Cannabis (Marijuana) Information - Weed, Pot,
Grass, Hash, Puff, Resin
Cannabis / Marijuana is the most commonly abused illegal drug. It is a derivative
of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa) and can take several physical
forms including dried plant material (a green or grey mixture
of dried, shredded flowers and leaves), blocks of resin and small
containers of Cannabis oil.
Information on Cannabis slang terms / names:
Slang terms / different names for Cannabis /
Marijuana include weed, pot, grass,
puff, ganja, hash, hashish, herb, skunk, draw and gangster.
Cannabis Information: How is Cannabis Used?
Most users roll loose Cannabis into a cigarette
called a "joint". It can be smoked in a water pipe, called a
"bong", or mixed into food or brewed as tea.
Signs and Symptoms of Cannabis / Marijuana
If someone is intoxicated by Cannabis, he or
she may have balance problems and have trouble walking. Their eyes
may appear red and bloodshot, dilated pupils are common and he or she may exhibit memory
difficulties. When the early effects fade, over a few hours, the
user can become hungry (often referred to as getting the munchies) and later sleepy.
How long does Cannabis test positive for on a
The active ingredient of cannabis (THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol)
is detectable in urine using the
Cannabis test kit (THC) for typically 14 to 28 days for
frequent use of the drug, or around 5 days for a one-off use, at a cut-off level of
50 ng/ml. The reason for this long retention time is that THC
binds with the body's fat reserves - and leaches out over a number
of days. You will also undoubtedly have patients who claim that
they are positive due to passive smoking. Let us assure you that
this is not the case. The cut-off level of the test is set at
a level much too high for passive smoking to affect the test results.
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To eliminate the long detection window, some
Saliva Drug Tests because the detection window is only
measured in hours when testing oral fluid.
What class of drug is Cannabis / Marijuana?
People sometimes ask what is the current class
of Cannabis? In the UK, the most dangerous or addictive
drugs are Class A - such as Heroin, Cocaine and Ecstasy, Class B
drugs include Amphetamines. As of 2009, Cannabis / Marijuana spent
a short period of time downgraded from a Class B drug, to a Class C, but
this decision was reversed due to the significant risk of mental health issues which are manifested in heavy Cannabis users.
*UPDATE* Cannabis has been
reinstated as a Class B Drug.
Information on the Dangers and Effects of
Heavy Cannabis Use
Studies have linked heavy Cannabis / Marijuana
use to anxiety and mental health disorders such as paranoia,
depression, insomnia, schizophrenia and even amotivational
syndrome which relates to a lack of ambition or drive.
Cannabis in Schools
In order to learn more about drug use (and in particular Cannabis /
Marijuana supply and young people), 182 young people who were
Cannabis / Marijuana users aged between 11 and 19 years old were
interviewed for a study published in January 2008 by the Joseph
Rowntree Foundation. The sample included both city dwellers and
young people living in rural villages.
The study discovered that half of the young
people had taken Cannabis / Marijuana into school or college and 43
per cent admitted that they used Cannabis / Marijuana whilst at
school or college. It is clear from the report that the majority of
these young people purchase Cannabis from their friends or relatives
and in turn supply their friends in a new wave of ‘social’ and
‘not-for-profit’ drug dealing which is a departure from the typical
dealer-user scenario. One young interviewee told the researchers
that the people who sold her Cannabis / Marijuana included ‘friends
from school’ and shows how combining drug-use with normal social
networking is having the effect of normalising the act of taking
Latest News and Information on Cannabis.
It has been announced by UK Home Secretary Jacqui
Smith that Cannabis will be reclassified as a Class B drug, in order
to convey that the drug is harmful and should not be taken.
Cannabis use has dropped, but the reclassification reflects the fact
that skunk, a stronger type of Cannabis, now dominates the market.
Skunk accounts for 81% of Cannabis / Marijuana available on UK
streets compared with 30% in 2002.
Worryingly, the average starting age for Cannabis
use is just 13 years old and young people often binge on more potent
forms of Cannabis such as skunk, in the same way as alcohol, trying
to achieve the maximum effect. If they do, the independent Advisory
Council on the Misuse of Drugs found that the consequences of this
"may be serious to their mental health".
Taking effect from early 2009, the reclassification will mean:
* More robust enforcement against cannabis supply and possession,
and those repeatedly caught with the drug will not just receive
* A new strategic and targeted approach to tackling cannabis farms
and the organised criminals behind them;
* Introducing additional aggravating sentencing factors for those
caught supplying cannabis and other illegal substances near further
and higher educational establishments, mental health institutions
* Working with the Association of Chief Police Officers to look at
how existing legislation and powers can be used to curtail the sale
and promotion of cannabis paraphernalia; and
* Updating and refreshing our public information messages on the
harm caused by cannabis.
The Home Secretary has asked the Association of Chief Police
Officers, working with the Police Federation, the Superintendents
Association and Criminal Justice Partners, to propose more robust
enforcement measures for policing cannabis as a Class B drug. This
will make clear that penalties for adults must be escalated
following any cannabis warning and that police officers will not be
precluded from arresting for a first offence.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said:
"Cannabis is and always has been illegal. It now dominates the
illegal drugs market in the UK and is stronger than ever before.
"There is accumulating evidence, reflected in the Advisory Council
on the Misuse of Drugs report, showing that the use of stronger
cannabis may increase the harm to mental health. Some young people
may be 'binge smoking' to achieve maximum possible intoxication
which may be very serious to their mental health.
"I make no apology for erring on the side of caution and upgrading
its classification. There is a compelling case to act now rather
than risk the health of future generations.
"The enforcement response must reflect the danger that the drug
poses to individuals, and in turn to communities. Those who are
repeatedly caught with Cannabis must face tough punishment and that
is why I have asked the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)
to propose more robust enforcement measures to reflect
"It is also important that the organised criminals behind the
growing threat of Cannabis farms feel the full force of the law, and
that we use every opportunity and means to disrupt their activities
so that the UK becomes a high risk place for them to operate.
"I also want to see more action against the trade in cannabis
paraphernalia and will work with ACPO to look at how existing
legislation and powers can be used by the police, local authorities
and other partners to curtail the sale and promotion of these
Health Secretary Alan Johnson said:
"The message has always been that cannabis is a harmful and illegal
drug and should not be used. We are determined to ensure that young
people in particular are well aware of all the risks. Our
multi-media 'FRANK' campaign will ensure that this is the case."
Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families Ed Balls said:
"Cannabis use by young people has been falling over recent years but
remains a persistent problem. The reclassification sends the right
message to young people about the risks from Cannabis use - this is
especially important given its increased strength and the heightened
risk to young people.
"We also know parents are concerned about the recent trend towards
the use of stronger strains of Cannabis by young people and the
potential for significant mental health problems that would severely
impact on a young person's future."
Further information and support
If you are looking for support or more
information on Cannabis, it's signs, symptoms, effects, etc, visit
Tackling Drug Addiction - for Parents and Families page.
Alternatively, visit our our
Home Drug Test FAQ
page for more information on home drug tests or to purchase them
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