Is it true that marijuana is non-addictive? A lot of people get introduced to drugs with marijuana because of the myth that marijuana is not addictive. Contrary to popular belief, many people have become addicted to the drug, and are now finding it hard to quit using it.
Marijuana is unique in the sense that nobody has died from a marijuana overdose. This fact is according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). However, the same government body reports that the heavy use of weed causes:
- increased blood pressure
- increased heart rate
- severe nausea
- feeling disoriented and confused
- feeling highly emotional
- non-stop vomiting
- clumsiness that causes many accidents
If you think that you may have a mental or psychological disorder, or if you are diagnosed with one, using marijuana will aggravate your symptoms. This is especially true with anxiety and depression.
Marijuana also complicates alcohol and nicotine addiction because it lights up the same reward pathways in the brain that make the use of these substances pleasurable. Most of us tend to group the act of smoking cigarettes and to smoke weed together, “What’s the difference?” we say. In effect, smoking cigarettes and weed are co-occurring addictions that you may have to give up together if you want to detox from cannabis at all.
So what if you want to stop and you are dreading the withdrawal symptoms? Usually, people fail to quit because of negative experiences during marijuana withdrawal. We have compiled some practical ways on how to deal with the consequences of quitting this “gateway drug.” They are:
Practical ways on how to deal with the consequences of Marijuana Withdrawal
Drink lots of liquids to get rid of the toxins – marijuana is a drug accumulated in your body. Drinking plenty of water helps the kidney filter these remaining traces of marijuana out of the body For the dreaded headaches, you can take an over-the-counterdrug like paracetamol, aspirin, or ibuprofen.
If you don’t like taking medication, use an icepack or warm compress, and dim the lights (the headaches will pass). For loss of appetite, just drink a lot of water, shakes, fresh juices and soups. If you care to try a natural solution, cut up a piece of fresh ginger and put it in your tea. Usually, nausea that comes with the loss of appetite should also pass in three days.
Reduce caffeine intake until insomnia goes away. A huge misconception that people make when they are fighting insomnia is trying to go back to sleep when they cannot. (They end us tossing and turning.) If you can’t sleep, you can do some chores that don’t require critical thinking.
Playing some games on the smartphone is also a great idea. Excessive sweating can be easily solved by taking more showers.
Learn self-massage to ease the aches and pains. Self-massage also helps you to be more accepting of your body.
Do yoga or light stretching.
Exercise moderately. You can bike, take a walk or go for a run. If you exercise too intensely, you can have problems falling asleep later.
Find something interesting to do (other than weed). People who use marijuana share one common trait: a desire to be excited a stimulated. Always. If you are easily bored, if you look for exciting things in your life, and if you are carefree-type, science says that you are predisposed to using marijuana.
These personal characteristics are not quite flaws—they intrinsically part of who you are. But these characteristics can make you a marijuana addict. What you can do is to embrace who you are, acknowledge that you are bored, and you are using weed…just because you are bored.
Once you quit marijuana, you will have plenty of free time. Have you recognized how much time you spent acquiring, smoking, and thinking about using weed? Now, what do you do with all this free time?
We suggest doing something you really love and may have neglected, something that excites and engages your creative side. It could be a sport, an art form, or something silly or fun. The important thing is that it inspires you, so you will aspire to change, to try your best, to live a little bit differently than before.
That being said, if you are sorely tempted to smoke “just a little bit,” remember withdrawal symptoms are not forever. The huge lot of it passes after two weeks. It is just the first three to five days that are the hardest. Never underestimate the power of supportive friends and family members when you try to quit marijuana. In your lowest times, reach out for help. Make that your last resort and not the drug.