Everything you need to know about dagga addiction and getting help with dagga addictions
Dagga, also referred to as herb, weed, pot or grass originates from the plant Cannabis sativa. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the active ingredient in the plant and causes intoxication. The resin derived from Marijuana, known as hashish, has an even higher concentration of the active ingredient THC. While the drug is usually smoked, it can also be eaten. The smoke aggravates your lungs more and is filled with a larger amount of carcinogenic chemicals than tobacco smoke.
The side effects of marijuana use include relaxation, pleasure, impaired memory and concentration difficulties. The drug is also considered a gateway drug to more dangerous and powerful drugs such as heroin and cocaine. It is reported that the risk of eventually using cocaine is 104 times greater if you have smoked marijuana before than if you have not. Often referred to as Blaze, Red X, K2, Spice and Black Mamba, man-made forms of Marijuana can be smoked or inhaled in other ways. Synthetic forms of Marijuana are a serious and increasing health risk; they have the potential to cause similar impairment in judgement, progression to addiction and deterioration in functioning. Due to the fact that the synthesised form of Marijuana is more potent, the risk of delirium seizure and stroke is common. In addition to this, they may not be detected by normal drug testing.
Individual counselling for drug addictions has proven to be one of the most effective ways to combat addictions and for clients to sustain their lasting sobriety and meaningful personal growth. Many people think that substances are the core of the addiction problem. However, substances are very often a temporary solution or coping mechanism used by the person to cope with deeper issues that exist in their emotional wellbeing. These emotional layers form over time and may need to be addressed through more focused talk therapy or addiction counselling.