What is Cannabis?
A Plant with a Long History of Medical Use
Records of human-use of the cannabis plant date back to as early as 500 B.C. The main psychoactive part of cannabis is a cannabinoid known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Another main compound found in cannabis is cannabidiol (CBD). Cannabis can be ingested by smoking, vaporizing, or eating.
What Are The Effects of Cannabis?
The Cannabis Experience Can Vary from Person to Person.
The subjective effects of cannabis include:
- Change in perception and awareness
- Heightened mood
- Increased appetite
- Dissociative states
How Does Cannabis Work in The Brain?
How Does Cannabis Work with the Brain?
It is thought that THC impacts mood and cognition by activating cannabinoid CB1 receptors, which in turn increases dopamine release. Additionally, CBD is thought to potentate several neurotransmitter receptors.
Why Cannabis and not Marijuana?
To respect the integrity of our research, we use the scientific name, cannabis. Additionally, it is thought that “marijuana” became a popular term to mislead the public and promote xenophobia.