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What's medical marijuana used for?
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  1. Wherever the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is legal, doctors tend to recommend it to treat chronic diseases and conditions. Examples of what medical marijuana is used for include AIDS, cancer, ADHD, multiple sclerosis, nausea resulting from chemotherapy, Crohn's disease, glaucoma, epilepsy, insomnia, migraines, arthritis and lack of appetite. Doctors have also used medical marijuana on terminally ill patients, as a way to alleviate some of their pain and improve their overall quality of life.

    There's an extensive body of research that details marijuana's medicinal value. THC, a cannabinoid found in marijuana, has been shown to bind to the brain's endocannabinoid receptors. When this happens, the effects produced include a reduction in anxiety and pain, as well as a feeling of being high. Furthermore, research has shown cannabinoids to be successful at slowing the growth of certain types of cancer [source: Armentano].

    Although several states have authorized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, it remains illegal under federal law. As such, pharmacies aren't allowed to supply it. For the same reason, doctors write recommendations for marijuana use instead of actual prescriptions. One way that a patient with a doctor's recommendation can purchase marijuana is at a dispensary. These cannabis clubs, as they're also called, offer different types of marijuana-based products including cookies, chocolate, smoothies and butter.

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