Neil Mermelstein

Neil H. Mermelstein

The cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa) contains more than 80 biologically active compounds, including delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which causes psychoactive effects, and cannabidiol (CBD), which does not. Cannabis containing high levels of THC is referred to as marijuana and is regulated as a drug. Cannabis containing no more than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis is referred to as hemp and was removed from regulation as a drug by the 2018 Farm Bill. Use of marijuana in the United States is co…

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Neil Mermelstein

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