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Do you think it's possible to have withdrawal from Marijuana?

Discussion in 'Withdrawal Symptoms' started by GenaJade, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. GenaJade

    GenaJade Member

    I know this sounds silly, and forgive me for it, but I have to know. Do you think it's possible to experience hard core withdrawal symptoms from something as simple as Marijuana? I know people who are just irritable if they don't smoke and when they take that toke of a bong or whatever, their entire mood changes. It's like they're addicted to it. I know people can become addicted to pretty much anything, but Marijuana is just one of those that I find hard to cause such drastic symptoms. What are your thoughts?
  2. darkrebelchild

    darkrebelchild Community Champion

    I don't think Marijuana is simple in any way; once addicted, it's hard to get off it. But the good news is there are ways of experiencing withdrawal symptoms from Marijuana. They do cause drastic symptoms but with the necessary help, the person addicted can become clean.
  3. Mara

    Mara Community Champion

    I think it depends on how long a person has been addicted to Marijuana. The longer a person has been using it, the more severe the withdrawal symptoms.
  4. Iconoclast85

    Iconoclast85 Member

    Marijuana is mildly addictive. Withdrawals primarily involve trouble sleeping usually for a day or two and cravings. If you can keep yourself occupied so you're not sitting around thinking about how much you'd love to smoke a joint, half the battle is already won. Something like Valerian Root can help you deal with the potential insomnia also. All-in-all, nicotine is much harder to kick than marijuana but it's a mistake to say, as many people do, that marijuana is totally non-addictive because I know from experience that it is.
  5. SashaS

    SashaS Community Champion

    I doubt many people experience serious withdrawal symptoms from something like cannabis, unless they are dependent on it and have been long time users. Its a rather mild drug and has more recreational connotations than hard drug addiction. Keeping yourself busy on work or a hobby is good enough, its not exactly something you need to go to rehab for, but I'm sure there are cases where some people have become really addicted to it. I'm just saying its most likely rare.
  6. Vinaya

    Vinaya Community Champion

    How can you say marijuana is simple? A single dose of warijuana is not as hard as cocaine, however, if you continuously use, your mind and body will become dull. Once you are into marijuana, you cannot remain sane without using marijuana.
  7. Jack Wallace

    Jack Wallace Senior Contributor

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  8. Jose

    Jose Active Contributor

    Marijuana affects everyone differently, some people are deeply affected by it. Is not unsual that an addict that does many drugs has marijuana as prefereed drug, it happens all the time. Some people are able to quit crack and heroin but not marijuana, so that put things in perspective doesn't it? It might don't affect you like that but it certainly has the capability to affect other people very deeply.
  9. Villiam

    Villiam Member

    True, no two people are affected in the same way. It would be silly to try and classify everyone that has ever used the stuff into one category. Everyone is different and that is a good thing
  10. tackykardia

    tackykardia Member

    I've never known anyone to have any withdrawal effects from it. I think if anything they might get a little moody when not getting high just because the marijuana itself helps them with depression and anxiety. It helps to make them more relaxed and at ease and then when they are not getting high their symptoms return. But I'm not sure if it would have any withdrawal symptoms just from not getting high.
  11. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    Marijuana withdrawal is very real. Irritability is just but one symptom. And there's also insomnia. If someone can't sleep and they realize that it's because they didn't smoke a joint they most likely will try to find some weed. An addiction to marijuana is like an addiction to any other drug. When it comes to quitting you'll need more than a strong will to overcome the addiction.
  12. Okaviator

    Okaviator Senior Contributor

    Quitting marijuana can be very hard. It also depends on how long you have been using it or not. The longer you have been using it, the more withdrawal symptoms you will discover.
  13. explorerx7

    explorerx7 Senior Contributor

    I have been around marijuana smokers for ages and quite frankly I have not seen where the herb is so devastating as some people may want to suggest. I can definitely say it's easier to quit marijuana that to quit smoking of the cigarette. There may be a few persons who smoke the weed continuously through their lives, however, for the most part, I have seen where people have been able to quit smoking the herb at will. I have known youths that have would get up every morning and religiously have a smoke, but they may obtain a job which will require that they quit the habit and there are able to comply without any problem.
  14. yeltommo

    yeltommo Member

    Those of you that downplay the potential of marijuana addiction and withdrawal are misguided. Maybe you are being dishonest with yourselves, have preconceptions/misconceptions about pot, or haven't really known a hardcore pot addict. I smoke it sometimes myself, so I am not trying to demonize it, but I've seen how much it has destroyed the life of a close friend of mine. He smokes between 1.5 and 2 oz per month, but the amount is not all that important. What is important is that he has EVERY classic sign of a hardcore addict, including surprisingly serious withdrawal if he goes for more than a few hours without it. I don't think the distinction between mental and physical withdrawal is very helpful (since everything mental takes place in the physical--the brain--and everything physical is experienced by the brain), but there's definitely a physical component.
  15. DubZero

    DubZero Member

    I smoked as much weed as any punk thru highschool and years after... The only thing I noticed was having more energy after a few weeks of NOT getting high... No dependency to the grass itself. I think like any habit, people get used to the feeling, or bored...
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  16. yeltommo

    yeltommo Member

    Of course it depends on what you mean by "hard core," but there's absolutely no question that some people can have very significant withdrawal if they smoke enough for long enough--like every couple of hours all day for several years. I've seen it happen to a close friend. (He had already told me that going without pot for two days was one of the worst experiences of his life.) He was stuck with me in Maine, where he didn't have a connection. He had been going through more than an eighth every other day. When he ran out, he just lay on the couch with a pillow over his eyes and rubbed his restless leg incessantly against the other, like a cricket. He wasn't interested in (or capable of) doing anything. I invited him over to another friend's because I knew that friend would have/share pot, but he refused. He said it wouldn't be enough and would just wait until morning. (I had set up a connection for him out of desperation.) Anyone who says you can't get addicted to pot is full of it. As with virtually all drugs, the extent of the withdrawal depends on the individual, but the distinction between psychological and physical is largely nonsense. Psychological changes are based on psychiatric changes, which are changes in the brain, i.e., physical. They used to think cocaine addiction was "only" psychological. Anything that significantly changes your mental/physical state can become addictive. I'm all for the legalization of marijuana, but the atmosphere of one side demonizing it and the other side defending it has led both sides to dogmatic extremes. Defenders pretend that it's ALL good without ANY negatives. Nonsense. The other issue is that many people don't take their pot addiction seriously. Because it's "only pot," they never do anything about it even if it's having a seriously negative effect on their life. My friend is a clear case in point. He has all the signs of a serious addict, including denial and self-centeredness.
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  17. Jim Shady

    Jim Shady Member

    I smoked weed constantly for over ten years and when I gave it up I just decided to stop and quit right there. I had about 7-10 days of bad dreams and severe sweats. I slept with towels on my bed through this. Then I was fine. It was better than I thought but I think you have to really want it or else it'll be harder to stop.
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  18. True concern

    True concern Moderator

    I don't believe there is physical withdrawal but learning to cope again and mentally maintain could be a real SOB.
  19. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    I think some people do experience physical withdrawal symptoms. But I think the psychological withdrawal is, like @True concern said, the biggest problem.
  20. cathy

    cathy Member

    For decades I thought it wasn't possible, either. Finally, I read somewhere (reliable source) that it is. I think it depends on what you're trying to self medicate or self treat and how severe those symptoms are.
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