What is Cannabis?The term “cannabis” is used to describe products derived from the whole cannabis plant or its extracts containing active cannabinoids and terpenes. Cannabis is a type of plant with a number of different species. Sativa and Indica are the two most common cannabis species.
What are the main active ingredients in Cannabis?
The main active and commonly known ingredients in cannabis are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
Is it possible to develop dependency or addiction to cannabis?
Abrupt discontinuation after long-term use may result in withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, chronic use may result in psychological dependence.
Is cannabis safe?
Just like alcohol and tobacco, cannabis is not a benign substance and can pose some health risks. Cannabis may not be appropriate if you:
- Are allergic to any cannabinoids or to smoke
- Have serious liver, kidney, heart or lung disease
- Have a personal or family history of serious mental disorders such as schizophrenia, psychosis, depression or bipolar disorder
- Are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or breastfeeding
- Have a history of alcohol or drug abuse or substance dependence
Because there is a lack of studies and long-term data regarding the use of cannabis, the list of situations above is not exhaustive – risk could still arise in other cases.
At any age, your brain functions can be affected by usage of cannabis, including impacts on attention, memory and learning. Because the brain does not stop developing until around the age of 25, cannabis may have negative effects on the brain development of younger people.
Talk to your pharmacist and healthcare practitioner if you have any of these conditions or to find out if cannabis may interact with other drugs and herbal products you are taking.
The information contained in this article is based on the research and studies available at the time of its publication (October 17th, 2018).
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.