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marijuana for withdrawal

I am trying to taper off of suboxone. Has anyone heard anything about the effectiveness of marijuana for easing the pain of withdrawal?
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Thanks for the responses. I will definitely be eating some cookies for withdrawals. I have already tested out a cookie, and after half, was high for about 12 hours!

I don't expect to be functional during withdrawal, so I don't care about getting too high. I'll take anything to help ease the pain- and help me sleep.

I'm not worried about pot addiction because worse case scenario, the withdrawal will be pretty much mental.
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Difficult question!  While I agree with the other posters that you run the risk of trading one addiction for another I do have to tell you that it has helped me tremendously at bed time!  Only you know your body and your personality( addictive or not) If you think you may have problem with pot I would say dont do it.  The cookie could be a little scary, speaking from experience I actually got more nausious eating thc than smoking it, like the other poster said you also dont know how strong they are.  I wish you the best of luck and know you can do it if you are really ready.  This is day four for me and i think i am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel but it is definately a battle you need to be ready for.. GOOD LUCK!!
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990521 tn?1311906308
Please be careful with your suboxone taper and take it slow, esspecially if you have been taking the medication long term.  Unfrotunately, most docs tell you that the withdrawal is much easier than a regular opiate, but that is not true.  Since the half life of suboxone is about 72 hours, it could take 2 or so days before the withdrawal kicks in.  I ended up going through an 8 day medical detox to kick the suboxone, but also experienced a withdrawal years earlier tapering down to 2 mg and it was so bad that I ended up going back on the sub.  If you are using 8mg tabs, once you get down to 1/4 tab, try to go down to 1/2 of that, then start shaving off little bits every few days until you get down to basically nothing.  Best of luck.
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199177 tn?1490498534
Yeah I dont think using one drug to get of another .I will say I have heard it can make you more proniod while in wd .I would try anying and everything firsy
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when i detoxed off oxys, I used a small amount of pot at bed time (a very small puff for about 5 nights), and, Yes it helped with my nausea, it helped me sleep and helped my poor appetite. I wouldn’t do a cookie cuz how do you know how strong it is. I felt by taking a tiny puff, i wouldnt get too high, but it would help w/ w/d's and it did. Good luck.
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986593 tn?1283532211
Sounds like you havent quite dealt with your problem yet. There are no withdrawless cures. Part of going thru the withdrawls is so you feel it. If you dont feel it then there would be nothing to discourage you from using again. No magical cures. Sometimes you just got to pay for what you did to yourself. PLEASE dont start one problem to take the place of another problem. Time to pay the piper if you are serious about kicking the habit.
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Ive have heard good and bad things. For me - marijuana only induces anxiety BAD with or without withdrawal so it was never an option for me.. though I did wonder about it.  good luck... there are meds your doctor can give you - legal, non addictive (like clonidine - a Blood Pressure med - which supposedly takes a LOT of the withdrawal misery away).   guess it depends on how you react to it.  
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271792 tn?1334979657
I hate to sound like an old "fuddy-duddy" and I know I will but the idea is not to replace one drug for another. It is the behavior that is at question here if anyone understands that.

As addicts we go for a drug and then when we go off of that drug we need another drug to help us...see what I mean? While it is not physically addicting, check your behavior at the door.
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thanks for the reply. i have some marijuana cookies that I got from a friends for the withdrawals. i have not even tried to stop yet, as I am still tapering, but figure it could be usefull for the tapering withdrawals, and then the final withdrawals.

How well did it work? Prob. only for the first hour or so after you got high? I am not concerned about pot addiction- that is the least of my problems right now, and is def. the lesser of two evils at this point.
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938098 tn?1245290036
Hi :)

I am the example of using pot for wd's and now, seven years later I feel I am more addicted to pot than the methadone I'm on. I know I can get help for a opiate prob but there is nothing to really help with a physical/mental addiction to pot, and yes, I feel physically addicted. At the beginning of course it was 'just to sleep ' or 'just to stop the nausea' but now it has destroyed my self esteem and confidence and many many brain cells. If your already on something, u clearly have (at least partially) an addictive personality, so be careful! If u want to sleep, wear yourself out physically, go for a run, go horse riding, go swimming,whatever. My partner is on sub and he is fine as long as the tapering is SLOW and SMALL.
Good luck. I'm gonna get stoned now, and  hate myself for it.Yay.
A little relief is not worth the possible costs. Good luck
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1011285 tn?1302116858
i will tell you straight up man...i use marijuana pretty recreationally for the past few years...I have never felt an addiction to it...Some days i wont even feel like smoking. And when i have to get ready for the school year i usually stop for that semester...and i have never once experienced one w/d or any mental w/d.....But i could just be one of those lucky few that weed might not be a trigger to me...So i would be cautious about it, you are an addict and addicts change chemicals alot...but in my experience the only somewhat adiction i have seen to weed was my step sister who used weed since she was 12 almost every day until she was 24.....Then she got prego so she had to quit....From what i seen and what she tells me it wasnt hard for her to quit. But this is my opinion everyone has there own...JUST BE CAREFUL!

PS
This WILL NOT last...This CANNOT last...
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Of course it goes without saying, we don’t want to switch addictions which are very common among addicts. I haven’t smoked pot in years, and using it for w/d's was a choice I made, and I see now that I could have easily switched addictions, but since I’m going to AA/NA, I see that smoking pot is using drugs..... I don’t want to be one of those people who stops one drug, but allow myself pot... leelou thanks for your honesty about your addiction to pot.... it hit close to home for me... I think that could have happened to me.... so, moral of story, be careful and get help w/aftercare to stay on track with recovery..... I’m still learning alot about myself and I am making progress, slowly but surely..... I didn’t get addicted overnight..... It takes time and patience to get better, just like any other disease.....
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my best wishes to all those "kicking the habit", no matter what it is!

i agree with spencer, in that, smoking would most likely help ease certain symptoms of withdrawal. but only you know your limits regarding getting addicted to another drug.

try ((if you havent already done so)) making some AA meetings or something of that kind.

:)
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1011285 tn?1302116858
it helped me...but everyone is different and i would suggest not to cause it can be a trigger for some...or just substitute it for your addiction but i have heard weed is non habit forming and i have never fealt an addiction for it (i dont go crazy or anything when i cant afford it lol)

PS
This WILL NOT last...This CANNOT last...
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