Marijuana and Addiction

EPIDEMIOLOGICAL surveys indicate that the large majority of people who try marijuana do not become long-term frequent users.

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Marijuana as Medicine

Using either smoked marijuana or oral preparations of delta-9-THC (marijuana’s main active ingredient), researchers have conducted controlled studies.

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Marijuana Science

In 1970, in response to marijuana’s rapidly rising popularity, Congress authorized $1 million for a national commission to study marijuana.

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Medical Marijuana Side Effects

Cannabis is not an entirely benign drug and like all medications it has side effects and precautions. As with all drugs it must be used safely.

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What States Have Legal Marijuana?

Today, 23 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing at least some form of medical marijuana, including Colorado, Washington, and Oregon, which have also legalized recreational use. The amount of marijuana someone can posses varies by state. In Alaska, Montana and Nevada, individuals are limited to one ounce. Many states will be proposing bills to legalize medical and recreational cannabis.

What Qualifies Someone For Medical Marijuana?

In California, which in 1996 became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, its Department of Public Health allows marijuana to be used by those with a “serious medical condition,” including AIDS, anorexia, arthritis, cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, glaucoma, migraines, persistent muscle spasms, seizures, severe nausea or any other chronic medical symptom that limits their life activities or would cause serious harm to their physical or mental safety if untreated.

How Do I Apply For Medical Marijuana?

Applying varies by state In California, a resident must receive a doctor’s recommendation and provide that along with proof of identity and proof of residency in their county. The state charges a fee of $33 to $66. The highest fee in the country is the $200 charged by Minnesota, New Jersey and Oregon, while in Maine and New Mexico, there is no fee.

Risks And Limits

Medical marijuana is not monitored like FDA-approved medicines. When using it, you don’t know its potential to cause cancer, its purity, potency, or side effects. Only people who have a card from a doctor should use medical marijuana. Doctors will not prescribe medical marijuana to anyone under 18. Others who should not use it.