Yes, like any form of marijuana, it’s possible to get addicted to hash. More on hashish addiction here.
To date, synthetic weed is banned in certain countries and states. Here we review the top 5 reasons legal weed should be made illegal in all jurisdictions.
Need more motivation to stop smoking weed? Here are four (4) practical exercises to get and stay motivated when quitting weed. Your questions about motivation in addiction recovery are welcomed.
Yes. Eating weed can get you high. But it usually takes longer and is less intense than inhaling marijuana smoke. More on bioavailability of marijuana smoked vs. eaten here. Plus, what to do if you want to quit weed totally.
We don’t know if weed causes lung cancer yet. But marijuana use and cancer risk are associated. Learn more about lung cancer and marijuana here.
Yes. Second generation legal bud can get you high. What’s the difference between types of legal bud? And do you risk more than just time? More here.
Side effects of synthetic marijuana can be similar to hallucinogenic drugs. Side effects of Spice can even include hallucinations and delusions. Learn more here.
No, synthetic weed does not show up on drug tests because it does not produce the metabolite in urine that is used to test for cannabis use. But soon a new test may be developed. More on sythetic marijuana drug testing here.
Weed (marijuana smoke) has been shown to be carcinogenic. But does weed cause cancer? And if THC may help treat cancer, why the confusing messages? More on weed and cancer here.
No, weed does not kill brain cells. But it can quicken age related memory loss. Still, long term physical alteration of the brain has not been linked to marijuana use. More on structural changes in the brain and marijuana here.
What is marijuana?
Marijuana is a preparation made from parts of the cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa) which often appears as dry crumbly mixture of leaves, flowers, seeds and stems. Each part of the cannabis plant has different concentrations of THC, and the flowers have the highest concentrations followed by the leaves. Therefore, most marijuana preparations are made from flowers and leaves.
THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the principal psychoactive constituent of marijuana. THC has a chemical formula C21H30O2 and is the psychoactive element which triggers euphoria in users. Still, marijuana is just one of many psychoactive products made from the cannabis plant. Other psychoactive preparations made from cannabis include kief (trichomes from the flower), hashish (concentrated resin from the flowering buds), hash oil (highly concentrated oil from the plant) and edibles, which are food and drink prepared with added cannabis extracts or actual marijuana.
Why do people use marijuana?
Several factors may trigger marijuana use. These include medical or therapeutic use, euphoric effect, or as a coping mechanism for psychological/emotional issues.
In fact, marijuana can subjectively help people relieve the stress, anxiety, fear, pain or anger related to personal, psychological or family issues. And, because popular culture increasingly endorses marijuana use with a low perception of harm, some people use marijuana to relax.
Further, people may use marijuana recreationally to feel altered senses and perception of time, place and present situation. Therapeutic uses of marijuana include treatments for:
- as an adjunct cancer therapy
- diseases affecting the nerves or nerve cells
- movement disorders
- pain caused by structural, muscular, or psycho-physiological disorders
- to address symptoms of AIDS
- to treat malnutrition (an appetite stimulant)
Marijuana mainly targets the nervous system. Our brain, made of nerve cells, include areas called cannabinoid receptors, which are places at which THC can attach and cause effects. However, these cannabinoid receptors are located in areas of the brain involved with memory, concentration, perception and movement. Therefore, marijuana use often cause changes to these cognitive functions. Marijuana can affect:
In low to moderate doses, marijuana can cause the following effects:
- a sense of relaxation
- an altered sense of time, sound and space and sight
- bloodshot eyes
- dryness of the mouth
- lowered attention
- lowered inhibition
High doses of marijuana can cause hallucinations, delusions and disorientation, and/or impaired memory. Regular marijuana users report hunger and increased appetite for food, altered ‘magical’ or ‘random’ sense of thinking, inability to concentrate, paranoia, anxiety, or depression.
Is marijuana addictive?
Absolutely. The marijuana abuse potential is great, since it is a psychoactive drug. Users can become addicted to marijuana, and develop both physical and psychological marijuana dependence. If you use marijuana, you may be addicted to it if you use it daily, experience cravings for marijuana, or if you are having drug-related problems that affect your school, work, or home life.
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