Although many people tend to think that marijuana is a relatively harmless and non- addictive drug, there is some truth to the facts that say otherwise. Of course when you compare it to alcohol or drugs like cocaine and heroin then pot definitely does not seem to very harmful. However, if you look at marijuana from the perspective of someone trying to kick the habit there are definite and obvious marijuana withdrawal symptoms that may also help point towards it being addictive.
Once a person goes cold turkey and stops smoking, there are some very common marijuana withdrawal symptoms that start almost immediately and are reported by the vast majority of those who quit. The most common symptom described is a general feeling of anxiety, for all that the pot makes a person feel relaxed and unstressed the needle swings the other way when they quit. Most people tend to spend several days feeling out of sorts and generally cranky.
If you were to ask a marijuana smoker what the main side effect of smoking weed is , chances are the first thing he is going to say is that it gives him the “munchies” , that feeling of being hungry even if he has just eaten. When a person stops smoking the experience quite the opposite reaction and many report a complete loss of appetite and interest in food. Some people have reported some weight loss although this particular symptoms generally only lasts a few days, the weight loss may stem more from getting back to eating a decent diet.
Marijuana is known to have a major damping effect on the user’s ability to enter the dream state while they are asleep, in fact heavy users may go for years and never experience a dream. One of the most unpleasant marijuana withdrawal symptoms is the return of their dreams. Often for the first few days these dreams can come in the form of some very vivid nightmares that can cause the person to wake up in a cold sweat.
A fair percentage of people report flu like symptoms as part of marijuana withdrawal including sweats, chills and nausea, there have been reports of diarrhea as well although these seem to be relatively rare. Most of these symptoms of marijuana withdrawal start almost immediately, but only last a few days for which the former user can be truly grateful. Many drug withdrawal symptoms can last for months and in some cases for years. For a select few drugs the recovering addict may have to endure certain symptoms for the rest of their lives.
Often when I first engage with clients wishing to quit using pot products they raise the topic of the best way to achieve a proper nights rest without smoking their regular pre-bedtime ‘joint’. In many cases there’s evidence to proffer the grim feeling stemming from sleep deprivation acts as the catalyst for relapse. So that the question for those wishing to smooth the passage thru to becoming freed from a dependance on marijuana is : What can be done to get that great night’s sleep that seems so elusive?
Anyone that has been thru a period in their life when they have suffered from insomnia will vouch as to the affect it has on a person’s overall well-being. In my practice as a Cannabis suspension Specialist the first step is to realise in each individual case to what proportion the difficulties are physical versus psychological.
In another case ‘John’ has become accustomed to using weed in the evenings as a technique of expelling the large stress he feels whilst performing his job as a stockbroker. When he doesn’t smoke in the evening his agitation levels raise to such a height that dispelling active thoughts related to work becomes most unlikely, as does then sleep.
What am I able to do? – Whatever the first reason for your sleep issues the place to begin must be a truthful appraisal of exactly what your routine is. It’s important to detail all facets of your characteristic evening activity. So start by assessing your private situation and don’t forget to include ; your mood patterns ; food consumption ; exercise ; alcohol consumption ; any brain energizing intensive PC gaming ; the typical period between heading off to bed and going to sleep ; reading habits TV time. Then attempt to apply the following helpful rules :
No caffeine after 6.00pm. So beware not just coffee and many types of tea, but also avoid most fizzy drinks and hot chocolate products too.
Don’t swap dope for booze! Yes two bottles of red wine may seem to be a great way to snooze off but you are simply exchanging one bad situation with another. Go with a green tea instead and you’ll enjoy the relaxing feeling that comes from a component called Theanine. Of course, keep liquid intake moderately as having to wake 3 times in the night to go to the toilet will do absolutely nothing for your sense of vitality in the morning.
I usually endorse that clients quit all smoking when they are withdrawing from pot use.
When it is dark ( a dark bedroom is a ‘must have’ for a peaceful night ) melatonin starts to work its sorcery within your brain and allows you to get to sleep quicker and maintain deep sleep longer. You’ll feel far more refresh when you awake.
Even it is simply a brisk walk for 20 minutes the addition of daily exercise will give structure to your internal body clock. The sole exception to the ‘exercise is good’ rule is late evening high heartbeat rate activity. If the single time you can get to work out is in the evening then permit a minimum three hours between exercise and sleep, or you’ll be trying to rest whilst your body is still in a charged state. Of course there are forms of exercise which are ideally suited to making a more relaxed mind and body such as Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi – all are highly recommended by those clients of mine who have adopted them as an element of their across-the-board commitment to private contentment.