While cannabis (also known as weed, marijuana or pot) is seen as one of the less harmful drugs, due to its class B status and its legalisation in other countries, the substance can become extremely addictive and harmful, with one in 10 regular cannabis users becoming dependent on it.
Research found that cannabis consumption is most prevalent in the East of England, with data indicating 14,125 reported drug users. Nonetheless, this does not mean that cannabis is safe to use.
Martin Preston, founder and chief executive at Delamere, has warned of the dangers of cannabis consumption: ‘As a class B drug, cannabis can often be easier to access than other drugs considered to be more harmful by parliaments, such as crack cocaine or heroin. This could explain cannabis’ popularity throughout the UK.’
‘However, cannabis dependency is still very much a risk for users – with one in 10 regular cannabis users becoming dependent on the drug.’
Martin has also left some tips on some signs and symptoms of cannabis addiction to help yourself or someone you know from falling into the danger:
Fatigue, lethargy, and apathy
While addicted to cannabis, a person may experience symptoms of fatigue, lethargy or apathy. This is because cannabis contains THC chemicals that send signals to your brain that often make you tired or promote sleep.
Lack of interest in physical appearance
A person addicted to cannabis may often show a lack of interest in physical appearance. This can include not changing clothes for days on end or forgetting to shower.
Cannabis addiction can also lead to mood swings. This is because it interferes with the region of the brain that helps regulate emotion control and how we react to other people’s behaviour. These changes may mean that the person who is addicted to cannabis could experience outbursts of sudden anger.
Poor attention span
Another sign of addiction can include poor attention span. This is because the chemicals in cannabis slow down the brain’s cognitive functions, including memory and learning, making it harder to concentrate.
Anxiety or paranoia
Using cannabis regularly can also cause symptoms of anxiety or paranoia. This can be because high levels of THC (the psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis) can increase anxiety symptoms, such as an increased heart rate or racing thoughts.
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