As with any prescription drug, legal Cannabis does have possible side effects. The main difference however is the severity. Cannabis is one of the oldest natural herbs known to human beings. It is also one of the safest, as it is impossible to consume enough to produce a toxic effect in the body.
Remember, Cannabis has been used for medical reasons for hundreds of years, even by the U.S. Government, as compared to manufactured drugs of today. Medical research on Cannabis has more times than not come back as a safe and effective way to ease many kinds of suffering. Unlike many prescription drugs used for the same treatment, there are no significant withdrawal effects when Cannabis use is stopped or decreased.
Seniors Are The Fastest Growing Group Of Cannabis Users In America: Seniors account for only 14 percent of the nation's population, but they use more than 30 percent of all prescription drugs including some highly-addictive painkillers. So Cannabis is fast becoming a pill alternative. Cannabis use is up 53 percent with the 55-and-over community.
Here is a list of common side effects with Cannabis:
Uneasiness: Cannabis usually has a soothing and comforting effect on the mind. Sometimes people do experience feelings of anxiety. If this happens to you, there are several things you can do. Try to stay in environments where you feel naturally comfortable. You may want to avoid busy, noisy, or unattractive places. If your environment is safe and comfortable, and you still have some anxiousness, sit or lay down, breathe deeply, and relax. Eating will often quickly reduce the feeling of anxiety. Then, the next time you use it, try reducing your dosage. Because of our social training, you may have feelings of guilt.
Hunger and Thirst: Many people become hungry after using Cannabis, and those who need their appetite stimulated use it for this very reason. If you are not using it for this purpose, drink water or juice. If you do wish to eat, eat good nourishing food rather than sweets.
Redness of the Eyes: This will not hurt you. You do not need to use any of the commercial preparations that "get the red out" for cosmetic reasons. If you must go out in public and are concerned about others' reaction to the redness, wear sunglasses.
Drowsiness: Some people find that Cannabis makes them sleepy. If you can and wish to, go ahead and take a nap. As with all medicines that can produce drowsiness, don't drive or operate heavy machinery.
Short-Term Memory Loss: Sometimes people find it difficult to carry on a complicated conversation, keep track of details, or perform complex tasks. If this happens to you, schedule your time so that you don't have to do these things when using your medicine. Long-term memory is not affected.
Insomnia: Some people find that they can't sleep for a while after using Cannabis. If this happens to you, try reducing your dosage, and avoid using it for about two hours or so before you want to sleep.
Giddiness: Many people find that things which normally don't seem funny become quite amusing when they use Cannabis. Most people enjoy this effect. A good laugh helps the healing power of your body and mind.