Treating Withdrawal Symptoms May Help Addicts Give up Cannabis

It is not a good sign when heavy cannabis users experience withdrawal symptoms while trying to quit the drug. The withdrawal pangs, such as nervousness and cravings, are often tell-tale signs of relapse for such users, says a recent study by the University of Illinois.

The researchers found that 85 percent of people identified with cannabis withdrawal during their intake assessment for treatment would lapse and go on to use cannabis within 16 days to 24 days. You can find the best cannabis rehab center from various online sources.

Whether cannabis use leads to withdrawal symptoms and psychological dependence has been a subject of perennial debate between those who oppose the drug use and those who advocate liberal marijuana laws, according to study author Douglas Smith, a professor of social work and an expert on substance abuse issues.

While publishing its fifth and most recent volume of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders, for the first time the American Psychiatric Association introduced a code for cannabis withdrawal in it, Smith said.

The withdrawal symptoms usually begin to surface after a couple of days when heavy users stop taking the drug abruptly. A person needs to experience at least three symptoms to come under the new DSM-5's criteria for cannabis withdrawal.

The researchers screened at least 110 young adults for their study. All the participants were near-daily cannabis users who consumed the drug on average about 70 of the 90 days prior to entering the treatment. 

Those who'd experienced withdrawal symptoms exhibited at least two symptoms on average. They reported experiencing mood disturbances (48 percent), difficulty sleeping (40 percent) and restlessness (33 percent).