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Chapter 16: Medical Marijuana and Other Therapeutic Uses of Illicit Drugs
Therapeutic use of illicit drugs refers to the use of these substances to treat a physical or mental illness or condition. Marijuana that is used to treat illness or the symptoms associated with illness is known as medical marijuana. Medical marijuana is at times referred to as medicinal cannabis, or medicinal marijuana.
Cannabinoids are those substances that are found in the resin of the flowers and leaves of the female cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa). THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) [Page 83]is the main active cannabinoid and the one that produces the primary psychoactive effects.3 The leaves and flower tops (or buds) are known as marijuana; hashish4 refers to cannabis resin and derives ...