How to Cope with Cannabis Withdrawal Symptoms

There are many reasons why a person might stop Cannabis use, whether it’s because of a job, their children, a tolerance break, or because the symptoms they were treating went away. Breaks from Cannabis usage happen. However, depending on the routine of use by the person, they may experience withdrawal symptoms. While these symptoms are nothing too serious, they can cause some disruption to your daily routine if you aren’t prepared for them.

Why do withdrawal symptoms happen?

Cannabis use stimulates the CB1 receptors in the human brain; mainly through the cannabinoid THC. It’s the overreliance the human brain begins to develop on that stimulation that starts the onset of withdrawal symptoms. According to a study, within 48 hours of stopping Cannabis use, the individual can expect to begin to feel some of these symptoms. 


Again, it does depend on the individual and their routine but the brain hasn’t needed to regulate its system so it has become used to the additional interference from the cannabinoids. Your body relies more and more on the drug to help it sleep and feel hungry so when it no longer has the support, it has to remember how to do those things for itself. Your body will return to normal but it can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks.

What are potential symptoms?

A person abstaining from Cannabis can experience none of these symptoms or possibly all of these symptoms. It depends on their biology, routine, and compensation methods. 

  • Lack of appetite
  • Headaches
  • Feelings of depression
  • Irritability
  • Sweating 
  • Lack of focus
  • Insomnia
  • Mood changes

The potential to feel some of these effects is significantly increased with the total duration of Cannabis use. People who regularly use Cannabis will more likely feel the effects compared to someone who only uses it a few times a month or less.

How to cope with withdrawal symptoms

It can be rough during the first few days of abstinence as your body begins to adjust to the changes. Some of the symptoms can have an impact on your daily life if you aren’t careful. For instance, some individuals lose significant sleep until their body begins to readjust to the lack of THC before bed. Knowing how to mitigate the effects of some of these symptoms will ensure that you can continue to live an uninterrupted life. 


The only real way to ease all the symptoms is to wait for the drug to leave your system and your brain to adjust to normal. However, some of the symptoms can prove troublesome for daily life. A person will want to ensure they are staying hydrated. It might even make you feel more alert despite a lack of sleep. Include other healthy alternatives, like exercise, to your day to both distract you from your symptoms and to begin to build a healthy routine to use in place of Medical Marijuana for a time. 


If you are struggling with sleep, try to take melatonin (use no more than one pill as it is easy to create a dependency)  and have some tea before bed. Sticking to a routine will help you feel better and is important to ensure that you are still eating enough throughout the day. You should try your best to avoid caffeine but if you need to indulge during this time, try to stop caffeine use by 2 pm. The longer in the day you are using caffeine, the more difficult sleep will become later that night.

Final Thoughts

Cannabis withdrawal is a real thing and it can affect anyone who regularly uses Cannabis. Eventually, everyone needs to take a break from Cannabis for one reason or the other, so it is important to know how to cope with potential symptoms to ensure as little disruption to your daily life as possible. Treat your body well and you’ll hopefully have a smooth transition into abstinence.

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