General Article The effects of marijuana on your brain and body

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Cannabis, marijuana, hash, weed… there are a variety of different ways to refer to the leaves, stems and flower buds of the Cannabis sativa plant, which is typically smoked, vaped or consumed in food for its mind-altering effects.

The effects of weed vary from person to person, depending on how it’s consumed, how much you use, and how often you use it.

While mostly consumed recreationally – it’s the UK’s most widely-used illegal drug – medicinal marijuana is also available on prescription for certain medical symptoms and conditions.

The drug can cause both immediate and long-term effects, whether used legally or illegally. Here, pharmacist Navid Sole explains how cannabis interacts with the brain, and talks us through the effects of weed on different parts of the body:

The effects of weed on your brain and body

The most prominent psychoactive compound in cannabis is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It’s one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in cannabis, and is responsible for the f...

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