"Marijuana" redirects here. For other uses, see Marijuana
Cannabis, also referred to as marijuana among other names, is a preparation of the Cannabis plant meant for use as a psychoactive drug or medicine. The primary psychoactive a part of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); one of 483 known compounds within the plant, including a minimum of 65 other cannabinoids. Cannabis can be used by smoking, vaporization, within food, or being an extract.
Cannabis is often employed for its mental and physical effects, such as a "high" or "stoned" feeling, a modification of perception, euphoria (heightened mood), as well as an increase in appetite. Short term negative effects may include a decrease in short-term memory, xerostomia, impaired motor skills, red eyes, and feelings of paranoia or anxiety. Long term side effects can include addiction, decreased mental capability in people who started as teenagers, and behavioral problems in youngsters whose mothers used cannabis while pregnant. Onset of effects is within minutes when smoked and about 30 to An hour when cooked and eaten. They last for between two and 6 hours.
Cannabis is mainly used recreationally or as a medicinal drug. It may 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 american citizens 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 will make it the most widely used illegal drug both in the planet and the Usa.