Marijuana for Nicotine Withdrawals
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 10/28/2014 in Medical Marijuana Laws
For those of us who have had to suffer from nicotine addiction, we know that withdrawal is a living hell. While you smoke cigarettes, you don’t realize how addicted you truly are. I guess the “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone” applies in this situation as well: You don’t know how addicted you are until your drug is gone.
Symptoms of Nicotine Withdrawal
As I mentioned, nicotine withdrawal is no picnic. For me personally it was the only real addiction I had to give up and it was positively horrid every time. I have mention that I quit twice. The first time I managed to not smoke for up to 3 years before I relapsed. The second time I quit completely and didn’t relapse at all. The second time, I used cannabis.
Before we jump into how to use cannabis as a withdrawal suppressant, let’s first take a closer look at the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.
- Constipation or Diarrhea
- Falling Heart Rate and Blood pressure
- Fatigue, drowsiness and insomnia
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increased hunger and caloric intake
- Tobacco cravings
The First Step in Quitting Smoking
We’ve heard all the “quit smoking” marketing out there promising that you can quit with their product. However, I have tried a bunch of them and none of them worked. I’m not saying they can’t help, but there is a fundamental step that all of these “quit smoking products” ignore.
Before you can actually quit any addiction, you should be convinced that you want to quit. Whatever your motivation might be, you must first make this concrete decision and be prepared to deal with all the hell it will bring. Then, and only then will you be able to effectively quit smoking.
Using Cannabis to suppress withdrawal
As you can see with nicotine withdrawal there, are a few symptoms that cannabis addresses directly such as nausea and anxiety as well as suppress tobacco cravings. In terms of constipation or diarrhea, edibles seem to do the trick so having a cannabis infused cookie or brownie in the evenings can assist with bowel movements as well as address the insomnia issue.
You would be surprised to find that by treating these symptoms with cannabis, it will be much easier to deny yourself another cigarette.
It takes roughly 3 days to get over the heavy addiction. This is intense and you’ll hate every second of it. During this phase, you’d probably rely heavily on cannabis and thus it is suggested to quit over a weekend or sometime it won’t interfere with your daily activities.
After the initial three days, it will take another two weeks to completely rid yourself of the constant nicotine cravings.
By day twenty-one, you would have formed the habit of “not-smoking” which will then be reinforced as time passes.
While cannabis is a great help in quitting tobacco, there are a few other things you could do as well. Look online for “Te Mate” which is an Argentinian herbal tea as well as doing some exercise.
The trick is to stick to your commitment and warrior on!
I quit after 13 years of smoking. You can too!