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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 marijuana 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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  • MC September 17, 2018, 7:48 pm

    Hey all in withdrawal land! I came to bring some info. Be sure not to get your brains trapped thinking in 30 days you will be feel better. This is not true, at least not for everyone. We all have different systems, smoked different strands, and for different time lengths.

    For the most part weed stays in our system and brain for 6 months to a year. From what I’ve read from others experiences, it is at the 6th month mark when the brain has reached some kind of balance. Weed sticks to our fat cells through out the body. It is slowly released out of our system.

    This is why THC can be detected up to a year with most drug test. I’m on 3 and half months and still waiting to feel consistent relief. Then after the detoxing phase is complete, there’s another phase of withdrawal called Paws. Post acute withdrawal, this is more mental than physical symptoms.

    This is all chemicals have been released and the brain is finding it’s way to a stable balance with the presence of chemicals. It is possible that this can go on 6 months or more. This all depends on how long and how much you’ve been smoking. I’ve learned to take one day at a time.

    You gotta patient and ride this shit out. For your sake do not think you’re going crazy, you’re not. But you can do it, I can do it!! I’m taking supplements, I’ve changed my eating habits, these things will help you cope.

    Stay busy, pray and please drink plenty of water and exercise daily. Oh and no coffee or caffeinated drinks, and decrease your sugar intake. We can do this!!!

  • Rose August 30, 2018, 5:02 pm

    So I’m a 20 year old woman who’s been smoking on and off for about 8 months, real tough stuff I think, well seemed that way anyway. But now I’m 51 days sober and I gotta say I feel a million times better than I did like 3 weeks ago. I had major anxiety, paranoia and depression, increased heart rate, nausea and had to go to the loo a whole lot haha.

    Now I’m still feeling nervous and depressed that I’m still not better like how I was before weed. I mean I’m leaps and bounds ahead, but still nowhere near where I wanna be. But to the ladies out there, I’ve been doing some research and weed stays in our systems a lot longer because we have more fat stores.

    And not only this, big factor we have to remember is our period. That will 100% affect your detox and the subsequent after effects. It’s something I have to remind myself of when I feel pangs of paranoia or sadness. This will pass and we all will be better for this. 51 days strong, when about 30 days ago I didn’t think I was gonna be able to stay alive – and here I am. Anyone looking to quit this stuff, you have the willpower I know you do!

  • Liz August 25, 2018, 11:51 am

    Hi, been smoking for 20 years, small spliffs but throughout the day, and it was really helpful with the PTSD (lessening the nightmare intensity and panic upon waking up as well as dealing with the various triggers during the day), so I’m using CBD alone now, been doing so for 2 weeks. It’s a lot cheaper, legal and healthier. I no longer cough.

    Quit weed itself for my lungs and teeth as I lost a tooth and had chronic bronchitis from the smoking. The problem with the THC withdrawal in my case is the dizziness – it lasts nearly all day long and I haven’t been able to think straight for a week now. Is the three month timeline the longest this will last?

    Because otherwise it’s not worth enduring the full-blown PTSD nightmare every night. The panic upon waking up is so intense I’m worried my heart will give up on me. And don’t talk to me about antidepressants, tried it once, extremely degrading, soul-sucking and way worse than cannabis!

    Physically disabled after motorbike accident and isolated from family here so… Has anyone else experienced several days / months of all-day dizziness following withdrawal? How long does it last, in weeks?

    It’s worse than being stoned, can’t think and you have the craving at the same time. Hope my brain can adjust. The CBD is useful, will quit it as well though as soon as the THC withdrawal symptoms die down.

  • Josey August 2, 2018, 3:53 am

    On day 6 of going cold turkey! Been smoking since 15 I am now 27. When I started at 15 it would be big blunts 3-4 times a week. Turned into a bunch of blunts on the daily – at least 3 to myself! And as of today I feel horrible. Crazy attitude, throwing up anything and everything, dizziness with headaches, feel like I’m going to faint, plus cut off all ties to any people that smoked (not sure that is good – been solo a lot lately)!

    And remember it’s only day 6. I don’t know if I could do this for the next 90 days, but after reading some of your comments, I have decided to man up and stick it out! Tired of being a quitter, weak, and easily attracted back to weed. I no longer want to do it because I feel as if it takes away from me being super active with my kids – and enough is enough! 😔

    • MC September 17, 2018, 10:26 pm

      I hope you’re doing better. Update please.

  • Ell July 30, 2018, 11:46 pm

    Hi everyone, Thought I would share my experience too. I’m 24 years old and have smoked weed for the last 4 years pretty much every day. I quit 4 weeks ago and went completely COLD TURKEY… not sure this was the best idea. I’ve managed without smoking in the past for a couple of weeks and other than being irritable, it didn’t really bother me, so I thought that quitting would be a simple process for me – but I was wrong.

    Since quitting I have experienced random onset of anxiety, which comes and goes at different times so I cannot relate it to any situation, insomnia, digestive issues and generalized social problems as I find it hard being myself around people now. My insomnia was unbearable – any sleep I did have was filled with crazy, realistic nightmares so I would constantly wake up sweating, this made me exhausted during the days.

    Anxiety – I would experience small boats when I smoked, but now it is 10 times worse and completely random, feel like I have shortness of breath a lot and keep getting dizzy.

    Social interaction – don’t feel myself, feel like I can’t hold a conversation, feel like nobody wants me around. Before I started smoking weed, I was a really loud, confident bubbly person and I feel now more than ever since quitting that my personality is completely different. I’ve also lost self belief in my abilities career wise.

    Digestive issues – certain foods upset my stomach, and my appetite was all over The place.

    I am 4 weeks in and I would say my appetite is back to normal. My insomnia is slightly improving but I still feel heavily fatigued. The anxiety however is getting worse and I can’t get my head around it I just want to get back to being a normal healthy human being.

    I am currently looking for work since graduating and I still don’t feel the confidence I used to have in myself which is standing in the way of me progressing in my career – hope this changes soon.

    I quit weed because it was starting to make me feel like I wasn’t myself – I really didn’t expect quitting to be such a rollercoaster experience whereby it would make me feel worse before Getting better…

    I will post an update in a months time to see if any of my symptoms are better or worse. Good luck to everyone reading this and in the same situation, were in this together! (None of my friends can relate to my situation so I feel like they don’t understand or sympathize for what I’m going through).

    If this is the same for you, try to ignore it and keep yourself as busy as possible and make plans with them because you don’t want to distance yourself (as this will make anxiety worse). Try face the world head on. I think that is the only way we will get through this.

  • JR July 21, 2018, 6:14 pm

    Hi. I’ve smoked for the last 5 years. Last 3 years smoking a lot. I stopped smoking a month ago (tried cold turkey but smoked 1 time during each week). This last week has been really bad. Feeling tired during the day, constant light headaches, anxiety, depression. I didn’t feel these symptoms as bad as these the last couple of days.

    I thought the first days were supposed to be the toughest ones, but right now I feel like I am sick without strength, sleepy, having back aches. Also I am losing weight. Have lost about 7 pounds in the last 25 days, even though I’m working out and eating 3 times a day.

    I have lost appetite, I’m forcing myself to eat, but somehow I keep losing weight. I just want this to go away! I’ve decided to stop smoking for good. I’m hoping these symptoms will not last a lot of days.

  • Jennifer July 12, 2018, 1:59 am

    Hello all, I felt compelled to write after reading your posts. I have smoked pot daily for the last 4-5 years. It started during a horrific marriage and just continued after I left because the withdrawal symptoms were so bad the couple of times I tried to quit cold turkey.

    When I would tell people that I was having withdrawal symptoms from weed, they looked at me like I was crazy. I am now on day 8 of cutting my usage down to about a third of what I was smoking.

    I have experienced severe anxiety, bouts of dizziness, body aches, nausea, digestive issues, hot flashes and chills. This is with TAPERING OFF. To those of you who have gone cold turkey, my hats off to you. Stay the course.

    I will be out of my rations by the end of next week and I’m dreading what happens then. I am already going through a really stressful time personally, but want to quit. It’s too expensive and not fun anymore. Peace to you all.

    • MC July 14, 2018, 5:53 pm

      Cold turkey is the best way, you want to start getting that out of the system fast as you can. By continuing smoking you are releasing more into your body. Trust me I know the withdrawal sucks! I’m on day 55, I smoked off and on for over 20 years. I will never smoke again ever.

      I’m much healthier and clear headed now. I’m not 100 % yet but I’m marching on. Everyday gets better if you don’t smoke. Withdrawals are rough!! You have to have complete determination or you will relapse.

      You must start flushing, staying hydrated everyday all day, eat healthy foods. Also exercise daily it helps… there are several methods and supplements to help you along the way. I wish you well feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

      • JR July 21, 2018, 6:01 pm

        Hi MC. I’ve smoked weed for the last 5 years, first year I started smoking occasionally (2-3 times a week), after that I started smoking pretty much everyday. Last 3 years I became a heavy user. About 26 days ago I decided to quit cold turkey. The first week I felt numb.

        I felt pretty bad with myself, had no interest in doing anything. At the end of the week I smoked a very tiny hit. Second week I felt better and I smoked again 1 time at the end of the week. Third week was normal again. I just had light headaches, and then again – I smoked 1 time at the end of the week.

        This 4th week I really felt the withdrawal effect. Constant light headaches, tired during the day, depressive, anxious. I’ve lost like 7 pounds, even though I’ve eaten a lot food (forcing myself to eat) not with that much of appetite and having nightmares.

        I feel the withdrawal symptoms are kicking in pretty tough 4 weeks after I’ve stopped smoking everyday. I’ve decide to stop smoking for good, not even once as little as I can smoke. Any recommendations? Thank bud.

        • MC August 20, 2018, 5:31 pm

          You should be doing a lot better now I hope. I just reached 3 months. Not fully back to normal yet, but it’s getting better. For God sake don’t smoke – not even a hit, because it will prolong the withdrawal. No coffee, because it increases the symptoms.

          Drink plenty of water, eat fruits and veggies, all healthy foods. Also do some running and walking daily. I drank a spinach fruit smoothies daily. I took, and still taking vitamins… I take natural daily detox pills, L theanine, vitamins C, B complex and sleep as much as I can.

          You must be determined to stay clean otherwise you will relapse. Stay strong and man up!

      • DCH August 12, 2018, 11:54 pm

        I am 16 going on 17 and I have been smoking marijuana for a year. It went from smoking occasionally to smoking three or four blunts everyday. I recently quit cold turkey and I am going through withdrawals. I am mentally tough, but the insomnia is getting to me. What should I do?

        • MC September 17, 2018, 9:52 pm

          Hope you’re doing better, I realized there’s nothing more you can do but wait it out. Trust I know about the insomnia, it sucks!! Last night I tried Lemon balm tea, it worked for sleep. Go to health food store. Keep pushing!

      • v August 16, 2018, 7:02 pm

        MC, what kind of symptoms did you have? I am on day 47. I am getting better now, but I had: dizzy spells, motion sickness, headaches and my eyes would hurt. My headaches and eyes are better, but I still get dull headaches and my dizziness is almost gone.

        • MC August 20, 2018, 5:40 pm

          V… I didn’t have any of those symptoms you’re having. I had anxiety, insomnia, lost of appetite, and sad moods. I just finished 3 months clean, I’m almost back to norm, except for a little feeling down, and mild nervousness.

          It use to be really bad, but time, changing my diet, taking vitamins, smoothies, walking, and running – these things have helped me recover. I say by end of month 4, I should be back to norm.

        • VB September 14, 2018, 1:03 am

          Me too have had bad withdrawals. I am going on 3 months and still have headaches and eyes hurt. Was dizzy and emotional the first month. Dizziness and emotional has gotten a lot better, but still have these headaches behind my eyes and on top of my head. Oh yeah – the first month I would get motion sickness as well.

        • V September 17, 2018, 10:37 am

          Update for me. I also keep thinking something is really wrong with me with these headaches behind my eyes and on top of my head. Eyes muscles seem a little sore. My dizziness is all but gone, but it will be close to 3 months in a couple of weeks. Crazy how long this can last. Anybody else experience these withdrawals like mild headache all day, temples seems sore, crazy dreams, etc?

    • I am a quitter July 23, 2018, 2:46 pm

      Hey Jennifer, I read your post and felt I needed to extend some support. I am also going through withdrawals. My husband is going through it too and it has its challenges for sure. We have both been through this before though. We smoked for 15 years.

      I know for sure I don’t want to smoke again. I crave sobriety but my husband will be smoking again soon. In times like this when there is an “extra” set of difficulty, WE quitters need to be stronger than ever. Try thinking back to something that was really really hard and know for sure you can do it.

      Mine is my home birth. It makes me stronger knowing I did that. I hope you find your power and harness it! Good luck!

  • Dennis from Denmark June 17, 2018, 10:13 am

    Hi guys, thanks for sharing your experiences! I am on day 47 of quitting both cigarettes and joints cold turkey – I smoked 5-8 joints and 20 cigarettes a day for more than 10 years, I am now 29. I read a lot of the comments and I could not find anyone in the same situation as me, so here I am reaching out.

    I haven’t had nausea, sleep problems (vivid and weird dreams though and I enjoy them), headaches or irritation. At all. It has all been so strangely easy, considering my heavy long-term abuse. But here is the deal – after 40 easy days, the craving for smoking weed is setting in. bad.

    All of the sudden it is all I think about and I feel very close to lighting up a joint. Isn’t this suppose to get easier and not harder to cope with? I would really like to hear from you if you been through the a similar process or have an explanation as to how I went from being completely symptom-free for a month, to now craving it so much?

    Anyway, I hope I do not discourage anyone in the thread. Stay strong everyone. All of us want to be in control of our lives and habits – and these threads help us do just that. Cheers!

    • Me July 3, 2018, 12:29 pm

      Maybe this is why? “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.”

    • RUSTY July 3, 2018, 1:01 pm

      Bro! Straight up start having organic green tea every time you feel like a cone or sesh! (This definitely helps!)

      Also I started running about 1km every day/2nd day now I do a 3km run every 2nd-3rd day…(This sucks but it does help and it’s starting to not suck as much!)

      I got to the point where I couldn’t even enjoy a beautiful sunny day without having a cone because I programmed my brain that way after smoking so long…

      Smoked 10 years straight pretty much everyday about 6-12 cones… Hope this helps man.

      -GREEN TEA

      • Chance August 28, 2018, 5:12 am

        This forum just gave me so much hope. I went through a bad break up about a year ago and started smoking occasionally. I never noticed any problems until the last month. I noticed even when I smoked I started to feel horrible and had really bad anxiety. I couldn’t concentrate on anything.

        So I tried quitting several times but my “friends” convinced me it was all in my head and that I should just continue to smoke. I finally decided to quit 3 days ago and I feel like I’m going insane. I’m scared that I have schizophrenia when I am 99% sure I don’t. I just don’t know how to talk to people anymore and I don’t know when it will all go away.

  • Micah June 15, 2018, 2:14 am

    I have been smoking on and off for the past 5 years. I find that marijuana works best for me when I take breaks for a couple months at a time and then smoke again daily for a month or so. The longest stretch I have gone smoking daily was just about 4 months. I had a bad bout of depression / anxiety / insomnia and I used to cope with those.

    I also smoked socially with family members and friends. I quit cold turkey last week when I realized I wasn’t able to eat food unless I was high. I would go all day without wanting food and come home and toke up just so I could get some food down. I have lost a significant amount of weight but my appetite is slowly returning.

    I am also experiencing some major mood swings. One moment I am happy as a clam and the next I will start crying for almost no reason or something really minor will set me off. My insomnia is back but I vape CBD oil at night or when I feel anxious and it helps me sleep and feel relaxed.

    I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have that CBD. It really takes the edge off when I get stressed and I haven’t really had any cravings for weed. I don’t think chronic smoking is for me and I plan on taking a nice long vacation from marijuana.

  • Sheryl May 28, 2018, 11:02 am

    I’m 49 and have smoked weed on and off from the age of 20 on up. The last 2 years I was heavily smoking weed. I only work 2 days a week so I wouldn’t smoke those days. I’m getting laid off so I had to quit so I don’t test positive if I were to get hired somewhere. I’m on day 6.

    The dizziness hit on day 3 and hasn’t stopped. I also had sudden severe headaches (which would go away after taking a motrin 800). I tried a motion sickness patch I had and it’s helping some. When I try to play with a puppy on the floor things would just start spinning and bad nausea.

    Thought I was getting vertigo but after reading these I realize it’s withdrawal. Feel like my head is in a fog. No crazy dreams or mood swings yet. Soon as I get a job I know I’ll start back up on days I am off. I just love being high and I miss and crave it.

  • Jason May 22, 2018, 7:58 pm

    I have quit for nearly 3 weeks now. I smoked heavily for 8 months because it made my divorce triggered depression feel better. I have started to sleep much better but still wake up drenched in sweat. I miss the intensity of sexual pleasure but I do notice normal brain function returning.

    I’m a software engineer, so problem solving was near impossible with weed. I don’t feel like I’m going crazy, but rather feel like I’m actually returning to normal. I do feel up and down mood swings and food is enjoyable again. I’ve lost weight though, which is a good thing.

    I can’t wait for the next few weeks, to see what improvements happen.

    • Jordan July 17, 2018, 1:47 pm

      Hey Jason. I smoked vape weed for about 4 months a few puffs every night. I’m an engineer too and I definitely agree with you on the problem solving part. I quit about 2 months ago and I still don’t feel my mental health is completely normal again. I still feel like I’m detached from reality.

      I do not evaluate situations properly, things I used to care about achieving are not important to me anymore. I barely get trouble sleeping at night. I get mild mood swings sometimes with a little paranoia and fear. My question to you is do you feel your mental health is completely normal?

      Do you feel the chemical balance of your brain is thrown out of whack? The reason I’m asking is because your length of smoking is within the range of mine and I’d like to know what your experiencing. I’ve been reading a lot about withdrawal and recovery and it seems like all the withdrawal symptoms should be gone within a few weeks considering my frequency and amount of use.

      I’m kind of worried that it permanently damaged my brain. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks in advance!

      • Maha July 19, 2018, 2:29 am

        Hi bro I’m also experiencing the same. I smoked maybe 6 to 7 times only. But I’m kinda getting normal compared to last week. I think it will be fine by next week.

  • Therightpath April 21, 2018, 9:43 pm

    So… I stopped smoking weed 3 months ago after smoking non stop for 16 years. Ok, the longest break I would have would be for 2 days maybe once a month whilst waiting to get paid. I believe I am in a state of depression at times. I only leave the house to go to work and school, but other than that, I’m feeling ok and proud of myself.

    I am starting to make plans for summer and I think last week clarity started to descend gradually. However my partner who has smoked literally 24/7 for the last 30 years (I am not kidding) has “quit” forcibly as I am no longer funding his lifestyle of: weed smoking, not having a job, not cleaning the house or preparing meals – whilst I work mostly 13 hour shifts and attend school.

    Life is almost unbearable as he’s murderous in his moods one minute and low and sullen the next. I realized last week that it’s partly my fault as I admit I became his enabler over the years. He’s never had to worry about bills, parental responsibility, or being serious in holding down work because mickey mouse here has always been the one to sort everything out.

    Now I refuse to fund his weed habit whilst I study and graft. I just tell him we’ve got no money apart from to pay the bills or buy food, because believe me, if he knew I did have money – his moods would be 10 times worse sadly. I hope he either: gets a job soon so he can continue to live happily in weed oblivion (as I doubt he will ever give up purposely – as he’s in denial with a capital D), or that his feelings of rage or depression end real soon.

    Life isn’t fun at the moment thanks to the wicked weed LOL. Actually I believe he may have an underlying mental disorder – as he is anxious and antisocial beyond belief living in a balloon. He will happily roll past the store to get his fix knowing full well there’s no food in the house or that rent needs to be paid (irrespective of whether we have the money for these things or not).

    Weed is his life and it was mine too to a lesser degree. I won’t diss the drug ever but clearly heavy smoking isn’t for everyone.

  • Brian April 18, 2018, 6:10 pm

    I am thankful I found this forum. I have used marijuana almost daily for the past 3 years. I decided to quit cold turkey one week ago and didn’t realize the symptoms I am experiencing are a result of my withdrawal. It’s been terrible. Stomach cramps, aches and pains, weakness, boredom, and feeling low.

    For the past few days, reminiscing of my past failures and that has really gotten me worried. Today I wondered why feelings I thought I had long overcome were suddenly coming back. And the sweating too. I started to worry I had caught something.

    It was when I got the strong urge to smoke a joint that I realized I could be suffering from withdrawal symptoms and did a search. The article and comments have strengthened my resolve to hang in. Good luck to everyone going through this. May you pull through.

  • Dae April 16, 2018, 5:04 pm

    Hi, so it’s been about 2 weeks since I’ve quit. The symptoms I’ve got are similar to pregnancy symptoms. I’ve been having crazy crazy vivid dreams… that’s the one symptom I do enjoy. I also feel pretty nauseated throughout the day… I don’t really like that.

    I was a bit freaked at first because I kept thinking I was pregnant, I took about 5 test, all negative. This was before I realized that quitting smoking cold turkey could cause the same symptoms.

    I’m 2 weeks in just waiting for the symptoms to subside! I smoked everyday sometimes for the whole day, so I’m just hanging in there! But all I can say to everyone here is hang in there! If I can do it we all can!

  • Alex March 30, 2018, 9:52 pm

    Hey all, it’s my 3rd day going cold turkey. The withdrawal symptom I am experiencing is waking up in the middle of the night. Also my mind keeps going over the same thought of “you’re going crazy”. Any advice would be super helpful.

    • Tori October 2, 2018, 9:42 am

      I’m also on Day 3 of cold turkey, and man I feel you there. Keep waking up in the middle of the night with sweats and chills, weird vivid dreams and constant nausea.

      Also feel super detached from myself and reality, keep asking myself if I’m going crazy but after reading everybody’s comments on this forum I’m pretty sure it’s just a withdrawal symptom.

      Hang on in there buddy, we’ll get there.

  • MC March 23, 2018, 5:00 pm

    I smoked for over 24 yrs. I am now on day 25 of no smoking. The first 2 weeks were scary: anxiety, insomnia, rapid heart beats, it sucked! Strange that I did have a couple of days out of the week where I felt completely normal, until it was time for bed.

    I tried all kids of sleep aids but nome worked for me. I tried Zzzquil along with reading to help me get a lil sleep. Last night was the first night in weeks where I didn’t use any sleep aid. Just reading until I passed out. But even then the vivid dreams began, although no nightmares, the silly dreams are disruptive.

    I find that early walks, runs and prayer help sooth me. Also getting around friends and family help me cope with the withdrawal. It hasn’t been easy but I can feel my body slowly coming around. Gotta keep the fight along with eating right and staying hydrated.

    I know I can make it… will never smoke again. Keep the fight all of you in withdrawal land. Your best days are ahead of you.

  • bm March 21, 2018, 5:54 pm

    Wow, this website has been tremendously helpful and therapeutic. I just turned 32 and was a heavy, heavy smoker for 15 years or so. I finally decided to quit, cold turkey, to help get many aspects of my life in order, also going through a bankruptcy right now, tough times; but I know it’s all only temporary, life goes on and I’m starting a new job which I am excited about.

    Originally I thought I was getting sick but then realized it could be withdrawals. I’ve been clean for a little over 3 weeks. The first week was easy, nothing really noticeable but then in week two the dizziness, chills and sweating set in, which has dissipated a bit. Now it’s shifted to insomnia, fatigue, lack of motivation a bit of anxiety and mood swings. I can’t wait for my sleep patterns to return to normal, I tried going for a long bike ride yesterday to help me sleep to no avail; I think I only slept two to three hours, ugh.

    Whoever says you can’t experience withdrawals from quitting weed has either never smoked or never quit. Your body can become dependent on a substance and when you take it away there will definitely be effects. It seems to me more attention and help needs to be given to people quitting the weed habit, the withdrawals are more severe than I would have ever thought.

    I decided to quit because I started having anxiety and panic attacks from it. No fun. I had no idea the withdrawal process would be this difficult but I know it will be worth it in the long run, mentally, physically, financially and emotionally.

    Personally I have no gripes against marijuana. It’s interesting to see it get legalized in many states now, and I do think it could have medical benefits for the right people, it just isn’t for me anymore. I’m excited to be completely clear-headed, have more energy and motivation. I’ve already been thinking about getting a gym membership, something I tried once but never really committed to.

    Thanks to everyone for the comments and thread, it’s been super helpful to read through them and know that others have been through it too. Stay strong, stay sober, have fun and be happy, we are on the road to an addiction free life; cheers!

  • Rosa March 17, 2018, 7:43 am

    Currently on day 15 of RSO withdrawal. When I quit cold turkey I had been using a gram+ of 86% Indica RSO per day for several months (and a year of very heavy use of it as well as smoking and vape use prior), I was no longer feeling “high” at all, just anxious and icky. I also used a vape pen with a 90% Indica THC level.

    Wow. These withdrawals are on par with everything I’ve read here. Feel like I’m losing my mind with the anxiety and depression. MASSIVE suicidal thoughts. Panic attacks so bad that all I can do is lay down in the fetal position and rock back and forth, sometimes all day. I am 39 y/o female, 5ft 7 and was 130 lbs, am now down to 117 and dropping.

    I have finally been able to eat a tiny amount the last few days but continue to sweat, shake and have diarrhea even though I’m not really eating. On the upside, I have no desire to relapse because my brain is telling me that would send me over the edge once and for all. I’m genuinely worried that I have triggered a psychotic break in myself and am suffering from something I can’t come back from.

    I don’t have any insights, but wanted to share my experience thus far, as it is hard to find ANY info on RSO/Hash Oil addiction and withdrawals. The thought of having to live this hell for another month or two is truly overwhelming, but I don’t feel any urge to pick ANYTHING up. Ever again. I can’t believe this is a side effect of THC, and as the legality spreads, so needs the education on it.

    IMO, the withdrawal side effects are extremely mentally dangerous in some people and the word needs to get out that these side effects are very real and could happen to anyone. Also, so much anger. I want to punch babies over the smallest things. All in all, I am MISERABLE.

    • MC March 23, 2018, 6:12 pm

      Hang tough Rosa! Seek some help, you’re not alone. Prayers to you… you can do it!!👍

      • Rosa March 27, 2018, 8:32 pm

        Hanging in there. Now on day 25. I’m completely exhausted and feel like I will NEVER feel any better. 😢 Still feel like I am losing/have lost my mind with no end in sight. This detox is no joke, I continue to have anxiety attacks several times an hour, every hour, all day long. Still can’t eat or get good sleep. This. Is. HELL.

        • Tim April 12, 2018, 4:29 am

          How are you now Rosa?

          • Rosa June 8, 2018, 8:50 am

            Update: What a long strange trip. After a month (+) of near suicidally intense withdrawals, I sought psychiatric help. After six weeks and some research I decided to try vaping again…just a little. I used with the intent of tapering myself this time, instead of cold turkey.

            That did the trick!!! If only I’d thought of it earlier. For me, cold turkey was a VERY bad idea. It took about two weeks to finish a 1gm cartridge and by the time I was done with it, the withdrawal symptoms that occurred in the days/weeks following were very minor compared to the cold turkey experience. (Some insomnia/nausea, but no real mental disturbances). I wish I’d never tried that dang cold turkey, sheesh!

    • Jordan July 17, 2018, 2:06 pm

      Finally! Someone smoked vape weed!! I experienced your exact symptoms but not as intense (I think because I smoked only about 4 months straight a few puffs at night). I do agree that the withdrawal symptoms are not the same as regular weed.

      Reading all these comments and articles made me think that I was smoking something else without knowing. A lot of people are getting better within a month. This is my second month and I still feel that I’m detached from reality and I cant get my thoughts together with mood swings and depression.

      I feel like I’m getting better and better – but very slowly. Hang in there, but be ready to put in the time. How are you feeling so far? Any changes?

  • Brian March 15, 2018, 8:25 pm

    I have been smoking weed for over a year 3-5 times a day. I just quit cold turkey and I am losing weight. Have severe anxiety, headaches, some dizziness and feel like I have something or I am gonna die. I hope this is gonna subside soon. Not sure If I should get help or ride it out. I quit because it started to give me anxiety.

    • Ashley March 19, 2018, 1:17 am

      Ride it out! I’m quitting for the same reason. Symptoms suck, but when they subside (which they will) it’ll be so worth it. I already feel more in control and much happier.

    • BRIAN March 19, 2018, 5:56 pm

      I’m on day 13 I have been eat good now just once a day; lost 20lbs. Not that that will hurt me as I was over weight to begin with. These headaches are killing me. I had two nights in a row where I did not sleep at all. I finally slept last night – thank god.

      I almost feel like this is something else, does make your mi d wonder. I truly believe that we need positive people around us to make it easier to get thru this time of our lives. I don’t want to harm anyone.

      I do appreciate my wife being there for me. I just want to feel normal again. Trying to think positive about all this. When will these symptoms subside??? Thank you to everyone on here for the help.

      • Mark March 29, 2018, 2:19 pm

        Hello all. I am 55 years old. Chronic for the last 35 years. I quit cold turkey. Although I have read of the many withdrawal symptoms, mine have been limited to insomnia. I am now on day ten. I eat as always and have not suffered dizzy spells or appetite loss.

        Not all symptoms are directly related to a weedless life… it may be that you’re dizzy or anxious due to lack of sleep or improper eating etc. I am me and no one else – so I don’t look to compare myself with the symptoms others suffer. Don’t dwell on your symptoms, but think and concentrate on those times of relief in-between the tough times.

        When I’m feeling crappy, I think of it as a red light at a traffic stop. It will pass and you will get the green light to go on. Idle isn’t good. Keep busy. And good luck. Mark

  • Lost3891 March 11, 2018, 9:51 am

    Hi everyone, in desperate need of some advice! My partner quit smoking weed about 3 weeks ago after smoking it everyday for about 7 months (for pain).
    After a few days, the insomnia kicked in and everything in our relationship was fine and even before that we were fine.

    About a week into the insomnia he tells me he doesn’t want to be with me anymore… he is just not the same person since he has, I guess been going through withdrawals but this one has absolutely devastated me.

    My question is, can this happen when you are withdrawing, feeling like you don’t love your partner anymore? I have heard of a couple situations like this but would like anymore advice/opinions… please.

    • Rosa March 18, 2018, 4:33 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear this. I am going through withdrawal as well (2 weeks in) and it has completely fucked up my thinking and stolen my personality. Ive pushed everyone away, want to kill myself and am angry at everything all the time (totally out of character). It sounds like your partner is suffering these devastating mental side effects of withdrawal.

      I’m sure they still love you and it sounds like the side effects that are talking here. It’s hell. It’s like being body snatched with no way out…day after day after day. After day. If you can hang back while they detox, hopefully you will be able to move forward and repair the relationship.

      All I can say is: if this is the side effect of withdrawal, then it is not your partners voice you are hearing, but the mental illness like symptoms that seem to come with this detox. Find support for yourself and possibly for your partner if they are receptive or aware of what is happening.

      Take care of you and hopefully your partner makes it to the other side of this… if there is another side. It really feels like this will go on FOREVER. I am truly miserable and suicidal and want this detox OVER WITH. I wouldn’t want anyone to have to go through this.

      And yes, I can imagine breaking up with someone as being a side effect. Irrational thoughts feelings and emotions seems to be a common side effect. Good luck and post an update if you can, there are so few accounts of this experience. <3

    • chris March 19, 2018, 1:15 am

      In my experience, dissociation from social interactions is a side effect. It depends on the person, but in my experience it happens every time I stop, even if it was only 2-3 months of continuous usage. Feelings of loss like something is missing are normal, strong feelings of unappreciation follow.

      Communication is key even if interaction is hard. Some alone time and on/off social interaction may help. This is my 5th day without THC after 3 moths of heavy usage.

  • LOZ March 12, 2017, 9:09 pm

    4 weeks off the weed and I’ve never felt so good in all my life! It’s the best decision I ever made. I’m not against weed I think it can agree and disagree with different people. For me personally I was using it for over 10 years to relax and also cope with things that happened in my life. I noticed In the last two years that I had built up such a tolerance that it was no longer affecting me the same.

    I’d need it everyday and my mind would be constantly fixed on when I’m getting my next smoke. From morning to night I had no motivation no get up and go, I just felt like a zombie. Also years of heavy smoking everyday had it’s affect on my brain… the usual memory loss, social anxiety, I depended on it. I woke up one morning, after months of me nagging myself, and decided that I wanted to be in the driver seat of my life and not in the passenger.

    If I say I’m quitting weed that’s exactly what’s going to happen. I had the usual withdrawal symptoms vivid dreams and feelings that rushed over me where I’d want a spliff. But I became one with that feeling. It was ok because I was in control not my thoughts, not my feelings. 4 weeks down the line I can happily say I’m so over it… the money I used to spend on a ‘draw’ will now go towards a new pair of shoes etc. It’s worth it guys.

  • Armando Vasquez March 9, 2017, 1:05 pm

    Day 1: I f-cked up big time. I couldn’t believe that I was at about 23 days cold turkey with out the drug! I’m so pissed at myself. I thought I had developed some type of Bi-Polar disorder! I’m so happy I actually looked up “weed withdrawal symptoms” on the internet. It all makes sense now. Can’t wait to kick all drugs to the curve and finally concentrate on my life and enjoy everything that it has to offer with family, friends, and future wife. Good luck everyone, and know that this is just the beginning!

  • TexasAustin March 1, 2017, 7:28 am

    Hello forum my name is Austin and I am an addict. I started smoking Pot to ease the pain and disappointment of becoming severely injured while perusing my dream to become a Pan-Am freestyle wrestling champion. I was 18 when I first dislocated my right shoulder and it continued to happen till I was 20. I have dislocated my shoulder 40 plus times and have found myself in a world of chronic pain. In order to manage I began to smoke pot daily. Starting with just a puff of my one hitter every couple of hours it seemed to be the natural medication I was looking for.

    During this time I lost my father to brain cancer, my mother began dating again and found an abusive boyfriend. As my family life deteriorated I began to smoke more intensely. Always looking for a new rush or high to take me out of my surrounding problems. My friends began to smoke and we prided ourselves on it. Smoking out of a homemade vaporizer till I was f-cked up enough to ride my bike for hours, I would also go for runs utterly blitzed. I wanted to live that Nick Diaz life. (Vegan MMA fighter who does triathlons and smokes weed).

    Fast forward five years and I became inactive lost the workout bug. Working 60 hours a week as a line cook, my weed smoking increased. I would smoke while everyone else had their cigarette break and I began to dab concentrates at night. The concentrates began to take over because the Euphoria was just to good to give up. It gave me a lot of problems and eventually led to me having too much anxiety to show up to work each day. I was on the top of my career with a higher paying job but I left it due to the anxiety. Depression set in but it didn’t stop my dabbing habit.

    Living off savings and pretty much smoking every dollar I have left, the effects of the drug began to wear off completely. I finally got shoulder surgery during my time off, also I would smoke instead of taking the oxys prescribed. Having way too much time at home and also having illegal dispensaries a block from home (that operate in a legal grey area) bumped my dabbing to a new high. Smoking a half gram a wax a day was the norm along with a gram or two of flower. Anxiety got worse. I would only go outside to go pick up the newest shatter or C02 concentrate.

    I checked into the ER one day completely convinced I was going to die because I thought I was having a heart attack. I found that the pain was due to a cracked rib from excessive coughing on poorly purged BHO shatter. It was my anxiety fucking me up and it was being intensified by the amount of THC I was consuming. DUH, I felt so stupid. After many attempts at quitting I just gave up and tried to embrace my habit. Began to make YouTube and Instagram videos stunting big hits of over .5g of wax at a time: chuglife710 is the channel. (Not proud of these and don’t like plugging it but I thought it could help people to see I’m not lying about my past and that it is possible to stop).

    I was deep in my addiction to cannabis. Leaving up the videos so people here can see what I was doing. My last video I put up was a day before quitting. This was the beginning of the end. Horrible reoccurring thoughts of my greatest fears f-cked me up enough to STOP. I couldn’t enjoy anything and was driving my girlfriend far away from me. I felt insane. I’ve lost ten to fifteen pounds in the first two weeks because I had no appetite and the smell of food made me want to gag.

    Full blown insomniac for the first week along with heightened anxiety, suicidal thoughts, night sweats and an uncontrollable rage. I also cried in the first week making me feel like some weak four year old girl. I became infatuated with my lack of health and was constantly asking my GF if this was normal. Paranoia started to set in about a week in and is still giving me some troubles. I am on day 17 and things are slowly starting to look up. I am able to go outside and do my errands, and I am starting to look for a new job in a new province.

    I am trying to move away from all my smoking triggers i.e. friends and family (my mom and brother both smoke). As for my Mom she finally got rid of her shit boyfriend, but the last time I saw her I was on my 4th day of withdrawal we got in a huge argument and she made me feel as if the withdrawal was just something in my own head. I am very thankful for this forum because I didn’t really believe that pot would make me feel like this without it. What a hell of a time. I will never smoke again and I am looking into a 12 step program.

    Meditation, long runs, shadow boxing and reading are really helping. I also highly recommend cold showers in the morning as they have been helping drastically with my anxiety and depression. Also EFT(Emotional Freedom Therapy) is helping me tune in to my bodies problems and where my angst lies. (YouTube search tapping with Brad Yates theses videos helped me more than anything). I am seeing small glimpses of happiness I never thought was possible without weed.

    I hope my experience can help others who want to quit or who are quitting. I will update once I hit my one month free March 12. Peace y’all one love. If anyone is quitting smoking shatter or budder, please tell me all about it cause I wanna know about your story because it helps me know others are in it with me.

    • TexasAustin March 21, 2017, 10:03 pm

      Day 39 my dogs – it is doable y’all. Moved cities and I’m finding a new job. Just signed a lease for a nice house on the hillside. Sometimes I get depressed, sometimes anxious, but overall soooo worth it. Who else is still weed free? Hit me up tell me your woes. Maybe I can help you stay away from it.

      • E March 27, 2018, 8:56 am

        Yo 5 days in after 26 years of going hard. There were times I would smoke 5 blunts in a day and workout between smoking. This is hard but I’m gonna make it.

        Have had neck surgery and don’t really take pain pills, but I have to be smoke free to receive pain management injections. I really wasn’t trying to stop but here we go. Wish me luck.

  • Era February 28, 2017, 3:46 am

    I went out with a guy for 6 months who smoked daily for many years. Not a lot – at least when I was with him but we went on holiday to the Bahamas where he didn’t smoke for at least 9 days and then turned into an angry, insulting mean person. No reasoning with him, he was just plain nasty.

    We came home early. I didn’t think weed could do this but it is the only explanation I can see after reading this site. I have never seem nor spoken to him since. I never thought weed could be so damaging.

  • Bobby D February 4, 2017, 3:06 am

    To everyone experiencing these intense withdrawal symptoms, TAKE YOUR BUTTS TO THE GYM! I’ve smoked on and off for the last 15 years… 2-4 times a day, everyday, for the last 5 years. I quit for a week and gave in the following weekend due to my inability to sleep. After giving in, I resolved to get a gym membership so I could wear myself out and hopefully experience a little euphoria.

    Well, I’m glad to say it has helped tremendously. I wake up at 5:30/6 AM and run a couple miles and swim a few laps in the pool. It puts me in a great mood and by 6 PM, I’m dead tired. My quality of sleep isn’t as good as I want it to be, but it’s much better than it was without exercise and it gets a little better every couple days.

    I urge you guys to find a good gym. I chose the nicest gym in my town, it’s a little expensive but only slightly more per month than I was spending on pot in a single week. If you can throw money and time away to kill yourself, you should be able to invest a little of that money into your health.

    Also, I realize reading other people’s experiences can be a great motivator, but don’t overdo it. At a certain point, it will only keep you focused on your former addiction. Instead, Look for things that will distract you from it. Good luck guys.

    • starminion February 16, 2017, 6:50 pm

      (General advice): Cutting down first, if you can, will help ENORMOUSLY, going cold from a full on all day heavy habit is making it hard on yourself. Exercise is a good way to promote serotonin synthesis and is well proven. Stick with it everyone, and if you fail this time, cut back your habit and taper off if you can. Withdrawal will then seem a lot easier by comparison. Stay strong, replace weed with meditation if you used weed for spiritual reasons or just missed the insights weed gave you. Love you all.

  • Becky February 1, 2017, 10:08 am

    I am 29 and have been a chronic bong smoker for 15 years with very little days that I have not smoked in that time, and let me tell you, I have out smoked a lot of people over those years. I have been weed free for 9 days now and I feel absolutely crap! I have serious anxiety issues (more then usual being diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder some time ago), panic attacks pretty much on a daily basis and especially when I am going to bed, aches and pains all over, constant headaches, trouble getting to sleep and then staying asleep, sore and tired eyes and just generally tired all the time so very low concentration (really not helping my work at the moment).

    I have only just admitted to myself in the past month that I have a dependency because I always told myself and everyone else that’s it’s just weed I’m not a junkie but addiction is addiction. I think I am in for a long and painful journey but I need to do this for my mental and physical health. I don’t want to go back to the way I was but at the same time it’s so hard to push through the withdrawals. The only thing that keeps me going is looking into my dependent free future and the fact I know I will feel better in the end. Stay strong people!

  • jamaal January 20, 2017, 9:23 pm

    Very good information. I’ve been smoking for 3 years straight every day and the sh-t is eating my pockets! I’m on day number 5 and I’m definitely experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Mostly experiencing stomach cramps, incredible irritability, and I can fall asleep at night but I wake up like every two hours.

    On the bright side my appetite has came back! I find that weird though, because when I was smoking weed and I would run out I couldn’t eat sh-t until I was high. Now that I haven’t smoked in days I’m hungry as f-ck. I hope it gets better cause I’m definitely craving for a blunt. Every second of the day it’s on my mind. This sh-t needs to hurry and pass over.

    • Dave M January 21, 2017, 6:02 am

      Bro, I’m 3 weeks in and believe me it gets easier. I made a list of the reasons why I wanted to stop and read that list first thing every day and any time I felt like I wanted a J. If you really want to give up nothing will stop you. I smoked every day for 4 years and it ate away at me and everything I stood for as a good human being. Believe you can do it – and you’ll do it. Good luck and god bless.

  • Dr T January 8, 2017, 12:03 am

    Reading this thread has been very insightful. I’m 33. I started smoking weed in 2006 (10yrs+) while in university and has been smoking everyday for the past 8 years. In the last 5 yrs I have been smoking more than 5 ‘big jumbos’ a day from morning till the next morning. I am now a uni. teacher (PhD holder) and I feel that my addiction is no longer sustainable since being a stoner is not a good example for my students.

    Furthermore the danger of getting caught by colleagues or the authorities can be quite disastrous for my career and status in society. Got married over a year ago and really trying for a baby with the Mrs. so I decided to quit cold turkey. It’s been 14 days and the weird dream last night was horrid! Mild insomnia is a problem but since I do a lot of reading and writing, it’s not so bad.

    But the truth is I want to stop for good ‘cos I don’t want to be a stoner anymore. I wish I never smoked in the first instance! This thread has really ‘educated’ me on marihuana addiction information on the net is very misleading; weed withdrawal is a serious issue that needs to be tackled head on especially which the so called ‘new strains’ which old timers have acknowledged to be highly potent than strains available back in the 60s and 70s.

    Dangerous Chemicals like formaldehyde are now common additives to weed in the search for ‘high grade’ with the best buzz. All in all, I just want to be free from my addiction. I never thought I would have this perception; I was always a weed advocate but not anymore. YOUNG STONERS BEWARE!

  • David January 4, 2017, 11:29 pm

    So I’m on day 4 after 4 years of smoking, about 2 years of really heavy use. I’m suffering from severe anxiety, low mood, nausea, insomnia and headaches. Not to mention the boredom. Feel like I can’t do/enjoy anything without dope.

    I’ve lost 2 jobs, friends and have managed to get myself in a lot of debt because of weed. It’s taken over. Reading these comments has gave me hope however seeing there are people still experiencing these symptoms after 2-3 months is truly horrifying. I will do it. We can all do it. God bless and good luck.

  • John December 22, 2016, 3:41 pm

    This is wonderful information. I’m 21 and smoked to have better control over my seizure symptoms, I’d have about 3-5 sessions daily for about a year or two. I’ve been off it for about… 4 days now. The first three were absolute hell; it wasn’t unlike having the flu; shakes, no appetite, nausea, weakness (likely from not eating more than a couple of handfuls of triscuits in two days; I could barely stomach water), no concentration, pounding migraine-tier headaches, jaw and tooth pain, and wild fatigue.

    On the fourth day these symptoms begun to fade; the only one that I definitely notice is the shakiness, mental cloudiness, and mild headaches but I know that those will fade in time. The only good thing about the withdrawal are the vivid and interesting dreams you get. Aside from that, it really does suck.

    For anyone going through pain symptoms, for me just some ibuprofen with crackers did wonders in suppressing the pain. For sleep, if you absolutely can’t pass out, dramamine/gravol/diphenhydramine for the first night or two can help assure that you do get at least SOME sleep. Be cautious of those ones though; they do have addiction potential.

    Two before bed, for one or two nights ONLY. Basically, treat withdrawal like you would treat a mild flu!

  • Santiago Vigil December 15, 2016, 4:59 am

    I Just wanted to thank this site for all the good information, I feel better, like normal, knowing I’m not the only one feeling this and that it is because of the weed. I thank everybody for your comments, some of them are very helpful too. I won’t leave the weed yet, I like it, maybe I need it. I have three days without it and my nausea is killing me.

  • Jan Man December 10, 2016, 6:52 pm

    I found the info on here very insightful. I’m currently about 1 month clean after going completely cold turkey on a 15 year dawn to dusk heavy use habit. The feelings I’m experiencing are pretty profound on so many levels. Firstly Im a keen sports man and with in a week my reaction time and skill went through the roof, not to mention lung capacity. Awesome.

    On the downside Im struggling socially and with my temperament. I feel lonely due to questioning wether my friends are true or were the relationships based on a common love for weed. Im trying to rebuild my social life to stay away from it. The worst part is my anger, I’m not an angry person but even a month clean I’m struggling to keep calm, mostly with pointless issues. People irritate me so easily I struggle to not start arguments over minor issues.

    I’m trying to deal with this in my own head and am hoping it will eventually subside. Reading about others similar problems has put me at ease hoping the chemistry in my brain will settle. Iv found myself eating much better food, and more of it. Exercising more regularly too helps a lot. I think a lot of the problems I’ve been masking with weed are popping up but having a clean mind is allowing me to deal with them more rationally.

    I’m looking forward in life with a lot more positivity any way which feels good. I’ve always been a advocate for legalization and preached that is doesn’t have any negative effects. I’ve been kidding myself. Every thing in moderation stays true but I cant moderate so had to stop. Every time I crave I reward myself a little for getting this far which helps.

    Also I’ve been keeping track of the money I’m saving which is a huge boost. Tally the cost of weed, tobacco, junk food and anything else associated with it and in a year it’s thousands. Think a new car, new bike, holidays. Just think of any thing positive to keep from slipping back in.

  • rich November 22, 2016, 5:37 pm

    49 years old. Been smoking 1/2 an ounce of weed a week for 1 + years. Before that it was 1/4 ounce a week for the past 2 years. I quit smoking cigarettes over 9 months ago, that was a BITCH. but got through that. I am visiting my folks for thanksgiving for a week, a change of scenery, but I am feeling the withdrawals. Crying, confusion, the need to cut the edge. (doesn’t help that the US elected an ******* as President).

    I will be back home in 3 days. Ive been exercising for the 1st time since I was 12. Walking/fast walking 30 to 60 minutes a day. And I am seeing an old therapist from years ago. When I get anxious (which is most of the time), I go out for a walk. Reading the comments on this website really make me feel that I am not alone. I quit for 9 years a while back, so I know it can be done. Remember tomorrow can always be a new day.

    • rich November 29, 2016, 9:12 pm

      Update: I made it home. Removed all my paraphernalia before I took one last bong hit. I still have my appetite, but still anxious and angry at the drop of a hat. I am still walking/fast walking twice a day. Lots of baths and showers to quiet the mind. Found something called the tapping method that has been helping with the anxiety. Today is 4 days clean, or 11 days with one b-hit. It’s hard, but I’m trying. More than I can say about 2 months ago.

      • TexasAustin March 1, 2017, 7:41 am

        Rich you still clean? Tapping is my sh-t, it helps loads with my anxiety and depression. I feel like a weirdo doing it and I don’t have the balls to do it in public but other than that it helped me to get where I am now day 17! Look up tapping with Brad Yates – he’s my savior haha. Peace out brother – stay clean.

  • nonya November 17, 2016, 4:06 am

    Abstinence of cannabis after heavy use for a long time can make you VERY angry. I guess because it holds down those kind of feelings for so long you tend go back & revisit things that would have or should have made you angry while you were using. It can make things pretty unpleasant that’s for sure. It can also give you a pretty much over all feeling of sh-t with anxiety on top of it.

  • Scott November 16, 2016, 12:13 am

    47 stoned first time at 8. Stopped in mid 20’s and picked up again three years ago. It has been a bittersweet relationship. The plant is a teacher, I just stayed waaaaay to long. It served me worse and worse every smoke. I am done. Cold turkey, just like alcohol, 1.5 years ago. It hurts bad, lol.

    Can’t sleep, stiff, tired, nauseated, hungry but can’t eat. Crazy dreams! Sweats and five bathings today. Big bud in drawer and you couldn’t pay me 1000 bucks to smoke it! I’m done, it hurts, it was worth it, just stayed too long. You all are free! Do what works for you! Peace out!

  • Laila November 9, 2016, 4:04 pm

    I quit smoking pot two days ago cold turkey because I started realizing I was doing it way too much. Right now I have a slight headache that is constant, nausea, terrible dizzy spells especially if I bend down to pick something up. It’s so bad I get close to blacking out. major anxiety and depression – all I feel like doing is crying, irritability, loss of appetite – I feel like throwing up anytime I see food or smell it. I’m lethargic during the day, but have insomnia, and major weight loss.

  • JimmyDimes October 29, 2016, 6:41 pm

    Was a frequent daily user for years. In the past 30 years, I’ve had a couple breaks, but then back on. But, no less than 3 times a day and all day on the weekends. Since being back on for the past 12 years straight, have had about 5 breaks all under a week.

    Quit cold turkey on Oct. 16 and have had the following symptoms. Stomach cramps and aches (but could have been some bad Chinese food I got two days after quitting). Sweats. Nausea, irritable (but that is something I noticed on shorter breaks) and weight loss. I wasn’t big before and now I am pretty skinny… but not in a bad way.

    The stomach aches are going away, I sleep more than before (but am having weird dreams) and am getting back to normal I hope. Withdrawals are real…but especially if you are a long time abuser as I was. I do plan on being a weekend warrior again… but not until I take a few weeks off.

    I’m an upper level accountant… so didn’t affect me this way, but being off has helped with social and thinking skills.

  • George October 29, 2016, 1:55 am

    I am in my second week of withdrawal. I have been a heavy smoker for 35 years. I have never heard of marijuana withdrawal. I thought something was physically wrong. Headache, night sweats, extreme nausea and complete loss of appetite. I have a young cool doctor and I came clean to him. I smoked 5 to 12 joints a day. He mentioned this to me and at first I found it hard to believe but the symptoms were indisputable.

    Today he gave a nausea medication and it has made a big difference now that’s it’s under control I can eat and am losing the dizziness of the past few weeks. Everyone’s comments have been an extreme comfort to me. Hoping my depression will lift to and I can walk through life with spear head and not in a gray cloud of smoke. I wish you all the best of luck and while I am a person who says never say never I am certainly going to try. On the bright side I have lost 45 lbs now just another 100 to go.

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