If you’re a regular cannabis user, you’ve probably noticed that taking a break and putting the greenery aside can have a strange effect. The reason for this is that cannabis withdrawal includes anxiety, stress, headaches, and even physical pain.
The longer you use, and the more you use, the more likely you are to experience some form of withdrawal. However, unless you smoke huge amounts of the herb, managing cannabis withdrawal is not much different from any other low-impact withdrawal.
Symptoms of cannabis withdrawal
Many symptoms usually accompany cannabis withdrawal. The most intense symptoms occur in those who use cannabis on a daily or almost daily basis. Occasional or social users usually experience few or no withdrawal symptoms.
The two most common symptoms of cannabis withdrawal are anxiety and insomnia. Feelings of anger, irritability, aggression and extreme nervousness are typical of intense withdrawal. Anxiety and irritability make insomnia almost certain, and vice versa. Disturbed sleep will not only make these symptoms worse but can also lead to depressed thoughts and feelings.
These psychological symptoms can also be accompanied by physical distress. This can include problems such as headaches, migraines, abdominal pain, nausea, fevers, chills, and tremors. While the psychological symptoms of cannabis withdrawal typically appear immediately, the physical symptoms can take several days to appear.
Symptoms will usually peak on the first day and then gradually decline over time. Within a few days or even a week, symptoms should have greatly diminished, if not completely disappeared. Interestingly, some people claim to have experienced some withdrawal symptoms for weeks or months. This is especially true for concerns such as short-term memory, which may take some time to recover from chronic use. Of course, these symptoms can be very easily eliminated by renewed cannabis use.
There are some things you can do to speed up the process and ease withdrawal symptoms. Sports will not only speed up the healing process but also relieve the depressed or anxious thoughts that typically accompany withdrawal. Also, drinking plenty of water can help you rehydrate after heavy cannabis use and rid your body of toxins.
CAN CBD relieve withdrawal symptoms?
While THC binds to CB1 receptors in the brain to produce its therapeutic effects, CBD does not bind directly to the major cannabinoid receptors. Indeed, when taken at the same time, CBD can decrease the psychotropic potential of THC’s effects by impacting its signaling capacity at CB1 receptors. The overall potency of this effect depends on the ratio CBD: THC consumed.
A 2006 study of Sativex oral spray showed that THC and CBD produced different effects than usual when taken at a ratio of 1:1. This means that CBD can cancel out some of the effects of THC in the body and brain, making withdrawal symptoms more tolerable or preventing their occurrence.
In addition, CBD has been clinically proven to help some negative symptoms of cannabis withdrawal, albeit in a different context. For example, its positive effects on anxiety, a common disorder during withdrawal, have been proven.