Cannabis is one of the herbal drugs. It is derived from the female form of the cannabis plant, a hemp plant. This hemp contains the psychoactive active substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). A distinction is made between the dried leaves and flowers (marijuana) and the pressed resin of the inflorescences (hashish).
Cannabis as a daily drug?
As a rule, cannabis is crumbled, blended with tobacco and smoked in a joint or a water pipe. It is rarely drunk as tea or baked in biscuits.
Since the physical dependence potential of cannabis is relatively low, it is often referred to as a soft drug. However, the danger of mental dependency is many times higher.
Cannabis: effect of hashish and marijuana
Hashish and marijuana usually have a calming, relaxing effect. However, depending on the amount and type of consumption, very different feelings can arise. The spectrum ranges from cheerfulness, an increased need for communication, and a more intense sensory perception of arousal to depressed mood, restlessness, anxiety and panic.
Health hazards through cannabis use
Long-term effects include concentration and attention deficit, mental dependency, and psycho-social changes. How strong the latter are depends on the respective mental state of the consumers. While some users undergo major changes in character, become impotent, tired and indifferent, and may even develop psychosis, cannabis use on others has no psychological effect.
In adolescent consumers, growth and developmental disorders can occur. In addition, cannabis smokers are up to ten times more likely to develop lung cancer than tobacco smokers.