Cannabis

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Cannabis comes from three different varieties of hemp plants; . The active, mood changing compound is commonly known as THC. Cannabis can increase your sociability and give you a feeling of happiness and relaxation.

Cannabis can be found in the following forms:

  • Marijuana: Is the dried unprocessed leaves and flowers of the plant. It has anywhere from 2 to 22 percent of THC depending on the plant species and is smoked in joints, pipes or bongs.
  • Hash or Hashish (also known as Kief, Kif or Keef): Is the resin of the dried cannabis plant made into blocks. Its concentration of THC is higher than the unprocessed cannabis buds it originates from. It can be vaporized or smoked but usually it is pressed and then baked into cakes called hashish. It contains anywhere from 7% to 33% of THC. It can be combined with tobacco and then smoked, used in hot beverages or as part of creative food recipes to be eaten.
  • Hash oil: It is a thick oily liquid extracted from the plant and contains the highest amount of THC, usually up to 90%. Normally it is spread on cigarette papers and smoked.

Cannabis can either make you feel horny or it can decrease your sexual desire. It can intensify the sensations of touch and sound and intensify sexual encounters. Furthermore, it increases your appetite (Marinol, a prescription drug used for the treatment of wasting syndrome or low appetite is derived from cannabis.

The use of cannabis will lower your inhibitions and it will compromise the way you evaluate and decide upon the level of risk you are willing to take sexually. If condoms and water based lube are not used while having sex, the potential for transmitting HIV and other STI is higher too. In long fuck sessions, check the condom regularly, keep on adding lube and change it every half an hour or with every new partner.

The legal consequences of producing, using, possessing, making, growing and selling cannabis include fines and imprisonment. Furthermore: it is illegal to drive while under the influence of cannabis and this can result in a disqualification of your licence.

Long Term Side effects

Cannabis has been linked to an increase risk of experiencing psychological disorders, such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety and psychosis. For individuals who have a family history of these issues the risk is increased further.

Cannabis is a highly addictive drug that creates tolerance, meaning that you need more of the drug to achieve the same effects. The prolonged continuous use of cannabis can lower your sex drive whilst also causing problems to your cognitive functioning (i.e., concentration, memory and your ability to learn).

Mixing it

When mixed with heart and blood pressure medication, there is a possibility of a negative reaction because marijuana increases the heart rate. Protease Inhibitors have the potential to increase the THC level. However, in one study with atazanavir it was shown that the level of prescription medication in the body was lowered by up to 60%, which could lead to resistance to the antiviral.

In Emergency

In case of a negative reaction to cannabis or an overdose, dial 000, remember paramedics are not obliged to involve the police.

If you need help on dealing with drug and alcohol addiction, please contact DrugInfo at 1 300 85 85 84 or visit www.druginfo.adf.org.au

 

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