CBD or cannabidiol is another compound in marijuana that is not psychoactive. CBD is thought to be responsible for the majority of the medical benefits.
At the time this article was written, 23 states have legalized medical marijuana with varying restrictions. However, it is classified as a Schedule I substance by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), and thus is illegal at the Federal level. In most states with legal medicinal marijuana, a prescription, authorization, or medical recommendation is required, and a card or license is issued. This allows a person to buy medical marijuana.
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In terms of cancer treatment, there have been three THC-infused oral pills that have been approved by the FDA for federal use: Marinol, Cesamet and Syndros. These have been prescribed to help cancer patients with nausea.
“The idea is that as animals grow old, similar to in humans, the activity of the endogenous cannabinoid system goes down—and that coincides with signs of aging in the brain,” Zimmer said. “So we thought, ‘What if we stimulate the system by supplying [externally produced] cannabinoids?’”
How Can Medical Marijuana Help?
CBD was made federally legal under the 2018 Farm Bill, which also raised restrictions on the growth and transport of the hemp plant. The bill made both hemp and CBD legal as long as it contains .3% or less of THC. To access THC, you either need to be in a state that has legalized recreational use or access it via prescription in states that have legalized medical marijuana.
Included in mental health is addiction. Analysis on studies by the National Institute for Drug Abuse show that the presence of legal marijuana laws and marijuana dispensaries show a link between: