Essay on Cannabis And Its Effects On The Body And Society

1438 Words May 17th, 2015 6 Pages
Lori Macintosh
Cannabis and its Effects on the Body and Society
Introduction
Cannabis is the name given to the medical and recreational drug prepared for use from the cannabis plant. Indigenous to Central and South Asia, it is known to have been used by ancient Hindus in India and Nepal thousands of years ago and has an ancient history of being used in rituals. Criminalization of cannabis in various countries began in the early 20th century. Cannabis is currently rated a Class B drug in the UK and is the most commonly used illegal drug in the world. United Nations estimate that approximately 4% of adult population (162 million) use cannabis annually and 0.6% (22.5 million) use it daily. Cannabis is often consumed recreationally for its desired effects such as euphoria, relaxation and increased appetite.
Medical Uses
Cannabis is made up of 483 known compounds including at least 85 cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that acts upon the cannabinoid receptors in the brain. Interactions mostly occur in the part of the brain which affects memory, cognition and psychomotor performance. The body naturally makes its own form of cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) to modulate pain. This report will look at medical cannabis and the effect that it has on the human body and society. Medical cannabis is the use of the cannabis plant as physician recommended herbal therapy. History of medical cannabis dates back thousands of years across many cultures. Modern day medical…

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