Most people with cannabis withdrawal syndrome do not need any formal medical treatment. Physical exercise, mindfulness techniques (like meditation, yoga, or prayer), and other lifestyle modifications can reduce the burden of mild withdrawal symptoms.
In some people, however, withdrawal symptoms might be bothersome enough that they require medical help to help them stay abstinent. Examples include falling asleep during the day because you aren’t getting any sleep at night, severe anxiety, or bad GI upset. In these situations, people are often tempted to resume using marijuana in order to make the withdrawal symptoms go away.
If you are worried that this may happen to you, just know that there are pharmacologic strategies which may help reduce withdrawal symptoms, including medications for sleep and cravings. Some of these drugs, like dronabinol or nabiximol, are similar to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana—if you choose to take these medications, you will still test positive for cannabinoids in drug tests. Importantly, there are no medications that are FDA-approved for treatment of marijuana withdrawal. If you require medication for severe withdrawal, make sure to consult with your doctor to determine which drug, if any, is best suited for you.