much.

    Please believe me when I tell you I am not boasting here because this is actually freaking me out some. Madness I tell you. The relief it brings from withdrawal lasts about an hour or 2 after my run. Even though it exhausts me, my sleep is patchy at best and the dreams that mess with my mind are still there. Beyond cinematic and so real and so so frightening. I started daily meditation about a year ago but find myself doing 3 x 30 minute sessions daily with frequent check ins just to keep my moods and anxiety grounded.

    Forgive my ranting. I don’t know if any of this makes any sense. I feel like I’m going out of my f*cking mind here. Tomorrow I start the weights and I want big mean mofo weights and have a bag to punch. This withdrawal is a hell ride and I will chew concrete if that’s what it takes to to get over this. Thanks for everyone’s testimonials. Hang in there. I will probably check back because your comments make me feel like I’m not alone in this.

    I wanted to know if anyone out there has experience significantly elevated blood pressure? I always had trouble keeping it under 130 but would generally manage to keep it at that. Now its at between 147 over 82 all the time. WTF! Am I dying here? Will I go mad or die of a stroke before I get better. I know I sound insane especially after reading my last post that seemed so rational by comparison. It would be so easy to call my dealer now but I will not! And baths… Lotsa really hot baths. I think I will go bawl my eyes out like a big f*cking 52 year old baby now.

    • charly January 21, 2015, 5:46 am

      Dude you have the right attitude keep it up! As far as blood pressure you gotta see a dr – it’s not safe. Perhaps your body is not used to the exercise. Good luck and stay strong!

  • Kelly aka OMG January 24, 2015, 6:09 am

    I’m back to tell you all to not give up!! Its been about 2 months since I last smoked, and am fortunate that most of my symptoms are gone. I still don’t sleep a full night though, and every now and then I get a hell of a head rush… you know that: “whoa, I’m too high” feeling. Usually passes as quick as it showed up. I have no desire to smoke again – think it’s because those first 3-4 weeks scared the crap out of me! So much more productive now, I wish I had quit years ago! And the money I would have saved…makes me sick to think about sometimes. Please hang in there, you can do this! It’s worth it, trust me. Thanks for getting me through the rough days. Love you all for making me feel like I’m not alone!

  • Daniel January 26, 2015, 5:51 am

    The struggle is real. I am a weed addict. This is a fact! 2 days off THC. Feel like I’m gonna punch someone in the face. I notice I’m replacing weed with alcohol though. Damn it! Unfortunately, weed has been my lover, my BFF, my exit out of emotional situations since I was 14. Recently, I had a health scare. I am a 32 year dude. I gave myself a lung infection cause I can not stop smoking. Even smoking while I am sick. Hello, crazy person! They found a spot on my right lung because I inhale massive amounts of smoke.

    I live in LA where weed is more available then water. Excited to get clean but annoyed and edgy. This site has saved me. Hearing other people going through this makes me feel like I’m not crazy and alone. We are all so powerful. We can do this. Screw weed. Let’s live our lives. We all are self aware now. Let’s do this! Exercise like a maniac and surround yourself with non smokers. Day by day. Don’t think I can never smoke again. It will piss you off. Nothing but love my fellow pot heads. Good luck! It’s only life. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable for a bit!!!

  • Jack January 27, 2015, 8:53 am

    I have smoked for 15 years from sun up to sun down. I’m on week 2 of quitting and the sweating, headaches, loss of appetite, mood swings, anxiety, depression and cravings for it are all so real. I’m trying to move forward in careers, but this is one the hardest things I have done. Hope these feelings pass soon. 3am’s been my bed time for a week now… Fucking sucks a bag of d#cks!

  • Louisa January 30, 2015, 9:11 pm

    Reading some of your comments is really helping me through this tough time. Congratulations and keep up the good work to those that are sober, and I wish you all the best to those who are struggling – this is such a difficult time and realizing your problem is a huge huge huge step to recovery. I’ve smoked cannabis for 6 years, every night, and often every day. I am 22 years of age and realized I’ve wasted some of my best years on this drug.

    I’m also blessed to be realizing how much of a problem I have at such a young age — I’m excited for the future and all of its opportunities. This is my 72nd hour without a joint. Before this I couldn’t go 8 maybe 10 hours. I didn’t think I had the will power in me, but sadly I’m finding it hard to be proud of myself. I started using cannabis to block out my depression, anxiety and insomnia so many years ago. I guess that’s why my symptoms right now are so unbearable.

    Last night I got off to sleep at 6am and forced myself up at 8 as not to disrupt my sleep pattern. Today has been the real first day of withdrawal symptoms. I’m in complete agony — I ache all over and my stomach cramps are getting worse. My mental mind is going crazy. I honestly don’t know who I am, I am depersonalized. But knowing that a lot of you are going through the same just gives me that tiny glimmer of hope. We’ve all gotta be strong for each other at this time.

    One minute I’m the happiest person alive, ready to challenge anything the world throws my way. The next I am in a hopelessly dark abyss full of negative and suicidal thoughts. I can’t keep up with my brain, it’s going ten to the dozen. I don’t even know why I decided to comment on this particular website — I’ve read them all up to now! But the more I type, the more I feel a sense of release. I don’t really have anyone to truly open up to about how I feel, so this is helping.

    My main concern now is getting off tonight as I have a long shift tomorrow and I’ve already missed two days of work because of it. I took a herbal sleeping tablet half an hour ago and apparently it takes 1-2 hours to kick in. Right now I’m going to switch off laptop and get under the duvet in blissful silence. I hope to god I drift off… This is only day 3 and I feel like a corpse. I wish you all the best of luck with your journey into recovery. And just keep remembering what the article says – count yourself lucky you aren’t addicted to any other substance, as cannabis is the easiest to get off.

  • yorkshireterrier January 31, 2015, 5:05 pm

    I found this site today after searching “cannabis withdrawal depression”. I have read a large number of comments, but the sheer volume is just too much. But I am now realizing that I am just the same as many of the other sufferers here. Here is my story… I started smoking weed about 3 years ago to try cope with a difficult situation I was in at the time. I enjoyed it so much and decided every few weeks I would get high. Every few weeks turned into a few times a week, and after 8-9 months I found myself smoking on a daily basis (around 0.5g per day) on the bong.

    I have never increased my usage, but no longer feel that I am getting high on this small amount, now it feels like I smoke to feel ‘normal’ just to relieve my symptoms of social anxiety. I would probably need a much higher dose, at much higher cost, so I tend to stick to what I feel is an adequate amount. A few times I’ve decided to take a tolerance break, but they don’t last more than 2 weeks at most before I crave that high feeling again.

    Many times during my smoking I’ve thought to myself: I must have weed in my life to survive. My family have not been supportive of my usage and I thought I was doing the sensible thing by using a recreational drug which has caused no deaths. Its been nearly 3 weeks since my last smoke and I am suffering from such severe insomnia, depression, anxiety, and loss of appetite. Up until reading this page and many of the comments, I have always been in denial about feeling these symptoms during a tolerance break. I don’t know what to do. Half my mind is telling me to go out, buy some weed and get high. The other half is telling me to quit or return to the moderate usage I had before.

  • Tricky January 31, 2015, 7:15 pm

    I’m 52 Y.O. and been smoking up to an oz a week since I was 19 – that’s 33 years of being in an altered state. I start the day with a J and continue every hour and a half until I go to bed. I love that stoned feeling, I really do! I’ve managed to run my own small but successful business, traveled the world (often smuggling my supply to ‘dry’ countries) and raised, mostly single handed, a well balanced, thoughtful, happy son who is now 16 y.o.

    But something has not been quite right – the tight grip of addiction and the consequent loss of free will, the hours chasing supplies, the time spent toking instead of engaging with non smokers, the money, etc. (You all know what I mean). It’s now 7 days since I stopped and I’ve been suffering most of the withdrawal symptoms mentioned by the good people on this site – anxiety, bad insomnia, loss of appetite, intermittent nausea, mild headaches, irritability, crazy frightening dreams, boredom, lack of motivation, mood swings and an overwhelming feeling of empty hollowness.

    Apparently this could go on for months! Friends say my eyes are clearer, but otherwise I look tired and I’m losing weight from an already slim body. Life was much brighter and lighthearted, food tastier, music more involving, people more interesting, boring chores less onerous, and ‘time to smell the roses’ easier to come by when I was smoking. My mind is now consumed with coping with the drug free situation I’ve put myself in. This is difficult. And the pay off is weeks or months away. Ho hum!

    Right now the only upside to quitting seems to be that I can’t be busted, and the resultant reduction in paranoia and constant watchfulness has freed my mind quite considerably – I live in deepest Hicksville and the overpaid under-worked police/judiciary here are majorly over excited by any drug use or criminality. Any words of support or encouragement from anybody would be much appreciated right now.

    • dot February 3, 2015, 8:02 am

      Congrats on quitting after this long. I am in my 2nd/3rd day of quitting after 2 years (1 almost heavy). Really one of my best choiches by far. I whish you best of luck and soldier on – as someone was saying earlier.

  • Cree February 1, 2015, 4:17 pm

    I’m 45 and have smoked dubes socially for 20yrs. 2 years ago I witnessed something horrendous and stupidly I’ve smoked heavily every day since to cope… until 5 days ago. I can assure you that withdrawals are very real. I’m suffering awful anxiety and panicking. This afternoon I have had a headache. I had to tell my mum today that I’m an addict and having withdrawals and I’m so gutted that I’ve put this upon her. I have had Chamomile tea which appears to have lessened the anxiety for now. I’m really scared of whats ahead for me but it’s my own fault. Reading all your stories is a help to me so thanks for sharing.

  • Howard February 4, 2015, 3:37 am

    After reading all these comments, I agree that the symptoms, and severity are different for most folks. I’ve just turned 65, have two children in their forties, and five teenage grandchildren, and have smoked pot (2 joints) daily for 45 years. I stopped cold turkey 3 weeks ago, and can honestly report that the only symptom I’ve experienced was one sleepless night.

    My mood has always been upbeat and positive, and that hasn’t changed. That’s not to say I won’t have any negative experiences in the future, but living with a positive attitude can help. I started my business (freight broker) back in 98 after my wife of 30 years passed away from cancer, and really did it to change careers, and to have something more challenging to do. It has exceeded all my expectations and I have no intentions of retiring.

    I operate from my residence, and have smoked during business hours without any repercussions. I think I have done well as a result of truly living in the moment, for all we really have is THIS moment, and This moment is good. We have no guarantees in life and once realized, can really open one up to enjoy the absolute wonders of nature, and the delight of interacting with those that are of like mind, and those that aren’t.

    I’ve never experienced paranoia, but perhaps that’s from living in Canada where most folks, including law enforcement are a little more liberal. Like everyone else, I have experienced the munchies, and have always been able to resist the urge for instant but short lived gratification. At this juncture, all I can do is wish everyone here good luck and offer my best wishes and encouragement.

  • Feisty Dean February 7, 2015, 6:38 pm

    I am 44 years old. I have been a daily user since I was 20 (with the exception of the odd day off for short trips outside of Canada). One thing everyone on here needs to remember: We all used the drug as a coping mechanism in some form. Whether it was to curb anxiety, depression, ease physical pain etc. or just to have that beautiful euphoric feeling.

    But when you mask a problem with any drug long enough and then stop. You’re body says “Whoa! WTF man!” So if you were depressed, anxious, experienced physical or emotional pain before using. Then yeah. When you stop masking that. It will come back. And quite strongly as your body was trained to accept marijuana to cope with those things. You just need to remind your brain this is all a process.

    Some take longer and some just don’t recognize they are experiencing withdrawal. Anyhow, I am on day four of quitting. I quit because I felt my ambition was in the toilet and I need to make some changes. So far it’s headaches and a messy sleep pattern. Press on people! There’s plenty of cool, funky things in life that can get you high without taking a toke! Live! Love! Travel!

  • Big tom February 8, 2015, 8:17 pm

    I’ve been a smoker for 10yrs…I grew up somewhat sheltered…had no clue what pot smelled like til I was 19. I had smoked with my brother twice before meeting my now wife. My wife smoked couple times a week…so I started haha. My father always told you “you can’t miss what you haven’t tried.” Great quote…kept me away from a lot of the BS out there. He also told me if you HAVE to do something, just smoke alittle weed or have a few beers.

    Never in a million years would I have ever thought I’d become the addict I am :/. I’ve had a relatively successful life, probably because I didn’t start smoking until I already had a career choice in the works. The main reasons for me wanting to quit were to be more engaged with my family. I have a 3 year old boy who’s very active. I just had a newborn baby girl. I also run my own business… 2.5 yrs ago I lost one of the greatest women in my life – my grandma.

    She cared for me more than anyone on this planet (until I met my wife of course). It was extremely heartbreaking to lose her. My addiction grew stronger. The first time I tried to quit was when my son was born. I successfully quit for 5 months. Not only did I stop using pot, I also quit using the 1000 mg vicodin 8+ times a day and the pack of cigarettes I was smoking a day. The doctor kept giving me vicodin like it was candy for a severe knee injury that required reconstruction surgery

    Only problem was he prescribed them for almost 8 years. Nice doc right haha. Anyways I started using again after the passing of my grandmother (just pot this time around) and boy did I use it. I neglected many things around me without even realizing it. I could be sitting in a room full of people without being there (if that makes an sense). I started working with my father… GREATEST decision I’ve made in my life. What a great man he was, and what an even greater man he would make me with his wealth of knowledge and experience.

    We worked together everyday for over 2 years. Mt dad suddenly, and without warning, passed away in his sleep. That was a little over a year ago :(… Kills me even to this day, it hurts everyday. Addiction flew to a whole new height. I just wanted to give a little background to people about the severity of my addiction. It might give them strength to overcome the situations they find themselves in. This time I knew I needed to quit, not so much because my life was spiraling out of control or I ruined my life, it’s because I’m going though it like a zombie (without even knowing it).

    I smoked all day everyday, but not like that. I smoked enough to have a mild buzz (during work or family events) but not enough for anyone to notice. I hid it VERY WELL :/. Now I’m almost a week into quitting again. I’m not gonna say I’m a week sober, because the detox symptoms have been so intense :(. I’ve ONLY been using pot, but the detox seems worse than last time. My symptoms have included: Cold sweats with BAD chills, like can’t sit still for the life of me chills, extreme stomach pain and the inability to eat or drink a lot of fluid, cramping and diarrhea, headaches galore, anxiety like nobody’s business, mood swings and irritability to say the least, and that all too familiar feeling of hopelessness and depression.

    The crazy thing about it is that I KNOW what’s happening and it makes it alittle easier vs. The first time I quit and had a major mental breakdown. This time has definitely been more physical than mental. Looking back I now realize how much more time I could have spent with the people I love and miss rather than get high and just be there :/. I don’t want to be on my death bed and have nobody to remember or love because I smoked my whole life away. Anyone who “professionally” smokes knows they can’t remember a damn thing :/. I want to remember my kids lives.

    The life I’ve built and shared with my wife…I want to remember these days, and the rest of my days. My symptoms have been so intense that I’ve lost 20 lbs in the 6 days I haven’t been smoking. I’ve had small sessions to try and get something down…2 to be exact. I quit on Tuesday night…Wednesday night I though I was gonna die and shared a small joint with a friend, which we only smoked half of. Come Friday night, I started REALLY feeling the detox. That’s when the sweats and chills kicked in. Saturday night I hadn’t eaten in days.

    I finished the last of the joint and immediately felt relief (how sad). I still was barely able to eat due to the little amount I smoked, but it wasn’t about that, it was about getting A LITTLE relief. I couldn’t do this a week ago, not in my mind. For sure I couldn’t, but here I am 6 days in. I may not have 6 days sober, but I have 6 days of not wanting to live like this anymore, and I’m proud of that. My symptoms are starting to roller coaster now.

    Sometimes I feel great, others my stomach feels like Mike Tyson just went to town on it. The mental symptoms I’ve pretty much been talking myself through. I KNOW I’m having an issue, hide it as well as you’ve hid your addiction (at least that’s my strength haha). There’s always hope and life to live. Don’t let pot steal your life away from you, cause it will when you least expect it. It’s not an overnight addiction and I don’t expect it to be an overnight recovery, you shouldn’t either.

    I’ve spent years “enjoying” my addiction, now I’m gonna take a couple weeks/months of pain to get over it. If this helps even one person, then taking my time to write my story was worth it :). If you’re gonna quit, do your research and be prepared. Although my symptoms have been extreme, my addiction was worse. It WILL get better, I promise. BTW…leaning on the man upstairs doesn’t hurt either, gives you a great mental strength knowing someone’s always in your corner. Love life, enjoy it, and live it to the fullest…and remember what you did on your journey.

  • Ken February 10, 2015, 9:35 am

    I didn’t started smoking pot until I was in my mid thirties, socially at first, then on my own every once and a while, and eventually own my own every day. When I was forty-nine I quit for 3 years. I had minor withdrawal symptoms. My dreams came back, I was sleeping 8 to 10 hours and felt I had put it all behind me. Then I started hanging out with a friend who smoked and thought I could have just a little. WRONG !

    I gradually went back to smoking all day long. I’m fifty-five now, and on day 5 of quitting. The withdrawal is way worse now than the first time. I came to this site tonight because honestly today I thought I was going to lose my mind! I wasn’t even sure what all the withdrawal symptoms were until I read these posts.

    It’s hard to eat or sleep, the anxiety is like nothing I have ever experienced, and the sweats soak my sheets. I know I will get through this more easily knowing what to expect. I created this monster and I will own up to that. But I also know that it can be beaten and buried, but not forgotten. Hang in there everyone. I know it’s worth it.

  • Max February 12, 2015, 3:56 pm

    Smoking community ain’t a problem, it’s only about your attitude. The day you decide is “the last” for sure must be exactly “the last.” However it simply won’t work that way if the perception of this step isn’t well understood. More precisely, you must have some good reason to make such conscious choice in life if you are pot-smoker: whether it would be newly arisen disturbing cough, obesity, anger, distraction or academic failure.

    I’m on my fourth month of withdrawal after 2 year day to day MJ smoking plus 7 years of tobacco smoking and what I’d like to say is that my withdrawal symptoms have only started diminishing a few weeks ago. I still have depression and problems with sleep. Also don’t be deluded that quitting this sh*t will enforce your studies from the very start…hell no. Your attention will be too damn low at times. So before you start, make sure you have obtained a new perception of this world, are absolutely ready to live your life with no consciousness alteration.

    Whenever you are into it, be ready to put up with that completely new level of quality of life, coherency, and intelligence of speech… and an incremental improvement in your academic capabilities. All this mass green smoking as I think is the result of our consumption modus of life, we’re trying to consume as much good as we would are able to take, and this has nothing to do with the notion of ‘being’.

  • peter February 17, 2015, 8:08 am

    I have smoked since the age of 16 *(I am now 55) to cope with ongoing PTSD (ex serviceman) symptoms as prescribed. Antidepressants caused me to be sick. I have gone cold turkey 7 days now (due to lack of supply) and symptoms are: sweating, insomnia, anxiety & headaches. It is a matter of choice and I do not look down upon those who quit.

    I choose to cope with my PTSD by using cannabis instead of prescribed medication, even though it is illegal to use and face being arrested and jailed for this humble plant. For those of you who are quitting good for you. For those who cannot or won’t, well it’s up to you to decide how you cope with every day life and its ups and downs. I would rather smoke cannabis than drink alcohol in my case. So as soon as the supply is back on track again, I will continue to medicate myself with cannabis and function normally in society.

    I have never had an outburst of anger when using or currently going through my current detoxification symptoms. I tell myself I am in control of my emotions. Cannabis helps me to think out of the box in my job. No one around me in the work place detects that I am on cannabis in my daily interactions with them, so Pauline go suck an egg!

  • unknown February 19, 2015, 12:01 am

    I quit three weeks ago after smoking from the time I woke up to the time I went to sleep, every day (with the exception of one or two days randomly if I couldn’t get on) for 9 years. For the first two weeks I felt good, I had more energy, was motivated to exercise and wasn’t so paranoid in social situations. Then the dreams started a couple of days ago, not nightmares but strange vivid plots that feel so real when I wake up it takes me half an hour to realise they’re not real at all. Does anyone else have this symptom? BTW does anyone know if the type of cannabis you smoked makes a difference or how you ingested it?

    • Hilly May 25, 2016, 10:30 am

      I’m on day 5 of cold turkey after smoking all day everyday for 16 years. It has been really tough. I’m writing this at 6 AM because I didn’t sleep at all. I know what you mean about the dreams. My dreams have been so vivid and so bizarre that the imagery will stay with me throughout the day.

      I have the sweats, either too hot or shivering. And last night I was vomiting quite intensely. The dreams are very troubling but the nausea is the worst symptom. I am really hoping that these symptoms will go away. Thank you everyone for sharing your thoughts. It’s helping me to read these posts.

  • XX February 22, 2015, 5:38 pm

    Am so glad for this page! Been smoking for nearly 3 years now. I quit cold turkey-4 days. The first 2 days were a breeze (kind of) but day 3 was awful. I had insomnia (still do), really irritable and the internal struggle is torture. The sneaky thought of, it’s really not that bad, I could just keep on smoking until am forced to quit (job, relocating, etc.) and you really should be able to live without it are basically the only things I can think about. The really scary part to be honest is, a couple of people I have talked to said this goes on for almost 2 months! It sounds like a really long time to feel like this. This thread is really helpful because if people who smoked for 20 years plus can do this, so can I. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

  • Tempo February 27, 2015, 7:20 pm

    Been smoking for around 6 years, on day 5 of quitting and all I can think about is smoking another J. However I have found that kalms tablets are helping with withdrawal a lot. I stopped smoking because I am scared of growing old and being full of regret and wonder of what my life would be like if I gave up my habit. Highly recommend Kalms and nytol herbal to sleep. I also think that weed is getting way too strong for me and is just making me live inside my own head. I heard full cognition returns after 90 days, just wondering if anyone’s life is different now that they have quit?

  • CC March 3, 2015, 4:13 pm

    Hi everyone, I haven’t read all the comments, but but I’ve spent the last hour reading some (a lot) of them, until my conscience told me that I have to move out of the couch and start doing my stuff. If I was still a weed smoker I know I would have pushed whatever else I have to do and spent the rest of the day reading all the comments (most likely on another website, and not the one for quitting weed symptoms). I smoked weed everyday for 13 years and although sometimes I had the thought of quitting I never wanted to. I’ve been off of weed for about a month now (don’t know exactly the number of days because, in fairness, I never planned to quit).

    My boyfriend and I have lived together for two years now and he was, as me, already a smoker when we got together. Lately we were smoking about half an ounce every two weeks. He used to, sometimes, blame weed for the things he was unhappy with (lack of motivation, lack of money, lack of social life, etc) and I never thought he was wrong, but always felt that there’s no point in complaining if we were going to keep smoking. Every time he said he wanted to quit I said I’d do it with him, but we’d always end up buying another bag.

    A month ago I was about to go on holidays for a week, but he had to stay because of work, and although I didn’t share these thoughts with him, my brain was going crazy, thinking how I’d to to take some weed with me on the plane. Although, our last bag finished just a few days from that holiday and he said he’d decided not to smoke while I was away. I didn’t want to confess that I wanted to take some weed with me so we just didn’t get any (I couldn’t even remember the last time I hadn’t smoked so it made me anxious). After that, still before the holidays, he said he wanted to quit and I said “OK” (even though I was very afraid of what I was about to go through without it, I didn’t want to be the person who would keep him from quitting and, as far as I knew, the fact he was saying he wanted to quit, didn’t mean he was really going to do it).

    This was about a month ago and I haven’t smoked since then, I never planned to quit and I think that made it easier. I didn’t research the withdrawal symptoms by then because I thought I was only taking a break. When I was on holidays my boyfriend had some friends over who had weed and he smoked. When we talked on the phone he told me and I didn’t feel upset or disappointed, instead I felt lucky because I hadn’t been exposed to it. I was now feeling full of energy, and yes, falling asleep was not an easy task, but on the other hand getting up had become so easy (something I used to struggle with so much since I was a teenager).

    My eating patterns just turned to normal – when I used to smoke I never used to eat breakfast, sometimes not even lunch but just a snack, and then a huge dinner and munchies (a lot of sweets) all evening long. Without even realizing I had stopped eating all that junk after dinner, I was feeling hungry every morning, and started having normal meals at lunch. I also started having headaches but I thought my eyesight had gone worse because I’m the kind of person who easily has headaches (and if I was having such a healthy life, my headaches “had to be” from worse eyesight). When my holidays finished, the night before I got the flight back home (just over a week off of weed) I spent the night sweating and having a crazy dream about missing the flight.

    I got up twice and told myself out loud it was just a dream, but when I got back to sleep I was back in the dream of missing my flight (never ever before had fallen asleep back to the same dream). I thought this had been a consequence to the behavior of the people I was with in the evening previous to the flight, who had spent dinner stressing about getting to the airport on time. When I got back my boyfriend and I were the happiest we’d ever been with each other. After my holidays I lacked motivation to go back to the routine and the bad weather but he gave me all the strength I needed. We were happy with ourselves (feeling light, motivated, always in a good mood, eating well and exercising) and that made us happy with life.

    I kept having crazy and chaotic dreams, vivid dreams, sometimes nightmares, waking up, getting up, telling myself it was just a dream, just to fall asleep and go back in to the same dream. He told me then that he had read about the withdrawal symptoms and the type of dreams I was having were often described. I never read about withdrawal symptoms myself because I was feeling so well with myself and the world, besides the dreams and headaches (which were a small part compared to the positivity I was feeling), that I believed if I read about the quitting effects I could start feeling them by suggestion.

    At the moment I work freelance at home (after having worked full time in a shop for a while just to have more money but feeling extremely unhappy), and sometimes I don’t have enough work, so at the moment I’m not providing for the two of us as much as my boyfriend is (although all my income is also always used on our necessities and not just mine). But not smoking weed gave me the motivation to apply again for a full time job in my area (video editing), which I had applied for several times before without any success, as I didn’t get any answers at all from the employers, I suppose because I still don’t have a significant and extensive portfolio to show. Even though, my fear of trying again was gone.

    A week ago, during the weekend my boyfriend asked me what were my thoughts on buying only enough weed for one evening, and I told him I’d rather not, because if we hadn’t stopped talking about how good it was not to smoke, then why doing it. He agreed, we didn’t buy and I felt good about being able to say no. All these things I described above were so strong and positive, until two days ago. For the first time after quitting I woke up not in the most joyful mood, and my boyfriend was probably not very relaxed because it was Sunday and as he works a lot, he was already seeing the Monday arriving too soon, and wanted to make the most of his Sunday.

    I didn’t know why I was feeling that way (I’m a foreigner living in Ireland and I woke up missing my family and friends so much), I was very slow moving that morning and made him wait for me more than he wanted (10 minutes) for the plans we had arranged for the morning. He only reacted badly when I got in the car and nothing could be done about (in my head). I got even more cranky because I felt it was unfair he was reacting like that when it couldn’t be changed anymore, only realizing much later that day that he was just waiting for an apology that he didn’t hear from me, which I didn’t feel I needed to give as I couldn’t understand how 10 minutes could change his day.

    All this didn’t make me feel happier than I was when I woke up, and made him feel worse and worse, and probably with the early Monday always in the back of his mind. It led us to a big fight, where a lot of nasty things were said. He told me how big of an effort he was making for us, unlike me, the things he couldn’t do because of all the money he was spending and I didn’t have, that I wasn’t doing anything for us or for myself. That all the meals I had prepared for us, to make sure that from the moment he gets home he can just relax, don’t mean anything… And so on. I’m sure I said nasty things too, but in these angry moments our brain usually remembers better what was said to us than what we said ourselves.

    We got better since then, but the duality of the words (before the fight I felt I was good to him, and suddenly I felt I was this burden in his life) broke my motivation, lightness and good eating patterns. And although he tells me that things were said in a moment of frustration and don’t reflect what he feels everyday, they definitely lowered my self confidence. I keep doing my work, and working on my portfolio, but I’m not looking forward to doing it, as I felt before the fight. If I have had any weed on me I would definitely have smoked it, to unconsciously numb all these thoughts and feeling, because a month off doesn’t mean I’m not addicted anymore.

    I’m glad though I don’t have it, because I know it will be easier to achieve my goals if I don’t smoke. I admit I miss listening to music while smoking, watching movies high and falling asleep as a fall in bed, but I want so badly to go back to where I was before these last two days that that’s enough for me to keep fighting for it. And I know that even a few drags could spoil that fight, at this stage. I finally decided to read about the withdrawal symptoms today, that I woke up crying and not feeling so well anymore.

    I didn’t know why I had woken up in a bad mood that day, or why we fought, but I can definitely relate those feelings with what’s written on this post and on the comments to it. I’m almost sure my boyfriend would relate his feelings to what’s written all over here too. When big fights happen people have to work on trust again and that’s what we’re doing now. We both know that our love for each other is bigger than the feelings we had when we were fighting. I realize now that it was so easy to quit because I have him in my life, and it became more difficult when our support for each other weakened.

    For those who are still reading my comment, either if you are struggling yourself, or know someone who is struggling after quitting weed, my recent experience has showed me that it’s extremely easier to stay off, to be strong and positive if we have love and affection in our lives, if we feel that someone loves us even in the bad days. If we feel we’re enough. Everyone is enough and worthy of love so, if you’re struggling yourself, try to find who’s willing to help, to show you love and support and give you strength.

    If you know someone who’s struggling, try to be patient and show them love, support and affection (people can still have their boundaries and at the same time be loving, supportive and affectionate). Be positive, do not give up on you, and do not give up on your loved ones, be patient and kind to yourself and others! (If there are bad days, it also means that something better is around the corner).

  • Tab March 6, 2015, 3:18 am

    I’m on day 4 of my break up with weed. I thought I was going crazy until I found this forum. It’s really hard but I have realized that I depended on weed to comfort me. Reading everyone’s posts here has definitely brought me some comfort when it comes to withdrawals. I thought I was going crazy. I smoked everyday for the past 8 years, but I think it’s time to grow up and deal with my problems head on.

  • T March 16, 2015, 5:39 pm

    Hi, smoked heavily for 20 years – something that seems worse admitting as I write it! Am on day 8 of going cold turkey and the clarity of beginning to dream again is scary and my sleeping pattern has become more of a scribble. I have noticed waking up far more alert but with the inability to go back to sleep – useful but unfortunate at 4am! Also elements of depression and anxiety but being honest they were present whilst smoking.

    New driving laws in the UK were the deciding factor in quitting – I’m concerned as to THC being stored in fat cells for so long after quitting and how that can relate to testing – does anyone have any experience/insight on that? Also how long withdrawal symptoms last? On the plus side I have managed to repair some relationships with friends and family that were damaged by regular smoking. Good luck to everyone.

  • shamik March 19, 2015, 2:45 am

    It’s not that hard you just have to find something worth keeping more then the bud. I’ve been smoking for about 8 year maybe 4 to 5 blunts daily at school. At work I’ll go outside puff and spray some smell good to cover up the smell. I’m working on becoming an EMT tech, so it is for my benefit I stop smoking. I just stopped smoking cold turkey four days ago the withdraws are real. I sweat a lot while I sleep, I have crazy dreams, my eating patterns are off, but I won’t allow myself to move backwards. I see it as if it makes me feel like this it is no good for me!!!!

    • Kike March 25, 2015, 6:22 pm

      Totally true. You actually start noticing how bad this is for your health after a couple of days of quitting it. Last week I wasn’t convinced of what I was doing but I’m starting to feel its been one of the best decisions I ever took. I’m on my second week of quitting cold turkey and still feeling the withdrawal effects. I want to think that the last couple of days have been better than the first ones, but I’m not sure that’s the reality. It helps to not drink any sort of caffeine or stimulating drinks and eating and exercising healthy. Come on guys, you can make this work.

  • Ave March 19, 2015, 12:57 pm

    Hi all! I stopped smoking has 1st of February. 5 years I was smoking every day. I feel like I’m going crazy. I can’t sleep and I have really big health anxiety. Every pain what I have in my body I think I’m going to die. I’m so scared,I dont wanna do anything or go anywhere. I have this sharp pain behind my eye and in the middle of the head ,I’m scared that it’s some kind of tumor :-( I feel dizzy time to time and when I eat I feel nauseous. Is this all normal? And is there anybody who can relate to this-I need to talk to someone!!! Please help.

    • Ivan April 11, 2015, 3:23 am

      I’m in the same boat. We are gonna make it.

  • Matias March 20, 2015, 5:31 am

    I’ve been self-medicating for anxiety with weed for about 10 years…gradually increasing my usage over time. I never smoked a ton…just enough to take the edge off. I’m trying to stop now for a protracted period of time. Its been a little over a month, and I’m probably feeling more depressive thoughts than ever. That said, im sticking to it. I have a blog to help me about anxiety, weed, and sweating (one of my personal issues from anxiety)…this is one post on quitting weed, but the idea sort of pokes its nasty head in throughout the blog.
    https://anxioussweatersanonymous.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/a-sweet-illusory-escape-part-ii-the-turnaround/

  • Matt March 21, 2015, 12:37 pm

    I found that by reducing consumption to about a half bowl to a full bowl a day only in the evening will set you up for a successful quit. Once you are comfortable smoking this amount and find that it wouldn’t be a huge deal to go to bed without then you are ready to call it quits. The hard to handle symptoms will last about 4 days and then you’re left with just your basic cravings from time to time. No more anger, mood swings, sleep problems, etc.

  • G March 22, 2015, 11:58 am

    I was a heavy pot smoker for over 10 years, before getting out of bed every morning I would have a smoke to start the day, then smoke the rest of the day. Every time I would inhale I could feel my lungs burn, but a few seconds later it got to my brain and I got the buzz / relief. What got me through my successful quitting (after a few tries) was first I knew that I could not be in the same room or house as pot or I would smoke it, I could not associate with anyone that smoked or I would smoke.

    The first 7 – 14 days were not pleasant, and I just kept telling myself to hang on until to cool (in my case) dreams started, while smoking I stopped dreaming (or remembering them). Then I had the cool dreams to hang onto, I had painkillers for headaches etc, and did not try and give up anything else. About 6 months later I knew I was still addicted, because I knew if I was around it I would smoke it. After 9 months I had a dream that I had a bud in my hand, I was looking at it and starting thinking about how I would chop it, mix it and fashion a makeshift water pipe.

    Ten (in the dream still) I said out loud “hang on a second I don’t smoke” and bam the dream was gone, it was at this point I knew that I was past the addiction. The biggest key for me was to not be around it in any way, because I would smoke, until one day that desire was gone completely (about 9 months).

  • Allen March 26, 2015, 3:56 pm

    To add to the withdrawal symptoms of quitting… I have smoked regularly for 13 year from age 15-28 and have recently stopped using marijuana for job issues. Since quitting