What is medical marijuana?
Marijuana comes from the cannabis plant. It contains the active ingredient delta-9 TetraHydroCannabinol (THC), which affects brain function and can alter perception and mood. The flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant can be dried, then smoked or eaten for the psychoactive (or high) effects of THC.
Medical marijuana is cannabis that is specially prepared and prescribed to relieve the symptoms of certain medical conditions.
For some people with chronic or terminal illnesses, conventional medicines may not work or cause sever side effects. Medicinal cannabis may provide an alternative to help relieve a number of chronic conditions.
The cannabis plant contains over 100 compounds that are called cannabinoids and mimic the naturally occurring cannabinoids found within the human body. The most common and abundant cannabinoids are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The therapeutic and pain-relieving properties of these compounds may help to relieve the symptoms of many chronic conditions.
Medical marijuana comes as a pill, oil, nasal spray or some other form of cannabis plant extract. Medicinal cannabis is being researched worldwide due to its potential to help a number of conditions. Its use is very highly regulated in Australia.