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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Portugal's parliament has just approved a bill to legalize marijuana-based medicines. Dr Garret McGovern is a member of a group of medical addiction experts aiming to promote sensible drug policies, and is director of the Priority Medical Clinic, a private addiction treatment program in Dublin, Ireland. Keith Walker asked him about the situation with medical cannabis in Europe.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once said he smoked a joint "five or six times." He and many other Canadians will be able to publicly possess up to 30 grams of the drug once the House of Commons signs off on Bill C-45.