Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Feds Fund Study of Marijuana Withdrawal

Probing the biology of cannabis addiction.

Addiction expert Barbara Mason of the Scripps Research Institute of La Jolla, California, will oversee a four-year study of the neurobiology of marijuana dependence under a grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA).

The comprehensive project will involve both animal and human research, and will make use of state-of-the-art functional brain imaging. The federal grant will also be used as seed money for the new Translational Center on the Clinical Neurobiology of Cannabis Addiction at the Scripps Institute.

Mason, director of the Laboratory of Clinical Psychopharmacology at Scripps, told reporters in San Diego that the research, which will also be conducted at several universities, is important work: “People are deciding every day whether to use or not to use marijuana, for medical purposes or otherwise, and there is little scientific information to advise this decision.” Mason has previously done work on medical therapies for alcoholism, and on the connections between alcoholism and depression.

An article by Terri Somers in the San Diego Union-Tribune quoted Dr. Mark Gold, an addiction expert from the University of Florida: “While treatments have been developed for addictions from alcohol to nicotine and narcotics, none exists for the cannabis dependent. This research will help the field define what cannabis is and is not, and how to treat it.”

Among the withdrawal symptoms common to heavy pot smokers, according to Mason, are anxiety, anger, sleep disturbances, and bad dreams. In earlier research, Mason discovered that those seeking treatment for cannabis addiction tended to cluster in two age groups—college age and mid-50s.

The research coincides with a growing belief in the psychiatric community that cannabis dependence is real and verifiable, despite years of assertions to the contrary.

There is at present a small and controversial body of clinical research, which strongly suggests the existence of a marijuana discontinuation syndrome. Dr. Gold and others believe that roughly one out of every ten pot smokers is at risk for marijuana dependence and withdrawal.

Photo credit: Kevin Fung, Scripps Research Institute

See also:
Marijuana Withdrawal


Anonymous said...

Can marihuana withdrawal make one more prone to panic attacks?

Dirk Hanson said...

In theory, yes. Going cold turkey after a long period of heavy pot smoking can definitely trigger high levels of anxiety, so it's possible.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I quit after ten years of smoking an ounce of marijuana a week (more or less) and went through virtually no adverse affects that would have suggested any physical dependency at all. Hmmmm, perhaps the underlying assumption for your research that marijuana is addictive is faulty.

Dirk Hanson said...

"perhaps the underlying assumption for your research that marijuana is addictive is faulty."

You mean on the basis of your sole anecdotal report? I've never suggested that every heavy smoker will inevitably encounter withdrawal symptoms--only that the ones that do aren't faking it and can't easily shake it.

Anonymous said...

Just passed by to leave a comment about my experience about the withdrawal effects of marijuana. Im on the 12 day marijuana free after 6 years of daily smoking, the first 5 days i suffered from sever cravings, to the point of break my credit card in fear, because i almost gone out a buy marijuana, im feeling a little better now but i still experience cravings but not as intense as the first days, got some headaches to and on the 7 day the vivid dreams started, like they are almost real to the point that i wake up and im still debating wether they were real or not. Just want to give some strenght to those who are trying to quit, its hard but its possible, at least thats what im aiming for. Cheers ppl
PS: Please forgive my bad english but its not my native language

Anonymous said...

I was a person that always thought there were no physiologically addictive properties to smoking weed. And believe me I love smoking the stuff. However, after smoking everyday for quite some years I was getting the feeling that I needed to quit due to the fact that I would consistently wake up hacking up resin contained saliva.(not good) I am also a very active person and other than smoking weed I am a very health conscious individual in great physical shape. So I decided to take a break.

Monday the 26th was my last hit. A Memorial day bowl! That night I slept as normal...like a baby.

So Tuesday night(smoke free) I woke up at least five times which is not like me at all. Wednesday day I felt depressed about everything and I was very irritable also I wasn't hungry at breakfast(not me either).

Wednesday night I woke up a couple of times and was sweating profusely. I also had crazy dreams, which when I smoked I never remembered dreaming at all.

Thursday day I felt amazingly better and was excited to see how I slept. At first I felt like I couldn't go to sleep and when I did the dreams came on ever stronger. I did sleep deeper but still woke up once and I was covered in sweat again.

Today is Friday and day 4 of sobriety. I feel great! My appetite is enormous and I plan on working out hard.

I don't know if this helps anyone however I do know that this must be real(at least for me) because each day seems to be getting a little better.

Another thing I just remembered are that my fingers and toes would always be so cold and for the first time ever they haven't been. Maybe a circulation effect?

Dirk Hanson said...

You've described a fairly common sequence of withdrawal events, along a time line that goes from a week or two all the way to several months.

I would hazard a guess that warmer extremities are a result of better circulation through not smoking. Same thing happens to cigarette smokers when they quit. Suddenly their hands and feet don't feel cold all the time.

Chad C said...

for all those people out there that believe there are no withdrawal symptoms I envy you! I have smoked pot for almost 5 yrs now , going on my 7th day without smoking...with this said I wake up numerous times during the night with sweat pouring off my body , major headaches during the day , cant eat , stomach hurts and yeah the tears set in sometimes . now I have never had any of these symptoms while I smoked. therefore I highly doubt this was any pre-existing medical condition... its a decision only you can make to quit , so for anyone out there reading this , I wish you the best of luck ! and drink TONS of water and lots of Tylenol. and congrats on your success , wont you be happy you have all that extra money? I will!

Dirk Hanson said...

"drink TONS of water and lots of Tylenol"

Probably not a bad strategy....

chad said...

hey theres nothing else really , besides alcohol

Dirk Hanson said...

Oh, there's always some trouble to get into, if you look hard enough. ;-)

Anonymous said...

my situation is not easing up.
i have been smoking cigerettes and marijuana together for about 15 to 16 years everyday with later on in life all day. only the highest quality.
i had gotten very sick 8 days ago and decided to quit both cold turkey. i think i made a mistake, the first 3 to 4 days was all wanting a cig with mild sweats and no appetite.
after that nervousness, anxiety, sweats, hot cold, crazy dreams,
and losing weight on top of it.
it is beating me up physically and mentally. i loved smoking both but now regret using it without moderation and really abusing it.
i hope this all goes away fast because the feelings are ruining me. serious i never thought my twacky tweed can hurt me like this.

Anonymous said...

I quit smoking pot four days ago. I smoked everyday since July and ususally go through a quarter in a week/week and a half. I've had extreme insomnia. I've been taking a sleeping aid for and it helps a lot. Without a sleep aid I'll just lay in bed with racing thoughts for hours and can't calm down. Being pot-free so far has made a huge difference, I think more clearly and I am motivated to do things (in just four days!) I wish getting high made me more creative, but I've found just the opposite. At night I'll think that I just want a bowl so that I can sleep. But I won't go out and get it. Each day I seem to want it less though.

MentalBars said...

I have been smoking pot heavily since the age of 16. I am 22 now and realized it was time for me to grow up. I've been clean for 2 weeks. The first week was very hard (felt like a month). I would get hardly any "sleep", crazy dreams, cold sweats, and feelings up depression and anxiety that seemed to have dwindled but seem to be developing once again. Did I permanently damage my brain? Is there any hope I can feel as normal as I did when I was smoking pot?

Dirk Hanson said...

"Did I permanently damage my brain?"


"Is there any hope I can feel as normal as I did when I was smoking pot?"

Yes. But not today. If you have continuing problems with depression or anxiety, you may have to investigate other modes of treatment.

troubled man said...

I've smoked weed since I was 14 -lots - I'm over 50 now and I haven't had a spliff for 2 months, a cigarette for 6 weeks and the teeniest amount of alcohol too - less than a bottle of wine in a month. I still feel depressed, tearful frequently, and am sleping a lot - I do have stress at work and worries and this might account for a lot - my wife is expecting our first child too so no wonder I'm worried. BUt I still seem to be getting panicky attacks, and I'm surprised that I haven't regained my energy yet. Having read this site the last thing I want to do is take medications (I take St Johns Wort though) . Feelings like 'I just don't feel right' are the norm - do youthink this is just recovery withdrawal symptoms too -after 2 months!

Nick Shay said...

Hello I am on day 27 with no pot after quitting cold turkey. I did this once before and made it 4 months. I am really regretting ever starting to smoke pot again. But I can tell you that even after 4 months I felt a little strange but nothing like what is going on now. Also it took me 4 months before I could even pass a drug test and I barely passed it. This time around I am noticing major dizzy spells but usually only after smoking a cigarette, drinking caffeine, or even drinking a small amount of alcohol. I think I would blame this on synaptic confusion beings to the fact that the majority of my receptors are THC receptors. The last time that I quit I was on absolutely nothing other then a script for 30 pills of Klonopin that I only took before I went to bed. I did not even finish the script before I started feeling better. I only took the Klonopin between weeks 2 and 3. I really do think that the key is to drink tons of water and do NOT take anything at all, nothing that can confuse your brain anymore than it's being confused with the withdraw itself. I hate to say this but it is totally amazing how bad doctors are in the dark when it comes to pot withdraw. I would say that an EEG test should be done before and after quitting pot. That is the only way to see what is really going on. Secondly I am about to give colloidal gold a try to see if I can get those receptors to work correctly. I am going to alternate between 1 fl oz 40ppm Colloidal gold one day and 1 fl oz 10ppm Colloidal Silver the next. I will report back and tell you what I find. Peace out and good luck kicking this bitch of a habit.

Mike said...

I'm 22 and I smoke marijuana every day, but occasionally run out and can't find any. Here's my symptoms:

-Unusual diarrhea after eating
-High blood pressure
-Loss of interest in video games
-Occasional panic attacks
-Tingling fingertips

My gastroenterologist knew I smoked b/c I had a symptom known as "stomach folding." He saw this after not smoking for about 2 weeks.

Anonymous said...

I am sitting here with very similar symptoms to you all after quitting on New Years Day. I am 32 and have been smoking on and off since I was 18. I have stopped a number of times after heavy periods (daily 3-4 j's) of smoking and every time I have stopped I have experienced varying levels of withdrawl. So its normal for some people.

Here is how it has progressed this time: -

Day 1-3, mainly tobacco withdrawl - irratibility, mood swings, feeling slightly down.
Day 4-9, insomnia, feeling slightly irritated, brain running faster, vivid dreams (but then I didn't dream very much when smoking)
Day 9-Now, Feeling panicky in the mornings, shaky, vivid dreams. Focused on breathing, abnormal feeling in chest.

The first time I had this badly it made me very depressed. I was also unfit and this didn't help matters. I had counselling and this helped alot with my depression. The counselling also taught me to get fit through excersise and to control my panic attacks through a visualisation technique which helped me calm down.

I close my eyes and visualise a stop sign and focus on breathing normally. This helps and calms me down.

I have to say that at no time am I feeling any cravings for more. So I don't believe there is physical addition. However I do believe that stopping so suddenly creates an imbalance in my bodies breathing and metabolism such that it takes a while to recover from.

All I can say is after a while (weeks to months) it "always" gets better and if you are feeling really down, go to see your doctor, be honest and they will help!

Cheers, P

Dirk Hanson said...

P: I still think pot shows all the classic hallmarks of addiction for some people, rather than just physical rebound effects.

Mike: How did your doc define "stomach folding?"

Nick Shay said...

Colloidal gold alone made all of my dizzy spells go away after my first dosage of 1 fluid oz at about 40 ppm. That is the honest to God's truth and it is totally amazing stuff. In the early 1900's they used it for alcohol addiction. Give it a try and post the results.

luna said...

Well having read all these posts I am still confused. I've tried giving up numerous times and get no help from the medical profession or the help lines ect.

Every time I have tried to give up, I get severe constant sweats, all day none stop and cannot eat, not a thing. I have troubles eating even when smoking weed sometimes. I have been under 8 stone for the last 6 or 7 years, not by choice. I have no room for further weight loss I also get sweats (occasionally) when smoking weed. I do not understand, how everyone else, just gets them at night. If I only had them at night, and could eat, after a few days, I would be a happy lady, and in fact, would have stopped 3 years, ago. All other symptoms, I think I could handle, if it wasn't for the eating thing and constant sweats. This is so dilapidating, it effects every minute of the day, at the same intensity.

Giving up for me is hell, I can honestly say I 'feel' like I am seriously ill and worry that the extreme effects could result in me losing my job, as I cannot function.

The longest I have ever managed to give up is about 14 days, and dr's tell me it's all in my head, to take anti-depressant (which I m totally against), I have tried them twice, and ended up with even worse symptoms whilst on them, from being turned into a zombie, to such severe shakes, that food fly’s off my cutlery (very embarrassing that is) this is whilst on anti-depressants.

I am going to try again though; today is day 2 of no weed. I get through about a 16 / 8th every 2 / 3 days.

I have called in sick today, feel too ill. Have been sitting in wet clothes most of the day, I can’t keep up with the sweats.... haven’t eaten, cannot eat.

Isn't it about time Drs actually help people get off drugs, instead of judging them. I have seen, 5 or 6 different drs in the last 5 years, and get the same babble from all of them, take our taxable drug and you will be fine...

I am sure you can all tell I feel very angry about the constant conflicting information you get about weed and the medical professions attitude.

Mind you, this is one of the most honest threads I have read from users. . So thanks for that.

Anonymous said...

Nothing wrong with some of those Taxable drugs short term to help you quit the addiction imo.

That gets me pretty angry reading the doctors response though...

I'm 22 and smoke daily - I try to have reasonably frequent week long breaks to remove tolerance and prevent withdrawal when the day comes I do want to give up for a long period. Is this an ok strategy or shall I increase how long these breaks are or something? btw I have had trouble sleeping + insomnia since I was a baby and was diagnosed with Chronic Anxiety Disorder at 1 point. These are the main reasons I use weed - for a sleeping aid and anxiety reducer.

Anonymous said...

Wow amaze on how this is common for all of us quitting cold turkey. Is been 4 weeks now since i've stop. Symptoms were:
sweaty feet and hands
panic attacks
There is also a lot of negative thinking going on in my head. What has help me is telling my close ones and having some moral support. I started meditating and pick up a good book that has help me with my depression and negative thinking. Sleeping pills have hell me sleep and I started doing more exercise.

Anonymous said...

This is utterly hilarious. Cannabis is NOT addictive.

Cannabis is about as addictive as a burger is to a fat person.

If you want to stop, you can.

You claim there is "little scientific information" when in fact there is tons of it. Have you tried to search a paper / journal directory before?

I am sick and tired of all the pseudo authoritative bullshit propagated around this plant by unqualified bullshitters.

That goes for liberals as well as republicans.

Time for some truth about this plant please.

Anonymous said...

Guts of pain...day 3 :(
Major hater

Anonymous said...

i thought i'd share some things that have helped with my withdrawal and feelings of anxiety. i'm on day 15 without cigs and day 10 without pot.
i smoked them together every day for 10 years, but like others here have remarked, noticed i was losing my mind and turning my newfound anxiety on my loved ones.

one thing that helps is to sit in the hot car with the windows rolled up, or drive around like that with no a/c. since the marijuana is stored in fat cells, it is helpful to sweat and sweat and sweat some more. don't be afraid to take a very hot shower (with the bathroom fan off, if possible) if you get too keyed up.

its very easy to get dehydrated on mucinex but i recommend it to get rid of some of the resin in your lungs. also, believe it or not, screaming has done wonders for getting crap out of my lungs, far better than exercise.

remember the painful withdrawal symptoms are signs that your body is fighting. avoid dairy, chocolate, food additives, and sugar altogether.
stick to natural foods like nuts and veggies!
sunflower seeds have been a blessing, when i didn't have an appetite, i could at least eat a few of them to sustain my energy.
if you get a craving for meat, try chicken or fish instead of pork and beef. those meats won't help with your digestion and stomach pains.

for the love of god, listen to *new* music. the CD i bought has been the *only* thing that calms me down when i get anxious. also, remembering that i want to be sane and stable helps me from veering too far away from sanity and stability, when tested.

also, putting in earplugs seems to help relax me for some reason. TV and video games i would say are not good for the recently sober, and have triggered anxiety in the mornings for me.

make sure you get fresh air and sunshine. pet some animals. a lot.

keep a bag of baby carrots around for when you actually feel you might be able to eat something.

at some natural drug stores or grocery stores they sell relaxing mint oil in little vials. just a dab under the nose when i want a smoke has done wonders. mint gum is a lifesaver and i cannot get enough of it.

try green tea or dandelion tea with lemon in the morning. put garlic in your foods (but be prepared that you will sweat out the garlic in your sleep and your bedsheets will stink of it)
drink plenty of water (i've gone through about 48 bottles of water so far)

coffee will make anxiety slightly more difficult, but it has niacin in it, which cleans out the bloodstream to a degree. remember to drink 2 X the amount of water that day if you want to take on coffee. try jogging (just as much as you can take) or tennis.

talk to *old* friends about how you are feeling. even my biggest pothead friends can see i'm smarter, healthier looking, and are proud of me for going ahead and doing the dirty work of quitting, so they don't have to!


Anonymous said...

"Withdrawal treatment" from an educated layman:
A. Lots of water
B. Sweat it out with exercise
C. Do some activities you are proud of
D. Find a therapist who does massage/reiki & psychotherapy. They are out there if you look. You will feel like part of your brain "grew back", after grounding into the energy they can channel into you (make sure they send it into the soles of your feet at some point!), plus you'll be taking a critical look at yourself and getting some bad feelings off of your back (both literally and metaphorically) in doing this.

If you want to continue using it, I suggest you switch from smoking it to cooking it and eating it. It won't go "to your head" like it does when you smoke it and you'll experience deeper medical benefits for physical ailments.

Anonymous said...

"....there is little scientific information to advise this decision.” is falsified information. America enjoys coming up with its own close-ended "definitions" of what is to be considered official. One country's science is another country's chimera. Shame on you close-minded federally funded scientists.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

I am 36 yrs. old and have smoked pot since i was 18yrs. old. I have quit in the past (twice)each time the withdrawl symptoms have varied.

Recently i have been under a lot of stress. My Husband & I are seeing a fertility Dr. because I've had three miscarriges.This triggered my stress.I had my first and so far only panic attack,very scary.

This promped me to Quit smoking pot. When ever i quit i do it cold turkey.On top of the panic attack i also wanted to quit because i had been feeling a heaviness in my chest before that.It seems that whenever i quit and start smoking again that heaviness comes back faster.

I also feel this flutter in my chest and neck that i noticed in the past year before i quit this time i still have this going on.

I started an antibiotic on Aug. 3rd had the panic attack Aug. 6th and Quit that day.Today is the 27th & my breathing is better but my upper chest still feels heavy and i'm not coughing up any thing like i thought i would be.

I've had all the symptoms crazy dreams,slight loss of appetite,irritable ect. In the past i even had the shakes at night once.

I'm fine with all the sympyoms except the heavy chest, no cough,higher blood pressure/fluttery feeling.

Has anyone experienced something like this?

Anonymous said...

I smoked heavy everyday for about 7 months straight. I decided to quit cold turkey. For the first 2-4 days I had a really bad headache and my body just had this feeling like there was something off about it. I didnt quite feel like myself almost as if im looking in rather then in control kinda weird. Im on day 6 now and the headaches have gone away, I feel like myself again. Im noticing that my hands and feet are constantly sweating and my body feels like it needs to drink plenty of water. Also have mild anxiety and a feeling of restlessness. Im also experiencing hot sweats with more frequent Chills running down the back of my neck into my spine. Those chills kinda feel good =).
Also would like to note that I Have 0 Cravings for marijuana but do have an increased craving for ciggarettes. Part of my withdraw also includes a mild feeling of uncertainty.

So yeah for me I guess I do experience withdraw symptoms due to HEAVY marijuana use but can conclude that at least for me marijuana is not physically addicting. I just hope the sweats will stop soon.

After All withdraw symptoms are gone I plan to use marijuana in moderation instead of habitually everyday.

All things in moderation Also applies to pot is the lesson I learned from this life experience.

Dirk Hanson said...

"but can conclude that at least for me marijuana is not physically addicting. I just hope the sweats will stop soon. "


So the excessive sweating is strictly psychological?

J said...

Withdraw symptoms and Physical addiction is two totally different things.

When someone is physically addicted they get cravings and need more.

Sweaty palms is a physical symptom to the body not getting the smoke its used to and has nothing to do with a physical addiction.

No Craving = No Physical addiction

Hope that answers your question.

If you dont believe me try being in the same room with someone who is truly physically addicted to a substance... Speed is a Very physically addicting drug so is crack cocaine...

Anonymous said...

i smoked and ate weed, resin and skunk every day since i was 15 and a halfish, im now 19.. in them years i had two breaks (other than the one now) one for 10 days then relapsed then one for 2 days then relapsed..
now im on 4 days and have experienced suicidal nightmares sweating like fuck 24/7 on my hands and feet, headaches an as for anxiety the word doesnt even start to describe..
then i read this lucky bastards who have no withdrawal symptom's.
i have a lot of friends who smoke in this small town an i do beleave that unless you are headstrong and have a fulfilling live YOU WILL BE COME DEPENDANT ON THAT SHIT.
smoking weeds a laugh dotn get me wrong but if you r knew to it just try not to do it everyday its not worth the risk ibve got mates who are 27 and will never have a girlfriend house car family and there parent think they are on heroin the way they kick off for money everyday.. just be careful smoking it thats all i can say

Anonymous said...

I'm 17 years old and went through a phase, about 5 months ago, were i smoked weed daily. This phase was only about a month and after it i completely stopped.

At first everything was normal, no mental side effects at all. About 3 weeks after sobriety i began to notice a change. My memory was poor, i couldn't think, everything seemed a blur, i couldn't prioritize whatsover, i was extremely depressed which seemed to be triggered by the slightest of incidents.

Anyway, 5 months down the line the symptoms are still present. Although they disappear sometimes (at a pattern completely random) they are still there for the most part. I don't know what to do i feel like my brain will never return to normalcy and once an avid 'anti-pharmaceutical' person, i am now considering 'clonidine' to ease the effects. I have not been to see anyone, can you give me some advice ASAP.

Anonymous said...

Well all I have to say is that for myself marijuana has not been addicting whatsoever.. In fact I stopped klonopin cold turkey and no effects. My secret?
Educate yourself on how the body actually works. And Supplement yourself with the correct nutrients that your body was depleted of.
Also colloidal gold seems to reduce tolerance for all my medications.

Anonymous said...

Hello all and thanks Dirk for this wonderful service. I have a history of depression and also have been a chronic smoker for well over 15 years. I have managed to function, but not at the level I would have liked. Earlier this year, I managed to quit for 7 months but then someone gave me a bunch of weed and I was instantly addicted. It's so abundant here, that I rarely pay for it and people would always give it to me. In this area, it's very common, practically grows along the sidewalks. Anyway, after someone recently gave me some very strong weed, I started having anxiety and confusion but couldn't stop smoking it.

When I ran out, I just stopped 5 days ago. I have had a lot of anxiety, panic, fear, crying spells, fluttery chest feelings, severe nausea, and sweating. I decided to resume taking Zoloft 50 mg (which I suppose I was trying to replace with weed), which has helped somewhat. I have some klonopin for emergencies but havent taken it. I have been trying to exercise with hiking, water, healthy food, cranberry juice, and vit b complex. I avoid the stoners I know. I cleaned my house. I try to hug my dog a lot and count my blessings.

Therapy is rarely helpful in my case. I just cry and fret about the money and feel ashamed.

The anxiety has been quite debilitating.

Lots of praying and meditation here.

I decided to quit this time because I'm in my 40s and i don't want my dreams to pass me by. I'm trying to start a business and need all my brain cells to go forward. When I quit before, it seemed much easier I think because I was getting acupuncture and herbs at the time, which I may revisit now.

Anyway, it's stil early on, but ever hopeful this will pass.

Dirk Hanson said...

Thanks for sharing your story. Zoloft and low-dose Klonopin under a doctor's care might help as a bridge over depression/anxiety during the quitting phase.

Anonymous said...

I was basically a heavy mj smoker. Going on day 16 off the stuff. All the classic symtoms. Nausea, dizziness, no appetite, lethargy, insomnia, headaches, tingling in hands and feet. ..all to varying degrees. Day 16 ..able to sleep 'ok', and feeling better, but the slight buzzing in hands and feet worries me. Is this buzzing in extremities classic withdrawal symptoms?

Dirk Hanson said...

I don't hear that one a lot, but hot and cold extremities does get mentioned, so tingling or buzzing sensations wouldn't surprise me.

Anonymous said...

For the 36 future mother...

Well, I am also 36 (male) and I had exactly the same thing. I got panic attack and was so scared. Never had it before. This panic attack of ours is due to fear of death or due to some severe life situation or illness. Find out online about it. There are dozen articles on that (Wikipedia...).

I was very heavy joint smoker (6-10 per day) since my age of 17. Lately, I slept only 2 hrs per night with 3-4 shirts sweat comletely! I searched on this topic and found out that I have Sleep Apnea. I quit smoking same day and got the following symptoms:

severe oversweating
cold turkey
loss of appetite

(school examples you know...)

I quit 3 days and then burned one joint in the morning. I got severe panic attack so I called 911. Afterwards, I stop smoking for 2 mths and anxiety, mild panic dissapear after first 1-2 weeks.

After 2 mths, I started to vape weed again. After first few puffs I got again panic attack, though much milder. I took some sedatives (Thorne Sedaplus - very good, cheap and 100% natural for all of those insomnias, anxieties etc). It helped me to relax and sleep. I continued to smoke a lot dispite all (6-7 times a day for next 2 weeks) and anxiety disappered, but night sweats and insomnia came back. Not from sleep apnea... From THC withdrawal.

Why? - grass makes you calm during day, calms your receptors. You smoke every 2-3 hrs, and then when u go to sleep for 6-7hrs at night your bodey is saying: Where it is? How? - by severe overnight sweats, restlesness, insomnia...

Anyway, due to abuse of my vaporizer, I got cold turkey during day, even if smoking, and I got mild anxiety attack again when smoking first one in the morning.

I decided to quit THC due to this anxiety and worry.

Guys, I like THC and is really cool, but If you are in a troubled part of life (trying to get kid) or having some severe illness, quit imagination boosters, coffeine and other stimulans. Negative thaughts will just be increased. COMPLETELY avoid any POWER SHOT drinks, or anything what rises adrenalin level. Do not argue or fight in stress also.

This panic attacks are there for some reason you know, higher one. To show you that you are at the top of your pile of troubled life and is time to take step forward.

After all, I learned that clear mind is the most powerfull drug!

Exercising, working, playing, reading, making a better and richer life...

-The Musician

Best wishes for your attempts!(My sister tried for 5 times during 10 years - nothing, now she has twins! and I became "The Uncle", just keep it up, keep positive, and when prgnant - relax all the time. This always works, believe me).

Anonymous said...

I recently quit smoking weed. I smoked for 17 years or so continuously. 2 - 4 joints a day. I also live in Vancouver so the bud I used to get is on par with Amsterdam bud. (yes I have smoked there too). I firmly enjoy smoking weed, to this day I miss it.

Some things I noticed from quitting. While getting high I would have dry hands, but all thru the day my hands would sweat. I just thought I was nervous. About 3 months after I quit smoking bud my hands are like bone dry all the time.

Initially when I started smoking bud I had a huge social life, but as I got older my social life shrank considerably, I also became more of a recluse or introvert. I assumed this was because of aging and not because of weed. Around the forth month after quitting I suddenly found myself trying to be social and I have become noticeably more extroverted.

When I quit weed I got really sick, When I quit cigarettes I also got really sick. Both times it was about a month after quitting and both time required high dosages of anti biotics. I don't really know why this happens. I also got bad acne on my back after quitting both times.

My attention span got shorter when not smoking weed. I found it easier to sit down and learn new things and especially things I didn't enjoy while stoned. It's strange but weed actually made me smarter or nerdier.

Weed was also good for unwinding after stressful events.

I gained lots of weight when I quit smoking weed and also when I quit smoking cigarettes. Don't know why.

While weed made me a little smarter, I find that I make more logical life choices now. Especially to do with my career and happiness. I think this is because when stoned you don't actually know what makes you happy (or at least you can't see what makes you unhappy) and thus you aren't able to choose the best path.

I feel overall healthier since quitting weed, but it did take some time. I also feel less depressed since I quit weed, but again it took some time.

I wish I could smoke a joint from time to time but I know that I will start smoking daily again.

I feel less paranoid or self conscious since quitting weed. This may actually be why I am not extroverted since quitting.

I hope my experiences have helped.

Bottom line weed can be bad for people and it can be good for people. I think its about the person.

Dr. Aftab said...

Such an excellent article. Thanks

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