Frequent Cannabis Users May Experience Withdrawal Symptoms, Study Finds October 31st, 2019 The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake
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Frequent Cannabis Users May Experience Withdrawal Symptoms, Study Finds

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With cannabis legalization increasing at a state level across the United States, Americans are leveraging the drug for both recreational and medical use. However, frequent misuse of marijuana could potentially lead to multiple issues, including addiction and withdrawal symptoms.

New research suggests that people who misuse cannabis on a regular basis can experience significant and crippling withdrawal symptoms when they decide to stop. Conducted by researchers at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, the study looked at the prevalence of frequent cannabis smokers who experience cannabis withdrawal syndrome (CWS).

The study’s researchers found that 12 percent of frequent marijuana smokers experienced CWS. This study is the first of its size to assess the association of CWS and DSM-5 mental disorders experienced by those who frequently smoke marijuana.

What Does CWS Look Like?

There are a number of symptoms that have been associated with CWS, including the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Lack of sleep quality
  • Loss of appetite
  • Trembling
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Fever
  • Headaches

According to the study’s researchers, frequent cannabis smokers who experience at least three of these symptoms are said to experience cannabis withdrawal symptoms. More specifically, cannabis misuse and anxiety, mood and personality disorders are prevalent.

Although the study revealed that cannabis withdrawal syndrome is linked to a family history of depression, the study did not show CWS to be associated with a family history of addiction to drugs or alcohol. Considering the increased potency of cannabis in recent years, establishing sound measures to accurately assess the impact of cannabis, its potency and its means of consumption are essential to further comprehend cannabis withdrawal syndrome.

More data is required to accurately assess the effects of cannabis and the prevalence of CWS. With such information in hand, more effective treatment to help those experiencing CWS can be formulated and implemented.

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