Cannabis sativa is an annual plant that grows wild in warm and tropical climates throughout the world and is cultivated commercially. The leaves and buds of the plant have been used in herbal remedies for centuries. Scientists have identified over 70 biologically active components, called cannabinoids, in marijuana. The best known component is the chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, although cannabidiol (CBD) and some other active substances are now being studied.
The medical use of marijuana is limited because different strains of the plant contain different amounts of various compounds, which makes effects hard to predict. Medical researchers have isolated substances from the plant (cannabinoids) that can be used in precise doses alone and in combinations with other medicines to achieve more predictable effects. Certain cannabinoid drugs have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to relieve nausea and vomiting and increase appetite in people with cancer and AIDS. Other marijuana extracts are still being tested.
Jayden's dad was desperate to help his son overcome his epileptic seizures.
This video is from a new documentary The Culture High which looks at both sides of the marijuana prohibition argument.
After taking more than 22 pills a day, Jason decided that enough is enough and gave his son Marijuana extract. The results will surprise you.
The University of Texas also recently published their research into the long-term effects of marijuana.
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