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See the 'Making changes' page for more information on how to Manage withdrawal from drugs and alcohol.
Cannabis can be an addictive substance, especially when it is used regularly or in high doses. If you use cannabis often, you are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop using. Withdrawal symptoms can start around 1–3 days from your last use and last up to 14 days for most people. The severity and length of withdrawal is different for everyone and depends on how much you use, how often and your individual body.
In some cases, cannabis withdrawal can be very unpleasant, and you may need the support of a doctor or a withdrawal service to help you. If you are worried about withdrawing, you can speak with your doctor about what will work best for you before you start.
If you …
Have strong cravings to use cannabis
Have difficulty concentrating
Have decreased libido
Have aches and pains
Have difficulty sleeping
Feel agitated or irritable
Have vivid or disturbing dreams
Experience changes in weight or appetite
Sweat or feel very hot or very cold
Experience low mood
Try these things at home:
Have increased agitation
Have increased sweating
Have increased feeling of being very hot or very cold
Experience ongoing blurred vision
Have ongoing insomnia
Have heart palpitations
Experience major changes in weight
Experience severe or ongoing anxiety
Experience severe or ongoing low mood
Experience severe or ongoing paranoia
Feel panicked or have a panic attack
Have severe or ongoing pain
Have suicidal thoughts
Call a doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116)
You can talk to your doctor about:
Experience extreme agitation
Feel severely emotionally distressed
These are signs you could be experiencing cannabis withdrawal syndrome or that something more serious is going on. You or the people around you should act quickly.
For more information on getting support for drug and alcohol use, see Finding support.
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