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Marijuana Withdrawal Is Real

A psychotropic substance, marijuana (belonging to genus Cannabis) is the most used recreational substance across the world, following nicotine and alcohol. Cannabis is also known by different street names like weed, ganja, hashish and hemp among others. In the United States, cannabis is the most commonly used illicit substance, with 18.1 million users aged 12 and older.

There are people the world who simply dismiss the idea if marijuana use is linked to withdrawal syndrome. Advocates of liberal cannabis policies have been arguing if cannabis use is associated with withdrawal syndrome, leading some to question whether physiological dependence also exists.

You would often hear people say, “I smoked weed almost every day for 30 years. But I still didn’t face any problem. I can quit it whenever I want.”

But, the truth is marijuana is as addictive as any other illicit drug and is associated with serious weed withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety, insomnia, aggression, anger, irritability, restlessness, headaches, anorexia, depression, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

Withdrawal Symptoms Specific to Cannabis Use Exists

According to a recent study appeared in JAMA, around 47 percent “individuals with regular or dependent use of cannabinoids” suffer from marijuana withdrawal. Researchers warn that general public tends to take cannabis withdrawal lightly, thanks to the confusion around medicinal properties of cannabis for relieving anxiety or depressive disorders. However, they fail to acknowledge the huge gap between prescription and self-medication.

Marijuana use disorder is associated with both addiction and dependence, which means that it may lead to development of withdrawal symptoms. Let’s understand how this happens.

When you are dependent on a drug, you need the drug to feel physically okay. Addiction makes you think about the drug all the time, and doesn’t allow you to think of other important things in your life. Moreover, it will push into a state of constant worry about how to arrange for more drugs. And, when you think repeatedly about drug, you are vulnerable to certain changes in the brain that make it harder for you to quit the drug. That’s where “withdrawal” comes into picture. 


Dependence or addiction is associated with withdrawal in case of immediate abstinence. It has been reported that 40 percent of teen marijuana users experience withdrawal symptoms after they stopped using marijuana while seeking treatment at an outpatient clinic.

Some of the most common marijuana-specific withdrawal symptoms may include:

Psychological Symptoms

  • Feeling anxious or worried
  • Being restless
  • Irritability
  • Feeling depressed

Physical Symptoms:

  • Shakiness
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Feeling tired all day
  • Low appetite
  • Stomach pain
  • Weight loss
  • Sweatiness
  • Trouble sleeping at night

Experts suggest that people using marijuana regularly may not be aware that their symptoms may be an outcome of withdrawal. That’s the reason, as studies highlight, one in six teens who use marijuana is vulnerable to develop addiction.

Treatment is the Key for a Sober Life

If you or someone you know is struggling marijuana addiction or dependence and is looking for drug treatment centers, contact 24/7 Recovery Helpline 855 441-4405 or chat online with one of our experts to know more about credible drug rehab programs. Our specialized team of medical professionals can suggest him or her effective treatment plan to lead a sober life.

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