Medical Marijuana

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Medical marijuana refers to the processed flowers of the cannabis plant, concentrates, and food infused with cannabis. Medical marijuana has: been deemed relatively safe by trusted medical professionals, proven not likely to create crime, and has great potential for a revenue source. As of today, 20 states in the US and the District of Columbia have enacted laws to legalize marijuana for medical use. Among many known health benefits, medical marijuana can be prescribed to relieve several types of pain, nausea, and other symptoms caused by illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS. For thousands of years, marijuana has been used across the world for a variety of different ailments. In America, the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 made a tax required for medical and industrial cannabis applications, and federally prohibited marijuana throughout the United States for use otherwise. Following this, in 1970, the Controlled Substances Act placed marijuana under schedule 1. This prohibition stifled the growth of scientific research and application (Mathre 3). Many verified studies showing clearly beneficial properties of marijuana have led to subsequent legalization and is proving to be one of the most useful-versatile plants on Earth, both medically and industrially.
There are 5 main cannabinoids of the 80 found in marijuana that affect neurons: THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannibinol), CBD (cannabidiol), CBN (cannabinol), CBC (cannabichromene), and CBG (cannabigerol). Neurons are cells that process information in the brain. They do this by releasing chemicals called neurotransmitters, from the axon of one neuron to the dendrite of another. This changes the charge of the receiving neuron and if excited this signal is passed on a...

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