Helpful deodorizers like Febreeze or scented deodorant will mask the smell, though not eliminate it entirely. Burning incense or scented candles can also keep the smell at bay. In real-time, blowing smoke out of an open window or into an air conditioner vent will help circulate the cannabis smell out of a room.
You can also make a blow tube, sometimes called a sploof, to catch the smoke. A sploof is a tube of cardboard with a dryer sheet wrapped around one end that will “catch” and diffuse the smell of weed. Finally, if you need to smoke in stealth mode, make sure to wash any clothes that smell like weed to completely remove the scent. When you burn cannabis, you release additional compounds into the air, including ones that stick to your hair, skin, clothing, and other surfaces. Even if you can't smell it (thanks to the interesting phenomenon called olfactory adaptation , when aromatic molecules bind to the receptors in our noses and prevent us from detecting a specific odor), it's worth it to do a cursory rinsing off of the evidence. Steven Gans, MD is board-certified in psychiatry and is an active supervisor, teacher, and mentor at Massachusetts General Hospital. Compared to withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting alcohol or other drugs, cannabis (marijuana) withdrawal symptoms are relatively mild, but they are uncomfortable enough to cause many who try to quit to relapse to relieve those symptoms. In other words, marijuana withdrawal symptoms are not life-threatening—their main danger is causing someone who really wants or needs to quit smoking weed to fail. Answering these 10 questions may help you determine if your marijuana withdrawal symptoms are severe enough to tempt you to relapse if you try to quit.
Just as alcoholics who are trying to quit drinking may pick up a drink to relieve the sometimes life-threatening symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, marijuana smokers may light up a joint to relieve the discomfort they experience when they try to stop smoking. This can be a serious problem for smokers who need to quit to keep their job or who have been court-ordered into treatment. One study found that 70.4% of users trying to quit smoking marijuana relapsed to relieve the withdrawal symptoms. A Duke University study of 469 adult marijuana smokers who tried to quit found that 95.5% of them experienced at least one withdrawal symptom while 43.1% experienced more than one symptom. The number of symptoms the participants experienced was significantly linked to how often and how much the subjects smoked prior to trying to quit. Those who were daily smokers experienced the most symptoms, but even those who reported using cannabis less than weekly experienced some withdrawal symptoms of moderate intensity. Following is a look at some of the most common symptoms associated with marijuana withdrawal. One of the symptoms most reported by people trying to quit smoking marijuana is a craving for marijuana or an intense desire for more. In one study, 75.7% of participants trying to quit reported an intense craving for marijuana. Although many regular smokers of marijuana do not believe they are addicted to the drug, one hallmark of addiction is craving when you try to stop, whether it's heroin, alcohol, gambling or sex addiction. Craving is the most common symptom reported by former marijuana users in the early days of abstinence. The second most common symptom reported by those who have tried to quit smoking marijuana is mood swings. Former users report emotional symptoms of depression, anxiety and irritability. Irritability and anger are common symptoms for anyone who is giving up a drug of choice, especially if they are forced by circumstances to quit. More than half of those who try to quit marijuana report mood swings. Typically, these symptoms begin to diminish after two to three weeks but can linger in some up to three months. Insomnia is one of the most common symptoms of drug withdrawal, whether the drug is marijuana, alcohol or prescription painkillers. Just as someone who is alcohol-dependent or someone who has been addicted to opiates experiences difficulty trying to sleep after they quit, marijuana smokers also find falling to sleep difficult. Insomnia symptoms after you stop smoking cannabis can last a few days or a couple of weeks. Some smokers find that they can experience occasional sleeplessness for a few months after quitting. But insomnia is not the only sleep disruption problem associated with marijuana withdrawal. Some people who have stopped smoking pot report having nightmares and very vivid dreams that also disrupt their sleep. These frequent, vivid dreams typically begin about a week after quitting and can last for about a month before tapering off. An estimated 46.9% of former smokers report sleep disruption problems.
Others who have quit smoking report having "using dreams" in which they dream they smoke marijuana. Some former smokers have reported having these types of dreams years after they stopped using marijuana.
One of the most common physical symptoms reported by those who stop smoking is a headache. Not everyone who stops smoking marijuana experiences headaches, but for those who do, the headaches can be very intense, especially during the first few days after quitting. Headaches associated with cannabis withdrawal can last for a few weeks up to a couple of months. Headaches, like most other symptoms of withdrawing from marijuana use, will usually begin one to three days after quitting and will peak two to six days after stopping.