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13 Feb 2017

"Marijuana" redirects here. For other uses, see Marijuana

Cannabis, also known as marijuana among other names, is really a preparation from the Cannabis plant intended for use like a psychoactive drug or medicine. The primary psychoactive a part of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); one of 483 known compounds within the plant, including at least 65 other cannabinoids. Cannabis may be used by smoking, vaporization, within food, or being an extract.

Cannabis is often used for its mental and physical effects, such as a "high" or "stoned" feeling, a general change in perception, euphoria (heightened mood), and an increase in appetite. Short term side effects may include a decrease in short-term memory, xerostomia, impaired motor skills, red eyes, and feelings of paranoia or anxiety. Long-term negative effects may include addiction, decreased mental ability in those who started as teenagers, and behavioral problems in youngsters whose mothers used cannabis while pregnant. Start of effects is within minutes when smoked and about 30 to An hour when cooked and eaten. They last for between two and six hours.

Cannabis is mostly used recreationally or like a medicinal drug. It could also be used for religious or spiritual purposes. In 2013, between 128 and 232 million people used cannabis (2.7% to 4.9% of the global population between 15 and 65). In 2015, 43% of Americans had used cannabis which increased to 51% in 2016. About 12% used it in the past year, and seven.3% have used it in the past month. This makes it the most widely used illegal drug both in the world and the United States.


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