Effective marijuana detox is complicated, and finding the right approach to cease the use of cannabis is crucial.
There is no single path for detoxing from marijuana or overcoming cannabis use disorder. Instead, detoxing from weed typically involves multiple different elements.
Working with others to set goals and adhere to them, navigating marijuana withdrawal symptoms, addressing physical and mental health changes common in detoxification, and more are all part of an effective detox plan.
Because of the personal nature of substance use disorder, finding professional addiction treatment is necessary to find the best approach to detox from weed while also addressing a myriad of other possible side effects, navigating the effects of marijuana overdose, and exploring the various forms the detox process may take.
Marijuana detoxification is complex, and there is no single “trick” to navigating detox, cravings, cannabis withdrawal, and more.
There are multiple factors to consider when approaching marijuana detox for the best results. Some of the elements of effective marijuana detox include:
The best marijuana detox programs will address these factors for a comprehensive approach to weed-free life.
Cannabis can stay in the body long after its immediate effects wear off.
How long it takes to detox from marijuana will vary from person to person, depending on the frequency of use, intensity of use, and other factors.
However, weed detox takes more than a few hours or a day. Truly effective detox to expel the traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the main psychoactive chemical found in marijuana that causes its effects – takes time. Effective detox from drug use takes about two weeks.
There is no way to truly “speed up” marijuana detox.
However, there may be situations where an individual will no longer feel the effects of marijuana use – proper hydration, dieting, warm showers, and physical activity can all help the body feel better. Additionally, the body and mind will still require time to expel traces of THC from the body and mind.
Rather than trying to “speed up” the detox process, it is more important to use this time with medical professionals at a treatment facility to create an effective baseline to establish relapse-prevention techniques while addressing any symptoms of marijuana withdrawal.
There is no magic trick to removing all traces of weed from the body.
While there are treatment options to address the detox process and effective medical detox programs available, there is nothing an individual can take or eat to instantly remove weed from the body or to allow them to suddenly pass a drug test.
Using cold compresses and eye drops can help ease symptoms such as high eyes.
Rather, naturally expelling weed is the best approach. The liver is primarily responsible for removing weed from the body and processing other toxins, such as opioids, alcohol, and more. Ensuring that the body is well taken care of can help the liver process these toxins and promote the expulsion of THC and other dangerous substances as the body returns to a healthy homeostasis.
It typically takes about four weeks for the cannabinoid receptors in a person’s brain to return to a pre-marijuana use state.
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit substance in the United States, with approximately 48.2 million people having used the drug at least once in 2019 alone. Of those, an estimated three in 10 will develop marijuana dependence.
Marijuana users or those overcoming marijuana use disorder are classified as individuals who not only engage with marijuana regularly but also may find it difficult to stop their marijuana use even when it begins to affect other areas of their life, such as professional life, academic life, or physical and mental health.
Likewise, even those who desire to cease the use of marijuana may find it difficult despite their efforts.
A marijuana dependence can cause it to be difficult for a person to “function normally” without the use of the drug and can fundamentally affect a person’s brain chemistry.
Additionally, marijuana dependence occurs after prolonged, heavy marijuana use as the brain not only adapts to process large levels of the drug but also expects it. The brain may also compromise its ability to produce dopamine – the chemical responsible for elevated mood or “happiness” – and instead become reliant on marijuana to produce it.
An individual may feel that marijuana is necessary to feel “normal” or that they cannot function, tend to daily responsibilities, or find it difficult to do so without first using marijuana.
Other mental health disorders can also influence marijuana use and marijuana dependence. This is known as a co-occurring disorder, where an individual is tasked with overcoming a marijuana use disorder alongside a mental health disorder.
Mental health disorders can also exacerbate the use of marijuana as a coping mechanism due to feelings of anxiety, stress, depression, and more, which can lead to marijuana dependence if unaddressed.
Heavy marijuana use typically describes at least daily or multiple uses daily.
However, there are many different relationships an individual can have with marijuana, with heavy marijuana use being just one way to develop cannabis use disorder.
Yes, marijuana can cause physical dependency.
Prolonged and heavy use of marijuana can lead to physical marijuana withdrawal symptoms, prompting an individual to engage with cannabis to placate these effects and furthering a cycle of substance use that demands professional addiction treatment.
While direct life-threatening consequences of marijuana use are rare compared to other drugs like heroin, opioids, or fentanyl, it is still possible to overdose on marijuana.
Despite its rarity, overdose is possible, and an individual can also put their safety and the safety of others in jeopardy in other ways. Individuals may use more weed than intended and experience profound mental and physical health effects. Others may take more risks, such as using cannabis before driving, resulting in a DUI.
Overdosing on weed will vary from person to person.
An individual using more weed than planned or more than they typically would result in an overdose, as well as increasing the frequency of use.
Marijuana overdose can affect both those overcoming a marijuana addiction and those who have recently begun to experiment with the drug. There is no “safe” level of marijuana use.
Overdosing on weed can have many challenging effects, and professional treatment programs to address the impact of cannabis overdose are necessary.
Some common side effects of weed overdose include:
Each individual will uniquely react to marijuana use, and such use can always come with adverse side effects.
Some common symptoms of weed intoxication include:
These effects of marijuana use can manifest regardless of how marijuana is ingested, and noticing these symptoms can prompt loved ones to administer a drug test.
“Greening out” is a term used to describe when an individual has used too much marijuana for their body and mind to handle and can be connected to marijuana overdose.
Derived from the term “blacking out” when used to describe the dangerous overconsumption of alcohol, “greening out” can have just as many negative effects.
Not only can greening out occur with excessive marijuana use in a single sitting, but increased frequency of marijuana use can further put an individual at risk. Likewise, combining marijuana use with other substances like alcohol or opioids can exacerbate these risks.
Some symptoms of greening out include:
However, depending on a person’s unique relationship with marijuana and other substances, additional physical and psychological symptoms are always possible.
Getting help from a loved one or hosting an intervention for a loved one if noticing an increase in marijuana use or greening out can all help to promote the necessary change for a healthier life and take the first step toward overcoming substance abuse or marijuana use disorder.
Weed detoxification can come with myriad side effects, necessitating professional help through either inpatient or outpatient programs to address the side effects of marijuana withdrawal and promote effective detox efforts.
Yes, prolonged and heavy use of marijuana can cause an individual to experience withdrawal symptoms.
Professional help may be necessary to address these cannabis withdrawal symptoms.
Cannabis withdrawal symptoms can vary from person to person.
However, there are some common withdrawal experiences that those overcoming marijuana use disorder may experience. These can include:
However, each individual will have their own experiences throughout their withdrawal timeline, and working with professionals can personalize each treatment program and provide medical detox options for a successful and sustainable detox plan.
Weed withdrawal can be a difficult, even painful experience. Support from friends, professionals, and family can help those overcoming marijuana dependence address withdrawal.
Weed withdrawals are hard to overcome, and individuals will be tested throughout their detox efforts. Physical pains and emotional turmoil are common and can manifest quickly since a person’s last use of marijuana.
Anxiety, depression, mood swings, aches, pains, fatigue, nausea, difficulty sleeping, and more are common.
This is also when cravings are most prominent, and relapse is most common. Professional inpatient and medical detox programs can all help mitigate the intensity of withdrawal and help an individual transition to further forms of care through inpatient or outpatient programs.
Yes. Nausea, vomiting, and more are possible cannabis withdrawal symptoms.
However, medical detox programs and professionals can help to address these symptoms.
Each person will have their withdrawal timeline, and there is no definite date to which all cannabis withdrawal symptoms will have passed.
While each journey in overcoming cannabis withdrawal symptoms will be unique, there are some guidelines an individual can use.
For the first few days to about a week, withdrawal symptoms will be at their most intense, with symptoms beginning to lighten after about one week.
After about two weeks, these symptoms should subside, and an individual will be able to better address their physical needs and emotional needs with professionals, friends, and family.
Proper hygiene, dieting, and medication can all help with withdrawal sweats and other physical withdrawal symptoms or sleep problems throughout detox.
Professional detox programs can help individuals overcome these withdrawal symptoms with personalized techniques and medication where appropriate.
Having strategies to navigate cannabis withdrawal symptoms is paramount.
Withdrawal symptoms can be intense, and having established strategies to help with weed withdrawal can help. For some, having consistent bedtimes or establishing a nightly routine can address difficulty sleeping throughout withdrawal.
Others can engage in cognitive-behavioral therapy to address the emotional impact of marijuana and drug use. Understanding not just the symptoms of marijuana use and marijuana dependence but also the behaviors, thought processes, and other factors that surround the disease is paramount.
Lastly, some people may utilize medication to address withdrawal symptoms. However, while professionals can prescribe medication to address specific withdrawal symptoms, they are not a replacement for effective therapy or personal effort to overcome withdrawal challenges. They cannot eliminate the challenges common throughout detox.
There is no way to completely prevent withdrawal symptoms.
While symptoms can be lessened with dedicated practices and strategies, the sudden cessation of marijuana can chemically affect a person’s brain and body. The return to a healthier homeostasis always comes with intense times of change.
Weed detoxification is best done through natural means – empowering the body and liver to process and naturally expel THC from itself.
Drinking lots of water, proper hydration, using strategies to overcome difficulty sleeping, and working with professionals to engage in effective cognitive-behavioral therapy and effective detox programs can all help to empower each individual to detox from weed naturally.
Detoxing from weed at home can be dangerous, and professional treatment programs are always preferred and highly recommended.
While at-home dieting, water intake, sleeping, and support are possible, there is no replacement for professional medical detox.
While proper hydration can aid the liver in processing THC and expelling it from the body, it cannot magically flush all traces of marijuana or THC from the body before a drug test.
Weed can stay in the body long after its effects have worn off. The liver is primarily responsible for clearing traces of weed from the body.
However, this takes time, and weed may still be detectable through a drug test even after the effects of weed have subsided, up to a few weeks or months, depending on how it is tested.
It typically takes about two weeks for withdrawal symptoms to subside, though each individual will have unique withdrawal timelines and experiences.
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Yes, but proper dieting and professional help can lessen some of these symptoms.
Taking the first step toward detox and recovery from marijuana addiction is a profound experience, and each individual should celebrate their newfound dedication to a sober life. At Sandstone, we champion the opportunity to work with teens, young adults, and adults alike to take the first step toward addressing substance dependence.