Medical Uses

Medical Marijuana, or medical cannabis, has been used for centuries as a natural treatment for many conditions… at least until we created pot prohibition in 1937. But have no fear, as we make progress with medical marijuana laws, new uses and treatments are being discovered and a whole new quality is emerging.

Harvard Doctor on the Benefits of Medical Marijuana


How Does It Work?

Your body already makes marijuana-like chemicals that affect pain, inflammation, and many other processes. Marijuana can sometimes help those natural chemicals work better, says Laura Borgelt, PharmD, of the University of Colorado.

What is medical marijuana?

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.