Many people are familiar with the term THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), but marijuana consists of many cannabinoids — groups of chemical compounds present in the cannabis plant that affect body and mind through interaction with special receptors.
Marijuana plants are being grown with specific amounts of each cannabinoid for the purpose of targeting a specific condition, such as epilepsy.
The list of physical ailments that can be relieved by the use of medical marijuana is lengthy. Some of the most common are depression, inflammation, loss of appetite, high blood pressure, insomnia, nausea, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, bipolar disorder, tumors, shingles and diabetes.
Smoking cannabis isn’t the only way to obtain the benefits of medical marijuana. Manufacturers also package products in the form of other items, such as transdermal patches, capsules, edibles (e.g., cookies, candies and mints), salves, tinctures and tonics.