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Medicinal Use of Cannabis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is the medicinal use of cannabis?

Cannabis, also called marijuana, pot, weed, or hash, is a drug that comes from the cannabis sativa (hemp plant). The medicinal use of cannabis is also called medical marijuana. The whole plant or its extracts can help control or relieve medical or mental health conditions. The effects may start right away and last for 3 to 4 hours. Cannabis may be taken in the form of a pill, capsule, oil, or mouth spray. Cannabis can also be smoked, baked into food, or made into tea.

What medical conditions or symptoms can cannabis help treat?

What do I need to know about cannabis?

What are cannabis safety guidelines to follow?

What do I need to know about cannabidiol (CBD)?

CBD is a chemical produced naturally in cannabis. CBD does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical that causes a cannabis high. CBD can help with a substance use disorder or to relieve anxiety or depression. CBD may help relieve pain, lower inflammation, and control muscle spasms. CBD may also help control some types of seizures. CBD is an extract. This means it was separated from the rest of the marijuana plant. It is often made into an oil and dropped under the tongue.

Where can I find more information?

When should I call my doctor?

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You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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