Cannabis

Cannabis: What you need to know

Cannabis or Marijuana comes from the leaves, and flowers of the cannabis plant. Used as a psychoactive drug and as a medicine.

EFFECTS

Cannabis has been consumed over the years for its physiological and physiological effects, which include a heightened mood, relaxation, and an increase in appetite. The unwanted side-effects that cannabis can cause are reddening of the eyes, anxiousness, paranoia, short term memory loss, dry mouth, decreased motor skills.

INDICATORS

Rapid heart rate, red eyes, dry mouth and paranoia.

RISKS

Large doses of cannabinoids can cause the development of tolerances and physiological dependency and then lead to abuse. A tolerance to the cardiac and psychotropic effects can occur and withdrawal syndrome produces restlessness, insomnia, anorexia and nausea. Long term abuse can lead to schizophrenia.

DETECTION

Cannabis is used by smoking or eating and is excreted as Δ 9-THC which is the primary active ingredient in cannabinoids. The main metabolite excreted in the urine is 11-nor-Δ9-THC-9-COOH, which are found within hours of exposure and remain detectable in the urine for 3-10 days after smoking, or up to 30 days for chronic use.

DETECTION TIME: Urine

5-30 days

DETECTION TIME: Saliva

12-24 hours (approximately)

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