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What is cannabis (marijuana)?

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Cannabis, or marijuana, comes from a plant. The dried buds of the female plant contain the highest concentration of psychoactive compounds. These buds are usually what is sold and consumed as marijuana.

How is cannabis used?

Cannabis is usually smoked, although it can be eaten. Joints are the most common method of smoking but a wide range of pipes, bongs, hookahs, and other devices are also used. Cannabis can be prepared in butter or cooked directly into foods for ingestion.

Often people will cook with the leaves of the plant rather than the buds.

What are the effects of cannabis?

In small quantities, users find cannabis both relaxing and stimulating. The senses are enhanced, as well as the appetite. In larger quantities (or with stronger strains) the effects may feel similar to LSD or Mushrooms. Users may experience nausea, mild hallucinations, anxiety, or paranoia. Cannabis tends to cause an increase in heart rate, reddening of the eyes, and dryness in the mouth. Cannabis is used medicinally to treat the symptoms of a number of diseases such as cancer, glaucoma, and AIDS.

Is cannabis addictive?

While some people use cannabis regularly, cannabis does not create a physical dependence and users do not experience withdrawal symptoms.

What are the drawbacks of using cannabis?

Smoking anything, including cannabis, can damage the lungs, throat, and mouth.

Cannabis is a Schedule I narcotic, and getting caught with it can lead to serious consequences. Cannabis slows down reaction time and impairs driving.

Some people feel uncomfortable, nauseous, or paranoid after using cannabis. Many experience the “amotivational syndrome” after long-term use of cannabis. This couch potato syndrome can lead to lack of energy, lack of desire for commonly enjoyed activities and generally apathy about life.

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