Counseling Center

Tolerance and Withdrawal

Tolerance:A person’s diminished response to a drug that is the result of repeated use. People can develop tolerance to both illegal  and legal drugs. tolerance is a physical effect of repeated use of a drug. Tolerance does not always equal addiction. 

Withdrawal: Symptoms a person experiences when not using a substance, due to the body reacting to no longer having the substance. Symptoms of marijuana withdrawal typically begin within 48 hours and can last between 2-10 days. Symptoms include:

  • Irritability
  • Sleeplessness
  • Strange dreams
  • Anger and aggression
  • Depressed mood
  • Decreased appetite
  • Nausea/stomach upset
  • Anxiety
  • Drug craving

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*Disclaimer: This information is meant to provide education about substance use. The content of these webpages is not meant to replace therapy and is not considered mental health treatment. If you are in crisis or find yourself needing more support please call the UToledo Counseling Center at 419-530-2426 or dial 9-1-1 if it is an emergency.


Last Updated: 6/27/22