Clearing the Smoke: Understanding Cannabis in Today’s Terms
What is Cannabis?
Cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, is a psychoactive drug derived from the cannabis plant.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, cannabis is one of the most used drugs in the United States. Its use is especially widespread among young people today.
Cannabis contains compounds that are called cannabinoids. There are over 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant but the most familiar are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).
THC and CBD both interact with the brain and central nervous system. The primary psychoactive compound is THC which is responsible for the mind-altering effects, whereas CBD does not cause a “high.”