In recent years, the population of drug abusers has increased and its members have gotten younger. Marijuana, being one of the oldest and most widely used street drugs in the country, has become an “entry-level” drug for many who are curious to try out drugs for the first time. Many youths who have succumbed to drug addiction started with a seemingly innocuous puff from a “joint.” Marijuana is also, mistakenly, treated as a “safe” drug due to its non-immediate and, initially, non-life-threatening effects. However, prolonged use and exposure to the drug can cause irreparable damage because it affects the brain and central nervous system.
The use of marijuana is common because it is an herbal substitute to other street drugs that contain harmful chemicals and ingredients. It can come in many forms, but is usually rolled in paper and smoked like a cigarette. Below are the other common forms of marijuana.
Hashish, more commonly known as hash, is made by collecting the sticky resin from the flower of the cannabis plant. This resin is a rich source of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, making it a very potent substance — even more potent than dried marijuana. Prolonged use of hash can cause arrhythmia, dry mouth, anxiety, panic attacks, and damage to short-term memory.
Pot Brownies or Cookies
Pot brownies or cookies are types of food that include marijuana, either in resin or herbal form, as a main ingredient. They are eaten as an alternative to smoking marijuana, with the same harmful effects. When marijuana is eaten or taken orally, its effects may take longer to manifest, but will last longer.
Kief is the crystallized form of the resin from the cannabis plant that comes in the form of a yellow powder. It can be compressed, heated, and rolled to create hash. Smoking it in powder form, however, causes an intense high because it contains a high concentration of marijuana’s psychoactive ingredients, mainly THC. Negative effects of kief use include distorted sensory perception, memory and learning problems, disorientation, respiratory problems, and an elevated risk of lung infections.