Medical Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa)
Medical Marijuana refers to the use of cannabis or marijuana, including constituents of cannabis THC and other cannabinoids, as a physician-recommended form of medicine or herbal therapy.
Cannabis contains cannabinoids, the natural chemical component unique to and found within the cannabis sativa plant. Cannabinoids work with the endocannabinoid system, a subsystem of the CNS (central nervous system), by binding with specific receptors within the CNS. These receptors, CB1 and CB2, bind with the cannabinoids and send messages to your brain. Researchers have also found that CB1 also binds with a naturally occurring chemical in the brain called Amadmide. More chemicals specific to the endocannabinoid system are being found and researched as Medical Marijuana research is becoming legal in many states. To date most research has been with synthetic analogues (or fake cannabis) and has been met with critical review by real cannabis users. More research is happening in both recreational legal states and in medical use states. More research is needed.