What are the medical benefits of cannabinoids?


Cannabinoids -- the active chemicals in medical marijuana -- are similar to chemicals the body makes that are involved in appetite, memory, movement, and pain.

Research suggests cannabinoids might:

Reduce inflammation and relieve pain Control nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy Kill cancer cells and slow tumor growth Relax tight muscles in people with multiple sclerosis Stimulate appetite and improve weight gain in people with cancer and AIDS

Marcel Bonn-Miller, PhD, adjunct assistant professor, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

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Department of Health and Human Services.

Kaur, R. , April 2016. Current Clinical Pharmacology

PDQ Integrative, Alternative, and Complementary Therapies Editorial Board: "Cannabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ)."

Schrot, R. , May 2016. Annals of Medicine

Epilepsy Foundation: "Learn About Medical Marijuana and Epilepsy."

News release, Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s office.

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For Marijuana Map:

Governing.com: “State Marijuana Laws Map.”

NCSL: “State Medical Marijuana Laws.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 15, 2018