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If cannabis becomes a problem: How to manage withdrawal

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Published: May 26, 2020

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Comments

Sara Frost
June 01, 2020

In my experience, I’ve always seen it as more a mental addiction than a physical one. Are there any supplements that can help with chemical balance in the brain to get off?

Peter Grinspoon, MD
June 01, 2020

As for supplements, some have tried n-acetyl-cysteine and others have tried CBD — there isn’t great evidence for the effectiveness of either at this point.

Huntski
May 27, 2020

The trouble with defining addiction in relation to negative consequences is that much of the harm from cannabis use is a result of prohibition.

Cannabis users can face inflated costs, unreliable quality, intermittent supply, constant fear of prosecution, societal shaming/stigma, loss of job opportunities, imprisonment, fines, trauma and PTSD, and ALL of these stem from our history of prohibition.

Once I started looking at my own cannabis use as therapeutic, got my medical card, and was able to afford it, a huge portion of my “negative consequences associated with cannabis use” vanished. Now I walk past the cops with my bag as I leave the dispensary, I know the strain I’m getting, and I’m not scraping resin because I’m not paying near what I used to.

I think this is an excellent read, and I am a believer in withdrawal symptoms. I’ve experienced them myself. But I don’t take that info any more and get all self-critical about my use because of it, and here’s really why:

I’d never say to someone who was using another drug to treat a chronic health problem, “Oh, you take that medicine every day? Don’t you ever give it a rest? You lousy addict!”

I just wish when I was 15 I was vaping medical flower instead of smoking reggie out of blunt wraps. That’s what “safety” the DEA’s great drug war bought me. Our tax dollars at work.

Billy Bob
June 06, 2020

Thanks to all for the great info. I personally have used cannabis daily for 15years now. I would like to stop or at least cut back. I also am a former addict to opiates. When I was in withdraws in the past before I was seeking professional assistance I would use pot as much as I could to settle things down and help with nausea. I am now for the first time in my life having trouble from to much use. I am having regular spells of narcolepsy, significant weight gain, severe breathing trouble requiring self medicating with albuterol inhaler and nebulizer and issues even with acute ED during sex with my partner of 15yrs. This is out of hand and really would like some guidance cause my efforts to stop have been useless even to cut back. I don’t want to obviously focus so heavy on this issue that I blow the recovery from opiates but I can’t continue to act like my excessive use of thc is not causing me issues.

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