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13 Supplements & Herbs Proven To Alleviate Marijuana Withdrawal And Help With Quitting Weed

The road to quitting weed can be challenging for many people, but there are always to alleviate these difficulties. During the course of your recovery journey, as your body detoxes itself, you may find marijuana withdrawal symptoms developing.[1]https://leaveweed.org/marijuana-withdrawal-timeline/

These symptoms are mild and can be dealt with most of the time without additional support. But sometimes, the only way to get something out is to find a replacement to fill the void created by marijuana; this is where dietary supplements can come in helpful.

On this page, we will set out a variety of supplements proven as healthy and suitable for recovering marijuana users to both help reduce cravings and alleviate withdrawal symptoms. We also provide suggestions on alternative herbs to smoke if that’s something you’re interested in trying.

Disclaimer

All the supplements and herbs on this page are non-prescription supplements available over the counter in the United States of America. However, before taking any supplement, you should discuss its effects with your GP or another healthcare professional.

If you are struggling with marijuana dependence or severe withdrawal symptoms, many free helplines are available that will provide quick and confidential assistance. Please click here to find a helpline near you.

16 Supplements That Help With Marijuana Withdrawal and Quitting Weed

Best Supplements To Help You In The Process Of Quitting Weed And Fighting Cravings

1. Vitamin C

Citrus Fruit Supplement For Quitting Weed

Vitamin C is known to increase endorphin levels (Pullar et al., 2018),[2]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6071228/ reduce withdrawal symptoms of weed (and other drugs), and help to reduce stress (Evangelou et al., 2000).[3]https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10836211/ It is also a great supplement/nutrient for treating depression.

Many heavy marijuana addicts are Vitamin C deficient (Marquez et al., 2001),[4]https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11552507/ so it is a valuable supplement for overall recovery.

While you can purchase a Vitamin C supplement from any reputable chemist or supplement store, some natural sources of Vitamin C are citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, and other vegetables (NIH, 2021).[5]https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-HealthProfessional/

2. Zinc

Zinc is an essential mineral for treating withdrawal symptoms generally. While its research focus has usually been in the realm of harder drugs, there is promising evidence of its efficacy in the cessation of weed use (Ciubotariu et al., 2015).[6]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4523930/

Further, Zinc is shown to help with anxiety and depression, making it a great supplement to take if you’re trying to quit weed for good, given that these are common side effects of marijuana withdrawal (Cope & Levenson, 2015).[7]https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20689416/

It is common for heavy marijuana users to be Zinc deficient (Ross, 2016),[8]https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/real-healing/201603/alcohol-or-drug-use-can-rob-your-body-nutrients so you may consider incorporating meals with beef, pumpkin seeds, and oysters into your diet, as they are excellent sources of Zinc, or otherwise taking a Zinc supplement.

3. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is another essential vitamin that your body needs for proper functioning (Martin, 2010).[9]https://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/features/the-truth-about-vitamin-d-why-you-need-vitamin-d

Like with many other vitamins, Vitamin D is something that many heavier users of marijuana do not get enough of (Mahboub et al., 2020),[10]https://academic.oup.com/nutritionreviews/article/79/6/627/5911317. This can lead to a variety of psychological and physiological maladies.

The best way to get Vitamin D is to get some sun (don’t forget to wear sunscreen)! Vitamin D supplements are readily available from most major supermarkets if that doesn’t work for you.

4. L-Theanine

Tea Containing L-Theanine Supplement In Cup

Long-term chronic use of cannabis can cause adverse effects on the brain, and research shows that L-Theanine can help reverse these effects (Felice & Laviolette, 2021).

More generally, L-Theanine is a nutrient that has been shown to have strong calming and destressing properties (Hidese et al., 2019).[11]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6836118/ Given that anxiety, irritability, and stress are prevalent symptoms of marijuana withdrawal, L-Theanine benefits seem self-apparent.

L-Theanine is also shown to decrease drug cravings, generally (Wise et al., 2012).[12]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3754842/

L-Theanine supplements can be found in most chemists. If you want a natural option, it can be found in green and black tea.

5. Citicoline

Sometimes referred to as a “wonder-supplement”, Citicoline has been shown to significantly improve cognitive (brain) performance in heavy weed users (Gruber et al., 2015).[13]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4674830/

Citicoline is a great supplement, beneficial for improving general mental health and optimizing brain functionality. It is rich in neuroprotective nutrients and has anti-inflammatory and anti-addiction properties (Wignall & Brown).[14]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4139283/

Citicoline is present in the human body; it is found in exceptionally high volumes in eggs in terms of food.

6. N-Acetyl Cysteine (Nac)

N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) comes from the amino acid L-cysteine. When taken, it is a supplement that can replenish one of the powerful antioxidants in the human body: glutathione.

Early studies have shown that it has efficacy in decreasing marijuana cravings. When taken regularly by chronic marijuana users, they can expect to see a decrease in their usage and desire to use (Tomko et al., 2018).[15]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5993450/

7. Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential nutrient relevant for brain development and growth (Al Alawi et al., 2018).[16]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5926493/ It is another highly recommended supplement for people who need help quitting their marijuana use.

Studies show that magnesium deficiency paired with marijuana use is a bad pairing (Bac et al., 2003).[17]https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12735479/

Some foods that are good sources of magnesium are avocados, dark chocolates, bananas, pumpkin seeds, and almonds. Like most of the supplements listed above, pure magnesium can be purchased from most chemists and supermarkets.

8. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids (fish oil) are unique fats that the body needs for optimal functioning. The body cannot naturally produce them, and they are most commonly found in foods such as fish and flaxseed. Omega-3 is shown to significantly decrease common symptoms of marijuana withdrawal, including depression and anxiety (Liao et al., 2019).

9. Ginseng

Ginseng is a herb that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for many years. It is shown to have positive effects on mood and cognition, both areas that can help you prevent marijuana cravings from overcoming you (Kennedy & Scholey, 2003).[18]https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12895687/

In addition to helping with the above, Ginseng is shown to improve your quality of sleep, which can take a hit in the early stages of weed withdrawal (Han et al., 2013).[19]https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23872254/

10. Ginkgo

Ginkgo helps with better memory retention and general nervous system stability. It is also known to enhance energy levels and improve nutrient circulation in the body. However, pregnant women are advised against consuming it (Dugoua et al., 2006).[20]https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17085776/

Herbs To Smoke Instead Of Cannabis

Anecdotally, some have found that smoking replacement herbs can help quit weed and minimize the symptoms of cannabis withdrawal.

Whether you’re trying to quit cannabis or just looking for a recreational replacement, some herbs are safe and highly beneficial for you. Some of these herbs include:

11. Rose Petals

Rose Petals For Smoking

Apart from their reputation as romantic plants, roses have other beneficial properties. They are known to help get rid of headaches, help with inflammation and sore throats.[21]https://www.webmd.com/diet/rose-tea-good-for-you If you’re looking for another herb to smoke in place of cannabis, then you can try roses.

12. Lavender

Lavender smell great, and is usually used as an extra flavoring for other herbs. However, if you need a switch from marijuana, you could try using lavender. Smoking lavender can leave you feeling at peace, calm and is known to help people with insomnia sleep better (Kianpour et al., 2016).[22]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4815377/

13. Mullein

This unique herb is recommended for people with cough, as anecdotal reports suggest it has cough-relieving properties. Mullein is beneficial in several ways, making it an appropriate alternative herb to smoke instead of cannabis.

Some Other Helpful Tips When Quitting Weed

Take It Slow, Relax

Sometimes, change is hard – all good things take time. Take things slowly, and don’t be so hard on yourself. They say tiny drops of water can make a mighty ocean, so it’s the little efforts that count. Take it slow and relax; slow and steady wins the race.

Surround Yourself With Positivity

You may benefit from surrounding yourself with positive people and things to keep on track.[23]https://leaveweed.org/make-friends-without-weed/ Your mind may try to betray you, so we advise sticking with people who want the best for you and are rooting for you. Moral and emotional support is good and can help you stay focused on your set goals.

Invest In Healthy Food

The impact of eating good, healthy food cannot be overemphasized, especially if you’re working on controlling your marijuana cravings. Supplements can help, but having a fulfilling and healthy diet is the foundation you should build upon.

Final Thoughts

We at LeaveWeed.org have found that the most successful route to take on your journey to quitting weed is a natural, healthy route. While abstinence works, there is no harm in ensuring your body gets all the nutrients it needs during such a transformational period. If you have tried any of the supplements above and they’ve helped you, please let us know by leaving a comment below.

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