Medicinal or medical marijuana is cannabis recommended by a doctor as therapeutic treatment for a chronic and debilitating condition. 

My mom uses medical marijuana to alleviate her arthritis symptoms.

Medical cannabis is legal in many U.S. states.

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What is medical marijuana?

The same in composition as recreational marijuana, medical marijuana is prized for its rich content of more than 100 cannabinoids which offer different potential healing properties. Medical marijuana may be recommended or prescribed in different forms to be smoked, consumed, or applied topically depending on the ailment and depending on the patient's region of residence. 

Benefits of medical marijuana

The benefits of medical marijuana may include a number of healing properties, such as:

  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-tumor
  • Analgesic (pain-relieving)

In addition, medical marijuana has been approved in certain states as an alternative treatment for diseases including multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and cancer. 

Where to get medical marijuana

In the United States, medical marijuana can be found in dispensaries that require a doctor's certification to enter. Also, medical marijuana is often subject to different taxes, testing procedures, and regulations than recreational marijuana, but this varies state by state.

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