Things that help ease marijuana withdrawal

Postby matt15 » Sun Sep 17, 2006 7:47 pm

Hi everyone, I'm so glad I found this forum! I'll give you a little history about myself. I was an alcoholic from the age of 14 to 25(I'm 31 now). I also smoked weed almost daily during that time. I started throwing up blood and had terrible ulcers so I quit drinking at 25 years old. The problem is my weed intake went way up. For the past 6 years I have been smoking about an 1/8 a day.

I have tried to quit smoking but the withdrawal symptoms are unbearable(I consider myself "tough" but this kicks my donkey). I've come to the point where I have to quit(no money, no job, etc...).

I was wondering if you guys knew of anything that will make the withdrawal symptoms a little more bearable? Today is my first day. For the past few days I have been taking Milk Thistle, B-Complex vitamin, cranberry juice, eating lots of fruits and veggies.

The symptoms I get are: I feel very nervous and shaky, stomach is turning all the time, constipated, very angry and short-temper, can't sleep, headaches.

I really need somthing that will help the withdrawal because I have job interviews and I need to make a good impression. I have gained alot of insight just from reading your posts but I hope someone may have some more specific info for me. Thanks and good luck to you all. M.
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Postby Modus Ponens » Sun Sep 17, 2006 7:58 pm

well its possible a drug like xanax or klonopin would help but you would have to be careful not to become addicted to those in the process. their are effects resemble those of alcohol and since you were addicted to alcohol, i could see it being a problem.
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Postby phoenix11 » Sun Sep 17, 2006 8:35 pm

things that help..
its day 1 for me too mate so were in it together...
things that helped today...
go for a walk,
keeping busy,
going swimming,
going cycling
being around people i didnt know cos it gets embarressing when an episode comes along and hopefully i wont have one as bad...
and reading this forum
getting support from friend or loved one...
vitamin c
and sugary drinks
and remembering that it will pass, so keep delaying having a smoke or drink

hope ur doing well thinking of you...
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Postby matt15 » Sun Sep 17, 2006 9:28 pm

Thanks! Let's see if we can make it together. Day one and counting.
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Postby phoenix11 » Sun Sep 17, 2006 10:58 pm

ive made it yaaay!
no tabbacco, weed or alcohol... i can go to bed feeling proud of myself for once...
get to mark off the first day on the calender...
hope u made it too in one peice...
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Postby phoenix11 » Mon Sep 18, 2006 10:55 am

How can I reduce discomfort?

For some of the milder detoxing symptoms, a few home remedies have proven to be useful:

* Hot soaking baths can help the emotions as well as the body.
* Drink plenty of water and clear liquids, just like for the flu.
* Cranberry juice has been used effectively for years by recovery houses to help purify and cleanse the body.
* Really excessive sweating can deplete the body of potassium, a necessary mineral. A few foods high in potassium are: melons, bananas, citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, and tomatoes.
* Eliminate fat from the diet until digestion is better.
* Greatly reduce or eliminate caffeine until the sleep pattern is more normal or the shakes are gone.
* The old fashioned remedy for insomnia, a glass of warm milk before bedtime, helps some people.
* Exercise not only helps depression and other unpleasant emotions, it helps the body speed up the healing process.
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Postby matt15 » Mon Sep 18, 2006 1:07 pm

thanks for the info. Man, my stomach is so messed up. It keeps turning and I'm vominting. I'll get through it though. I hope you are feeling better than me!
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Postby phoenix11 » Mon Sep 18, 2006 2:50 pm

no today i feel really sick too... and very weak...
but yes my stomache and my digestive system feel rough...
ive just been out for a loooong easy cycle exploring my local park and sitting in a tree and just taking in the serenity... even tho before i got myself out i really didnt want to venture out at all.. I feel like a weakling today and a bit shaky... but not craving yet... i know that will come at 8 oclock...
just made some chicken soup... wish i had an appetite...
glad to hear from u matt
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Postby Liesl » Mon Sep 18, 2006 3:00 pm

Hi Phoenix and Matt,

I hope you guys made it safely and cleanly through the weekend.
what helped me when I was quiting nicotine was cranberry juice and water...lots and lots of water....i was running to the bathroom frequently but it was cleansing my system I believe.

and exercise - even something as simple as taking a walk or using the stairs. Just moving instead of sitting in one place really helped. And of course, regular exercise helps with my depression so much so that if I miss it for a week i start to wake up depressed and irritable again. Exercise has really been on of my lifesavers.

looking out to hear how you made out over the weekend.
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Postby phoenix11 » Mon Sep 18, 2006 3:30 pm

i believe in the exercise thing deffinately.
I have started going to my local swimming pool and i certainly think its hass helped. Alsoi getting out on my bike in the park and walking... walking especially helps when im having a bad episode... helps get fresh energy in me... the worst thing i can think to do is just sit around... thats what i used to do when i got stoned... and i cant be having that... quitting goes hand in hand with the life ive been yearning for... i want to be active, have fun, eat well, make friends and be healthy and acheive all the things i want to do...
i have my carton of crannberry juice at the ready...
insomnia shouldnt be a problem after tonight as im on nights... perfect timing...
its time to get involved in life! and not watching it fly by...
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Postby verge_of_neurosisarrgh » Wed Aug 12, 2009 3:25 pm

I'm a 23year old female, been smoking weed for 10years now and decided I just can't afford it anymore and I need to start dealing with things rather than just smoking and thinking 'F#*% it!'

So here I am, Day 4, i'm about ready to kill someone, my moods are so extreme I feel like I literally am on the verge of neurosis (hence the name) I've kicked off on a friend, I hate my boyf and the thought of seeing him is making me grit my teeth. He has done nothing!

I am straying from anger to sadness to just complete tears and I don't know what to do for best - the only fortunate thing I have had so far is the ability to sleep.
Anxious breathing, confusion and a general strain on everything, I have never felt so messed up.

I really don't want to have a joint to make it go away, because sooner or later i'm going to have to stop and I feel i've come this far don't fall back now.

I have spent YEARS defending pot, all the benefits all the greatness, denying any negatives bar anxiety. Well, here I am, the epitome of a weed smoker showing all the marvellous issues and reasons of why you shouldn't smoke it regualrly!

I'm going to walk tonight, then take a hot bath. I;m going to try my best to avoid snapping at people or breaking down into tears.

I odn't want pills, I don't want to have a drink. I just want to get past this bad mood swings and stress and depression and anxiety feeling and feel remotely normal. I want to smile n feel happy without a joint beforehand.

I wish i'd never starteda nd at the same time i wish i'd never stopped.

Now i'm worried maybe it;s been holding me together all this time and i'm falling apart withut it. I hope i'm wrong and that by Saturday im on an up.

I'd say pray for me but I don't believe in that stuff. I just have hope, and a very small hope at that :(
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Postby rise_above » Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:59 am

Verge, the feeling of neurosis should subside greatly if you can make it 2 weeks to a month without the herb. At day 4, I would say your right in the middle of the storm. The hardest part of the withdrawal is typically between 1 and 3 weeks. And it takes about a month for the weed to get out of your system.

Don't worry, I felt the same exact way when I quit the first time (I've had several quits). I thought I was going to be insane the rest of my life. It does get much better. When I think back to how I felt when I first quit, I get shivers of just how messed up I was in the head.

My advice would be to drink plenty of water and/or cranberry juice if you got it, exercise, taking hot baths is good, and try to eat healthy. Sleeping was really hard for me, so I tried to exhuast myself during the day by exercise etc.

Looking forward to hearing from you and I will say a prayer for you anyways :wink: .

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Postby agarcia2044 » Tue Oct 06, 2009 2:05 am

hey my name is A.J and i been actually dealing with a whole lotta stuff these passed 2 years...depression withdrawal,weed,anxiety...u name it i been through it...not that much jst wanted to say that i am with the both of you guys cuz i get the stomach pains from the minute i wake up to the moment my eyes shut....i hate it,with a passion. i actually think that i am in a way depressed or maybe it may be just anxiety...all i know is it started bak in 07 wen i started to do extacy...had a couple bad trips and never felt the same since...and think ive been battling depression...but like i said...i wake up and i cry cuz the stomach pain is just sooo unbareable...well imma go take advice and buy some cranberry juice...anything that helps...lemmie know wuts up...feels gud to know im not the only one...:] btw...if you wanna chat...just hitme up. thx....hope to hear from anyone[/b] :lol:
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Postby HadItUp2Here » Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:00 am

Keep goin man,im 11 days off weed and my sleep patterns are back to normal(i feel naturally sleepy at night without weed),my appetite is back to normal too. The more time thats passes the better you'll feel though dont expect miracle results cause eveything takes time,just hold in there...i like to think about it this way: i been smoking for 7 years..whats 6 months compared to 7 years...after 6 months pot free,you'll feel tonnes better
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Postby Josh358 » Sat Feb 27, 2010 12:00 am

Today is my first day quitting, this sucks, i feel all of the listed symptoms, i've been smoking for 2 years daily and now that i have not smoked i have a sudden loss of appetite, my stomach feels queezy all the time which makes working out a difficult task because i ended up vomiting. Headaches are one of the worst parts, anxiety, it doesnt help that its raining outside either, definite emotional swings as well. Ill try some of the things you guys have listed and hopefully they help a little otherwise ill probably just freak out ha. Im about to take a sleeping pill and just crash all day
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