My insomnia came in the form of difficulty falling asleep. Once I fell asleep, I was fine. Dreams were much more vivid.
What to do to help?
Hot bath- do it right before bed and eat a snack afterwards.
Melatonin- never helped me, but some people swear by it.
See a doctor- There’s nothing like an honest conversation with your friendly family practitioner. Let the doc know you’ve decided to quit marijuana and may need temporary insomnia medication. If you are prescribed medication, make sure to ask your doctor whether it is habit-forming. You don’t want to go from pothead to Ambien zombie.
Exercise- try to avoid exercise in the afternoon or evening hours though, and especially before bed.
Meditation- I’ve been practicing for a long time now. I sleep better. Think better. Feel better. Funny thing is, when I meditate for 20-30 minutes in the morning, I feel almost like I’m stoned throughout the day. Natural highs do exist. It simply requires a little discipline to sit for 20 minutes in the morning. Some say, “if you’re too busy to meditate for 20 minutes a day, meditate for an hour.”
Marijuana releases the feel good brain chemical dopamine. THC acts on the brain’s reward system by binding to certain receptors, causing a chain of events that ultimately delivers the “high.”
Some research suggests that, over time, the body can become dependent on marijuana to release dopamine.
That’s bad news for heavy abusers seeking to cut back or quit. Reduced dopamine levels usually cause depression. So it’s no surprise many people who cut back or quit report depression.
As far as marijuana withdrawal symptoms go, this is probably the one that causes most people to fail. It’s difficult to suffer through depression when you know relief is just a toke away. But talk to anyone who doesn’t live in a purple haze anymore. There’s a good chance they’ll tell you about drastic improvement in quality of life.
What to do to help?
Talk to a friend- not your stoner buddies. Hopefully you have friends who don’t smoke pot. If you don’t, make some. Open lines of dialogue with a friend allows you to confide in someone during the cessation process.
This brings up a good point. People who receive support when quitting a substance tend to do better than ones that don’t.
Think of it like this. Those nature channels always show herds of animals sticking together to ensure survival. One breaks off from the herd and gets torn to shreds by predators. People who reach out, find support and join the herd of recovering stoners stand a better chance of maintaining an herb-free lifestyle.
There’s plenty of support groups, like Marijuana Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, SMART Recovery and Alcoholics Anonymous.
You can also find support online. I strongly recommend Reddit’s r/leaves, a community devoted to those trying to put down the bong for good.