Snoop Dogg recently announced he decided to quit “smoke”, according to his social media post on Instagram. Although he may not have meant marijuana, the news ignited discussion surrounding the drug and how it actually affects health and well-being. Here is what you need to know.
What Is Marijuana?
Marijuana is a Cannabis-based product, derived from the leaves, stems and seeds of the Cannabis plant. The drug contains over 120 active ingredients, including the abundant tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that can have psychoactive or mind-altering effects.
According to the Controlled Substance Act, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance, meaning it has a high potential for abuse with a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision. The drug is the most commonly used federally illegal drug in the United States according to the CDC, although a growing number of states are legalizing the drug for recreational and medicinal use.