Understanding Medical Marijuana: Laws, Uses, Safety

Medical marijuana is any part of the marijuana plant used to ease medical symptoms and health problems.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are two most researched compounds found in medical marijuana.
How quickly cannabis affects on the brain depends on how it is consumed (smoked or eaten).
Some medical uses for marijuana include reducing pain and inflammation, increasing appetite, improving muscle control, and relieve seizures.
Side effects of marijuana may cause anxiousness, hallucinations, paranoia, delusions, short-term memory loss, disrupt decision-making, alter moods, and worsen breathing problems.
Long term side effects of marijuana include respiratory problems, depression, anxiety, lack of motivation, suicidal thoughts, and health problems in babies if cannabis is used during pregnancy.
Dronabinol and Nabilone are two FDA approved drugs made from marijuana.
Medical marijuana can be used by eating it, breathing it, or by rubbing it into the skin.
Medical Marijuana is legal in California and eight other states.
Medical marijuana use in children is relatively recent.

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Reviewed by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, Chief Medical Editor on Friday, March 17, 2017

Understanding Medical Marijuana: Laws, Uses, Safety

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