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THC - Cannabis / Marijuana

Street Name: Dagga, Marijuana, Dope, Grass, Blow, Hash, Hashish, Puff, Weed, Wacky Backy, Gania, Ganja or Gear.

Cannabis is obtained from two plants, namely cannabis sativa and cannabis indica, and is recreationally used for its psychoactive effects. Various parts of the plant are used; the top leaves and flower buds are dried and the product is commonly known as grass, the resin is extracted from the flowers and buds and is known as hash or hashish - a liquid is also made from the resin known as hash oil - but should not be confused with hemp seed oil - which is a harmless oil, most beneficial to the skin.

Cannabis Marijuana

Cannabis is a hardy plant and grows well in most tropical regions, and it is said that the plant has a varying intoxicating effect depending on the area that it originates from -Cannabis from the West Indies or Southern Africa are said to have a stronger intoxicating effect.

Marijuana is also grown in Europe and America in hothouses and various strains have been developed, such as Northern lights, Super skunk and Sensi (sensemilla), which have a higher concentration of the psychoactive chemical called THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol) which produces the intoxicating effect.

Medical use of cannabis Cannabis Marijuana

It has been used medicinally for centuries, and use has only been legally restricted in most western countries since the 1900's.

It is said to relieve symptoms and pain in terminally ill patients, and has been reported as an effective drug in relieving symptoms of multiple sclerosis and hypoglycaemia.

Cannabis as a tea Cannabis Marijuana

In the 1800's it was sold as a tincture to relieve period pain, and has been prescribed as a tea for relief of stress, pain and as a mood enhancer.

Smoking marijuana Cannabis Marijuana

This drug is normally smoked and the crumbled, dried leaves and flower buds are usually mixed with tobacco and rolled up with cigarette paper to form what is known as a "reefer" or "joint", although it may also be smoked through a pipe or a "bong", which come in various shapes and sizes.

Eating cannabis in cakes and cookies Cannabis Marijuana

A hookah or hubble-bubble is also used where the smoke inhaled first passes through water to cool it. Cannabis is used as an ingredient in cakes and cookies (known as "hash cookies") or hot drinks, but this method of ingestion is considered less effective as the drug has to be absorbed through the stomach and the dosage is less controllable.

Addictive effect of cannabis Cannabis Marijuana

Cannabis is not considered addictive (which is open for discussion), and as it is usually mixed with tobacco and smoked, a user will develop an addiction to nicotine.

Effects of marijuana Cannabis Marijuana

The intoxicating effects of cannabis also depress the nervous system and the motor skills are negatively effected, giving very similar effects as alcohol intoxication.

It is reported that cannabis may enhance the psychological state of the user. This may have a positive or negative effect on the "trip" as a person may be depressed or happy when the drug is smoked and this state is then enhanced.

The desired effects when the drug is used recreationally are talkativeness, cheerfulness, relaxation and a greater appreciation of sound and color. It is reported that cannabis enhances creativity, but this has not really been clinically proven yet.

Not all the psychological effects of cannabis are positive however. High doses may cause hallucinations or mild sensory disturbances, which may be very unpleasant if not expected.

Smoking cannabis over the long term has the same risks as cigarette smoking, including a higher risk of developing emphysema, lung cancer, bronchitis and chest related illnesses.

Effects of cannabis Cannabis Marijuana

The intoxicating effects of cannabis last from 1 - 4 hours, depending on the amount used, and produce a fairly instant effect. No records of deaths due to cannabis use have been traced, other than deaths due to accidents made under influence of the drug.

Cannabis produces a woolly-headed after effect and users report that the mouth becomes very dry and that they develop binge eating, known as the "munchies".

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Our home test kits
Urine test strips - testing for:
:: Glucose
:: Ketones
:: Blood / Hemoglobin
:: Protein
:: Nitrite
:: pH
:: Urobilinogen
:: Bilirubin
:: Leucocytes
:: Specific gravity

Breast Aware (breast examination pad)

Alcohol breathalyzer (disposable)

Ovulation tests (testing fertility periods or periods when you won't conceive)
Malaria test kit - testing for:
:: Plasmodium falciparum (Pf)
:: Plasmodium vivax (Pv)
:: Plasmodium ovale (Po)
:: Plasmodium malariae (Pm)

Prostate test (PSA test)

HIV test /Aids test (testing for HIV 1 and 2 antibodies)

Drug test (5-in-1 assay) testing for:
:: Cocaine (crack and cocaine derivatives)
:: THC (marijuana, weed, grass, hashish etc)
:: Amphetamines (speed, uppers, base)
:: Opiates (morphine, opium, heroin)
:: Methamphetamines (meth, ice, e, ecstasy)

 

Information pages
Urine testing
:: Kidneys and their functions
:: Kidney function regulating body fluids
:: Bilirubin in urine
:: Blood in urine
:: Glucose in urine
:: Ketones in urine
:: Leukocytes in urine
:: Nitrite in urine
:: ph of urine
:: Protein in urine
:: Specific gravity of urine
:: Urobilinogen in urine
:: Parameters of urine test strips (dip sticks)

Drugs
:: Drug detection periods
:: Most common drugs
:: Drug slang words
:: How do drugs work
   ::: Amphetamines - speed, uppers
   ::: Cocaine - crack, nose candy
   ::: Methamphetamine - ecstasy, e, ice
   ::: Opiates - morphine, opium, heroin
   ::: Phencyclidine hydrochloride - pcp, angel dust
   ::: THC - cannabis, marijuana

Breast cancer
:: Description and function of the breasts
:: Diseases of the breast
:: Benign breast conditions
:: Malignant breast conditions
   ::: Types of breast cancer
   ::: Symptoms of breast cancer
:: Causes of breast cancer
:: Diagnosing breast cancer
:: Treatment of breast cancer
:: Living with breast cancer

Prostate health
:: Prostatism or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
:: Prostatitis
:: Prostate Cancer
   ::: Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
   ::: Cause of Prostate Cancer
   ::: Diagnosing Prostate Cancer
   ::: Treatment for Prostate Cancer
:: Living with Prostate Cancer
:: Depression
:: Erectile Dysfunction
:: Incontinence
Malaria
:: General information on malaria
:: Types of malaria
:: People at high risk of malaria infection
:: Lifecycle of the plasmodium parasite
:: Preventing malaria
   ::: Protective clothing
   ::: Insect repellent
   ::: Bed / sleeping mosquito nets
   ::: Room management
:: Diagnosing malaria
:: Symptoms of malaria infection
:: Anti-malarial drugs
   ::: Doxycycline
   ::: Mefloquine (Larium™)
   ::: Atovaquone and proguanil combination (Malarone™)
:: Testing for malaria
   ::: Home testing
   ::: Laboratory testing
   ::: Other tests that could be done
:: Consequences and outcome of malaria infection
:: Malaria in Southern and South Africa

HIV / Aids
:: General information
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:: Facts and frequently asked questions
:: Spreading the virus
   ::: Kissing
   ::: Oral Sex
   ::: Vaginal Sex
   ::: Anal Sex
   ::: Condoms
   ::: Female condoms
   ::: Drug Use
   ::: Tattoos
:: Health care workers and you
:: "Rapid" home Aids Tests
:: Approved drugs and treatments
:: Schematic drawing of life cycle

Ovulation / Fertility
:: Fertility drugs
:: Ovulation calculator (period in which you are most likely to conceive)


 

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