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National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019) DrugFacts: Marijuana as medicine. Bethesda, MD: National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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The term medical marijuana refers to using the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine.

However, scientific study of the chemicals in marijuana, called cannabinoids, has led to two FDA-approved medications that contain cannabinoid chemicals in pill form. Continued research may lead to more medications.

Because the marijuana plant contains chemicals that may help treat a range of illnesses and symptoms, many people argue that it should be legal for medical purposes. In fact, a growing number of states have legalized marijuana for medical use.

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Guideline, Web Resource
Drug Type
Cannabis, Prescription/Over the counter
Intervention Type
General / Comprehensive, Harm reduction
July 2019
4 p.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Corporate Creators
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Place of Publication
Bethesda, MD
revised edition
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)

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