Cannabis is used today for medicinal and/or recreational purposes. Recreational use of cannabis continues to be prohibited. Cannabis that is not produced for medicinal purposes does not adhere to health and safety standards and therefore, traces of other drugs, pesticides or toxic fungi could be present.
The future of cannabis legislation is rapidly changing in Canada with legalization and regulation of recreational use on the horizon.
Cannabis is commonly referred to as Marijuana. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabionl (THC) is the psychoactive component contained by the cannabis plant, which varies depending on:
- The part of the plant that is used;
- How the plant is bred;
- How the product is processed.
When consumed, cannabis causes psychoactive effects that can affect mood, sensation of pain and pleasure, motivation, cognition, as well as other mental functions. There are many ways that cannabis can be consumed. These include:
- Smoking, such as a “joint”, in a pipe or bong;
- Ingested as an edible;
- Consumed through liquid infusion.
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. (2015). The Effects of Cannabis Use during Adolescence. Retrieved Dec. 23, 2016