Cannabis/ Pakistani Marijuana or Charas - The most common ‘Nasha’ in Pakistan.
Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae. The number of species within the genus is disputed. Charas is the name given to a hashish form of cannabis, it is made from the resin of the cannabis plant. Cannabis is widely used in Pakistan, and smoked as charas (hashish) or consumed as a drink as bhang. According to a 2013 report 6.4 million people in Pakistan consume cannabis (Wikipedia). Cannabis plants produce a group of chemicals called cannabinoids, which produce mental and physical effects when consumed. Medical cannabis (or medical marijuana) refers to the use of cannabis and its constituent cannabinoids, to treat disease or improve symptoms; reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, to improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, to treat chronic pain and muscle spasms. Cannabinoids are under preliminary research for their potential to affect stroke.
Short-term use increases both minor and major adverse effects. Common side effects include dizziness, feeling tired, vomiting, and hallucinations. Long-term effects of cannabis are not clear. Concerns including memory and cognition problems, risk of addiction, schizophrenia in young people, and the risk of children taking it by accident.
Cannabis is a new trending drug – people feel cool being high of it!! Why do even our doctors recommend CANNABIS to the patients? Why is it available in our pharmacies as CANNABIS OIL or CANNABINOIDs? WHY?
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