Please consult your primary treating physician and use online resources websites shown on resources tab
Medical cannabis studies are still in the early stages of discovery and new progress/results are year to year. Information, trial and error, and being aware of the risks and benefits are key to successfully using medical cannabis as part of a health and wellness regimen.
Cannabis has been shown to help with pain, nausea, sleep disorders, epilepsy, is a safer alternative to opioids, and there are more advantages. Please refer to online resources as medical cannabis studies have new findings every year. Cannabis has shown to affect problem-solving skills, memory and balance. Structural changes in the brain especially before 17 years of age. Risk of heart attack, chronic couch-lock and hallucinations. Potentially addictive and can lead to harder drug use. Weakens respiratory systems. Compromises immune systems.
Joint/Blunt: may contain .25 - . 5 grams of THC/CBD
Edibles: 10mg is a good starting point, and it's generally advised to begin with CBD, rather than THC. This puts patients at much lower risk for adverse events. Patients should gradually increase dosing to effect, or side effect. 5mg increments are usually safe. Edibles have much longer onset of action-up to 2 hours, so please avoid taking multiple doses within this time.
Extracts/Oils: These are best saved for patients with cancer, epilepsy, neurological disorders and other more severe diseases, due to their high concentrations
Common Treatment Plan
Patient has been advised to incorporate medical cannabis into his/her current treatment protocol from their PTP, and patient has been advised to continue care with current treating providers, with regular blood pressure check ups, preventative maintenance. Patient will pursue further evaluation and treatment as indicated for current symptoms. Patient will submit previous medical records online or to a local consultation resource center. Patient and attending cannabis physician have shared consent and patient has verbalized understanding that MMJ is an alternative or adjunct to primary treatment protocol.
With Cannabis products, medical science and physicians recommend to start low and slowly increase dosages.
Medical cannabis, like any drug, has risks and benefits; however MMJ has been shown to be more safe than opioids in regards to addiction. As a medical cannabis patient, if I feel I have changes in mental health, negative thoughts & emotions leading to instability in lifestyle, and/or if I feel I am developing an addiction to medical cannabis, I, the patient have agreed to stop use, consult primary treating physician, consult my attending cannabis physician, and a local addiction and/or mental health office for support.
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