10 facts about cannabis: did you know?

Facts: 1. Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug.

About five percent of all people aged 15 to 64 have tried cannabis at least once in their lives. This proportion is highest among the younger population, about a third of whom already smoked pot. This makes cannabis the most widely used illicit drug in the world.

Facts: 2. Cannabis is a drug for young people.

Cannabis is considered a drug for youth and parties. About six percent of adolescents and young adults use cannabis regularly. However, most have only tried it once, or occasionally smoke at parties.

Facts: 3. Hemp is the name of the cannabis plant.

Cannabis grows almost everywhere. In India and China, the healing and mind-expanding effects of this drug have been prized for thousands of years. Only female hemp has an intoxicating effect. The male plant serves as a supplier of raw materials for clothing or ropes.

Facts: 4. Hash and marijuana are not the same thing.

What is the difference between marijuana and hashish? The dried flowers of hemp are called marijuana or herb. On the other hand, hashish is the pure resin of the plant, pressed into plates, which is also obtained from flowers. It contains more THC and is therefore stronger.

Facts: 5. Cannabis is also illegal in Holland.

Cannabis is actually legal in only a few countries. Most states only allow cannabis. It’s the same with our Dutch neighbors: although selling is allowed in famous Amsterdam coffee houses, trading, growing and owning in Holland is also officially prohibited.

Facts: 6. Cannabis is not harmless.

Cannabis is often referred to as a soft drug. However, it can be addictive and, in some cases, even have serious side effects. It depends on the volume of consumption, the personality of the consumer, his physical and mental state. Because cannabis works differently for everyone.

Facts: 7. Mental disorders caused by cannabis.

Especially in adolescents, there is a risk that smoking weed will trigger psychosis. It has also been found that frequent use of marijuana can lead to depression.

Facts: 8. Cannabis stays in the body for a long time.

With a single dose, cannabis can be detected in the blood for one to two days and in urine for up to 12 days. For regular smokers, this time can be increased to six weeks. Detection in hair is possible even longer. Hair analysis sometimes shows cannabis use even years later.

Facts: 9. THC is responsible for high levels of cannabis.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a substance that makes you feel high. He is responsible for feelings of happiness, euphoria and a sense of sudden understanding of the whole world. However, THC can also trigger feelings of fear and panic attacks.

Facts: 10. Cannabis stimulates appetite.

Cannabis is not only intoxicating, but it also whets your appetite. THC is also responsible for the notorious “food cravings” after smoking cannabis. This effect is also used for therapeutic purposes, for example, in cancer patients after chemotherapy or in patients with AIDS.

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