This Version Posted: March 6, 2020

What is cannabis?

Cannabis is known by many names including marijuana, weed, pot, hash—and others. Cannabis refers to the greenish or brownish material that comes from the dried flowering tops/buds & leaves of the plants, Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica.

Marijuana flower, often called buds or cannbis
Marijuana flower, often called buds or cannbis

Cannabis contains over 140 cannabinoids – chemicals that affect how our brain functions and affects our mental state and physical movements.

The most abundant cannabinoids found in cannabis are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).


Cannabis and Your Health

Just as with alcohol or tobacco, cannabis is not a harmless substance. It’s important for you to be informed of what is known about the harms of cannabis use so you can reduce your health risks.