There is only weak evidence that marijuana’s ingredients might one day be used to treat cancer.
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Marijuana has been shown to help ease pain and a few other health problems, yet two-thirds of U.S. states have decided pot should be legal to treat many other conditions with little scientific backing. At least 1.4 million Americans are using marijuana for their health, according to an Associated Press analysis of states that track medical marijuana patients.The number of medical marijuana cardholders more than tripled in the last five years as more states jumped on the bandwagon. The U.S. government, meanwhile, both considers marijuana an illegal drug and a therapeutic herb worth more study.THC causes marijuana's mind-altering effect; CBD doesn't get people high.Researchers continue to study whether marijuana helps with PTSD, back pain and other problems.Marijuana may be helpful in reducing use of opioid painkillers.Another study found worrying evidence that marijuana might interfere with some cancer drugs, making them less effective.That allows researchers to study how people with cancer react to marijuana.Zylla is studying whether cancer patients can decrease their prescription opioid use while using marijuana.
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