Medical cannabis is a natural and safe treatment, based on clinical trials that have been conducted for over a decade. However, it is necessary to get used to the treatment, and there may be some side effects we would like you to know about.
Here you can find advice on how to deal with side effects or even prevent them:
Cannabis can temporarily change perceptions of time and space – we recommend not attempting complex or stressful tasks while using the preparation, particularly in the early days.
Cannabis can affect short-term memory, and we therefore recommend planning your time in advance, making a list of things to be done, to maintain your daily routine.
Cannabis can cause dryness – particularly in the mouth, so it is important to drink plenty of liquids: at least 8 glasses a day, (about 2 liters). (This is unless you have received different instructions to limit liquids – you must follow these instructions. For example, if your doctor restricts you to 1 liter of liquids a day, you must not exceed this amount.)
Cannabis can cause a drop in blood pressure – if you feel dizzy or unsteady when walking:
- Sit down (even on the floor), avoid falls.
- Drink a glass of water and wait a few minutes – the water will raise your blood pressure.
- If your blood pressure continues to fall, you may faint/ lose consciousness.
If you take medication for your blood pressure and heart rate – consult your doctor, to avoid sharp drops in blood pressure – do not stop taking medication without consulting your doctor.
Cannabis can bring down blood glucose levels, so it is very important to take it on a full stomach.
If you experience shaking, sweating, a sense of extreme hunger, or mental distress: have a sweet drink or put a sugar cube under your tongue.
If you are taking medication for diabetes – consult your doctor to avoid hypoglycemia (drop in blood glucose) – do not stop the medication without consulting your doctor.
Cannabis can cause heart palpitations – sit down with your legs raised, to improve blood circulation. Drink sweetened juice and have a light snack – the feeling should pass within 10-20 minutes.
If the palpitations continue for more than 30 minutes (after sitting down, raising your legs, drinking, and eating) – seek medical help (doctor, clinic, or A&E).
Please note, if the heart palpitations are accompanied by chest pains radiating towards the shoulders or the upper or lower back – go to your nearest A&E immediately.
You may experience slight confusion, restlessness, anxiety – lie down and raise your legs.
Drink juice with vitamin C and chew a few black peppercorns.
If there is no relief after 20-30 minutes, seek medical help (doctor, clinic, or A&E).
In the case of extreme restlessness, changes in consciousness, psychosis, or a lengthy panic attack – stop treatment and seek medical help (doctor, clinic, or A&E).
Most of these side effects can be avoided by eating before taking the treatment and drinking plenty of water throughout the day.