Medical students will come across illegal drugs at every stage of their career. Beth Chapman guides you through their names, actions, uses, and misuses
- By: Beth Chapman
Otherwise known as black, blast, blow, Bob Hope, dope, draw, ganja, gear, grass, hash, hashish, hemp, herb, marijuana, pot, puff, northern lights, resin, skunk, smoke, spliff, wacky backy, and weed.
Otherwise known as boy, brown, china white, dragon, gear, H, horse, junk, skag, and smack.
Cannabis contains hundreds of active constituents. Pharmacologically, the most important is tetrahydrocannabinoid (THC). This mimics naturally occurring (endogenous) cannabinoids within the body and acts on specific receptors located within the central nervous system and peripherally.12 When stimulated these receptors interact with other neurochemical pathways and are largely responsible for the psychobehavioural and physiological effects of the drug (box 1).