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Hash Addiction

Hash Addiction Facts

What is hash?

Also referred to hashish, hash is a drug that is extracted from the hemp plant that is also called Cannabis Sativa. The active part of marijuana is called THC, which stands for delta-nine tetrahydrocannabinol. The chemical, as well as other ingredients, are found in the leaves and flowering parts of the plant. The top of the female marijuana plants contain the highest concentration of hashish. It is from here that hash is derived.

How is hash used?

The most basic way of using hashish is by rubbing the flower buds using your hands such that the resin of the flower sticks to them. Another way is by grinding the plants then extracting resin with alcohol or water inside certain specific bags that are sold in paraphernalia drug stores. The resin that is extracted can then be refined further into hashish oil. Once the resin has been derived, they are dried to form hard blocks, bricks, and balls. One can break off a small piece of the block and smoke it in a pipe. Commercial hash is pressed into cookie sheets, cut into squares and wrapped in aluminum sheets.

Hash addiction symptoms

A hashish user feels high which can last for about three hours. The drug brings about a feeling of relaxation, brings feelings of peace, improves sensory experience and uplifts the mood. With time, the person gets a Hash addiction that is so hard to get rid of.

Short term side effects include:

  • Short-term memory damage
  • Increased appetite and abrupt hunger
  • Dry throat and mouth
  • Paranoia and panic attacks
  • Unexplainable excitement and laughter

Long term side effects include:

  • Temporary loss of fertility
  • Reduced hormone levels
  • Risk of cancer
  • Lung damage
  • Weakened immune system
  • Delayed emotional growth
  • Psychological addiction
  • Hash addiction withdrawal

When an individual decides to stop taking hashish, the first step is usually to detox. For it to work, one must stop taking the drug entirely. It is advisable to get a medical expert during the hash addiction treatment. This is because hash addiction treatment comes about with harsh withdrawal symptoms that may be distinct from an individual to another.

Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood changes
  • Headaches
  • Loss of concentration
  • Irritability
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Digestive issues
  • Nausea
  • Tremors
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Kidney problems

Hash addiction treatment

Although hash addiction is hard to treat, hash addiction recovery is quite possible if the individual is self-motivated. That is why most treatment centers offer motivation enhancement therapy and motivation interviewing to hashish addicts. These therapies assist patients to desire treatment. The most effective therapy used is cognitive behavioral therapy, where a psychologist assists the individual to learn practical skills for coping with the new lifestyle.

As part of hash addiction recovery, most facilities use behavioral motivation, counseling, support groups and rehab therapy. The friends and family members of the individual ought to be supportive through the hash addiction recovery process.