Take A Look Inside The World Of Medical Marijuana

05/21/2015 12:44 pm ET | Updated May 27, 2015

An exploration of the science behind marijuana is featured in the June issue of National Geographic, which hits newsstands on May 26.

Along with a video about children caught up in the medical marijuana debate, NatGeo also includes photos of those involved in the business of medical marijuana, including harvesters and children who benefit from oils derived from marijuana plants.

See photos from National Geographic below:

  • Lynn Johnson / National Geographic
    Marijuana’s advocates believe the long-maligned plant can enhance life—and help deliver people from sickness and pain. A Seattle cannabis worker cradles the resin-dusted bud of a strain called Blueberry Cheesecake.
  • Lynn Johnson / National Geographic
    Lily Rowland receives a dose of an oil derived mainly from cannabidiol (CBD), a nonpsychoactive substance in marijuana. She used to suffer hundreds of seizures with violent convulsions every day. Her family moved to Colorado, which voted to legalize marijuana in 2012, so that she could begin a daily regimen.
  • Lynn Johnson / National Geographic
    Phillip Hague, the chief horticulturist at a Denver cannabis company called Mindful, sniffs the roots of a plant to check on their health. He’s grown cannabis most of his life and has traveled the world researching its many varieties. He’s interested in developing new strains with higher concentrations of marijuana’s lesser known compounds that appear to have medical uses. “Cannabis speaks to me,” he says.
  • Lynn Johnson / National Geographic
    At Denver’s LivWell, which has an enormous indoor growing operation, workers remove marijuana leaves before the buds are trimmed, keeping the plants destined for medical use separate from those for recreational use. After Colorado legalized marijuana, thousands of young people from all over the world flocked to the state to participate in the multimillion-dollar business phenomenon that’s been called the Green Rush.
  • Lynn Johnson / National Geographic
    Kim Clark’s younger son, Caden, 11, suffers from severe epilepsy. Despite having brain surgery twice, he’d never had a seizure-free day until he started taking CBD oil.
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