Identifying The Symptoms Of THC Withdrawal

Identifying The Symptoms Of THC Withdrawal. Cannabis is not an addictive drug itself but withdrawal can be hard for a number of consumers. Withdrawal specifically gets difficult for regular consumers because psychoactive compounds can make withdrawal hard.

We are going to learn how to identify the symptoms of THC withdrawal and how to treat them in this article. 

Is cannabis addictive?

Dr. Melanie Bone, a board-certified OB-GYN and cannabis specialist, says the answer is complicated. “Marijuana consumers and practitioners usually proclaim it is safer than other substances because it is virtually impossible to die of an overdose of THC. That is true,” she said.

“Another often-heard comment is that marijuana is safer than other substances because it is not truly addictive, and sudden stopping may be uncomfortable but won’t result in dangerous withdrawal the way alcohol and opiates do. While there is truth to this, there is definitely a risk of dependence, as well as difficulty with managing withdrawal,” said Bone.

It is important to learn the difference between common addiction and how they are related to cannabis.

Use of marijuana:

This term refers to the regular consumption. 

Abuse of marijuana:

consumption for an off-label reason, but still only intermittent.


Usage of any addictive medicine whose removal results in withdrawal.


When a smoker needs some substance to feel okay and normal.

Narcotics are considered addictive because in a number of people, narcotics induce dependence. “Consumers can become dependent on it, and physical withdrawal does occur, but it is not life-threatening, like opiate withdrawal. In addition, there are many who can stop their use and restart without a problem,” Bone said.

Symptoms of THC withdrawal:

The smokers who experience THC withdrawal, they might have these symptoms:

  • Mood changes and irritability
  • Chills or cold sweats
  • Craving marijuana
  • Difficulty sleeping, including insomnia or vivid dreams and nightmares
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite and/or digestive issues
  • Trouble focusing

Bone has observed patients with these symptoms. “On rare occasions, I have encountered patients with serious difficulty when they try to stop,” she said. “They suffer stomach cramps, chills, sweats, and rebound anxiety. They may demonstrate drug-seeking behaviors, resorting to getting products on the black market. Mostly they feel lousy and irritable for a few days.”

How long does THC withdrawal last?

It takes 24 hours for the symptoms of withdrawal to appear after cannabis consumption. They resolve themselves within one to three weeks naturally. But it depends on the frequency of cannabis you take. You need to consult your doctor, if you are experiencing severe symptoms of withdrawal.

How do you treat cannabis withdrawal?

Smokers can use a number of home remedies to treat the symptoms of withdrawal. Having black paper is one of the most common way to treat the symptoms.

“To relieve some of the symptoms while they are happening, a higher dose of CBD can help. Theoretically, calming herbs with relaxing terpenes such as myrcene and linalool, found in mango and lavender, respectively, can help mitigate the withdrawal as well. Distraction and mind-body work can also ameliorate side effects of THC withdrawal,” according to Bone.

How can you avoid becoming addicted to THC?

Dr. Bone is of the view that there is not a certain way to prevent the initial occurrence of THC. But smokers can use a number of strategies to avoid being dependent. “For some patients, particularly those with exaggerated anxiety complaints, starting back with a product higher in CBD than THC may work better,” Bone said.


Is cannabis addictive? “As a doctor, I would suggest that you check your own use on a regular basis to be sure that it has not become problematic. If you find that you are spending time every day to figure out how to get marijuana, and if you are using money designated for basics such as housing and food to buy it, then you might want to speak with a professional about how to better manage your use,” Bone concluded.


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