As of right now, marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug, which is the same category that holds heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. This has been considered to change, since marijuana is now being considered for medical value. Medical marijuana is still not FDA approved.
Medical marijuana is finally getting ground as something that can treat diseases and conditions. Marijuana contains 100 different chemicals called cannabinoids that all have a different effect on the body. In medicine, the two main cannabinoids are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
Medical marijuana is used to treat a number of conditions including:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Medical Marijuana works because of the cannabinoids that are similar to chemicals in our body that manage appetite, memory, movement, and pain. Research is starting to suggest cannabinoids have the potential to:
Control Nausea and Vomiting from Cancer Chemotherapy
Kill Cancer Cells
Slow Tumor Growth
Relax Tight Muscles in MS
Improve Weight Gain in People with Cancer and AIDS
With anything, there are side effects. Side effects of medical marijuana include:
Low blood pressure
Medical Marijuana is legal in 25 states and the District of Columbia:
You can get medical marijuana from a written recommendation from a licensed doctor in the States that are legal. To receive a medical marijuana card, you must have a condition that is qualified, and each State is different. From there, you can buy medical marijuana from a dispensary.