What is withdrawal syndrome?
Withdrawal syndrome occurs in individuals who have developed a physical and psychological dependence on a substance and have stopped using completely or cut down on their use. Withdrawal syndrome describes the often unpleasant symptoms that occur as a result of sudden abstinence after a period of drug abuse.
How long does marijuana withdrawal last?
Marijuana withdrawal can last anywhere between 10 days to one month. This timeline ultimately depends on how long you’ve been smoking marijuana and the frequency of use. Symptoms typically peak around day four and dissipate by day 10, however, toxins can remain in the system for up to 30 days, which is why some people may continue to experience psychological symptoms of withdrawal such as anxiety, depression, muscle pains and sleep difficulties.
What to expect when quitting marijuana?
Because the body has become so accustomed to the presence of THC in the system, it will eventually require marijuana in order to function normally. This is usually a sign of dependence. Therefore, when you cut down your use, or quit cannabis suddenly, you may begin to experience a range of symptoms from insomnia and stomach pain to anxiety, depression and mood swings.
How long does cannabis stay in your system?
Cannabis has a long half-life (approx. 67 days), unlike many other substances. However, detection in urine and blood will depend on the duration and frequency of use. People who smoke less than twice a week (infrequent users) can test positive for 1-3 days. Those who smoke cannabis several times a week (frequent users) can test positive for 7–21 days after last use. A chronic user can test positive for a month or longer after last use.
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Can I detox from cannabis at home?
Although your symptoms may not seem dangerous, a home detox isn’t advised for those who wish to achieve long-term recovery from cannabis addiction.
By opting for a medical detox in a residential rehab, you will be removed from access to drugs, as well as other familiar environments which may trigger your drug use.
Page last reviewed and clinically fact-checked January 18, 2022