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Marijuana (cannabis) is a Schedule I controlled substance with psychoactive properties. As a controlled substance, it carries a high risk of abuse, addiction and dependence. If you use marijuana heavily and suddenly stop the drug, you may experience withdrawal symptoms just like any other substance. Detox is the process of the body ridding itself of a substance before long-term sobriety.
Withdrawal is a natural part of detox as your body adjusts to the lack of marijuana and its components like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Seeking medical help at a detox facility can help you avoid uncomfortable marijuana withdrawal symptoms. Medical personnel can treat withdrawal symptoms as they occur, which creates the safest and most comfortable detox experience possible.
Functioning without marijuana can be difficult for someone who has become dependent on it as their body attempts to return to normal. Marijuana withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe. There is no known minimum amount of marijuana that you can use without going into withdrawal when you stop.
Marijuana detox symptoms can be psychological, physical or both. Possible marijuana withdrawal and detox symptoms can include:
The marijuana detox timeline varies depending on the extent of use, the presence of other substances and whether the person has underlying mental or physical health conditions.
Many symptoms start within 1–3 days after the most recent use and can last up to two weeks, although they may last longer in some cases. Protracted withdrawal symptoms like sleep problems may last for a month.
Withdrawing from marijuana can feel overwhelming, and well-researched, evidence-based home remedies are few and far between. No medications have been approved by the FDA to treat cannabis use disorder or quicken the weed detox process. The most effective detox method is to complete a medically supervised detox program.
A simple online search will yield many options for at-home marijuana detox kits and marijuana detox drinks with seemingly promising results, but none have been scientifically proven effective.
In fact, some home detox remedies for marijuana can be dangerous, causing side effects like lab abnormalities and psychosis. The FDA has also taken action against several detox kit products and companies for making false claims and containing harmful ingredients. For these reasons, managing marijuana withdrawal symptoms is best — and most safely — done under the care of a doctor.
Detoxing from marijuana at home is possible but not recommended. Withdrawal symptoms can become so uncomfortable that they could lead you to use marijuana to calm them. If you do commit to detoxing at home, time and patience are the only tried-and-true home remedies.
Because of the risk of relapse, detoxing at home is not recommended for any substance. If you want to stop using marijuana in the long term, an accredited, professional detox center can be the most effective solution.
Specialized detox centers, such as Orlando Recovery Center, can help ease you off marijuana. In our 93-bed rehab facility, outside downtown Orlando on the banks of Lake Ellenor, you can detox under the care of a medical team who is available around the clock to meet your needs.
After detox, the work of rehab begins. In rehab, you will learn coping skills to stay away from marijuana over the long term, and you will explore why you relied on marijuana in the first place to address those needs.
If you or a loved one struggles with weed addiction, our intake specialists at the Orlando Recovery Center can help. Don’t wait: contact us today.
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