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Five signs that it’s time for a cannabis detox

Nov 23, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Happiness and mental health are paramount, and if the thought is that cannabis is getting in the way, give it a rest

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There are some universal red flags that people can look out for to see if it might be time to put down the bong and give weed a break.

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With winter and the holidays fast approaching, elastic-waisted sweat pants and mid-afternoon sunsets have also re-emerged. The dawn of the holiday season not only brings cheer, but also tends to usher in some lethargy and increased consumption.

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Some people may have already noticed a bit of cold-weather weight gain as activity has decreased. Maybe cannabis consumption has increased with the upped time spent indoors.

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Perhaps, cannabis consumption has even increased a little too much. But determining when that weed use has become a bit more than a habit can be a bit tricky.

Knowing when it’s time to take a break from cannabis is an individual decision with many variables at play. Still, there are some universal red flags to consider that might indicate it’s time to take a break.

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Here are five clear signs that it’s likely time for a cannabis detox.

Cannabis budget keeps expanding

One of the easiest signs that it may be time to cool it on cannabis is purely financial. This warning sign is relatively easy to track — just check the bank account.

If a cannabis user notices he or she is spending a lot more money on weed than normal, it usually means two things: that person is definitely getting high more often than usual and his or her tolerance has gone up.

As previously reported, the more a person uses cannabis, the more he or she needs to consume to achieve the same effect. If tolerance and weed budget has more than doubled going into the holidays, perhaps a tolerance break is in order.

At the very least, it will help get that weed budget back to a manageable number.

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Getting high when a person shouldn’t 

Another sign that a person may need a weed detox is if he or she is getting high in situations where it is not socially acceptable, or downright illegal.

If, for example, a person is driving around aimlessly while high, this is a big red flag. If a person is showing up high to work and hoping that the boss doesn’t notice, it’s time to take a sober look in the mirror and determine how best to change this behaviour.

Worse, if a cannabis consumer has lost his or her job, sacrificed relationships or had other negative impacts because of getting high when that’s clearly not the best course, taking a break is in order.

These sorts of impacts are often caused by cannabis dependence, which can happen when users rely on cannabis (or any substance) as a crutch.

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Person feels like weed is “needed” for certain activities

There is truth to the saying that there is, indeed, “too much of a good thing.”

While cannabis can be deeply therapeutic, if abused, just like with pretty much any substance, it can have harmful effects.

While cannabis is not very physically addictive, at least not in the way that nicotine, opioids or alcohol may be, it can lead to dependence in some. Cannabis use disorder, as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is when consumers “are unable to stop using marijuana even though it’s causing health and social problems in their lives.”

The information mentions some symptoms of this dependence include consuming more cannabis than intended and “using marijuana even though it causes problems at home, school or work.”

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Cannabis use is weighing on one’s thoughts

Another big red flag that it is time for a detox is if a person’s cannabis use is affecting his or her wellbeing. If people are dwelling on how often they get high and it makes them feel guilty, or even depressed, then maybe it is time to regroup.

Sure, some studies have suggested cannabis can help with some symptoms of depression. But others, such as research released in 2017, found that, “cannabis reduces perceived symptoms of negative affect in the short-term, but continued use may exacerbate baseline symptoms of depression over time.”

So, it is too soon to tell whether or not weed is helping or hurting a person’s own unique mental state.

Taking a break, and combing that break with productive and healthy activities, is a great way to get the mind right. It doesn’t mean a person can’t get high again down the road, but happiness and mental health are paramount, and if the thought is that cannabis is getting in the way, give it a rest.

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Routine has become lethargic and mostly indoors

It can happen to the best of us, but sometimes people seem to “hibernate” more than any human is likely meant to. This lethargy can be heightened by cannabis use, as it can be incredibly easy to get high and do nothing but snack all day when it’s freezing outside.

Sure, lazy days are part of winter, but every day? That might be pushing it.

Consider health. If, for example, a person finds that his or her clothes don’t fit, or if winded after simply walking up a flight of stairs that normally causes no issue, then maybe consider a pivot in lifestyle.

A cannabis detox is often a great place to start.

The FreshToast.com, a U.S. lifestyle site that contributes lifestyle content and, with their partnership with 600,000 physicians via Skipta, medical marijuana information to The GrowthOp.

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