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What is the diagnosis for Cannabis or Marijuana Withdrawal?

A diagnosis for cannabis withdrawal is based on cessation of marijuana use that has been heavy or prolonged, usually daily or almost daily use, over a period of at least a few months, with three or more of the following symptoms:

  • Irritability, anger or aggression
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Sleep difficulty (insomnia, disturbing dreams)
  • Decreased appetite or weight loss
  • Restlessness
  • Depressed mood
  • At least one of the following physical symptoms causing significant discomfort: abdominal pain, shakiness/tremors, sweating, fever, chills, or headache

The symptoms cause significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. In addition, they are not attributable to another medical condition or mental disorder, including intoxication or withdrawal from another substance.

Mental Health Library Sources:

Information included in all topics of the Mental Health Library comes from the Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-5 and Kaplan & Sadock’s Concise Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry. Complete diagnostic and treatment information may be found within these publications.


Information within the Mental Health Library is not intended to be used for self-diagnosis purposes. Rather, it is provided as a public educational service to make people aware of mental health conditions. Please consult a qualified mental health professional for a diagnosis of any suspected mental health illness.

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