Side Effects, You Say? Preparing for Unexpected Outcomes of CBD and Medical Cannabis Use

Cannabidiol (CBD), the current flagship product of the medical cannabis and hemp industries, has been spreading throughout legal states like wildfire. Though some of CBD’s popularity may stem from fresh, exhilarating novelty, much of its rapid rise to mainstream success can be attributed to the fact that it simply works.

Having witnessed the successes of CBD and other cannabis derivations both first-hand with Doctor Jane patients and through regular study of medically-supported cannabis research, I am extremely confident in supporting the use of such products for symptom relief in many forms. However, when consulting with a medical cannabis doctor or exploring even hemp-derived, non-THC-containing CBD products like those we carry in the Doctor Jane store online, it is critical to consider the various side effects of medical cannabis or CBD use and how they potentially could affect you. 

Medicinal, Not Miracle

Individuals treating with medical cannabis and hemp-derived CBD can expect relief from a range of symptoms presented by chronic conditions. It comes with no surprise, then, that large populations of individuals and patients are turning to these solutions. The best part? It works: “A recent meta-analysis in patients with mixed chronic pain from [rheumatoid] arthritis, fibromyalgia, and cancer found a significant reduction in pain and improved sleep and quality of life, regardless of administration route,” according to doctors from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Florida.

Patients can expect a number of beneficial outcomes as a result of medical cannabis use, including but not limited to lowered risk of diabetes and some forms of cancer, reduced stress and anxiety, improved sleep, discouragement of substance abuse, and pain and inflammation relief. In addition, medical cannabis can help with the prevention of certain skin illnesses, appetite and weight control, protection of brain health, and much more.

Based on my research and the regular updates from my patients, I am able to confirm conclusively that positive change is very much within the realm of realistic expectation when treating with medical cannabis and CBD.In fact, the overall climate among patients and cannabis industry supporters becomes increasingly positive with each passing day. This popularity is, in several ways, exactly what many of us were hoping would come (or return) to medical cannabis and its derivations. However, such unfettered adoration of cannabis treatments also comes with an increased risk of their being perceived as some kind of “miracle medicine.” As such, proper consideration of side effects and adverse outcomes must be a priority before starting and throughout ongoing treatment.

Potential Side Effects of Medical Cannabis

Though it is physically impossible to overdose or die as a result of cannabis use, certain adverse side effects are possible, particularly in patients already taking other prescription medications. In most cases, simple awareness and preparation for these outcomes will mitigate negative outcomes. The possible side effects of cannabis use include, but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety

  • Appetite changes

  • Blood pressure changes

  • Cough

  • Dizziness

  • Drowsiness

  • Dry eyes

  • Fatigue

  • Flushing

  • Increased heart rate

  • Lack of coordination

  • Lack of balance

  • Mood changes

  • Nausea

  • Paranoia

  • Reduced reaction time

  • Sore throat

Additionally, studies have shown that “cannabis use in pregnancy was associated with low birth weight , preterm labor, small for gestational age, and admission to the neonatal intensive care unit.” Women anticipating pregnancy or who are already pregnant are encouraged to avoid cannabis use. 

Stay On Top, Stay In Touch

If you are considering treatment with medical cannabis for physical or mental symptom relief, be sure to consult first with Doctor Jane or your licensed medical cannabis physician. There are many factors involved in determining whether cannabis is the appropriate course of action and developing a proper treatment plan. You can schedule a consultation for a time and location that is convenient for you using our website, or reach out to me directly via phone or text at (561) 406-0685.

Today’s blog post is written by Rick Liogier-Weyback, MD, founder and president at Doctor Jane and our licensed medical cannabis physician. If you are considering cannabis treatment or are wondering if medical cannabis may be right for you, please contact our team at your earliest convenience.

About Doctor Jane

Doctor Jane is South Florida’s most discreet, professional, and convenient concierge medical cannabis practice. Dr. Luis Enrique R. Liogier-Weyback and his wife, Katie Liogier-Weyback, B.S., R.N., founded Doctor Jane on the core tenets of bringing personal, convenient, professional and discreet patient care to the medical cannabis treatment process. Doctor Jane provides South Florida patients and their caregivers with a safe space where they can exercise their right to access medical cannabis therapy in an environment of their choosing, free from stigma and complications. 

Visit our website to find out more or to schedule your own medical cannabis consultation.