Is Cannabis Withdrawal Real?

Is Cannabis Withdrawal Real?

There is much debate on the topic of whether cannabis withdrawal is real. Many claims that it is not. But it is classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5).

Cannabis is smoked recreationally by many who don’t consider themselves drug users. They think it is a “soft drug” that they cannot get addicted to. Because of this, they don’t think it can cause withdrawal.

Research disagrees with this. Heavy pot smokers can experience withdrawal.

If someone has been smoking heavily over many months, they can experience withdrawal.

Withdrawal is the abrupt stopping of using a drug or substance, in which the body reacts negatively. This can cause the body to produce painful or upsetting symptoms.

Cannabis withdrawal can last up to two weeks. It can be different for each person, but there are common symptoms.


There are many symptoms of cannabis withdrawal. Some common ones include:

  • Anxiety

The funny thing is anxiety can be proof of withdrawal or intoxication. Paranoia and fear are common but can get worse after use. It is essential to pay attention to how anxious you feel Though cannabis has been said to help anxiety disorders, it can also worsen or cause them.

  • Depression

Depression is feeling unhappy, along with a disinterest in activities that use to please you. This can lead to loss of relationships, job, or suicidal thoughts. It is common to feel depressed when coming off of cannabis.

That is the drug wearing off. If you’re quitting it completely, the withdrawal can worsen it. This is especially true if you already suffer from depression. If the depression continues longer than a few weeks, it’s important to see a doctor.

  • Insomnia

The inability to sleep or stay asleep is another common symptom. Super strong dreams are also normal, but these can be fought with caffeine and other ways. Sleep deprivation can lead to its own form of intoxication.

  • Irritability

This can start as nothing but annoyance. Then it can escalate to anger and outbursts. Or even aggression. Being physically active and being sure to have a calm time can help. Avoid overtaxing yourself. If it continues or worsens, then it is important to see a doctor to manage it.

  • Flu-like Symptoms

Often cannabis withdrawal and can cause sickness type symptoms. Things like fever, shaking, headache, nausea, weight loss, etc