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How Medical Marijuana Works

United Patients Group

The Therapeutic Uses of Cannabis and Cannabinoids

There are over 400 natural compounds in medical marijuana and, of these, eighty are only found in cannabis plants. These eighty special compounds are known as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids relieve symptoms of illness by attaching to receptors in the brain that look for similar compounds […]

Marijuana Cuts Lung Cancer Tumor Growth In Half, Study Shows


The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.

They say this is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, […]

Uses for Medical Marijuana

There are many known therapeutic uses for medical marijuana. Throughout history marijuana, also called cannabis, has been used for almost everything from common aches and pains to more serious conditions and ailments like cancer and other diseases.

Topical uses of marijuana

Medical marijuana will help treat many conditions when used topically including: rough or dry skin, arthritis, […]

60 Studies That Show How Medical Marijuana Combats Cancer

Medical Marijuana, and the cannabinoid compounds found within it, has been shown through a large amount of scientific, peer-reviewed research to be effective at treating a wide variety of cancers, ranging from brain cancer to colon cancer. Below are 60 studies that demonstrate the vast anti-cancer properties of cannabis.

Studies showing cannabis may combat brain cancer:

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Traffic Accidents in Colorado Are Down Since Medical Marijuana

Radley Balko | The Washington Post

Since Colorado voters legalized pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of “drugged divers” on the state’s roads. They often point out that when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2001, there was a surge […]

Teen Use Declines in Medical Marijuana States

Christopher Ingraham | The Washington Post

Opponents of marijuana legalization are rapidly losing the battle for hearts and minds. Simply put, the public understands that however you measure the consequences of marijuana use, the drug is significantly less harmful to users and society than tobacco or alcohol.

But opponents still […]

States With Medical Marijuana Laws Have 25% Fewer Opioid Overdose Deaths

Alexandra Sifferlin | Time

States with medical marijuana laws have fewer deaths from opioid overdoses compared to states that do not allow medical marijuana, according to new research.

Opioids for chronic pain, like OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin, are meant to suppress pain. Recent data shows […]

Poll Shows Dramatic Shifts In Public Support for Legalization

Pew Research Center

Views on drugs and drug policy in the United States have shifted significantly in the last few years, as Americans become more amicable to the idea of lenient punishment for drug users than ever before, according to a new survey.

The poll, Pew Research Center’s first comprehensive look […]

Support for Medical Marijuana

Marijuana Policy Project

Support from the Public

A May 2013 Fox News poll found that 85% of Americans think “adults should be allowed to use marijuana for medical purposes if a physician prescribes it.” Voters in 11 states have enacted medical marijuana laws by statewide ballot initiatives. In Michigan in […]

1.4 Million Californians Have Used Medical Cannabis and 92% Believe It Has Helped A Serious Medical Condition


A new study shows that 1.4 million Californians have used medical cannabis and an overwhelming majority of those users (92%) believe cannabis helped treat the symptoms of a serious medical condition. The study, which will be published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review, challenges the commonly held perception that medical […]