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What are the medical benefits of cannabinoids?

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Cannabinoids -- the active chemicals in medical marijuana -- are similar to chemicals the body makes that are involved in appetite, memory, movement, and pain.

Research suggests cannabinoids might:

  • Reduce anxiety
  • Reduce inflammation and relieve pain
  • Control nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy
  • Kill cancer cells and slow tumor growth
  • Relax tight muscles in people with multiple sclerosis
  • Stimulate appetite and improve weight gain in people with cancer and AIDS

From: Medical Marijuana FAQ WebMD Medical Reference

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For FAQ

Marcel Bonn-Miller, PhD, adjunct assistant professor, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

National Conference of State Legislatures: "State Medical Marijuana Laws."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Drug Facts: Is Marijuana Medicine?" "Is Marijuana Addictive?"

Drug Enforcement Administration: "Drug Schedules."

Department of Health and Human Services.

Kaur, R. , April 2016. Current Clinical Pharmacology

PDQ Integrative, Alternative, and Complementary Therapies Editorial Board: "Cannabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ)."

Schrot, R. , May 2016. Annals of Medicine

Epilepsy Foundation: "Learn About Medical Marijuana and Epilepsy."

News release, Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s office.

News release, Insys Therapeutics, Inc.

For Marijuana Map:

Governing.com: “State Marijuana Laws Map.”

NCSL: “State Medical Marijuana Laws.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on June 13, 2016

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SOURCES:

For FAQ

Marcel Bonn-Miller, PhD, adjunct assistant professor, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

National Conference of State Legislatures: "State Medical Marijuana Laws."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Drug Facts: Is Marijuana Medicine?" "Is Marijuana Addictive?"

Drug Enforcement Administration: "Drug Schedules."

Department of Health and Human Services.

Kaur, R. , April 2016. Current Clinical Pharmacology

PDQ Integrative, Alternative, and Complementary Therapies Editorial Board: "Cannabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ)."

Schrot, R. , May 2016. Annals of Medicine

Epilepsy Foundation: "Learn About Medical Marijuana and Epilepsy."

News release, Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s office.

News release, Insys Therapeutics, Inc.

For Marijuana Map:

Governing.com: “State Marijuana Laws Map.”

NCSL: “State Medical Marijuana Laws.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on June 13, 2016

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