Like just about any other drug, Medical Cannabis does have its side effects. They are numerous, and patients react to them differently. Some experience only a few while others many more. The one thing to remember is this: it is important to speak with your Qualified Medical Provider (QMP) or Pharmacy Medical Provider (PMP) about any side effects that you experience.
Your provider is the most qualified person to help you understand why you are experiencing particular side effects. Likewise, working with your provider to find solutions is the best way to minimize any side effects that you find uncomfortable.
For the record, here are some of the more common issues associated with using Medical Cannabis:
None of the side effects are considered medical emergencies. If you experience them, it is not the end of the world, but seriously consider discussing them with your provider. Here are five reasons that might encourage you to do so:
If you have been using Medical Cannabis for any length of time, you know that the variety of products only continues to grow. There are never-ending strains along with different delivery methods to choose from. As it turns out, certain side effects may be an indication that you are using the wrong product.
For example, you may notice that THC makes you nauseous while not providing as much relief as you had hoped. Your provider might recommend you use CBD instead. Or perhaps THC is really what you need, but vaping is not the best delivery method. Your provider might recommend an edible instead.
In addition to potentially using the wrong product, certain side effects could indicate that you are using the wrong dosage. Your provider can help you figure that out. To make things easier, track your usage on a regular basis. Your provider can use tracking data to help adjust your dosage accordingly.
We have all talked to people who have stopped using prescription medications because they did not like the side effects. The same thing can happen with Medical Cannabis. But discontinuing use of your medicines is like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. It may not be necessary. Your PMP or QMP might be able to help you adjust delivery method and dosage to alleviate side effects. You don't necessarily have to stop using the drug.
Some Medical Cannabis patients do not experience maximum relief because the side effects they are experiencing are much stronger than they should be. It's a shame when it happens. Why? Because Medical Cannabis is supposed to bring relief. If a patient is not experiencing maximum relief, the whole point of using the drug is negated.
Finally, some side effects might suggest that you're using too much cannabis. Maybe you are not sure of the best dosage for your circumstances. Perhaps you are a long-term user starting to develop significant tolerance. Whatever the case might be, it is important to reduce your cannabis consumption to a level more appropriate to your situation.
Side effects are normal with any drug, including Medical Cannabis. If you are experiencing side effects yourself, make a point of discussing them with your provider. There may be ways to alleviate them and increase the effectiveness of your medications at the same time.