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In general

Cannabis (hash) is a collective name for products made from the flowers of a certain hemp plant. Other common names are marijuana, weed, skunk, smoke, pot, resin, hash, ganjha, solid, grass reefer, dope. Smoking cannabis (blowing, smoking pot) is the most popular form of use. Sometimes it is used in food (spacecake) or dissolved in boiled milk or tea. Cannabis contains psychoactive substances (cannabinoids). THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main active substance. The more THC, the stronger the cannabis. Another active substance is CBD (cannabidiol). This is a sedative.

Physical effects

Relaxation, increased heart beat, decreased blood pressure, dry mouth, red eyes, short-term memory loss, eating binges, nausea, headaches, fatigue, lung damage.

Psychological effects

Relaxation, sharpened senses, laughing fits, creativity, confusion, anxiety, panic attacks.

Sex work

Cannabis is a sedative. The effects of hash and pot differ from one individual to another. The effects depend on the type of hash, your mood and the accumulated tolerance. Cannabis causes an increase of emotional and sexual feelings. A small dosage enhances your sex drive and physical sensitivity. Inhibitions are diminished. The more cannabis you take, the more your inner barriers decrease. When you take cannabis for a long period of time you will have erection problems in spite of your increased sex drive. On the other hand some frequent users experience a diminished sex drive. When you often smoke cannabis you may get orgasm problems.


Cannabis and alcohol is not a happy combination. Blowing and alcohol make you sick. Cannabis and downers or hallucinatory drugs together have unwanted effects. The mix enhances the negative effects of a trip; it can cause anxiousness or restlessness. The combination with ecstasy is unpredictable. Some people get high, experience euphoric effects, others get paranoid or shut down completely, both emotionally and physically.

Short-term risks

Some blowers get sick or feel dizzy. With high levels of use the risk of cannabis psychosis increases, i.e. you may get confused, anxious and psychotic. These effects will disappear when the cannabis intoxication subsides. With high levels of use you will also run the risk of fainting. Many cannabis blowers have a physical hangover the next day.

Long-term risks

Lung damage, loss of short-term memory, risk of psychosis, mental dependence.

Safe(r) use

  • Never buy cannabis in the street, buy it in a reliable coffee shop. Never blow when you have a depression, anxious attacks or a psychosis. The combination of blowing and alcohol may enhance the effects of both substances and increase the risk of nausea and vomiting. The combination of cannabis and other drugs may cause unpredicted effects. Cannabis enhances and prolongs the effects of hallucinatory substances like magic mushrooms or LSD.
  • High levels of cannabis use makes you prone to paranoia and anxiousness. You should carefully choose where and with whom. You should feel at ease.
  • There is no need to keep the inhaled smoke in your lungs as long as you can. Within a few seconds THC is in your blood. If you keep in the smoke you will prolong the exposure to noxious substances.
  • If you wish to smoke cannabis without the harmful tobacco, you should choose a vaporizer. With proper use only a little or no harmful combustion substances or tar will be released.
  • Do you feel anxious or do you have negative thoughts after blowing? Smoke hash in stead of weed. Hash contains more Cannabidiol (CBD). This substance has a calming effect and counteracts some of the negative effects of blowing like acute psychosis symptoms, anxiousness and memory loss.
  • Cannabis can have a aphrodisiac effect and decreases inhibitions, so it may cause you to push your limits. Use safe sex methods to prevent HIV and STDs like condoms and sufficient lubricant.

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"Before I start working and using I always eat something. That way I have more energy and I can my focus."