According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug. It is become more socially acceptable as it becomes more readily available due to the legalization in many states for medical and recreational use. Just like other substances, marijuana can also cause individuals to build up tolerance and experience physical and psychological dependence. Symptoms of marijuana withdrawal include anxiety, fear, dissociation, restlessness, irritability, poor appetite, poor sleep, night sweats, and tremors. Some using large amounts may experience paranoia and psychosis. Symptoms of withdrawal can begin 24 hours after last use and can last up to two weeks.
Marijuana withdrawal is not normally life threatening and is milder compared to other substances. It can be uncomfortable and it is recommended that those going through withdrawal seek medical attention to help manage and monitor symptoms. Marijuana detoxification involves taking medications for symptoms management. Goals of treatment are to address withdrawal symptoms, prevent complications, and begin to address abstinence.