Taking a Look at Medical Marijuana

664 Words Feb 17th, 2018 3 Pages
The medicinal benefits and uses of marijuana are finally being researched by scientists, as the U.S. is starting to legalize medical and recreational marijuana. Medical marijuana clinics operate in 20 states, and its recreational use is now legal in Colorado and Washington, yet researchers haven’t been able to much research on its promising ingredients (Brody 2013). Cannabis is classified as an illegal Schedule I drug in the U.S., therefore putting up the barriers for researchers testing its safety, biological ingredients and side effects. Scientists emphasize the need to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug to permit rigorous scientific evaluation of the potential medical benefits of cannabinoids (Brody, 2013). Researchers are focused on six non-hallucinogenic cannabis-derived chemicals, known as cannabinoids (University of St. George’s London, 2013). Research has shown that cellular receptors for marijuana’s active ingredients are present throughout the body, referred to the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system apparently has an impact on the autonomic nervous system, immune system, gastrointestinal tract, reproductive system, cardiovascular system and endocrine network (Brody 2013). Over the past few years, researchers have shown interest in a cannabis-derived chemical known as cannabidiol (CBD). CBD does not cause a “high” and has been found to have…
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