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Hash Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs, and Detoxification

Hash or hashish is one of the most abused prohibited drugs in the United States. It is a psychoactive drug that directly affects the brain and other organs in the body. Abrupt discontinuation of the drug after long-term use can induce hash withdrawal effects.

Marijuana is often referred to as hash, but hash is actually a concentrated form of marijuana. Marijuana is composed of a mixture of buds, seeds, stems, and leaves from the Cannabis plant. Hashish, on the other hand, is a pure resin made from the unfertilized flower tops of the Cannabis plant. Hash contains more delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or simply THC, the active chemical found in marijuana, making it more potent and more addictive than marijuana or weed.
Hashish is more common in Asian countries, where it is prepared and smoked in a pipe, hot knife, vaporizer, hookah, or a bubbler. Like marijuana, it can be combined with tobacco and smoked in blunts. Hash can also be swallowed by mixing it in food or beverage. The sticky black liquid form of hashish is called hash oil.

Hash supplies the same acute effects and health risks as marijuana. Use of these drugs can induce euphoria, slowed reaction time, relaxation, impaired memory or learning, psychosis, panic attacks, anxiety, impaired coordination and balance, and distorted perception. Long-term use can result in respiratory diseases, mental problems, and addiction.

Withdrawing from Hash: Treatment Methods and Options for Help

Long-term users of hash typically experience hash withdrawal symptoms, including insomnia, anxiety, drug craving, irritability, and loss of appetite. Symptoms can be felt within one day of drug abstinence. The effects can extend and worsen within the next two to three days of withdrawal.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT has shown efficacy in hash and marijuana dependence. CBT is also referred to as talking therapy, a type of approach that aims to increase a patient's sense of well-being. This type of psychotherapy is comprised of a professional psychologist or counselor, the patient, and the patient's family members.

Motivational incentive treatment is also combined with CBT to generate greater rates of hash and marijuana abstinence. In this treatment approach, the hash or marijuana dependent receives vouchers for services and goods as incentives for remaining drug-free. The vouchers are given after the patient passes the urine test and is found to be drug-free.

Detoxing, Addiction Treatment Rehab and Recovery

Detoxification involves the abrupt withdrawal from the drug and then using drug replacement therapy. It is the first stage of drug addiction treatment. There are no medications exclusive for hash withdrawal treatment. Drug reduction therapy may be performed in place of detoxification. However, some chronic hash and marijuana users, who abstain from using these drugs, find that continuous abstinence is not effective in treating their addiction. They tend to experience relapse more compared to other drug dependents. To combat addiction and possible relapse, users are advised to slowly reduce their drug's dosage. Depending on the length of hash and marijuana use, and the amount of dosage taken regularly, hash and marijuana users can be relieved of their drug cravings in a span of two weeks. Longer rehabilitation may be required for long-term hash users.

Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Detox

In treating alcohol and drug dependence, the detox process does not include the actual removal of the alcohol or drug from a person's body. It is the abrupt cessation from alcohol or substance and then replacing these with cross-acting agents. Detoxification can be completed in two treatment settings: inpatient detox and outpatient detox.

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Drug rehabilitation is indicated for chronic hash and marijuana dependents that have preexisting physical and mental conditions. The patient can choose to enroll in an outpatient and inpatient rehab facility. Rehabilitation is also recommended for drug users who are having a difficult time from withdrawing from the drug and are experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms.

After completing the rehabilitation process, the rehabilitated hash user can join a local support group to help maintain his or her sobriety outside of the rehab facility. This also allows the former hash dependent to build a network of people who can help him or her through the recovery process, and also to assist other drug users to recover from their addiction.

If you or someone you know needs help in preventing and reducing hash withdrawal symptoms, or recovering from drug addiction, call 1-888-935-1318. This is a free hotline where you can get information about hash and marijuana addiction, and the rehabilitation and recovery process.

Hash Information at a Glance
Medication Name, Costs Class of Medicine
  • Generic Name: Hash
  • Generic Name Variations: Weed, Cannabis, Pot, Marijuana
  • Chemical Name: THC
  • Brand Name: N/A
  • Brand Name Variations: N/A
  • Cost/Price: $30/gram
  • Used to Treat Addiction? Detoxification
  • Function or Use at Low Dose: Most use it to get high, but it can also be used medically
  • Function or Use at High Dose: High, medical uses
  • Chemical Makeup: THC
  • System: N/A
  • Duration of Action: 15 minutes to 2 hours
Form, Intake and Dosage Interactions and Complications
  • Drug Forms: Plant/Leaf
  • Administration Routes: Inhaled (Smoked)
  • Dosage: N/A
  • Overdose: N/A
  • Alcohol Interaction: It has been said that those who consume alcohol are much more likely to start smoking pot than people who don’t drink alcohol
  • Illicit Drugs: N/A
  • Prescription Medications: N/A
  • Contraindications: N/A
Effects and Adverse Reactions Substance Abuse
  • Short-Term: Problems with memory/learning, distorted perception of time, sound and touch, trouble thinking, increased heart rate, anxiety
  • Long-Term: Cancer
  • Risk of Substance Abuse: Addiction
  • Signs of Abuse: Neglect of daily activities, finding new friends who find use acceptable
Physiological Problem Signs and Symptoms Dependence and Addiction Issues
  • Withdrawal Syndrome Onset: Between 2 and 10 days after last use
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: Anxiety, change of appetite, weight loss, nightmares and insomnia
  • Tolerance: After building up a tolerance to weed, a user can need up to eight times as much as the original dose in order to achieve the same effects
  • Cross Dependence: N/A
  • Physical Dependence: Sleepiness, nausea, vomiting
  • Psychological Dependence: Anxiety, irritability
Legal Schedules and Ratings
  • Controlled Substances Act Rating: Schedule I


Questions and Answers (FAQ)

How Long Do Hash Withdrawals Last?

The duration of hash withdrawals varies from person to person, but the usual length is around 2 to 10 days. The withdrawal timeline can last as much as a month, however, and the psychological dependency associated with has use can extend for much longer.

Do You Have a List Popular Slang or Street Names for Hash?

Aunt Mary, chronic, dope, weed, pot, reefer, herb, Mary Jane, sinsemilla, skunk

What are Common Misspellings?

Hassh withdrawl, haseh withdrawls, hashh withdrawel, hsah withdrawels

Are There Any Home Remedies for Getting Clean Safely?

Because there aren’t any physical effects from withdrawing from hash, unfortunately there isn’t a home remedy to provide relief while getting clean. Some people report success with relaxation exercises to help to ease the anxiety during withdrawal. Turning to other medication to relieve insomnia, anxiety and nightmares experienced while detoxing can be dangerous because a new dependency can be formed. The natural and safest alternative to getting clean at home is getting help at a treatment center. There, doctors and professionals will be available to help anyone wanting to get clean do so in a safe manner. Whether you want to stop smoking hash yourself or have someone close to you that needs help, it’s not too late—yet. Call the hotline today at 1-888-935-1318 to speak with someone who can guide you to a recovery center in your area.

How Long Does it Take to Detox From Hash?

The length of time to detox from the body’s system will usually be between a week and a month. Some people who have only used hash lightly will detox in a few days. People who have used it for an extended period of time will take longer. Relapses are a big concern because some people have become emotionally dependent on hash to relax and anxiety can be difficult (but not impossible) to deal with during withdrawal. If this is the case for you or a loved one, know you have options. There are programs available to help people going through hash detox quit for good and take back control of their lives.

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