‘Cannabis withdrawal syndrome’ (CWS) is the proper medical term used to describe marijuana withdrawal. Before the 1990s, many doubted that cessation of marijuana could lead to similar symptoms of withdrawal seen with other drugs. However, as marijuana use began to rise over the next two decades, more patients began to seek treatment for marijuana-related disorders, including cognitive deficits, psychosis, and dependence.
As time went on, scientists and doctors observed that discontinuation of regular marijuana use was frequently associated with behavioral, emotional, and physical symptoms that, in some people, disrupted daily living, and were associated with relapse. Based on support from neurobiological, clinical, and epidemiological studies, cannabis withdrawal syndrome was added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental disorders (DSM-5) in 2013.