“ARE YOU PUTTING LARGER AMOUNTS OF SKUNK OR CANNABIS IN A ROLL UP OR JOINT JUST TO GET THE SAME EFFECT?”
“ARE YOU BECOMING INCREASINGLY SHORT-TEMPERED AND FLARE UP AT THE SLIGHTEST THING?”
“STARTING TO TAKE A LOT OF SICK DAYS OFF WORK?”
“MISSING LECTURES AND DEADLINES AT COLLEGE RECENTLY?”
“DOING A BIT OF DEALING TO SUPPORT YOUR USE?”
“ARE YOU FINDING IT HARDER TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF TO DO ANYTHING?”
“ARE YOU FINDING IT HARDER TO CONCENTRATE OR ARE YOU EXPERIENCING SHORT TERM MEMORY LOSS?”
“HAVE YOU GOT PRE-ROLLED JOINTS BY YOUR BED AND LIGHTING UP AS SOON AS YOU WAKE UP?”
“FINDING YOU CAN’T RELAX WITHOUT A JOINT?”
“ARE RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUR PARENTS AND PARTNER GOING DOWNHILL?”
Does any of this sound a little too familiar? Then perhaps you should read on…
OTHER THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
It can be hard to take the idea of smoking cannabis as being any more dangerous than smoking cigarettes seriously. We all know, or have heard of people who seem to have been smoking joints since the sixties without any ill effects, and it feels like it’s been socially acceptable forever.
Nevertheless, apart from the fact it’s illegal; there is evidence to suggest there are some health risks, especially with regard to mental health.
These risks can be greatly increased by smoking skunk, the extremely strong version of cannabis that is so common these days.
Like tobacco, skunk and cannabis can cause lung cancer. Smoking involves mixing it with tobacco and let’s be honest; it’s not as if you even have a filter on your spliff!
Skunk can still be in your urine for up to two months! This is caused by the way chemicals in skunk are stored in the fatty tissue in your body.
Smoking it neat doesn’t get you off the hook either. Bob Marley smoked his grass neat for years and still died of cancer before he was forty!
While we are on the subject of smoking skunk or cannabis, it should be remembered that inhaling more deeply (than a cigarette for instance) and holding your breath, seriously increased lung damage.
Skunk did not evolve naturally, like the grass used in ‘Thai Sticks’, or ‘Block Weed’ or cannabis resin for example. The levels of THC in skunk are ten…twelve…fifteen times higher than found in more natural forms of cannabis; there are a few serious problems that come with this.
Mental health problems among teenagers who smoke skunk are much higher than normal. Bits of your brain are still developing at that age and skunk can cause serious problems.
These are not necessarily problems that look as ‘simple’ as being a bit depressed. Devastating mental health conditions like schizophrenia have been triggered in teenagers smoking skunk.
If you have an underlying mental health issue, or the potential for a genetically inherited mental health problem, smoking skunk can induce problems that could otherwise have remained dormant.
Planning a family? Be careful. Evidence shows that smoking skunk can lower the sperm count in men and decrease ovulation in women. Starting a family may be harder than you think.
Smoking skunk while pregnant can cause the babies to be smaller than expected or underweight and a drug as strong as that can’t be good for the developing fetus.
If anything on this page sounds uncomfortably familiar or is causing you to worry, then it is probably worth getting some advice. After all, an informed decision is often the best decision- what have you got to lose?
For confidential help and advice, have a look behind door 1 to find the nearest drug and alcohol service to you.