Call it weed, ganja, marijuana, pot, grass or whatever else kids have come up with these days, it all comes down to the same thing - the cannabis plant. The plant makes up two separate drug types, one being marijuana and the other being hashish or hash. Marijuana comes from the bud of the plant, whereas hash is the resin that is taken from the flowering portion when scraped off.
Both drugs have different reaction strengths, with hash usually being slightly stronger than weed (depending on the grade of either drug, the strength differs). Then again, the better the quality of weed, the stronger it is and less likely to make you sick right after. The different types of weed and their effects differ according to the region where they're grown, and the kind of weather and soil that it stems from.
Those who grow weed and peddle it on the streets or behind close doors will know the marijuana business like the back of their hand. Some people make a living off this because every second teenager and every other young adult is already a pot head, or a potential one. What influences us to smoke pot is probably out of curiosity to see what happens when we smoke up, or if an experimental person in the group hooks you up with some stash.
Common misconceptions of the drug is that it is a hallucinogen. A hallucinogen is a drug that makes you see things that aren't there, often in vivid colors and scenarios that look very life-like and dreamy. It can take your mind to an all together different state of being, with many people using it as a way to tap into an unconscious part of their brain with higher cognitive abilities (some cases).
LSD or lysergic acid diethylamide is a hallucinogen and weed my friends, is not. It is addictive only because of the feeling it brings forth when smoked, but if you keep a stoner away from his grass, he isn't going to react in the same way that drug abusers on coke or heroin would, upon withdrawal. It isn't harmful to one's health and has quite a bit of ailing properties seeing that some hospitals actually use it as a medicinal drug.
Signs of Weed Addiction - How to Identify a Pot Head
Those who excessively smoke pot will tell you that the experience is quite relaxing and is nothing compared to what cigarettes do. The calming effects of weed once they set in can put you at ease and enhance one's senses - hearing in particular.
A lot of song writers and artists will narrate stories of how marijuana got them to conjure a creative side that they thought didn't exist within them - weed can do different things for different people. So how do you spot someone who's addicted to weed?
- Weed smokers will have lost a lot of weight in a short span of time, and will claim to have been on no diet whatsoever. The truth is that weed is an appetite suppressant when smoked regularly, with smokers feeling extremely hungry after the high passes. Meals are usually skipped with food being eaten only when hungry.
- A smoker's eyes will be bloodshot most of the time, with that sunken eye look.
- Fingers will be blackened or stained from constantly cleaning weed.
- Sleep patterns are irregular where they can go on for hours throughout the day in bed.
- When a pot head smokes weed, he/she will tend to talk silly, more than normal or seem in some cases quite silent.
- Laughing at things that aren't really humorous especially light jokes passed or a scenario that wasn't really all that hilarious. Laughter can go on for minutes at a time because he/she has no control over their emotions.
- A little lost and out-of-place, with a tendency to seem quite withdrawn and in a daydream-like fix.
How to Stop Weed Addiction
Marijuana's effect on the brain is not damaging but can fuzz up thought processes for smokers. Thinking and reasoning is muddled because of the drug's influence, but no side effects or detriment is caused.
Cut off All Contact with Your Personal Peddler
To help yourself get over the habit of smoking weed, lose all contact with your local drug dealer. Stop calling him/her and trying to get them to hook you up with some stash. Ignore phone calls and avoid meeting them, because it is very easy to be tempted to go down that road again. Save their numbers so you can ignore their phone calls, and make it clear to them that you don't smoke weed anymore and that you'd appreciate it if they stopped trying to get in touch.
Get Rid of Hidden Stash at Home
If you make a conscious decision to snuff the habit, immediately flush away your weed without so much as a second thought. Once it is off your hands you won't be tempted to smoke it up if you spot it in your secret location in your home.
Seek Help from Parents or Counselors
Some parents suspect their kids are smoking up, and may have even caught them red-handed. If you have supportive parents that want to help you out, don't be afraid to confide in them and seek their advice on what to do. Counselors can help out as well to give you ways on how to distract yourself and find alternatives that can please you instead of weed.
Stop Hanging Out with Pot Heads
Having friends who smoke up will do so in front of you and even offer you a joint after they know you've quit. They should be avoided and less hung out with when they're indulging in marijuana. Concentrate on things like doing well at school, getting better at your job (or getting a job if you don't have one) or socializing more with the right kind of crowd.
Tell yourself you're better off without being a pot head, cause most of them tend to let life slip by with a lot of strain on family and friend ties, with other things in life going downhill. Your savings or pocket money shouldn't be compromised all for the love of weed. Tell yourself how much you'd be saving if you were to crush the habit.
Drugs are not the answer to all of life's problems where at the end of the day, too much of anything is not good. Weed may not be a killer drug, but it sure can find you in a situation where you could harm yourself like if you were driving or walking down the street. It can sever ties with friends/family, reflect badly on your job/grades and leave you disconnected with life in general. If you can get yourself to take control of your weed addiction, it would only save you from switching to the deadly drugs.