What We Mean By Cannabis Withdrawal
Cannabis can be addictive unlike the general view. Those most vulnerable to Cannabis addiction are adolescents and long time heavy users.
Some people display some withdrawal symptoms when they stop using Cannabis. Some of the signs of Cannabis withdrawal are nervousness, sleeplessness, and hopelessness. Generally, withdrawal from Cannabis is not life-threatening. Unlike symptoms of harder street drugs like crack, Cocaine or heroin, Cannabis symptoms are not so hard.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a chemical found in Cannabis changes the functions of the brain. Through time, the mind becomes reliant on the drug to operate normally. Quitting the drug will cause withdrawal symptoms, once this addiction on Cannabis has formed. Because Cannabis withdrawal symptoms are mild, they could easily cause the addict to slide back into the habit of using again.
Each person will go through different symptoms when quitting the Cannabis. Some determining reasons for the period and symptoms experienced are
- How much has been used
- Period of Addiction
Cannabis users don't experience harsh symptoms of withdrawal but they suffer physical and psychological discomfort. The worst aches are for those who have been consumed Cannabis for more time and more frequently.
Compared to drugs that have drawn-out lengthy and serious withdrawal intervals, including alcohol and benzodiazepines, the withdrawal procedure from Cannabis is easier.
Common symptoms include
- Changes in mood
- Stomach pains
- Loss of appetite
- Head pains
Individuals who remain habituated to additional medications might experience extra fatal pulling out indications while attaining pensiveness.
Length Of Recovery
The period of pulling out from Cannabis stays dissimilar for every person. Severe addiction cases can take 48-72 hours of withdrawal.
Symptoms generally last two to three weeks and dissipate over time.
However, the need of using Cannabis still exist. Most signs should be vanished in week three if not everything.
Some people with mild Cannabis addictions are able to quit "cold turkey" in their own home. But a clinic rehab and help is required for those who have used it for a long time and with a high frequency.
For those who are worried about withdrawal symptoms, lessening the use can help. This means, that the consumers will leave the habit a little bit more every day, he will consume less Cannabis every time and less frequently. Tapering the drug off enables the mind to slowly adjust to lower amounts of THC leading to a withdrawal encounter that is less extreme.
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Cannabis Withdrawal Timeline
Feeling irritated, anxious and experiencing insomnia is normal at the beginning of the Cannabis withdrawal.
This period is typically the peak of withdrawal symptoms. Relapse can occur during this period because of strong cravings. Some other symptoms include sweating, chills and stomach pains.
Signs usually become lighter after a couple of weeks. To working without THC melancholy can set in as brain chemistry changes and adjusts.
However, for those who have a very hard dependency can show symptoms for a long time, like depression and stress.
Cannabis And Detox
The withdrawal process from Cannabis is not easy, especially for chronic users, but usually there's no need for hospitalisation during detox. But it is an advisable process for those with the next features
- Co-occurring addictions to other substances
- Co-occurring mental disorders
- Have failed in trying to stop many times before
- No stable environment in which to detox
With professional treatment by a doctor, Cannabis withdrawal symptoms can be made more bearable.
After quitting Cannabis is common to see in the patient's episodes of anxiety, there are medications that can help them to deal with them. To relieve the nausea Metoclopramide or promethazine are helpful. Nuisances or muscle troubles could be cured by paracetamol or ibuprofen. Consulting a doctor about how to best treat the symptoms of Cannabis withdrawal is necessary.
Treatment For Cannabis Addiction
People with serious psychological addictions to Cannabis will gain more advantage from an inpatient treatment program. A high level of care is provided by these programs, and the special focus on recovery is allowed to the users. Outpatient systems are offered to those wishing to stay at home during treatment, but also need guidance and the help of professionals as they pursue sobriety.
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