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Marijuana as medicine. What is medical marijuana? Photo by ©Shutterstock.com/Atomazul(link is external)—Marijuana as medicine— 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...

What is marijuana? Marijuana DrugFacts Photo by NIDA —Marijuana DrugFacts— Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant. The plant contains the mind-altering chemical THC and other similar compounds. Extracts can also be made from the cannabis plant (see “Marijuana Extracts“). Marijuana is the most commonly used psychotropic drug...

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