Medicinal Cannabis (or Marijuana) is a plant-based, or botanical, product with origins tracing back to the ancient world.
There are at least two active chemicals in marijuana that researchers think have medicinal applications. Those are cannabidiol (CBD) — which seems to impact the brain without a high— and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — which has pain relieving (and other) properties. In states in which it’s legal, doctors recommend medicinal cannabis for many conditions and diseases, frequently those that are chronic. Among them are nausea (especially as a result of chemotherapy), loss of appetite, chronic pain, anxiety, arthritis, cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, insomnia, ADHD, epilepsy, inflammation, migraines and Crohn’s disease. Medicinal Cannabis is also used to ease pain and improve quality of life for people who are terminally ill.
Your body already makes marijuana-like chemicals that affect pain, inflammation, and many other processes. Marijuana can sometimes help those natural chemicals work better. The body of research surrounding the medicinal value of marijuana is extensive. The human body produces endocannabinoids, its own natural version of cannabinoids and studies show that the endocannabinoid system helps to regulate the body’s responses to a variety of stimuli. The body will produce endocannabinoids when needed, but sometimes the effect is very brief. The cannabinoids in medicinal marijuana, bind to these receptors, and can increase the effect of pain relief or reduced anxiety.