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Another example would be when patients take CBD oil to relieve back pain to get a better nights sleep. When you stop taking CBD oil, that pain will re-appear and may cause sleep apnea again.

What will happen is the resurgence of any previous symptoms that CBD oil treated. So if you had joint pains and migraines, then within a few days or a week after stopping CBD oil, you will start to see these symptoms creep up again.

The most common questions are “can I drive after taking CBD oil?” and “what happens if I stop taking CBD oil?”

What Happens When I Stop Taking CBD Oil?

The worst kind of withdrawal symptoms are from heavy drugs or alcohol, and these include:

What does this mean? Well, our bodies adapt to the new normal, and that new normal includes CBD oil in our body as we take it on a regular basis. Our body expects CBD oil to be found in our diet.

So what then happens if we stop taking CBD oil? Does our body start going into withdrawals?

There are different types of CBD oil](/learn/different-types-of-cbd-oil) that include:

Uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms can prevent people who are dependent or addicted to cannabis from remaining abstinent. The commonly used treatments for cannabis withdrawal are either cognitive behavioral therapy or medication therapy, neither of which has been shown to be particularly effective. Common medications that have been used are dronabinol (which is synthetic THC); nabiximols (which is cannabis in a mucosal spray, so you aren’t actually treating the withdrawal); gabapentin for anxiety (which has a host of side effects); and zolpidem for the sleep disturbance (which also has a list of side effects). Some researchers are looking at CBD, the nonintoxicating component of cannabis, as a treatment for cannabis withdrawal.

The trouble with defining addiction in relation to negative consequences is that much of the harm from cannabis use is a result of prohibition.

Medical cannabis use is different from recreational use

Some people get into serious trouble with cannabis, and use it addictively to avoid reality. Others depend on it to an unhealthy degree. Again, the number of people who become addicted or dependent is somewhere between the 0% that cannabis advocates believe and the 100% that cannabis opponents cite. We don’t know the actual number, because the definitions and studies have been plagued with a lack of real-world relevance that many studies about cannabis suffer from, and because the nature of both cannabis use and cannabis itself have been changing rapidly.

All of this is not to say that there is no such thing as a cannabis withdrawal syndrome. It isn’t life-threatening or medically dangerous, but it certainly does exist. It makes absolute sense that there would be a withdrawal syndrome because, as is the case with many other medicines, if you use cannabis every day, the natural receptors by which cannabis works on the body “down-regulate,” or thin out, in response to chronic external stimulation. When the external chemical is withdrawn after prolonged use, the body is left in the lurch, and forced to rely on natural stores of these chemicals — but it takes time for the natural receptors to grow back to their baseline levels. In the meantime, the brain and the body are hungry for these chemicals, and the result is withdrawal symptoms.

I’d never say to someone who was using another drug to treat a chronic health problem, “Oh, you take that medicine every day? Don’t you ever give it a rest? You lousy addict!”