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January 4, 2021

Whether a patient uses medical cannabis to help mitigate their chronic back pain or to help ease a troubled stomach that is at the whim of a Crohn’s diagnosis one of the most important aspects of treatment is managed dosing.  Too little and the desired effects may not present themselves while too great a dose and the patient may experience disorientation and paranoia.  As the author Chris Kilham writes in The Ganja Road, “The enlivening, expansive, joy-producing effects of cannabis result from high-quality material used judiciously and moderately.  This, as with the other psychedelicacies, is key.  Moderation, not habituation, leads to a maximally satisfying experience.”  For anyone that doubts the wisdom of these words a quick read of New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd’s now infamous freakout after a bit too many edibles in a Colorado hotel should help to dispel any misconceptions.

That doesn’t sound too pleasant now does it?  Consuming too much cannabis may send your heart rate soaring, make you dizzy or disoriented, may make you feel like you cannot breathe, dry out your mouth (some people call this cotton mouth), or slow your reaction time.  These are all physical symptoms of consuming too much cannabis.  Additionally, you may feel paranoid and anxious.  The good news is that people do not die from cannabis overdoses because cannabis is not toxic to human cells and organs.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t stop the hundreds of hospital visits from people that believe they are about to overdose after consuming too much cannabis.

Consuming too much cannabis can be alarming.  Effects from “mush brain” to near catatonia are not uncommon.  Edibles can exacerbate these effects.  One thing to keep in mind is to always consume medical marijuana from the comfort and safety of your own home.  No big meetings or social interactions where you are expected to be conversant.  One of the grandest ironies in situations like this is that where alcohol may be readily available, cannabis has been found by Scientific Reports to be as much as 114 times safer than alcohol.

What can be done if a patient has consumed too much cannabis?  The famous musician Neil Young has suggested that a person take a few black pepper balls and crunch them between your jaws.  Supposedly this will help cut through the fog and help to think a bit more clearly.  If there are no pepper balls handy, a simple process of drinking water, finding a quiet, dark room to lay down will help get through your episode.  If possible, before a patient begins consuming cannabis they should eat a full meal.  Having a full stomach may help offset the effects of cannabis.  However, once cannabis has been introduced to your system, adding more food (especially fats and proteins) can shovel more THC into your bloodstream.  The most important thing to remember for a novice consuming cannabis is to take things slow.  Use a journal to chronicle the time, amount, and type of cannabis you are consuming.  If the first application results in little to no feeling, do not rush into more.  Wait for at least ninety minutes before consuming anything further.  Edibles are especially notorious for their long duration before activation followed by their intense effects.

The following information is presented for educational purposes only. Summit Releaf distributes this information to provide an understanding of the potential benefits of medical marijuana for patients living with one of the approved Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program qualifying conditions for an Ohio marijuana card. Links to third party websites do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations by Summit Releaf and none should be inferred.

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