Marijuana

Dagga, Weed, Cannabis, Pot

People who smoke marijuana often experience altered perceptions of the world. Otherwise normal experience seems extremely funny, or the person might enter a dreamlike state in which time seems to stand still. Users often report heightened sensory experiences, seeing vivid colours or appreciating the subtleties of music.

Signs and Symptoms

There are signs or symptoms one can look out for to know if someone is using marijuana. While many consider it to be harmless, continuous use in high doses shows a reduction in thinking, memory, and learning functions and affects how the brain makes connections.

 

Typical signs include:

  • Loosing focus during conversation.

  • Bloodshot eyes.

  • An increased appetite, often for junk food or sweets.

  • Loss of motivation and energy.

  • Inappropriate and uncontrollable laughter.

  • Paranoia thinking that people are out to get them.

  • Financial or legal problems.

  • Drug paraphernalia includes pipes, shredded leafy debris and cigarette rolling papers.

Methods of Use

  • Smoked

  • Orally

  • Vaping

Adverse Effects

  • Altered sense of time

  • Impaired body movement

  • Difficulty with thinking and problem solving

  • Impaired memory

  • Hallucinations (when taken in high doses)

  • Delusions (when taken in high doses)

  • Psychosis (when taken in high doses)

  • Breathing problems

  • Increased heart rate

  • Problems with child development during and after pregnancy

  • Intense nausea and vomiting

Overdose Potential

Overdosing on marijuana is unlikely as it binds to areas of the brain that controls memory and coordination. However, many people have sought medical attention for getting too high too quickly. Over the last decades, THC levels (the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana) have increased exponentially across marijuana strains. Combined with the newer means of ingestion, marijuana use has become somewhat less predictable. There is also the danger of any drug purchased off the streets has the potential of being laced with other drugs.

Always seek medical attention if it becomes necessary. Do not ignore the signs of overconsumption:

  • Escalated heart rate

  • Headache

  • Pale skin

  • Paranoid thoughts or hallucinations

  • Confusion or panic attacks

Withdrawal

Withdrawal can be a painful and uncomfortable process and is often the reason why a person would rather return to their drug use. Symptoms depends on several factors including tolerance, length of addiction, metabolism, and severity of addiction. Most common withdrawal symptoms may include the following:

  • Grouchiness

  • Sleeplessness

  • Decreased appetite

  • Anxiety

  • Cravings

Withdrawal may persist for days or weeks. Most commonly drug cravings and psychological side effects lasts longer and therefore treatment is advised for long term recovery.