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MARIJUANA
It is only a herb It is all natural It is not addictive It is being legalized across the
world now Even Lord Shiva is said to have used it always
These are some of the justifications I hear from people who use or are addicted to
using the products of the innocuous plant Cannabis also called, pot ,hash weed,
marijuana etc.
I have an emotional connect with pot , Charlie(cocaine) I can do without, but not pot
said one of our clients . This clearly indicates how it had him in its grip .
People who wish to justify its use like to compare its effects with the harmful effects
of alcohol and other drugs.
The effects of marijuana are multifarious . It is a psychoactive drug, currently illegal
in India .
It is seen that a lot of teens from the age of even as low as 13 start using them,
many well into their adulthood . Weed is said to be a gateway drug to other drugs as
it is seen to enhance the effects of some of the other drugs especially opioids .
Using one drug also enhances the curiosity and willingness to try other drugs.
Methods of consumption - as rolled up joints , in blunts ( in emptied cigars) ,
dabbing (Pure THC in wax form called budded, dab where it is placed on a cool and
heated by a butane lighter and inhale the fumes)
The effects of marijuana are more psychological than physical.
Out of the over 400 chemicals in weed the most potent is delta-9 THC. Which is
psychoactive . More the content of THC as in skunk, the more the damage and
addictive potential.

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In teens whose brains are still being developed weed usage causes impairment in
recall, listing things, short term memory, long term cognitive impairment. One in 6
people who try weed get addicted to it. Possibilities of addiction to it are higher when

usage is begun in the teen adolescent years. It is also seen to reduce the IQ by an
average of 8 points when used in adolescence.
We had a client who smoked so many joints a day that he had stopped going to
college, had lost all interest in anything , including personal hygiene, upkeep, was
apathetic to his surroundings and and severe mood swings as a consequence.
Immediately after use it increases the heart rate . Some people experience a sense
of calm . however, depending on the extent of use and strength of weed some users
experience anxiety, fear, distrust, or panic.
In initial stages of limited usage it reduces anxiety . As duration and extent of usage
increases it creates anxiety, it causes paranoia, at times hyper acuity of sounds
which can be mistaken for auditory hallucinations, hallucinations etc.
The effect of marijuana usually lasts from 1-3 hours . if consumed in the form of
cookies its effects last for several more hours.
THC can be detected in the urine for even 6 weeks after stoppage of ue.
Short term memory is affected.
There is an apathy that develops to everything .
Amotivational syndrome surfaces wherein the person loses motivation to do anything
constructive . This usually happens when weed is smoked in a substantial quantity
for a substantial duration of time ...
Cannabis psychosis -heavy use of cannabis over a long period of time can result in
psychoses.

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Driving after using cannabis has been seen to cause more fatal car crashes than
alcohol as it impairs judgment, motor coordination and reaction time .

On discontinuing weed there can be withdrawals - Common symptoms


include:
Anxiety,Depression ,Changes in mood, Irritability, Stomach pains, Loss of
appetite, Nausea,Headaches, Sweating, Chills, Cravings,Restlessness

Treatment involves Counseling , behavioral therapy and with us at AH


meditation too that enables one to develop interest in and grow a life that is
enjoyable and fun away from the substance.

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