Hash or hashish is a concentrated form of marijuana, the most commonly abused drug in the United States. Overdosing on hash alone is rare, but it can be more dangerous if combined with prescription drugs or alcohol. If you or someone you know has overdosed on hashish or abuses hashish, assistance is available through an addiction treatment center.
Side Effects of Hash Use
Hash and marijuana are particularly popular among young people. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 44 percent of people aged 12 and over have used marijuana or hash at least once in their lifetimes, and 13 percent used marijuana or hashish in the last month. 1
Prolonged use of this drug can lead to unpleasant side effects, including:
- Distorted perception.
- Impaired memory and learning abilities.
- Temporary psychosis.
Hash is a Schedule I controlled substance, meaning it is considered to have high potential for abuse. 2 A hash user who exhibits paranoia or schizophrenia-like symptoms should seek professional help, as these are signs that the user has taken a dangerously high dose of hashish or has exacerbated existing psychotic symptoms.
Physical and Mental Health Facilities
such as psychosis. Human brains don’t fully mature until a person is in their early 20s. The abuse of hashish from adolescence to early adulthood can disrupt brain development. This disruption can result in the potential development of anxiety and depression later in life. Hash addicts with a genetic history of depression and other mental illnesses are also more at risk of developing psychological conditions. Smoking hash can have other negative effects on your health, such as increase the risk of cancer of the lungs, esophagus, pharynx and oral cavity. Hash addicts may develop similar respiratory problems that tobacco and cigarette smokers have, such as frequent chest colds and chronic cough.
A hash rehabilitation center should provide a residential mental health facility to address the psychological and physical illnesses a person has developed due to excessive abuse of hash or marijuana. Find out if the rehab center has a team of mental health professionals, such as psychiatrists, behavioral therapists, nurse specialists and addiction professionals, who can help facilitate the addiction rehab and treatment.
The rehab center should also have an emergency hospital facility where withdrawal symptoms and physical illnesses can be addressed and treated inside the center.
Hash Addiction Treatment Programs
A rehab facility should have a unique treatment program for you, as each individual shows a different reaction to treatment. While there is no approved medication for hash and marijuana addiction, behavioral disorder treatments are available and can help in promoting abstinence from the drug. Effective behavioral approaches that have shown promise in reducing hash consumption in heavy hash users include:
- Cognitive behavioral treatments, which teach the user how to address maladaptive behaviors and thoughts that led to and/or maintained substance abuse.
- Motivational enhancement, which encourages hash addicts to seek out and continue with treatment.
- Motivational incentives, including the provision of rewards such as food coupons, movie passes or small cash rewards to encourage drug abstinence.
- Family therapy, which addresses the causes of the person’s addiction and helps improve the family’s overall functioning.
“A rehab center should have a hash overdose treatment program and be prepared to accommodate and treat individuals who are addicted to hash or marijuana.”
Because hash is often combined with other illicit drugs and substances such as prescription medications and alcohol, a center should have a treatment approach for poly-drug addiction. In addition, hash is more potent than marijuana, so the probability of suffering from a hash overdose is higher. While the hash overdose symptoms are not fatal and may only last until the effects of hash wear off, the adverse mental and physical damage may be more challenging to reverse. A rehab center should have a hash overdose treatment program and be prepared to accommodate and treat individuals who are addicted to hash or marijuana.
State-Licensed Facilities and Programs
, make sure that it has been accredited by national and internationally recognized organizations, including:
- The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
- The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
- The Council on Standards.
- The Council on Quality and Leadership.
- The Utilization Review Accreditation Commission.
Most certification and accreditation organizations periodically review rehab centers to ensure they comply with standards. Check the websites of these organizations to find out if the rehab facility has passed the strict standards of the certification board. Reviewing past experiences of former patients in a certain rehab facility can also give you an idea of its reputation and the services and programs it offers. You can also check whether the rehab center has licensed facilities and services for poly-drug abuse and co-occurring addiction disorders.
Hash addiction is a prevalent problem in the United States and in other countries around the world. If you or a person you know is severely addicted to hash or has experienced a hash overdose, do not hesitate to call 1-888-319-2606 Who Answers? to seek help.
. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016, February). Marijuana: Statistics and Trends. Retrieved February 20, 2016, from https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/marijuana.
. Drug Enforcement Administration. (n.d.). Drug Fact Sheet: Marijuana. Retrieved February 20, 2016, from www.dea.gov/druginfo/drug_data_sheets/Marijuana.pdf.