During a drug detox, the body will process any remaining marijuana that’s stored in a person’s fatty tissues. Many people will use different methods to flush THC out of their system, such as drinking large amounts of water and exercising, in order to sweat the THC out.
Detoxing from any drug can be a stressful and draining process. Fortunately, if you’re armed with the right tools and you have a plan in place, there are a few things you can do to make this process a little easier on your mind and your body.
Overcoming Marijuana Addiction and Cleansing Process
During a tetrahydrocannabinol detoxification people will experience certain withdrawal symptoms that can occur when the drug is removed from the system. These symptoms will include anxiety, depression, anger, irritability, sweaty palms, night sweats, restless legs and insomnia. Other symptoms will involve headaches, nausea and changes in the sex drive.
While these withdrawal symptoms are in no way comparable to the intensity of a heroin or meth detox and will not typically effect a person’s ability to maintain their day to day routines, they can be difficult to overcome as they will more than likely be accompanied by cravings.
People who are suffering from mental illness or additional addictions will have a more difficult time going through withdrawal and may need to do so under the supervision of healthcare professionals.
According to studies that are devoted to marijuana withdrawal and the common symptoms experienced, these symptoms will appear one to four days after a person stops use and they will peak three to seven days after cessation. Since most detoxification symptoms will not cause a person to experience life threatening symptoms, most people will decide to go through the withdrawal process on their own, at home.
People who are addicted to other types of drugs often face more severe withdrawal symptoms during a tetrahydrocannabinol detoxification. If you smoke strong marijuana daily, you can expect to suffer from insomnia, abdominal pain and cramping, lack of appetite, increased irritability and limb spasms. Most of these more severe symptoms will clear up in less than a week, but it will definitely be a tough experience. Because of this, many heavy smokers often resume marijuana use mid-withdrawal.
When it comes to the duration of withdrawal, it’s really different for everyone. If you’re a heavy smoker, the symptoms typically start the first day after you quit and will peak on the third day. These symptoms can last one to three weeks and will dissipate over time.
When compared to other types of drugs that have lengthier and more severe withdrawals such as alcohol and opioids, marijuana withdrawal is much easier. Many smokers can quit cold turkey at home, however, heavy users that have a strong psychological addiction may need more help in order to achieve sobriety.
For users who are concerned about withdrawal symptoms, tapering off is an option. This type of method involves reducing the frequency of use over time. Tapering off will also allow your brain to adjust at a slower pace, lowering the levels of THC in the system over time, which will result in less severe withdrawal symptoms.
Managing Withdrawal Symptoms Over Time In Detoxifying Marijuana
There are a few things a person can do to help ease the symptoms of this process. Staying busy can help to relieve stress. Low or high impact exercises can help to reduce restless legs and insomnia, while also causing a person to sweat out large levels of THC.
During this time, a person should also utilize a support system, whether it be family or friends. This can help during the times of intense cravings and can also prevent a relapse from occurring. Should a person experience withdrawal symptoms that are severe enough to prevent them from carrying out routine activities, extreme stomach upset or feelings of suicide or depression, they should seek medical attention immediately.
Plan a little time away from work. If possible, use your vacation time to detox in peace. Mild to moderate smokers have reported that they were able to work during a thc detox, but that it severely affected their energy level and productivity. Not to mention it also increased their anxiety and stress levels. If you’re unable to get an entire week off, at least shoot for four days. Keep in mind that withdrawal symptoms usually peak on day three. When you return to work you still won’t be in top form and you’ll definitely be more than a little tired, just keep in mind that you’ll feel a little better every day.