Detoxing from Marijuana
What is Detoxing?
Detoxing is the way in which your body gets rid of the toxins accumulated from years of using. It happens the first few days or weeks after getting clean and/or sober. It is also the very beginning of getting used to dealing with reality and real feelings with no numbing agent.
Can there be physical effects from quitting marijuana?
In spite of numerous years of being told that there are no physiological effects from marijuana addiction, many of our recovering members have had definite withdrawal symptoms. Whether the causes are physical or psychological, the results are physical.
Others have just had emotional and mental changes as they stop using their drug of choice. There is no way of telling before quitting who will be physically uncomfortable and who will not. Most members have only minor physical discomfort if any at all. This pamphlet is for those who are having trouble and wonder what’s happening to them.
Why do some effects last so long?
Unlike most other drugs, including alcohol, THC (the active chemical in marijuana) is stored in the fat cells and therefore takes longer to fully clear the body than with any other common drug. This means that some parts of the body still retain THC even after a couple of months, rather than just the couple of days or weeks for water soluble drugs.
Can this affect a drug test?
The experiences of some members have shown that if you quit marijuana and expect to take a drug test you should not go on a crash diet at the same time. Fasting, or a crash diet, can release the THC into the bloodstream very rapidly and can give a positive reading. This has happened to several of our members, but each time only with crash diets and major weight loss, not with just eating less than usual.
What are some of the more common symptoms?
By far the most common symptom of withdrawal is insomnia. This can last from a few nights of practically no sleep at all, up to a few months of occasional sleeplessness.
The next most common symptom is depression (that is, if you’re not euphoric), and next are nightmares and vivid dreams. Marijuana use tends to dampen the dreaming mechanism, so that when you do get clean the dreams come back with a crash. They can be vivid color, highly emotional dreams or nightmares, even waking up then coming back to the same dream. The very vivid, every night dreams usually don’t start for a about a week or so. They last for about a month at most and then taper off.
“Using dreams” (dreams involving the use of marijuana) are very common, and although they’re not as vivid or emotional as at first, they last for years and are just considered a normal part of recovery.
The fourth most common symptom is anger. This can range from a slow burning rage to constant irritability to sudden bursts of anger when least expected: anger at the world, anger at loved ones, anger at oneself, anger at being an addict and having to get clean.
Emotional jags are very common, with emotions bouncing back and forth between depression, anger, and euphoria. Occasionally experienced is a feeling of fear or anxiety, a loss of the sense of humor, decreased sex drive, or increased sex drive. Most all of these symptoms fade to normal emotions by three months.
Loss of concentration for the first week or month is also very common and this sometimes affects the ability to learn for a very short while.
What about physical symptoms?
The most common physical symptom is headaches. For those who have them, they can last for a few weeks up to a couple of months, with the first few days being very intense.
The next most common physical symptom is night sweats, sometimes to the point of having to change night clothes. They can last from a few nights to a month or so. Sweating is one of the body’s natural ways of getting rid of toxins.
Hand sweats are very common and are often accompanied by an unpleasant smell from the hands. Body odor is enough in many instances to require extra showers or baths.
Coughing up phlegm is another way the body cleans itself. This can last for a few weeks to well over six months.
One third of the addicts who responded to a questionnaire on detoxing said they had eating problems for the first few days and some for up to six weeks. Their main symptoms were loss of appetite, sometimes enough to lose weight temporarily, digestion problems or cramps after eating, and nausea, occasionally enough to vomit (only for a day or two). Most of the eating problems were totally gone before the end of a month.
The next most common physical symptoms experienced were tremors or shaking and dizziness.
Less frequently experienced were kidney pains, impotency, hormone changes or imbalances, low immunity or chronic fatigue, and some minor eye problems that resolved at around two months.
There have been cases of addicts having more severe detox symptoms, however this is rare. For intense discomfort, see a doctor, preferably one who is experienced with detoxing.
How can I reduce discomfort?
For some of the milder detoxing symptoms, a few home remedies have proven to be useful:
- Hot soaking baths can help the emotions as well as the body.
- Drink plenty of water and clear liquids, just like for the flu.
- Cranberry juice has been used effectively for years by recovery houses to help purify and cleanse the body.
- Really excessive sweating can deplete the body of potassium, a necessary mineral. A few foods high in potassium are melons, bananas, citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, and tomatoes.
- Eliminate fat from the diet until digestion is better.
- Greatly reduce or eliminate caffeine until the sleep pattern is more normal or the shakes are gone.
- The old fashioned remedy for insomnia, a glass of warm milk before bedtime, helps some people.
- Exercise not only helps depression and other unpleasant emotions, it helps the body speed up the healing process.
From “How it Works”:
Do not be discouraged, none of us are saints. Our program is not easy, but it is simple. We strive for progress, not perfection. Our experiences, before and after we entered recovery, teach us three important ideas:
- That we are marijuana addicts and cannot manage our own lives;
- That probably no human power can relieve our addiction; and
- That our Higher Power can and will if sought.
Detoxing from Marijuana What is Detoxing? Detoxing is the way in which your body gets rid of the toxins accumulated from years of using. It happens the first few days or weeks after getting
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Did you lose weight when you quit smoking pot?
Just wondering if any of you experienced weight loss when you quit smoking weed?
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If you did, how much did you lose approximately and how long did it take for the weight to come off?
For me I have actually gained a little fat lol! From emotional eating and also because cant do much exercise.
I would think it depends on each person. Some start eating really healthy after they quit which is great because I think reducing sugar and junk food reduces cravings too so they probably would lose weight. Also less munchie sessions from being high ha. Some may eat more because they are bored.
Sounds about right. I started working out when I quit- nothing too crazy.
60 jumping jacks
30 pull ups
Its not a crazy workout but enough to get me sweating and tear my muscles up a bit. I think in a couple weeks I’ll start going down to the gym in my apartment complex.
I have noticed since quitting that I’m eating a lot less, so hopefully I can drop a few pounds.
I will update this thread with any weight loss I experience
I’be lost 10 pounds since quitting on May 1st, the first couple of weeks I was an emotional mess and I just didn’t have an appetite, I forced myself to eat a breakfast lunch and dinner though because I wanted to lose weight, and if you eat nothing at all it works against the weight loss goal. I’ve been eating healthier, and I’ve been trying to going to the gym daily, on the days I go to the gym I seem to sleep a lot better that night. The weight seems to be melting off, I think quitting has been a big part in that, I don’t eat stoner snacks, I don’t eat as much and I have more energy to exercise.
Thanks DianeMichelle. I just noticed a 6 pound loss after hopping on the scale today. I’m also eating a LOT less than I was eating when I was stoned all the time. I’m more active and I think the combination of less food and being more active is helping with the weight loss. I’m hoping it melts off at the same pace as yours! Good Luck and let me know how things progress for you.
Happy to hear about your weight loss, I will keep you posted. I’m thankful for this website, I’m finding my weekends are the days that may be a problem, there are more opportunities to be bored, but I’m proud of myself for resisting temptation this weekend, things are getting easier. Good luck to you too!
I lost 10 pounds since I quit. No munchies it helps a lot.
Hello to all, after one year of quitting, I gained 15kilos. Conclusion: you have to quit together with getting diet and exercise!
For me, i quit smoking pot about 2 months ago and i was a daily smoker. about 5 times a day. And i ve lost about 12 lbs. No more munchies and more energy. Lovin it!?
I was looking on the internet as I was concerned about my weight loss, I had packed in the weed 4 weeks ago due to the fact I had had the worst experience of my life! I have smoked weed on and off for over 30 years but in the past year or so, I had smoked it to excess partly due to being stressed and generally because I was greedy and just wanted more. What I had not realised was that the stuff you get these days is so much stronger and without realising that it was having an adverse effect on me physically and mentally. I went to our friend’s (smoker’s too) one evening with my partner, (also a smoker), had a lovely meal with a couple of glasses of wine, nothing unusual happening just enjoying a nice social evening together. We all had a smoke after dinner and I suddenly started to feel weird, tingling all over and my head was buzzing, but not in a very nice way. I started to go into panic mode as I felt nauseous, was sweating and felt like I was going to pass out! I did realise I was having a ‘whitey’ which I had had before but never quite this bad. It lasted for about 15 minutes and all I wanted to do was go home and lie down, praying it would pass as I really believed I was going to die. It did pass after my lovely friends & partner sat me down, sponged me down with a cold towel and reassured me that I would be ok. Needless to say, it scared me to the point that I made a promise to myself that I would never ever smoke the weed again, I cannot even stand the smell of it anymore and got rid of what stuff I had left. My partner has also packed it in and althought the withdrawal symptoms were very unpleasant, they soon subsided and we both feel amazing! Got loads of energy and we do so much more activities together and are enjoying our new lease of life! On a closing note, when I was having my ‘whitey’, my thoughts were for my 3 children and 2 beautiful grandsons and how much love I felt for them, I didn’t want to die and I made myself a promise to enjoy what I life I have left. It changed me forever and I wanted to tell my story to encourage others to do the same, life is wonderful and we don’t need these drugs to get us throught it. peace, love and happiness to all! (from a 60 year old granny!
Hey All, Just wondering if any of you experienced weight loss when you quit smoking weed? If you did, how much did you lose approximately and how long did it take for the weight to come off?