Hash is addictive, just like any other form of marijuana. In fact, because hash contains a higher amount of THC than other types of marijuana, it may be easier to get addicted to than by simply smoking parts of the whole plant.
Psychoactive Ingredients of Hash
Hash is a form of marijuana that is made when the resin of the hemp plant is concentrated and formed into a solid form. Blocks of hash are then smoked or eaten. The resin of the hemp plant can also be extracted as a liquid, which is called “hash oil.” Like any form of marijuana, hash contains the psychoactive chemical THC, only in a more potent form.
What Does Hash Do In The Body?
Hash has some immediate effects on the brain. When smoked, it only takes a few minutes to have an effect. If ingested, hash can take up to an hour for effects to onset. While the THC in hash can create a pleasurable “high,” feelings of relaxation, and euphoria, it can also have negative side effects. Panic attacks and paranoia, loss of coordination, mild hallucinations, and difficulty concentrating are all potential complications of hash use.
Long-term use of hash can also result in a depressed immune system, leading to a higher rate of respiratory infections. Hash can increase heart rate and blood pressure, and cause irritation of the airways that can lead to coughing or asthma. Does hash kill brain cells? Researchers are unsure if there is a link between heavy marijuana use and developing mental illness.
How Do You Get Addicted To Hash?
Using hash regularly will increase the risk of addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that only about 9% of hash users will go on to develop an addiction, mostly those who have been using it long-term as per periodic smokers probably won’t get addicted to hash.
Who Gets Addicted To Hash?
There is a much higher risk of addiction in users who started smoking hash at a young age, with 1 in 6 becoming hash addicts. 25-50% of daily hash users started before the age of 17. A study of fraternal and identical twins found that the twin who started smoking before 17 tended to have higher rates of abuse and addiction to other drugs later in life.
Signs of Hash Addiction
You may have a hash addiction if you find that:
You have intense cravings for hash.
You engage in compulsive behaviors to obtain hash.
You experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop using hash, including irritability, sleeping difficulties, and anxiety.
How to Avoid Hash Addiction
The only way to completely avoid hash addiction is not to take any form of marijuana. However, occasional use does not always present a problem, and in cases where marijuana has been prescribed for medicinal purposes (such as cancer or depression), the risk of addiction may be worth the relief from symptoms. Hash and other forms of marijuana are illegal to use in most parts of US, and only legal in certain jurisdictions like Colorado and California with a prescription.
Are You Addicted To Hash?
Much like smoking cigarettes, hash addiction can be difficult to quit. Studies show that people with a physical dependence on marijuana tend to suffer from psychiatric disorders, suggesting that marijuana use might be a form of self-medicating. For these people, quitting will usually have to involve therapy and treatment for the underlying disorder. Behavioral treatments and therapies can be helpful in reducing hash dependence. There is currently research into the possibility of medical treatment for hash addiction.
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