A variety of Cannabis popularly known as hemp, is a species of the cannabis plant that is grown specifically for industrial use. Hemp is used to make various products such as clothing, paper, biodegradable plastics, building materials and even biofuels. Hemp is also used as a food source, with its seeds and oil being rich in essential fatty acids and protein.
Recreational use of Cannabis is also very prevalent around the world. A compound known as THC is responsible for the euphoric, relaxing and mood enhancing effects that people experience while smoking cannabis or ingesting bhaang. Smoking and vaporizing are the most common methods of consumption, but edible products and topicals are also becoming increasingly popular as well.
Lastly, cannabis is also used for spiritual purposes. In some cultures, Cannabis is considered a sacrament and is used in religious ceremonies to achieve a heightened spiritual state of consciousness. In the Indian subcontinent consumption of Bhaang is very common during the festivals of Holi and Mahashivratri. Overall, the uses of the cannabis plant are diverse and continue to evolve as more research is conducted on its potential benefits.