Is Cannabis Safe?
Yes. The medical research continually supports the safety of cannabis. As with any treatment, there are some negative side effects that some people might encounter. However, Cannabis has such low toxicity that it is impossible to die from an overdose, unlike with many conventional medications.
What are the negative side-effects?
Common negative side effects reported are anxiety, dizziness, dry eyes, dry mouth, headache, increased heart rate and paranoia.
What does taking the oil feel like?
- A flushed feeling in the face
- Increased thirst. This is due to the detoxification process so make sure you drink WATER!
- A feeling of drowsiness and extreme relaxation
- Feeling like your heart is pounding
- Feeling a bit detached from your body
- Increased flow of thoughts and ideas
- A general feeling of well-being and happiness
- Increased hunger
How do you know if you’ve taken too much?
- Nausea and possibly vomiting
- Extreme dry mouth and intense thirst
- Dizzy and very unstable and unbalanced – you may need the assistance of a wall or friend to walk
- Paranoia – a very real sense of fear, panic or foreboding
- Rare, but possibility of hallucinations
- Heart feels like its beating out of your chest
What should you do if you experience symptoms of overdose?
- It’s important to remember no one has ever died from too much cannabis – Calm Down – you are going to be fine.
- Take a big glass of water with you and go lie down until you feel better- it will pass in a few hours.
- If you have to get up to go to the toilet or fetch more water remember to use the wall for balance or ask someone to help you – don’t underestimate how dizzy you might feel -this is especially important for frail and older people who can’t afford to fall and hurt themselves.
- For people who suffer from the effects of paranoia, depending on the severity, it might be best to phone a trusted friend and not be alone during this time. Paranoia is a powerful psychological reaction that plays on your fears and insecurities and although it won’t physically harm you, it can be very unpleasant to have to go through alone. The same thing applies for hallucinations. In both cases, go to bed as soon as you can and try to sleep through it.
What meds don’t mix well with cannabis?
Blood Pressure Pills: If you are taking pills for high blood pressure, get your pressure checked regularly. The oil balances out your blood pressure and some people find they have to come off their blood pressure pills as they increase their cannabis oil dosage.
The following is a list of pharmaceuticals that have negative interactions with cannabis.
(The interesting thing is that the first three pharmaceuticals in this list can actually be replaced with cannabis instead of using both in tandem and risking increased side effects.)
Buprenorphine: Buprenorphine is an opioid that can be used to treat mild or chronic pain, or as a substance to help opioid addicts recover. Buprenorphine causes nervous central depression, so when combined with cannabis, side effects may cause respiratory distress, coma, or even death
Levonmethadyl acetate: Levomethadyl acetate is a synthetic opioid used to treat dependence on opioids. Using cannabis in tandem with levomethadyl acetate may lead to increased side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, light-headedness, confusion, depression, low blood pressure, slow or shallow breathing, and impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. Sever reactions may result in coma or even death on some occasions.
Sodium Oxybate: Sodium oxybate is a prescription drug that is used to treat excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), which is a condition associated with narcolepsy. Side effects related to mixing sodium oxybate with cannabis are similar to those listed for interactions between levomethadyl acetate and cannabis. There is a potential for increased side effects of levomethadyl acetate such as drowsiness, dizziness, light-headedness, confusion, depression, low blood pressure, slow or shallow breathing, and impairment in thinking, judgement, and motor coordination. Occasionally, severe reactions may result in coma and even death.