A week ago or so I wrote about how I’ve been using medical marijuana daily for 5 years, and then I suddenly got the idea in my head to simply stop using it for a solid week and see what happened. Completely cold turkey!
So what happened? Nothing!
OK, I couldn’t sleep through the night for 2 or 3 nights, but insomnia is one of the main reasons I use it so regularly. But no cold sweats or twitchiness or a sudden urge to kill myself or the return of all kinds of aches and pains or going back to my depressive thoughts or feelings or anything negative whatsoever.
I’m guessing at a number of possible reasons for this outcome:
1. The relatively small amounts of cannabis I use are not enough to trigger any of the “withdrawal” responses that some anti-drug people predict happen to “daily users of marijuana”.
2. I’ve managed to build up so much THC in my body fat that after only a week, I still have enough in me that I’ve managed to stave off the “dire effects of withdrawal”. That would explain the experience I had of not feeling different, even though I wasn’t actively vaping.
3. There’s no such thing as withdrawal symptoms for properly dosed medical marijuana in the first place, only for some heavy recreational users.
Unfortunately, without a battery of blood and substance tests and enough subjects to do statistics on, there’s really no way to know scientifically if the true answer is any of these, something in between, or something I haven’t thought of. But this is what happened to me.