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Some of THC's effects are useful in the world of medicine—like preventing nausea and blocking pain. The trick is for scientists to get these results without the harmful effects.

Researchers recently found out the brain makes a chemical—anandamide—that attaches to the same receptors as THC. This discovery may lead to the development of medications that are chemically similar to THC but less harmful, and they may be used for treating nausea and pain.

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