Medical Marijuana Consent
This document represents the best available information at this time, but medical marijuana/cannabis has not been widely studied in humans and thus there may be risks or side effects that are not known and cannot be predicted. Marijuana has therapeutic effects for some patients, but is not approved as a medicine. The long-term effects are not fully understood.
If you have one of the following problems than marijuana/cannabis is NOT recommended.
1. have unstable heart disease (because marijuana can increase or decrease your blood pressure or heart rate)
2. are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breastfeeding
3. have a history of addiction to other drugs or alcohol
Marijuana /cannabis should NOT be combined with alcohol or any other sedating medication. I am aware that drowsiness or clouded thinking may make it dangerous for me to drive or operate heavy machinery. Alcohol or other medications that also cause drowsiness may worsen this effect. I agree not to drive or operate heavy machinery or sign legal documents while starting marijuana/cannabis or if I feel in any way impaired from this therapy at other times, for at least for 4 hours or longer after ingesting marijuana
Medical Marijuana Side Effects
The most common side effects directly after using marijuana are dizziness, drowsiness and dry mouth. Others include feeling light-headed, headache, disorientation, feeling drunk or abnormal, feeling “too high”, feelings of unreality, feeling an extreme slowing of time, suspiciousness, nervousness, panic attacks, paranoia, hallucinations, impairment I motor skills and perception, altered body perceptions, loss of full control of body movements, falls, throat irritation, nausea, vomiting and palpitations. If you develop negative side effects, try to be calm and relax. The effects will pass within a couple of hours. Avoid strains with high THC, which are more likely to make you feel “high”. You should seek help if you have difficulty with the amount that you are using or having difficulty cutting down.
Long term use may trigger or aggravate a mood disorder, increase the risk of developing chronic cough and infections (if smoking the cannabis), reduce fertility, affect the developing brain of fetus, lead to tolerance, a withdrawal syndrome and addiction. Dose related acute effects of marijuana on attention, memory and perception are clearly established. After stopping long-term heavy use, these effects on the brain may persist for days to weeks and may be accompanied by a mild withdrawal syndrome. Chronic smoking of marijuana is associated with chronic bronchitis, which causes cough and sputum.
You should not give or sell medical cannabis to others, as this is both illegal and dangerous.
Warning: Drug Interactions
The following medications may increase the effects of the THC component of marijuana. Certain anti-depressants (e.g. fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, and nefazodone), ant-acids (e.g. cimetidine and omeprazole), antibiotics (e.g. clarithromycin and erythromycin), anti-fungals (e.g. itraconazole, fluconazole, ketoconazole, miconazole), calcium channel blockers used for high blood pressure and heart disease (e.g. diltiazem, verapamil), HIV protease inhibitors (e.g. ritonavir), amiodarone, and isoniazid. On the other hand, some drugs such as rifampicin, carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone, rifabutin, troglitazone, and Saint John‘s Wort may reduce the effect of THC.
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