Medical Marijuana Patient Education
Biphasic (two-phased) effect of Medical Marijuana
Low and high doses of the same Cannabis product sometimes may produce opposite effects. For example: small doses of Medical Marijuana tend to stimulate, while large doses can sedate.
Too much THC can increase anxiety and mood disorders in some patients. At the same time, CBD component of Medical Marijuana does not produce any adverse effects. Paradoxically, higher dose of CBD may be less effective than lower dose of CBD.
Begin with a low dose or a few even smaller doses of Medical Marijuana a day for several days. Observe the effects and adjust your dose if necessary. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, if you have history of substance abuse or mental illness, consult the doctor who is treating you for these conditions.
THC and CBD
Research shows that both THC and CBD components should be present in Medical Marijuana products in order for these products to be effective. THC can make you high, while CBD will not. In fact, CBD tends to counteract the psychoactive effects of THC. For example – THC may increase anxiety, while CBD helps to reduce it. THC may increase appetite, which may help cancer patients to maintain weight, while CBD could decrease appetite.
Remember that different Medical Cannabis products have various THC/CBD ratios. You will need to find a combination and administration route that works best for you. Both THC and CBD can be very effective for chronic pain and some other some health problems.
Both THC and CBD can interact with some other medications.
When it comes to chronic pain, Medical Cannabis is considered a much safer option than opioids.