Cannabis Addiction: Detox and Withdrawal Timeline

When your body adapts to you using cannabis on a regular basis, it goes through a number of changes. When you stop using cannabis, it has to adapt and the result is withdrawal. Withdrawal severity can depend on the amount of cannabis you’ve been using, the length of time you’ve been using, your environment and your general state of health.

Common withdrawal symptoms include feelings of depression, anxiety and worry, insomnia, feeling tired during the day, headaches, restlessness, night sweats, shakiness, lack of appetite and weight loss.

Going through withdrawal yourself can be dangerous as you may feel depressed and have suicidal thoughts. At our residential clinic you can safely detox from cannabis under the 24/7 supervision of our clinical team with therapeutic support.

Get in touch with us today to find out more about the ways we can support you through withdrawal and detox.

What Is Cannabis Withdrawal?

Cannabis is a psychoactive drug that alters the way your brain works. When your body gets used to the constant presence of cannabis, physical changes occur to both your brain and body. When you then stop taking it, your body has to go through a period of adapting to functioning normally without the drug in your system.

Withdrawal is what happens when you stop taking cannabis and your body attempts to readjust. The symptoms can range from mild to severe and some can persist long after you have quit. Because the main active chemical in cannabis is stored in the body’s fat cells, it can take longer to be removed from the body than some other drugs, which may mean withdrawal lasts longer or is more severe.

What Causes Withdrawal?

The main chemical in marijuana which alters brain function is known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC for short. If you smoke cannabis, THC is absorbed quickly into your blood and carried to the brain, where it acts on cannabinoid receptors. The highest density of these receptors is in the parts of the brain influencing pleasure, memory, thoughts, sensory perception and coordination, which leads to the high and feelings of relaxation and euphoria common amongst users of cannabis.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal from cannabis is different for everyone and can depend on your general state of health as long as how long you have been using cannabis (and how much you have been using). Symptoms can range from mild to severe and it can be particularly dangerous to go ‘cold turkey’, as you never know how you will be affected. Hallucinations, suicidal thoughts and even convulsions are not uncommon, as well as the risk of overdose if you take more of the drug to alleviate your withdrawal symptoms.

Here are some of the most common withdrawal symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Night and hand sweats
  • Fever/chills
  • Shakiness
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia and vivid nightmares
  • Feeling tired during the day
  • Restlessness
  • Depression
  • Feelings of anxiety or worry
  • Lack of appetite, leading to weight loss
  • Irritability and angry outbursts

These symptoms usually last for a few weeks but can persist for longer and become chronic in some cases. The best way to safely make it through withdrawal is to attend a private drug rehab where you can undergo medical detox and withdrawal under 24/7 supervision.


The cannabis withdrawal process can be categorised as:

Days 1-3: Anxiety, restlessness, tremors, lack of focus, irritability, headaches, insomnia

Days 4-7: Cravings, chills, sweating, nausea, abdominal cramps, lack of appetite, weight loss

Days 4-14: Irritability, mood swings, mild depression, cravings, aggression, insomnia, lack of concentration, lack of appetite

Some people may experience post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) where symptoms persist for months or even longer. These can include sleep difficulties, strange dreams, memory problems, lack of motivation, irritability, depression and cravings. At Primrose Lodge, we offer personalised treatment tailored to suit your withdrawal symptoms as well as a range of support to ensure you get through withdrawal with minimal discomfort.

What Is A Medical Cannabis Detox

Detoxification is the first stage of treating any addiction and generally lasts at least two weeks. The length of detoxification usually depends on your level of addiction and the method of treatment used. Detoxification can be carried out in several different settings, but a medical detox is best as you will receive 24/7 care and supervision.

Detoxification is only a part of the recovery process. It involves removing the drug from your system so that treatment can focus on your body’s physical addiction. However, helping you recover from a psychological dependence and addiction to marijuana requires counselling. This can start at the initial stage of detox and continues throughout the process.

During counselling sessions, issues relating to drug use and the resulting psychological cravings will be addressed. You can also continue counselling after detox has been completed. You may choose to continue with treatment for cannabis withdrawal in an inpatient rehab facility or on an outpatient basis.

Home Detox

The idea of detoxing at home, surrounded by home comforts may seem appealing if you are going to be experiencing uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, however it is actually not the best option. Home detox can be unsafe as you are not equipped to deal with cravings and other symptoms that may arise. If you are addicted to marijuana then detoxing at home means you could still have access to the drug and be more likely to relapse or overdose.

In addition to this, if you have been addicted to cannabis for a long time, your withdrawal symptoms could be particularly severe or uncomfortable. This can be difficult to manage alone and a medical detox at Primrose Lodge means you will be in a supportive environment where we will make you as comfortable as possible.

Benefits Of Private Detox

Residential rehab is the best option for anybody who is addicted to cannabis. Not only will you be supported and monitored 24/7, but you will be away from your familiar home environment, with no access to drugs and no risk of relapse while you are in our care. You’ll be supported by experts with experience in addiction, withdrawal and detox, and it’s our aim to make you as comfortable as possible while you are going through rehab.

Private detox is tailored to suit your individual needs, so you will be supported throughout and learn techniques to help you prevent relapsing. You will also undergo medical detox where your withdrawal symptoms will be monitored and medication may be administered to help ease the severity of your symptoms.

Some of the other benefits of residential rehab include:

  • 24/7 care and support from an experienced medical team
  • A safe, nurturing environment where all your needs are met
  • Assistance with diet and nutrition to help you feel and look healthier
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • 12 months of complimentary aftercare support
  • Personalised treatment programme
  • Therapy and counselling to overcome the root causes of your addiction
  • The ability to learn techniques to overcome your cravings and prevent relapse in future

To find out more about the benefits of private rehabilitation as well as the facilities available to those undergoing treatment at Primrose Lodge, just get in touch with us today.

If you or your loved one are suffering from addiction to cannabis or any other substance, it is never too late to seek help. We can offer advice and an initial assessment to work out the best treatment programme for you, which will be tailored to suit your individual needs. At our treatment facilities you will find experienced staff offering personalised care as well as excellent facilities (including an on-site chef and access to a gym). We offer life changing treatment and take a holistic approach to recovery, with a full range of therapies available, from cognitive behavioural therapy to art therapy and more.

Whether you have been addicted to marijuana for a few months and need assistance or are a long-term user looking to break your addiction, we can help you. Our experienced clinical team are dedicated to helping you beat your addiction and live a long, happy life free from the influence of drugs.

To find out more about the treatment we offer and how we can help you or your loved one, just get in touch with us.

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