The people of the United States of America united in a movement that led to the legalization of Marijuana. However, there are many queries that float in the mind of people related to medical cannabis. The blog has tried to provide an answer to a few such queries.
Can someone become addicted to Marijuana?
After an investment of an enormous amount of years into the research-centric to the health effects of marijuana, an article was published in a renowned publication named as Addiction. The article mentions that the potential for marijuana addiction is highly unlikely. It reveals that more than 90% of people who try marijuana do not become addicted when compared to 32% to nicotine, 23% to heroin, 15% to alcohol and 11% to stimulants.
Can Marijuana be considered as a medicine?
The chemicals residing in the marijuana plant may help symptoms for various health problems. This is the sole reason that more and more states are legalizing the use of the plant as medicine for a plethora of conditions. However, due to unavailability of enough research to claim the above fact, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) External has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine.
What is the difference between THC and CBD?
The two major cannabinoids present in the cannabis are THC and CBD.
- THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), is considered to be the most psychoactive substance (i.e., a substance that changes brain function and alters perception, mood, consciousness or behavior) in cannabis. The concentration of THC in cannabis varies between 1% and 24%.
- CBD (cannabidiol) is the major non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. The concentration of CBD in cannabis is typically less than 1%, but many strains have higher CBD concentrations.
Which states have legalized the use of cannabis for medical purposes?
In the United States, the use of medical cannabis is legal in 33 states, along with the territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the District of Columbia, as of November 2018. Fourteen other states have more restrictive laws limiting THC content, for the purpose of allowing access to products that are rich in cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive component of cannabis.
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