After one month of successful abstinence, you’ve essentially scaled the mountain of withdrawal, and the majority of withdrawal symptoms will have subsided by now. The worst and darkest times are now behind you, and it might be around now that you are starting to see all the ways in which quitting marijuana use has already begun to alter your life for the better. Perhaps you’ve replaced some of your previous habits with health-promoting activities like exercise. Perhaps you’ve started to wake up feeling more positive or even gotten more accustomed to seeing things in a positive light. If so, congratulations. When a craving strikes, employ that method or healthy distraction you’ve practiced again and again. You’re finally on the road to the new, cleaner you, and there’s no reason to look back.
For some people, though, symptoms of withdrawal will drag on past this one-month mark. These include mood symptoms like depression, irritability, as well as continued difficulties with sleep, or vivid dreams. Some studies have noted that other symptoms, like fatigue, sneezing, or coughing can happen after a month (Hesse, BMC Psychiatry, 2013). Other former users, especially those who have a history of heavy marijuana ingestion, may continue to struggle with memory and cognition, although they will have made substantial improvements from the acute withdrawal period (Broyd, Biol Psychiatry, 2016).
Importantly, persistent physical pain, nausea, vomiting or weight loss that interferes with your ability to function is concerning and should be brought to the attention of a healthcare provider. These may represent symptoms of another condition, as typical marijuana withdrawal symptoms should be self-limited, and not so severe.
Similarly, though some continued mood changes are entirely normal, there is a huge difference between depressed mood secondary to withdrawal and clinical depression. If you are still feeling down, hopeless, and fatigued after one month, you may be experiencing something more serious. Please do not hesitate to call your doctor if you feel like your mood is interfering with your ability to function in the world. Most importantly, if you ever being to wonder whether life is worth living or begin to have thoughts of harming yourself or others, these are not feelings that you can or should deal with alone. Please, do not hesitate to seek help.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255