The past few years have seen a huge increase in media hype concerning medical marijuana. With the plant now legally available for recreational use in both Colorado and Washington, the use of marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes is becoming more accepted. In the past, marijuana has been considered a dangerous and addictive drug, comparable to hard drugs like cocaine and heroin; but, more recent scientific research and evidence has suggested that this is not the case at all. Marijuana is a substance that is not only a safe, but also has a very low potential for addiction and abuse. In fact, today it is being used to treat a variety of symptoms and disorders.