Any consistent use of a substance within a human body will cause that body to experience feelings of withdrawal if use suddenly stops. This applies to thousands of things, including marijuana. Since it has become legal in 30 states for recreational and/or medicinal use, it has benefitted many consumers. But whether you’re a social or heavy smoker, there could be noticeable changes in your body if you choose that the magical plant is no longer for you.

Most smokers who quit won’t experience withdrawal at levels that a drug user or alcoholic will experience. Some are physical manifestations while others are psychological, and they aren’t all bad. The symptoms are much more low-key, but they are still something to keep in mind when going cold turkey with marijuana. 

A Few Days Without Pot

If you choose to ingest marijuana by smoking it, your lungs will immediately feel relief. Although weed doesn’t contain as many toxins and chemicals as cigarettes, it’s still a foreign substance entering your lungs. Depending on how long you’ve been smoking, the lung damage can be reversed over time. Heavy smokers, however, have less of a chance of complete recovery.

Within 72 hours, you may feel anxious. Some smokers claim that marijuana helps with their anxiety. Without that vice, the mind may feel a bit chaotic. Suggested substitutes include yoga and deep breathing to trigger relaxation. Headaches and irritability can also be a problem a few days into sobriety. Sleep may be affected, especially if weed was used to assist with a night’s rest. 

A Few Weeks Without Pot

A common detox symptom with any substance is depression. This is also the case with pot. The psychological want to smoke could dampen your enjoyment of other things, bringing about the feeling of depression. Many users also look to pot to help with these emotions, so the want to smoke to help with the sadness could be strong.

Insomnia could become a factor, and this symptom leads to many of the problems already listed. When someone doesn’t get enough sleep, their bodies won’t function properly. Those of us who have pulled all-nighters for an eight A.M. exam will understand this.

And when you’re finally able to fall asleep, you may experience vivid dreams. Weed affects your R.E.M. cycle, which is the point during sleep where most dreams occur. As it switches back to normal, you could have a few wild dreams.

A Few Months Without Pot And Beyond

While you’re adjusting to life without getting high, it can be a little tough. Your body may experience physical ailments as the THC leaves your system over the next few months. Stomach aches could occur or flu-like symptoms. Weight loss or weight gain could also happen, depending on the user.

You may notice an increase in memory function as well as reaction time and attention span over time. This can be improved by memory puzzles or brain games as well.

Some ex-smokers will experience none of the symptoms listed here while others will battle a combination of a few. If depression or anxiety becomes an issue if you’ve decided to stop smoking weed, it is always encouraged to reach out to a therapist or counselor for assistance.