Updated on April 17, 2024
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I've been trying to quit smoking weed for a while now, but the withdrawal symptoms are really tough to deal with. Is there anything that can help me cope with the anxiety and insomnia?

Dealing with withdrawals can be difficult because of how uncomfortable it can be. But it takes a tremendous amount of courage to quit weed, and you should be proud of yourself for taking the first step.

Although going through withdrawal can feel frustrating, there are ways to make it easier on yourself. Here are some tips that can help you manage withdrawal symptoms:

Managing anxiety during weed withdrawal

Anxiety is a very common symptom during withdrawal, and it can be a lot to deal with. But there are many ways to handle anxiety and calm down during withdrawal:

  • Deep Breathing Exercises: Helps slow your heart rate and calm your nerves. Try simple techniques like box breathing, where you inhale for 4, hold for 4, exhale for 4, and hold for 4.
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation: Involves tensing and relaxing different muscle groups to reduce tension and overall anxiety.
  • Mindfulness Meditation: Helps you stay present in the moment and acknowledge your feelings without judgment. Start with short guided meditations and gradually increase the duration as you get comfortable.
  • Light Exercise: Getting some physical activity can release endorphins that naturally boost mood and reduce anxiety. Consider a brisk walk in nature or a yoga class.
  • Talk Therapy: A therapist can offer a safe space to process the emotions associated with withdrawal. They can also teach healthy coping mechanisms to manage anxiety long-term.

Improving sleep during weed withdrawal

You might struggle to go or stay asleep during withdrawal. Fortunately, sleep disturbances are temporary.

Here are some ways to deal with insomnia and get restful sleep during withdrawal:

  • Stick to a consistent sleep schedule
  • Create a relaxing bedtime routine (warm bath, reading, calming music, etc.)
  • Make your bedroom dark, quiet, cool, and comfortable
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed
  • Limit screen time before bed
  • Relaxation and meditation techniques

You might want to consider sleep aids like chamomile and other supplements. Just remember to consult your healthcare provider before taking any new medications.


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Important Things to Remember

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Withdrawal symptoms can be overwhelming, so talk to your doctor if you need help. They can assess your symptoms and provide a personalized management plan.

Additionally, you can lean on trusted friends, family, or support groups for help. Lastly, don’t push yourself too hard; be patient and kind to yourself.
You can also use the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s national helpline. Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit their website.

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Updated on April 17, 2024

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