What Is It?
Cannabis is derived from a variety of Indian hemp plants
What does it look like?
Marijuana: It’s most common form is dried leaves that are green
to brown.They can be whole leaves and buds or cut up. They are usually
smoked in a cigarette form or a pipe of some sort like a bong.
Hashish: This is the resin from cannabis, usually in blocks it’s
color can be dark brown to black.
Grass, pot, hash, weed, reefer, Mary Jane, dope, herb, mull, rope, buddha,
ganja, joint, stick, buckets, cones, skunk, hydro, yarndi, smoke, hooch,
How They Are Taken
How Does It Work?
- It affects the central nervous system by slowing down messages between
the body and brain, thus acting as a depressant
- THC is the active chemical ingredient in the plant that creates the
- THC is carried through the blood stream to the brain via
> The walls of the lungs if smoked
> The walls of the stomache\instestine if eaten
Why Is It Taken? (Desired Side Effects)
- It can act as a relaxant
- Open and uninhibited
- Altered sensual perception
- Alters memory and thinking, users lose track of their thoughts
- Impairs coordination
Unwanted Side Effects
- Increased heart rate
- Low blood pressure
- Reddened eyes
Long Term Side Effects
- Respiratory illness
- Decrease in energy and motivation
- Decrease in memory, concentration and the ability to learn. This
can continue for several months after cannabis use
- Effect on hormones – lower sex drive and potentially reduced
- Weakened immune system
- Interference with reproductive functions
- Learning difficulties
- Risk of psychosis and psychotic symptoms
Addiction And Dependency
- Regular use often builds a tolerance, requiring larger amounts to
receive the same effect
- It is possible to become psychologically dependant where other aspects
of the users life is neglected
- Psychological withdrawals can result in a craving for cannabis use
- Whether physical addiction is possible is debatable but those who
are dependent on cannabis can certainly display physical withdrawal
symptoms such as sweating, upset stomaches and in more severe cases,
chills. Any reports of physical withdrawls suggest that they are far
less severe then withdrawls from drugs such as heroin.
- Other withdrawal symptoms can include sleep disturbances, nervousness,
irritability and anxiety.
Overdose And Death
There have been no reported deaths from cannabis. The dose of cannabis
considered legal to human beings is roughly a third of a person’s
body weight. This is a very large amount of cannabis and ingesting this
amount is highly unlikely.