Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Pot Withdrawal

Dr. Ryan Vandrey of John’s Hopkins School of Medicine and colleagues compared symptoms of tobacco withdrawal with marijuana withdrawal and to the withdrawal in study participants who used both substances. The abstract of that study pointed out that “overall withdrawal severity associated with cannabis alone and tobacco alone was of a similar magnitude. Withdrawal during simultaneous cessation of both substances was more severe than for each substance alone, but these differences were of short duration and substantial individual differences were noted.” In working with addictive behavior programs, some of the program attendees reported that nicotine withdrawal was more of a problem during waking hours while marijuana withdrawal was more of a problem during sleeping hours—because of an increase in anxiety and insomnia (and sometimes in dreaming).

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