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Factors that will affect the psychoactive properties of marijuana

One of the most amazing things about marijuana is how it is different for everyone. Everyone experiences different effects and has different preferences as to what they are looking to get out of it.

If you ask all the marijuana users that you know what their favorite strain or marijuana format is, odds are that you will get a plethora of different answers. This is because there are so many different parts of marijuana that will enhance or minimize the psychoactive effects of marijuana aka the “high.”

Your preference will differ depending on the medical condition that you are looking to treat. At Ohio Marijuana Card we can help you with this! We are the go-to marijuana card provider. If you have a qualifying medical condition, we are here to make it as easy as possible for you to get treatment.

Although personal preference is a big part of medical marijuana treatment, it also is only one part of it. There are many other external factors that can affect your experience as well. Keep reading for some of the most important factors that will affect your high.


Your set and setting is a super important factor in how marijuana will affect you. This is actually really crucial and should not be taken lightly! You could smoke a strain one day in a peaceful environment and love it. Then you can smoke the same strain the next day in a stressful environment and hate it. Environment is really that powerful.

When you use your medical marijuana and have a pleasant, enjoyable experience, ask yourself some questions. How did you feel that day? What was your mood like? Did you have a good or bad day? Where were you? In nature? With a crowd of people? At home?

Different situations all can make the effects of marijuana different for you!

Also keep in mind your own personal comfort level before consuming your medical marijuana. Everyone has situations that they know will make them feel a little anxious if they are using medical marijuana. These situations can give you an idea of what environments to not put yourself in when you are using your treatment.

Just remember to be aware of your environment, your set and setting and how you feel in order to better gauge the best ways for you to treat your medical condition.


There are several different formats that you can purchase medical marijuana in. There is raw marijuana flower, dry herb vaping, edibles, topicals, capsules, tinctures and more! Every format of medical marijuana can impact a person differently.

Inhaling from a dry herb vape versus eating a cannabis cookie will make you feel differently. This is because the body processes marijuana differently based on the format that you choose and how you consume it.

There also is a difference in how long the duration of the effects last in your system based on the format too. This is because with some formats it is easier to control your dosage than others. All of these external factors play a vital role in how medical marijuana affects you and how long it affects you.

So when thinking about format just keep in mind your own personal limits with each method!


Dosing is third on our list right now but it is honestly just as important if not more important than the first two points.

If you are just starting medical marijuana treatment, dosing properly can be a bit tricky. This is especially so when consuming edible or trying a new strain. Just remember to start low and slow every single time!

Too little of a dose may not affect you at all, therefore not treat your medical condition in the way that you want. Too much of a dose can have you experience an uncomfortable high which no one wants.

There always is a sweet spot when using medical marijuana. The trick is always starting low and slow until you find that perfect dosage that is just right for you!


The profile of the medical marijuana product that you are using is typically the first thing that you can look at in order to see how a product will affect you.

Marijuana has a ratio or percentage of the CBD or THC that is in each product. Some people like more of the psychoactive effects and will look for higher THC strains while others prefer a high CBD strain because the THC is too stimulating for them.

The profile of marijuana is super diverse and can vary widely depending on which product or strain you choose. The profile is also a tool for you to use in order to gauge which is best for you.

In order to figure out how CBD or THC or even a certain blend of both affects you, you need to do a bit of experimenting in which you are the test subject. After trying different products, you can know which ones you like, how they affect you and how they will treat your medical condition.


Terpenes is a new buzz word in the medical marijuana community that has been flying around a lot lately. Even if you don’t know what terpenes are, if you have used marijuana, you have experienced them.

Terpenes give marijuana the scent, flavor and taste that we all know and love. They can be lemony, berry-ish, pine flavored, sweet or even spicy. They play one of the most important parts into how a strain or product can affect you.

Tolerance level:

We discussed previously that marijuana affects everyone differently since no two people are the same. This also goes for everyone's individual tolerance level.

There are many factors that can influence a person's tolerance level. Some factors can be age, frequency of use, body chemistry and how long a person has been using marijuana. This is super important for a person to know for themselves. It will help you gauge how much or how little to consume.

Once you are able to ascertain what your tolerance level is, you will be empowered to have the kind of medical marijuana treatment that you need!


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