The marijuana plant contains THC and many of the ingredients of the marijuana plant, such as cannabidiol have relatively potent pain-reducing and anti-inflammatory actions within the body, according to recent studies. These effects are several hundred times more powerful than that of over-the-counter painkillers, allowing doctors in California to treat more than 300,000 cases of migraines with medical marijuana. Doctors are doing more and more research as to how marijuana can be used to help many of their patients who suffer from pain constantly. The highly respected, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, has even recanted on a negative statement he once made about weed after a year of in depth studying I traveled around the world to interview medical leaders, experts, growers and patients. I spoke candidly to them, asking tough questions. What I found was stunning. Long before I began this project, I had steadily reviewed the scientific literature on medical marijuana from the United States and thought it was fairly unimpressive. Reading these papers five years ago was hard to make a case for medicinal marijuana. I even wrote about this in a TIME magazine article, back in 2009, titled “Why I would Vote No on Pot.” Well, I am here to apologize because I didn’t look hard enough, until now. I didn’t look far enough. I didn’t review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis. Currently there are twenty states plus the District of Columbia with other states fighting to make smoking marijuana legal for medicinal purposes. Click the link to check out some common conditions, afflictions and diseases that marijuana has been proven to help.