The best place to treat the side effects of medical marijuana can be found through Google’s search engine.
Now, Google is expanding that functionality by making it easier for you to find the exact treatment you need.
Google is adding new search terms to its medical marijuana section that include medical marijuana,pot,drugs,treatment,potent,potency,treatment source Recoding title How the world’s most popular search engine will make you smarter about finding the right medication article When you’re searching for the best medical marijuana treatment online, you’re likely to come across two words.
And then pot.
And sometimes both.
That’s because of a controversial medical marijuana bill that was passed by the US Congress.
The bill was supported by the pharmaceutical industry and medical marijuana advocates, but critics say it could have a devastating impact on millions of Americans with the disease.
“It’s one thing to have a lot of people who use marijuana, and it’s another thing to say that those people should have no access to it at all,” said Jeff Visser, executive director of Drug Policy Alliance.
“We need to make sure that people are getting the proper treatment.”
While the bill was passed in a bipartisan fashion, it was quickly challenged by medical marijuana groups and advocates for patients and doctors.
As a result, the bill faced an uphill battle before it was eventually signed into law by President Donald Trump.
“The reason why this bill was signed into office is because the drug industry had been lobbying against it,” said Vissel.
“The drug companies, they were lobbying against this because they felt it would allow the government to interfere with the market.”
The bill passed Congress in a last-minute move, but it could still be challenged in the courts.
As such, Vissell said, Google has created a new search feature called “medical marijuana” to help weed out which words are actually in your search results.
The search results page now shows the phrase “medical treatment for marijuana” or “medical cannabis.”
“Google has put up a whole bunch of different search terms and that’s the first step in getting people to understand how to do this,” said Dr. Robert L. Katz, chief of the division of pain management at NYU Langone Medical Center.
“We are able to find these terms because of Google’s algorithm that searches for the terms in the top 20,000 results,” Katz told Recode.
“When people do that, they can then type in the search term, and they can get a better understanding of what’s actually in the medicine they’re looking for.”
While Google’s new medical marijuana feature is now in place, Vassar said he still sees it as a step in the right direction.
“I think it is a great step, and I think it should be expanded and used more widely,” he said.
“It would be great if Google had more resources to support this.”