Cannabis is now one of the most widely used hard drugs in the world, and its consumption among the youngest is constantly increasing. However, the side effects of cannabis on health should alert. What does cannabis do on your brain? Can CBD be a good way to wean yourself off? We answer your questions on the subject.
Cannabis and side effects: what is cannabis?
Cannabis comes from a plant that is called botanically “hemp“. This plant widely used in various industries is present in most regions of the world. The reputation of hemp is well established. It has been used for millennia to make fabrics, ropes, paper or even for consumption.
Hemp naturally contains two chemicals (among others): THC (tetra-hydro-cannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). Plants containing a high level of THC are prohibited in France and in most European countries. The reason is simple: THC is responsible for psychoactive effects harmful to health and the body.
THC cannabis use is illegal and consumers face fines and prison terms. It is however the most consumed drug in France despite the real dangers exposed by health professionals. This is not to be taken lightly because the consequences can be serious.
Side effects of cannabis
THC cannabis is prohibited in France. Its use, production and trade are repressed. This harshness of the law with regard to this product, however natural, comes from its many harmful side effects for health. The more THC in the final product, the more dangerous the effects.
Cannabis and addiction
THC cannabis produces both mental and physical dependence. The regular consumer is more likely to sink into dependence even if he consumes only one "joint" per day. When the absorption of cannabis takes the form of a ritual (a joint after work, a joint after love, a joint to wake up etc.), the danger of dependence and addiction is near.
Indeed, THC produces a relaxing effect and provides a well-being that the body and the mind can no longer do without. Figures from studies of regular cannabis and marijuana users don't lie: one in eleven consumers becomes addicted! We also note that in recent years, more and more young people fall into the hellish circle of cannabis, and sometimes even before their majority. This is even more serious in their case because the harmful effects of cannabis greatly disrupt their education and therefore ultimately their adult life. A young cannabis user is more easily affected by dropping out of school.
Once in the hellish circle of drugs, it is very hard to get out of it alone and especially to get out of it unscathed. The treatment of cannabis addiction goes through behavioral therapies. Getting out of addiction to cannabis can be a painful experience depending on the profiles of users, their experience, their experience and their rate of consumption. A hospitalization is often necessary and the detoxification cures are a journey strewn with pitfalls where all the will is not always enough. Longtime user will experience withdrawal symptoms that make it very difficult to quit cannabis : nervousness, moodiness, insomnia, irritability, anxiety attack, loss of appetite. Follow-up is necessary and the risk of relapse is high.
The best way to escape addiction: never start.
Physical and behavioral side effects
Using THC cannabis also has visible short-term or long-term physical side effects. In the short term, it can cause severe fatigue, a situation which can become very dangerous or even fatal for people who take the wheel after having used it.
THC cannabis use also leads to a decrease in physical capacity which can lead to accidents or injuries, especially for people who use cannabis at work or before they start hiring.
Other physical side effects can occur such as breathing difficulties, vomiting, malaise or even loss of balance. One of the side effects of cannabis is an increased heart rate. It also increases the risk of cancer, especially lung cancer.
Obviously the consumption of cannabis in pregnant women is to be avoided, because it can cause irreversible damage to the development of the fetus.
A summary, cannabis users have poorer physical health compared to other people of the same age.
Cannabis also has effects on consumer behavior. Change of mood, bad trip, period of euphoria which leads to extreme behavior. These are also side effects associated with cannabis. Some consumers go through phases of paranoia and hallucination that have often made the headlines. The effects can last from 2 to 10 hours and the reactions linked to taking cannabis are not necessarily immediate: the effects are progressive during the impregnation period.
Cannabis encloses the consumer in his world. Most heavy cannabis users suffer from serious relationship problems: reduced motivation, social isolation, desire for nothing, anxious state.
The consequences of cannabis on brain capacity
Several scientific studies have uncovered the important effects of cannabis on cognitive and intellectual functioning. These side effects are believed to be due to the fact that cannabis blocks the secretion of dopamine by the brain.
THC cannabis would therefore permanently alter certain receptors in brain cells. Result ? The loss of your brain capacity! You have trouble thinking, learning and even memory problems. Cannabis has short-term amnesic effects: you forget words, images, anecdotes etc.
A 2015 Dallas study compared the brains of regular cannabis smokers with the brains of non-smokers. The result is final: in cannabis smokers, the gray matter that collects the cell body of neurons decreases considerably. This decrease occurs in the orbitofrontal cortex, the area of the brain involved in decision-making and motivation. Cannabis therefore changes the brain and neural wiring.
Do not underestimate the harmful side effects of cannabis. Today this fully democratized product is less fearful than other hard drugs and appears more affordable and less harmful. It is not so. Risks exist and can lead to death.
Fortunately there are currently hemp products that do not contain THC but another much more interesting substance in view of these benefits: CBD !
The alternative to cannabis side effects: CBD
CBD, or cannabidiol, is also a substance derived from the hemp plant, like its little sister THC. The differenceis that CBD has no side effects. The CBD molecule is neither addictive nor psychoactive. CBD is not a narcotic.
The beneficial effects of CBD are numerous : it helps you relax, reduces inflammation, reduces stress, allows you to have a better sleep and many others. You feel a general well being but in all conscience, without any hovering effect.
CBD exists in various forms, present in your online store Weedy : oil, e-liquid, wax, fleurs or even crystals. The hemp products used to make these products are guaranteed in compliance with the law : they do not contain more than 0,2% THC.
CBD can also be used by regular THC cannabis users who want to quit. Also remember that any cannabis withdrawal cannot be done alone because the road is long. Contact drug info service for more information.