Cannabis, often marijuana or weed, is a plant known for its psychoactive and medicinal properties. It contains various compounds, including cannabinoids, the most prominent being THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).
Cannabis laws vary widely by country and region. Some places have legalized it for medical and recreational use, while others maintain strict prohibitions. Always check local laws and regulations.
Cannabis has been used medicinally to treat chronic pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, nausea, and anxiety. Medical cannabis can be prescribed by healthcare professionals in regions where it is legal.
Cannabis can be absorbed in various ways, such as smoking, vaping, eating edibles (foods infused with cannabis), drinking tinctures, and applying topicals (creams and lotions). Depending on how the drug is administered, effects may start sooner or last longer.
Short-term effects may include altered perception, relaxation, euphoria, increased appetite, dry mouth, bloodshot eyes, impaired memory, and impaired motor skills.
Yes, cannabis use can have risks, including impaired cognitive function, addiction (especially in heavy users), mental health issues (especially in susceptible individuals), impaired judgment, and respiratory problems when smoked.
Yes, cannabis can be psychologically addictive, particularly for individuals who use it heavily or have a history of substance abuse. Withdrawal symptoms may include irritability, insomnia, and loss of appetite.
However, overindulging might cause unpleasant symptoms like excessive anxiety or panic.
The detection duration varies depending on factors like frequency of use, metabolism, and the type of drug test. THC metabolites can be seen in urine for up to 30 days, but infrequent users often have lower levels.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is psychoactive and produces the “high” associated with cannabis, while CBD (cannabidiol) is non-psychoactive and is often used for its potential therapeutic benefits without the intoxicating effects.
Traveling with cannabis is subject to strict regulations. Crossing state or international borders with cannabis can have legal consequences, even if it is legal in your destination.
It is generally advised that pregnant and breastfeeding individuals avoid cannabis use, as it may have adverse effects on fetal and infant development.
Many places have age restrictions for both medical and recreational cannabis use, typically requiring individuals to be 18 or 21 years old.
To stay informed about cannabis laws in your region, consult local government websites and legal resources or speak with a legal professional specializing in cannabis law.