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The Best Offense: Preventive Medicine Gains an Ally in Cannabis

Cannabis could play a role in preventing serious diseases.

Plant cannabinoids are well-known to be quite safe and to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and neuroprotective properties. (Nicholas Belton/iStockphoto) Preventive medicine is a hot topic these days – everyone is looking for ways to stay healthy and avoid illness. Until recently, the mainstream medical community would hardly even consider the idea that cannabis could have a role to play in preventing serious diseases. That is slowly changing, as researchers are uncovering some of the plant's lesser known, but potentially quite powerful, preventive medical applications. One of the most crucial roles of preventive medicine is to help us maintain our internal bal