The Science

Typically, marijuana refers to the buds and leaves of the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plants.

The cannabis plant contains more than 500 chemicals, including delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive chemical.

Who uses marijuana? What symptoms can Marijuana help?

The assertion that all Medical Marijuana is only headed for seriously ill patients is misleading.

Statistics from the California Branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) shows that a survey of Californians reports the top three reported uses of medicinal marijuana:

Chronic Pain40%
AIDS - Related22%
Mood Disorders15%
All Other Categories23%

Many patients have not been able to obtain relief from their symptoms through traditional forms of medicine and are concerned about the side effects of prescribed medications to treat illness and injury.

Others seek the broadest range of medical options possible and consider cannabis to be a therapy that compliments, augments, or replaces their existing care regimen.