Cannabis - Frequently Asked Questions

Written by Dr. Vivekanand, MBBS | Medically Reviewed by dr. reeja tharu, M.Phil.,Ph.D on Mar 31, 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is marihuana?

Marihuana is an assortment of the dried and shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the hemp plant scientifically called Cannabis Sativa.

2. Where did the word 'marijuana' come from?

The word 'marijuana' is a Mexican slang term that became popular in the late 1930s in America, following a series of media and government programs, which are now commonly referred to as the ‘Reefer Madness Movement’

3. How is it used?

It is generally used in the form of a cigarette, but many users have various ways to use the drug, and many also use it in preparation of food, or often use it while making tea.

4. Is Marihuana addictive?

It is generally considered more a habit-forming drug than an addictive drug. People who use it in long-term tend to get habituated, meaning, they use the drug compulsively even though it often interferes with family, school, work, and other activities.

5. What is the meaning of "feeling high"?

It is the term used by the people who have smoked marijuana to describe the effect. They exhibit a sense of well-being or euphoria and tend to be more talkative, laugh for frivolous reasons, alternating with periods of introspective dreaminess, followed by lethargy and sleepiness. The typical feature of ‘high’ in marijuana is an alteration in time sense along with short-term memory and learning lapse.

6. What causes this effect?

THC, a chemical that the drug produces travels in the blood through the lungs into the brain, binding with specific receptors to cause the effects.

7. How long does the drug stay in the body?

Marijuana stays in the system longer than most of the other drugs. This is mainly due to the metabolites of marijuana that get attached to the fat cells in the body, and hence secreted much slower than most drugs.

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This article has successfully highlighted all possible negative effects. But there are scientific articles which claims cannabis to be one of the most medically useful plant in earth which can be used to treat/supplement the treatment of variety of diseases such as incurable epilepsy, cancer/tumours, CNS disorders, MS, auto-immune diseases, depression and even as a household treatment for pain. Which makes me believe this is a highly biased article propagating propaganda . Hi, doctors, double check the facts you know, pledge to give patients a better treatment when possible. Please correct me if I am wrong.


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