Cannabis

Substance

Cannabis belongs to the hemp family. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main active agent in the three hemp plants Cannabis indica, Cannabis ruderalis and Cannabis sativa. THC is classified as a cannabinoid substance. The THC content in some plants may be practically zero and in others may make up 25% of the resin.

There are various methods of preparation and forms of consumption: Marihuana (grass, ganja): chopped parts of the plant/female flower tops; Hashish (shit, dope): the pressed resin of the hemp plant, often mixed with other substances, of the hemp plant; Hashish oil (oil from the resin); Hemp oil (oil from the seeds) etc.

Cannabis products may be smoked on their own or with tobacco in joints (like cigarettes) and pipes of any kind, dissolved in drinks or prepared with food.

Effects

The drug takes effect about 10 minutes after smoking. When it is eaten, it takes about ½ - 2 hours. Depending on your physical and psychological constitution, it may give a feeling of euphoria with an increasing desire for contact, stimulate the imagination and give a sense of physical well-being. It may often have an erotic, aphrodisiac effect. At high doses, altered perception and a marked reduction in drive, ranging from a subdued mood to indifference, are possible. The euphoric phase lasts 1 - 2 hours and then a calming effect usually takes over.

THC dilates the bronchial tubes and for this reason it is also used as a remedy for asthma. It has an antispasmodic effect (and is thus used to treat epilepsy and multiple sclerosis), eases pain and increases the appetite.

Short-term side effects

The following may occur: dryness of the mouth, red eyes, dilated pupils (due to a reduction in the inner pressure of the eye), drop in blood pressure, slightly reduced body temperature, lower blood sugar level, dizziness.

In the event of an overdose and also on first use: nausea, vomiting, racing heart beat, circulatory problems, hallucinations and anxiety are possible.

Long-term side effects

Risk of lung cancer! The quantity of carcinogens absorbed during the smoking of a joint is higher than with cigarette smoking because: 1. Cannabis smoke is generally inhaled more deeply and the smoke held longer in the lungs than cigarette smoke. 2. Joint filters are usually small, rolled up pieces of card that cannot filter any toxicants. Cigarette filters by contrast do filter out part of the toxic substances before they can reach the lungs in the smoke.
Immoderate smoking may lead to asthma and bronchitis. Latent psychoses may be triggered. Psychological dependence is possible. There is a risk of damage to the health of unborn children if women smoke during pregnancy.
Frequent use of cannabis products may lead to impairment of the short-term memory, a reversible effect which will improve once the user has stopped taking the drug. The possibility of flashbacks (sudden occurrence of highs even several weeks after the last time the drug was used) is a subject of discussion.

Interaction with other drugs

Cannabis will bring down someone high under the influence of ecstasy. Simultaneous use of speed, crystal, ecstasy and THC may lead to extreme circulatory disorders. THC plus alcohol: the effect of cannabis is masked by alcohol.
Cannabis may intensify the effect of cocaine or ethno-botanical substances such as atropa belladonna. The effect of cannabis is the opposite of that of tobacco. Nicotine suppresses the effect of THC while THC increases the nicotine effect.

Safe Use

People with cardiovascular problems should not use cannabis. When smoking joints use a cigarette filter. Water pipes (hookahs) reduce the carcinogens in the smoke. In terms of carcinogens, it is healthier to eat cannabis or to drink it in an infusion. NB: When eating or drinking cannabis, take a low dose as the drug will take effect very slowly.

It is dangerous to drive under the influence of cannabis!

Mixing with other drugs should be avoided!

High doses of vitamin C and tea can help in the event of an overdose on cannabis. 
 

This information is not intended to promote drug use! Cannabis products are controlled under the BtMG (Dangerous Drugs Act). Possessing, buying and dealing in cannabis products are punishable by law.

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