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Cannabis Resin


Cannabis sativa, cannabis indica (DELTA –9) Tetra-hydrocannabinol


Charas, pot, dope, ganja, hemp, weed, blow, grass


The regular use of cannabis is known to be associated with an increase in the risk of later developing psychotic illnesses including schizophrenia. If the recent increase in availability of stronger forms of cannabis does lead to an increase in total use by some people, this might also lead to an increase in their future risk of developing mental health problems.


Cannabis Resin is a dark to light brown substance which is scraped off the surface of the Cannabis Plant and pressed into a solid lump.  Usually smoked in a hand-made cigarette 'joint'(video), j, reefer or spliff. It is often mixed with tobacco, or in a pipe or water pipe. Other, home-made, devices may also be used for smoking, such as 'hot-knives'(video), where a piece of cannabis is heated between two blades and the smoke drawn off through a hollow tube or 'bottle-neck'. It can also be baked in cakes or other foods and eaten.

HEALTH RISKS (long term) which includes withdrawal & tolerance:

Smoking cannabis causes a number of physical effects including increased pulse rate, decreased blood pressure, bloodshot eyes, increased appetite and occasional dizziness. These can start within a few minutes and may last several hours depending on how much is taken. When eaten the effects take longer to start but may last longer. Eating cannabis may mean a large dose is taken in one go, making it difficult to avoid any unpleasant reactions.  While use often relies on the expectations, motivations and mood of the user, as well as the amount taken and the surroundings the drug is taken in, cannabis can lead to a state of relaxation, talkativeness, the giggles, and greater appreciation of sensory expectations. It is regularly taken to enhance or detract from the effects of other drugs such as ecstasy or cocaine, particularly after long dance sessions.   While intoxicated, cannabis can affect the short-term memory, concentration, and intellectual or manual dexterity, including driving. Higher doses can lead to perceptual distortion, forgetfulness and confusion of thought processes. Temporary psychological distress and confusion can occur, particularly among inexperienced users or if the user is feeling anxious or depressed. 


Resin is a Class B Drug, under the Misuse of Drugs Act, 

  1. Cannabis Resin is formed from glands on the Cannabis plant. It is more commonly found in C. Indica, or hybrid plants with an Indica dominance. 
  2. The primary source countries for Cannabis Resin are Morocco , Pakistan , Afghanistan , Albania , Jamaica , India , Iran , Kazakhstan , Kyrgyzstan and Nepal . 
  3. Cannabis Resin is a lump of pressed Cannabis matter. There are various ways of making Cannabis Resin and therefore there are many varieties. 
  4. Most of the Resin sold in the UK as "soap-bar" is a low-quality product, extracted from plant material using solvents and often adulterated with binding and bulking agents and with other psychoactive compounds such as ketamine. 
  5. Cannabis Resin may range in colour from black, dark brown, through to light brown. 
  6. Cannabis Resin may have a distinctive sweet, cloying smell. It may be soft and malleable, crumbly, or very hard. 
  7. Most Cannabis Resin turning up on the streets will have been reformulated after leaving its country of origin, hence the term 'formula' loosely applied to any Cannabis resin of below average potency. 
  8. Brain science, Caribbean Sea , Siberian, crab are all anagrams of Cannabis Resin. 
  9. There are 60 chemical compounds present in Cannabis Resin. 
  10. Cannabis Resin is heated and then crumbled before use.
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