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Potential Risks and Side Effects of Marijuana

Marijuana’s efficacy may vary, and side effects are possible. Each person responds differently, and particular strains will not always be effective. The effectiveness of a cannabis strain will be dependent on your personal response and sensitivity to the chemical makeup of the product.

What Are the Potential Short-Term Side Effects of Cannabis Use?

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

Sense of time

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

Attention span

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

Problem-solving

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

Verbal fluency

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

Reaction time

Has been shown to impair one’s reaction time.

Psychomotor control

Certain psychomotor skills maybe influenced by use.

What Medications Should Medical Patients Ask Their Doctors About Before Using Cannabis?

You should always check with your doctor, practitioner or pharmacist on potential interactions with any medication you are currently taking.

Ask your doctor if your use of the following medications should be adjusted with the use of medical marijuana:

  • Anticoagulants
  • Antiplatelets

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

  • Sedative hypnotics
  • SSRI
  • TCA
  • Theophylline

Marijuana Usage and Precautions for Health Conditions

You should take precautions before using marijuana if you have:

  • Hypotension
  • Low blood sugar
  • Are on blood thinners

What Medical Conditions Should not Be Mixed With Marijuana?

You should not use marijuana if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Are pregnant, may be pregnant, or are trying to conceive
  • Are breastfeeding
  • COPD & Asthma (no inhalation)
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Impaired Immune System
  • Hypertension
  • Hypersensitivity to cannabinoids

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

  • IL
  • MD
  • MA
  • NY
  • OH
  • PA

Did you know that most medical marijuana information is state-specific? We have dispensaries in each of the above states, along with state-specific resources for patients. For the best experience, please select a state.