When Nicotine Withdrawal Strikes

You don’t feel like yourself.

Maybe you’re tired, hungry, irritable, anxious, etc. Everyone has off days, so maybe you chalk it up to bad sleep or work stress. But is there something else going on? If you recently stopped or lowered your daily intake of nicotine, the answer is yes. That something else is nicotine withdrawal. Some people don’t like to admit they’ve got an issue at all. They feel like they ought to be able to quit nicotine, and that’s that.

But it’s not a matter of being tough, strong, or able-bodied—and it’s not a matter of mental fortitude or some other psych power of resistance. If you’re hooked on nicotine and try to quit, then withdrawal is going to strike. Now, withdrawal may be stronger for some people than others, but this is determined by biological factors totally out of your control. And for that matter, regardless of exactly how strong your withdrawal symptoms are, the fact is this:

Nicotine withdrawal is a major challenge no matter who you are.

Some have the mentality for dropping nicotine, but their bodies experience physical symptoms that make everyday life an uphill battle. In any case, the first week is typically the worst, with physical symptoms peaking around the day 3-5 mark. And if you get over that hump, the psychological challenges are still waiting. Yet it all tapers off over time, and 1606 is here to get you through it. Think of hemp rolls as the battlefield whiskey an injured cowboy might have drunk before the town doctor removed a bullet from his side.

It ain’t gonna take all the pain away, but it sure helps.

Let’s talk about withdrawal symptoms and how to know if you’re in the midst of a nicotine withdrawal episode. The more you know about what to expect, the better your chances of fighting through. Remember that everybody is different, so there’s no way to prescribe exactly what withdrawal is going to be like for you. 

Physical Withdrawal Symptoms

Headaches and Dizziness. 

Often the first symptoms to arrive and the first to depart, headaches plague many quitters as they experience withdrawal. Fortunately, these tend to be on the mild side, so they’re not much to worry about—especially since they don’t stick around for long.

Surging Appetite

Within about a day of your last cigarette, your appetite will jump up. Tobacco cigarettes and vape juices have chemical properties that suppress your appetite, and once those get out of your system, your body is going to feel like it’s dinner time all the time. Some quitters find that they’re eating simply as a replacement for smoking tobacco or vaping. You’re probably not going to want salad either – you’re likely going to want to stuff delicious sweets and carbs into your mouth. As a result, you might gain up to 10 pounds as you begin trying to quit. This is a good time to start up a little exercise routine to help fight that weight gain.

Fatigue

Nicotine, like coffee, is a stimulant. It perks you up and makes you feel more energized. When you drop nicotine, you’ll probably start feeling more and more like a nap. Yet somehow, at the same time, you may also be restless at night and struggle with insomnia. This too will make you more tired during the day. The CBD content in hemp has been used by some as a wakefulness enhancer, so there’s another reason hemp rolls can help you through this tough time.

Constipation

Yep, some quitters have noted that the first month of nicotine withdrawal is marked by constipation. Not fun, but worth getting through so you can reach a nicotine-free life on the other side. 

woman sitting at desk with laptop suffering nicotine withdrawal

Mental Withdrawal Symptoms

Cravings

Tough stuff here – nicotine cravings are the longest-lasting symptom of withdrawal, and you probably know from experience that they don’t even wait for you to quit. They can pop up shortly after your last cigarette or vape session. The cravings get stronger if you’re actually trying to quit, and they will typically peak for about 15-20 minutes at a time. Try to avoid triggers like alcohol during the first few weeks of your withdrawal, and if possible, avoid people who use nicotine too. It’s easy and natural during cravings to grab a hemp roll or two just to make it through.

Anxiety

Smoking relieves stress—you probably noticed! Unfortunately, as your body comes to depend on nicotine, you can develop anxiety simply by failing to consume it on the regular. So when you quit, that anxiety may just shoot through the roof around three or so days into withdrawal. CBD can help with anxiety, so keep those hemp rolls close and remember that it’s all in your head.

Depression 

This one sucks. If you’ve never experienced depression before, nicotine withdrawal may just introduce you. If you’re finding it hard to get out of bed, not enjoying things that normally excite you, predicting negative outcomes to events, or feeling like nothing matters, it could be depression. Your brain and body are taking time to readjust to life without nicotine – don’t give up! Always talk with someone if you start feeling self-destructive urges of any kind, and don’t hesitate to see a doctor.

Agitation

Your fuse is short, and you feel like everyone around you is taking too long and/or being an idiot. Maybe this is your normal state of mind, but when going through nicotine withdrawal, it’s par for the course. Just breathe and be mindful of your feelings. It won’t last forever. Take five, remove yourself from the situation if possible, and light up a hemp roll. It’s all part of the process. We believe in you.

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