Marijuana Withdrawal Timeline and Symptoms Duration [INFOGRAPHIC]

A VISUAL GUIDELINE that outlines common marijuana withdrawal symptoms by day and week.

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What Is Marijuana Withdrawal?

Marijuana is the most commonly abused drug. But most users do not know that MJ can also induce drug dependence on THC, the main active ingredient found in marijuana. Because of its psychoactive effects on the central nervous system, THC dependence occurs after a few weeks of daily use. So, once someone who’s used to smoking weed stops using marijuana, s/he can expect to experience withdrawal symptoms.

This raises several questions:

Marijuana Withdrawal Timeline and Symptoms Duration [INFOGRAPHIC]

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  • What are marijuana withdrawal symptoms?
  • When does a certain symptom occur?
  • How long does the withdrawal process last?

Explore our detailed marijuana infographic to find out! If you like it, feel free to use it for your clinical office or share it. The embed code is under the image. And, if you have any questions, leave them in the comment section at the end. We try to respond to all our readers personally and promptly.

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Marijuana Withdrawal Timeline

Marijuana withdrawal symptoms can begin anywhere between a day up to three after last use. Usually, the set of withdrawal symptoms lasts from a few days to a few weeks.  Moreover, marijuana symptoms of withdrawal can peak at around two to three days. And once they begin, they can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

Symptoms of marijuana withdrawal are mild in comparison to stronger drugs, but can still be uncomfortable. Keep reading to find a detailed list of the most common withdrawal symptoms with a timetable of their appearance:

0-48 Hours after last dose:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Lack of focus
  • Restlessness
  • Sleep disorders
  • Tremors

48-72 hours after last marijuana use:

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  • Abdominal cramps
  • Chills
  • Cravings
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Weight loss

4-14 days after last marijuana use:

  • Aggression
  • Cravings
  • Irritability
  • Lack of concentration
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mild depression
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep disorders

Week 2 after last marijuana use::

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  • Anxiety
  • Coughing
  • Insomnia
  • Mild depression

How to withdrawal from marijuana? Generally speaking, marijuana withdrawal can be characterized as a mild set of psychological symptoms. Mood swings are common. So are headaches or trouble sleeping. Even though this kind of drug withdrawal is not typically dangerous, it can be very uncomfortable. So, the safest way to end marijuana addiction is under medical supervision where you can find both physical and emotional support.

How Long To Withdrawal From Marijuana?

The duration of marijuana withdrawal can last for around two weeks. Keep in mind that people who use this drug heavily may experience post acute symptoms of marijuana withdrawal. These symptoms include:

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  • Cravings
  • Irritability
  • Lack of motivation
  • Memory problems
  • Mild depression

How can you treat marijuana withdrawal? Again, the safest way to manage marijuana withdrawal symptoms is with the help of medically trained staff.

Marijuana Withdrawal Timeline Questions

Do you need help for marijuana withdrawal? You’re Not Alone. Call 1-888-503-1835 for a toll-free and confidential marijuana helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

Finally, if you still have questions, please post them in the comments section at the end. We are happy to try to answer your marijuana questions personally and promptly.

Reference sources: NIDA: Available treatments for marijuana use disorders
NCBI: Marijuana dependence and its treatment
NCBI: Pharmacological Treatment of Cannabis Dependence
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.

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  1. I am 33 and have been smoking on and off for 15 years, with some periods of high use. I have stopped after daily use for 6 months and have all of the withdrawal symptoms, but most concerning is the formication, feeling like ants are crawling over my whole body. This is mainly occurring at night and is very distressing. How long is this likely to last. I also have jumpy legs at night.
    Thanks in advance 🙂

    1. Hi Clare M. It is difficult to tell how long will withdrawal last. It’s different for everyone. It depends on the length and frequency of use, general health, genetics, and other factors. However, it should pass and you should be able to feel better without using it. But, I would suggest you consult with a doctor or even consider treatment options. It may ease the withdrawal symptoms and more importantly teach you how to leave without the need for weed and minimize the chances of relapse. Call us today to discuss treatment options.

  2. Cannabis addiction is rather easy to overcome and not life threatening process .

    You need daily sport activities +healthy diet and a little motivation (imagine how much better will be life without the chains of addiction).

  3. I’m 32 years old , smoked marijuana for about 18 years . I stopped smoking about 6 days ago . my emotions are all over the place , feeling depressed, lost . my stomach hurts all the time . really don’t know what else to say . just wanted to share .

  4. Hi I’ve been smoking hash then weed all day every day for 19 years 3 weeks ago started getting headaches and severe anxiety as I was tappering down worst experience in my life then went cold turkey on day 10 now. But I’m still getting anxiety depression insomnia feeling fatigued wene i wake up for most day but feel ok during late evening night just wondering will they pass worried I abused it for so long that I won’t get better I’m 33 now started at 13 years of age last 3 years been smoking the strongest stuff in and around town. Thanks in adavance

    1. Hi Ibrar. It seems to me that you are experiencing marijuana withdrawal symptoms. Since you’ve been a long term user, the withdrawal process may be longer, so the experts recommend medical detox supervision. I suggest that you call the number displayed on our website to see possible treatment options.

  5. Hi, I’ve been experiencing all of the above, which makes me really worried. I’m not a smoker, but used marijuana tincture for medical purposes for about 4-5 months nearly daily. Is it possible to still be going through withdrawal?

  6. My nephew 19 yo is going through withdrawal. He had a relapsed over the holidays and expected to go back to school .
    He was out school for 1 year.
    I don’t think he is ready to go back to school. But this is all he looking forward. Greatest worries is he is going back to where everything started 1 yr ago.

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