What marijuana does to your body and brain

Like any drug, marijuana has a variety of effects on the body – some positive, others negative.

While it’s perhaps best-known for its more obvious effects like red eyes, food cravings, and its characteristic high, marijuana has also been linked with the potential to provide certain types of pain relief. Some research suggests that one of its compounds, cannabidiol, may help control specific kinds of epileptic seizures; the first drug of its kind to capitalize on this effect could be approved by the Food and Drug Administration this summer.

Depending on how much and how often you use, marijuana’s effects can vary.

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