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Potential Risks and Side Effects

Each person responds differently

Like any medical option, cannabis's efficacy may vary and possible side effects exist. Particular strains and/or ratios will not always be effective for a given symptom. The effectiveness of a strain and/or ratio of medical cannabis will be dependent on your personal response and sensitivity to the individual product, and it is important for you to work with your pharmacist or patient care representative at the dispensary to help match the products to your unique needs.

Dosing 101

Figuring out the optimal dose that will work best for you usually requires making adjustments along the way. What works for one person may not work for another, and it also depends upon your level of comfort. Finding a balanced ratio of CBD and THC that creates the right combination of both cannabinoid compounds is the goal. The basic principle for dosing medical cannabis is “start low and go slow.”

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You should also be aware that cannabis use may also cause short-term effects related to:

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Sense of time

Cannabis has been shown to distort an individual’s perception of time, typically slowing time down.

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Attention span

Long-term cannabis use can have an adverse effect on attention span.

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Problem-solving

Cannabis can diminish or impair an individual’s problem-solving skills.

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Verbal fluency

Long-term cannabis use can have an effect on one’s verbal memory or ability to recall words.

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Reaction time

Cannabis has been shown to impair one’s reaction time.

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Psychomotor control

Certain psychomotor skills may be influenced by cannabis use.

Ask your practitioner or pharmacist doctor if your use of the following medications should be adjusted with the use of medical cannabis:

Listed below are some medications that interact with medical cannabis. This list does not include all medications of concern. You should always check with your doctor, practitioner or pharmacist on potential interactions with any medication you are currently taking.

  • Anticoagulants
  • Antiplatelets

  • Aspirin
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Dronabinol
  • Narcotics
  • NSAIDS
  • Phenobarbital
  • Sedating anticholinergics

  • Sedative hypnotics
  • SSRI
  • TCA
  • Theophylline

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Usage and Precautions

You should take precautions before using cannabis if you have:

  • Hypotension
  • Issues with blood glucose levels
  • Are on blood thinners

Do not use cannabis if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Are pregnant, may be pregnant, or are trying to conceive
  • Are breast feeding
  • COPD & Asthma (no inhalation)
  • Low blood pressure
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Impaired Immune System (Discuss with your practitioner)
  • Hypertension
  • Hypersensitivity to cannabinoids

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Have Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

No matter your level of comfort or knowledge with medical cannabis, we can help answer your questions. Our friendly patient care representatives are happy to talk.

Our hours are 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST.

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This website contains medical cannabis information and is restricted to individuals 21 years of age or older. Please confirm your age and state:

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