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Are There Side Effects That Come With Medical Marijuana?

Updated: Sep 30


Here at Louisiana Marijuana Card, we deliver relief to people. Of course relief can come hand in hand with a medical marijuana card but does this also come along with any unwanted side effects?


Good question! There are many people that are concerned about the side effects that could come along with medical marijuana. This concern is valid and just means that you are taking your health and wellness seriously which you should be!


Just like with any other medication, there are side effects that come with consuming medical marijuana. All medications come with them and some are worse than others so instead you should ask yourself if you can handle the side effects of medical marijuana better than you can with traditional medication.


For many of our patients, the answer to this question is “yes”!


What are the Most Common Side Effects of Medical Marijuana?

Red Eyes

Red eyes are one of the most common unwanted side effects that come with using marijuana. While they are in no way harmful, they do suggest that you have been using marijuana. Many people like to keep their use private as negative stereotypes can be associated with marijuana use.


The THC that is in medical marijuana is actually what causes your eyes to turn red when medicating. Because of this, switching up your format to tinctures or edibles won’t help at all. To help with the redness you can try using CBD products, staying hydrated while consuming medical marijuana or buying over the counter eye drops.


Dry Mouth

Once again THC is the culprit here for making your mouth feel dry when consuming medical marijuana. So like with red eyes, changing your format won’t help but it can be easily managed!


There is a trick that medical marijuana patients use to help avoid dry mouth! You can try sucking on candy or a sucker when you are medicating. This will help stimulate saliva in your mouth even though the THC inhibits it.


The Munchies

THC strikes again with the empty stomach side effect! In other words, it makes you have the munchies. This is because THC binds to receptors all throughout the body which includes the receptors for taste and smell and makes you have an increased appetite.


One thing you can do to help this side effect is to look for strains and products that have an equal balance between the THC and CBD content. A well balanced product will help with the munchies because CBD acts as a partial blocker to THC! So you can get all the benefits of THC without having to worry about the intense side effects.


Things to Remember About Medical Marijuana Side Effects. . .

There are a few things that you should remember about the side effects of medical marijuana.


Keep in mind that everyone is different. What one person experiences with a marijuana product can be totally different then what another person experiences. Marijuana works in different ways for everyone.


Second, not all side effects are bad. In fact, side effects can actually be therapeutic for some. For example, one person could see getting the munchies as a negative side effect because they have a regular appetite during the day. For others struggling with cancer, HIV/AIDS or cachexia, increasing their appetite could be the exact reason why they are using medical marijuana.


And lastly, keep in mind that your doctor is always here to help you with the unwanted side effects you are experiencing. Just have an open and honest conversation and with your doctor’s help, you will be able to find the perfect medical marijuana product for you!


Want to Get Your Medical Marijuana Card?

If so, you are in the right place my friend! You can book an appointment with us today online or by calling us at 833-253-2943.


You deserve relief. You can get it with us today!



Doctors Who Care. Relief You Can Trust.

At Louisiana Marijuana Card, our mission is helping 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.


Call us at (833) 253-2943, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!


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