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Whether you call it hemp mary jane pot or weed it doesnt matter It is still Cannabis Sativa or cannabis for short and it is still illegal The use of marijuana as an intoxicant in the United States became a problem of public concern sometime during the 1930s Laws were passed in 1937 instituting criminal penalties for possession and sale of the drug The word marijuana refers to the dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant which contains the non-narcotic chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC for short at various potencies It is smoked or eaten to produce the feeling of being high The different strains of this herb produce different sensual effects ranging from a sedative to a stimulant Marijuana has many medical purposes also The cannabis extract was available as a medicine legally in this country until 1937 and was sold as a nerve tonic but mankind has been using cannabis medicines much longer than that Marijuana appears in almost every known book of medicine written by ancient scholars and wise men It is usually ranked among the top medicines called panaceas a word which means cure-all The list of diseases which cannabis can be used for includes multiple sclerosis cancer treatment AIDS and AIDS treatment glaucoma depression epilepsy migraine headaches asthma pruritis sclerodoma severe pain and dystonia This list does not even consider the other medicines which can be made out of marijuana these are just some of the illnesses for which people smoke or eat marijuana today There are over 60 chemicals in marijuana which may have medical uses It is relatively easy to extract these into food or beverage or into some sort of lotion using butter fat oil or alcohol One chemical called cannabinol may be useful to help people who cannot sleep Another is taken from premature buds and is called cannabidiolic acid it is a powerful disinfectant The leaves were once used in bandages and a relaxing
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