Drug abuse problems in UK continues to rise. According to a source, the top three most used illegal drug are Marijuana, Amphetamines, and Cocaine.

Marijuana (Cannabis), by far, is the most widely used illegal drug in the UK. It might be attributed to its ease of availability and transport. Adolescents and young adults are also enticed to try marijuana because it is ranked as one of the least harmful drug, even compared to tobacco and alcohol, which is also revealed in a study.

Methods of Use/Consumption

Marijuana is traditionally used as a part of religious or spiritual rites. Modern uses of marijuana are mainly recreational, social, or medicinal drug. One of the chemical compounds found in the plant, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), brings psychoactive and physiological effects to the user, which includes euphoria (feelings of intense happiness), hallucinations (auditory or visual), increase in appetite and relaxation.

Popular use of marijuana may be one of the following:

    • Smoking

Smoking is the most popular mode of consumption of marijuana. A pipe or a bong is usually used when smoking. Marijuana may also be rolled like in tobacco cigarette preparation.

    • Vaporization

A vaporizing machine is used where the machine heats the marijuana which causes the active ingredients to be released in the form of gas.

    • Ingestion

Food and drink preparations may also be done. However, marijuana must be cooked or heated in order for the cannabinoids to turn into active THC.

Addiction to Marijuana

Although several studies reveal that physical addiction to marijuana is unlikely, the National Institute on Drug Abuse says that marijuana is addictive. Over-stimulation of the endocannabinoid system by marijuana use can cause changes in the brain that leads to addiction.

Side-Effects of Marijuana Use

Possible side-effects of using marijuana include:

  • reddening of the eyes (bloodshot eyes)
  • impaired motor skills
  • impaired short-term memory
  • anxiety
  • paranoia

Mild withdrawal syndrome is linked to cessation in marijuana use.

Long-term marijuana use is potentially harmful as it may bring impaired brain functioning which includes memory, learning, motor control, impulse control, and mood and personality changes. Dependence may also arise from long-term use.

Getting Help

It is best to deal with the problem than letting it pass. Substance abuse may bring harm not only to one’s self, but to their family and society as well. KAYA is here to help. Call us at +63 939 932 5292 or simply fill out our contact form and we will get back at you as soon as possible. Feel free to inquire about our Open Enrollment Program, that makes treatment more affordable and accessible for everyone.