Marijuana Withdrawal: Real or Fake News

Marijuana Withdrawal: Real or Fake News

One of the most misunderstood drugs of today is marijuana. With the legalization and the evolution of cannabis, people still tend to think of it as an organic, non-threatening drug used for medicinal purposes on one hand. On the other hand, they think of stoners having a good old time not harming anyone or anything except their stomach with some munchies. These types of stereotypes do a disservice to what could happen to someone if they abuse any kind of drug, including marijuana. 

What Really Happens with Marijuana?

When someone starts addictively using marijuana, the same progression happens like with any drug in that they will start putting their marijuana use over their real priorities. The main argument often presented is that people who consume marijuana are happy people who do not exhibit violent or heinous crimes like illicit street drugs or alcohol cause people to do. There is no way to put a stereotype on each kind of drug because once someone is under the influence, they lose control of their inhibitions, thoughts, words, and actions, even with marijuana. 

The withdrawal process for marijuana can also be difficult for people who are trying to detox off the drug. While again, marijuana is considered the lesser of two evils when it comes to detoxing, a drug is a drug – is a drug. A person’s reward center in the brain will seek more dopamine as an act of survival which creates the symptoms of withdrawal with yes, even marijuana. 

What Are the Symptoms?

Although there is a misconception of what marijuana is capable of, marijuana can actually produce the same symptoms just like other drugs when consumed in large amounts. These withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, depressive tendencies, nausea, sweating, tremors, and migraine. Every person is different, but the likelihood that these symptoms will occur is high, especially when a person is susceptible to becoming addicted to marijuana. 

The symptoms of marijuana withdrawal can start a day after cessation and can last for a few weeks depending on the amount that was consumed and longevity of the use. Marijuana withdrawal is not life-threatening as much as the symptoms are just uncomfortable. Cravings could also be a nuisance that can create a risk for relapse after getting sober. Getting help from professionals when it comes to detoxification, rehabilitation, and continuum of care can make a difference in how an individual receives help for withdrawal and recovery. 

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