In the 1990s, scientists discovered within our bodies what is now known as the endocannabinoid system. This system seems to have a lot to do with helping the body maintain homeostasis, and that seems to be why marijuana has such a wide variety of medical applications. Furthermore, quite a bit is already known at the this point regarding the potential health benefits of cannabis, but much more research is still needed, and, in particular, clinical trials. Unfortunately, in the United States, such trials require the approval of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and their mandate is to study the abusive nature of drugs, not the health benefits. Thus, we are still in a dark age where people often have to experiment on themselves to determine what works best for them. However, since 23 states and the District of Columbia have instituted medical marijuana programs, I have hope that the floodgates for research will soon open. Below are several links to (mostly) scholarly articles on how cannabis impacts many diseases. Most of the studies indicate improvement, but a few suggest containdications. Because I am older, I am particularly interested in those ailments that are often associated with the older years such as cancer and Alzheimer's. I'm also greatly interested in the ability of cannabis to reduce inflammation, because inflammation is a precursor to many more serious ailments in elderly people. NOTE: If you are well-versed in medical research or statistics, then you may enjoy reading each article below in its entirety. Otherwise, you can read just the abstract and/or the discussion at the end.