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What factors 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 how they are wanting to feel when using it.

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

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

Although personal preference is a major part of medical marijuana treatment, it also is only one part of it. There are many external factors that can impact how medical marijuana will affect you.

Keep reading for some of the most important factors that will affect your high!


Your set and setting is a vital factor in how medical marijuana will affect you. This actually should not be taken lightly! You could consume marijuana one day in a peaceful environment and love it. Then you can consume the same product the next day in a stressful environment and hate it. The environment that you are in is really that powerful!

When you use your medical marijuana and have a pleasant, enjoyable experience, ask yourself some questions so that you can replicate that experience. 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 medical marijuana feel different for you!

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

Just be aware of your environment, your set and setting, and how you feel that day in order to better gauge the best ways for you to use your medical marijuana treatment.


There are several different formats that you can purchase medical marijuana in. There are edibles, topicals, capsules, tinctures and soon there will even be flower available in Louisiana! Every format of medical marijuana can affect a person differently.

Adding a tincture to your drink versus eating a cannabis cookie will give you two different effects. 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 you choose. With some formats it is easier to control your dosage than with others. All of these format factors play an important role in how medical marijuana affects you and how long it affects you.

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


Dosing is just as important, if not more important, than the first two points!

If you are a novice medical marijuana user, dosing properly can be a bit tricky. This is especially so when consuming edible or trying a new strain or format. Just remember to start low and slow!

Too little of a dose may not treat your medical condition at all, therefore it may not give you the relief you’re looking for. Too much of a dose can insight anxiety, paranoia and 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 right for you and your medical condition!


The profile of the medical marijuana product that you are consuming is typically the first thing that you can look at to see the effects a product will have on you.

Medical marijuana has a ratio or percentage of the CBD or THC that is in each product. Some people prefer to feel more of the psychoactive effects and will look for higher THC strains while others prefer higher CBD strains because the THC is overly stimulating for them.

The profile of marijuana is super diverse and can vary widely depending on which product or strain you choose to consume. The profile is 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. After trying different products, formats and strains, you can know which ones you prefer, the effects and how they will treat your medical condition.


Terpenes is a 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.

If you’re looking to do a deep dive on terpenes, head to our Terpenes 101 blog post which will give you everything you need to know!

Tolerance level:

We mentioned previously that medical marijuana affects everyone differently since no two people are the same. This also goes for individual tolerance levels too.

There are many factors that can influence a person's tolerance level. Some of those factors can be age, frequency of use, body chemistry and how long a person has been consuming 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 get a hold on what your tolerance level is, you will be empowered to have the kind of medical marijuana treatment that you need!


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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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