If Weed Withdrawal Is as Bad as Your Life Gets, Life Is Super Chill

There’s a simple, failsafe way to alleviate those symptoms.

Some old questions never go out of style, especially on the beta site of LeafScience.com, where an of-the-moment and perennial headline asks: “Marijuana Withdrawal: Myth or Reality?”

Answering this puzzler is problematic. It asks if a syndrome of physical and emotional irritation attached to halting marijuana use actually exists. In other words, if a marijuana user were to run out of marijuana, would a bodily and mental flip out ensue?

Seriously, how do you take this question seriously? This deprivation scenario will never come to pass. Only the basest dope ever runs out of marijuana, some dolt so insensate that they wouldn’t know the effects of marijuana deprivation if those effects slapped them in the face.

For that matter, what are the alleged symptoms of sudden cessation in cannabis medication?

The un-credited writer at LeafScience helpfully answers:

• Irritability
• Anger
• Nervousness
• Sleep difficulty
• Decreased appetite
• Restlessness
• Depressed mood
• Physical symptoms (e.g. stomach pain, shakiness, increased sweating, fever or headaches)

According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), which up until 1973 classified homosexuality as a mental disorder, experiencing at least three of the symptoms above will characterize the victim as a person in need of a robust health-insurance policy.

LeafScience admits that cannabis withdrawal “wasn’t identified as a medical term until fairly recently” and “was finally recognized in the fifth version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in 2013.”

Coincidentally, the syndrome was defined right around the time some medical profiteer identified a way to monetize it.

Could all of our issues be solved if we all simply lit up and left one another alone?

Oddly enough, the APA’s symptom list coincides with the basic state of mind and body brought about by modern life. Irritation. Anger. Anxiety. Depression. Sick to the stomach. Are we to conclude that the entire electorate on both sides of the presidential election is suffering from a state of acute THC deprivation?

That’s a tempting finding, and not far off from the truth, the truth being that life is beautiful except for the parts that suck. The parts that suck burden much of the population with feelings of frustration, uncertainty, impending doom, and a sense that nothing good will ever be on TV again, despite the TV telling us that this is the golden age of television.

Could all of our issues be solved if we all simply lit up and left one another alone?

Maybe, but not everyone chooses to include drugs in their regimen for getting on with life on life’s terms, as is their right. For those of us who do ingest psychoactive substances to elevate our feelings of wellbeing and enjoyment, we should remember to take consequences into account.

From LeafScience

“A 2010 study co-authored by Dr. David Gorelick, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, found that 42 percent of users who had tried to quit cannabis experienced symptoms of withdrawal.”

Those statistics are scary daunting, until you contrast them with the percentage of heroin, or oxy, or methadone, or Valium, or any number of widely prescribed antidepressants users who suffer symptoms of withdrawal upon trying to quit, which is every single sad fucker.

Any human being who takes opiates for any extended period of time is at risk of spontaneously and literally shitting the bed if the drug is abruptly removed from the system. Withdrawal from sedatives, alcohol, and many another medical miracle can and does produce the side effect of actual death.

The sheer number of pills being popped suggests that these substances are being tossed out to a far wider spectrum of ailments than requires them.

Quitting marijuana will make the user a grumpier version of their everyday self, for about a week or so. For many cross-addicted weed-and-coffee junkies, cutting out caffeine is worse than stopping weed—but no one is suggesting you should avoid becoming strung out on coffee.

The vested interests that are funneling America’s consumer mass into a morass of engineered chemicals are vastly funded and intricately entwined with the public officials who make and enforce this nation’s criminal code and health-care policies.

Psychiatric medications, pain meds, mood adjusters, and antidepressants have a purpose. Many people moving about productively within society today are able to do so through the help of chemical support, some of it highly toxic. Still, the sheer number of pills being popped suggests that these substances are being tossed out to a far wider spectrum of ailments than requires them.

Marijuana withdrawal is a real thing—akin to coffee withdrawal or nicotine deprivation. It is nowhere near as dangerous as halting the use of highly addictive products foisted upon the public at large by a profit-first medical industrial complex that is totally open to demonizing weed.

Smoke with care, and be just as careful about any other medication you take.

Thanks to Kindland for the repost.

Allan MacDonell Administrator
Director of Skeeve Allan MacDonell is the author of ‘Prisoner of X’, ‘Punk Elegies’ and ‘Now That I Am Gone.’
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