By Alexis Garza Today’s great breakthroughs in modern medicine have shocked the world on how we view traditional medicine. Our idea of medicine is your basic tablets with some side effects, but as time goes on the norms of medicine are starting to shift and what was once illegal is now becoming a scientific breakthrough. Medical marijuana has been proven to help treat 173 types of illnesses. From headaches to seizure disorders, muscle spasms, Crohn’s disease, cancer, and the most common anxiety and depression which is the most common illness in the United States. Although medical marijuana is only legal in 28 states, it has shown far advancements in medical research. According to Green Flower, “40 million adults ages of 18 and up suffer from anxiety.” The Journal of Brain and Behavior states that “women are twice as likely to deal with anxiety over men.” Anxiety has a heavy stigma attached to it, and is often seen as “made up” to those uninformed about mental illness. However, if left untreated it can lead to chronic health conditions like gastrointestinal problems and heart disease. Studies show that people with an imbalance in the endocannabinoid system can cause high stress levels and anxiety. Yet cannabis has been proven to create a balance in your endocannabinoid system when used in medical research. The levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) cause the body to experience a euphoric effect and the CBD (Cannabidiol) which is the cannabinoid, causes the body to relieve of itself of stress and anxiety to aid the mind. However, too much THC can cause anxiety and paranoia so doctors focus more on the CBD so it can regulate the mind from anxiety. There are many types of ways to consume CBD, such as through vaping, pills, and edibles. When people think of cannabis they think of it as a“gateway drug” and how it can create an addiction. Studies show that it is not addictive and you cannot get a high from vaping CBD oil nor will it cause paranoia, cotton mouth, red eyes, and the most common “munchies.” As the years progress the medical field has leaned more on medical marijuana to help treat illnesses and other diseases that people suffer from. Cannabis is more than just a drug; it’s a green medicine that when used as a prevention tool could potentially save lives.