Safe Consumption and Practices
We have all had that friends or heard the anecdotal story of someone consuming cannabis in one of its various forms and have a bad time. The “high” was disorienting or they were unable to function in their normal capacity. I’m hear to tell you that is not the typical experience of a medical cannabis patient.
Most negative reactions stemming from cannabis consumption are due to over consumption. Everyone should always consult with their physician before consuming cannabis, there are medical conditions and other drug interactions that can also lead up to unwanted effects when coupled with cannabis consumption. With that being said Medical cannabis is an alternative medication to your typical pharmaceuticals that usually have no to minimal side effects. Anxiety and increased heart rate are among the most common negative effects. Most symptoms or side effects can be mediated by remaining calm, taking deep calming breaths and drinking some water.
The Endocannabinoid System- The system by which our body interacts with Cannabinoids
If you've been considering getting a medical marijuana recommendation from a physician, you may be wondering about the difference between medical and recreational marijuana.
When people speak about medical marijuana, they're talking about using the whole unprocessed plant or the chemicals contained within it to alleviate the symptoms of certain conditions or diseases. It’s important to note that the FDA does not approve or recognize the plant as a medicine.
The marijuana plant is comprised of over 100 chemicals, known as cannabinoids, with each of these having different effects on your body. The two main chemicals used in the medicinal application of marijuana are Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC and Cannabidiol, or CBD ; the former produces the "high" and the latter does not produce any psychoactive effects.
However, just because medical cannabis is high in CBD, this doesn't necessarily mean it's low in THC. Why is that? THC in conjunction with other cannabinoids has shown to help people deal with mental and physical ailments.