Exercise for Cannabis Withdrawal


Some people who smoke cannabis on a regular basis find it easy to simply stop when they want to. For others, it can develop into a habitual behavior that like tobacco use, can be very hard to stop, even when you want to. If you have tried to stop smoking in the past, you may have experienced things like: 

  • Insomnia and strange dreams
  • Irritability and irregular mood swings
  • Anxiety and depression

These are all completely normal and will disappear over a couple of weeks. However, the discomfort that they cause can make it very hard to stick with plans to stop smoking. If you are looking for help with stopping or cutting down, and you have found it hard to do so in the past,  then you may be eligible to take part in a confidential study testing the effects of a structured exercise regime for the management of cannabis withdrawal. Participation in the study requires that you are prepared to spend 7 days in a hospital detoxification unit and the study is entirely free. You will also be reimbursed. We will provide information, support, and referrals to assist you with achieving abstinence. To be eligible you must be:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • A regular cannabis user that would like help with stopping or cutting down
  • Prepared to stop smoking and spend 7 days in a hospital inpatient setting
  • Capable of taking part in moderate intensity exercise


To register for this study, please click here


If it looks like you would be a good fit for the study, then we will get in touch with you, normally within 1-2 days. We thank-you for your interest in the study and we look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us: anjali.bhardwaj@sydney.edu.au or phone 02 9332 8794.