Cannabis is popular for treating conditions such as nausea and chronic pain. But there is still much we don’t know about its potential long-term effects.
What should I know before trying medical marijuana?
- Go to licensed retailers. Local dispensaries aren’t regulated by the federal government, but they are monitored by state medical cannabis programs. This will help you keep track of your dose in a more standardized way.
- Look for products with a higher CBD: THC ratio. THC is the more psychoactive component of marijuana that is associated with several poor health outcomes.
- Avoid smoking or vaping cannabis because of the respiratory risks. Instead, try tinctures or edibles. This can also help limit any nicotine additives that can become addictive.
- Start at a low dose and aim for occasional, not daily, use.
- Do not drive after using cannabis. Check local laws to make sure you’re in compliance.
- Don’t mix alcohol or other sedatives (such as benzodiazepines) when using medical marijuana.
Why does medical marijuana help some people?
Can weed cause nausea and vomiting?
What are the health effects of using medical marijuana?
Certain people should abstain from cannabis:
- Those who are pregnant.
- Adolescents. Among younger people, there is even greater concern for potential lowering of IQ, memory and psychosis for starters.
- Patients with a history of psychosis or abnormal heart rhythms. Sudden high-dose THC exposure has the potential to dangerously raise your heart rate.