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Marijauna detox

Marijuana is not heroin…but neither is it the same marijuana that it was 20 or even 10 years ago, and as the potency has risen almost 10 fold over the decades, so to have the risks of addiction, the risks of developing a tolerance and experiencing withdrawal symptoms with marijuana cessation.

Marijuana detox and withdrawal is not dangerous but it can be very uncomfortable, and it can be difficult to overcome the cravings back to use and abuse. Many people can use marijuana recreationally without developing dependency issues, but many hundreds of thousands cannot, and it is not at all ridiculous to seek professional assistance if you are having difficulty overcoming an addiction to marijuana.

The risks of marijuana addiction

Long term marijuana use can have a negative effect on health and well being. Marijuana use promotes cancer, and it also increases the probability of experiencing certain psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, psychosis and depression. It is also linked to memory loss and cognitive deficits, as well as a sense of lethargy that can pervade all waking hours.

Marijuana use, even heavy marijuana use is very unlikely to kill you; but it can lessen your quality of life, make you a little bit duller, and increase the risks of psychological deficits. If you are using marijuana everyday, you may want to seriously consider taking a break from regular intoxication.

Marijuana withdrawal symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms to marijuana can be somewhat characterized as the opposite to the intoxicating effects of the drug…instead of hunger, a loss of appetite, and instead of drowsiness, an inability to sleep.

Some additional symptoms of marijuana withdrawal can include headache, nausea, anxiety (common) paranoia and even irritability or aggression.

These sensations will endure with some intensity for several days before gradually subsiding, and it is during this period that the cravings to use are strongest, and there is the greatest risk of relapse.

Marijuana detox treatment

The symptoms of marijuana withdrawal, although uncomfortable, are generally not medically serious and there is no often used pharmacological treatment for the easing of symptoms.

Exercise is very commonly promoted as an effective way to reduce the severity of experienced withdrawal symptoms, and as well as a way to keep yourself busy enough to reduce the cravings back to use. Exercise can help fatigue your body making sleep easier, may stimulate your appetite, and can also release endorphins that can help with some of the feelings of irritability and lethargy.

Some drug treatment professionals advocate saunas as a way to rid the body of metabolites of the drug, although there is no clear consensus on the real efficacy of this routine. It can't hurt though, and it may make you feel better.

If you can’t do it on your own…get some professional help

If you are having real difficulty overcoming your cravings, or find that you are unable to stop even though you try with determination, you should consider getting professional help.

Thousands of people enter into drug treatment or rehab every year for marijuana addiction issues, and the period of intense therapies and a good month away from access to the drug can have real benefits towards long term sobriety.

Marijuana addiction is real and withdrawal is a medically recognized syndrome of symptoms. It can be tough to overcome the cravings back to use…and to resist the use of a drug that you know will make all of the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal disappear; but it is worth it, these symptoms will ease in a few days, and the clarity of marijuana sobriety can be great.

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James E Cressler from Orlando, Florida on September 14, 2020:

Good little article. Thanks for sharing.

James Timothy Peters from Hammond, Indiana on February 08, 2020:

A 20 year smoker of cigarettes would have a harder time through withdrawal than those who just smoke marijuana. That is if you call it withdrawal.

I've witnessed an arrest caused by a domestic abuse over one spouse having smoked the last cigarette in the house.

Dr-Aftab-Uddin from Dhaka, Bangladesh on April 22, 2017:

Recently "WHO" also said that - the number of people seeking treatment for cannabis withdrawals are increased dramatically in last decade.

We are registered general physician. From the last 2 years, we are working for weed/marijuana addicted persons to back them into society with productive life. We are able to encourage & quit marijuana with overcoming withdrawals by 107 people in last 2 years.

From our observation and experience, recently we published an article about drug tests and how to ease withdrawal symptoms briefly.

You are invited to visit

tornbetween2lvs on February 08, 2015:

to 420,

this site is the best. glad you found it. Try the herb melatonin for helping you sleep at night until test day. take 1 pill half hour before bed. "See" yourself finally passing and it will happen. One day at a time.

420 break on January 21, 2015:

I am so glad to have found this information, I find it to be the least-biased and most helpful out there! I've been smoking at least once a week since I was about 20 years old (I'm now 31), but over the past 5 years, it became more frequent. I gained weight, I lost motivation, it took me 3 years longer to finish my dissertation. Anyway, now I live in Oregon and have a stable job, and I'm a medical marijuana card holder for my migraines. I do have migraine medication as well, but it makes me feel a little woosy. Anyway, so far using marijuana a few times a week (whether medically or recreationally) hasn't impacted my job too much, other than some daytime fatigue and cloudiness. However, now I've been trying to study for my licensing exam, and so I told myself to stop smoking weed altogether for 1 month so that my concentration and memory would be 100% (I noticed I was forgetting simple things on the practice tests that I should have remembered). It's so difficult because I will go 4-5 days without smoking, and then the withdrawal symptoms just grab me so hard that I have difficulty resisting giving in. The insomnia, the headaches (since I already get migraines, these are particularly bad), chills, paranoia, and awful anxiety that I can barely tolerate. I am already anxious about this upcoming exam, so added anxiety doesn't help. Anyway, I had made it 7 days last week, but on Saturday, my boyfriend was celebrating his promotion, and I went out with him and his friends and thought "I'll just have a little bit". Fast-forward to Sunday, I slept 11 hours, got about 1/4 of the studying I wanted to get done, and was wrought with guilt. Now, I am going on 4 days again and feel the withdrawal symptoms at their worst. It's like my brain is like "you know it will help, just do it!" I did try taking baths and working out, and both of those help on the days that I have made them a priority. It's just that getting to bed at night is so hard, and then I'm cranky the next day. My exam is in one week, so I'm trying to stick this out... I remind myself that it's worth it, and these days are the worst of them. Oh, and I also have back pain and seemingly tender glands.. I'm not sure if that's similar to the flu-like symptoms, or if my stress and lack of sleep just made me susceptible to picking up something. Anyway, I'm not trying to necessarily go cold-turkey sober, but I need to commit to this break in order to advance myself professionally.. everyone at work knows about it. If I don't pass the licensing exam (this is my 3rd try), my application will be denied and I will feel like a failure. It's not worth it to pick up weed! I have to stay strong. Thanks for letting me share! And also, even though it's awful to see what others are going through, it's nice to commiserate and not feel alone with these withdrawals.

Tornbetween2lvs on November 30, 2014:

Getting old does suck. My body doesn't recover like it used to, now w a bad knee injury after falling on my walks. Sticking still to sobriety on d's. Now I just consider it an evil in my life. Joined a new gym and concentrating on that. Good luck to you, too. The New Year is coming soon. I look forward to new beginnings for us all.

Done4Now on November 19, 2014:

Great to hear it. Glad you didn't cave. I know it's hard. I try to practice complete sobriety but I do give in and drink on occasion. I have to be careful because when I drink I want to toke. Luckily I don't have any weed readily available. I think next year I'm going to resolve go an entire year drug and alcohol free.

I'm in my 40's and drugs/spirits just don't really do anything for me any more. I get more out of working out - running, lifting - but it's harder to go full bore on the workouts now that I'm older as well - it sucks.

Tornbetween2lvs on October 11, 2014:

I haven't been able to get on this site for 3 months, kept trying and trying. Even now, it only would show "3 years ago." Logged back on.

Anyways typing fast just in case. Now I know it's been 3 months cuz of upper post and have been clean since. don't even think about it (much) or don't crave it at all. Never thought I would get there, but praying and endurance and lots of walks has helped.

Thanks, Done4, I did do good over the 4th, too. I'm very proud of myself. Still get the anxiety once in a while, but nothing is perfect. My initial goal was try til end of year, then go from there. That's just me. Whatever anyone else chooses to do, is fine with me, too. This is just a choice I needed to make.

Done4Now on July 06, 2014:

@Torn - hard to day if the anxiety is from abstaining or if it's coincidental - hope you made good decisions over the 4th...

tornbetween2lvs on June 28, 2014:

it's now been 2 months+ fully clean, but I'm having difficulties. My anxiety has flared up and I'm wondering if abstaining is a result of this. Nightmares are horrible and devastating where I don't want to go back to sleep combined with profuse sweating. I'm still doing my vigorous walks to help with the stress and idleness/anxiety. The big weekend of the 4th is coming up and I so want to partake. Now there is even Farmers Pot Markets acoming. And in less than 12 days my license does expire and I am at a loss for any guidance. Lord, help me.

Done4Now on June 18, 2014:


I'm glad a follow up helped. I also find it cathartic to read a follow up post from someone who posted a year or two back. I just wanted people to know that my withdrawal (or whatever it was), was the worst and I got thru it.

tornbetween2lvrs on May 26, 2014:

re Done4Now,

I read your post a while back and you've been on my mind helping me to redirect my focus. You are right in so many ways and it was a big reminder how to abstain for good. A few weeks passed and I have been able to succeed. thank you for posting even afterwards. I was good for a six-month period straight. However it is so prevalent on tv, it's hard to stay away. As much as I love it, I can find something else to love just as much.

Mightiestmouse on May 18, 2014:

i read this forum i have recently decided to quit about 2 weeks ago i havent smoked since but i do find some of the information in this topic to not be correct to my understanding now im not a doctor ,but i have done alot of research on before while and now after smoking i smoked very heavily for many years never had any issues while being on it. I am off it now to hopefully get a good job and overall improve my financial and living life style i am having trouble not wanting but i also have to say its a little easier then i thought it would be ,but since i moved i am completely out of that smoking atmosphere i dont even know anyone who does or where to get it where i am now. It is helping not being around people who smoke as well i dont have a desire to do it as much. I am curious to know what this article is actually based on if its just someone like me who did research on it how do i know you didnt just look at one website and thats all i need to know and im a genius on the subject now. Cause i can explain what i am going through but it is different for everyone. However if the person who posted it has never significantly smoked for a year or so then to me this could just be someones idea of what is going on i dont see any references to other websites or articles that are actual fact or close to published by doctors or people in the medical field. I dont disagree with everything said in this article but i dont agree with everything either. Im not bad mouthing it either im just taking it with a grain of salt so to speak because this just seems like someones point of view not cold hard fact. I do feel irritable, but my biggest issue is insomnia now i can hardly fall asleep and im hardly ever tired so my sleeping schedule is whacked out and has been since about the time i stopped smoking. i also had a seizure back in march and i do have brain damage due to a accident that happened about 7-8 years ago im in my early 20s so its hard to remember when the skull and brain injury actually took place. I do have a very very small amount of anxiety but that is because im worried about having another seizure . I just wrote this because i dont want someone to base there assessment and knowledge off of one article do more research look up multiple things not just one page and if you are truly having a rough time just talk to your doctor thats what there for to help you with any issues involving your physical well being.

Done4Now on April 10, 2014:

Hi everybody. I saw someone asking for a post from someone who got thru the other side of withdrawal.

I posted a couple of years back. I quit back in 2012 and I've stayed off since then.

My case is a little different. I had a panic attack while smoking and I decided to quit. That wasn't the first time I got the heebie-jeebies from smoking so I didn't think anything about it. About a week into my quit the anxiety just escalated to ridiculous levels. I was experiencing depersonalization and having 3 or 4 panic attacks a day. Now I know many people are going to poo-poo the idea this was caused by pot. Personally I like to say it was triggered by pot, not the cause. I don't know - I don't really care - I'm only telling you what happened to me.

So I got on antidepressants for a year. I tried to stop the AD's within that time frame but my anxiety would come back. Last year I committed to my own thorough detox program. At work I moved to a department that was less stressful. I quit tobacco, cut down on caffeine, and worked out 4 to 5 times a week. Thru that effort I was able to wean off the antidepressants. I'm good now - no anxiety.

As far as wanting to go back. Well I had anxiety where I would experience spell's of depersonalization. DP sucks big time. I wouldn't risk getting high for fear of that anxiety returning. For me, anxiety can be a bitch to get over. I do miss weed. I drink from time to time but mostly I stay sober.

The best advice I can give to stay quit is do your best to focus on another interest. When I set my goal to get in better shape I would work a program. I stayed committed to that program and focussed on it intensely. By focussing on something else, you will find yourself forgetting about wanting weed again or you'll forget about the withdrawal it's causing.

Also I highly encourage you to stop posting about it online forums - that only feeds the beast. It's easy to become obsessed with this withdrawal. The more you are obsessed on these odd feelings you have, the more pronounced you will feel the perceived discomfort. I never counted days since I stopped smoking. I've just moved on it's something that's a distant memory now.

You will be the same again - you will go back to 'normal' (whatever that is.) If you're religious pray to let things go. If you're not religious, meditate on visually letting things go.

It's kind of a hard road. I was very lonely dealing with sobriety and anxiety. No one else wants to hear about your issues so eventually you stop talking about it and you realize you are the only one who can cope with what you're going thru.

I wish I could tell you there was some herb or medication to help you; there isn't - *it just takes time.*

Michelle Panes on March 12, 2014:

There is a lot of Hash Addict in the world, but only a few of them understand the withdrawal symptoms associated with their usage when they wanted to stop. This is usually the reason why most of them do not want to stop.

Joe on January 20, 2014:

First of all Mr author, I'm thinking you're not quite right weather your smoking or not.

Second of all, every symptom you stated as being a symptom of marijuana withdrawal is the exact symptoms I had when my girlfriend broke up with me. Hell, I lost 15 pounds, averaged 2 hours of sleep per night I had terrible headaches for weeks as well as extreme nausea. I was very irritable, and pretty aggressive for a while. Now look at me. 8 years later and if given the opportunity, I would be right back with her.

Good job writer. You managed to compare your romance with weed to my romance with her. Hey man, I like weed and all but we're just friends. Since weed is your romantic partner, I am glad you quit smoking so I never have to worry about smoking your love herb.

Apprendix on January 17, 2014:


Amazing posts and discussion in here! I have smoked daily and nightly for almost 20 years... During the last 2 years, I have tried seriously to quit weed, but I had too many ups and downs in this battle. Finally, 3 months ago, it happened. Since then, it seems like my craving for it has almost disappeared... I've got so much so much extra energy now..... I have started a website, to deal with all the people that disrespectfully shout that weed is not addictive. I'll be glad if you say hi and strenghten other pot quitters in the forum. I think Cannabis is an amazing gift from Nature, but as too many other things, humans need to learn how to use it, or it's a mess. For me it became a huge mess. So I am happy I left it behind. It's time to be free. Good luck and Peace to all of you!

jk87 on October 28, 2013:

hey evey1

ive been smoking since 14 pretty much daily.. i noticed a changed about 4 years ago when the weed i was getting was high grade indica. before i was only smoking sativa. i think this indica kush is a very strong strain and makes withdrawls worse.. i still have a pounding headache and omg the dreams/nightmares are a nightly thing. good luck to everyone in their quest for a drug free life.. i still fein the weed and all my friends blaze. this is going to be hard for me

Not giving up on October 03, 2013:

Hey everyone, I started to smoke last year (2012) in mid December, can't remember the exact date but doesn't really matter. It was my senior year of highschool and i wanted to have a lot of fun, which i certainly did. Me and my friends had started drinking around winter of 11th grade. We've tried it in the past but in 11th grade we started drinking the most we've drank. So in December we got bored and we were interested in smoking weed and wanted to see what it was like. So one of our "friends" from school hooked us up with 20 dollars worth and we went to the local baseball field dugouts to try it out during the weekend. We started to smoke it and after about 5-10 minutes it really hit us hard and we were so damn stoned it was was the greatest night of my life. We had music and we were just having a good time it was a great experience, with tons of laughs. After that night we decided to do it the next weekend and it was still so much fun so we kept on doing it every single weekend and that's all we wanted to do. Waiting for the weekend to come just to smoke and have a great time with our friends. Eventually every weekend turned into doing it on school days right after school and even at night. After we graduated from school it became an everyday thing doing it 3-4 times a day! After about 4-5 months of daily use i slowly started to realize that i was losing my old self and i felt like i was a different person, more dulled out and nothing felt the same anymore. I even felt like i was growing apart from my family and friends because i wasn't around as much anymore i was to busy getting high. And even when i was high i still felt the lows. I had decided it was time for a change after i had been so depressed. I felt moody and aggravated. If things didn't go my way i was snappy and quick to judge. I have recently had a few anxiety attacks. I had never gotten those before. Everything felt spacey. My memory was very short. I would want to make a bowl of cereal and when i got to my kitchen i would heat up hotpockets or something and completely forgot about my thoughts of the cereal. That's how bad it was. I felt like i was losing my appetite with all foods. It felt like i was slowly breaking down. I felt broken emotionally. I cannot imagine how people continue to smoke after years. After all of these symptoms of withdrawal i had it is now October 3rd, 2013 and i haven't smoked in 2 weeks!!! Everything is slowly going back to normal. I feel more alive. when i go to the gym i feel like it helps me get my mind off the weed. One thing that really gets to though is my friends i used to love hanging out with. They used to be there for me whenever something happened but now all they want to do is smoke. They never want to hang out with me unless i have money for the weed or want to smoke...I miss the old them i wish they'd just stop smoking and make the right choice but i guess some people don't want to change for the better and i can't control their lives so im just goign to live mine the way i want to live it. I have cravings to smoke from time to time but i have been keeping busy with video games, exercise, hanging out with family, and my best friend i had lost while i was busy getting high... He supports me in quiting and it really helps me keep a healthy mindset. My advice to all of you trying to quit is to do the right thing in life because you only get one and if you have the right mindset you can do anything you want to do!!! Don't listen to anyone who you think is a negative influence in your life. Let the negative people fall behind as you move foward. Your life is your life and you're the only one who has control of it.

- Your friend, Ray.

Ol Skool Jones on August 15, 2013:

Celebrated my 6 months free of this evil weed yesterday. I finally got my motivation and sense of humor back after a very long time. I finally had a good week then BAM... symptoms come back... You see I have been on high grade for the last year and had a med mj card. Needless to say I had super high grade stuff available any time I wanted. These past 6 months have been the scariest months of my life. Never did I think I would feel like this. I've quit before, but it was never like this.

I've had bud of varying quality for the past 15 or so years and have quit at least 10 times with minimal withdrawal. This time it was different. VERY DIFFERENT!

Headaches that still come and go (first 2 months they were daily 24/7), still have some issues sleeping (although much much better than the first 3 months), still a few bouts of depression. This baby lasts! I get waves of symptoms. I have good weeks and horible weeks. No pattern, they just come sporadically.

Those of you that are crying about a few days/weeks of symptoms and wanting to die?? REALLY?!!? Man the eff up!!! Cherish that your withdrawals have been that easy and stick to your recovery because you may end up like some of us that have endured months and months and months of withdrawals. Times like this separate the men/women from the mice, the recovering addicts from the addicts.

Another thing.. if you see idiot TROLLS coming on here saying that we are all lying about our symptoms, WHY WHY WHY waste ANY valuable space on this forum arguing with them?? Why give them the time of day?? So you can help them?? They are beyond help and if they want it they can simply read the posts. It sucks bad when half of these comments, that are meant to help people that are in serious need of information, are back and forth arguments with a bunch of burnouts.

Thank you to all that have provided invaluable advice to us on this forum.. it's been a HUGE HELP to me!!

If you've recovered.. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE come back and let us know how you are doing!! Don't just use this site for info and bounce when things are better. Recovery is also about giving back! :)

@ Tiger

man I've definitely kept up with your posts and hope you are 100% better... and I hope you read this!

God Bless!!

olskool jones on August 15, 2013:

Why are none of my posts being added here?? I need help!!?? 6 months free yesterday.

seekingfreedom on June 10, 2013:

When I initially tried to quit, the withdrawal was severe enough that I got more and then made a plan to wean myself off of it over a two week period. That was the only way I could do it. I wanted to do cold turkey but my body and mind couldn't handle it. I am now clean and have been for around 6 months (not sure on that one, could be longer). I don't even crave it now.

For everyone still struggling, you can do it. Stick to it and stay strong.

To Darkregulus, I understand what you are saying and I agree that smoking doesn't cause cancer and can be beneficial for many things from a medical standpoint. There is a great number of people who can smoke and never be "addicted" as I was.

The article is rather misleading on many fronts but the reason I have stayed on this page for so long and replying to comments for so long is for the people. The ones who are struggling just like I have in the past. I am here to support others and I hope my struggles and bits of advice have helped someone along the way.

darkregulus on June 10, 2013:

@ "struggling"

I'm not sure Clint was being arrogant and I feel you've been a little harsh with your judgement. I fully understand and sympathise with you and others here and I, in no way, wish to demean/belittle any person's struggle. We are all different, after all..and people's bodies react in different ways to different things. I also do not wish to cause offense here and, if I do, please understand it is not my intent. But, having said that I think that CLint raised some good points - I, myse;f, was a bit peeved at the "cancer" comment, and my brother's a cancer research doctor!...OK, if you mix with tobacco or just smoke it, fair enough...but what about food products that contain it? In fact, I've even heard that the oil is considered by some as an alternative therapy to cancer...Don't ask me to verify this and, tbh, it could be complete bull...but should I start shouting that, like it's scripture, from the rooftops, like the author of this blog has done? I'm afriad I do smell a wee whiff of anti - weed propaganda here too...which is normal, and even helpful, to those who wish to quit - it's easier to demonise the weed and not oneself...and, more importantly, what is it about oneself that caused such an addiction in the first place? I know a few who have quit one thing, only to get into other more socailly acceptable forms of intoxication, such as alcohol. Using weed to the point where withdrawal is as horrendous as some of you have indicated (and guys, you have my deepest sympathies and I hope your pains subside soon, I really do), in my mind, is a result of complete abuse with no thought for moderation. I used to be very heavy user, but I'm not a quiter (no pun intended) so I was able, with a lot of discipline, a bit of distraction, to cut I enjoy it everyday in the evening with my's my treat for having done a day's work...but I digress..I wonder, though, if the withdrawals are as painful as you have inidcated, have you considered slowly cutting down...It's not a defeat to accept the reality of the situation...a lot of tobacco smokers can't go cold turkey, - why would it be any different here...there's no shame/bad in taking a calculated and steady retreat and, in the process, you might even be able to get your "habit" back under control again. Would you not love to be able to have a few socially, every now and then? I'm inda with CLint on this one - I don't consider myself to be super healthy but everyone I know, when cutting back, have reported 2/3 days of twitchiness, racing thoughts, problems sleeping...but, for most of the folks I spoken to about it, all that usually has passed after three/four days. I always notice, myself, how much darn reading I do when I detox! :) Anyway, just my pennies worth and my thoughts and goodwill to y'all out there. just remember that it's only temporary. I do agree with the exercise part..always works wonders for me with just about anything I don't want to think about and it's self-improvement so I guess if you feel you've let yourself down with the weed getting outta hand, then giving your body the gift of exercise could be psychologically benefcial.Sorry bout al the typos there. Peace to you all, brothers and sisters. You will smile and laugh without care again!

Struggling on May 27, 2013:

Hey "Clint"

I see that you are very sure of yourself in your statements. Everyone is different. We are not all as healthy as you are. Some of really do have withdrawal symptoms. Some of us do have trouble sleeping, muscle aches, stomach aches, etc. Just because you didn't have them, doesn't mean others don't. Quit being so damn arrogant and take a step down off your high horse. We all wish the only thing that bothered us is that "we just wish we could have another bowl." It's just not that easy.

Langs97 on May 17, 2013:

Thanks seekingfreedom,

Still smoke free and feeling fantastic...

Oh i still want it when things get stressy but i am doing good :)

Thanks !

I'll post back when i can.

Clint on May 15, 2013:

I have smoked pot for many years now. I have quit many times just to let my tolerance go down. I have not ONCE EVER experienced one single withdrawal symptom. The most that's happened to me, for a few days I think to myself, "I want to smoke a bowl... Oh well,". Never lost appetite, never felt nauseated, never had trouble sleeping... I didn't get headaches... I know a LOT of potheads, and they all say the exact same. I feel this site is full of propaganda. Causes cancer? Show me one study that proves this. Not the same as it was 20 years ago? Have you ever heard the term, BC Bud? It stands for British Columbia Bud. Columbia has ALWAYS had marijuana with high potency of THC, even compared to today. Now it is just more widely available, instead of just having dirt swag all the time. More people have figured out how to properly grow and take care of the plant. That's it. Marijuana is NOT addicting, and anybody who says it is, is either lying, or a very weak minded individual.

guest2013 on April 26, 2013:

ok i'm the guy above i just didnt want to create a new account too much of a hassle. today is my 2nd day of withdrawal and I feel like shit. I cant sleep, but i try to eat because i dont want to lose weight, im in my 20s(been smoking for 8 years) and i think this should be the right time to quit and never go back to weed. Thanks for all the tips and suggestions glad to know im not the only one willing to quit to better my health and mental state.

Guest2013 on April 26, 2013:


seekingfreedom on April 16, 2013:

Hey Langs97! Glad you found this page! There is some really good advice on here, I would suggest taking some time to read through the posts.

The first two weeks were the hardest for me, I understand everything you are going through. Stick with it, it will get better.

5 months ago, I started my journey to get clean. It was the best decision of my life.

Good luck to you! It sounds like you have a true desire to stop and that is what it takes to succeed.

Langs97 on April 16, 2013:

Hello, Ive been smoking marijuana for almost 9 years now. Quit 2 weeks ago, having a heck of time, Still can't sleep, and irritable, Im not giving up. I want to quit and have a better life

False on April 15, 2013:

This article is false and is just another biased anti-drug article. We need to stop lying to people and bring the truth. Marijuana does not promote cancer, in fact, it stunts cancer growth. Marijuana does not cause depression, it treats it. Cannabis is, if used correctly, a very useful drug and can be used to treat many things. It is no more addictive than a book. Marijuana is completely safe. Articles like these are simply lying to and clouding out youth. Lying causes more problems than the truth about marijuana. For example, if a teenager reads an article, such as this one, does his/her research, finds out that marijuana is in fact not dangerous, reads an article about the dangers of cocaine, may then assume that cocaine is not dangerous.

Emeraldeyes on January 20, 2013:

Hi Toecutter,

How are you?

looool you referred to me as Mr Emeraldeyes I felt a need to correct it as no dangley bits are hanging off me :-) thanks for your apology I truly appreciate it.

I stopped back in November and it was like taking a walk in hell for a couple of weeks but I'm balanced out now and I do wonder how the hell did I smoke skunk everyday for 24 years of my life, my bad cough is gone along with the awful chest pains I was getting and I no longer sound like Marge Simpson so its just all big pluses along the way for me. I can finally say I'm clean having also knocked a bad coke problem on its head and I'll never look back, I've bagged the best job in my life so all is well, I'm now very focused and don't feel like I life a double life which is so freeing for me I'm now the real me at long last.

I never thought you were a troll for a moment, just another human being going through something similar to me I don't like to judge or be judged.

I do hope all is going well for you, keep well dear friend.

Muz Emeraldeyes :-))))))))))

Toecutter123 on January 19, 2013:

hi emaraldeyes

There wasnt any point where I called you male or female , in fact there hasnt been a point where I spoke to you at all , but im sorry that I may have insinuated I did , I did not call you a follower , enen if seekingfreedom is your positive link ! Im glad your straight , how long have you been straight for , I only wont to help anybody who just like us smoked for a very very long time and wont to give up or is thinking of giving up or have just given the shit up I just wanna be here to help not be a bloody troll .as for above I think you will find that smoking dope does have casnagens which can be cancerus but certainly dont listen to dr.phill or wanna b

KJ on January 18, 2013:

This article is horribly written and is full of false information. To say that weed leads to cancer is just ignorant. Whoever wrote this should do some research. Vaporizing and consumption of marijuana through food has no link to cancer. On the contrary is actually has been proven to be a tumor suppressant. Do not be stupid and listen to this dumb ass Dr. Phil wana B.

emeraldeyes on January 12, 2013:

Hey Mr Toecutter,

Happy New year to the way I'm not a Mister I'm a woman! Never assume anything about anyone, and seekingfreedom was a positive link for me, and to say I'm a follower hahahaha be very, very clear I'm a leader not a sheep and this site also was a postive link for me I continue to be clean and am enjoying my life 100% more being clear headed I honestly didnt realise how much puffing skunk everyday for 24 long years was effecting so much of my life and being clean is the most wonderful thing. So let the positive vibes flow and I hope you are doing well, and high fiveing Seekingfreedom as your positive energy flowed to me and I'm grateful for that. Keep going everyone for life on the other side is soooooooooo much better, words fail me to be able to fully describe it. Stay blessed all peace and love

emeraldeyes on January 12, 2013:

Hey Mr Toecutter,

Happy New year to the way I'm not a Mister I'm a woman! Never assume anything about anyone, and seekingfreedom was a positive link for me, and to say I'm a follower hahahaha be very, very clear I'm a leader not a sheep and this site also was a postive link for me I continue to be clean and am enjoying my life 100% more being clear headed I honestly didnt realise how much puffing skunk everyday for 24 long years was effecting so much of my life and being clean is the most wonderful thing. So let the positive vibes flow and I hope you are doing well, and high fiveing Seekingfreedom as your positive energy flowed to me and I'm grateful for that. Keep going everyone for life on the other side is soooooooooo much better, words fail me to be able to fully describe it. Stay blessed all peace and love

seekingfreedom on January 12, 2013:

It will keep getting better too! Congrats on making it this far, that is fantastic! The first two weeks were killer for me; the anxiety, insomnia, not being able to eat, this list goes on. Keep at it, remember to breathe. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Anonymous on January 12, 2013:

day 12 of no smoking weed and insomnia is at its peak. My heart was pounding so hard at night that i was actually considering going to the hospital for medication. Anxiety has weakened throughout the day though, so things are starting to look for the better...

Jack on January 09, 2013:

Skunk is a fucking drug like any other, don´t kill you because of an overdose but stay stored in the body for a long time. Just one joint stays in your body for more than 26 days. People get used to the effects and think that 2 days after a joint you are completely normal. ahahaha. Somebody who smokes 1 joint in a period of 2 week is always under some effect. Imagine someone who smokes skunk everyday (or chronic in USA....I mean strong weed, doesn´t matter how you call it).

Marijuana is ruining lives all around the world, specially strong weed with a lot o THC. I smoked for more than 10 years everyday and i´m not here to discuss if cannabis is addictive or not.

I´m here to tell that IT IS ADDICTIVE. And for those who say it´s only mentally addictive: bullshit. I used to think like that and i learned in the hard way. IT IS PHYSICALLY ADDICTIVE. The physicall changes (incluinding physical effects inside your brain) affects you mentally and emotionally, it´s all connected.

If someone don´t believe in what i´m saying here i don´t give a fuck. If someone want to discuss, find out someone who wants to discuss.

The reason i´m putting this here is to help people who need help or to informe people about marijuana.

And one more thing: Forget antidepressants and antipsychotics. Some psychyatrists are giving this to help marijuana withdrawal but this pills are not for human consumption, or at least shouldn´t be. It will only fuck up more with your brain but if you are already taking these, cut down first, get off slowly with the help of the doctor who gave you this shit. And if the doctors gave you Benzos like klonopin or xanax to take everyday, get off this too because it´s not for everyday consumptin: slow down and than get off slowly with the help of the doctor. Benzos are for real emergency, not to relax everyday, if you take benzos everyday your body will get used to it and you will have more problems than you have before start with than.

This world we live in is crazy. This society is nuts. Everything is wrong and people live like everything was right.

That´s why this planet is not a good place to live.

Anonymous on January 07, 2013:

Hey guys and girls- i just want to share something with you that has happened to me over the last many years. I am a 24 year old male from Canada. I consider myself a shy but smart person who does not speak much, but knows that there is potential in EVERYONE its just up to you and me, to make the most of it.

At grade 9, i started noticing A LOT of people in my high-school were smoking weed, so my friend and i decided to give it a try. It was amazing...We were laughing our butts off and just having a plain good time. This smoking "habit" turned into an everyday kind of year i started to smoke multiple times a day. Some very good and close friends actually told me to quit and that my personality was changing. I thought nothing of it and continued on puffin the dragon.

3rd year into smoking the herb, most of my money and thoughts was going into grabbing that HQ/Q/Ounce, and so on..I was smoking 5-10 joins a day and EVERYTHING just seemed less interesting. I was now skipping school and failing classes. In general, this is the time when i actually started noticing that weed is having a negative effect on my life. I was insecure, my confidence was very low, id think twice about saying things because i was afraid that someone would not like my opinion. So i tried quitting, many many times...all without success- which lowered my already low confidence even LOWER.

I tried quitting, but since ALL of my friends smoke weed, it was very difficult. Until about 4 years ago i was diagnosed with cancer. During this period i quit smoking weed- but only for 2 months...those 2 months opened my mind became more sharp, i had many good ideas pop into my head, my memory improved greatly,my confidence went up, i started laughing and making jokes more often and enjoyed the company of my friends like never before..So with this "new

two month sober" me, i decided to smoke a joint. For the 1st few weeks everything was great, i was social, funny, fun to be around, until i started to smoke more and more..Then again i remembered why i wanted to quit all this time..Again i was feeling like shit, depressed, less social, not funny, and again wanted to always stay high( probably to escape from the negative feeling on life).

4 years later and im here today....again...trying to quit. It's been 8 sober days and currently im going through serious insomnia, anxiety, anger, and lots of confusion. But this time im quitting for good...I had good and bad times with Marry Jane, way more have been bad though, so for this reason I'm letting weed go...

So this is to all of you folks who are trying to quit: STAY STRONG AND DONT GIVE UP.

You should feel proud of yourself that you realized that you have a problem. The next step is dealing with that problem. BUT ITS NOT EASY AND IT WILL TAKE TIME. So if you are trying to quit like me and not having success, DONT WORRY, KEEP TRYING!!!!

If you want to quit, just think of all the negative effects weed has on you. Example: "weed worsens my memory, weed makes me paranoid, weed is illegal and i can get criminally charged if i get caught with it, weed is ruining my life, weed is preventing me from being the best i can be".

If you keep saying this to yourself over and over, you will start believing it. This negative association with weed will be cognitively planted in your brain, and as soon as you see weed, maybe that will refrain you from smoking it...


jackson on January 07, 2013:

I want to say thanks to Ancient benin shrine for everything so far. To everyone who doesn’t believe in spell, I was one of those ones at first. I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to do this since I’ve tried others so-called spells casters and they did not work and was a waste of my time and money. However, when I read through the testimonials of other people at this website and after I talked to Dr Ancient who answered all my questions and was very nice about everything, I decided to give it a try. I figured it would be my last try to get my guy back. So my story is that I was at my office when the guy I am in love with told me that he wasn’t in love with me and never will be and that he didn’t want to speak or see me again, especially since he was talking to this other girl. When I talked to Dr Ancient, he let me know which spells would be most appropriate for me and I chose the ones that was to get him back to me and stay with me and want to marry me. As soon as he started on the spells, my guy came back into my life! It was a miracle to me and I’m so thankful for that. Things have been going well, and pretty much according to what Dr .Ancient the spell is done. I’m still waiting for the spells to completely manifest, but with all that has happened so far I’m very happy because given only nien months ago in September, if you asked me or my friends if I would have anticipated how things were right now…no one would believe it! Jackson . To contact him :

seekingfreedom on January 02, 2013:

Hey Toecutter123, great post! I agree with what you have said, especially in regards to the timeframe of symptoms. It's wonderful to be free of this habit, I find there is actually much more time in a day than before I quit. More time for family, reading, enjoying my kids, etc. Very good point, even now, I have times where I get the urge. But it does pass and more quickly each time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as we walk the sober road together.

Toecutter123 on January 01, 2013:

Hi just one month ,yep have to agree that tapering down is the easiest but,

As James pointed out , overcoming an addiction in any sense of the word is difficult and inevitably has physiological effects and physical effects to ad . The toughest obstacle to overcome will be peers who proceed - Acknowledging the side effects ,and there will be some ,the first week very easy , 2nd week you may find a decline in everything ,after about a month everything will ache , you may not feel very well at all but you are slowly coming out of it and healing , best advice is keep yourself occupied , play guitar , have a drink , start a hobby , whatever your other legal vices might be , get good at them , by the sound of it you are just sick of smoking and may have be all you have ended up with , just look forward to spending time and money on other things that you really want .And last but not at all least , talk or tell your doctor they are their to help and this can be made very easy with the help of a doctor he/she will understand and listen and maybe prescribe drugs to help with withdrawal ,insomnia ,anxiety ,irratability ,headache etc..........the drugs he prescribes will only be short term and non addictive as to not replace one drug with another. This is what worked for me ,I started smoking around 14 years old Im 42 now and have been stone free for around 6 months now and sober ,but there are still times that a whiskey and a joint would be nice ,but it just passes.

Good luck

seekingfreedom on January 01, 2013:

Welcome (again) Just one month! Glad you are here and looking for support! Good luck as you (re)start your journey, it isn't an easy one, but it's extremely fulfilling. Post here anytime and I will respond as I am sure others will as well. I am very happy to be starting the new year completely clean! And I am proud of you and anyone else who is stepping up to do the same. James, very good point, and very well said! Happy to have you with us as well! Best wishes ~ Happy New Year Everyone!

james on December 31, 2012:

Overcoming an addiction in any sense of the word is difficult and inevitably has physiological effects. The toughest obstacle to overcome will be peers who proceed on in a life of drug abuse when you are trying to turn the corner. Acknowledging the side effects for what they are aids not only the one recovering but also their friends and loved ones who are a part of their lives.

Just one month on December 31, 2012:

Stay Strong not stung lol

Just one month on December 31, 2012:

I'm back! After 2 years I'm ready to tackle this again.

I’ve been tapering off over the last week and should go cold turkey this week. I know you guys don’t need to hear or read about smoking while you’re going through withdrawals, but tapering seems to be the only thing that keeps me off it for a while & fingers crossed for good this time.

So stay stung everyone and we can all leave this burden we call "weed" behind. Don't get me wrong I love weed, as I'm sure we all do, I love everything about it, the look, the smell & taste, the way it fills your lungs when you smoke, It's even a hobby for me and helped me deal with life. I'd even go as far to say it's helped me become who I am today.

But there comes a time in life to say weed has helped me all it can, and now it’s just a burden!

Wish me luck.

Toecutter123 on December 23, 2012:


like i said

I tried to ignore your earlier comments about me. But all is forgiven.

like seeking freedom said

Hello everyone! I am choosing to ignore anyone who has negative things to say

The double posts was not my fault ,i n fact of heard that there's been a few that carnt post at all,which would be that probably by hassles from the server or the mistake by the moderator ,which he should have fixed by now.

Sorry bout the argumentitive dig

If i couldnt help anybody, I wander what all those PM's are that I reply to that want help the followers are coming , what do you have to hide Anonamous zzzzzzzzzzzzz, thats the first thing a true addict does is addmit it

seekingfreedom on December 23, 2012:

Hello everyone! I am choosing to ignore anyone who has negative things to say, it's not worth my time. I hope everyone is doing well and staying strong! Happy Holidays and I'm wishing you all well! I am still doing great, eating well, clear headed and happy. There are still times when I get stressed out that I think "it would be really nice to have some", but I am much stronger now and can fight the urge easily. I sincerely hope that those who are on this journey with me are staying the course and succeeding; this is one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life, so I understand how difficult it is to stop. I am praying for all of you that you may overcome your individual struggles and become who you truly want to be. Much love to all ~ Take care ~

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz on December 22, 2012:

I see you have one follower and have made four posts! the first an incoherent double post rambling, the second an argumentative dig at seekingfreedom, and the fourth above! I fail to see how that is any help to anyone! I really feel you are in the wrong place! People here a after reassurance, a shoulder to cry on so to speak. So why don't you just jog on and go trolling elsewhere.

Toecutter123 on December 21, 2012:

Hi Anon

I tried to ignore your earlier comments about me. But all is forgiven. Anyhow Here’s an idea. It doesn’t matter if you know anything about the drugs you review as you can pretend to be an expert in the topic and sounds like you drink to much to the point of hangovers , get off the piss take some bruffen and then you wont be such an ass . Do you have any followers , well i do and they are who im here for , gday concernd wife hows everything goen with you . be nice to hear from you .

Anon on December 20, 2012:

^^What a strange individual ^^

Toecutter123 on December 03, 2012:

hi Mr seeekingfreedom you said you have posted all over this page and i have read this page from top to bottom , them bottom to top again looking for your blogs and i just cannot find anything youve written exept the bagging you gave me including my username , that nick was given to me when i was a teenager as i lost my little left toe in a motorcycle crash , thats just picky and rude mate as for research I suggest you find a publication written in 1911 called (indian hemp pyhcosis) which explains people like yourself angry ,iritable non conforming praise Mr emeraldeyes but I cannot find your story anywhere on this page your a true addict in denial my freind. You no nothing of the addictions that i have battled myself in my previous years of loving my drugs - heroin - cocaine - speed - ectasy - lsd - angels trumpet - blue meanie - steroids - and of course now oxycontin from my chronic pain from my car crash and I obveosely been up all night doing this as im in my second month of being straight not withdrawing just expelling the juice i put into my body for the last 22 years most daily ,execpt the as i mentioned the small gaps i gave my self when or before race days .Please understand that i am here for help to not to have my username canned not here to bash anybody for their habit I wana bash myself for my own habits that i have been the caused of myself ............Another thing I find quite discusting is the profuse use of profound languange someone called the (concernd wife) a stupid fucking cunt and that she was fuck in the head etc.......I agree that that blog be dismised from this forum as you call yourself a educated person Im sure you can agree with this at least

Thank you for those of you that may read this .

Emeraldeyes on December 03, 2012:

awwww @Seekingfreedom, you have put the biggest smile on my face you really have, you sound happy and I am to compared to first starting on the road to being weed free and I don't feel alone on this journey with wonderful souls like you on here, and being able to share our thoughts and feelings, high five Seekingfreedom wooohoooo we are getting there and when I'm seeing friends who have no idea about the transition I've been going through I feel sooooooooooo proud to hear the words flow from my mouth........I don't smoke anymore I'm drug free and I get the most loving reactions and being told they are proud of me and boy does it warm my heart, makes me even more prouder of myself to embrace my new life after 23 long years of being a hardcore skunk weed everyday smoker.

@ Donewitit.........well done big hug keep going I promise it gets better and better and if I can do it trust me you can and will to and I'm here for you too.

Big hugs all around!

One Bless

One love

Weed Free yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

seekingfreedom on December 03, 2012:

Happy you found us DONEWITIT, great to have you here on this journey with us :) You can do it!

DONEWITIT on December 03, 2012:

5 days sober and the rest of my life to go...

seekingfreedom on December 02, 2012:

Well said Emeraldeyes! So glad you are doing well too! So happy to hear about your progress, it helps so much to know we aren't alone :) Be back later to chat more, I have company right now and need to visit :) Take care all!

Emeraldeyes on December 02, 2012:

Clap, Clap.................well said Seekingfreedom 100% agree, fantastic to hear all is getting better and better for you too and I'm doing well every day is getting better and better, crazy dreams, eating like a normal your positive vibes and how you reach out offering advice and help you sound like a , wonderful soul bless you!

Now I'm going to have a little vent:

I just for the life of me don't under why people come on here and dish out lots of negative unhelpful comments slatting people that are needing to reach out to others whilst we go through this transition in our lives...............listen up if you have nothing good to say to the people struggling on here then don't say anything at all! Its a tough enough journey as it is without erm people like 'someonewithcommonsense' hahahaha the name alone is hilarous enough said! Your talking utter rubbish, about us being weak willed and morons up your mouth you fecking ejit you havent got a clue what you are talking about. There is a withdrawal process for the majority of people, go do your research and grow your brain and try if possible (this will be very difficult for you by the sounds of it) be nice to other humans!

To everyone else struggling sending you all positive vibes and energy!

One bless

One Love

Weed free

seekingfreedom on December 02, 2012:

To everyone who keeps coming here just for the purpose of bashing us or telling us this is bullshit, you all really need to stop. If you have read through every comment on this page, as I have, you will understand that the majority of people who posted here have some sort of withdrawal issue after quitting. If you have no symptoms after quitting then I am happy for you; you are not affected by it the same as others are.

How can you tell me that I didn't have symptoms when you didn't experience them? I am a highly educated person and won't stoop to the level of name calling, etc. I will say, you are making yourself sound so incredibly ignorant by dismissing the idea, simply because you haven't experienced it firsthand.

To everyone else who is here for help and support, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am further along in my journey now, I stopped counting the days and I think I am at around a month clean. Keep at it and things will get better. There is some wonderful advice on this page and I have posted some of my own advice previously, but I will say this: I am hungry now and can eat like a normal person, my brain chemistry seems to have leveled out and the only thing that bothers me now is the crazy dreams.

I wish you all the best of luck, and for the record, I am very much FOR marijuana; it is a very beneficial drug in many instances. But for some of us (note: NOT EVERYONE) it is highly addictive and we can't just have one hit, or smoke every now and again. I liken it to someone who is predisposed to being an alcoholic; we are all different and we all have our weaknesses.

To anyone who wants to reply, I am here to answer anything to the best of my ability.

Someone With Common Sense on December 01, 2012:

Isn't it curiously strange how the symptoms of "weed withdrawal" are the same exact symptoms most people take weed FOR? ;) OH MY GOD, i quit weed and now i'm less hungry, i don't sleep as well and i'm not happy and giggling all the time! I wonder why? LOL!

Anyone who thinks there's actually any basis to these claims is a complete moron. No, there are no negative side effects of quitting weed, I do it every now and then just to reset my tolerance so i don't have to smoke as much. Many people use weed to cure their insomnia, lack of appetite or irritability, and when you quit weed, this WILL return. Just like you don't quit painkillers and expect your broken arm not to hurt. Yes, quitting weed causes a "craving", like anything you do that you enjoy. The craving, at its worst, is like a jelly donut when you're really hungry. All but the weakest willed can restrain themselves, and those that don't aren't ADDICTED, they're just weak willed and impulsive. THAT is their disorder, not the weed.


Toecutter123 on November 27, 2012:

Hello everybody that may read this

I got most of the way through this page and just got f!@#ing pissed with hearing the same storys over and over , hi im 28 been smoking about 8-10 years tops and they where all in about 3rd-6th day of not smoking and all reckon on the average ,nuasea ,insomnia ,irratability ,

depression ,hot cold sweats etc.....and while they where smoking again

on average got a bit lazy ,lethargic ,unsocialable ,or withdrawn from from society etc....... I suggest when your drug testing comes back clean you talk to your doctor about that cause its probably may still be there afterwards as you actually may have these problems that the dope was actually medicating you for without you knowing it ! Especialy when I read about the ones that are doing a real hard cold turkey in only a day or two (bollocks), if thats the case thats what your doctor is there for and if you carnt tell or talk to your doctor about this your a fool and will never be medicated properly as If you have underlieing medical problems the pot may have been medicating your real medical conditons ,if they exist. A bit about myself im 42 have been what I call using maybe abusing at times since i was about 20 Im in the motorcycle industry and was bound to sooner or later mixed or involved with big bad bikers and for most people they believe there is always a drug ring associated , quite true , but this is what would happen , if they needed big long hours of work done they would just keep chucking joints at me all day all night and i woud just keep on working harder and harder , I build cars and bikes for myself and its the same scenario , my sister who is a doctor just reckoned I was a addict but that was what i was saying before about using and abusing , I always keeped some smoke around and even round a joint with morning coffee , but if there was nothing in my bowl or in the freezer and nothing available from the dealer for a week it was really no big problem , so how come you can go for a week waiting for the shit but some of you are cold turkeying after a couple days , like I said before (bollocks)not only somtimes the waiting period but sometime just not feeeling like a joint or passsing on the bong handed to me at friends , I also have had to be careful with intake as I have raced cars and bikes since I was about 16 and have been blessed with factory rides with which you get drug tested specialy if you take trophys and someone wants to protest as i do and have been urine tested on race day , but if you have your smarts you make sure you will pass so there again another week or two with no dope no drama . But about two years ago now I was a passenger in a really really bad high speed car accident broke my left leg ,ankle tibbie - fibbie bad enough that they wanted to amputate my left foot ,but pinned ,and screwed ,and plated the hell out of everything and keeped my foot , do I have pain f!#k yes and another thing i thought that would never happen to me is post truamatic depression , anxiety , stress ,did I mention pain OMG the pain has made all my old injuries iminate ,can only stand for about 1-2 minutes my foot ,hip , back , neck was killing me so I was certainly using heaps of dope ,but straight after the accident i didnt smoke for a bit cause I was on meds but they where not good enough or enough to cope with the amount of pain I suffer with but other things started to happen like hearing and seeing things that arent there if I smoke or not this happens so its obviously related to the crash ,so know im on some syke meds and stuff seems to be under control ,smoking or not ,but just recently Ive been asked to ride a competition bitchumen drag bike TV aired stuff and in order to obtain appropriate licencing the first thing on the licence app is a doctor needs fill it out and do a illicit drug test so for about two weeks if had no smoke and no drama ,so what the f!@#k are all these other blogs not telling or are they just pisss weak and have never had a hot cold flush before it will happen at some time of your life anyway specialy if your a women , in summary its just not that hard have another cigarette but thats another adddiction if you dont smoke cigarettes and you stop the dope thats where your hardcore cold turkey lies ,get some nicabate dont be such a girl its all over before you no it.

Thank you if you got to read this piece

Toecutter123 on November 27, 2012:

Hello everybody that may read this

I got most of the way through this page and just got f!@#ing pissed with hearing the same storys over and over , hi im 28 been smoking about 8-10 years tops and they where all in about 3rd-6th day of not smoking and all reckon on the average ,nuasea ,insomnia ,irratability ,

depression ,hot cold sweats etc.....and while they where smoking again

on average got a bit lazy ,lethargic ,unsocialable ,or withdrawn from from society etc....... I suggest when your drug testing comes back clean you talk to your doctor about that cause its probably may still be there afterwards as you actually may have these problems that the dope was actually medicating you for without you knowing it ! Especialy when I read about the ones that are doing a real hard cold turkey in only a day or two (bollocks), if thats the case thats what your doctor is there for and if you carnt tell or talk to your doctor about this your a fool and will never be medicated properly as If you have underlieing medical problems the pot may have been medicating your real medical conditons ,if they exist. A bit about myself im 42 have been what I call using maybe abusing at times since i was about 20 Im in the motorcycle industry and was bound to sooner or later mixed or involved with big bad bikers and for most people they believe there is always a drug ring associated , quite true , but this is what would happen , if they needed big long hours of work done they would just keep chucking joints at me all day all night and i woud just keep on working harder and harder , I build cars and bikes for myself and its the same scenario , my sister who is a doctor just reckoned I was a addict but that was what i was saying before about using and abusing , I always keeped some smoke around and even round a joint with morning coffee , but if there was nothing in my bowl or in the freezer and nothing available from the dealer for a week it was really no big problem , so how come you can go for a week waiting for the shit but some of you are cold turkeying after a couple days , like I said before (bollocks)not only somtimes the waiting period but sometime just not feeeling like a joint or passsing on the bong handed to me at friends , I also have had to be careful with intake as I have raced cars and bikes since I was about 16 and have been blessed with factory rides with which you get drug tested specialy if you take trophys and someone wants to protest as i do and have been urine tested on race day , but if you have your smarts you make sure you will pass so there again another week or two with no dope no drama . But about two years ago now I was a passenger in a really really bad high speed car accident broke my left leg ,ankle tibbie - fibbie bad enough that they wanted to amputate my left foot ,but pinned ,and screwed ,and plated the hell out of everything and keeped my foot , do I have pain f!#k yes and another thing i thought that would never happen to me is post truamatic depression , anxiety , stress ,did I mention pain OMG the pain has made all my old injuries iminate ,can only stand for about 1-2 minutes my foot ,hip , back , neck was killing me so I was certainly using heaps of dope ,but straight after the accident i didnt smoke for a bit cause I was on meds but they where not good enough or enough to cope with the amount of pain I suffer with but other things started to happen like hearing and seeing things that arent there if I smoke or not this happens so its obviously related to the crash ,so know im on some syke meds and stuff seems to be under control ,smoking or not ,but just recently Ive been asked to ride a competition bitchumen drag bike TV aired stuff and in order to obtain appropriate licencing the first thing on the licence app is a doctor needs fill it out and do a illicit drug test so for about two weeks if had no smoke and no drama ,so what the f!@#k are all these other blogs not telling or are they just pisss weak and have never had a hot cold flush before it will happen at some time of your life anyway specialy if your a women , in summary its just not that hard have another cigarette but thats another adddiction if you dont smoke cigarettes and you stop the dope thats where your hardcore cold turkey lies ,get some nicabate dont be such a girl its all over before you no it.

Thank you if you got to read this piece

seekingfreedom on November 22, 2012:

Great ideas, thank you!

Emeraldeyes on November 21, 2012:

@ seekingfreedom,

This is what will help you as I'm a qualified nutritionist, stop pressurising yourself to eat as its causing you to stress and worr about your weight.

How about making smoothies, and veg juicing and you can drink through a straw and it will be excellent nutrition for you, fills you up and clean food equals clean thoughts!

Depression - all the berries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries mix in a blender and for extra nutrition you can get whats called (sorry I'm in London don't know what country you are in):

Natural Hemp Protein and


Aloe Vera (2 cap fulls)

obviously you can add banana which helps with winter depression and so on and so forth.

Just an idea that might help you as the smoothie and juicing will help you massively.

Worth a try eh!


seekingfreedom on November 21, 2012:

I am freezing right now, it's ridiculous! The hot and cold and sweaty is driving me crazy! I have lost four pounds which is very bad; I am at 116lbs now which is way too low... I have a hard time keeping myself at 120 and was so happy a few months ago when I put on two pounds. I keep trying and trying to eat, but it is very hard.

The flip flop of emotions is pretty frustrating. I felt so happy yesterday and pretty good in general, but today I woke up feeling so full of anxiety. I guess things could be pretty crazy until I even out completely. I know it's still in my system even though I am about a week and half into it.

I am happy to be here and glad that my struggles and successes are helping someone. I get the email pretty quickly, so if you need me, I am here.

Take care everyone!

Emeraldeyes on November 21, 2012:

Hey SeekingFreedom :-), how you doing today? bless your heart and big thanks for your message it means alot to me, I'm was in a very dark place yesterday and out of all the stories on here and they are very similar yours stood out and I truly connected with what your going through. God I am laughing cause I sound like a nut job and really Im sooooo not, my bad language is disgraceful oooops I guess thats part of the cleansing and also I know from being a therapist that I'm hitting whats called the 'Healing Crisis' but I don't feel alone now as I know you get me and that means alot when going through this. I had a friend call me last night telling me - are you crazy don't stop smoking and then offered to have a ounce of skunk dropped to me free of charge - wtf drop me out. But thank god I have my closest friend who's encouraging me to keep going and I will. I found it beyond difficult to sleep and was still wide awake tossing and turning, I get hot throw the duvet off, withing seconds get cold and wrap myself in the duvet, on off, on off, this went onto until 4am this morning but I did wake up not soaking wet in sweat now its gone the opposite way and I'm freezing, appetite is very very low and I'm not stuffing my face with chocolate, already losing weight lol. Woke this morning and cried for a little while and then I felt like I wanted to give someone a wallop hahahaha but of course I would never do that, right now I'm cool I wonder how long it will last but I do believe it will get better as I'm already seeing the signs.

Sending big heart hugs to you and everyone going through this deep down we know its right we just know.

One Bless One Love lets keep going in the right direction of living a better life.


seekingfreedom on November 20, 2012:

Hey there Emeraldeyes, glad you found us! I am right there with you in your fight; it is a battle that I WILL win! When I am feeling bad, it helps to remind myself why I am doing this and that I will eventually be back to the person I really am.

Congrats on seeing the light! It's hard when we have been kidding ourselves for so long! I know just what you mean, in every way!!

I am here almost every day, so to anyone out there who is fighting this addiction; my thoughts and prayers are with you and YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Big hugs everyone!

Emeraldeyes on November 20, 2012:

awwww bless this is an amazing site with great people and just a few wankers throwing in their negativity - all I can say to you tossers is do one as your chatting pure and utter shite and your totally ignorant, @ Seeking Freedom - I'm right there with you, I've smoked pure hardcore skunk for 23 years of my life every single day and something just snapped inside me last Sunday and I have stopped, its fooking hell, I woke up in the early hours of the morning for the past two days just completely freezing cold and soaking wet with sweat, banging headaches, angry and crying but above all that I feel proud that I'm doing the right thing for me and I know it will get easier and easier and if I don't change now I never will. I will drive through this fooker with all my might! I'm the same having problems with eating, and I work in banking so I would disappear during lunch and puff my fat joint and then use eye drops to whiten my eyes, funny thing is I think I'm kidding everyone but I was totally kidding myself all the time. my main diet is coffee, sugar and chocolate and I don't sleep much, what's strange is I look really well and look years younger than my actual age - go figure. I'm also an Holistic Therapist and am going to be working with patients at a local hospice and I feel like I'm a fraud if I don't change my poxy ways. Big yourself up @ seekingfreedom you will do it and so will I, have you heard of the Silva Method its damn amazing and helps with addictive habit control. If I can walk on fire twice then I'm going to turn this fooker into a walk in the park. Big up to all who are on the road to being weed free, no more chasing the drug dealers, no more giving over our hard earned cash to them, no more lying to hide our addictions it really is true freedom! One bless, One love :-)

seekingfreedom on November 19, 2012:

Thanks so much tornbetween2lvrs. I appreciate you taking the time to respond to me.

I agree, I need to stop the drinking. It's not a good idea to stop one thing and add another. I am aware of it now at least, so that is the first step.

Today makes one week since I quit and I am honestly feeling pretty good. Yesterday was good as well, but every day before that was a struggle.

Weaning myself down seemed to do the trick with the withdrawal symptoms. When I stopped cold turkey for three days (I think) I had every single symptom listed in the article and thought I was going nuts. Now, I have none. I am hungry now and slowly able to eat more. It is like my body didn't know what to do anymore without it; nothing tasted good or smelled good or sat well with me once I did eat/drink.

But today, I am enjoying a cup of coffee (which I love!!!!) for the first time in a week. It tastes sooo good!

So for anyone struggling, keep at it! It really does get better! You have to want to quit and you have to stay strong even in the dark days.

I think the biggest shock was realizing how much I needed it. I didn't want it to control my life anymore. I want to be aware, feel the pain and the joy, everything! Yeah, life is hard, it hurts and it's easy to numb it all out and make yourself feel like it's all fine.

Reality is not so bad; there is always something to be thankful for, there is joy to be found, books to read, movies to watch, new things to explore. Once you aren't bound to green, you will see everything in a different light.

Depression is a tough one; I have struggled with it for years. And have chosen the route of CBT instead of traditional meds. For anyone fighting this, please do a search for CBT and see if it can work for you. It is basically changing your thought process (way simplified explanation) and it works for me. You have to make yourself do things and change your way of thinking. Whenever you have a negative thought, be aware of it, and replace it with a positive. For example: Today sucks. replace with this. Today is a new day, a chance for anything to happen if I am open to it. or Today is a new start for me and I can make it whatever I want..... Whatever works for you....

Thank you again tornbetween; I hope you are doing well in your journey and I appreciate your kind and honest words.

tornbetween2lvrs on November 18, 2012:

I was just checking to see if it would post, since now I see "sign in/sign up."

to SF:

I go through all those same emotions; angry, sad, bouts of crying, so guess that means depressed. Since I stopped, again, for 2 months, I had some "anxiety attack" I thought last week, but found out it is high blood pressure. I now think if I continued to smoke, maybe I'd be better.

You are not alone, but yet your are. It is something "YOU" have to deal with. and it sucks. Good that you and SO are doing it together. I was doing the sipping wine, bloody marys, something to fill the void, but waking up with alcohol hangover is worst that weed-hangover.

I suggest some of your favorite physical activity and tunes to help you. I sprained both my ankles over 2 months ago, so that went out the window. I think I gave up to many vices at once. It's killing me, too.

Hope this kinda helps. Used to post long time ago. I've come here recently; read only, no posts. But it does help when I need some support, to vent.... it blows and I miss my friend.

tornbetween2lvrs on November 18, 2012:

I'm here.

seekingfreedom on November 17, 2012:

I seem to be having a conversation with myself here. I guess not that many of the previous posters are active here anymore.

I would love some support right now.

I feel like I am completely alone in this. My SO and I both stopped and he is fine; I am not! I am so angry and sad, depressed and not hungry. My stress level is so high and I have no idea how to bring it down.

I have taken to drinking every night as it's the only peaceful happy time I can find.

Is there anyone out there?

I don't think my SO even likes me anymore; Hell, I don't like me anymore either. F*** this.

seekingfreedom on November 15, 2012:

Hey Eee, glad you found us :) The urge hits me bad anytime I have a stressful situation. I have found breathing calms me some though. Glad to hear you are doing better with it, it is pretty surprising to have withdrawal symptoms (I think) when you didn't expect them.

Hope everyone is doing well in their journey to quit. It is a hard road for sure, but clarity is good and life is getting better everyday. Don't forget to keep busy! It's the only thing that works for me :)

Eee on November 15, 2012:

I've been smoking on and off since I was 18 and I've never had a problem stopping even though I am big smoker but this time I've been smoking for close to a year and a half pretty much every day in my free time... as I don't really drink. I've stopped because I was smoking more and more for no real reason. I'm now getting withdrawal symptoms which I never really had before.... I'm not having problems falling to sleep but I do seem to wake up roughly about every 2 hours. Major loss of appetite could easily go without eating but I know I have too Headaches seems to have passed it's just stomach cramps and bordom... but hopefully will be getting a new job tomorrow so that will keep me busy... I felt better after reading some of the posts here so thought I'd post myself... Day 6 at the moment don't really have urges smoke just hope I start feeling better soon.

seekingfreedom on November 14, 2012:

Hello again everyone,

I am back again to update my progress. Please read my previous post to get the rest of my story as I won't go over it here.

Tapering off was the only was for me to go. I cut down drastically and never smoked to get a buzz (during this cutdown time) only one or two, enough to fend off a panic attack. Cold turkey wasn't for me but it might be ok for others.

So I am in my second full day without. Monday, I had my last two hits in the morning, it is now Wednesday mid morning. I know what to expect now as my previous withdrawal symptoms were pretty hardcore.

Symptoms: crazy ass dreams (last two nights), bad headache, kind of hungry sometimes but when I eat it makes me nauseous

I am in a better place mentally though; I wasn't ready to face it before, but I am now. I have always struggled with depression and social anxiety so I must simply continue my CBT work to keep everything under control.

I have to say, my biggest issue is eating. I love food and I have many favorite foods but nothing smells, looks or tastes good to me anymore. I have to force myself to eat which worries me as I am already very thin and don't need to drop any weight at all.

That is all for now. The brain fog is back of course, so my thoughts feel so scattered and disorganized.

Again, I want to thank you all for sharing your stories and being supportive. If it wasn't for this site, I don't think I would be in such a positive place with this whole thing.

And to the jerks who keep showing up here to cause trouble; go away, this isn't a place for you. That's it, take care everyone!

seekingfreedom on November 09, 2012:

Hey mellomel :) Your story reminds me of me.... I am tapering off right now and probably 3 or 4 days away from having no more. I commend the ones who go cold turkey, it isn't possible for me though. I'll update with how I am doing again but for now, I am smoking less; alot less for me. I am also feeling a little better about running out this time, more at peace with quitting. Although I haven't quit yet, I think this will be easier now that I have reduced the amount in my body.....

mellomel on November 09, 2012:

been smoking weed for more than a year now and sigarettes since the age of about 14 and i am now 30, i quit sigarettes and weed about 3 weeks ago, cold turkey and got SICK...couldnt eat, vomiting, couldt sleep, scared, crying and emotional, had suicidal thoughts, my marrige almost got to an end, i just did not want to live like this anymore, after the 3rd day without both sigarettes and weed i couldnt take it anymore, been in and out of the doctors rooms, meds did not help. they gave me something to give me an appetite so i could eat something but that just made it worse,on the end the meds make you so hungry that it feels likehell is burning in ur tummy and you still cant eat cause when i just smell food i vomit or get soooo sick... went back on weed but did not smoke as much as usual, had a few drags past one in the afternoon and at nite,next day only afternoon, now today i have been cleaned of sigarettes for almost 3 full weeks and as for weed this is my 3rd day clean,still have alot of butterflies in my tummy, still struggling to eat but its getting better bit by bit, i know it aint gona happen over nite but i will rather suffer a few days more and get rid of it once andfor all then to give up and have to start all over again. i wasso badly looking for help and people told me weed aint addictive, its all in the head, well that i now know is alot of shit and i want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the help you gave on this page, i feel so much better and knowing that im not the only one lifts a tonof weight from my shoulders. thank u thank u thank u.

seekingfreedom on October 31, 2012:

I have been reading this page for two days now (and I'm only halfway through); I must begin by thanking all of you for being here and sharing your stories and experiences. I am going to try to tell my story because I have always believed that you can only begin to deal with something once you face the truth.

I have smoked for 15 years, the last 9 years daily and heavily; at this point 10grams per week minimum. I was prompted to quit due to my SO's job situation changing and requiring a clean test. I jumped in and offered to quit as well. The financial burden has been out of control for many years now and we both saw the benefit in stopping. Keep in mind, at this point (4 days ago) I was ready for this; I was done with smoking!

So, day 1 (no smoking): edgy, very angry, not hungry, bad nausea, feel foggy, no energy or motivation, sort of down

day 2: same symptoms plus, sweaty then freezing cold and shaking, bad diarrhea (sorry, tmi!), feel very foggy, very depressed, see no point in anything at all

At this point, about 11am the second day without, I began to cry uncontrollably. For the next two hours I believe I had some type of panic attack. At one point, I could hardly breathe. I probably should have said this first, but I am bipolar II and use CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) to control it rather than prescriptions. I don't know why it took me so long to remember to control my breathing and my mind; I really think the brain fog is what made me forget (it's literally like I am in this hazed fuzzy brain place). So, when I had calmed down (after the biggest breakdown of my life) I called my SO and asked SO to get some for me.

So, I have smoked again; only two days in and I couldn't handle it. LITERALLY. I was one of those (before) that would say "it's not addictive, it is harmless, etc." but seeing and experiencing such a harsh physical, mental and emotional response has opened my eyes to the fact that I AM AN ADDICT. I used to say that I used it to keep myself level and that is true, I self medicated and have been a happy person in some aspects. I won't go into too much more as I am so exhausted.

Basically, all I have done is face the fact that I have a problem. I have not conquered it yet but I have taken the first step at least. Many of you have said that going cold turkey is the only way. For me, this does not seem feasible. I smoke any chance I can get, like ANY. I have to wean myself down at least. For example, today, I hit a j four times because I don't want to have another panic attack and I felt it coming. Is it bad that I did? Probably. But this whole thing is hard to handle and I'm not ready. I am going to create a plan so that I can set some goals for myself that are achievable.

I'll be back to update. I apologize for my probably incoherent post, but I feel like I need to share this. I have to be honest with myself here.

Take care everyone.

anon on October 22, 2012:

First off mental addiction can be just as painful as physical addiction. Pot is psychoactive. If you take ANY psychoactive drug for an extended period of time it will cause changes to your brain. Remove the drug and your mind will complain. But your brain is self healing, but it's VERY SLOW to change back, even slower if it's been getting the drug for many years.

As for cancer. There are no legit medical studies that prove pot cures cancer. Yes it can help a cancer patient undergoing chemo deal with pain, appetite loss, etc, I am all for that. But smoking ANYTHING will increase your risk of lung cancer. I can't really speak to vaporizers - but I'd assume it's better for you. Ingesting pot is probably the healthiest way - but eating it always f-ed me up in a bad way. Way different than smoking it.

I've smoked for 18yrs. 50% of my life. (I am 36 now, in case your math skills are rusty) I started in college. For the first year I smoked 2-3 times a week. But pretty soon I was a daily smoker. And for the past 3-4 years I've been smoking 24/7... as often as possible. Yes I am totally aware I am (err was) self medicating. In recent years I've started to suffer from anxiety and depression. I've never had any professional help or treatment. I think people in my situation is the most at risk for hardcore addiction and more severe withdraws.

I lost my job in early 2010 and after a year of unemployment I decided to get clean so I could find a new job. It took over 60 days to pee clean! I bought a bunch of pee strips off amazon. And sadly the job I landed didn't even test, so it was back to smoking! I told myself - ok this time around I am just going to smoke occasionally. None of this everyday crap. That failed big time. I was back to everyday right from day one. And within a month I was smoking before work and at lunch - in addition to all evening. I told myself if that happened it would be proof I could not control myself and need to stop for good. But I could remember the HELL I went through the year before when I stopped and had no desire to repeat the agony. Well a few months ago I lost the new job (stupid economy!) I wish I'd quit then on the day I got laid off... if so when I got my job offer last week I would have been thrilled. But I wasn't... the offer was contingent on me passing a drug test. I still have no replied to the offer. I am going to try and stall them until I can pee clean, but I know it's going to be 60+ days like last time.

I don't think pot is evil or inherently bad. I think it's an important drug, and I wish it was legalized (and controlled) but I can't do it anymore. Not to say I will never take a hit for the rest of my life. But I hope to never buy another sack, even if it is legalized.

As for withdraws... I've had them all. I've lost 5lbs in 6 days. (I quit 6 days ago) I am a PAIN to be around. Anything at all will set me off. I have no interest in food at all. I get headaches everyday (almost never got them before apart from the occasional alcohol hangover). My anxiety is so bad it causes my neck to cramp up which doesn't help the headaches. I feel like an alien. I can't sit still. Sleep is horrible. I have nightmares or vivid anxiety dreams.

One thing that has REALLY helped me is unisom sleeping pills. My doctor said there isn't anything wrong with taking them every night... but they still worry me. I still have the nightmare and stuff... but I don't lie away for an hour trying to fall sleep.

Exercise also helps... I am about to go hit the elliptical machine right now. Exercise makes you hungry and tired and releases endorphins which help with the depression.

I still think about smoking ALL THE TIME. And the people who say... of you are 6 days in! congrats you are past the worst part. No. From what I remember the worst was about 2 weeks in.

Why am I going to be successful this time? Because I want it. I'm not just quitting temporarily for a job. Last time I quit I just put the stash in the freezer - BAD IDEA. I think it made quitting MUCH more difficult. This time I got rid of what I had left. Which ironically was the best weed I HAVE EVER SMOKED. MMJ from CO. *SIGH* I still have my glass collection. I might thin it down someday... but I have a few pieces with sentimental attachment - I will keep forever even if I never use them again.

I will be successful because I am strong. I am not going to let a weed rule my life anymore. I rarely fly because of not being able to bring pot with me. And when I did fly I'd smuggle it with me like a freaking mule. Yes, even post 9/11. I wouldn't spend the night with my family because I wouldn't be able to smoke for a 1/2 day.

Now if I get pulled over I don't have to worry about going to jail. Someone I know if currently serving a 1+ year in prison for pot. It's horrible and I don't agree with the laws, but I also can't change them.

Actually now that I've stopped smoking I'd be MUCH more likely to attend pro-pot rallies and campaign for the legalization.

Good luck to all the people trying to quit. You can do it. Try to remember it isn't going to kill you and it won't last forever.

As for the people still smoking... be careful. Be honest with yourself. So many of these comments are people who are still smoking and trying to rationalize it. I've done that for MANY years. Also if you are smoking EVERY DAY ask yourself if you plan on smoking FOREVER? Most people will say no, but then ask them when they plan to quit. I was in that boat. If someone had told me in 1994 when I started that I'd still be smoking daily in 2012 I would have NEVER touched the stuff in the first place.

Just like an alcoholic... I am taking things one day at a time. It is REALLY difficult right now. But I know I can do it. Failure is NOT an option. It will either kill me or I will succeed.

brobro on October 18, 2012:

This whole article is fucking stupid! marijuana has actually been proven to prevent cancer AND it relieves pain and there is a 0% chance of dieng from it! anyone who says they went through withdrawals arent REALLY going through withdrawals! it is not physically addictive which means NO WITHDRAWALS! yet if prolonged use i will agree that it is mentally addictive! but so is junk food! i dont think ive ever heard of anyone getting withdrawals from junk food! they're just bummed that they cant eat anymore! JUST LIKE MARIJUANA

Dirtrag on October 17, 2012:

There is one single point, which needs a deeper consideration concerning the addiction itself, as everyone here seems to be concerned about the physical usage: Exactly when do you feel the need to use?

It's definitely not at that moment when you start rolling your joint, it well comes to your mind hours before that. This is the key moment to say no, or better, find subtle alternatives to your addiction. (Check Lance M. Dodes' book on this)

You might be off the weed for months, but one single helpless moment might still trigger old habits and you might end up with a j in your mouth. That is why, it is important to concentrate on breaking the (psychological) addiction, instead of blocking it physically, or worse, exchanging it with other compulsory behaviors.

This promotes will power and reduces the detox symptoms on the first days of withdrawal. It helped me quit for good after many years of abuse, so I wanted to share it here.

paul on October 12, 2012:

16 years every f*&%*£g day, living in a fog! Been 28 days now, all the stated withdrawal symptoms. I can feel good improvments!

Amazing artical and posts! It's nice to know I'm(We) not alone and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I may well have relapsed if i had not read this. Its a real battle in your mind, be strong guys!

Thanks so much to writer and posters

Yo on September 23, 2012:

I was smoking almost daily for about a year. I got really sick one day and stopped smoking all together for some reason. A few days after I started having really bad anxiety and panic attacks. I honestly thought it was related to me being sick. I hadnt smoked in over a month and started feeling a lot better. Back to my normal self. Decided to smoke a bowl with a buddy the other night, only three hits. Woke up the next morning feeling horrible and my anxiety had returned. I really had no idea the lack of smoking could cause such harm to your body. I delt with anxiety, panic attacks, memory loss, body pain, stomach pain, nausea. It was horrible. I cant believe I smoked the other night and made half of that return not knowing. I really hope it doesnt take over a month to get back to normal again, because that was probably the most miserable I have ever been in my whole life.

Danny.O. on September 20, 2012:

I'm 20 years old, where im from its a normal thing for people to smoke weed everyone does it, i started smoking it when i was 12 years old, so u can imagine the damage that has been done to my brain, even thought i smoked it daily for years i still managed to get good grades in school and flew through college and i'm now at university. i attempted to quit before my first year of uni, i lasted about 10 days before i gave in, the withdrawal sympotoms i was feeling was unreal, felt like an insomniac, i was moody an had terrible mood swings, i couldnt deal with it so i started smoking again.... a year on im trying again, i start my 2nd year in just over a week, and im trying to cut myself down on it, just trying to smoke it on the weekend, like a weekly detox an reward myself of a weekend, eventually hoping that i cut it out altogether rather than what i done last time just cutting it out altogether. im on my 4th day now, i've had difficulties sleeping but i know this will pass, the hardest bit is sitting round all my friends while they openly smoke it around me constantly trying to corrupt me into smoking it again, ITS ALL ABOUT WILLPOWER, anyone can stop if they believe that they can, i firmly believe its mind over matter.

wish me luck

anontext on September 15, 2012:

There is a natural remedy for the withdrawal symptoms you can switch to something that is easier to get off from and legal. Under $12.00 and free shipping from

It will increase your dopamine levels which will stop your flu like symptoms you having from the marijuana withdrawl.

Rob on September 12, 2012:

Oh well actually I just noticed quite a few other people have also had the dizzy problem. That makes me feel a bit better, like it's normal..?

Rob on September 10, 2012:

I'm 20 and have been smoking ever day since I was about 16, and particularly in the last couple years I have been smoking a hell of a lot.

I would go a few days without it here and there, but now I am making a conscious effort to quit.

Yes sleeping is hard, I was expecting that, but I didn't expect such anxiety. Also, I am feeling sort of dizzy/wobbly, and I want to clarify if that is normal?

I have only read one other person on here that has said that that has happened to them. Apart from that, it's not actually that bad, and I'm excited for a sober life, I'm just a little worried about the dizziness is all...Is that normal? I feel like it's my mind being like, "where's the bud?"

Bigiba on September 09, 2012:

Forgive my english, it is not my native language. I have smoked at bed time on daily basis for 5 years and I quit smoke for almost 2 months since my last hit. The reason I quit is because I'm going to get married and I feel now it is not just "my" thing and I have to be responsible for her so I decided to quit. Why? because I found although Smoke does not kill you or change you instantly, in long term it does change the way you think, and changes the reward system path in your brain. It makes you feel everything gonna be ok, then you don't pay attention to many things, no matter how important it is. In the end, you don't feel things, you don't feel people and all you care is to get stone and forget about these things that may bother you. It's like people earn money and get something that they like to be happiness and we just skip that progress just smoke and get happy. It is not normal and will destroy your reward system in long term.

After 2 month since I quit, I feel things now. I no longer forget things like my keys, wallet. I can again make quick and right decision at work. I think quick and I don't shirk on difficult tasks no more. The only thing left is insomnia... I can easily fall-asleep but only for 4-5 hours with really bad sleep quality. I had dream every night and doesn't feel refresh when I get up. I don't know how long this going to take but I won't go back smoke, for my girl and for myself. Be strong my friends, hang in there and you can do it.

PS. BFD, you mentioned that you've quit for 9 months, what was your sleep at the time? And what brought you back to smoke if you don't mind to share? I've seen your posts 2 years ago when I was thinking to quit but I failed that time. Also, I want you to know no matter what you choose I'll support you like you've done to many people in the past. Cheers.

Luke on September 06, 2012:

Hey, people... I just want to say I'm 20 years old and I've recently quit smoking weed.. I'm glad to see all these experiences because they are very similar to what u an going through... my biggest concern is this insomnia & feeling of a paid heart rate... Breathing seems to be more difficult too. It's been about 2.5 weeks... I can deal with "depression" & "anxiety" but ya know how you don't realize you have a head until you have a migraine or a headache... You don't realize you have a heart until you're jogging, or excercising, or I suppose a panic attack. I can deal with it through our the day but at night it's almost like I'm woken up by my own heart beat. I have also experienced extremely weird dreams... And I just feel disassociated from everyone... weed helped me sleep so well... and its been almost three weeks... sleeping isn't always impossible... But it's difficult and I tend to wake up right after I hit that sleepy state... I might include that I've done a lot of psychodelics too... But I have never felt like this... I quit for about 50 days before and it was easier... But I got back on using regularly ... Damn near everyday multiple times... If not everyday. I feel pretty bad honestly... But I have to get a job... so I'm gonna keep it up as long as I can... jogging is helping me... god bless everybody and their efforts... Whether these are withdrawal symptoms.. Or everyone is just having similar weird experiences (which I highly doubt, people who are still smoking and trying to defend the plant... We get it... I smoked religiously.... And no one is trying to say anything in stone... But clearly those of us who have stopped smoking are having similar experiences... And I don't think it's coincidence.. Sharing them... Is just for mental help... And I'm glad I came to this site) so again I don't... Have any plans of smoking anytime soon.. but this shit sucks... I don't want to depend on anything... Other than oxygen... And it might've been easier the last time I quit because I was drinking heavily... Hence sleep... Lack of boredome... Anyway idk... But I'm tired of feeling so speedy... And lethargic... Hopefully it will subside soon... Good luck everyone

ny smoker on September 04, 2012:

well its been about 4-5 days since i last smoked and i can tell you i knew nothing about marijuana withdrawals yet i still have them i cant sleep im really aggresive now iv actually isolated myself from other people in my home because i dont want to take my aggression out on them but im hoping within the upcoming weeks i can fight that and my life gets back into its normal groove lol well thanks for reading and thank you for creating this site it actually helped

Doc Camaro on September 04, 2012:

It's all in your head folks. If you read about withdrawal symptoms before you quit, you will have'em. If you didnt know about it, you wouldn't have'em, unfortunately that's how the human brain works.

anon on August 31, 2012:

there are homeopathics for the nausea as well... though I love my sea bands ( a little band you wear on the wrists to help with nausea of any kind... even though they are called seabands)

I really hope the info I have left in the last 3 posts can help people. If it helps you, please pass it along and share it with others as well :-)

anon on August 31, 2012:

Just wanted to add:

I am also a petite female, barely 5'3 and my normal weight is around 110 (I fluctuate 107-112) I was 107 before i quit 4 days ago, and now 104.6 for some of the ladies who are concerned about weight I promise you WILL get your app back, and the weight DOES come right back as I have quit numerous times now.

I am eating though (smoothies, juices, and whatever else I have been able to for dinners, etc...) so I don't feel or look sickly.... actually I never felt/looked that way even when my weight dropped to 103 at it's all time lowest a few years ago when I quit the second time.

Yesterday (day 3 quitting) I was able to be hungry for guacamole and consumed a good portion of calories that way, and I have already had more today, so I am sure my weight will start going back up very very soon.... if not by tomorrow even! :-)

Be Strong! spend time in nature, outdoors, walking, gym, yoga, exercise all these things HELP a GREAT deal! :-)

.....I mentioned a homeopathic that has worked perfect for me above (I didnt have to have any restless/sleepless nights at all this time!:-) but also wanted to mention taking a VERY LONG HOT shower or bath directly before bed helps to relax the body greatly as well. If you live with anyone else in your home... if they can rub your back for just a few minutes when u lay down at night, this helps a great deal as well:-) when you get out of your hot shower/bath get some LAVENDER essential oit and add a bunch to some oil or your lotion in your hand and rub your whole body with it. add just a drop or 2 of the lavender directly to your pillow at night. You should have some extra $ if you just quit.... so maybe use it to TREAT yourself to a nice relaxing massage.... will help clear the lymph and get the toxins moving out of your system a whole lot faster and obviously relax your body to help sleep at night or anxiety in the day.

anon on August 31, 2012:


Firstly, try not to get stressed if your appetite is barely there and you lose weight.... I promise it will come right back:-)

For appetite I find fresh juices and smoothies okay to consume. anything else, even favorite foods I would try to eat and just had to spit them out. IF you can drink smoothies LOAD them up with plenty of frozen bananas and whatever berries you want to try to get them calorie dense. Personally, I would not add any powders/protein to it. FRESH made organic OJ in the morning I found okay to get down. IF you can get Juice or smoothies down it WILL stimulate your appetite for later in the day so hopefully you can have lunch or dinner. IT IS OK if your body does not want to eat. The body naturally loses it's appetite when it has MAJOR DETOXIFICATION to do (just like you have no appetite when you get the flu bad). So don't stress, it is a natural process (I am not even sure loss of appetite should be considered a withdrawl bc of this)

FOR SLEEP: for me, the product quietude by boiron ( worked perfect. follow the directions though. you dissolve 2 tabs under tongue 3 hours before bed and then 2 more tabs right at bedtime. EveryBODY is different and you may need to experiment with what product works for you. Natural products CAN make you groggy just as well though... and the one I mentioned above does not leave you feeling that way the next day at all. I also took L-Theanine at night (will also help during day though if you need it)

ANXIETY help: I found the product anxiety relief by NaturalCare helps great!!!! it is for anxiety, worry, stress, apprehension, and panic attacks

The homeopathic remedies mentioned above are best taken at least 15 minutes away from any food, and if you can avoid peppermint/mint is good too

My smoking history: I am female about to turn 33. started at 17. smoked HEAVY for 10 years... quit one full year, started back just as heavy for 9 months, quit for 2 full years had a couple tokes spread out over a few days while visiting friends in hawaii... continued to not smoke when i got home... was coming up on 3 years no smoking (with the exception of a couple tokes in hawaii) and then started to smoke AGAIN 4 months ago. just stopped 4 days ago and the products above worked for me like a charm. I really hope they can help others.

I WOULD NOT TAKE DR'S PRESCRIPTION for anything (appetite, sleep, etc...) as this will just create an addiction to replace an addiction and ALL prescription medicine has side effects. That is just my personal opinion.

concernedwife on August 27, 2012:


I still come to this site once in a while, not as much since you had left... but if you notice my post name is highlighted, if you click on it it will take you to the next page which you can go straight to my regular email address. I think you have to leave your information and I will follow up. Try it, lets see if it works... If it does not work, let me know... Talk to you soon,


BFD on August 25, 2012:


I'm quite relieved to find you still here. When I posted last, you hadn't posted for 3 months, (I scrolled back). I thought you had given up, like I did. You made me feel like my opinions were valuable, and I wanted to be helpful.

So what happened to me? Well, I was completely clean from Aug. 2010 until May 2011, 9 months, the longest since 1996. Then I got curious, how high would I get now that I was clean?, can I be a casual toker? Within 2-3 months, I was back to my old usage amount and patterns. Now, after being dirty for more than a year, I don't even get high, I just smoke $500 a month to be normal. Sheila and the boys look the other way, but I know it's a stressor for them.

I feel unworthy of your kind words because I'm using right now, I tripped again. No pun intended. I have no plan to quit right now, sorry to say, but please keep in touch with me . Maybe I can provide a different perspective to our discussions. I wish there was a way for me to give you my email address without posting it online.

Anyway, I'm very happy to have hooked up with you again.


#SativaLadii on August 24, 2012:

I'm 24 years old and first smoked weed when i was in the 6th grade. I smoked it off and on until i was about 19 years old. sometimes i liked it and other times i didnt but as i got older the "bad trips" (I called them) stopped and then it became an everyday thing. I consider myself a heavy user. I smoke a little more than a quarter a day. I never wanted to stop and really still dont want too.

This is the 3rd day that i have been without and it hasnt been by choice. I am not at home right now and am out of town and am unable to get any. The withdrawls suck and thats what has me thinkin "THIS IS NOT WORTH IT" and makes me want to stop. I am a small woman, only weight 120lbs, im scared that if i decide to continue to NOT smoke i will lose alot of weight and will end up looking sick. My withdrawls symptoms have not really improved. It takes me all day to eat a sandwich. hot flashes which is weird. I jus wonder if you can take suppliments that will give you an appitite and if so will it help?? cause that is my biggest challenge. I love to eat and its very very frusterating that i cant. I think if i could eat i could handle the rest at least from what im experiencing, so far. I was also thinking if i only smoke a few grams a day to try an wein myself off will that make the withdrawls less or even non exsistant??? If anyone has any suggestions for anything they think will help I would love to know.

Alex on August 23, 2012:

Its day 6 and this morning i had a doctors appointment for my anxiety. when i get there they took my weight and i am 118!!!i was 137 two weeks ago so obviously im having a loss in appetite. i told my doctor how i recently quit marijuana and told of some other things and we just talked. he ended up perscibing me to .25 Xanax and only 20 pills and said to take them when the anxiety happens. this was somewhat reassuring knowing i wasn't actually going crazy and don't have an anxiety disorder cause i have never experienced this in my life until now. last night i got it really bad and today i am experiencing it a little but it comes at night so i think is just anticipation that it is coming. i know its only day 6 and i still have a long way to go but it really is a scary feeling when the anxiety hits cause i start to think about depression and just other scary topics. when the anxiety passes i usually look back and think "wow i was really freaking out about that im totally fine now". so i will keep you guys updated im not experiencing any cravings but iv been a bit bored cause im not hanging out with the friends who smoke and am trying to get back into my good circle of friends but its tuff after not hanging out with them all summer.

concernedwife on August 23, 2012:

@ BFD,

You said: It magically appeared on my Ipad somehow?

What you don't know is that I have this special magic!!! LOL...

WELCOME BACK. How is Sheila, right??? Sorry, just happen to check in, still do it once in a while. Lost interest when you left... LOL.

I want you to know that you were a huge help to me for a long time.

When I saw your post I thought to my self... Can't be... but glad you are back, and remember no one is perfect...

Jeff, still the same Jeff... LOL... I have to laugh about it or I will be the one in the crazy house...

Man, hope all is well with you, and the family...

Sorry, have to get back to work... my lunch is over...

Talk to you soon!


Alex on August 22, 2012:

I can't tell you guys how much this site has helped me. I'm 17 turning 18 in 3 months. The first time I smoked was when I was 15 and the first time I did I got terrible anxiety and did not like but I had friends who did and the peer pressure got to me and i smoked off and on until my junior year I started smoking everyday and I didn't realize it then but it was affecting my life. My grades went from an average student to failing most classes I ditched school almost everyday and distanced my self from my good friends who didn't use. We'll long story short it's the end of the summer and next year is my senior year and I decided to quit and I am getting severe anxiety at nights my thoughts are everywhere and they are honestly scary I have never really thought about depression until now and it scares me to get cause I had a family member commit suicide because of it. Also I have no appetite but I'm still hungry just nothing sounds good. It's day 5 and everything is peeking and it's terrifying.i have a doctors appointment tomorrow and am terrified they will put me on something that I will get addicted to. This post may be hard to understand as its tuff for me to explain how I truly feel but after tomorrow iwill keep my progress updated through this site as I feel I helps with,y anxiety if I just read what people have put.

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