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Above all, medical cannabis is known for its ability to help people cope with nausea and reduced appetite, pain and discomfort, muscle tension and spasms as well as provide a feeling and sense of overall well-being and comfort. The new cannabis studies that are starting to emerge along with changing laws and public opinion are very exciting for potential treatment advancements.

Another benefit of medical cannabis is the rapid onset of relief that patients can achieve through inhalation dosing methods.

Safety is the primary benefit of cannabis use, as there is no overdose level. No one has ever died from ingesting too much cannabis; nor has cannabis ever caused liver or kidney damage or organ failure.


It is true that any smoke or product of combustion potentially contains carcinogens or other products that are harmful to the lungs and body if inhales. Some studies may suggest a relationship between cannabis smoke and precancerous cellular changes. However, a review of the medical literature does not conclude a clear causal link between cannabis smoke and an increase in cancer occurrence in humans. Although in general, it is always healthier to avoid the inhalation of smoke and combustion products.

A vaporizer can be sued as an alternative to smoking in order to reduce potential risk from smoke, combustion products and heat. Some in the medical community believe repetitive heat delivery to the air passages and lungs may affect lung elasticity and overall, long-term performance. Risk may be reduced by decreasing the temperature of inhaled smoke or using alternative methods of dosing. Employing a water pipe decreases the temperature of smoke. However, it has been shown that water pipes are potential vehicles to spread illnesses, such as viruses and even tuberculosis and should be kept clean and sanitized. Alternatives to smoking include vaporization, as well as edible dose delivery in capsules, foods or teas. Transdermal delivery through the skin such as in creams and oils, salves, balms, infusions, poultices, soaps, etc. are also effective.

Cannabis is a psychoactive substance, as it is capable of producing profound changes to a person’s mental-emotional state. This is one of the reasons that cannabis is effective at producing a powerful sense of well-being.

The mental-emotional state of a person is very complex and constantly seeking a state of balance. The ingestion of any psychoactive substance has the potential of temporarily upsetting the balance and inducing symptoms such as anger, sadness, anxiety, depression, paranoia, panic attacks, and lack of motivation. Individuals predisposed to mental-emotional illness or suffering from mental-emotional illness such as schizophrenia, may be of higher risk to cannabis induced mental-emotional imbalances.

Most importantly, one must understand that any time a person ingests a psychoactive substance, there is a risk they may not feel the way they had intended, especially as a result of the ingestion of larger doses. Above all, it should be again noted that no one has ever physically overdosed from cannabis, and if any mental-emotional discomfort or anxiety occurs, it will resolve within hours as the medication metabolizes.

Always make sure you are in a safe environment before beginning the ingestion of cannabis or changing dosage. Cannabis use does not result in physical dependence, nor does discontinuing use lead to serious physical withdrawal symptoms in most patients. However, as a psychoactive substance, the potential risk for psychological dependence does exist. As a psychoactive substance, cannabis may affect a person’s decision making and physical coordination. Therefore, no one should operate heavy equipment or motor vehicles while impaired due to the influence of cannabis or any other substance. Cannabis metabolites can remain in one’s system for up to 30 days, therefore, patients should be aware that they may test positive for cannabis even when not impaired.

The legal and social status of cannabis may be the greatest risk proposed by cannabis usage. Cannabis is still considered illegal by the United States Federal Government, and as a result there is the potential for prosecution and punishment.

Additional Info

  • It is unlawful to smoke or ingest Medical Marijuana in public places
  • It is highly recommended that ALL medication be kept in a locked and secure location
  • At all times, Medical Marijuana is to be kept out of the reach of children and should not be used while caring for or supervising children
  • It is advised that you consult your employer and the HR department regarding their policies for utilizing and/or being under the influence of Medical Marijuana while working
  • Driving a vehicle and/or operating heavy machinery while under the influence of Medical Marijuana is strictly prohibited under any circumstances
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Side effects



  • Problems with memory and learning, distorted perception, and difficulty in thinking and problem-solving
  • Loss of coordination
  • Impairs driving abilities
  • High doses:  Mental confusion, panic reactions and hallucinations


  • Sedation
  • Blood shot eyes
  • Increased heart rate
  • Coughing
  • Increased appetite
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Bronchitis
  • Bronchial asthma


• Patients with respiratory disorders exacerbated by smoking should use alternative forms of ingestion

• Cannabis use may have effects on heart rate and blood pressure. Therefore, patients with severe heart conditions should discuss this with their physician

• Cannabis may elicit schizophrenic episodes in patients who are predisposed to schizophrenia. Individuals with a past medical history of schizophrenia or family history of schizophrenia may be contraindicated for cannabis use. Discuss with your physician

• Patients with a past history of adverse reactions to cannabis

• Patients using other prescription mood altering medications or narcotic pain medications should inform their physician of medical cannabis use

• Pregnancy:  Cannabis constituents can pass through breast mild and to the fetus during pregnancy, therefore, patient should inform the physician if currently pregnant or considering pregnancy

• Patients should not drive or operate heavy equipment while impaired or participate in responsibilities and activities that require focus and attention such as childcare

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