Weed Withdrawal Symptoms: How Long Do They Last?

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How Long Does Withdrawal Last?

Despite what the public believes about marijuana, you can suffer from marijuana “weed” “MJ” withdrawal symptoms, however, if you only use occasionally, it is unlikely that you will experience withdrawal symptoms. If you are feeling weed withdrawal symptoms, how long they last depends on different factors.

Unlike other drugs such as heroin, benzodiazepines, or alcohol, marijuana is not as physically addictive. However, the most difficult substance use disorder to overcome is the one you are suffering from. The good news is heavy pot smoker withdrawal is safe and temporary.

What is Marijuana Withdrawal?

Marijuana withdrawal is the emergence of symptoms after you stop using marijuana. If you are going through weed withdrawal symptoms, how long it lasts depends on the type and amount that you use.

You will begin to experience some negative symptoms within a week of abstinence. These typically happen if you are a heavy pot smoker. Withdrawal can include feelings of increased anxiety and hostility.

You may feel restlessness or a feeling of all-around discomfort. Anytime your body goes through a disruption you are likely to feel this condition of malaise. Disturbances in sleep are likely to affect you if you are a heavy pot smoker.

Withdrawal is not a fun process, but it is the first step you need to regaining control over your life. Many people have trouble dealing with the negative impact of withdrawal.

Effects and Abuse of Marijuana

When marijuana is smoked or consumed, THC passes into the bloodstream. Once in the body, the psychoactive ingredients are quickly transported to the brain. The experience is vastly different for people.

You may experience a period of euphoria. Nevertheless, you can also suffer from paranoia, panic, and in extreme case hallucinations. Often in chronic users, the risk of developing mental health disorders is higher.

Marijuana abuse is a pattern of use that cause you significant harm to your mental and physical health. If you are having a difficult time functioning at home or work, you may be suffering from a substance abuse disorder.

Mental Illness and Marijuana

Chronic smokers report different experiences. Marijuana affects the brain in different ways. Several studies have linked long term marijuana use to psychiatric conditions. This is especially true if you suffer from schizophrenia.

If you are a heavy pot smoker withdrawal can be difficult to navigate. These negative associations can detour you from committing to stopping. If you are experiencing marijuana withdrawal symptoms you most likely suffer from some dependence. There is hope and treatment available if you are struggling to stop or limit your reliance on marijuana.

Marijuana Use Disorder

If you are wondering if you are suffering from a marijuana abuse disorder, you need to ask yourself a few questions.

  • Are you are trying to control your marijuana use and cannot fight the urge?
  • Are you a heavy pot smoker going through withdrawal?
  • Do you feel unable to cope with marijuanawithdrawal symptoms?
  • Do you want more information about how you can decrease or stop using marijuana?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you are most likely suffering from a use disorder. Do not let the stigma of society stigma dictate what you feel is a problem. Addiction is a cycle where you have lost control over your life and responsibilities.


You are not alone in the silent suffering from heavy pot smoker withdrawal. There is hope for you to conquer your marijuana addiction. Many approved forms of treatment can allow you to regain control over your life. The tools and strategies taught during treatment are designed to bring about immediate positive changes to your life.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Learning to cope with heavy pot smoker withdrawal is a significant part of recovery. An important tool during marijuana withdrawal and detox is learning to make healthier decisions. It is a form of talk therapy. An experienced therapist helps you learn how to control your negative behaviors.

Understanding what compels you to abuse marijuana is a step to helping you stop. The focus is on how to change your behavior. Accomplishing this is through identifying the positive and negative reinforcement surrounding addiction.

Knowing what is healthy and safe to avoid addictive behaviors and substances. However, you may still choose to go ahead and engage in the behavior anyway. This often leads you to consequences for yourself and your loved ones.

Nevertheless, you may regret your behaviors, it can be hard to stop repeating them. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help you understand why.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment

The withdrawal from marijuana can be uncomfortable. Due to chronic use, you will have to learn how to cope with the negative weed withdrawal symptoms. How long this will depend on your use.

During an intensive outpatient program, you can be free to go back to a sober living arrangement or the comfort of your own home. Every marijuana withdrawal symptom can be monitored and addressed. Typically, chronic pot smoker withdrawal will suffer from sleep disturbances, nausea, headaches, and malaise. Getting treatment for these unpleasant side effects can make a huge difference in your recovery.

Outpatient Treatment

If you are struggling with weed withdrawal symptoms, how long can you continue fighting without help? Finding treatment for marijuana withdrawal is a real thing! Many people have difficulties coping with MJ withdrawal symptoms. Outpatient treatment is an ideal setting. You can gain knowledge and tools that can help you avoid relapsing.

Learning from others in group therapy can help you through the process. During outpatient treatment, you learn better ways to cope without turning to marijuana. Often without follow-up care, the likelihood of relapsing is a reality.

Payment Information

Do you want treatment but are worried about how you can pay for it? We have a team of financial professionals who provide free insurance verification. We will work with you to determine how to move forward with the treatment in a way that works for you and your financial situation.

How to Get Help

When you are ready to stop using black tar drugs it can be hard but finding the right treatment should not be.

Resurgence Behavioral Health has years of experience in helping people free themselves from the cycle of addiction.

From detox to sobriety, we are with you every step of the way. We want to help you live a life free from addiction.

Call Resurgence Behavioral Health at (855) 458-0050 to schedule your consultation.