The Cannabinoids are a group of more than 60 C-21 compounds found in the plant, Cannabis sativa(6). The active ingredient in Cannabinoids is Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC produces effects of euphoria, sedation and an altered time sense (5, 7). As a ‘street’ drug it is sold primarily as hashish (the plant resin) or marijuana (flowering tops of the female plant). The primary route of illicit consumption of cannabis is by smoking in cigarettes or pipes. It can also be ingested in cakes and confectionery and hashish oil (the most potent form) can be taken intravenously. An overdose of THC can cause hallucinations, coma and death (5, 7).
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