Marijuana (aka cannabis) has been used for various medicinal purposes for centuries. In ancient China, it was recommended for malaria, constipation, rheumatic pains, and "female disorders." In India, cannabis was used to lower fevers, induce sleep, cure dysentery, stimulate appetite,
improve digestion, and relieve headaches. (Martha Washington is said to have taken it as a tea for her headaches.)
In recent times, medical marijuana has been successfully used to diminish nausea associated with chemotherapy. It is also known to have analgesic properties, and is used as a pain reliever both orally and topically for a number of conditions. Physicians also prescribe it for muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, weight loss caused by chronic illness, such as HIV, or nerve pain, seizure disorders, Crohn's disease, glaucoma, and migraines. The FDA has approved THC, a key ingredient in marijuana, to treat nausea and improve appetite.
Currently, 23 states have passed laws approving medical marijuana. In those states, physicians may issue a “marijuana card” that allows patients to buy marijuana from an authorized seller (called a dispensary). The chemical components may be adjusted to suit a particular disorder, and to remove unwanted psychological side-effects.
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