When the leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant are dried and crumbled, this is called marijuana in the US and cannabis elsewhere. When the resins from the cannabis plant are collected and compressed into sticks, balls or blocks, it is called hashish. Hashish is most often a hard, dry, crumbly substance that is usually brown but can also be a dark yellow. It can also be an oily, almost black block of material.
In this form, the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the intoxicating ingredient in cannabis, is concentrated. Therefore smaller amounts are needed to produce similar or stronger effects to those of cannabis/marijuana.
Hash oil is also available. It may be found in small glass bottles and may range in color from amber to dark brown. A drop or two is dropped on a cigarette before it is smoked.
In Asia and Northern Africa, hashish has been used since ancient times in Asia and is still used today. The majority of the world’s hashish originates from Morocco.
Like cannabis, hashish acts somewhat as a sedative, causing a mellow, relaxed feeling. Unfortunately for those who habitually abuse this drug, it is also addictive and causes other symptoms that are undesirable.
Other signs include:
- Loss of an accurate time sense
- Partial loss of or reduction in short-term memory
- Loss of ability to concentrate and complete tasks
- Lowered coordination
- Impaired ability to carry out complex tasks such as driving due to distortions in time and space perceptions
- Reduced comprehension and ability to learn
- Lowered inhibitions
- Impaired judgment
- Lowered ability to listen accurately and think clearly
- An “I don’t care” attitude
- Slow speech
- Lowered motivation.
A person who is a heavy user of hashish or cannabis can develop paranoia and hallucinations. Long-term users can become dependent on the drug. If a person continues to abuse any substance despite suffering damage to life, health or relationships, they can be considered abusers of the drug. If they also develop a tolerance (meaning that more of the drug must be consumed to get the same effects as before) and withdrawal symptoms when they quit using it, they are considered dependent. Cannabis does have withdrawal symptoms if the drug is discontinued.
- Disturbed sleep
- Reduced appetite
- Stomach problems and pain
- Sweating and shakes
For many people, cannabis products are stepping stones to heavier drug use. If a person becomes addicted to any form of cannabis, immediately recovery through an effective rehabilitation program can prevent the need for rehabilitation from addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers, cocaine or other drug.
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