Classification of drug
Cannabis is a plant that grows in warm conditions. Its botanical name is Cannabis sativa. It’s also called Indian hemp, and is known by users by a variety of names, including pot, dope, grass, weed, Mary Jane, chronic, reefer, ganja, kaya, doobie, keef and mull. as well as terms derived from trademarked varieties of cannabis, such as Bubble Gum, Northern Lights, Fruity Juice, Afghani #1, and a number of Skunk varieties.
The active chemical in cannabis is THC (delta-9 -tetrahydrocannabinol), and the heads of the plant have higher THC levels than the leaves, especially in female plants. The drug is usually ingested into the body by smoking the dried leaves of the plant (marijuana), or the resin (hashish, or hash).
Sometimes the drug is swallowed and absorbed through the stomach – baked in cookies, for example.
When under the influence of the drug (or to use the terminology, when a user is ‘stoned’, ‘whacked’ or ‘off their tree/dial/face’) people experience alterations of mood and perception. These can be mildly pleasant or disorientating and disturbing, depending on the dose and on the experience of the user.
Personal, social and environmental factors
Some young people like to experience new thing s and substances. In some cases in the schooling or work environment the use of cannabis is thought of a way to gain more friends and rank higher in the social scale. But regular use of cannabis can lead to serious problems and have a serious impact in a young person’s life. Thing such as there relationships with family members and friends often change. Some find their ability to concentrate decreases markedly.
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This begins to affect their school work and their performance in there jobs and in sports or clubs. If you’re high on cannabis, you are more likely to make stupid mistakes that could embarrass or even hurt you. If you use cannabis a lot, you could start to lose energy and lose interest in how you look and how you’re getting along at school or work. In addition, there is a strong link between drug use and unsafe sex and the spread of HIV.
Cannabis is not cheap to buy. Most young people do not have access to continual sources of money. There is increasing evidence of some young people becoming involved in small scale theft to buy cannabis and other drugs.
The effects of marijuana will vary from person to person depending on:
• How much taken
• How strong (potent) the marijuana is
• How the marijuana is taken (joint, bong, food)
• Size, weight, health
• Individual experience with marijuana
• If marijuana is taken with other drugs
• Whether alone or with other people, at home or at a party.
Short term effects
The effects of smoking cannabis happen quite quickly and last for two to five hours. The effects of eating cannabis occur more slowly and might last for a longer time.
The effects of cannabis depend on the person, the setting, and the amount used. Cannabis can vary widely in the concentration of THC it contains. Some people who use cannabis may feel relaxed and happy. Others may become quiet and withdrawn.
Some of the immediate effects of cannabis are:
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• Difficulty keeping track of time, impaired or reduced short-term memory
• Reduced ability to perform tasks requiring concentration and coordination, such as driving a car
• Increased heart rate
• Potential cardiac dangers for those with preexisting heart disease
• Bloodshot eyes
• Dry mouth and throat
• Decreased social inhibitions
• Paranoia, hallucinations
• Impaired or reduced short-term memory
• Impaired or reduced comprehension
• Altered motivation and cognition, making the acquisition of new information difficult
• Psychological dependence
• Impairments in learning, memory, perception, and judgment – difficulty speaking, listening effectively, thinking, retaining knowledge, problem solving, and forming concepts
• Intense anxiety or panic attacks
These effects usually disappear within hours. Driving and operating machinery after using cannabis is NOT safe, especially if combined with other drugs, including alcohol.
Some of the long- term effects of cannabis are
• Enhanced cancer risk
• Decrease in testosterone levels and lower sperm counts for men
• Increase in testosterone levels for women and increased risk of infertility
• Diminished or extinguished sexual pleasure
• Psychological dependence requiring more of the drug to get the same effect
The risk involved
Cannabis use over time can cause a range of breathing problems such as wheezing, episodes of bronchitis aggravation of asthma and chronic obstructive airways disease. Cannabis increases the heart rate and through this it can lead to heart attacks for people who have heart disease or smoke or who are obese. Like cigarette smoke cannabis ha the chemicals witch can increase the risk of developing throat and mouth cancer. Through studies on animals it is said that cannabis kills of your sperm count but is has not really been proven on humans. But however it is said that cannabis can affect female fertility. So if u are planning to have a baby or are pregnant don’t use it. Cannabis during pregnancy can have a range of effects on an unborn child like:
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• Loss of birth weight
• Lower IQ
• Lower concentration
Some of cannabis’s adverse health effects may occur because (THC) impairs the immune system’s ability to fight disease.
Drugs on Relationship and Community
Cannabis also affects a user’s relationships with others. People may hurt their relationship with their parents and friends because of them being against drug use. Many people can lose friends because of others not wanting to have to experience peer pressure or encouragement to take drugs, and because friends may have religious or moral reasons against cannabis.
Users may also create relationships with people that are based simply upon drug use, which makes it a lot harder to try and avoid cannabis and they are a bad influence on each other.
Cannabis can also affect a person’s relationships with their school, because of not doing work and lack of concentration.
Drugs can be very destructive in a person’s social life and also their family life.
Cannabis affects the community because many parents feel that cannabis is an epidemic and a harmful drug that is affecting their children. The community could be either a school or a neighborhood, but in both cases fear of the availability of cannabis is an issue. Cannabis users may also be excluded from their community because of a general disapproval of the drug. Some examples of this can be being expelled from school, evicted from the home in your neighborhood, being kicked out by parents, being shunned from a friendship group, and being fired from work.
Health promotion initiatives
‘The National Drug Strategy’ health education campaigns continue to increase the public’s awareness of the health impacts of drug use.
Importance is on increasing the public’s perceptive of drug-related harm and the wider impacts of drug use on communities, individuals and families. This includes increasing the community’s understanding and acceptance of the broad range of prevention and treatment options.
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The website leads onto a campaign called Where’s Your Head At? Which has been implemented by the government to inform and daunt young people about drugs?
The key campaign messages are:
• There’s a downside and no real benefits to using illegal drugs.
• You can enjoy life without taking illegal drugs.
• There are people who can help you if you’re worried about drug use.
The campaign uses may influential people who say that they can go about life with out doing drugs and if they can u can too. They have the likes of famous artists, sportsman, musicians and even film makers. This is a great thing to do because it will help teens and children striving to be good at something, know that they don’t have to take drugs all fall to peer pressure to be good at something or to be cool. All these people have done just that and look at where they are now.
The program ahs had a pretty high level of exposure id say from television commercials and print advertisements; they can show the youth what the campaign is all about. The use of real –life consequences of taking drug helps get the message across. The ads are pretty serious but that’s because illegal drug use is a serious issue. The campaign provides a lot of information to parents about drugs and encourages them to talk with their kids about them.
I believe that this program has been very useful in that way that it doesn’t really hammer into the youth about drugs and how bad they are ,But instead they say it in a way that can relate to the youth ,like they in a way can understand us. I think the program is successful because it gives out a lot of information about all different drugs to kids, and their parents. 24 services are:
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