Medical marijuana, also known as medical cannabis, has been getting a lot of attention in Texas. Make no mistake, some rules and regulations must be followed. However, some people might find relief from certain health issues by using medical marijuana.

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A publication from Harvard Medical School claims that any health benefits of marijuana are tied to its active compounds. These are called cannabinoids, particularly delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). I wanted to dig in and see how these work to someone's benefit. What I discovered could help millions of people.


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Photo: Canva

Pain Relief

Many Texans suffer from chronic pain due to arthritis or other injuries. Medical marijuana might help ease this pain. Some of the natural compounds in marijuana, called cannabinoids, help reduce pain signals in the body.

Less Nausea

Texans who undergo treatments like chemotherapy sometimes feel sick and nauseous. Medical marijuana helps settle these feelings, making it easier for patients to eat and feel better.

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Better Sleep

Sleep problems stink, I know. Medical marijuana helps some people sleep better by relaxing their bodies and minds. It's important to talk to a doctor before using for sleep.

Calming Anxiety

Feeling anxious or worried is no bueno. Medical marijuana is said to produce a calming effect on some folks, helping them feel more at ease. Too much, however, can aggravate anxiety and cause paranoia, so it's important to follow a doctor's advice.

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Photo: Canva

Seizure Control

For some Texans with epilepsy, regular medicines don't work well. Medical marijuana, especially the compound CBD, has been shown to help in reducing seizures.

Not so fast though. There are important things to think about. Smoking anything, including marijuana, can harm your lungs. Also, medical marijuana isn't a magic cure. Some folks react differently, and it might not work for everyone.

Here in Texas, there are laws about who can use medical marijuana and how. You need to have a qualifying medical condition and get a recommendation from a doctor. Your doctor can help decide if it's a good option for you.

For now, recreational marijuana use is still illegal in Texas. However, that's not the case for many other states. Scroll below for a peek at which ones have given the green light to grass.

States Where Recreational Marijuana is Legal

A fun collection of facts and photos! Learn which states have legalized recreational marijuana and when, plus some weed facts you may have never known.

Gallery Credit: Toni Gee, Townsquare Media

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