What is Medical Marijuana?
Medical marijuana is a plant-based medicine from the Cannabis sativaor Cannabis indica species with three major active compounds: THC, CBD, and CBN.
The health benefits of medical marijuana include relief from pain and muscle spasms, nausea associated with chemotherapy, and anorexia.
There are benefits to immune function, neuroplasticity, emotional and mood regulation, vascular health, and digestive process. Research is limited, but studies of the endocannabinoid system suggest benefits may include neuroprotection (in MS, epilepsy, other movement disorders) and benefit in several mood and anxiety disorders.
The side effects of medical marijuana are minimal when used at low doses and include dry mouth and fatigue. At higher doses, side effects include dizziness, paranoia, and psychoactive effects.