How to Handle Side Effects of Medical Marijuana

How to Handle Side Effects of Medical Marijuana

As you might already know, medical marijuana can be very useful and effective at treating various health conditions, including seizures and cancer. If medical marijuana is legal in your state, then you might have thought about using it for your own health problems. However, you could be concerned about some of the side effects. Even though it is true that marijuana does have some negative side effects, even when used medicinally, many people find that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. These are a few tips that can help you handle the side effects so that you can enjoy the health-related benefits of using medical marijuana.

Dry Mouth

Some people find that they suffer from dry mouth, which is also commonly known by marijuana users as “cotton mouth,” when they use marijuana. Therefore, when using medical marijuana, it’s a good idea to have a drink close by. Sipping on small amounts of water can help you combat the dry mouth feeling. Chewing gum or sucking on a piece of sugar-free hard candy can also help.


Many people find that they get sleepy when they use medical marijuana. In fact, some people actually use medical marijuana to help combat their insomnia. Many people find that using a sativa rather than an indica helps with this. Another option is to make sure that you only use medical marijuana when you are able to take a nap or lie down for the evening. Just make sure that you don’t operate heavy machinery or drive a car while using marijuana.

Increased Appetite

Many people find that they get the “munchies” when they consume marijuana. In fact, this is one reason why medical marijuana is often used to treat anorexia or to help people who are dealing with appetite-related issues because of chemotherapy. It can be easy to overeat when you’re using marijuana, so it’s a good idea to keep a few healthy snacks close by. Then, you can satisfy your craving to snack without doing so in an unhealthy way.

Paranoia or Anxiety

Even though some people find that marijuana helps with their anxiety, others find that marijuana causes the opposite effect. Choosing a marijuana strain with a lower level of THC can be a good way to take advantage of the benefits of medical marijuana without feeling too anxious or paranoid. You may also want to experiment with different strains, since some can cause this problem more than others.

Even though it is true that marijuana does have some side effects that some people find to be negative, this doesn’t mean that you can’t use medical marijuana to your benefit. Instead, try these tips for reducing the impact of these side effects.

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