The withdrawal symptoms associated with other drugs like heroin, or cocaine is far more severe than the withdrawal symptoms of marijuana. Although you may hear that marijuana doesn’t cause withdrawal this is false. Marijuana withdrawal is mild but they are uncomfortable enough to cause many who try to quit to relapse. The marijuana withdrawal symptoms are not life threatening, their main danger is causing someone who wants or needs to stop smoking weed to fail. Study’s found that 70% of users trying to quit smoking relapsed to relieve the withdrawal symptoms. Research done after since the 1994 DSM IV was published has shown that cannabis does cause withdrawal. Withdrawal should be a target of clinical treatment because it can cause relapse. Similarities are the same in alcoholics who are trying to quit drinking and relapse to relieve the symptoms. This is a serious problem for smokers who need to quit so they can keep their job or have a court ordered commitment.
A study of 500 adults who used marijuana was conducted; the study shows that 95.5% of them experienced at least one withdrawal symptom while 43% experienced more than one symptom. Some users who have quit smoking have reported using dreams, in which they dream of using marijuana. These dreams may occur years after quitting marijuana. Headaches associated with marijuana withdrawal only last for up to 2 weeks, this is the most common of the marijuana withdrawal symptoms with sleeplessness running in a close second. Those people who smoked daily experienced the most symptoms. Some of the symptoms that where reported are:
• Cravings for marijuana
• Mood Swings
• Sleep disruption
• Loss of appetite
Marijuana withdrawal symptoms were found to be similar to that experiencing nicotine withdrawal. If you decide to quit smoking for whatever reason chances are high that you will feel some kind of withdrawal symptoms. Depending how often you smoke and how much you smoke these symptoms could become severe enough to cause you to relapse to find relief.
There is good news; you don’t have to do it on your own. There are people out there willing to help you, to get treatment contact your health care provider. do your research, if you want to stop smoking bad enough you will find the resources you need.