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Do you need a little extra help quitting weed? These natural and herbal remedies to help you through your marijuana withdrawal symptoms will give you the tools you need to succeed.

Marijuana withdrawal symptoms may not last very long — most weed users find they peak between days two and six after quitting and subside within two weeks [1] — but they can sure be tough to deal with! Some marijuana addicts discover that the insomnia, headaches, irritability, anxiety, depression, appetite loss, sweating, stomach upsets, and cravings associated with weed detox [2] are so unbearable that they'll do anything to make them stop. The easiest way to make that happen is, of course, to return to marijuana use. 

Do you have a marijuana problem that you'd love to be rid of? The key to long-term success is making it through that initial withdrawal period. Some people find that herbal and other natural remedies are just what they need to make that happen. 

Herbal Weed Detox Remedies To Help You Through Your Marijuana Withdrawal

The anti-epileptic drug Gabapentin is one of the few medications that are believed to have the potential to reduce marijuana withdrawal symptoms across the board, though its use as a weed detox remedy is still experimental [3]. Gabapentin is, in fact, the amino acid gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). This can also be purchased as a natural supplement, in which case weed quitters may find that its use reduces marijuana cravings, anxiety, nausea, and insomnia. 

For insomnia during weed detox, you will want to check out herbs that work as natural sleep aids. These include valerian root, which many people find helpful for their insomnia despite the fact that it has not yet conclusively been proven to work [4], hops (or non-alcoholic beer) [5], and passion flower extract — which also helps reduce anxiety, another common marijuana withdrawal symptom [6]. 

If you're dealing with anxiety and depression during weed detox, you will want to know that St John's Wort and kava kava are among the proposed natural treatments to help you get through a low and nervous mood during your marijuana detox [7]. 

Ginger — both fresh and candied — can, meanwhile, help you deal with the nausea or upset stomach you may encounter while you are going through withdrawal [8]. Aromatherapy with peppermint oil, or chewing on fresh mint leaves, are also possible options at your disposal [9]. 

Other Natural Marijuana Withdrawal Techniques

When we think of "natural remedies", herbs and other plant-based medications are often the first things that come to mind. Some of the most effective natural weed detox coping mechanisms don't involve herbs at all, however!

Breathing exercises, physical exercise, and lifestyle modifications can all be considered to be natural ways of coping with marijuana withdrawal — and very powerful ones, too. 

Try gradually cutting down on your weed consumption rather than quitting marijuana cold turkey if you would desperately like to avoid bad withdrawal symptoms. While this method requires willpower, those who can truly engage in a gradual reduction of weed use — rather than telling themselves that they'll just have "one more joint" after all — are in a position to avoid sending their body into withdrawal altogether. [2]

Breathing exercises, the main principle of which is to regulate breathing by inhaling slowly, holding your breath for a while, and then slowly releasing that breath, are another excellent natural coping mechanism during marijuana withdrawal. Pranayama breathing allows you to catch several birds with one stone, as it has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression, nausea, and insomnia [10, 11, 12]. 

Moderate aerobic exercise is another tool you don't want to miss out on while you are struggling with the effects of cannabis withdrawal. Working out regularly will help you reduce marijuana cravings, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. People who exercise are less neurotic and less likely to display sensation-seeking behaviors in other arenas of life, something you'll definitely reap the fruits of if you are currently trying your hardest to overcome a marijuana addiction. [13, 14]

Finally, people who'd like to find out how to cope with weed cravings during marijuana withdrawal will want to identify their personal craving triggers, and to either find a way to deal with those cravings, or to avoid their triggers. Many people discover that staying away from the group of people they used to smoke cannabis with is essential to success, for example, while others get through marijuana cravings by doing exercises when they crave a joint or reminding themselves that an individual craving episode is unlikely to last beyond 30 minutes. [15]

You Can Do It!

Marijuana withdrawal is, as a lot of new quitters find out for themselves, a whole lot harder than society tends to think it is. Quitting weed is by no means impossible, however. Though you may encounter tough moments even years after quitting weed — you may really want a joint when you meet that old friend for the first time in three years, or when you face job loss, for instance ― the constant reminder that the physical aspect of weed withdrawal doesn't last longer than a fortnight should also offer you valuable motivation to keep going. 

Marijuana withdrawal coping tools are there for precisely that purpose; to help you cope, to convince your brain to stick with it. At the end of the day, you are in charge of your quitting process though, and when you are done, the success will be all yours.