What is Cannabis?

Cannabis is a drug that comes from the Indian hemp plant, and is a depressant drug. These drugs slow down the signals between the brain and the body.

Cannabis is one of the most-used drugs in Australia, being used by over 55% of Australians between the ages of 20 and 39.

Cannabis comes in three main forms:

  • Marijuana, made from the dried leaves and flowers of the plant, is the least powerful type of cannabis;
  • Hashish, or hash, is dried cannabis resin that is sold in small blocks; and
  • Hash oil, rarely sold in Australia, is a thick liquid.

Marijuana is typically smoked, either in hand-rolled cigarettes (called “joints”) or in a pipe. Hashish is either smoked with tobacco or baked into food goods and eaten, while hash oil is usually spread on cigarettes and smoked.

Street Names for Cannabis

Cannabis goes by a number of street names, including “grass”, “pot”, “hash”, “weed”, “dope”, and “hooch”, Ganja.

Effects of Cannabis

While the effects of cannabis vary depending on the user, there are a number of effects which are common amongst users. In the short term, effects often include impaired coordination, increased appetite, relaxation or loss of inhibition, and affected memory.

In the longer term, cannabis can have effects including reduced motivation, respiratory illness, reduced hormone production, and poor brain function. Studies have also suggested a link between cannabis use and mental illness, a condition known as “cannabis psychosis”.

Cannabis Charges in Victoria

In Victoria, it is illegal to use, possess, grow, sell or supply Cannabis or Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In Victoria, Cannabis charges are related to the following:

Regardless of whether the offence is for Cannabis Possession, Cultivation or Trafficking, the court takes these matters very seriously and harsh penalties are often imposed.

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