By Dr. James Partyka | PHARMATIVE.com
As marijuana becomes legalized by states in the U.S., it’s important to remember the following:
1) More research is needed to understand the adverse effects of cannabis, THC or CBD.
2) More research is needed to clearly demonstrate benefit for various indications, the exception are those medications which are currently FDA approved for use, such as severe nausea and vomiting.
3) It’s important to remember that THC and CBD have side effects and in some cases for THC may lead to psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and irrational thoughts.
4) Never drive or operate machinery while drinking alcohol or using cannabis.
5) Inhaling cannabis has different side effects as compared to consuming oral cannabis, and potency varies depending on the plant source and formulation. Caution should always be taken.
6) In the majority of the states in the U.S., usage of cannabis is illegal. So, do not travel with cannabis across state lines where cannabis is illegal as you could be charged with a crime.
In summary, responsible usage and caution should always be taken when consuming alcohol and using cannabis. Adverse effects occur with both alcohol and cannabis, and more research is needed to characterize the benefits and the short and long term side effects of cannabis.