What is Hashish?
Hashish is a form of cannabis that is produced by collecting trichomes and then compressing them. Trichomes are the most potent chemical found in the cannabis sativa plant, it is the fine growths on the plants that produce a sticky resin. Hashish is pure resin that is dried and then crushed into powder. The oils cause the powder to stick and it is then molded into a brown slice.
Hashish is commonly smoked but can also be cooked into various foods. When it is consumed the individual will experience feelings of euphoria and well being. Users feel more out going and talkative when high on hashish. The effects of hashish are often experienced within ten to thirty minutes of its consumption, lasting two to three hours depending on the individual person and amount consumed.
Hashish Drug Use
Hashish is commonly used for recreational purposes. Users are looking for the desired effects of euphoria and well being that is produced by the drug. While many use hashish because it makes them “feel good” they are also hit with some what of a crash when stopping its use, they are left feeling fatigued and craving more hashish. Many will experience anxiety and depression due to long term hashish use. Those who use hashish on a regular basis are also at risk of developing a dependency, followed by withdrawal symptoms when stopping its use abruptly.
The use of hashish is approved in many states throughout the nation as a form of treatment for glaucoma and to relieve discomfort due to cancer treatment. Hashish is only available through a prescription as medical marijuana. Just as with recreational use of the drug patients can experience anxiety and depression as a result of its use, as well as put at risk of developing an dependency.
Signs and Symptoms of Hashish Use
Hashish use is common throughout the nation. Many people use hashish as a way to relief stress, boredom and even pain. While most do not intend to use hashish long term they will easily fall victim to its addictive effects. Over time its long term use can result in the individual developing a tolerance, requiring larger doses of the drug to acheive the desired effects. The individual can too develop a physical and psychological addiction to hashish that makes the consumption of the drug feel necessary to them for comfort. When stopping its use they can be hit by uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and strong cravings.
Signs of Hashish Abuse
- Intentional abuse of hashish
- Long term use
- Unable to stop its use without experiencing symptoms of withdrawal
- Lack of interest in usual activities
- Loss of motivation
- Trouble at home, school or work
- Financial strain
- Problems in personal relationships
Symptoms of Hashish Withdrawal
- Mood swings
- Sleep disturbances
- appetite change
- weight loss / weight gain
- digestion problems
- night sweats
- loss of the sense of humor
- decreased sex drive or increased sex drive
Hashish Addiction Treatment
Those suffering from hashish addiction are left feeling overwhelmed and unable to stop its use without experiencing withdrawal symptoms and cravings. This can often result in the addict returning to hashish use for comfort. When turning to a medical professional for an hashish addiction they will direct the person to an addiction treatment facility to recovery from the physical and psychological dependency.
Treatment for hashish addiction typically begins with the patient entering into the detoxification process. There they will be cleansed of the chemicals and toxins related to its use with the aid of a medication to ease any symptoms of withdrawal and cravings. The patient will then enter into cognitive therapy where they will uncover the behaviors and routines associated with hashish abuse and change them to ones that promote sober living. Counseling will help the patient to get to the cause of their addiction and work through it. During treatment the patient will be able to develop the tools needed to maintaining their sobriety when returning home.