Hashish is typically smoked to produce a relaxed and euphoric effect but some choose to eat the substance for a milder, longer lasting high. However you take it, you do run the risk of feeling like you need to use marijuana daily and being unable to stop using it on your own.
Below is a look at the characteristics of Hashish addiction and some methods of effectively coping with the urges to smoke pot.
Is Hashish addiction real?
Some say that Hashish is highly addictive and can cause adverse effects both physically and psychologically especially when the user quits while others state that the drug has no real addictive qualities at all. So what’s the truth? Is Hashish really addictive?
Physically, smoking Hashish can lead to a number of consequences such as changes in appetite, changes in mood and increased heart rate. However, the physical signs and symptoms of Hashish addiction are not near those of an addiction to heroin or other hard drugs. Does this make smoking Hashish ok? Some would argue and say yes, while others explicitly state NO.
Psychologically, Hashish can increase anxiety and paranoia, lead to depression and reduce the brain’s ability to think clearly. Most of these symptoms will wear off as the drug itself wears off but for some, the psychological effects of marijuana can last many months or even years after the individual stops smoking pot. Anxiety and depression are very common outcomes of Hashish abuse and these two medical conditions are likely to lead to an individual’s desire to self-medicate or a need for prescribed medication to treat the condition appropriately.
Long term use of Hashish is said to have some addictive potential. In most cases, first time users will not become addicted and even occasional users who smoke Hashish recreationally will not become addicted to the drug. However, daily, long term use of Hashish can lead to many harmful effects. Abruptly stopping or no longer using Hashish after a prolonged phase of Hashish use can lead to the following withdrawal symptoms:
- Poor appetite
- Mood swings
Hashish Withdrawal Symptoms
As the above Hashish withdrawal symptoms progress, they will typically peak around the third or fourth consecutive day of not smoking. Within about a week or two, all symptoms of Hashish addiction will usually have gone away and the user can return to normal. Unfortunately, there are some symptoms of Hashish use that can last into a prolonged period of time. Most of these symptoms are mental or psychological in scope and will require some type of treatment and or counseling in order to overcome. That says that addiction to Hashish is both psychological and physical.
Mental effects of Hashish also includes:
- Anxiety that does not go away or actually gets worse as a result of smoking hashish
- Depression or a depressed state
- Social intolerance or a lack of desire to be social
- Psychosis that is a result of Hashish abuse; e.g. feeling that people are out there to get you.
Effects of Hashish on life:
- Lack of motivation
- Physical impairment
- Mental impairment
- Reduced cognitive abilities
- Poor social life
Signs of Hashish Addiction:
The first step to overcoming Hashish addiction is to recognize that you have a problem and need help. Recognizing the signs of Hashish addiction can help you determine the severity of your problem. Most often, Hashish addiction is the result of using the drug in conjunction with other substances such as alcohol or other drugs but this is not always the case. However, according to the US National Library of Medicine, cannabis dependence is actually much more common than dependence on other drugs due to the sheer number of people who use hashish.
Hashish addiction signs include:
- Tolerance. If you realize that you have to smoke more of it to produce the same effects than you are becoming addicted to the drug.
- Withdrawal when not smoked. If you have signs of withdrawal such as upset stomach, anxiety or depression when you do not smoke then your body has already developed a physical dependence on the drug.
- Smoking more than you intended. If you tell yourself or others that you will only smoke one joint and then you wind up smoking more than you had anticipated or intended to you are addicted.
- Inability to control or cut down hashish use. If you’ve tried to cut back on your smoking or tried to use less but still find that you wind up smoking more or using more than you anticipated you are suffering from a potential sign of addiction.
Hashish HAS LASTING EFFECTS ON THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH OF USERS.
- Spending most of your time getting high. If hashish has taken over your life to the point that you spend most of your time getting high and do not take part in other activities because you are busy getting high you are suffering from addiction.
- Reduced activities because time is spent focused on getting high. If you no longer take part in activities that you once liked to enjoy because you are busy smoking than there is a sign of addiction.
- Smoking hashish despite known consequences. If you have already suffered consequences as a result of getting high and you still smoke, there is a sign of addiction. For example, you may have been arrested for possession and yet you still choose to possess hashish despite the known risks.
- Using hashish to relax and becoming dependent on it for relaxation. If you smoke hashish just to relax and you’ve become dependent on hashish to relax there is a problem.
If you or someone you love is addicted to hashish, recovery is possible and there is hope! Admitting to the problem early on and understanding the many methods of treatment, therapy and support that are available to assist you every step of the way can make your journey to recovery a more enjoyable and lasting experience.