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i feel anxiety after some time w/o pot

Discussion in 'Withdrawal Symptoms' started by Ruximeh, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. Ruximeh

    Ruximeh Member

    Whenever I stay a week without smoking weed, I start getting really anxious and irritable. I find it really taxing on my body and I don't really like to feel addicted to something. Should I just cold turkey it away for some months? I don't really plan on stopping smoking weed forever, just the necessary to stop this terrible anxiety sensation when I don't smoke!
  2. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    You must have smoked excessively in the past to become this dependent. Anxiety and feeling irritable are but normal responses. Here's a great resource that will help you learn more about your kind of addiction and what must be done to cope up with the withdrawal symptoms: http://www.addictionsandrecovery.org/marijuana.htm.
  3. kjonesm1

    kjonesm1 Community Champion

    I feel your pain. I quit cold turkey about a year ago and even still I get anxiety and want to smoke really bad. I get over it by doing other things like taking long baths or exercising. I think the stress and anxiety are just normal life things and we have to learn how to cope with them in a different way.
  4. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    Are you sure that the anxiety is a direct cause of not smoking? It could be that you were anxious anyway and have been smoking to try and relive this. Just a thought..

    Anyhow, the best thing you can do it to try and get to the root of your anxiety. Does it seem to be happening for no reason or are you stressed out about things? See if you can work this out and try and devise some coping strategies that don't involve weed for when things get tough.
  5. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    The first two weeks are the most difficult. Just stick it out for about a month or so and you will be back to normal. It seems that way now just because you've probably grown too used to having it around and suddenly changing habits would surely rattle anyone, regardless of what that habit is. Hopefully, in time you will find a healthier balance for your intake.
  6. rainbowguard

    rainbowguard Senior Contributor

    I was a tobacco addict and I used to have irritability back then as well. I have heard cases of irritability in behavioral addictions as well. This makes me think that irritability accompanies the addiction itself and not substance dependent. Therefore, instead of a medical condition, it is a mental condition. As the result, I think you can try something that helps your mind to reduce those anxiety and irritability. Even if it was just a temporary solution, it will help you hold during that week where you have to endure withdrawals. I used music but a lot of people use different simulations, even something like video games or movies might also work.
  7. amethyst

    amethyst Community Champion

    Try some breathing exercises and herbal teas when you get anxious. Valerian, chamomile, or St John's Wort, can work real wonders. Obviously, they work differently than pharmaceutical tranquilizers. Their effect is slower, but lasting. Also, you will feel naturally good, knowing that you aren't taking any synthetic "medicines".
    And breathing exercises... they are a panacea for all ills. :)
  8. TommyVercetti

    TommyVercetti Community Champion

    Classic withdrawal symptoms. Don't be afraid, this is actually quite mundane compared to other forms of drug use. Your symptoms are also experienced quite frequently by people who stop drinking coffee, watching porn, masturbating, smoking, overeating, and so on. Most people just quit cold turkey if they have the will. It's like a 10-day hangover; afterwards you'll return to normal.