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Is shortness of breath a withdrawal symptom of Marijuana addiction?

Is shortness of breath a common symptom of Marijuana addiction? I have been smoking multiple times a day for the last couple of years. I stopped smoking 2 days ago and feel like I have shortness of breath, and when I go to inhale a deep breath or yawn many times I wont get enough air in my lungs and still feel short of breath. Is this a common symptom? if so what can i do about it. I also have other withdrawal symptoms, but this is the only one I am concerned about.
Mon, 27 Jun 2016
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Dear service user,
Thanks for writing to us.
I understand your concern about breathlessness.
Stopping of marijuana itself usually does not cause shortness of breath.
The way of using marijuana (Smoking itself) causes it.
For your best health, I suggest you to quit smoking and marijuana.
Kindly consult your physician for investigating cause of breathlessness.
He may get your chest X ray, ECG and pulmonary function tests to diagnose the condition for effective treatment.
Wish you good health.
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