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There isn’t an herb on the planet criticized more than marijuana; at least that’s how it used to be, and despite no evidence of anyone ever dying of a marijuana overdose, naysayers are upset that it’s been legalized which doesn’t make sense. Marijuana has been found to be an anti-inflammatory, reduce blood pressure, suppress cancer, alleviate pain, treat glaucoma and even inhibit HIV; it’s also neuroprotective. All of the above being said, does it make sense that alcohol is legal and marijuana had to wait all this time to be made legally available to the public? Well, we’ll save the soapbox for another time and instead share some of the conditions that can be helped by medical marijuana.

Medical research is demonstrating that marijuana can be effectively utilized to address the symptoms of a long list of both mild and serious medical conditions. Thanks to medical marijuana, conditions that typically require the prescription of harsh medications for the treatment or management, which often come with severe side effects can, now be treated almost side effect free. This factor alone can improve the patientís quality of life; an important benefit that will make it easier for them to handle whatever it is they’re facing. Some of the conditions currently believed to be treatable through the use of medical marijuana include:

Alzheimer’s Disease

According to the Scripps Research Institute, the THC (cannabinoid) in marijuana can help prevent Alzheimer’s plaque buildup in the brain as well as slow the progression of the disease.

Diabetes

Based on a study reported in the Autoimmunity journal, CBD, (a calming cannabidiol) is one of around 60 active cannabinoids in cannabis, may have potent anti-diabetes properties.

Depression

Those who use marijuana occasionally, or even on a daily basis, were less depressed than those who had never tried it, according to the University of Southern California research.

Crohn’s Disease

Marijuana treats the extremely painful, inflammatory bowel disease known as Crohnís disease. While more studies need to be done, the journal Pharmacology released a new study that reported that according to the researchers, the ancient use of cannabis in intestinal disturbances, along with a decade of animal research, marijuana was shown to reduce Crohn’s disease symptoms in patients and in some cases caused a complete remission of Crohnís disease without side effects.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Patients at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in the UK, who where given cannabis based medication for 5 weeks, reported significant improvements in pain and the quality of sleep.

Multiple Sclerosis Muscle Spasms

Various studies have shown that cannabis relieves multiple sclerosis symptoms, including muscle spasms, nerve pain and urinary disorders and its active ingredients effect the immune cells and the central nervous system.

Nausea Relief

Marijuana provides relief of nausea for patients going through chemotherapy treatments and helps address the poor appetite and weight loss induced by chronic illness including cancer, HIV and nerve pain.

Seizure disorders

In countries where the use of medical marijuana has been legal, people suffering with seizure disorders like epilepsy have reported beneficial effects including a reduction in seizure activity. Today, many states prescribe medical marijuana for the treatment of epilepsy. Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University researchers found that it may also help control spontaneous epileptic seizures.

Neurological disorders

When it comes to treating neurological disorders, cannabis is a safe substitute to pharmaceuticals, and while more studies need to be carried out, preliminary evidence reveals that it’s also a highly effective treatment for Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders.

Bipolar Disorder

Medical marijuana addresses the endocannabinoid process, a homeostatic regulator that is found in all humans. Incredibly, clinical studies suggest that selected cannabinoids (CBD and THC) found in marijuana may have vital mood stabilizing attributes that can be beneficial for bipolar patients, a disorder that is really difficult to live with.

Cancer

A researcher in the United Kingdom found that cannabinoids can kill leukemia cells, and he anticipates that future clinical trials will begin regarding new marijuana medications in the future. His findings, posted in the journal of Anticancer Research, show that selected non-psychoactive cannabinoids resulted in remarkable reductions in cell stability and triggered a simultaneous charge at all stages of the cell cycle. While marijuana by not treat all cancers, the outlook looks positive which is great news for cancer patients.

Asthma

Marijuanaís impressive effects on the respiratory system are some of the most important findings of modern day research. Contrary to popular belief, research has conclusively shown that long term cannabis use has minor to no impact at all on the lungs. A number of studies carried out in the 1970s observed that THC can act as an efficient bronchodilator by countering airway constriction, the principal symptom of asthma in both asthmatic and healthy individuals.

How Does It Work?

Our bodies already generate marijuana like chemicals that can affect inflammation, pain and a number of other natural processes. What marijuana does, in many cases, is to help these natural chemicals work more efficiently according to Laura Borgelt, a Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Colorado.

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Marijuana’s (scientific name is Cannabis sativa) leaves, seeds, stems and/or roots are consumed by marijuana users for the intent of feeling intoxicated.

Marijuana is consumed for medical purposes, like for patients with nausea or poor appetite associated with AIDS or cancer treatment and is legal in a few states of the United States. Possession of marijuana, regardless of its purpose, is illegal in most jurisdictions. Marijuana is the most frequently abused illegal substance worldwide.

The history of marijuana goes back for thousands of years. It was only made illegal in many countries during the 20th century.

The use of medical marijuana is currently legal in 15 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. In those jurisdictions, people for whom medical marijuana has been specifically recommended by a physician must carry a (medical) marijuana card that specifies their use of the substance for a clear medical intention.

Experiments to completely legalize the use of marijuana, whether for medicinal purposes or not, remain vigorously contested in most jurisdictions.

While the sum of people who use marijuana at any one time does not seem to have increased substantially in the past decade, the number of people who have a marijuana-related disorder has increased significantly. This seems to be particularly true for elderly individuals as well as for young Hispanic and African-American adults

Medical marijuana, also called marinol (Dronabinol), is a synthetic form of marijuana. It comes in 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg capsules and is used for the treatment of poor appetite and food intake (anorexia) with weight loss in people with acute immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and for the nausea and vomiting due to cancer chemotherapy in individuals who have not responded adequately to usual treatments for these syndromes.

The most common physical side effects of marinol include asthenia (lack of energy), stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, racing heart rate, facial flushing, and dizziness. The simplest psychological side effects of marinol include anxiety, sleepiness, confusion, hallucinations, and paranoia. This medication should therefore be used with caution in persons who have a mental-health diagnosis, particularly depression, mood swings, schizophrenia, or substance abuse.

There are a range of marijuana types, also called strains. Strains tend to be based on leaf color, as well as the strains’ potency and medical purpose. Medical strains of marijuana are specifically grown for a singularly for health benefit, like pain management or reduction of nausea. Marijuana dispensaries often sell hydroponic marijuana seeds through mail order, which can be grown in nutrient solution, with or without soil.

Marijuana’s effects on the body and brain of a developing fetus seem to be clearly unfavorable. Exposure to this substance before birth (prenatally) correlates with negative effects on fetal growth and body weight, as well as on the impulse control, focusing ability, learning, memory, and decision making in the child who was exposed to marijuana prior to birth. These negative effects by no means only affect babies who are exposed to marijuana before birth (in utero). Marijuana tends to negatively affect learning, judgment, and muscle skills in people who use marijuana by their own desire.

History of the Medical Use

The history of cannabis products and their use has been long, colorful and varied. “To the agriculturist, cannabis is a fiber crop; to the physician, it is an enigma; to the user, (a euphoriant); to the police, (a menace); to the trafficker, (a source of profitable danger); to the convict or parolee and his family, (a source of sorrow)” The fact is that cannabis has been held concurrently in high and low esteem at varied times throughout recorded history, particularly in our own times.

Cannabis sativa has been used therapeutically from the previous records, nearly 5,000 years ago, to the present day and its products have been extensively noted for their effects, both physiological and psychological, throughout the world. Although the Chinese and Indian cultures knew about the capital of this drug from very early times, this information did not become general in the Middle East until after the fifth century A.D., when travelers, traders and adventurers began to carry science of the drug westward to Persia and Arabia. Historian’s plea that cannabis was first employed in these countries as an antiseptic and analgesic.

Other medical uses were later developed and spread throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe. Several years after the return of Napoleon’s army from Egypt, cannabis became widely accepted by Western medical practitioners. Erstwhile, it had had limited use for such purposes as the treatment of burns. The scientific members of Napoleon’s forces were interested in the drug’s pain relieving and sedative effects

Paralleling the question over cannabis use in the latter half of the 19th century was the growing medical use of other medications superior to cannabis in their effects and more easily controlled as to dose. Consequently, medical use of cannabis declined and cannabis began to lose support of the medical profession.

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What is Marijuana?

In the US Marijuana occupies a sensitive position, and the term means something more than just a plant, and even more than just a drug, since there is the issue of legalizing Marijuana for medical purposes. This new legislature is complicated, especially because the population is divided in pro and contra categories. This division happens because USA is one of the moist commercial places where Marijuana is being sold and used. There is an increasing number of population who is overusing this plant, and therefore many people don’t want to hear about legalized Marijuana.

Marijuana represents the leaves of the Cannabis sativa plants, and it contains over 500 chemicals, including THC, which is the main psychoactive chemical. This plant impairs the memory during usage, and it also affects attention and judgment.

What is medical Marijuana?

Just as mentioned before, there is a division among the American population, and unfortunately many people don’t want to hear about the benefic medical effects of this plant. Even if its main usage shouldn’t be promoted anywhere, one should never ignore the medical usage, especially when there can be made a difference. There are many benefic usages for medical Marijuana, and therefore there are many states which agreed to legalize it. Medical Marijuana is right now under the attention of the researchers who found out many useful medical properties that could be used in medicine, and therefore right now there is a high interest regarding the subject.

What are the states where is used medical Marijuana?

Nowadays there are several states who use Marijuana for medical purposes such as Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. These states acknowledge the benefits of this plant, and therefore they are decided to give it a try. Those who love humanity know that sometimes hard decisions have to be taken in order to make some good. Those state which have decided to legalize marijuana have taken the right decision because the individual’s wellness should be more important than anything else. Coming to this decision is actually a compromise, and people should accept it.

What are the benefits of medical Marijuana?

For those who don’t know, there are studies proving that Marijuana can stop HIV from spreading throughout the body. It also slows the progression of Alzheimer’s and the spread of cancer cells. Many people already know that it is an active pain reliever, having more powerful effects than the aspirin.  Besides all these benefic effects, it also combats psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, or ADHD. There are certain connections between the use of Marijuana and the levels of insulin, so it is said that cannabis lowers insulin levels.

As you can see, there are many benefits concerning this highly criticized plant which is only now seen in a different way. After so many years of prohibition, its qualities are finally recognized. Medical Marijuana is right now in the center of media’s attention.

 

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Becoming a card carrying medical marijuana patient has never been easier, for people who need it. There are a wide array of ailments that cannabis is prescribed to treat. These illnesses can be of the body and mind. It is important to get your card when you think cannabis can help you in the treatment of your sickness. It is natural and much less harmful than many other prescription drugs. Having your medicinal marijuana license will protect you from fines and incarceration if you are stopped by the police. However, it is important that you know the laws in your area to avoid any legal trouble. Having a card does not exempt one from all marijuana related offenses (especially as they pertain to intent to distribute or sales). This article will attempt to explore the different avenues of getting your license and how to stay within the boundaries of the law.

Medical marijuana cards are given away for a multitude of mental issues and a myriad of physical illnesses. These include but are not limited to the following:

  • Muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis

  • Nausea (Chemotherapy, etc.)

  • Seizures

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Increasing appetite (eating disorders, HIV/AIDS, etc.)

  • Alzheimer’s disease

  • Cachexia

  • Migraine

  • Glaucoma

  • Pain

  • Spasticity

  • Wasting Syndrome

Ailment List – https://blog420.com/cannabis-ailment-guide/

There are many other disease (and just plain symptoms) that marijuana can be prescribed for. If you fit the requirements then it is time to start gathering what you need to get your medicinal ID card. First you need to make sure your condition is covered. You can find listings of acceptable conditions by state. If your condition does not fit the state’s requirements you can send in an appeal to request an exception to your local health department.

The next step is signing onto the registry system. Most states have this as a requirement to get your licensing. Familiarize yourself with the system. It will help you gain the knowledge you need to stay safe from law enforcement. What you will learn from studying it is the same thing law enforcement officers have to know in order to incarcerate you. It includes what your rights are on growing, possessing, transporting, and using marijuana.

Now, what do you want to do? Be a caregiver to help grow and deliver marijuana to your selected patient, be a patient yourself, or open your own dispensary? There are different laws regarding each of these, the strictest being those regarding dispensaries. The second strictest is the laws pertaining caregivers as they are not allowed to partake in a lot of marijuana related activities themselves. The most lenient laws are those of the actual patient. We will not get into opening a dispensary in this post as that is its own can of worms. Instead, we talk about the caregiver and the patient.

A caregiver is someone who is selected by a patient to help them obtain their medicine if unable to, help them grow cannabis, and so on. Caregivers cannot partake in the use of the substance, but can help the person they are registered to take care of ingest marijuana if the patient is unable to. The laws differ by county so check to make sure you are following all the current laws in your area.

Medical marijuana doctors tend to be very lenient on prescribing cannabis as a medicine. If you are truly sick you should have no problems in getting licensure. Still, it is important to find a good doctor. Most doctors charge a fee of around $100 to assess you, it would be a waste of money to not get the right one. Look up Yelp reviews or ask around to find a doctor who is compassionate, professional, and not too uptight.

For help finding a doctor visit this link: http://marijuanaproducts.com/cat/doctors/

Before you visit your chosen doctor make sure you meet your state’s requirements. Many states have an age minimum of 18 years old. In some states you can also be disqualified for having been convicted of a felony drug offense. Make sure you know your limits on possession. As an example, Oregon allows possession of up to 28 ounces and lets you to grow 6 mature and 18 immature plants. So you can see how much the laws can vary, lets take a look at Alaska’s laws. Alaska allows you to be in possession of only one ounce and to grow 3 mature and 3 immature plants. To stay safe from the grips of the law, familiarize yourself with the laws and restrictions in your area. You must also know the reciprocity agreements. Most state’s don’t allow out of state medicinal cards, the only one’s that do are the following:

  • Arizona

  • Delaware

  • Maine

  • Michigan

  • Rhode Island

So, you’ve found your doctor and meet all the requirements. Now it’s time to make an appointment. You need to bring with you either your state issued identification card, passport, or your social security card. If you live in a state where being 18 is not a set-in-stone requirement, you need a letter from your parents that says that they consent to medicinal use of cannabis for your condition. You must also provide proof that you live in the county. Your driver’s license can be used if it states your current address, otherwise you need to provide personal bills or mortgage statements. Upon acceptance you will get written documentation from the doctor you’ve chosen stating that you are eligible to be a card carrying medicinal marijuana patient. This is your golden ticket.

Next you will complete an application form to enroll in the medical marijuana program. You will need to complete a similar form to renew your card, so at least it’s good practice. If you are under 18 you will need to have this form completed by your parent or guardian. Primary caregivers also need to fill out this application.

You’re almost there! Now, you have to prepare your payment. Full fees range from $100-$200 depending on your county. Some states allow Medicaid benefits or other income supplements. Your last step is submitting your materials to the county health department. In some areas this is done completely online, in other counties you need to mail the materials. Make sure you have everything you need; your documentation and your check or money order. Now all that you have to do is wait for your card to arrive. Flash forward approximately 10 days: Congratulations, you are now a card carrying medical marijuana patient! Smoke up!

Legal Medical Marijuana States & States Pending Legalization of Medical Marijuana

As of January 2014, medical marijuana has been legalized in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The states that have boarded this contributed to this decision thus far include:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington

Though the use of medical marijuana has been legalized in these states, there are still rules and regulations regarding the issue. Here are the most important laws you should keep in mind:

1)      In Colorado AND Washington State, marijuana is legal for both medicinal and non-medicinal uses. Both states allow adults over the age of 21 to possess up to 1 oz without a medical marijuana card.

2)      In the remainder of the states, there is a limit on how much medical marijuana you can legally possess- varying by state of course.

  • Alaska, Montana, Nevada: 1 oz
  • Arizona, Illinois, Maine, Michigan: 2.5 oz
  • California: 8 oz
  • Colorado, DC, New Jersey, Vermont : 2 oz
  • Connecticut: 1 month supply (to be determined by doctor)
  • Delaware, New Mexico: 6 oz
  • Hawaii: 3 oz
  • Massachusetts: 60 day supply for personal medical use
  • New Hampshire: 2 oz during 10-day period
  • Oregon, Washington: 24 oz

3)      There is also a limit to how much a legal “grower” can possess. This person must be registered in the state in which they reside and must reapply every 365 days for said registration. (also varies by state)

  • Alaska, Colorado, Maine: 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature)
  • Arizona: 0-12 plants
  • California: 6 mature or 12 immature plants
  • Hawaii, Nevada: 7 plants (3 mature, 4 immature)
  • Michigan, Rhode Island: 12 plants
  • Montana: 4 plants (mature) 12 seedlings
  • New Mexico: 16 plants (4 mature, 12 immature)
  • Oregon: 24 plants (6 mature, 18 immature)
  • Vermont: 9 plants (2 mature, 7 immature)
  • Washington: 15 plants

4)      Cultivation is not allowed in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Jersey, or the District of Columbia and a special license is required in New Mexico. In Arizona, cultivation is only allowed if the patient lives outside of the 25 mile radius from any dispensary.

5)      Maryland does not condone the legal use of marijuana. However, the maximum penalty for possession of marijuana that can be proven to be medically necessary is a fine no more than 100 dollars.

6)      In Utah, cannabis oil to treat epilepsy will be dispensed as a trial starting July 2014. These patients will need documentation from a neurologist stating their medical documentation.

7)      In 18/20 of the states above (with the exception of Washington and Colorado) you are required to carry at all times a medical marijuana “card” or ID that states you are legally allowed to possess marijuana for medicinal use. You will be required to reapply for your card every 365 days

8)      Dispensaries are for non-profit. They can legally accept money as a gift, but each state limits the amount of money they are allowed to “collect” from patients.

9)      If you are on legal probation or in the custody of a parole officer, it is up to the discretion of the correctional facility to decide whether or not you can use marijuana for medicinal purposes. Most medical marijuana doctors and clinics will not approve, however.

10)   The most important law is federal. The possession of marijuana is still illegal in regards to federal no matter what amount it is. Use caution if you have a medical marijuana card and are considering travel.  You will be subject to penalty under federal jurisdiction. The following states recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:

  • Arizona
  • Delaware
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Rhode Island

Keep in mind that there are 13 states that are currently pending legislation to legalize medical marijuana. They are:

  • Florida
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Becoming a card carrying medical marijuana patient has never been easier, for people who need it. There are a wide array of ailments that cannabis is prescribed to treat. These illnesses can be of the body and mind. It is important to get your card when you think cannabis can help you in the treatment of your sickness. It is natural and much less harmful than many other prescription drugs. Having your medicinal marijuana license will protect you from fines and incarceration if you are stopped by the police. However, it is important that you know the laws in your area to avoid any legal trouble. Having a card does not exempt one from all marijuana related offenses (especially as they pertain to intent to distribute or sales). This article will attempt to explore the different avenues of getting your license and how to stay within the boundaries of the law.

Medical marijuana cards are given away for a multitude of mental issues and a myriad of physical illnesses. These include but are not limited to the following:

  • Muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis

  • Nausea (Chemotherapy, etc.)

  • Seizures

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Increasing appetite (eating disorders, HIV/AIDS, etc.)

  • Alzheimer’s disease

  • Cachexia

  • Migraine

  • Glaucoma

  • Pain

  • Spasticity

  • Wasting Syndrome

Ailment List – https://blog420.com/cannabis-ailment-guide/

There are many other disease (and just plain symptoms) that marijuana can be prescribed for. If you fit the requirements then it is time to start gathering what you need to get your medicinal ID card. First you need to make sure your condition is covered. You can find listings of acceptable conditions by state. If your condition does not fit the state’s requirements you can send in an appeal to request an exception to your local health department.

The next step is signing onto the registry system. Most states have this as a requirement to get your licensing. Familiarize yourself with the system. It will help you gain the knowledge you need to stay safe from law enforcement. What you will learn from studying it is the same thing law enforcement officers have to know in order to incarcerate you. It includes what your rights are on growing, possessing, transporting, and using marijuana.

Now, what do you want to do? Be a caregiver to help grow and deliver marijuana to your selected patient, be a patient yourself, or open your own dispensary? There are different laws regarding each of these, the strictest being those regarding dispensaries. The second strictest is the laws pertaining caregivers as they are not allowed to partake in a lot of marijuana related activities themselves. The most lenient laws are those of the actual patient. We will not get into opening a dispensary in this post as that is its own can of worms. Instead, we talk about the caregiver and the patient.

A caregiver is someone who is selected by a patient to help them obtain their medicine if unable to, help them grow cannabis, and so on. Caregivers cannot partake in the use of the substance, but can help the person they are registered to take care of ingest marijuana if the patient is unable to. The laws differ by county so check to make sure you are following all the current laws in your area.

Medical marijuana doctors tend to be very lenient on prescribing cannabis as a medicine. If you are truly sick you should have no problems in getting licensure. Still, it is important to find a good doctor. Most doctors charge a fee of around $100 to assess you, it would be a waste of money to not get the right one. Look up Yelp reviews or ask around to find a doctor who is compassionate, professional, and not too uptight.

For help finding a doctor visit this link: http://marijuanaproducts.com/cat/doctors/

Before you visit your chosen doctor make sure you meet your state’s requirements. Many states have an age minimum of 18 years old. In some states you can also be disqualified for having been convicted of a felony drug offense. Make sure you know your limits on possession. As an example, Oregon allows possession of up to 28 ounces and lets you to grow 6 mature and 18 immature plants. So you can see how much the laws can vary, lets take a look at Alaska’s laws. Alaska allows you to be in possession of only one ounce and to grow 3 mature and 3 immature plants. To stay safe from the grips of the law, familiarize yourself with the laws and restrictions in your area. You must also know the reciprocity agreements. Most state’s don’t allow out of state medicinal cards, the only one’s that do are the following:

  • Arizona

  • Delaware

  • Maine

  • Michigan

  • Rhode Island

So, you’ve found your doctor and meet all the requirements. Now it’s time to make an appointment. You need to bring with you either your state issued identification card, passport, or your social security card. If you live in a state where being 18 is not a set-in-stone requirement, you need a letter from your parents that says that they consent to medicinal use of cannabis for your condition. You must also provide proof that you live in the county. Your driver’s license can be used if it states your current address, otherwise you need to provide personal bills or mortgage statements. Upon acceptance you will get written documentation from the doctor you’ve chosen stating that you are eligible to be a card carrying medicinal marijuana patient. This is your golden ticket.

Next you will complete an application form to enroll in the medical marijuana program. You will need to complete a similar form to renew your card, so at least it’s good practice. If you are under 18 you will need to have this form completed by your parent or guardian. Primary caregivers also need to fill out this application.

You’re almost there! Now, you have to prepare your payment. Full fees range from $100-$200 depending on your county. Some states allow Medicaid benefits or other income supplements. Your last step is submitting your materials to the county health department. In some areas this is done completely online, in other counties you need to mail the materials. Make sure you have everything you need; your documentation and your check or money order. Now all that you have to do is wait for your card to arrive. Flash forward approximately 10 days: Congratulations, you are now a card carrying medical marijuana patient! Smoke up!



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