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Marijuana Withdrawal, Loss of appetite

This is a serious question. I'm posting this because of my lack of appetite due to weed withdrawal. I've recently gone cold turkey from 4 months of smoking a 20 sack or an eighth a day. I need to maintain my weight in order to compete for kickboxing, and i've dropped almost 10 pounds in a week, almost a pound a day! I guess I was reliant on weed in order to eat... Every time I try to stuff my self with food, it feels like its going to come back up, and the only solution is to lie down and breathe deeply for an hour until the food is digested. I really just want to get back on track, so I've been pumping in the gym, drinking lots of water to flush the THC out, and using the steam room... but none of these solutions seem to be triggering my appetite. I'm literally having an anxiety breakdown..What should I do to get my appetite back? The waiting game is killing me.. and the symptoms aren't really easing off.
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Look, anything's possible, but marijuana doesn't have a physiological withdrawal.  It's not an addictive drug.  It does, on the other hand, make some people hungry (the munchies).  So I doubt your problem is the mj, it's more likely whatever reason you found to smoke so much in the first place.  As for your weight, making weight for sports isn't healthy, it's just done.  Healthy is whatever your natural weight is, but of course if you stuff yourself you're going to feel ill and have problems digesting it.  You need to build the amounts up slowly, and turn it into muscle.  The problem with too much muscle for you is, kickboxing depends on great flexibility, and huge muscles can get in  the way of that.  Otherwise, you'd just get fat, which won't help you do anything but get slower, unless you want to be an offensive lineman.  That's why so many athletes take steroids -- to turn the excess food into muscle.  I'd recommend you find your natural weight eating a healthy diet, and go down in weight class in the kickboxing; if you insist on gaining weight for it, eat six meals a day, lots of protein, but realize it's not healthy, and work out in the gym a lot so it turns into muscle, not fat.  Since kickboxing is extremely aerobic, as is the training, that will burn off the food you eat quickly, so you have to overeat to maintain weight.  On the other hand, if you just want to be good at martial arts, learn how to use motion and leverage for your strength, not your weight.  You're not wrestling, after all.  
Youre absolutely insane if you do not think that going from smoking nearly an eighth a day to none will create withdrawal symptoms. Please stop spreading that myth of marijuana not being addictive. You either smoke way less than a heavy user or have never had to quit completely after being a heavy smoker. If youre not a medical professional you really should not be providing insight.
bruh this was posted in 2009 whatd you expect
I have to say, I'm still here, sad to say, and I know we live in a fact-free society nowadays but marijuana is not now and has never been classified as an addictive drug.  There is no factual evidence of a physiological withdrawal from stopping it.  There are non-addictive drugs that pack a wallop of a withdrawal, such as antidepressants.  The fact you can have a hangover from weed is true.  You can also miss it a ton, just as you might miss eating hamburgers if you really love them more than you love other things.  I didn't see this 2016 post, as it's so way past the original post, but the myth these days is using the word "addictive" in a non-medical sense, as a colloquial term.  In that sense, you can be "addicted" to anything you find it really unpleasant to do without.  But that's not what the word means.  It doesn't mean quitting is easy -- it wasn't for me, and I can still remember it though I quit decades ago.  But it meant something different to me, as I'm an old guy now but at one time whether you used it or not defined you somewhat as to your place in the culture.  That's no longer really true and hasn't been for a long time.  It's also true it's a lot stronger now than it was then, and because of that, I'm sure it has a greater cumulative effect on brain development for those like me who started using it when they were young.  Probably not a good idea.  Would have better had it stayed a natural substance, but the yuppies screwed that up long ago.  But medically speaking. it not now nor has it ever been classified as an addictive substance nor are there evidence-backed reports of bad physiological withdrawals from stopping it.  Try stopping Paxil or Effexor or alcohol or heroin and compare it to stopping weed and then come back here and report.
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That's not really true. There is absolutely a physiological withdrawal from marijuana. I am a nuerology student currently, and it is complicated to explain, but basically your body is always trying to maintain homeostasis. so if you smoke pot, which changes the chemical balance in your brain, the body will try to compensate. for example, marijuana increases appetite. your body was probably responding to that with some coping mechanism to decrease appetite. therefore, when there is no more marijuana, the coping mechanism is still there in preparation for it because your body does not know the marijuana is no longer coming. it more likely has to do with loss of appetite due to anxiety because pot messes with seratonin levels, but that's more complicated to explaim but still the same basic idea.
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I suggest talking to doc about ambien will teduce stress and I've heard from my nephew sister and brother who all take it that it makes you hungry.
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Well in a psychological perspective (psych student), you're gonna have to be conditioned again. It takes time, yes. But if you're determined enough to continue the regimen you've been doing, it will take effect eventually. If not and already loosing hope, seek professional help for this. You're experiencing withrawals so it's best to have assistance at this stage.
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