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Understanding harmful consequences of hashish

Understanding harmful consequences of hashish

08-28 | CDAH Team

One of the widely used illicit drugs in the world, marijuana has caused a global outcry with a striking figure of 147 million people using this drug at least once annually, including 22.2 million Americans. Despite the increasing rate of disorders associated with cannabis use and the number of individuals seeking treatment for such conditions, there has been little or no improvement in the usage rate since the past few years.  

Marijuana, which is known by over 200 street names, is also produced by different methods to experience the extreme levels of addictiveness. While some of the street names of marijuana include pot, herb, dope, grass, etc., sinsemilla, hashish and hash oil are the stronger forms of marijuana. The drug is generally prepared by collecting trichomes, the raisin-like outgrowth from the epidermis of the marijuana plant, and compressing them into sticks, balls or blocks. Hashish comes in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes and forms.

Effects of hashish on health

People find it hard to quit hashish, despite being aware of the adversities associated with its use.  As a result of the heavy marijuana use, its key psychoactive component delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and associated metabolites activate the cannabinoid receptors of the brain to evoke euphoria and other psychoactive effects.

In addition to these effects, THC also affects a user’s cognition and motor coordination.  The abuse of hashish can also cause a range of long-term health-related problems like:

  • A depressed immune system that may lead to low resistance to common illnesses like cold, flu and bronchitis
  • Hindrance in development of the brain
  • Abnormal cell structure and cell division
  • Respiratory problems
  • Changes in mood and cognition-behavioral skills
  • Weak sexual functioning and reduced sexual desire
  • Emotional and psychological issues, such as lack of motivation, depression, and an increased risk for the development of psychosis and schizophrenia in later years

Moreover, the withdrawal symptoms, such as changes in mood, insomnia, irritability, anxiety or depression, changes in appetite, etc., are likely to trigger an individual’s cravings and pose troubles in seeking sobriety.

Risks associated with chronic use of cannabis products

Apart from the diverse withdrawal symptoms afflicted with cannabis use, it was also found that the chronic use of the drug can impair one’s brain functionality, especially the prefrontal cortex. This alteration in the brain often prevents effective utilization of behavioral therapies and treatments in patients. This may result in unsuccessful attempts at inhibiting the triggers, as well as increasing relapse rates. In addition, there are other risks factors from chronic use of hashish. These include:

  • Growing adolescents who abuse hashish for a prolonged period may suffer from damages in the brain that may affect their learning and memory capacity.
  • Research has indicated that people who use cannabis products are more likely to abuse other substances, such as alcohol and tobacco. Comparatively, these individuals are at a greater risk of enduring substance use disorder (SUD) than those who do not use the drug.
  • Women who use cannabis products during pregnancy are likely to witness serious developmental issues in their child, including physical and mental impairment.
  • As per the American Psychiatric Association (APA), majority of the people struggling with cannabis use disorder are likely to have mental health issues like anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or conduct disorders.

Eliminating hashish addiction

Although the symptoms associated with hashish withdrawal are overlooked as trivial due to the milder damages inflicted by them, they can, on the contrary, cause severe damages like psychological distress, just like alcohol or other drugs.

Often termed as “the gateway to other drugs,” the abuse of cannabis or cannabis-related products can eventually pave way for heavier drug use. If you know someone who needs help in eliminating hashish from his or her life, you can contact the Colorado Drug Addiction Helpline to access the much-needed information on the right kind of treatment. If you wish to know about the best drug rehab in Colorado, call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-218-7546 or chat with our experts to get connected to one of the finest addiction treatment centers in Colorado.

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