Cannabis/Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Marijuana acts on the central nervous system (CNS), often times causing a euphoric effect; thus the various drug withdrawal stages that are related to the discontinuation of this drug may include anxiety, irritability and extreme agitation.
  • Feelings of anger, irritability, and/or aggressiveness.
  • Sensations of extreme nervousness or anxiety.
  • Disturbances with sleep that can include insomnia or very disturbing dreams and even nightmares.
  • A decrease in appetite that may or may not be associated with a significant loss of weight.
  • Feelings of restlessness and general malaise.
  • The onset of feelings of depression.

There is a withdrawal timeline to be expected:

  • The symptoms begin within a week after discontinuation.
  • The symptoms peak within 10 days after an individual has discontinued marijuana use.
  • Following the peak of the symptoms, they begin a steady decline in severity over a period of 10-20 days.
  • The symptoms can be very quickly resolved if the individual begins smoking marijuana again.
  • The length and severity of symptoms are subject to the amount and frequency of marijuana use in the individual.