Know Your Medicine:
Please use medical cannabis under the direction of a physician’s recommendation and in accordance with all state and local laws. All possible side effects of medical cannabis use are dose dependent and its effects will vary from person to person. As such, patients should begin their therapy with low doses, slowly increasing use if necessary, so that the individual dose can be determined and unwanted effects can be avoided.
Possible Acute Side Effects Associated with Medical Cannabis Ingestion:
Frequent side effects may include: dry mouth, movement disorder, muscle weakness, slurred speech, increase of heart rate, decrease of blood pressure in vertical position, eventually with dizziness. In case of dizziness the affected should lay down. Other side effects may include: sedation, euphoria, dysphoria, fear of dying, feelings of loss of control, impairment of memory, altered time perception, depression, hallucinations. Acute side effects are dose dependent and generally disappear within hours. If side effects persist over several days, contact your physician immediately. Cannabis possesses a potential for dependency and individuals may experience unwanted withdrawal symptoms. However, withdrawal has not been problematic in patients that were treated over a prolonged period of time with cannabis, but anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, salivation, diarrhea may occur.
Safe Use of Medical Cannabis:
Know your Strains:
Sativa plants are the taller and lankier variety, reaching heights of over 5-6 meters with narrow serrated leaves and loose spear like flower clusters that can be extremely resinous. Sativas may have higher THC content to Cannabidiol (CBD) ratios and is commonly used to elevate a depressed mood and stimulate appetite. In this regard Sativas tend to be more stimulating, uplifting and energizing. These benefits can be particularly helpful for the psychological component of many illnesses and better for daytime use.
Indica plants are normally shorter and stockier plants, reaching 1-2 meters in height with wide, deeply serrated leaves and a compact and dense flower cluster. Indicas may have a higher CBD content to THC ratio and induces a more relaxing mood. The effects of Indicas are predominantly physical and used to reduce pain and tremors. Although the relief of certain physical symptoms can have an emotional result as well, including reductions in anxiety, anger, or stress. Indicas are characterized as relaxing or sedating and best used later in the day or before bed.
Hybrid plants have been cross-bred between the two, offering the benefits of both strains while reducing the lesser desired effects of the other. Please feel free to ask our staff about what may best help your condition.
Cannabinoids occur naturally in significant quantity in the cannabis plant, and are concentrated in a viscous resin that is produced in glandular structures known as trichomes. The Green Cross provides accurate quantification of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol (CBD) and Cannabinol (CBN).