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Each year the research of cannabis, the hemp plant, and the cannabinoid and terpenes compounds found inside is gaining speed throughout the world. In the United States, however, researching cannabis is not as fast as it is in other parts of the world.

The whole process of learning about the uses of the marijuana plant is blocked in the United States due to the federal status of the plant as a recreational drug. The federal government has yet to remove cannabis from the list of Schedule I drugs where it has been listed since 1970. According to the Controlled Substances Act, there is no proven benefit of the plant that has the potential to be abused by consumers and unsafe even when used under medical supervision.

Even so, there is research that proves the plant’s medical properties of relieving pain, treating muscle spasticity, and alleviating the symptoms of cancer treatment. Thirty states allow the use of the plant under medical supervision while nine states have legalized its recreational use.

In other states, even researchers have a hard time finding strains of federally approved samples that are not of good quality. This makes any kind of research irrelevant as different strains of the plant have to be tested in order to determine the wide range of properties of the plant. It is important to identify all the properties and effects of the substances in the hemp plant for the purpose of developing specialized formulas based on the multiple compounds found inside. One of these formulas is a mood-altering drug that can improve a sense of wellbeing on a consistent basis.

Things, however, are slowly changing. Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released the first cannabis-based pharmaceutical drug. This has become a basis on which the whole cannabis ban can be relooked.

In the meantime, American veterans have been pressing for the speeding up of cannabis research and its effects in aiding people with post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition that is widely occurring among veterans. Advocates of the American Legion have been supporting the veterans movement in speeding up cannabis research and legalization.

Every year, the prospects of cannabis legalization are improving through ballot initiatives and legislation. More and more Americans have access to using the plant for both medicinal and recreational purposes.