Possible Side Effects
ADDICTION IS NOT ONE OF THEM
As with any other prescription or illegal drug, legal
medical marijuana does have possible side effects. The main difference between
side effects with Medical Marijuana versus Prescription Drugs that do the same
thing as Medical Marijuana is, the side effects of Medical Marijuana are far
less severe. Marijuana is one of the oldest natural herbs known to human
beings. It is also one of the safest, as it is impossible to consume enough to
produce a toxic effect in the body. However, if you are unfamiliar with it,
there are some effects which you should be aware of so that you can use it more
The one thing to remember is that marijuana has been used
for medical reasons for hundreds of years as compared to manufactured drugs of
today. Medical research on marijuana has more times than not come back as a
safe and effective way to ease many different kinds of suffering. Where as
other pharmaceutical drugs, many times, have problems receiving FDA approvals.
Unlike many prescription drugs used for the same thing, there are no
significant withdrawal effects when medical marijuana use is stopped or
decreased, however symptom relief could cease or be decreased. Minor
restlessness, nausea, and fatigue may be experienced.
Marijuana usually has a soothing and comforting effect on
the mind. Sometimes people do experience feelings of anxiety. If this happens
to you, there are several things you can do. Try to stay in environments where
you feel naturally comfortable. You may want to avoid busy, noisy, or
unattractive places. If your environment is safe and comfortable, and you still
have some anxiousness, sit or lay down, breathe deeply, and relax. Eating will
often quickly reduce the feeling of anxiety. Then, the next time you use it,
try reducing your dosage. Because of our social training, you may have feelings
Hunger and Thirst
Many people become hungry after using marijuana, and those
who need their appetite stimulated use it for this very reason. If you are not
using it for this purpose, drink water or juice. If you do wish to eat, eat
good nourishing food rather than sweets. Marijuana often makes people feel
thirsty. Because of this, it helps those who need it to hydrate themselves.
Drink all the water you wish. Fruit juices are better than coffee, tea, or soft
This will not hurt you. You do not need to use any of the
commercial preparations that "get the red out" for cosmetic reasons.
If you must go out in public and are concerned about others' reaction to the
redness, wear sunglasses.
Tired and/or Drowsiness
Some people find that marijuana makes them sleepy. If you
can and wish to, go ahead and take a nap. As with all medicines that can
produce drowsiness, don't drive or operate heavy machinery.
Some people find that they can't sleep for a while after
using marijuana. If this happens to you, try reducing your dosage, and avoid
using it for about two hours or so before you want to sleep.
Short Term Memory Loss
Sometimes people find it difficult to carry on a complicated
conversation, keep track of details, or perform complex tasks. If this happens
to you, schedule your time so that you don't have to do these things when using
your medicine. Long-term memory is not affected.
Many people find that things which normally don't seem funny
become quite amusing when they use marijuana. Most people enjoy this effect. A
good laugh helps the healing power of your body and mind.