How to quit Marijuana

Cannabis, often known as marijuana, is one of the most used drugs all over the world. Many people think marijuana is a ‘soft’ drug, with little repercussion for the user, but this isn’t always the case.

If you find yourself smoking marijuana regularly, then you have become addicted to the drug, and you might start to find yourself experiencing negative side effects of the substance.

Marijuana and mental health

If you are a regular user of the drug, it increases the risk of developing a psychotic illness. This type of illness means individuals will start to suffer from hallucinations and delusions. Hallucinations are episodes that make the drug user see things, hear things, or smell things that are not there. This type of episode is common with people who have schizophrenia, which is a possible outcome for those who take marijuana regularly.

Delusions are also a side effect of being addicted to Marijuana and is another reason why a user would want to quit the substance. Delusions occur when the user has a strong belief in something untrue. This can be damaging to not only the user but to the people around the user. People who have delusions might often lie to an extreme extent, which can cause upheaval within families and friendship circles.

You might be more likely to develop a psychotic illness from using Marijuana If you have been using the substance from a young age, you smoke it regularly or you use a strong type of marijuana, otherwise known as skunk.

Other side effects

Other negative side effects of Marijuana include:

  • Feeling out of breath
  • Developing a deep and painful cough
  • Reduced ability to concentrate
  • Irritability

All these symptoms are very difficult to deal with, and they can impact your everyday life. If you are addicted to Marijuana, it might inhibit your ability to keep carry out regular exercise, concentrate on your job and hold down friendships. Therefore, quitting Marijuana if you are addicted will benefit many aspects of your life.

Withdrawal symptoms

If you use Marijuana regularly and have decided you want to quit, you are likely to experience some withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms are not life-threatening; however, they will be difficult to deal with at the time, and ensuring you have family and friends to support you is essential.

Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Feeling on edge and irritable
  • Cravings
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Feeling like you don’t want to eat
  • Stomach and headache

After quitting Marijuana, these symptoms are most likely to last two weeks, but some Marijuana users might experience the symptoms for longer. This is known as Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome.

It’s also important to remember that one person’s experience of quitting Marijuana will be different from another’s, and the severity of withdrawal will depend on things like frequency of use and overall health.

How to quit Marijuana

There are changes to your lifestyle you can make on your own to help you quit Marijuana, including staying physically active, talking to family and friends for support, avoiding situations that induce anxiety, practicing meditation, and establishing a clear and effective sleep routine.

If you are struggling to quit Marijuana, Arrow Health has a variety of treatments, rehabilitation, and long-term support available.

For more information on rehabilitation, read one of our latest blog posts.

You can get advice and help by calling 03 9533 7888, alternatively, you can email us at enquiries@arrowhealth.com.au.

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