By Vikram Tarugu
Marijuana is one of the most popularly-known, abused illegal drugs. What’s more…studies show that for a small, but important number of users, marijuana can be addictive. Those who think that marijuana is not addictive clearly haven’t been through days of being sleepless while craving for that one small hit to take the edge off.
Detoxification of long-term marijuana is not as easy as you might think. In fact, the withdrawal symptoms can be intense that people end up going back to use more than what they need and for longer than they intended. Here, we review marijuana’s withdrawal effects and share tips to make the process easier.
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Withdrawal Symptoms from Marijuana
The detoxification from marijuana and its symptoms are real. They are medically proven. And although weed withdrawal may not be severely physically dangerous, it can make you feel extreme discomfort.
One of the effects of marijuana is that it can stay in your body for several days and even weeks after you stop using. Those who smoke weed and want to cleanse their body from it need to be patient.
The hardest part is that during the process, cravings can get extremely intense, making it real difficult to attain abstinence. In addition, abrupt withdrawal from marijuana could seem almost impossible.
6 Tips For Detoxing from Marijuana
Here are some of the most proven effective steps to detoxifying your body from long-term marijuana use:
1. Stop using weed.
There is nothing more compelling than just quitting use and being free from addiction. But, everyone who uses it knows that sudden withdrawal from long-term use of marijuana is not a piece of cake. In order to avoid relapse triggers, always stay away from places and situations where you know that a pot session may occur, such as a friend’s birthday celebration where you know that marijuana will be available.
2. Plan and be prepared for a cleansing period.
Marijuana is a fat-soluble substance, generally stored in some of our fatty tissues for an extended period of time. Pot remains in a human’s body for anywhere from 1 to 5 days after occasional use, as reported by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
For those who take marijuana regularly or heavily, it will take about 3 to 6 weeks (or even longer) of no weed intake to clean the entire body naturally and become completely pot-free.
3. Exercise intensively.
Jog around your neighborhood or spend some hours in the gym every week. Workout burn fat. By doing this, you’re not only helping your body to be healthy, but you can be a hundred percent sure that you’re helping your body clean any trace of the pot.
4. Cranberry juice is your friend.
Because it is acidic by nature, drinking cranberry juice may help you speed up the cleanse of your body from marijuana. Aside from that, cranberry juice has some properties that tend to increase the flow of your urine.
Others also believe that nicotinic acid (or niacin) can also cleanse marijuana from the body, but researchers have yet to test this idea.
5. Be wary of detoxification products sold online.
You may come across some website online that sell drinks and products which contain herbal cleansers, vitamins, and some minerals, promising to “detoxify your body from marijuana.” Nevertheless, put in mind that science still has to check if these products truly deliver results. Studies have not yet proven that these products are efficient when it comes to cleansing your body from marijuana within days or hours – as some claim.
6. Test at home.
No matter what method you use in cleansing marijuana from your body, you have to use a home drug test kit to make sure that the process of cleansing has worked. You can buy these home drug test kits in any local pharmacy for only $15.
FAQ’s About Marijuana Detox
Since we have given you some of the facts about marijuana detoxification, here some of the most frequently asked questions that people have about the weed cleansing process:
Q: Are there some physical effects if you quit taking marijuana?
A: Yes, physical withdrawal symptoms when you discontinue chronic marijuana use.
Many experts say that quitting marijuana does not have any physical effects. But in contrast to that, a growing number of those who recover from this addiction claim that there are surely severe withdrawal symptoms that a person is likely experience.
Q: Why does marijuana withdrawal last longer than the withdrawal from other substances?
A: Marijuana is a fat-soluble substance.
Therefore, you can find the active chemicals of marijuana in your body’s fat tissues. Unlike other water-soluble drugs and alcohol, it takes longer to cleanse weed from your system as some body parts may still retain THC even if it’s already been months since your last pot session.
Q: What are some of the most common symptoms of withdrawal?
A: Although there are some commonly experienced symptoms, withdrawal can be different for every individual.
The most common symptom of withdrawal is insomnia. There can be a few sleepless nights (literally) or occasional nights of sleeplessness that could last for months. You may also experience recurring vivid dreams and nightmares.
Next is depression (if you’re not rapturous).
And then there are also feelings of anger. At first, it’s just typical displeasure towards something unfortunate until you start feeling increasingly irritable most of the time to the point that you display sudden bouts of anger when you least expect it. You may be angry at the world, your family, and even at yourself.
Other regular symptoms include:
- a significant decrease in sex drive
- intense cravings for marijuana
- loss of concentration
- poor appetite
Medical Help For Marijuana Addiction
If you have a family member or a loved one suffering from marijuana addiction can be one of the most heartbreaking moments you can ever witness in your entire life. That is why many people concerned about their loved ones well being need to ask for professional help in rehabilitation centers or at least, motivate their loved ones to see a doctor, therapist, or counselor.
Being a victim of marijuana addiction is not something to be ashamed of and should never be kept private.
Addiction is a severe medical condition and as such, it can be medically treated with success. It is something that we should never ignore.
Marijuana Detox Questions
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About the Author: Vikram Tarugu is a passionate leader, CEO, and founder of Detox of South Florida, Florida’s Top Alcohol Detox and Drug Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Tarugu is also a leading gastroenterologist and hematologist. You can find him practicing at several hospitals in South Florida and at Gastro In Florida. He is a proud advocate of drug-free living. In his spare time, he loves writing about tips on how to manage day-to-day tasks without depending on different addictive drugs.
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