Last updated: May 29, 2020

What Does Cannabis Mean?

Cannabis is one common term for marijuana. It comes from the scientific name of the plant, Cannabis Sativa. Cannabis Sativa has several specific plants under the species, including those that are used for hemp. In common usage, cannabis is interchangeable with marijuana and Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active psychoactive substance from the plant. Cannabis is one of the most commonly abused drugs and is a Federal Schedule 1 drug.


WorkplaceTesting Explains Cannabis

Cannabis is a drug that is also commonly known as marijuana or Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It is generally used as a psychoactive drug, in order to promote a euphoric high or stoned feeling. Cannabis is widely used heighten a person's mood or increase feelings of well being in the short term. Cannabis can be used by either smoking, vaporization, or it can be placed in food. Short term effects may include a decrease in short-term memory, dry mouth, as well as an impairment in motor skills. It can also cause paranoia or anxiety. Long term side effects can include addiction, issues with maintaining attention, as well as behavioral problems. However, there is currently debate about possible medical uses of cannabis and some states have legalized its use in limited ways.



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