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Extreme withdrawal symptoms

Discussion in 'Marijuana' started by yeahand, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. yeahand

    yeahand Member

    I've been a smoker for about 8 years now, and at least two thirds of that time has been chronic use. I'm at a point where I am physically dependent. In the past when I would try to quit it was the mental aspect that bothered me the most. Now years later, whenever I am unable to obtain it I have no issues with the mental part, in fact I enjoy it. I find something else to do and actually get more creative than I normally might. Physically however, I just fall right apart. Usually at the 24h mark, it all suddenly and violently comes crashing down. I will get intense vomiting spells that will last for days even if I am able to resupply in that time. Along with migraines. I've read a lot of other long time chronic users saying they weren't able to sleep, had no appetite, and some mild-medium nausea but nothing even seems close to what happens to me. I could deal with those things but my symptoms are totally debilitating and my life cannot afford the time to just be sick for a week or more. I would really like to quit now, but I'm unsure how to tackle this problem. Has anyone here had a similar experience?
  2. henry

    henry Community Champion

    Well, I can't say I have. All I can say is that I got used to mixing weed and booze, and when I didn't have any weed on a drinking night, I usually went nuts trying to get some. To me, booze without weed was like a sandwich with no bread. I got over it once I got used to only drinking again. I think the best thing you can do is to see a doctor, because your situation is a bit concerning.
  3. Scooby Snack

    Scooby Snack Community Champion

    Wow, I'm sorry you're dealing with that. Are you 100% sure that it's withdrawal, and there are no other factors at play? I've never heard of symptoms being as extreme as yours.
  4. yeahand

    yeahand Member

    Yes, I'm fairly certain. I've known my stomach to be a little more sensitive than most but not to that point. It is pretty intense. I'm not sure how a doctor could help me, I went to the hospital more than once and talked to my doctor back when I first started and unfortunately nothing they did ever helped.
  5. BoredPostman

    BoredPostman Member

    I would recommend going to a doctor now and being as detailed as possible about what's happening to you - I've never ever heard of withdrawal symptoms like this. The only thing I can imagine is that it is purely psychosomatic - there aren't very many physical withdrawal symptoms associated with cannabis. Whatever it is, talk to someone; You clearly need help.
  6. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    As has been mentioned before the best thing you can do is go to a doctor. He will be able to prescribe something for the head aches and nausea.
  7. BoredPostman

    BoredPostman Member

    Yeah, go to a doctor and take whatever advice they give you. Whether therapy, a neurologist, or an old-fashioned massage, take their advice and apply it. Because these symptoms are just ridiculous.
  8. remnant

    remnant Community Champion

    Your problem is common with chronic smokers. Trying to quit abruptly can precipitate adverse physiological reactions since the body had adjusted to nicotine and this can be counterproductive. The best thing to do is to gradually reduce the number of sticks you smoke but do not do this over a long period.
  9. achexx84

    achexx84 Active Contributor

    Since you've already been to a doctor, my at home suggestion would be to gradually cut back each day. It's hard at first. Very hard, and it is common for some symptoms, but not quite like what you have. Just take it one day at a time and see a doctor of the symptoms continue. You may need a medication to help with withdrawals. I'm sorry to hear you're having these issues, and I hope they subside.
  10. Mara

    Mara Community Champion

    And I thought my withdrawal symptoms were bad. Did you go cold turkey? Your body is reacting to the sudden change. You should wean off. Do it slowly. Like the others here, I think that it's best that you go see a doctor. I also think that you should consult not just one doctor, you know, just to have varying opinions about your case.
  11. Steve Dawson

    Steve Dawson Community Champion

    You don't mention whether or not you smoke weed with tobacco, or whether you smoke it 'pure'. Some of the symptoms you describe sound like nicotine withdrawal, which is extremely unpleasant in the first 2 or 3 days. If you don't think nicotine is the issue then I can offer some perspective on cannabis withdrawal. I personally smoked at least 2 grams daily of top-grade weed for about four years, from age 21-25, sometimes twice that amount. When I realised it was significantly holding my life back I gave up cold turkey. The first week or so was hellish, no sleep, incredible night-sweats, a very short temper and copious cigarettes and showers to keep me sane. When I eventually got through that the second week was considerably better, although still quite stressy, sweaty and sleepless. After that it was relatively plain sailing. To summarize, I found the initial withdrawal period to be awful, far worse than anything I've ever experienced, but it did become rapidly easier once I became used to it and started finding things to do with my time. Try to keep busy and active and you may find it becomes a little easier, Good luck,
  12. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    This is a valid point, just because you can get this symptom with nicotine withdrawal doesn't meant that when you try to give up marijuana you might not go through the same thing. I think it comes down to the person, not everyone has the same withdrawal symptoms.
  13. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    Yep, nicotine definitely could play a part in this. The withdrawal symptoms from nicotine, even if you were only using it to smoke marijuana, can be horrendous and very difficult to cope with. Nicotine addiction is much more powerful than marijuana addiction and some would say that it's harder to quit tobacco than it is to quit heroin. Withdrawal symptoms from marijuana are usually the same, regardless of how long you've been using - insomnia, restlessness, irritation, tension, cold sweats, etc.
  14. GenaJade

    GenaJade Member

    I can sympathize with you here. I just made a post in another thread about this same thing. Wish I had seen your post before that, but oh well. I think I might go through withdrawals as well because I get so irritable and angry when I don't smoke. I am not even a heavy smoker, which is what I find the oddest part of it all. I smoke maybe twice a day and that's it, but when I don't I am easy to anger, just blah as in my mood and other things. Nicotine plays a big part in it too. If I smoke Marijuana, I immediately want a cigarette, whereas when I don't smoke, I don't want a cigarette either. I guess everyone is different.
  15. morgoodie

    morgoodie Senior Contributor

    Your situation sounds very severe and I am sorry that you are going through such bad withdrawals. The doctor should be able to help in some way and it is a wonder that nothing helps you. I have never heard of such severe withdrawal symptoms from marijuana before. But it does affect everyone differently. I would say to have another talk with your doctor and see if they can help with the migraines as these might be making your nausea worse. I hope you can get it figured out and are able to quit like you want.
  16. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    Dear OP, what you described is not normal at all for someone who is trying to quit smoking marijuana... are you sure you are not suffering from an underlying health issue? If i were you I'd see a doctor, because what you described is not normal at all. Whenever you are in doubt... please consult a doctor.
  17. lonewolves

    lonewolves Community Champion

    I feel like I am going crazy. I shouldn’t have quit cold turkey, but I had already decreased my smoking gradually over the years. But I still didn’t taper down this time. I have a pounding headache that has lasted for a day and a half and I feel like crying because it’s too painful. The irritability has decreased, but my vivid dreams are pulling me further into depression. It’s been 2 and a half days since I quit, I don’t know what to do.
  18. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    I wish I had some good advice for you, @lonewolves. Unfortunately, I have no personal experience with quitting weed. Hopefully someone who does will weigh in with some helpful insight. I would suggest drinking a lot of water. That's always a good way to flush out your system. What about drinking coffee or some other caffeinated beverage? I'm wondering if that might help with the headache. Just a thought.

    Sending you lots of gentle, healing vibes.
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  19. lonewolves

    lonewolves Community Champion

    I will definitely be drinking water like a mad man today. But unfortunately I get severe migraines from the slightest amount of caffeine, I can’t even eat chocolate anymore because of the little bit of caffeine in it. I keep telling myself to smoke a bit so that I can wean off, but if this headache is because of something else and not the weed, then I’m just undoing the last two days of crabbiness and insomnia for nothing. I was told last month by a specialist that I need to quit smoking for my new health diagnosis, but she told me I could vape and ingest it. Probably should have gone that route first, because the stress of cold turkey might actually make my health worse. I feel so lost.
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  20. Dominica

    Dominica Recovery Advocate @ Moving Beyond Codependency Community Listener


    I'm really sorry that you're struggling with such a headache. I'm not sure what could help with that. I hope that today goes better for you. Definitely drink a lot of water and if you can massage your head and your face, this may help. There are acupressure points from what I understand that when pressure is applied can help relieve tension and headaches.

    Sending some healing vibes your way!
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