A few questions that many people consider
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions above and you consume cannabis regularly, it may be time to consider your relationship with weed.
The amount of marijuana you are using may possibly be contributing to some of your problems. Everyone is different and while smoking cannabis daily may be okay for some, others may experience negative effects over time.
Whether you feel that regular use is beneficial or not, it’s always a good idea to make sure you are fully educated on something you decide to put into your body. There are tons of current and insightful information available online about cannabis use along with its effects on the human body and mind.
The cannabis plant is a powerful plant that medically helps millions of people daily. However, it must be used wisely according to your body so that you can experience the most amount of benefits.
Sometimes ‘less is more’ and this can be the case when using cannabis.
5 Most Common Misconceptions About Cannabis
Though weed may not be considered as harmful and addictive as drugs like heroin or meth, long-term use can certainly lead to addiction. Chemical changes taking place in the brain regularly have the potential to be addictive.
When you stop using weed, you may find yourself experiencing physical symptoms of withdrawal like headaches, irritability, dizziness, or difficulty sleeping. There are also psychological withdrawal symptoms such as increased depression, anxiety and irritability.
When combining cannabis with cigarettes, such as with a Trini roll-on, the addictive properties can be greatly magnified due to the addition of nicotine.
What Is A T-Break?
A tolerance break, also known as a ‘T-break’, is when someone who regularly consumes or smokes marijuana takes a scheduled break from using it in all of its forms (edibles, joints and vapes etc.). A tolerance break can be for any length of time, for example, a person might decide to take 7-days, 21-days or even a year off from using cannabis. During this period the person abstains completely from using.
Usage Among Young Adults
“People who begin using marijuana before the age of 18 are four to seven times more likely to develop a marijuana use disorder than adults. 19"
The use of marijuana at an early age can have severe consequences on brain development. Up until the age of 25, the brain is continuously growing and developing, and marijuana use WILL impact that development. There has been evidence of regular marijuana use at a young age causing issues with memory, thinking, IQ, verbal processing, difficulty paying attention, poorer impulse control, and a higher likelihood of developing severe mental health disorders. While these issues are likely to resolve for adults after a period of long-term abstinence once they stop using, the same is not be true for young people.
If there is one takeaway from the information you read here, it should be that young people should hold off as long as possible before consuming cannabis. If you are a young person that is using cannabis regularly, please consider the role you would like weed to play in your daily life. How do you expect it to impact your health in the long-term as you become an adult?
Resources in Trinidad & Tobago
If you feel that you may have a problem with drugs, alcohol or depression, feel free to seek immediate professional help. Click this link to see a list of programs available in Trinidad & Tobago along with their contact information.
WeedTT is a non-profit initiative created to raise awareness about the importance of the responsible use of cannabis. The goal is to educate Trinbagonians on how to use the plant wisely.
Our Mission is to encourage the responsible use of cannabis in Trinidad and Tobago and help prevent dependency.
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