Cannabis is classed as a sedating and psychoactive drug due to it’s several active component ingredients, which include both THC and CBD.
Many people use cannabis recreationally or medically without problems. However, for some, cannabis can be as devastating as the use of “stronger” drugs or alcohol. Heavy and prolonged use has been associated with mental health issues and young people, in particular, are more at risk of engaging in using cannabis in problematic ways. More serious long-term mental health issues such as schizophrenia can be triggered in some users, with a family history of mental health issues being a particularly high risk factor.
Cannabis alters the senses and different strains will have different effects. THC can have varying effects on each individual depending on their environment and state of mind. The effects can be pleasant for some and unpleasant for others, however, slowing the mind down and feeling happy or chilled out are the aims for most users. Novice users often feel giggly and get cravings for food known as ‘the munchies’. Behaviours and thought processes may be altered due to changes in brain processes and individuals may become anxious, isolated and somewhat paranoid. Cannabis can also induce dizziness and vomiting in some cases – although cannabis is also used medicinally to treat nausea and the outcome of usage is absolutely unique to each user.
Problems with disturbed sleep, learning, impaired memory, depression and lack of motivation are also a common effect. The physiological effects of cannabis can be harmful and those with heart disease could be at high risk because of the effect on blood pressure and increased heart rate. Mixing cannabis and alcohol exponentially increases accident rates and the risk of ill health.
Symptoms of cannabis abuse and addiction can include mood swings and psychological dependency. If you are struggling with your use of cannabis you may need to engage with a treatment service and a residential treatment clinic is a good option.
If cannabis has been used for long periods of time, a break in an abstinence based setting affords the opportunity to adjust attitudes and behaviours in a safe, nurturing environment.
For more information on the treatments services offered by Charterhouse Clinic for drug addiction, please visit our drug addiction treatment page.