Vape Pens, Edibles, and Dabs
Cannabis or marijuana is classified as a central nervous depressant drug that is smoked and inhaled to achieve the desired effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Other colloquial street names include weed, bud, Mary Jane, pot, ganja, grass, herb, and dope.
Many people tend to grow a tolerance to marijuana flower with frequent use and large quantities. Often, a low to moderate amount of THC, depending on the individual’s tolerance and the quality of the strain does not provide the same “high” as it first did when he or she began using marijuana.
Physicians prescribe marijuana to treat and alleviate symptoms from health problems, such as seizures, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, emotional problems, cancer complications, human immunodeficiency (HIV), and generalized moderate pain. A popular misconception on the view of marijuana is that it is a harmless, nonaddictive drug with no negative consequences.
However, in many cases, this is not true. These common myths that marijuana cannot be addictive and is not considered a “drug” is perpetuated by younger generations. It is fallible and simply untrue.
Marijuana can be just as addictive as any other drug when it is not used in moderation or as prescribed by a physician.
Currently, new methods of ingesting marijuana have become popular among marijuana enthusiasts—vape pens, edibles, and dabs.
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Effects of Marijuana
To understand what vape pens, edibles, and dabs are, it is important to know the effects of marijuana. Marijuana is a psychoactive substance typically placed under the central nervous system depressant class of drugs. The effects of marijuana include body and mind relaxation, anxiety relief and calmness, euphoria, heightened sensory perception, general content in the environment, short-term memory impairment, lowered reaction time, increased heart rate, and risk of stroke. Long-term effects of marijuana use include cognitive decline, memory impairment, cardiovascular problems, and psychosis.
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Weed in Different Forms
What Are Vape Pens?
Vape pens are electronic vaporizers that heat the oil so it can be inhaled in larger amounts than a traditional joint or blunt and exhaled as vapor. A joint is marijuana rolled with papers, and a blunt is a gutted cigarillo filled with marijuana. In marijuana vape pens, a “cart” is used to engage in this form of ingesting marijuana. The oil is extracted from the marijuana plant and is processed into a liquid extract, distillate, or hash oil that is placed into a cylindrical “cart” that is then inhaled and exhaled as vapor through the vape pen. A cart is a prefilled container that can be purchased legally in states that allow it. Each cart is highly potent in THC, more so than traditional weed in the form of flower, which typically ranges from 10-25 percent THC levels. In some instances, marijuana extract or hash oil in vape pens can contain THC levels ranging from 60-90 percent. The effects of one puff of a vape pen can be felt almost immediately and can last up to two hours. Many people prefer to use this form of ingesting marijuana because of its benefits, such as being considered a healthy alternative to smoking flower because the vapor does not produce tar and carcinogens during use, and it does not have a strong odor, which marijuana is known for. It does not produce smoke as it does with its counterparts—blunts, joints, and bong use. Using a marijuana vapor does not create a potent aroma. It is portable and convenient for marijuana users to consume the drug at any time, without raising suspicion that they are becoming intoxicated with marijuana. Just as with any drug, there come risks to using vape pens.
Dangers of Vape Pens
As with any other drug, marijuana proves to be no different. Many factors attribute to the risks of danger associated with marijuana use. The danger of using marijuana carts on vape pens can vary from state to state. An individual knows exactly what he or she is consuming because in states where marijuana use is legal, buying from a licensed and regulated distributor or dispensary guarantees that THC is the primary compound in the cart. However, in states where marijuana is illegal, many people buy marijuana carts on the black market. Buying carts from the black market is not only illegal but can also result in serious bodily injury and, in some cases, death. When purchases on the black market are conducted, there is no government agency to regulate the safety and production of these carts. This means the people who “bootleg” these drugs can use all kinds of fillers to save THC, thus making more profit. While some carts may contain trace amounts of THC, buying it on the black market may mean other harmful chemicals are being inhaled, such as pesticides, insecticides, terpenes, and other solvents that are harmful to human health.
What Are Edibles?
Edibles are foods that contain THC properties of marijuana, or cannabinoids. They can come in various forms of foods, including brownies, cookies, cake pops, candy, drinks, and many others. They are made with highly concentrated cannabis in the form of has oil, cannabis-infused butter, or infused oil. Homemade edibles can be difficult to manage dosages for each food. It is even more challenging for the user to know when the effects of the edible will take place. The onset of edibles usually takes anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes and can last up to 4-6 hours after consuming. The effects of edibles are more intense than smoking the flower form of marijuana. Edibles are not only homemade but manufactured by cannabis companies in legal states. These companies are required to place government-regulated information on the products they sell. This makes the drug dosage information readily available to the consumer. While it is not often that people overdose or die from edibles, panic attacks, extreme anxiety, delusions, confusion, headaches, stomach aches, and irritability are possible. However, people have been seriously injured or died doing dangerous things under the influence of marijuana.
What are Dabs?
Dabs is a form of weed that is comprised of the extract, butane hash oil (BHO). Dab extract can contain approximately 50-80 percent. This amplifies the effects of marijuana and less is needed to consume to feel high. To ignite this highly concentrated form of marijuana, a butane is necessary to use. Butane is a highly flammable chemical and can cause explosions if not responsibly managed and cared for. This can become an even more posing threat once the individual is impaired from his or her intense high that dabs produce. Once the butane is removed, it creates a sticky and resinous dab that is now able to be smoked. Some popular names for dabs include budder, wax, shatter, rosin, and resin. Dabs are usually smoked through water pipes (bongs), oil pipes, or glass bongs. Vaporizers can also be used to ignite dabs. When dabs are smoked, they do not have much of an odor, although the presence of marijuana smell can be noticeable.
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Mental Illness and Vape Pens, Edibles, and Dabs
Approximately half the people with mental illness will abuse drugs to combat the overwhelming symptoms of mental illness. This is only a short relief from their distress. Using speedballs covers up the true problem and creates more issues, such as further deterioration of your mental health and dangerous physical health problems. If you know that you have a preexisting mental illness or illnesses, staying away from drugs is the safest thing to do. Any psychoactive substance comes with its risks, especially in those with mental illness, who are more susceptible to adverse effects. Speedballs can exacerbate mania, depression, anxiety, delusions, auditory and visual hallucinations, psychosis, insomnia, and cognitive problems. If you have a speedball abuse and dependency problem, you must know that help is available. There is always hope for a better future.
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