Marijuana

Cannabis Sativa Compounds

Marijuana, Hashish, “Hash Oil

Most people don’t worry about "pot" usage…Of all the illegal drugs used in the United States today; none is more common. Many have tried it in their youth and really don't have a problem with it. But just as many are addicted to it and CAN"T STOP SMOKING IT!

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It's widely distributed and there are no socio-economic boundaries. In fact, some studies have shown that some 37% of high school students have tried it. It's easily available, not expensive, but its perceived benign nature is what makes this drug dangerous.

There is much that IS NOT KNOWN about pot. What effects does it have on the brain? Does it make depression worse or better? How does it effect bipolar disorder, can it trigger it? No one really knows.

The active ingredient is THC

The active “ingredient” is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Looking much like tobacco, the leaves and flowering tops of the Cannabis Sativa plant are dried and smoked, about .5 to 1 mg of material. Commonly, the concentration of THC in a cigarette (“joint”) is between 10 and 40 milligrams. However there are more potent forms of the drug which may contain as much as 100 mg.

Hashish is made from the concentrated resign of the Cannabis Sativa, and in this more potent form, the level of THC may be between 8 and 12 percent by weight. Hash Oil, a lipid-soluble extract of the plant, may have 25 to 60 percent concentration.

Hash oil is sometimes added to pot, giving a much more potent THC level.

Smoking is the preferred way of using these drugs, as the THC is absorbed quickly by the lungs and into the blood. THC is metabolized by the liver and converted into 11-hydroxy-THC. Cannabis Sativa can be eaten, such as in marijuana brownies, but the rate of delivery is much slower.

The intoxication from marijuana is similar to alcohol intoxication. The degree of intoxication depends on how much THC is delivered and by what means.

The “high” a user experiences is a sense of relaxation and mild euphoria, similar to the effects of moderate alcohol consumption.

Even in states of moderate intoxication, the user loses some motor function, has impaired thinking and reasoning.

As the use of the drug continues, the intoxication increases, much like using alcohol.

In most cases mild pot intoxication produces no harmful long-term effects, but in some cases the THC can trigger serious emotional problems.

THC is a psychoactive compound, and as with other psychoactive compounds, it can produce pre-psychotic and neurotic issues. Chronic use of the drug can increase the risk of psychotic symptoms and can cause marijuana related problems.

Trouble Signs to Look For

Signs of trouble for marijuana usage or those abusing marijuana are similar to alcohol abuse and other drug addictions. You might lose interest in their job, social contacts and family. They begin to focus their life around the drug.

Pot use may also accompany the use of other drugs, such as alcohol and cocaine, as the user strives for the desired outcome. Regular use of the drug can lead to a tolerance to the psychoactive effects of the THC, and so the user may navigate to stronger compounds and/or additional drugs to get high.

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