Medical Definition of Cannabis

Cannabis: Marijuana, a drug derived from the family of plants that includes hemp. Cannabis can be smoked or eaten. Use of cannabis produces a mild sense of euphoria, as well as impairments in judgment and lengthened response time. Although recreational cannabis use is illegal in some parts of the world and in many US states, the plant appears to have some potential for medical use, particularly as a palliative for glaucoma and disease-related loss of appetite and wasting, as is often seen in cancer, AIDS, and other illnesses.

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Reviewed on 12/31/2018

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