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Some chemicals in the marijuana plant might be useful in the world of medicine—like preventing nausea and blocking pain, and possibly treating other problems and diseases. The trick is for scientists to get these results without the harmful effects.

Researchers are studying these chemicals—so that they can develop medications that are chemically similar to THC but don't negatively affect the brain.

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