Even though Cannabis is a plant and, therefore, natural, it does not mean that its use should be done in an inveterate way. This is because its chemical composition promotes psychoactivity among other effects that give it therapeutic potential. Therefore, it is necessary to be aware of the side effects of medicinal cannabis to make the correct and responsible use of the substance. See the list below.
To achieve the desired results it is necessary to follow guidelines and be disciplined. Even though the use of cannabis is considered safe, there are contraindications that, even if few, need to be considered.
One of the scenarios that can generate unwanted side effects is exactly the reality that many patients have before starting cannabis therapy, which is the high amount of allopathic medicines used to treat the disease in question. The superposition of these substances can generate some discomforts that need to be on the radar of health professionals who are following the case.
Another point is the proportion of THC, the plant’s psychoactive substance that can cause a kind of intoxication and, with it, a reaction with side effects. The CBD does not produce any kind of toxicity.
However, many of these effects are related to so-called ‘adult use’. Medicinal use makes these undesirable consequences considerably reduced.
We’ve put together a list so you can understand more about Cannabis side effects.
- Excess THC can cause euphoria, altered perception of reality and altered balance. However, remembering that the effects are temporary.
- Increased heart rate, blood pressure and tachycardia. Although the effects are temporary, patients with heart problems should be watched closely.
- Abrupt drop in pressure when moving quickly, popularly known as “black ceiling” can also be one of the side effects.
- Depending on the dose ingested and the patient’s tolerance, it is not recommended to drive and operate heavy machinery, in addition to impacting on the ability to learn and concentrate.
- High doses of THC have a relaxing and sleep-inducing effect. This may not be a problem, depending on the condition being treated, but depending on the patient’s routine, it is an important point of attention.
It is worth remembering that there are no records of deaths caused by excess cannabis. Despite being a safe substance, its use needs to be administered and monitored due to the particularities that each Endocannabinoid System presents, further reducing the propensity of unwanted side effects.
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