What is Marijuana?
Marijuana is a green plant. The main mind-altering (psychoactive) ingredient in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol).
THC is a psychoactive substance, which means that it travels in the bloodstream to the brain.
It disrupts usual brain functioning and causes certain intoxicating effects including:
– A feeling of relaxation and wellbeing
– Loss of inhibition
– Increased talkativeness
– A confused perception of space and time
– Reduced ability to concentrate and remember
– Reduced coordination
Weed, Zolo, Motokwane, Mary Jane, pot, Grass, etc
Marijuana is not always what it seems
Marijuana can be laced (mixed) with other dangerous substances such as crack cocaine, PCP, or embalming fluid, ARV’s, methylated spirit and Mandrax.
This means that when one takes marijuana they are not necessarily sure what they are really smoking.
Effects of marijuana use (shot term effects).
– Increased Heartbeat and pulse rate,
– Bloodshot eyes
– Dry mouth
– Dryness throat
Effects of marijuana use ( long term effects).
– Increased risk of heart attack and chest pains due to smoking the drug
– increased heart rate as well as the effects of marijuana on heart rhythms, causing palpitations and arrhythmias
Marijuana use and mental health.
There is strong association between chronic marijuana use and increased rates of anxiety, depression and psychosis.
Psychosis is a severe mental disorder in which there is a loss of contact with reality, including false ideas about what is happening (delusions) and seeing or hearing things that aren’t there (hallucinations).
It is illegal to buy or sell marijuana in Botswana; holding even small amounts of marijuana can lead to arrests or fines.
If you recognize you might be dealing with a substance abuse issue, or if you are a friend or family of someone who does, I encourage you to seek help.
For many, it can mean the difference of life or death. You can find BOSASNet on Facebook, visit us on www.bosasnet.com, Tel 3959119/72659891 for more information.