Monday, April 10, 2017

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Cannabis Abuse

Cannabis (Cannabis sativa) is a plant originally from India that grows in warm climates. It is the second abused illicit drug in the U.S.A. Even now Marijuana could be found legally for health and recreational purpose in the U.S.A. Marijuana is the most common form of the drug. Preparation involves smoking the dried leaves, stems and flowers of the plant.

There have been movements to legalise the drug as it has several therapeutic uses, such as lessening chemotherapy side effects as well as some of the effects of chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and AIDs. Some countries and states of the U.S.A. have deregulated marijuana for these uses. However, more research needs to be done to determine the long-term effects of the drug.

It can cause euphoria, detachment and relaxation, as well as talkativeness, a slowed perception of time, finding inappropriate things hilarious, anxiety, paranoia and heightened perception of external stimuli.

Impairment of motor skills lasts for about eight to ten hours and driving is especially dangerous while intoxicated. It also increases the effects of alcohol, which will have a negative effect when used in conjunction with mental health medications.

Cannabis tends to worsen mental health issues you may already have, and makes it more likely for you to develop a mental health condition such as a psychotic disorder in the long-term. It has also been linked to young people experiencing problems with concentration, motivation, and impairment of learning skills.

Overdose and withdrawal are relatively rare, however symptoms include paranoia, hallucinations, fatigue, delusions and possible psychosis.
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