You probably will experience withdrawal symptoms after giving up weed. However, if you are dealing with marijuana cravings or are afraid to stop using because of it, there are healthy ways to deal with it.
This article explains how cannabis cravings arise, how our body reacts, and practical solutions to deal with them. Keep reading!
Why do you crave cannabis?
Cannabis, a by-product of marijuana, contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — an active ingredient. This is a psychoactive drug that acts on neurotransmitters in the brain.
THC blocks these neurotransmitters, altering your brain function and triggering feelings of happiness, relaxation, and also mild hallucinations.
This process also rewires your brain only to feel good when you’re using marijuana. The consequence is that you become dependent and therefore experience withdrawal symptoms when you decide to stop.
One of these symptoms is cravings.
These neural biochemical mechanisms responsible for marijuana cravings are similar to those with cocaine, heroin, and alcohol.
Therefore, many people experience significant physical and mental discomfort when trying to give up weed, especially in the first ten days.
Coping with physical symptoms of marijuana cravings
It is expected for the first ten days after you stop using marijuana to experience cravings and some physical discomfort.
For example, you may find yourself craving weed before bed if you have insomnia.
To deal with this, avoid caffeine and stay away from your cell phone and television screen before bed. Instead, use meditation or breathing exercises to try to fall asleep.
Breathing exercises can also help deal with the common irritability and frustration after quitting marijuana.
In addition, exercise helps release endorphins and stops you from doing something impulsive, like giving in to your cannabis cravings.
It is common for people who have stopped smoking to feel that their mood is unstable and to feel depressed.
Therefore, in addition to quitting smoking, it is crucial to take actions that make you have healthier reactions to the negative feelings you may experience.
4 practical tips for dealing with cannabis cravings
Now that you understand how your brain works on marijuana and why you crave weed after deciding to quit, let’s see some practical tips to help you.
Prevent marijuana cravings
If you plan to quit, you can take some simple measures to prevent cravings.
First, get rid of all your smoking stuff and the weed itself. You can also avoid all the places, people, and activities you relate to smoking weed.
Change your habits
You are making a change in your life by quitting weed anyway, so why not go all the way?
Identify what you can do to change some little habits that do not contribute to your new lifestyle and take action to execute these changes.
Changing habits can impact your life as a whole, keeping your brain occupied and taking your mind off the craving.
Create a healthy routine
Try to sleep well and don’t skip meals or overeat. Your body will notice the change. You may even experience some mood changes and insomnia.
It can be hard to deal with craving on top of it. Treat your body well and try to cultivate healthy daily habits.
Keep yourself busy
Try to take your mind off marijuana cravings by keeping yourself busy. For example, start a new hobby, deep clean your house, exercise, study more, invest more time with your family, etc.
Quitting weed may change your daily routine and social life, so be prepared for it by changing your habits.
Now you know how weed acts on your body and the best ways to cope with marijuana cravings.
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