What Happens During Marijuana Withdrawal?

The effects of being without marijuana when marijuana addiction is in effect causes a variety of in marijuana withdrawal symptoms depending on how much and how often you smoke. Frequent users will begin to notice some symptoms within the first eight hours and may continue to experience symptoms anywhere from 10 to 45 days. Uncontrollable cravings for the drug coupled with difficulty in managing behavior and emotions are the basic indicators of a marijuana detox.

Marijuana users may experience a few or all of the following symptoms:

  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stomach pain, nausea, physical tension
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Bizarre dreams
  • Loss of appetite
  • Shakes, mild sweats or chills

Individuals with co-occurring mental illnesses or behavioral issues are prone to more intense symptoms during withdrawal and are more likely to relapse in a frantic attempt to self-medicate.

The Causes of Withdrawal

The one thing nearly all addictive substances have in common is the ability to produce an exaggerated sense of euphoria by acting on dopamine neurotransmitters and receptors in the brain. In other words, it’s easy to get hooked on these drugs because they make you feel good. The problem is, once an external stimulus has been introduced, it replaces the body’s natural manufacturing, which eventually shuts down altogether. Sudden absence of the drug in the same quantity or frequency results in exaggerated dysphoria-the exact opposite of what happens when the drug is present in the body-also known as withdrawal symptoms.


While there are ongoing studies to determine whether medications can successfully contribute to treating marijuana addiction, no conclusive evidence has yet to be submitted. The tried and true methods for stopping the cycle of addiction include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Multi-systemic Therapy (MST)
  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Support groups

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy seeks to examine assumptions, thoughts, and feelings that affect personal beliefs and lead to unhealthy reactions. Clients might be asked to journal responses to specific events, analyze personal belief systems, practice new methods of interaction, and increase exposure to previously fearful activities.

Multi-systemic Therapy focuses primarily on adolescents exhibiting antisocial and disruptive behaviors and involves family, friends, teachers, and community in order to craft an environment both sympathetic and supportive of the individual in need.

Individual counseling addresses core issues essential to understanding the root cause for an individual’s addiction. Examples might include stress management, low self-esteem, difficulty with relationships, and past or current abuse.

Group counseling encourages feedback from other participants along with social bonding through shared storytelling, role playing, support, guidance, and observation. It’s also a great opportunity to practice new skills and behaviors before bringing them out into the world.

Support groups provide a platform for individuals to share past and present experiences with an understanding audience and a chance to form supportive social networks outside of drug rehab.

Treatment at The Canyon

The Canyon has a strong, clinically based marijuana addiction treatment program addressing all aspects of an individual’s chemical dependency, psychiatric and emotional needs. Upon admission, each client is assessed by an internist, addictionologist and a psychiatrist, and then monitored throughout their stay in treatment.

The Canyon’s approach to healing for individuals is a balanced approach that addresses chemical dependency and mental health issues, provides individual and group therapy, promotes immersion in 12-step recovery work and self help support groups, and provides introduction to a variety of mindfulness and spiritual philosophies and practices to enhance personal spiritual connection and personal growth.

If you’re ready to try out a new way of life without marijuana, call us at The Canyon today.


Dear Friends,

On November 10, 2018, the Woolsey Fire destroyed The Canyon at Peace Park’s treatment facility. At this time, The Canyon at Peace Park is not accepting patients for any services. We arranged for the safe and seamless discharge or transition of all patients when we were forced to evacuate due to the fire.

For over 12 years, The Canyon at Peace Park has been privileged to provide integrated treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders to patients across the nation. Our main focus has always been on our patients and their success. We have served hundreds of patients and their families, providing exclusive treatment and services for a wide range of behavioral health and addiction issues.

Our trained, compassionate staff has been committed to delivering quality patient care with dignity and respect, with the goal of helping our patients return to their communities as healthier individuals. We are extremely proud of the sacrifices of those who worked every day, often under challenging circumstances, to positively impact our patients’ lives.

We thank the physicians and staff for their expertise and dedication in providing high quality, compassionate treatment and care to the patients we have served.

We look forward to carrying on The Canyon at Peace Park’s legacy through our outpatient locations in Santa Monica and Encino. Foundations Recovery Network also has other residential and outpatient facilities around the country offering the same high quality of service you’ve come to expect from us.

If you need help finding treatment, please visit foundationsrecoverynetwork.com or call for more information.

To request medical records please contact UHS-NRO Records Department. Fax a copy of the completed/signed ROI form to FAX# (615)-997-1200 or it can be emailed to [email protected] If you need additional guidance on medical records, please call (615) 312-5834


The Canyon at Peace Park Leadership Team