Should Marijuana Be Medicine?

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Marijuana as Medicine:
Does the use of medical marijuana have enough benefits to be considered a therapeutic controlled substance like other prescription drugs?

Kristina Webb
NSP 4503 UL: Scientific Controversies
Prof. Alan Oberley
Final Project: Final Draft
Due 9 December 2016
Should Marijuana Be Medicine?
Does the use of medicinal marijuana have enough benefits to be considered a therapeutic controlled substance like other prescription drugs?
Cannabis setiva, has many nicknames, but most people know it as marijuana. Cannabis s. is a plant thought to have originated in Central Asia but in this day and age, it is grown all over the world. The marijuana plant, when extracted in resin-form, produces cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the active chemicals in marijuana that cause a physical response when a person uses it. These chemicals act on a person’s nervous and immune systems. The most commonly known cannabinoid in Cannabis s. is delta-9-THC. Two other active cannabinoids are different forms of cannabidiol (CBD), known as CBD1 and CBD2. According to information on http://www.cancer.gov, cannabidiol products have long been used for their “potential to relieve pain and lower inflammation without causing the ‘high’ of delta-9-THC”. ("Cannabis and Cannabinoids", 2016)
Regardless of someone’s personal stance, for people in the United States, it has not been shown an easy task to prove marijuana has enough medical benefits to be considered a therapeutic controlled…
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