Hashish abuse is prevalent among young people these days. Although hashish contains the same active ingredients as marijuana, the concentrations are higher. Consequently, the user gets a more intense high with only a small amount of the substance.
Little Known Facts About Hashish Abuse
To better understand the reasons for hashish use and abuse, we need to know what the product is and how it affects a person’s mind and body. To begin with, here are 25 facts about hashish that are not commonly known:
- The cannabis plant produces flowers that are used to make marijuana and hashish.
- THC concentrations in hashish are between 5% and 15%. Comparatively, marijuana THC content is 1% to 5%, and hashish oil THC levels are about 20%.
- Bongs or pipes are used to inhale hashish for its psychotropic effects.
- Most users roll it with tobacco and make a cigarette or joint.
- People mix hashish into their food.
- In some cultures, hashish is used rather than marijuana because of its perceived purity.
- Hashish is a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance.
- It contains over 400 chemicals, notably, Cannabidiol (CBD).
- Hashish comes from the Middle East, Northern Africa, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
- Penalties for possession of or selling ten kilograms or less of hashish for a first offense are not more than five years in prison and $250,000 fine, and not more than ten years in prison and a $500,000 fine for a second offense.
- If you sell or possess ten or more kilograms, you risk 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine for a first offense, and 30 years to life and a $1 million fine for a second offense.
- Private ownership of cannabis plants is legal in 18 states.
- Colorado marijuana laws are liberal compared to other states.
- Effects of smoking hashish last up to three hours.
- Hashish chemicals are detectable in the body for three to four days after use.
- Heavy users report that they tested positive for up to three months after they quit using hashish.
- More than 16 percent of automobile accident victims will test positive for cannabis.
- Hashish smokers will catch more colds and coughs and are at high risk for bronchitis, pneumonia and lung cancer.
- Pregnant women are at risk of miscarriage or of giving birth to a stillborn baby.
- Hashish abuse affects memory and impairs the ability to pay attention. Therefore, students who use hashish have lower achievement in school.
- Smoking hashish produces effects that last approximately three hours.
- Hashish abuse increases heart rate and can lead to heart attacks. It is not for people with high blood pressure.
- Repeated use of hashish will put the user at risk for addiction. Anyone with a history of drug abuse or addiction should not use hashish.
- Marijuana and hashish are two of the most common illicit drugs.
- About 40% of Americans (72 million people) tried marijuana and hashish in the past year.
- The younger a person is when they get addicted to hashish, the harder it will be to overcome.
Can Hashish Addiction be Treated Successfully?
Hashish addiction is difficult to treat because the users have lost all motivation. In other words, they don’t care whether they stop using or not. Consequently, over 40% of people who enter treatment relapse within a few months.
An inpatient treatment program is the best option for overcoming hashish addiction. This type of facility is equipped to manage the intense withdrawal symptoms during detox. Also, these programs provide a secure environment with monitoring by medical professionals and addiction specialists throughout the detox process. After completing detox, the person enters a rehabilitation program to learn the skills needed for avoiding relapse.
If you or a loved one needs treatment for hashish abuse, call now. One of our representatives will answer your questions and help you get started on a path away from addiction.