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Common Withdrawal Symptoms from Marijuana

Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms to Look Out For

Although it’s sometimes controversial, the truth is that marijuana addiction is possible. In fact, given that your teen’s brain is still developing, they are more likely to develop a marijuana abuse disorder than adults who might use marijuana.

In an ideal world, your teen would never try marijuana. But with marijuana becoming easier to get and risk-taking being a normal part of teenage life, there’s no way to guarantee they won’t come into contact with it.

But even if your teen is exposed to marijuana, that doesn’t mean they will develop an addiction. That’s why it’s important for parents like you to understand and be on the lookout for marijuana withdrawal symptoms.

You can’t keep an eye on your teen all the time. But by learning how to spot withdrawal symptoms from marijuana, you’ll be able to identify if your teen has a marijuana addiction.

4 Common Withdrawal Symptoms from Marijuana

1. Marijuana Cravings

One of the most common marijuana withdrawal symptoms for teens is a craving for the substance and the desire to use more. Think about it. If your teen is suffering from a marijuana addiction, it’s only natural for cravings to develop. Try to look out for antsy and irritated behavior. It’s also important to talk to your teen about how they’re feeling and help them identify why they’re experiencing the behaviors that they are.

2. Mood Swings

Speaking of irritability, mood swings are a common symptom of marijuana withdrawal. Unlike other marijuana withdrawal symptoms, mood swings can have your teen cycling through depression, anger and euphoria. Not only can this put strain on your relationships, but keep in mind that mood swings are mentally and emotionally exhausting.

3. Irregular Sleep Habits

You should know that insomnia is one of the most common symptoms of drug withdrawal. If your teen is going through marijuana withdrawal, there’s a good chance they have difficulty falling asleep. But insomnia isn’t the only thing your teen might experience, nightmares or even vivid dreams can occur. So, for any parent on the lookout for marijuana withdrawal, sleep is a good place to start.

4. Anxiety and Depression

Every teenager goes through ups and downs during puberty. But if your teen is experiencing marijuana withdrawal syndrome, it’s possible that anxiety and depression are taken to higher than normal levels. Be on the lookout for restlessness, isolation and changes in appetite. These are potential signs of anxiety and depression.

Marijuana Withdrawal Syndrome

As a parent, a term like marijuana withdrawal syndrome can be intimidating. While it is a serious issue your teen could be facing, there is some good news. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana withdrawal symptoms are less severe than those of other drugs like opioids or heroin.

But marijuana withdrawal syndrome is strong enough to get your teen to feel like they need to keep smoking. The severity of the symptoms often depends on how much marijuana your teen is using.

No matter how severe of marijuana withdrawal symptoms your teen might be going through, your teen needs the right treatment, support and game plan to help overcome it.

Teen Marijuana Rehab from Kokua Recovery

Marijuana addiction can change your life and the life of your teen for the worse. But with the right support, Kokua Recovery can help your teen and family trade in that hopeless feeling for control and joy. To get a closer look at our clinical and trauma focused approach to treating your teen’s marijuana addiction, contact our team today to get started.

Ken Huey

Upon graduating from Purdue with a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Dr. Huey worked as a therapist, Clinical Director, and Business Development Director in residential treatment. Dr. Huey was always drawn to the large population of adoptees in residential treatment (he is adopted himself). He ultimately became convinced that this population needed specialty care and in November of 2006, Dr. Huey founded Calo. Calo grew to a 200 plus employee organization with about the same numbers of teen clients served each year. He sold Calo and retired in June of 2015. He came out of retirement in 2017 and founded Kokua Recovery, trauma-informed residential drug and alcohol treatment with sites in Colorado.

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