5 Things to Know About Cannabis Before Medicating

Medical cannabis research is still hampered by its Schedule I classification. But the DEA has recently taken steps to make cannabis research easier. Medical cannabis and its compounds, called cannabinoids can have several different effects on the body. Let’s take a look at some things you should know before medicating.

Different Strains Have Different Effects

One key thing to be aware of is that there are two subspecies of the cannabis plant. Indica strains are known for their calming properties and helping achieve deep sleep. Sativa strains are better known for their uplifting and emotional properties. For that reason, Indica strains are recommended for night-time use, while Sativa’s are reserved for day-time use. Sativa plants can help with anxiety, depression, and attention disorders. They also tend to have a higher concentration of terpenes than Indica plants.

Hybrid strains are a combination of Indica and Sativa plants that may feature a mixture of effects. Some strains may be Indica or Sativa-dominant that’s why it’s essential to track a strain’s effects on your body.

Medical Reactions

Be careful when medicating with any strain, since it may impact other medications you are taking. Some medicines you should avoid mixing with medical marijuana include SSRIs and SNRIs. Other medications like anti-anxiety meds can create an adverse effect if both are consumed at the same time. These medicines react with the same receptors in the body that are impacted by cannabis use. You should speak with your doctor before self-medicating with cannabis if you take any prescription medication.

What Conditions Can It Treat?

Many people’s first introduction to cannabis is through self-medication for a variety of symptoms. But medical marijuana can be prescribed for a variety of medical conditions. Cannabis is most often prescribed for patients with severe health conditions like multiple sclerosis or cancer.

Medical marijuana may help reduce spasticity and pain associated with multiple sclerosis. Cancer can’t be cured with marijuana use, but it can help reduce symptoms and improve a patient’s quality of life. People living with Arthritis have also found relief in consuming medical marijuana with high CBD a cannabinoid that may help reduce inflammation. CBD-dominant strains can also help reduce the frequency and severity of epileptic seizures.

Tracking Strain Efficacy

Tracking the efficacy of certain strains requires massive data input. Apps can use user-generated data for hundreds of cannabis strains to help pinpoint the most effective of those for any given condition. Tracking medicating sessions and symptoms is as easy as tapping a few buttons. This user-generated data will help users pinpoint which strains are most effective for their combination of symptoms.

Any Side Effects?

The main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana is THC. THC’s impacts on the brain have yet to be thoroughly researched due to the plant’s federal classification. But we do know it can cause some people to feel anxious, paranoid, or afraid. These symptoms may be worse in patients that already exhibit signs of a mental disorder. You should also know that consumption can heighten your senses, distort your sense of time, and impair your motor skills. All of these side effects may impact your ability to drive.