New Jersey became the first state to legalize medical marijuana after voters approved it last month, and now it will join Massachusetts and Delaware in making it legal to use it for patients suffering from certain ailments.
But the first thing to know about medical marijuana is that it doesn’t cure cancer, and it’s not even a cure for AIDS.
The drug, which is also known as cannabidiol (CBD), is a non-psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana.
In fact, it’s been shown to be quite effective at helping people with cancer.
But it can cause side effects including headaches, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, and hallucinations.
The most notable benefit of using CBD is that people who suffer from cancer and other debilitating diseases like HIV and multiple sclerosis will benefit from the drug.
And the benefits are so impressive that a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that those who used CBD were less likely to die from cancer than those who didn’t.
The study, which was led by Dr. Steven G. Brown of Columbia University, looked at the use of CBD and cancer diagnoses among adults with both types of cancer.
Patients were randomly assigned to receive CBD or placebo pills.
The researchers found that the use and side effects of CBD did not differ significantly between those receiving the pills and those not.
“We don’t know if CBD is going to help people with these debilitating conditions, but if we know it works and it is effective, then I think it should be on everyone’s radar screen,” said Dr. Brown.
“The only downside is that we are now seeing more people suffering from these debilitating diseases and this is what we have to watch out for.”
The use of the drug is legal in New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. But in some other states, including Texas and Maine, it is not.
In those states, it requires a doctor’s recommendation and can only be used for those with a specific diagnosis.
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