Cannabis, also known as marijuana, or weed, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant that has many medical and recreational uses. The main psychoactive compound in cannabis is called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); this compound is just one of many that exist, such as cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabidiol (CBN). The dried flower is commonly used by smoking or vaping to produce a feeling of euphoria and relaxation. Cannabis has been used for therapeutic purposes for centuries, with renewed interest in its potential therapeutic effects in the present day. Recent evidence suggests that it was first grown by humans in East Asia, 12,000 years ago. Cannabis was legalized in Canada in 2018.
THC is know to help relieve pain, reduce nausea and vomiting, suppress muscle spasms, reduce inflammation and ease symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. CBD is becoming known as an effective treatment for some people who suffer from seizure disorders like epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease.