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Cannabis (can-a-bis) also known as weed, grass and hash and comes from the cannabis plant and is the most commonly used illegal drug in the UK. The main active ingredient is THC which gives you the stoned feeling different plant varieties can be bred together to produce stronger hybrid types.
Cannabis can make you feel relaxed and giggly. In larger amounts or with more frequent use you may feel withdrawn, tired and anxious. The effects you feel will vary on your mood and environment. It can also cause dizziness and sickness (also known as whitey) especially when used in conjunction with alcohol.
It can come as a compressed block of resin, in various shades of brown or as a herbal blend using dried leaves and flowers which various shades of green. It is mostly smoked in a joint, pipe or bong or from a vaporizer and may also be eaten. When eating effects will take longer to come on and will last longer and could be more intense. Strengths vary depending on the type used and how you take it. Skunk is usually refers to a strong type of herbal cannabis.
If you choose to use cannabis:
Avoid using printed card for roaches if smoking. Inhaling ink could cause damage to your lungs
Use short puffs when inhaling. The active ingredients THC and CBD enter the blood stream in a few seconds so holding in smoke doesn’t increase the effects but it can do more damage to your lungs
Use low strength tobacco if smoking
Using a vaporizer, although costly, allows you to ‘smoke’ cannabis without the dangers of smoke. Flavours will be more intense too
Know your source! Avoid cheap resins which can contain henna, plastic and other fillers
If eating, dose carefully as effects can take a while to come on. Wait at least 1 hour before re-dosing to ensure there are no bad effects
Avoid mixing with other drugs, medicines and alcohol
Class B drug. Penalties for possession are up to five years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. Supply holds penalties of up to 14 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine.