Why is weed illegal if it is a medicine?

Marijuana for medical use has been in the news a lot lately, but the marijuana plant has not been approved by the FDA as a medical treatment. Some research suggests that certain active ingredients in marijuana, like THC and cannabidiol (CBD) might help with things like epilepsy, or pain. Some states allow doctors to recommend marijuana for adults with certain conditions, but it should be carefully discussed with a medical professional. People who sell medical marijuana at legal dispensaries are not usually medically trained.

Scientists are studying ingredients in marijuana to try to develop new medications. A pill form is already available for some conditions, such as nausea from cancer chemotherapy and weight loss in patients with AIDS. A CBD-based liquid has been approved to treat severe childhood epilepsy. However, smoked marijuana is unlikely to be an ideal medication because of its negative health effects.