Cannabis is known by many names and is referenced in many forms across popular culture. It is also known as: marijuana, weed, pot, hash, ganja and many other brand names and strains. Cannabis refers to the greenish or brownish material that comes from the dried flowering tops/buds & leaves of the plants, Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica.
Cannabis contains over 140 cannabinoids – chemicals that affect how our brain functions and affects our mental state and physical movements.
The most common chemicals found in cannabis are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC is the chemical that producers what users experience as the mental and physical effects of “being high”.
There are many different methods and approaches to using cannabis in its vast variety of forms. Cannabis can be:
- smoked as a cigarette, called a joint, spliff or blunt
- smoked or vaporized through a pipe, bong or e-cigarette
- mixed into food or drink
- heated or inhaled as an oil, wax or in other resin forms (eg hash, shatter)