Marijuana Abuse

Cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, is a psychoactive drug classified as a hallucinogen. Cannabis is often consumed for its psychoactive and physiological effects, including heightened mood or euphoria, relaxation, and increased appetite. Unwanted side-effects can sometimes include a decrease in short-term memory, dry mouth, impaired motor skills, reddening of the eyes, and feelings of paranoia or anxiety.

Cannabis has psychoactive and physiological effects when consumed. The immediate desired results from consuming cannabis include relaxation and mild euphoria. In contrast, some immediate undesired side-effects include a decrease in short-term memory, dry mouth, impaired motor skills, and reddening of the eyes. Along with a subjective change in perception and mood, the most common short-term physical and neurological effects include increased heart rate, increased appetite, food consumption, lowered blood pressure, impairment of short-term and memory, psychomotor coordination, and concentration.

The medicinal value of cannabis is disputed, argued, and debated. Marijuana is also known as a Gateway Drug with the assertion that its use may increase the probability of experimenting with “harder” drugs. Either way, cannabis is generally found in three primary forms.

Marijuana

Marijuana consists of the dried flowers and subtending leaves and stems of the female Cannabis plant.

Hashish

Hashish is a concentrated resin cake or ball produced from pressed kief, the detached trichomes, and sufficient material that falls off of cannabis flowers and leaves. It varies in color from black to golden brown depending upon the purity and variety of cultivar it was obtained from. It can be consumed orally or smoked.

Hash Oil

Hash oil is obtained from the cannabis plant by solvent extraction and contains the cannabinoids present in cannabis flowers and leaves' natural oils. The solvents are evaporated to leave behind a very concentrated oil. These products are consumed by smoking, vaporizing, eating, or topical application.

Consumption

Cannabis may be consumed in a variety of ways:

  • Smoking
  • Vaporizer
  • Tea
  • Edible