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Friday, 28 December 2012 at 11:07

1. Healthcare professionals are in favor of medical marijuana.

Inside a survey of Medscape, an online community for doctors and nurses, it was found that three out of four doctors and nine from 10 nurses favor decriminalization of marijuana for medical use.

2. Most medical marijuana prescriptions are for life-threatening conditions.

Many people think the medicinal marijuana movement is an excuse for stoners to get legal weed, but based on the Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Center, 90% of MMJ prescriptions are for AIDS or cancer.

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3. Marijuana has a neurochemical effect on pain.

A National Institute of Mental Health study has shown that as opposed to just "relaxing" a problem patient or "intoxicating" them, the psychoactive ingredients in marijuana suppress the transmission of pain signals within the brain.

4. Pot may be used medicinally to deal with mental health disorders.

Lots of people think of weed as a medicine for glaucoma and pain, but it is also approved in different jurisdictions to deal with mental disorders as varied as Tourette's, depression, panic disorders, as well as anorexia and bulimia.

5. Medical marijuana can be stored without losing its potency for up to 60 months.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse performed a study that proved that medical-grade pot can be stored at freezing temperatures for approximately 60 months without losing any potency.

6. Medical pot could lessen the quantity of medication-related deaths by 1,000 or more each year.

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The FDA recently released a study that shows that 17 drugs employed for symptoms which range from nausea to pain (which could get replaced with medical MJ) were responsible for 10,000+ deaths between 1997 and 2005, at a rate of about 1,000 a year.

7. The University of Mississippi continues to be growing medical cannabis for over forty years.

The federal government has a long-standing contract with Ole Miss to develop a variety of marijuana products for medical research. Each year since 1968, researchers at Ole Miss have been growing between 1.5 and 6.5 acres of medical MJ.

8. Legal medicinal marijuana appears to reduce illegal marijuana use among teens.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration finds that in eight from the ten states with legal medical pot laws, illegal use among teenagers has dropped an average of 3 percent.

9. Smoking grass may lower your likelihood of contracting cancer of the lung.

Despite claims to the contrary, an in-depth study at UCLA found no association between smoking pot and contracting lung cancer, claiming instead that marijuana "may have some protective effect."

10. Ganja can improve the immune system.

Is there anything weed can't do? Dr. Donald Abrams found in research published in Annals of Internal Medicine that medical marijuana patients had "improved immune function" compared with patients who received a placebo.

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