There has been a lot of discussion about marijuana addiction in terms of whether that is even a real issue or not. Being aware of the ridiculous and unjust fact that cannabis is classified as a Schedule I drug, it has been somewhat difficult to do the much needed extensive research in order to actually prove or dismiss the theory of marijuana addiction.
Either way, many of the users reported some of the withdrawal symptoms after they decided to hit the pause button on consuming cannabis or even completely stop using it. Be that as it may, we have to acknowledge the fact that marijuana withdrawal symptoms are not as nearly as serious or dangerous compared to withdrawal symptoms related to any other substance.
As you may presume, the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person and depend on the level of substance tolerance users have.
If you are a moderate user, chances are you probably won’t feel a thing after quitting this occasional and quite an enjoyable habit and you will be able to put it all behind you with ease.
On the other hand, if you are a heavy user, some of the symptoms may occur. Of course, even though marijuana withdrawal symptoms aren’t that serious, they may still be quite unpleasant.
Some of the most commonly reported withdrawal symptoms vary from mildly unpleasant to slightly intolerable. For example, you may start having cravings in the middle of the night, you may also start having dreams about using again, especially if you are surrounded by people who consume marijuana on a daily basis.
If your lifestyle has been more or less defined, determined or influenced by cannabis, and you feel the need to start using again, maybe it would be best if you found some new daily activities, engage yourself in a new hobby or just go out there and meet new people who do not have any connection to marijuana. It is of great importance to create a stable, cannabis-free living environment for yourself.
The most common marijuana withdrawal symptom is insomnia. Many users reported having trouble with their sleep. Some cannot fall asleep at all, others have irregular sleep patterns, and there are those who after succeeding in falling asleep have nightmares. Furthermore, the nightmares continue even after former users wake up from them and manage to go back to sleep.
You mu also experience night sweats, sometimes you may have to change your PJs several times at night. Some users have had a lot of headaches after quitting marijuana. Others have had some digestion issues.
Mood swings are a common problem among people who intend to quit. Restlessness is also a quite common symptom of withdrawal. Some people have reported symptoms such as nausea and loss of appetite. Some of the less reported symptoms are chills, fever, and shakiness.
Even though many people decide to start using marijuana for the purpose of dealing with depression and anxiety in a better and not as an artificial way as when using prescription medication, there have been some reports indicating depression and anxiety after quitting marijuana.
As previously stated, some people do not experience any withdrawal symptoms, but those who do experience them often have a very difficult time dealing with those symptoms. For example, you may feel very anxious without any apparent reason. There are many anxiety symptoms and they are all quite frustrating.
Headaches and dizzines, not being able to rest properly or at all for that matter, feeling the tension in your neck, your chest, feeling that something extremely bad is going to happen and thinking it is inevitable, a general state of uneasiness, etc., are all signs of a disruption to normal functioning.
The depression symptoms caused by marijuana withdrawal are no walk in the park either. Irritability, not being able to concentrate, remember things or even make decisions, feeling hopeless and worthless, losing interest in things that used to make you happy and satisfied, losing your appetite (or eating too much) that leads to problems with your digestive system often not getting better with medical treatment, etc.
Although all of these symptoms can be very difficult to overcome for some people, and at times it may seem impossible, the truth is much more different than that.
The interesting thing is that most of the marijuana withdrawal symptoms are usually why many people started using marijuana in the first place.
There are some medicaments that can help ease the marijuana withdrawal symptoms. For example, Buspirone, Ativan, and Trazodone.
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Buspirone for marijuana withdrawal
Buspirone is an anxiolytic drug whose primary purpose is to treat anxiety disorder. Using most of the anxiolytic drugs carries a risk of developing a physical dependence and later when the treatment is over, there are certain withdrawal symptoms.
Buspirone is a different kind of anxiolytic because of its pharmacology which is not related to that of barbiturates, carbamates, or benzodiazepines. Because of that, buspirone is not considered to be a drug-of-abuse which makes it a good choice if you are experiencing anxiety as a symptom of marijuana withdrawal.
Buspirone does not have an immediate effect, so it could be a while before its full effect starts to manifest, it shouldn’t be more than four weeks. It has been reported that in some cases symptoms of anxiety may worsen at the beginning before they start to improve.
It is crucial to take this medication in accordance with your doctor’s orders. The doctor will determine the appropriate dosage based on your medical condition and your overall response to the treatment. This drug can be taken with or without food, but it must be taken every day at the same time.
Although the primary purpose of this drug is to treat anxiety symptoms, some studies have shown that it can help achieve better results in treating depression if combined with other drugs designed to treat that condition.
Buspirone is well-tolerated to some extent, but there are possible side effects linked to the usage of this drug. They may include headaches and nausea as well as dizziness and nervousness.
Ativan for marijuana withdrawal
Unlike buspirone, Ativan (lorazepam) is, in fact, a benzodiazepine medication. This means that people who use Ativan can develop both physical and psychological dependence. Some withdrawal symptoms may occur after a long-term use.
Among other medical conditions, Ativan is used to treat anxiety disorders and to help those who have trouble sleeping. This drug has a fast anxiety-reducing effect on patients, which is why it is primarily used for short-term management of severe anxiety.
Why short-term? Well, just like with any other benzodiazepine, it is advised not to use this medication for longer than four weeks due to a possibility of developing dependence, both physical and psychological. Also, withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia and rebound anxiety may occur after only a week of using this particular drug.
The most important thing is to use this drug just as your doctor told you to. In case this drug does not work as it should, or you experience any side effects, always notify your doctor. Do not in any case abruptly stop using this drug because it could make some conditions even worse.
Trazodone for marijuana withdrawal
Trazodone is primarily used to treat the major depressive disorder and in some cases anxiety disorders. It can reduce insomnia and anxiety related to depression. Patients who suffer from depression have reported mood and appetite improvement as well as feeling more energized after using trazodone.
Trazodone usage, just like any other antidepressant usage, has some side effects. The most common side effect related to trazodone usage is dry mouth. Other common side effects include headaches and feeling faint. A less common side effect is vomiting. Rarely reported, but more serious side effects include irregular heart rate, mania, and suicide.
Trazodone works in a way that balances the chemicals in the human brain. It may take up to two weeks until trazodone starts to work, and sometimes it may take up to four weeks until its full beneficial effect is reached.
Considering all that was said, you should always plan ahead when reaching a decision to hit the pause button or quit using marijuana altogether. More often than not, it isn’t a good idea to quit cold turkey as that can come as a shock to anyone’s physical and mental state.
Make sure that you prepare the right environment beforehand and consult with someone who’s been through it, and of course, DO NOT PLAY WITH THIS PILLS WITHOUT PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVISE.