Adverse drug effects

Is medical cannabis safe? In general, cannabinoids formulated by a doctor are safe. However, additional studies are needed to answer this question, but the potential short-term and long-term risks of using marijuana to treat medical conditions include:

  • Addiction, which occurs in approximately 10 percent of users who begin recreational marijuana smoking before age 25, and is primarily due to its delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol component (Δ9-THC). With the adequate formulation of magisterial preparations prescribed by a doctor, it has not been evidenced that a dependence occurs.
  • Dizziness
  • Impaired memory and concentration
  • Increased heart rate and increased risk of heart attack or stroke, in patients with a history of cardiovascular disease and especially if they receive high doses of delta-9 - Tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC)
  • Mental illnesses - Schizophrenia- in people with a tendency to suffer them
  • Negative interaction with other medications
  • Slower reaction times
  • Liver conditions

The treating physician will take care that these adverse effects, whether they are minimal or not present, and if they occur, will give the appropriate management.