What is Cannabis?

Cannabis, or hemp, is a plant belonging to the Cannabaceae family. Cannabis is known for its seed, leaves that can be used as juice and vegetable, and its essential oil. But the widest purpose for this plant is for recreational drugs. Once the parts such as the leaves, stems, and seeds are dried and processed, they can now be referred to as marijuana.

Cannabis is known to contain these active chemical compounds called cannabinoids. The cannabinoids are the ones responsible for the medicinal properties of cannabis. There are countries that have legalized marijuana and use them to cure illnesses or diseases.

This is also known to be the most illegal drug that is used and transported all over the world due to its “high” or “psychedelic” qualities that can bring temporary euphoria and ecstasy to its user.

Effects of Cannabis:

The cannabis or marijuana takes effect on the user either by smoking it or by consuming it. From there, cannabinoids will be given to the body to be received by the different cannabinoid receptors.

Once attached to the receptors, the brain will be releasing the hormone dopamine and will elevate the mood of the user. Although side effects may also occur, such as being high or having psychedelic experiences.

It is also used to treat anxiety and depression as it relaxes the mind and improves the overall mood of the user. This is the reason why cannabis is popular among teens who are prone to stress, anxiety, and depression.

Risk of Cannabis:

Although cannabis or marijuana is known to have medicinal properties, not all countries have legalized its use due to the potential risks that it can bring to the user. If a user frequently uses marijuana through smoking they may develop respiratory diseases that can weaken the lung.

But the damage is not only limited to that; one of the major long-term dangers of using cannabis is cognitive impairment. These drugs can impact the thinking ability of the user especially in memory. This can ultimately lead to something worse later on.

But so far, cannabis is not fatal. For it to become fatal you have to ingest or smoke a higher dose of it. Although an increase in THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) can be alarming. Therefore, you should always know when to and not to use. It may not be fatal, but it can bring alarming effects the health.


Regardless of being illegal or legal, a person should know how to use cannabis. It should definitely be used in moderation as the risks it brings is startling. Be responsible users!