Before cannabis detox can begin, it is important to understand the effects and risks associated with the drug.
Cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug in the UK. It is a depressant and slows the body down. It grows naturally as a plant and is usually smoked, either when mixed with tobacco or in a bong or pipe. However, it can also be mixed into food, such as cakes or biscuits.
The main ingredient of cannabis is THC, which has the effect of making the user feel happy and relaxed. It can also create hallucinations. Other effects include being overly aware of your senses, focusing on individual objects and even getting the sense of time slowing down.
Cannabis Detox Risks
There are myths that cannabis is safe because it is naturally occurring. However, there are many risks associated with taking cannabis. These can include:
- Paranoia – Cannabis use can result in feelings of anxiety, suspicion, panic, and paranoia.
- Concentration – Cannabis use can affect how the brain works. It makes it difficult to learn, concentrate and stay motivated with many users adopting a lazier lifestyle. This is particularly dangerous in younger people as their brains have not fully developed.
- Cancer – Smoking cannabis can lead to lung and throat cancer. The risk is even greater when mixed with tobacco.
- Nausea – Often known as a “whitey”, some users become light-headed and sick after smoking cannabis.
- Mental illness – There is a close link between regular cannabis use and the development of psychotic illnesses like schizophrenia. The risk is increased if there is a family history of mental illness in the family. Those with schizophrenia already may suffer a relapse when smoking cannabis.
How we can help
We have a range of cannabis detox treatments to help with your cannabis addiction, including counseling, holistic therapies and aftercare. For more information call us on 0800 500 3129. Learn about our cannabis rehab programme today.