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  • Olivia Castro

Does Medical Marijuana Have Side Effects?

Updated: Sep 16, 2021

At Ohio Marijuana Card, the number one thing people are looking for is relief. Of course relief can come with a medical marijuana card (which we can help you with) but many are wondering, does this come along with any side effects?

Being concerned about the side effects of any medication just means that you are taking your health and wellness seriously. This is a good thing!

But just like with any other medication, yes, there can be side effects that come with using medical marijuana. Since all medications have side effects that come with them, it is better to ask yourself if you can tolerate it as well or even better than you could using traditional medicine.

Thousands of people in the state of Ohio turn to medical marijuana because the answer to that question is “yes”!

What are the Side Effects of Medical Marijuana?

Red Eyes:

Red eyes are one of the classic side effects of using marijuana. Even though they are not harmful at all, they usually are a concern for people since they are pretty much a dead give away that you are using marijuana. There are many patients that like to keep their medication use to themselves.

What causes your eyes to turn when using medical marijuana is actually the THC so switching to edibles or tinctures won’t help you. Some tricks that will help with the redness is using just CBD products, buying over the counter eye drops or making sure that you stay hydrated when consuming marijuana.

Dry Mouth:

THC again is the culprit for making your mouth dry when using medical marijuana. So again, changing the format of your medical marijuana won’t help. But it can be easily managed like red eyes!

One trick to avoid dry mouth is sucking on candy when you are medicating. This will help stimulate saliva production in the mouth which the THC is inhibiting!

Empty Stomach:

THC strikes again by making you feel like you have an empty stomach aka it gives you the munchies!

THC binds to receptors throughout the body including the receptors responsible for taste and smell. This is what makes you feel hungry when you consume high THC products.

One thing you can do to help is look for strains with lower THC or look for strains that have more balance between the THC and CBD content. This balance will help because CBD is actually a partial blocker for THC. So you can get all the benefits of THC while having the side effects much lower.

Things to Keep in Mind About the Side Effects of Medical Marijuana . . .

There are a few things that you should keep in mind when thinking about the side effects that can come along with medical marijuana.

First, remember that it can be different for everyone. What one person experiences with a specific strain or product of marijuana can be totally different for another person. Marijuana works in different ways for everyone.

Second, one person’s side effects could be another person’s therapy. For example, the munchies are a real thing that many people get when they use certain strains of medical marijuana. Some people see the munchies as a negative side effect because they are fully capable of eating enough during the day. For others, such as those with HIV/AIDS, cancer or cachexia, an increased appetite could be exactly why they are using medical marijuana.

Lastly, remember that your doctor can always help you with the side effects that you are experiencing. Just be open and honest! With a doctor’s help, you can find the right products and strains that will be best for you and your medical condition.

Thinking About Getting Your Medical Marijuana Card?

You’re in the right place! Book an appointment for your medical marijuana evaluation with us today either online or by calling us at (866) 457-5559.

You deserve relief. It can be yours today!


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Here at Ohio Marijuana Card, our goal is to help everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

If you have any questions, call us at (866) 457-5559, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

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