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How to Stop Smoking Marijuana

Many people believe that marijuana is totally harmless and safe, it’s depicted as a no-risk drug that anyone can use. However, this is not true, there are countless health risks associated from marijuana use. Using marijuana has been shown to raise the risk of even developing certain mental health conditions, one in particular is Schizophrenia. Marijuana use can also lead to dependence and addiction, and eventually mental cognitive decline. It’s very important to keep a healthy life and avoid substance use.

Cannabis use disorder is more likely to develop in individuals who began smoking weed at a younger age or use the drug heavily. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) suggests that around 30% of people who use marijuana have a cannabis use disorder.

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Two Common Approaches To Quitting Marijuana Use

  • Gradual Tapering
  • Quitting Cold Turkey

Finding the best quit method that works for you is important; The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) thinks highly of the gradual tapering approach. It’s also important to prepare yourself for withdrawal symptoms, doing this will help you to deal with possibly withdrawals.

Here are the most common withdrawal symptoms

  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Appetite changes
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Flu-like symptoms such as fever, sweating, and chills
  • Headaches
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Weight loss or gain

Studies have shown that around 90% of people who are dependant on marijuana will experience withdrawals. Quitting marijuana use is the biggest step in living a fuller, richer, and healthier life.



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