Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is a psychoactive plant/drug which can be used for recreational or medicinal use. Tetrahydrocannabinol is the main psychoactive ingredient present but is only 1 of 483 known compounds. Smoking cannabis is the most popular way to ingest it but it can also be vaporised or ingested in food.
There are many reasons why people choose to take the drug. Most commonly it is down to them wanting to achieve a 'high' feeling, change in perception, an increase in appetite, or euphoria. Cannabis has both physical and mental effects, with these being felt within minutes after smoking. The effects can last for two to six hours; however this can vary depending on how it was used.
Although the most popular use of cannabis is medicinally and recreationally, people have been known to use it for spiritual and religious purposes.
There are many strains and varieties of marijuana. They can fall in a few categories: sativa, indica, and hybrid. Sativa is known for its cerebral highs, whereas indica is known for having more sedative effects; with people using it to help them sleep.
The potency of THC in cannabis can vary depending on the form. There are three main forms of products: resin, flower, and oil. Generally, oils are much more potent and can contain up to 60% more THC than other forms. It is important to consider how potent the drug is if you are going to be smoking cannabis.