Medical Marijuana, or medical cannabis, refers to the use of marijuana (Cannabis), including synthesized elements of cannabis, THC and other cannabinoids, for medical treatments and therapy under the supervision of a physician.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports on five likely medical uses for marijuana:
1. Appetite stimulant.
2. Control nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy.
3. Decrease glaucoma intraocular pressure.
4. Pain relief.
5. Neurological and movement disorders.
Although illegal for recreational use in most parts of the world, cannabis use for medicinal purposes is legal in many countries, including Spain, Israel, Italy, Finland,, Canada, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Portugal.
Federal law in the United States criminalizes all cannabis use, but is currently not prosecuting medical marijuana where it is permitted and controled by individual states and municipalities.
Medical marijuana is dispensed in membership cannabis clubs or clinics as licensed by local laws.