The term medical marijuana is used to refer to the use of cannabis and its basic extracts to treat a symptom or disease. Research has shown that medical cannabis contains cannabinoids (chemical compounds) that can be used in a range of medical applications like treating chronic pain, sleep deprivation, convulsions, depression, anxiety and improving appetite among HIV patients. Some states in the USA like Colorado, Massachusetts and countries like Austria, Canada etc. have gone on to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

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