Cannabinoids constitute the active compounds found in marijuana and are chemicals that are similar to chemicals produced by the body involving appetite, memory, movement, and pain. Marijuana has shown to be useful in treating nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy to epilepsy and schizophrenia.

Though there are several distinct chemicals identified in marijuana specifically Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol(THC) and cannabidiol(CBD) are the two chemicals that are used for medical purposes. THC accounts for the psychoactive properties experienced when marijuana is consumed. CBD is a compound found in marijuana that may prove to have a more prominent role as far as medical benefits. More research has found that the CBD compound is anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, neuroprotective, and anxiolytic, antipsychotic, and anti-emetic.

Though it is believed that Cannabinoids may be helpful in treating a wide variety of conditions, it has yet to be proven. Marijuana is still considered a schedule I drug on the federal level, so as a result, there is a lack of reliable research concerning the drug. Most of the conclusive effects of cannabis, or marijuana, involve its ability to reduce chronic pain, nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, and tight muscles caused by MS. Other research suggests that Cannabinoids may treat anxiety, reduce inflammation, kill cancer cells, and stimulate and improve your appetite.

Marijuana may be eaten through marijuana infused foods or it may be smoked or inhaled. It may also be applied as a cream or lotion. If smoked or inhaled, the marijuana will affect the individual very quickly, whereas consuming the marijuana through an edible may take up to 2 hours before the effects are felt.

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