Medical cannabis and cannabinoids in raw or dried flowers, oils, capsules, powders, edibles, and topicals may reduce pain, and some evidence shows benefit with nausea, vomiting, and sleep, but little evidence of treating cancer.
Affordability and access
Although authorized medical cannabis use has become accepted and normalized in many places, cannabis and its cannabinoids are still listed as Schedule 1 controlled substances under federal law, officially considered “drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”1United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Drug Scheduling. United States Department of Justice. Viewed October 9, 2021.
Because federal law regulating cannabis supersedes state law, people may still be subject to arrest and charged with possession even in states where medical cannabis is permitted.2Mayo Clinic. Consumer health: Medical marijuana. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. November 27, 2019. Viewed October 9, 2021. However, a federal amendment which protects medical cannabis patients and businesses from prosecution in states where it is legal has been included in every federal spending bill since 2014.3Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment. JD Supra, LLC. October 9, 2021. Viewed October 9, 2021.
- Yes, in many places, but not in others
Other names and brands
You may find FWGE under these brand names:
- Cannabis indica
- Cannabis ruderalis
- Cannabis sativa L
- Dronabinol (brand name Marinol)
- Medical marijuana
- Nabilone (brand name Cesamet)
- Nabiximols (brand name Sativex)
Where to access
- In states and places where cannabis is decriminalized, cannabis retail stores are available.
- CBD oils, edibles, capsules, concentrates and topicals are available through online retail sites.
- Moderately expensive (more than $2000 US/year but less than $20,000 US); cost depends on dose and frequency of use
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|1||United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Drug Scheduling. United States Department of Justice. Viewed October 9, 2021.|
|2||Mayo Clinic. Consumer health: Medical marijuana. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. November 27, 2019. Viewed October 9, 2021.|
|3||Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment. JD Supra, LLC. October 9, 2021. Viewed October 9, 2021.|