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The Benefits of Medical Cannabis

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  • 20 states in the US have legalized cannabis for medical purposes. Colorado and Washington state also permit recreational use of marijuana
  • Medical cannabis is competition to the pharmaceutical industry, as the cannabis plant can take the place of a wide variety of synthetic drugs, especially for mood and anxiety disorders
  • There are two very distinct groups of marijuana strains. One is cannabis; the other is hemp
  • Hemp has no medicinal value as it only contains about four percent cannabidiol (CBD). It also contains less than 0.3 percent THC, which means it cannot produce a high
  • Cannabis is potent medicine courtesy of high amounts of CBD, medicinal terpenes, and flavonoids. It also contains varying amounts of THC. The higher the THC, the more pronounced its psychoactive effects

By Dr. Mercola

Marijuana has been legalized in a number of US states; 20 states have legalized cannabis for medical purposes; two states—Colorado and Washington state—also permit recreational use. Certain forms of cannabis are actually very potent medicine, with few or no psychoactive effects.


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