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Budda Addiction And The Best Rehab Centers For Treatment

Jennifer Cousineau MSCP, LPCI, NCC

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Jennifer Cousineau MSCP, LPCI, NCC

February 18, 2019

Budda is a form of marijuana that contains analgesic opium. This substance is highly addictive and when mixed with regular cannabis, creates a more intense and longer-lasting high. Using Budda can lead to several negative health effects, especially if taken for long periods of time.

Named for the “enlightened one,” Buddha or Budda is marijuana that contains the powerful and highly addictive analgesic opium.  Buddha is also the name given to a specific strain of cannabis sativa, the buds, flowers, stems, and leaves of which are dried and smoked, made into concentrated hashish, a tea, ingested in capsule form, or used in tinctures among other altered forms. The use of cannabis is deeply rooted in some tantras relating to Buddhism, in which it was ingested to elevate the effect and visualization achieved during meditation and is the origin of the name.

Use of opium alone or in conjunction with other drugs dates back to the Neolithic Age. Recorded use of cannabis dates back to 2700 BCE, though it was likely in use before then.

What Is Opium?

The name opium comes from the Latin word for “sleep inducing,” for its hypnotic effects. It is made from the milky substance, or latex, produced after the opium poppy flower (Papaver somniferum) has gone to seed. When smoked, its effects include relaxation, induced calm, and relief from pain. Opium contains dozens of alkaloids linked to pain reduction.

In ancient times opium seeds were chewed to alleviate pain and induce sleep. It was also used to control diarrhea. The flowers of the plant were also steeped in hot water as a medicinal tea. Opium contains up to 12 percent of the opiate morphine.

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How Do Marijuana And Opium Work Together?

Use of marijuana and opium together has a powerful and intoxicating effect on the body. Generally speaking, marijuana is revered for a chemical contained within the plant known as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States, though laws are changing state to state, allowing the sale of the drug for medicinal, and in some cases, recreational purposes.

Marijuana is similar to naturally occurring neurotransmitters that act on cannabinoid receptors in the body and are associated with pleasure, appetite, and neural activity. Some strains of marijuana act upon these receptors in the body differently than others, and may generate effects ranging from improving appetite to causing nausea and elevating mood to inducing paranoia. The length of a high and other related symptoms associated with use of the drug peak at just a few hours after use.

Spiking marijuana with opium means increasing the length of time and intensity the “high” or sense of euphoria can last. Opium use may peak at four to seven hours. Both drugs can reduce pain sensation and have long been used together by those seeking relief from chronic pain. Research has shown that marijuana augments the pain-reducing qualities of opium. In addition to augmenting the pain-reducing qualities of either drug, they also work synergistically to reduce some of the side effects associated with either drug. Where marijuana can induce states of paranoia, opium may induce a sedative state.

What Makes Budda So Addictive?

Cannabis interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system functions by controlling pleasure, sensory, and even perceptions of time. It also signals the brain’s reward system, which in turn floods the body with the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine induces feelings of euphoria, contentment, or satience associated normally with life-sustaining functions like eating good food, drinking water, and sex.

Opium initiates an even larger dopamine response, improving the overall euphoria or “high” induced by the flood of dopamine. Opium binds with opioid receptors, significantly elevating a person’s pain threshold. Opium also increases levels of endorphins, a naturally-occurring analgesic.

The combination of these changes in the biochemistry of the brain and body can lead quickly to addiction. The body learns to associated use of opium spiked marijuana with life-sustaining functions, and the more a person uses the combination of drugs, the more severe the withdrawal symptoms will occur when they try to stop using.

Adverse Health Effects Of Budda

Budda is made up of cannabis and opium, both central nervous system (CNS) depressants and can be fatal if ingested in too high a dose or used in combination with other CNS depressant drugs. Other adverse health effects associated with budda include:

  • significant changes in heart rate and blood pressure
  • irregular heart rate
  • irritation of airway and lungs
  • respiratory depression
  • lowered immunity
  • constipation
  • dehydration
  • mood changes
  • changes in sleep
  • changes in appetite
  • headache
  • lung damage
  • asphyxiation

Withdrawals From Budda

Withdrawals from budda depend on the amount of opium ingested. Symptoms of cannabis/opium withdrawals, including flu-like achiness and headache, gastrointestinal upset, fatigue, mood changes, and insomnia, can last up to one week or longer, in some cases. A medically-managed treatment program can help reduce the severity of these and other symptoms.

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