What is hemp
What is hemp? Hemp is also known as Cannabis (Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica – marijuana) is a plant that has narcotic effects, has effects on the body, and is one of the most widely used drugs in the world.
Hemp products belong to the oldest known drug. Hemp is the name of the plant. Marijuana is the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds of the hemp plant. Cannabis is another cannabis product that contains resin (resin) produced by the plant.
Hemp and its products contain many substances, but the main one is delta-9-tetrahydro-cannabinol (THC).
When a person smokes marijuana or cannabis, THC passes quickly from the lungs into the bloodstream, which carries it to the brain and other organs throughout the body. This is according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse in the United States and the National Institutes of Health of the US Department of Health.
THC acts on receptors on certain brain cells that normally react with natural chemicals similar to THC. These natural chemicals play a role in normal brain development and function.
Marijuana over-activates the parts of the brain that contain the largest number of these receptors, and this causes a person to feel high.
The effects of marijuana include:
- Alteration of the senses.
- Change in sense of time.
- Mood changes
- Weakness of body movement.
- Difficulty thinking and solving problems.
- Poor memory.
- Hallucinations (seeing and hearing things that are not real).
- Negatively influence brain development, especially when used early in adolescence.
- Breathing problems.
- An increased heart rate, which may increase the chance of a heart attack. Older adults and those with heart problems may be at greater risk.
- Problems with the growth of the child during and after pregnancy if the pregnant woman takes it.
- Exacerbation of schizophrenia symptoms.
- Marijuana use has been linked to other mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, among teens.
How does marijuana affect a person’s life?
Compared to those who do not use marijuana, those who use large amounts more often report the following:
- A decrease in life satisfaction.
- Decline in mental health.
- A decline in physical health.
- Relationships problems.
- Less academic and professional success.
The use of cannabis and its products can lead to addiction, and research indicates that between 9 and 30% of those who use marijuana may develop an addiction to some degree.
In 2014, an Australian scientist warned in his published research that cannabis destroys the brain and leads to severe addiction, as one in six adolescents who use it becomes addicted, which carries the risk of damage to their brains and doubles the risk of schizophrenia, a mental illness.
Wayne Hall, professor of addiction policy at King’s College London – a research university in the British capital – said that young people who use cannabis perform less in school than their counterparts who do not use this substance, and that those who drive cars under the influence of cannabis are twice as likely to crash.