What is Cannabis? Why is it used?

Cannabis is a drug that comes from hemp plants such as Sativa and Indica. The main active chemical in it is THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol).

What is it?

Cannabis is a depressant drug. Its do not necessarily make you feel depressed. Rather, they slow down the activity of the central nervous system and the messages going between the brain and the body. When take high doses of cannabis, it may also produce hallucinogenic effects.

It is also known as grass, pot, hash, weed, reefer, dope, herb, mull, buddha, ganja, joint, stick, buckets, cones, skunk, hydro, yarned, smoke, and hooch. Cannabis is used for the psychoactive (mind and mood-altering) effects of THC and other active ingredients. THC is the chemical in cbn makes you feel “high”.

There are three main forms of psychoactive cannabis: marijuana, hashish, and hash oil.

Marijuana is the most common and least potent form of cannabis. Marijuana is the dried leaves and flowers of the plant. It is smoked in hand-rolled cigarettes (joints), or in a pipe (a bong).

Hashish (“hash”) is dried cannabis resin, usually in the form of a small block. The concentration of THC in hashish is higher than in marijuana, producing stronger effects. Hashish is usually added to tobacco and smoked, or baked and eaten in foods such as hash cookies.

Hash oil is a thick, oily liquid, golden brown to black in color, extracted from marijuana. This oil is the strongest form of marijuana. Hash oil is usually spread on the tip or paper of a cigarette and then smoked.

Cannabis and hash can be smoked in a vaporizer. Vaporizers heat cannabis to temperatures that release its active ingredients while minimizing the toxins associated with burning.

The THC in cannabis is absorbed into the bloodstream through the walls of the lungs (if smoked), or through the walls of the stomach and intestines (if eaten). The bloodstream carries the THC to the brain, producing the “high” effects. Drugs inhaled get into the bloodstream quicker than eaten. This means that the effects of cannabis when smoked occur more rapidly than when eaten.

Medical Uses

It has been used for medical purposes for many years. It has been reported that cannabis may be useful to help conditions such as:

  • Nausea and vomiting, particularly when associated with chemotherapy
  • Wasting and severe weight loss, in people with HIV/AIDS, cancer, or anorexia nervosa, as it may be used as an appetite stimulant
  • Pain relief, for example, in people with cancer and arthritis
  • Relief from symptoms of some neurological disorders that involve muscle spasms, including multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury
  • Glaucoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Asthma

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