Cannabis is a genus of flowering plant with several species, indigenous to central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. It is used for hemp fibre, hemp oils, but also for medicinal purposes, and as a recreational drug.
The principal psychoactive constituent is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Various compounds, including hashish and hash oil, are extracted from the plant. Cannabis is a popular recreational drug around the world, only behind alcohol, caffeine and tobacco. The psychoactive effects of cannabis include a state of relaxation. According to Delphic analysis by British researchers in 2007, cannabis has a lower risk factor for dependence compared to both nicotine and alcohol. However, everyday use of Cannabis can in some cases be correlated with psychological withdrawal symptoms. Here you can find an automatic compilation of DW content referring to Cannabis.
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