Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in the world. Its consumption is regularized in more and more countries, while moving more and more money. The big economic interests that drive marijuana are causing more and more companies and organizations to start promoting false myths and exaggerations about the supposed therapeutic benefits of using marijuana or its derivatives.
In this article I will talk about some of them the benefits of quitting smoking marijuana completely and how your life can improve when you quit smoking joints.
What Happens To Your Body When You Quit Smoking Marijuana?
Once a person has become accustomed to smoking marijuana frequently, quitting will lead to a series of effects, both pleasant and unpleasant.
First I’ll explain the unpleasant short-term effects (due to withdrawal syndrome or marijuana addiction) and then I’ll explain some of the long-term benefits (all positive and very pleasant).
Short-term effects of quitting marijuana
Marijuana is an addictive drug. It is true that cannabis is not as addictive as cocaine or alcohol, but it is still provocative serious addiction problems in many people (I see it every day in my addiction therapy sessions, and drug treatment centers are full of people who have become so addicted that they feel unable to control their use without help).
Cannabis is a very complex plant with many different substances, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) being the substance responsible for the majority of negative effects and addiction. The body gets used to the almost constant presence of THCit is therefore difficult to readjust to its absence when the person who has developed an addiction quits smoking frequently.
It is also important to consider genetics. Some people have a greater predisposition to suffer from problems due to marijuana use (addiction, anxiety, psychosis, etc.) and others less likely to suffer from problems. Some people become addicted after a few months of use, and others after years.
Whatever your case, the more you use, the more you are likely to suffer from problems, especially in people who use daily or smoke several joints a day for years. In these cases, it is only a matter of time before problems arise.
When a person has developed a tolerance and addiction to marijuana, it is common to experience unpleasant sensations when cutting down or cutting back on drinking. Fortunately, these effects are temporary and disappear when the person manages to stay abstinent for a few weeks.
Most people who use marijuana frequently do so in an attempt to deal with day-to-day anxiety, sadness, or boredom. They get used to smoking joints more and more often, whenever they feel stress or frustration, so they end up becoming addicted to cannabis (not feeling able to face unpleasant situations without smoking a seal beforehand).
These people they lose the ability to learn how to deal with unpleasant emotions without getting high, so when they try to quit, they panic easily. Fortunately, this is something that can be corrected (for example, a good addiction psychologist can help a person deal with stress and anxiety on their own).
Physical Effects of Quitting Marijuana (Short Term)
- muscle pain
- Gastrointestinal discomfort.
Psychological effects of quitting marijuana (short term)
- Sleep problems.
- Loss of appetite.
- Anxiety and irritability.
- Sudden mood swings.
- Sadness and apathy.
These effects are the result of the marijuana withdrawal syndrome, they are temporary and disappear when the person manages to stay abstinent for a few weeks and the body gets used to the absence of marijuana.
7 Long-Term Psychological Benefits of Quitting Marijuana
- Improved ability to concentrate.
- Better memory
- Improved self-esteem and self-esteem.
- Sleep much better, feel rested.
- More tranquility in everyday life.
- Come back to the full enjoyment of things (activities, conversations…).
- More energy and vitality, more desire to do things.
Frequent marijuana use causes brain damage that can completely change how the person’s mind works (especially in teenagers, because their brains are still maturing). Therefore, when marijuana is quit, most of the negative effects of marijuana use disappear. Many people feel completely recovered after only a few weeks or months after their last use.
Keep in mind that these are long-term benefits and the sooner marijuana use is eliminated, the sooner the benefits will be felt. They also depend on the type of consumption that the person takes, in some cases the abstinence syndrome may be longer, and in others the benefits are enjoyed a few days after stopping leeks.
What’s the best way to quit marijuana?
The best way to quit smoking is psychotherapy, especially when working with an addiction professional. Psychotherapy allows the person to:
- Get to know and understand how marijuana addiction developed.
- Detect the personal difficulties the person was trying to cope with by using marijuana.
- Practice new strategies for dealing with unpleasant emotions on a daily basis, so you no longer need to smoke a joint to feel good.
- Prepare a good relapse prevention strategy adapted to the person.
My name is Luis Miguel Real and I am a psychologist specialized in addictions. Over the years I have helped hundreds of people overcome their addiction issues, in many cases cannabis addiction.
If they understand that you need to stop using marijuana to fully enjoy your life and achieve your goals, contact me and we will work on your case as soon as possible.