Withdrawal Symptoms of Marijuana Use
Not many people believe in the addictive properties of cannabis. However, many, many people throughout the US are dependent on this drug both psychologically and physically. Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States. Today’s marijuana is the strongest and most readily available in history.
Why Do Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms Occur?
The human bodily system is built to retain chemical balance on its own, without drugs. This natural state is known as homeostasis. After using a drug regularly, the brain becomes accustomed to its presence and stops activating the chemical reactions on its own. When you stop taking that drug, the levels don’t just return to normal. Having taken such a long breather, the brain has to slowly readjust. In the meantime, the body struggles to retain homeostasis however it can manage. The body goes into a sort of “panic mode” in which its processes are sped up to such a degree that mental and physical problems arise.
Marijuana withdrawal usually manifests as irritability, anxiety, restlessness, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, and a decrease in appetite.
Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms: How Long Do They Last?
Marijuana cravings can begin just days after last dosage. Some individuals don’t experience them until weeks later. What makes marijuana withdrawal unique from other drug withdrawals is that the heaviest users tend to take the longest to show significant signs. This is because marijuana binds to fat. The heavier the smoker, the longer the cannabinoids — of which there are thousands — take to leave the body.
Marijuana Withdrawal Symptom Treatment
Marijuana withdrawal isn’t dangerous. It’s merely uncomfortable – and frustrating. Typically, the worst part is the psychological craving. This can be remedied by staying busy. Commit yourself to activities that do not involve marijuana use. Keep your mind on more productive things. When it comes to things that are more productive than recreational marijuana use, the bar isn’t all that high. See a movie. Read a book. Hit the gym.
Additionally, you can use over-the-counter medications like Ibuprofen to ease headaches and stomach problems. Peppermint and ginger help, too—anything you’d use to remedy a cold or a flu, really. Remember that medication should never be your only remedy, or even your primary one.
Lastly: Be sure to exercise each and every day and to retain a healthy diet. Chronic pot use tends to go hand-in-hand with other unhealthy behaviors like being inactive and eating junk food. The longer you abstain from weed, the longer you abstain from those other habits. The longer you abstain from those habits, the healthier – and happier – you’ll become.
Marijuana may not be a “hard drug,” but chronic marijuana usage is a serious problem. If your teen seems dependent on cannabis, give us a call to begin the process of resolving the situation.