It’s Not “Just Marijuana”

Many people don’t consider marijuana a drug; however, especially with today’s strains and extremely high levels of THC (i.e., 3.4% THC in the 1990’s compared to today’s 27%!), use and abuse of this substance will result in addiction with physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms that will need to be treated! Earlier this year, “commonly used” strains (cannabinoids delta-8 and -9 THC-O) have even been ruled as Schedule 1 narcotics–it’s safe to say that marijuana is not longer just a harmless drug.
Post acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) is the lingering effects of drug withdrawal (including marijuana). These symptoms are a result of brain dysfunction caused by the brain re-adjusting to being without drugs. Recovery from PAWS can usually take anywhere between 6-24 months.
Symptoms of PAWS can include:
  • Inability to think clearly,
  • Memory problems,
  • Emotional overreactions or numbness,
  • Sleep disturbance,
  • Physical coordination,
  • Stress sensitivity, and more!

Understanding what the symptoms are, helps to manage them. Successful management of drug withdrawal symptoms will help a person feel better physically and emotionally, improve self-esteem, and reduce risk of relapse when it comes to marijuana use!

For more information on how marijuana can affect the brain, follow this link –> Mind Matters: How Does Marijuana Affect Your Brain and Body

For treatment resources, check out any of the links below!


Marijuana Anonymous (MA)

Ridgeview Institute