Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is a plant that grows in the warm climates of Asia and South America. People have used this plant in religious rituals and folk remedies for thousands of years. In more recent years, people have often used it recreationally. Over 52 million people in the United States have used marijuana in the last 12 months as of 2021.
Cannabis is a psychoactive drug. This means it alters your state of consciousness. It isn’t a true hallucinogen, though it can sometimes produce hallucinations in very high doses. Similar to alcohol, it can make a person behave and think differently.
Some states have legalized this substance and used it to treat certain health conditions, such as anxiety, pain, and insomnia. Although cannabis is legal in several states, it is still considered a Schedule I drug, meaning it has the highest categorized potential for abuse.