What causes Synthetic Marijuana withdrawal?
Synthetic marijuana addicts will experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop smoking the drug for an extended period. In fact, some of the addicts reported experiencing Spice addiction withdrawal symptoms just a few hours after smoking the drug. The more addicted a person is, the worse the withdrawal will be.
Withdrawal occurs because the brain becomes dependent on drugs to stimulate reward sensors and has ceased producing the natural chemicals, called endorphins. The brain craves the drug and transfers that craving to the body.
Withdrawal can be tough for a Spice addict. Specialists recommended that users not attempt to do it on their own. Getting into a Spice addiction rehab program can help them detox and can bring them back on the right path.
Symptoms of Synthetic Marijuana withdrawal
Withdrawal symptoms include:
• Loss of appetite
• Suicidal thoughts
• Intense cravings
• Psychotic episodes
• Extreme sweating
• Loss of motivation
• Inability to sleep
The addict can also experience high blood pressure, reduced blood supply to the heart, and heart attack when going through withdrawal. Chronic use of synthetic marijuana can cause damage to the respiratory system and has been linked to schizophrenia and psychotic episodes.
Duration of Synthetic Marijuana withdrawal
The intensity and duration of withdrawal symptoms depend on how long the person has been using, what specific chemicals were used in the synthesizing process and the person’s own body chemistry. The medical reasons for these signs and symptoms are still not well-understood by the physicians due to the recent appearance of the drug on the market.
Researchers have reported that synthetic marijuana withdrawal state may vary from days, weeks to even months. Surprisingly, the studies also reveal that some of the individuals may not experience the withdrawal syndrome at all. According to their statements, it seems to be very hard for physicians to determine a precise duration of synthetic marijuana’s withdrawal state.
Some of the abusers claim that withdrawing from a synthetic marijuana addiction can be as hard, if not harder than, withdrawing from other hard drugs like crack, heroin and opiates.
Synthetic Marijuana Withdrawal Timeline
Symptoms of synthetic marijuana withdrawal can start in about 2-3 days after the addict stops taking the drug. The early symptoms are usually mild, and most of the addicts will just feel a level of internal unrest.
The withdrawal symptoms can peak in severity after 4-7 days of abstinence. When reaching this stage, an addict may experience nightmares, paranoia, extreme nausea and diarrhea, cold sweats, insomnia (that can last for days), tremors, anxiety and restlessness. Above all the symptoms mentioned before, a heart attack is another much more dangerous risk to the addicts when going through withdrawal syndrome. In most of the cases, the signs and symptoms dissipate 2-3 weeks after use has ended. However, psychological and emotional symptoms can last much longer if they go untreated (even months).
Due to the severity of withdrawal symptoms, it is very important for the addict to have a strong support system during this time and to remain as physically strong as possible to reduce damage to his health.