What Do You Know About Cannabis?

Drug Treatment in Raleigh NC | Cannabis Facts

September is National Substance Abuse Recovery Month. At Legacy Freedom of Raleigh, we are here to provide you with the best information and drug treatment in Raleigh NC. Today we are going to talk about cannabis. Cannabis is also more commonly known as marijuana, or pot. Cannabis is a natural plant and it has been around for centuries. Cannabis is typically consumed in three forms - the plant's flowers or buds, the resin, and the oil from the plant. All of these forms are either smoked or eaten. The resin form of marijuana comes as solid, yet really sticky dark-colored lumps and blocks. The buds from the plant are typically smoked in either a joint, spliff, or smoking pipe. The cannabis oil is usually made from the marijuana plant's leaves, stalks, and other leftover parts from harvesting the buds. Cannabis is either rolled with, or without, tobacco into a 'joint' or 'spliff' and smoked. Cannabis can also be cooked and eaten.

What Are The Slang Names?

Cannabis, or marijuana, has many street and slang names. You might hear the drug referred to as hash, blow (also for cocaine), shit, dope, grass, weed, mull, pot, ganja, leaf, gangsta, and smoke.

What Are The Effects Of Using Cannabis

Users typically smoke cannabis to get "stoned". That is the name given to the high that marijuana creates. Cannabis makes users feel relaxed, mellow, happy, and even sometimes hungry. Some users say that they feel as if time is slowing down. Some even say that are more appreciative of colors, sounds and that food can even taste better. Most users report a craving for all types of food. This craving is referred to as "the munchies".

The chemical that causes these effects in cannabis is called THC. THC also weakens short-term memory. This is one of the main reasons marijuana is bad for you. Cannabis can make tasks, such as studying for a test, difficult as your memory is not retaining the information as it should. Cannabis can also cause people to be tired and lack motivation. Inexperienced marijuana users report feeling anxiety, confusion and even a sense of panic.

Are There Any Risks?

Of course there are risks. Lots of people think cannabis is a relatively safe drug, mainly since it has been decriminalized and legalized in a few states. The reality is, long-term use of the drug will cause an addiction. Smoking cannabis can also increase the risk of heart disease and some cancers.

If you or someone you care about needs help, or drug treatment in Raleigh NC, please call Legacy Freedom. We take a holistic approach to your treatment and our programs have been proven to help many others just like you. Please take that first step in recovery and call us today.

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