Five Possible Side Effects of Marijuana Use

Five Possible Side Effects of Marijuana Use (and How to Remedy Them)

Marijuana contains chemicals called cannabinoids that affect the central nervous system. The herb’s effect on our nervous system and certain receptors is the reason why it is effective as a treatment for conditions ranging from chronic pain to nausea. However, because of the way it works in the body, marijuana can also have some side effects that patients find troubling. Here are five possible side effects of medical marijuana and what you can do to remedy them. Is It Possible To Overdose On Marijuana?Is It Possible To Overdose On Marijuana?

Disorientation or Dizziness

 Tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, is a chemical compound in marijuana and the part of the herb that is linked to the euphoric ‘high’ most people feel when they use the herb. Though THC can be instrumental in treating some medical conditions, it can also cause unwanted symptoms. One of the most common is dizziness, which is most likely due to the drop in blood pressure that THC triggers in the body. When you try to stand or sit up too quickly after consuming marijuana, you may experience mild to extreme dizziness that lasts a few seconds to a few minutes.

 Slowed Reaction Time

 Cannabis can be an excellent way to relax, especially for those who are experiencing anxiety-related conditions such as PTSD or generalized anxiety disorder. However, these same relaxing effects can also have an impact on reaction times to multiple forms of stimuli. While this might not make much difference if you plan to relax at home with a movie or friends, it can become an issue if you attempt to drive, operate heavy machinery, or engage in complex problem-solving tasks.

 Dry Mouth

 Dry or ‘cotton’ mouth is frequently reported by those who use medical marijuana. The dry mouth effect is due to the cannabinoid receptors that are located in the submandibular glands that are responsible for producing most of our saliva. When the THC binds to these receptors, the glands stop receiving messages to produce saliva and cause the dry mouth effect.

While this is not an extreme symptom, it can be uncomfortable. It’s recommended that those who use medical marijuana keep themselves well hydrated with plenty of filtered water before, during, and after their dosage.

 Increased Heart Rate

 Those who smoke marijuana can experience a heart rate increase of 20 to 100 percent for up to three hours after their dosage. THC is a vasodilator, which makes causes blood vessels to expand and lowers blood pressure. To compensate for the lowered blood pressure, the heart will often speed up. Though a small increase in heart rate is normal and should not cause patients much distress, some individuals experience an intense increase that is frightening and could put them at risk for a heart attack. This usually happens in cases where the THC levels were too high or the patient had a pre-existing heart condition.

 Paranoia

Marijuana is often used to reduce anxiety and calm patients who experience mood disorders or panic attacks. However, large doses of THC may have the opposite effect and induce paranoia and anxiety in some patients. Though researchers have no definitive answer to why certain individuals may experience this, a combination of genetics, personality, and how a person consumers the drug are thought to play a part. Using strains of cannabis that are high in THC or taking too much of the drug can also increase chances of anxiety.

How to Manage Marijuana Side Effects

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Fortunately, most side effects of medical marijuana are much less dangerous than those of traditional prescription drugs and can often be managed through simple changes. Here are a few tips to reduce negative side effects and help you better enjoy the medicinal properties of cannabis.

Know your limits  It’s important to know how you react to marijuana in different concentrations. The average concentrations of THC in marijuana range from one to five percent, with some strains having a concentration of up to 17 percent. If you are new to using medical marijuana, start with the lowest concentration and monitor your reaction before using anything stronger. You should also know how much you can smoke or ingest at a time to achieve the desired results without the negative side effects.

Don’t panic  It’s important not to panic when experiencing marijuana side effects. Though they may be troubling, especially if you are new to using the herb, they normally subside within a few hours (some within minutes) and leave no lasting negative impact. To date, there have been no known lethal overdoses of marijuana, so it’s important to realize that rest and relaxation will almost always relieve any side effects.

Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery  Many of the normal side effects of marijuana use impact an individuals reaction times, alertness, and ability to respond to stimuli. For these reasons, it’s important to avoid driving and operating heavy machinery after a medical marijuana dose, especially as you get used to how the drug affects you. You may also want to avoid taking marijuana when you need to concentrate on a highly detailed task or when you will be in a situation where you can’t rest or relax.

Drink lots of water and avoid alcohol  Marijuana can affect the salivary glands and cause you to experience dry mouth, which is why adequate hydration is recommended. Individuals should also avoid drinking alcohol while they are using medical marijuana. Alcohol can produce many of the same side effects, therefore compounding them and making them even more troublesome.

Try black peppercorns  Due to the connection between THC and the terpenoids found in plants such as pepper, smelling or chewing black peppercorns may be an effective remedy for marijuana-induced anxiety. Researchers are still studying this connection, but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that this common household item could have a positive effect. Sniffing black peppercorns could provide immediate relief from symptoms while chewing them could produce relief within an hour.

The benefits of medical marijuana could be lifesavers for those living with chronic pain, anxiety, or a host of other conditions. Though side effects are possible, they are almost always less severe than those associated with most prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Knowing your limits and finding dosages that work best for you are the keys to experiencing the benefits of marijuana without the negative side effects. If you have questions about how to use marijuana for medicinal purposes or how to get your medical marijuana card online, please sign up and get all your answers from our licensed medical marijuana doctors! Sign up online at www.zenmd.net

HOW TO GET A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD 2017

HOW TO GET A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD 2017

You probably already know that you need a medical marijuana card before you can legally smoke cannabis. But are you aware how to get a medical marijuana card? Do you even know why you need it? You’ve heard from your friends about how great it is, but somehow the process of getting it yourself still seems difficult and confusing, maybe even tricky. And depending on who you talk to, it can be all of those things together, but it definitely doesn’t have to be so.

With the right information and guidance, you can become the happy owner of a medical cannabis recommendation sooner than you think. In this article, we will research how to become a legal medical cannabis patient and get a medical marijuana card.

Is It A MMJ Recommendation Or A MMJ Card?

After medical marijuana was legalized in California through Prop 215 in 1996, physicians have provided patients with access to the marijuana`s healing properties by recommending it for medical use. It’s “recommended” because physicians aren’t legally allowed to “prescribe” cannabis as long as it is illegal under federal law.

Does not matter how you call it: pot license, medical marijuana card, weed card, prescription or recommendation, MMID  or MMP, what you are really getting is a physician’s consent to use medical marijuana as a treatment for your condition or symptoms.

Medical marijuana dispensaries in California are required to accept that mmj recommendation in written letter format or digital copy. It should contain date, patient ID number, your name, expiration date, a physician’s signature and a way to certify its authenticity either by phone or online. You must renew your medical marijuana card each year. After registering with a marijuana club or dispensary for the first time, they will accept smaller picture ID card version of your mmj recommendation or a digital copy until it expires and you need to renew one.

Three Ways To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In California

If you believe that cannabis can improve your quality of life, you should be able to try it. You can ask your primary physician if MMJ is right for you and to “prescribe” you a mmj card, but most people prefer a consultation with a licensed medical marijuana specialist, or “medical marijuana doctor” to get their cannabis card.

These  MMJ DOCTORS can be found in cities from San Francisco to Los Angeles and everywhere in between. Very often it is not always a pleasant experience to visit such clinics. In fact, often, such 420 evaluation centers are located in sketchy neighborhoods (especially if you are in Los Angeles). You often end up overpaying while being uninformed about how to start using medical marijuana a treatment.

Thankfully to Medical Board of California, we can enjoy the best way to consult with a medical marijuana physician and get approved for medical marijuana card—online. It’s easy and safe, legal and confidential, according to the state’s telehealth laws.

How 420 Evaluations Online Works

If you choose to get your medical marijuana card online, what can you expect?

Imagine that you can sign up online and complete your MMJ Evaluation from any device that has access to Internet and video camera. The process is pretty much the same as at any regular doctor`s office when you will be asked to fill out a standard medical form, upload any medical records you may have. And don’t worry, your information is kept 100% private in accordance with HIPAA law and won’t be found on any public source.

After your evaluation with a Medical Marijuana Doctor, you’ll  be asked to choose between buying just a physician’s recommendation letter, or a wallet-sized medical marijuana photo ID card as well, which is convenient for returning visits to the same cannabis club. Most online medical marijuana doctors won’t charge you unless you’re approved!

The MMJ evaluation itself often lasts about 5 minutes. It involves an easy video conversation about your current medical condition and how medical cannabis might help you to treat it.

You will receive a digital copy of your mmj recommendation via email right after approval. Digital copy can be used at the same day. Keep in mind, some mmj clubs require the hard copy of recommendation letter. In 2-4 days later, you will receive your medical marijuana card in the mail.

Yep, you have your medical marijuana card, and now you can safely visit any medical marijuana dispensaries in California.

Medical Marijuana Card Online – FAQ

Q: Do I need to renew my medical marijuana card?
A: Yes, you need to renew your mmj card every year.

Q: What documents do I need to get a medical marijuana card online?
A: Any document with your address in California/ID and a medical condition for which medical marijuana can be recommended.

Q: Will my health insurance cover for my medical marijuana recommendation?
A: As of today , NO, since cannabis is still is an illegal drug under federal law.

Q: What medical conditions qualify me for a medical marijuana card online?
A: Physicians’ recommend medical cannabis for patients suffering from: cancer, AIDS, chronic pain, anxiety, stress, PTSD, Chron`s, Alzheimer’s and many other symptoms and conditions, but a medical marijuana card can be approved for “any other illness for which MMJ can help.”

Q: Can I possess or grow with online medical marijuana card?
A: MMJ patient can grow up to six mature and 12 immature marijuana plants for personal use, but a recent CA Supreme Court ruled that mmj patients can grow any number of plants so that their medical needs.

ONLINE MMJ DOCTORS NOTES

Over 1.6 million patients in California have a medical marijuana card to use marijuana as medicine, and you can get one pretty easily too.

Legally, you need a medical marijuana recommendation letter from a physician, but patients use different terms like “pot card” or “weed card” to describe the same thing.

You can get a medical marijuana card by asking your primary care physician, visiting your local MMJ DOCTOR or online through a telehealth service online.

So why are you waiting? Sign up online and get legal!

HOW TO GET A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD 2017
HOW TO GET A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD 2017