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Table 1 Context for the use of cannabis-related terms during the review selection process

From: Benefits and harms of medical cannabis: a scoping review of systematic reviews

Term Definition
Medical marijuana (or marijuana for medical use) The term medical marijuana refers to using the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions (
Whether marijuana is recognized as medicine varies from country to country. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine, but a growing number of states have legalized marijuana for medical use. In Canada, it is legal to possess cannabis for medical purposes, and legalization for non-medical use is set to take place in 2018.
Cannabis for therapeutic purposes (CTP) A similar term to “medical marijuana,” CTP refers to legal access to cannabis for therapeutic purposes; this includes symptoms associated with health or mental disorders [19]