5 Facts About Medical Marijuana

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Known as cannabis, marijuana, grass, chronic, pot, medmar, among many other names, marijuana is a powerful herbal medicine that’s been safely used by patients for thousands of years. Here are 5 facts about medical marijuana:

  1. Cannabis is one of the 50 “fundamental” herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. (Source)
  2. Smoked or inhaled, marijuana takes only a few minutes to reach the brain. When eating or drinking marijuana, this process can take up to an hour. (Source)
  3. Cannabis contains almost 500 compounds, and 5 of these compounds are used frequently in medicine:
    • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the chemical in marijuana that produces its psychoactive effects. This chemical has been proven to also be a mild pain reliever and sleep inducer, as well as an antioxidant.
    • Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the primary compounds extracted for medical marijuana. CBD has been provent to relieve convulsion, inflammation, anxiety, cough, congestion, and nausea, and it inhibits cancer cell growth.
    • Cannabinol (CBN) is thought to inhibit the spread of cancer cells.
    • β-caryophyllene is used to reduce inflammation.
    • Cannabigerol relieves intraocular pressure of the eye, so it’s used in the treatment of glaucoma. (Source)
  4. Since 1968, the University of Mississippi has grown marijuana on behalf of the United States government, which is used for research. (Source)
  5. The THC in marijuana may prevent the formation of protein deposits in the brain associated with the degenerative disease Alzheimers. (Source)

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