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Cannabis and mental health


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People in India smoke cannabis(Cannabis India). Half of children aged 16 to 19 have used it at least once. Despite the health hazard warnings by the government, many people consider it a harmless substance that helps to calm down and ‘chill’ and which is good for physical and mental health unlike alcohol and cigarettes. On the other hand, according to recent research, it may be the main reason for causing mental illness in people with genetic vulnerability.

This leaflet highlights the effects of cannabis use and research on mental health and is intended for those who are concerned about the issue. We hope this will help give people an informed choice of whether or not to use cannabis.

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What is cannabis?


Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica are members of the nettle family that have been found wild around the world for centuries. Both plants have been used for different purposes such as making rope and clothing, as a medical herb, or as a popular recreational drug/substance.

The use of this plant is as follows:-

Resin: A brownish black lump known as cannabis, ganja, charas resin, etc.

Herbal cannabis: It is made from dried flowers and dried leaves of various quantities. It is also known as grass, marijuana, spilph or weed.

Street hemp can come in a variety of strengths. It is therefore difficult to estimate exactly how much cannabis has been consumed at one point in time.

How is it used?


Cannabis resin and dried leaves are usually mixed with tobacco and smoked as a “spilf” or “joint”. The smoke is inhaled vigorously and allowed to remain in the lungs for some time. It can be smoked by collecting it in a pipe, a water pipe or a can. It can be drunk as a tea or cooked into a cake.

What is its legal status in the UK?

When cannabis is smoked, its compounds rapidly enter the bloodstream and travel directly to the brain and other parts of the body. The feeling of “stoned” and “high” is primarily due to delta-9 THC on cannabinoid receptors in the brain. By joining. A receptor is a place on a brain cell where certain types of substances can stick or bind for a while. If this happens, it can affect the cell or the nerve impulses generated by it. It is also interesting that the brain naturally produces a cannabis-like substance called endocannabinoids.

Most of these receptors are found in parts of the brain that affect pleasure, memory, thinking, concentration, sensation, and the perception of time. Cannabis compounds can also affect the eyes, ears, skin, and stomach.

What are its effects?


Good effect – There is a feeling of extreme relaxation, happiness, sleep. Colors appear brighter and music is better heard.

Side effects –
1 in 10 cannabis users have unpleasant experiences, including delusions, hallucinations, anxiety and fear. The same person may feel either endearing or unpleasant depending on their mood/mood or circumstances. These feelings are usually temporary, but because cannabis can remain in the body for a few weeks, its effects can be longer that users don’t realize. Long-term use can lead to depression, a lack of encouragement over motivation.

Impact on education and practice –
It is believed that cannabis can interfere with a person’s abilities to:

  • to focus
  • in organizing information
  • use of information


These effects can last for several weeks after use which can be especially problematic for students.

A large study in New Zealand followed 1265 children for 25 years and found that adolescent cannabis use was associated with poor school performance, but found no direct link between the two. It seemed that perhaps this was because the lifestyle followed by cannabis use did not encourage any schoolwork.

impact on work
It has a similar effect in working people. There is no evidence that cannabis can cause specific health hazards. But users are more likely to leave work without permission, spend time on personal matters at work, and daydream. Cannabis users themselves report that their work and social lives are interfered with by cannabis/drugs. Of course some work areas are more difficult than others. A review of the research on the effects of cannabis on pilots found that there were far more mistakes—both minor and major, by pilots—when they took cannabis than when they didn’t. As you can imagine, the test was done in flight simulators, not in actual flight. The worst effects were in the first 4 hours, although they persisted for at least 24 hours when the pilot was not aware of being “high”. This led to the conclusion that most of us would not want to fly with a pilot who had consumed cannabis within the past day, given this information.

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impact on driving
Researchers in New Zealand found that people who regularly consumed cannabis and who smoked before driving were more likely to be injured in a car accident. A recent study in France took 10,000 drivers who were involved in fatal car accidents. Taking into account the effects of alcohol, it was found that cannabis users were twice as likely to have a fatal accident than others. That’s why probably most of us would not like to go in a vehicle whose operator has consumed cannabis the day before.

Mental health problems


There is increasing evidence that people who have a serious mental illness, depression, or psychosis are more likely to use cannabis or have used cannabis for a longer period of time in the past. Regular use of cannabis can double the risk of having psychotic episodes or schizophrenia. Although it is not clear whether cannabis can cause depression and schizophrenia, or whether people with these disorders use it as a medicine?

Research over the past few years can strongly suggest that there is a clear link between early cannabis use and future mental health problems in people with a genetic vulnerability. In addition, the use of cannabis by adolescents is a special issue in itself.

Depression –


A seven-year study on Australian school children aged 14-15 showed that children who regularly use cannabis are at higher risk of developing depression. In comparison, however, children who were already suffering from depression were no more likely to use cannabis than other children. However, teens who use cannabis daily are five times more likely to have depression and anxiety in later life.

Psychosis/schizophrenia –


Cannabis users have a higher-than-average risk of developing schizophrenia, according to three major studies involving large numbers of people over several years. If you start using cannabis before the age of 15, you are 4 times more likely to develop a mental disorder by the age of 26. According to this study, there was no evidence of self-treatment with cannabis. It is estimated that the more cannabis someone uses, the more likely they are to develop symptoms. Why is it unsafe to use cannabis, especially among teenagers? No one knows this for sure, but it may have something to do with the brain. Brain development in adolescence continues until at least 20 years of age. During this, the process of neural pruning is going on extensively. It’s like arranging a complicated mess of circuits to make it work more effectively. Any experience or substance that affects this process has the potential to produce a long-term psychological effect.

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Recent research in Europe and the UK suggests that people with a background in mental illness and therefore possibly a genetic vulnerability are more likely to develop schizophrenia from cannabis use.

physical health problems
The main threat to physical health caused by cannabis is probably the tobacco that is often smoked along with the cannabis.

Is there such a thing as cannabis psychosis (cannabis psychosis psychosis)? –
This has been said in a recent research in Denmark. According to him, it is a short-term mental disorder caused by the use of cannabis and which is cured very quickly by stopping the use of cannabis. However, it is quite unusual that researchers across Denmark found only 100 new patients per year.

However it was also found that-

Three-quarters of these patients were diagnosed with a different mental disorder within a year.
Half of the patients were found to be suffering from a mental disorder even after three years.
So it’s likely that more than half the people diagnosed with cannabis psychosis are actually showing the first signs of a long-lasting schizophrenia, such as schizophrenia. Perhaps these same people may be particularly vulnerable to the side effects of cannabis and should avoid cannabis in the future.

Is cannabis/cannabis addictive?


Bhang has intoxicant/drug-like characteristics such as-

Tolerance – Take in higher doses to get the same effect as before.

Withdrawal

The following symptoms are found in heavy users –

  • Craving
  • loss of appetite
  • difficulty sleeping
  • weight loss
  • aggression and anger
  • irritability
  • Restlessness
  • strange dreams

These symptoms cause as much discomfort if you do not take cannabis as they do when you do not take tobacco.

In regular long term users –

3 out of 4 feel craving.


Half feel irritable.
7 out of 10 start using tobacco in an attempt to stop using cannabis.
Symptoms of irritability, nervousness and sleeping difficulties begin to appear after the last 10 hours of cannabis use and are most common after a week.

Compulsive Application
The user feels that its use is inevitable and spends most of his life seeking, buying and using it. He can’t stop consuming it when important parts of his life (family, work, school) suffer because of it. Your risk of becoming dependent on cannabis increases if you use it every day.

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Skunk and other mighty varieties –
Main Psychoactive Active Ingredient THC The amount in herbal cannabis can range from 1% to 15%. New strains, including skunks, can contain up to 20%. The new varieties are 2 to 3 times more potent than the cannabis varieties available 30 years ago. It acts more quickly and can cause hallucinations with intense euphoria and energy. Along with this there may also be nervousness, extreme anxiety, projectile vomiting and the urge to eat more. It may be used by some as an alternative to ‘ecstasy’ or ‘lcd’.

Legally, these strains fall into the Class-B class of drugs. There has been little research on these, but it is likely that these new strains are more prone to mental disorders/diseases. According to an ongoing study, it has been found that users of stronger varieties of cannabis may have problems with concentration and short-term memory.

Problems with using cannabis
Most people feel pleasure after using cannabis. But it can cause problems for some people. Marijuana-anonymous.org, an American organization, defines cannabis problems as follows:

Cannabis is a problem if cannabis determines our thinking and our lives and if our desires are centered only around cannabis – trying to get, buy and find it to keep ourselves intoxicated and Lose interest in everything else.

Disclaimer

All the information given here has been taken from the internet search, before reaching any conclusion, please consult a medical cannabis doctor.

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