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Skunk

Cannabis sativaSkunk is the generic name often used by the press and police to describe a potent form of the cannabis plant. In fact skunk is only one of 100 or so varieties of cannabis plant which have high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

SCIENTIFIC TERM:

Cannabis Sativa

STREET NAMES:

Bhang, Black, Blast Bush, Draw, Ganja, Hemp, Herb, Northern Lights, Sensi, Sinsemilla, Skunk, Soap, Zero

EFFECTS:

The main effects are the same as cannabis although clearly they may be magnified depending on the amount consumed and the individual. But explaining the effects of cannabis is notoriously difficult as they vary so dramatically from one person to another, and are often dependent on mood, company, music, place, the interaction of other substances both legal and illegal and a variable dose.

DRUG FORM & METHOD OF USE:

The original skunk was a cross between Indica and Sativa cannabis stock, with the fast-growing Indica as the main ingredient. It was generally believed among regular users and growers that Sativa produced a 'high' (sharperned and heightened perception) while Indica produced a 'stoned' effect (just about the opposite).   Like Cannabis, Skunk is smoked.

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

Because of the strength of some of these varieties, many report the onset of effects as being quicker. Certainly there is strong evidence to suggest heightened hallucinogenic effects especially among people who had at some time previously (although not at the same time) experienced LSD. This group of users may be more willing to 'let go' into the effects of cannabis because they have already experienced strong drug effects under LSD. Consequently, the effects of higher dose THC may be more marked. As with other drugs, dependence on Skunk is influenced by a number of factors, including how long you’ve been using it, how much you use and whether you are just more prone to become dependent.  You may find you have difficulty stopping regular use and you may experience psychological and physical withdrawals when you do stop. The withdrawals can include cravings for Skunk irritability, mood changes; appetite disturbance, weight loss, difficulty sleeping and even sweating, shaking and diarrhoea in some people.

LAW:

Skunk, like most forms of cannabis, is a Class B drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Indoor growing systems may be detectable by police helicopters using thermal imaging equipment, while high intensity lights cause unusually large electricity bills. Anyone using a hydroponic system, or growing more than a handful of plants, is likely to be charged with intent to supply, as well as production and possession. If convicted, even small-scale growers commonly face one to two years' imprisonment, while commercial growers may face longer sentences.

  1. Skunk has been around from the 1970's.
  2. Skunk is a term used to describe a particular strain of Cannabis seeds.
  3. Skunk is now used by up to 70% of Cannabis users, an increase of 15% from six years ago.
  4. Skunk contains higher levels of the active ingredient in Cannabis, known as THC.
  5. It is estimated Skunk is 3-4 times stronger than regular Cannabis.
  6. Skunk is now 25 times stronger than Skunk sold a decade ago.
  7. People who smoke Skunk are 18 times more likely to develop Psychosis that those who take the milder forms of Cannabis.
  8. In 1995, Skunk had 6% THC; now that figure is nearer 16-18%.
  9. Skunk is believed to have originated in the USA.
  10. Skunk is so-called because of the pungent odour it emits while growing.
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