The short answer: Yes. Marijuana withdrawal, also known as Cannabis Withdrawal Syndrome (CWS) has a few side effects, like:

  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Cannabis cravings
  • Nausea or stomach pain
  • Anxiety
  • Weakness
  • A feeling of unease

For regular and long-term users of cannabis, the effects of cannabis withdrawal can be uncomfortable immediately after use is stopped. While it’s not as difficult to cut cold turkey as other substances like alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, the discomfort upon cessation might come as a surprise to some. The severity of these side effects will be dependent on the extremity and regularity of your use of cannabis.

Studies have shown that gender also plays a role in these side effects, with women more likely to experience physical discomfort like nausea or stomach pain.

Often, the experience of CWS is relative to that of caffeine withdrawal, a condition that can cause mood changes (increased irritability and depression), fatigue and drowsiness, headaches, and nausea.

As for the cause of CWS, it’s said that extensive exposure to CWS can cause changes in the brain’s neuronal circuits and their components. In layman terms, that means your brain’s overall function adjusts when you use cannabis, so be mindful before you decide to take a break from marijuana – it may not be as simple as cutting it out cold turkey.

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