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Seven reasons why physicians should understand the science of marijuana

Patients are seeking direction, guidance and recommendations concerning marijuana. With Ohio’s new law and growing acceptance of the plant, physicians must be ready to respond with well-reasoned, scientifically sound answers, many of which are not yet taught in medical school. Education is the key. 1.) The compounds in cannabis act upon the endocannabinoid system, a physiologic system integral to health and healing. “Modulating endocannabinoid system activity may have therapeutic potential in almost all diseases affecting humans...” (Source: Pacher, Pál, and George Kunos. "Modulating the endocannabinoid system in humanhealth and disease–successes and failures." FEBS Journal. 280.9 (2013): 1

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