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Cannabis sativa, also known as hemp, is a species of the Cannabinaceae family of plants.

Cannabis is also known as Ganja, grass, Hashish, Hemp, Indian hemp, marijuana, Pot, reefer, weed.

Cannabis contains the chemical compound THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol), which is believed to be responsible for most of the characteristic psychoactive effects of cannabis.

Medical cannabis, or medical marijuana is cannabis and cannabinoids that are prescribed by doctors for their patients.The use of cannabis as a medicine has not been rigorously tested due to production restrictions and other governmental regulations. There is a limited amount of evidence that suggests cannabis can reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, and reduce chronic pain and muscle spasms

How Does It Work?

Your body already makes marijuana-like chemicals that affect pain, inflammation, and many other processes. Marijuana can sometimes help those natural chemicals work better, says Laura Borgelt, PharmD, of the University of Colorado.