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withdrawal from marijuana

Withdrawal from Marijuana Use May Cause Cannabis Withdrawal Syndrome in Some

Prolonged marijuana use is associated with a higher chance of developing Cannabis Withdrawal Syndrome (CWS), a mixture of psychological and physical symptoms such as insomnia, depression, restlessness, aggression, loss of appetite, sweating, and headaches, to name a few, that typically develops within a week from when an individual has stopped using marijuana. And although simple for some, withdrawal from marijuana use is no walk in the park for others, which is why it’s crucial that the cannabis withdrawal syndrome is recognized on time. Because of its severity, some recovering marijuana users might need inpatient treatment.

Which Marijuana Users Are More Susceptible to Develop CWS?

Most studies done on cannabis withdrawal syndrome agree that it’s not how often during the course of a week an individual uses marijuana, but how much per day they use it is one of the most determining factors for developing the syndrome. Unlike smoking, new ways of ingesting marijuana such as vaping and edibles are more difficult when it comes to determining how much of marijuana users are actually ingesting — in most cases, they are more likely ingesting more than with smoking. Because of this, medical professionals are still looking for ways to accurately gauge the impact marijuana is having on an individual depending on the concentration they’re ingesting.

The Correlation Between Marijuana and Mental Health Disorders

Another factor that contributes to developing cannabis withdrawal syndrome is a positive history of depression within the family and also the fact that the individual already suffers from some kind of psychiatric disorder, such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and PTSD.

Surprisingly, a family history of alcohol and drug use is not in correlation with developing cannabis withdrawal syndrome.

Aside from unpleasant symptoms, the main downside to cannabis withdrawal syndrome is the fact that one-third of individuals who try to quit their marijuana use will relapse because they will take marijuana to either avoid or ease the symptoms of withdrawal.

What to do if Your Teen is Experiencing CWS

The behaviors said to help reduce or eradicate the symptoms of Cannabis Withdrawal Syndrome include:


Besides the fact it helps speed up recovery, exercise improves mood, thus alleviating the symptoms of anxiety and depression.


Drinking lots of water will help drive the toxins out of the body, so make sure your teen always has water at hand.

Healthy Diet

A low-fat diet rich with vitamins and minerals will not only improve digestion but replenish all the necessary nutrients lost due to excessive sweating that your teen might experience.

Kokua Recovery can help with Marijuana Addiction Treatment in Teenagers

Kokua Recovery is an adolescent recovery program for boy and girls between the ages of 13-17.

At Kokua, we aim to heal the trauma that leads to teen addiction and help teens learn how to find sobriety in a safe and nurturing residential setting. We want to help lead teens and their families towards a healthy, happy future where they can thrive and grow.

For more information about treating teen marijuana addiction at Kokua Recovery, call us today at (877) 302-5022.

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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