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Cannabis (can-a-bis) also known as weed, grass and hash and comes from the cannabis plant and is the most commonly used illegal drug in the UK. The main psychoactive ingredient is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which gives you the stoned feeling and plant varieties can be bred to produce stronger hybrid strains.
Cannabis can make you feel relaxed and giggly. In larger amounts or with more frequent use you may feel withdrawn, tired and anxious. The effects you feel will vary on your mood and environment. It can also cause dizziness and sickness (also known as whitey) especially when used in conjunction with alcohol.
It can come as a compressed block of resin in various shades of brown, as a herbal blend with dried leaves and bud in various shades of green, as an oil suspension or as a concentrated resin called shatter. Shatter normally looks like hard, transparent honey.
Cannabis can be smoked in a joint, pipe or bong or from a vaporizer and may also be eaten. When eaten effects will take longer to come on and will last longer and can be more intense.
It can also be found as an oil. Some oils are designed to be swallowed where as others can be vaped. Shatter can be dabbed (heated on a nail, knife or wire and vaporised) or added to a joint, pipe or bong.
Dosage is dependant on type, concentration and route of administration. Cannabis oil and shatter are 'concentrates' and
have a higher THC level than other types of cannabis therefore less is required to achieve the desired effect.
What you Need to Know
If you choose to take cannabis:
- Avoid using printed card for roaches if smoking. Inhaling ink could cause damage to your lungs.
- Use short puffs when inhaling. The active ingredients THC and CBD enter the blood stream in a few seconds so holding in smoke doesn’t increase the effects but it can do more damage to your lungs.
- Using a vaporizer, although costly, allows you to ‘smoke’ cannabis without the dangers of smoke. Flavours will be more intense too.
- Know your source! Avoid cheap resins which can contain henna, plastic and other fillers.
- If eating, dose carefully as effects can take a while to come on. Wait at least 1 hour before re-dosing to ensure there are no bad effects.
- Avoid mixing with alcohol and other drugs.
Class B drug. Penalties for possession are up to five years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. Supply holds penalties of up to 14 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine.
Police in Scotland will generally not prosecute for possession of very small amounts if first time offence and if over 16.
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