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Cannabis spp.

Also known as

Marijuana, Dagga (Afr.), Umya (Xhosa), Nsangu (Zulu), Matekwane (Northern Sotho)

Cannabis sativa by James Davies (

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


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A close up of a green Cannabis plant
A close up of a green Cannabis plant
A Cannabis plant in a garden
A photo of Cannabis
A photo of Cannabis

Cannabis Overview

The number of species contained by this genus is disputed (between 1 and 3), the most common being Cannabis sativa. Both industrial hemp and the drug known as cannabis are produced from it. Its leaves are serrated and palmate in shape. It is an annual broadleaf plant with a taproot and is capable of very rapid growth under ideal growing conditions. Cannabis can be used as a herb and is famous for containing the psychoactive component THC, but other distinct strains bred from this species have other unique biochemical compositions and uses. Hemp has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of CBD, which decreases its psychoactive effects. Currently in South Africa it is legal to smoke cannabis in the privacy of your home. It is also legal to cultivate it for personal use and be in the possession of cannabis. Selling it is still illegal though.

How to propagate Cannabis


Special features of Cannabis

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Cannabis

Includes the famous Cannabis sativa species.