Cannabis is not an entirely benign drug and like all medications it has side effects and precautions. As with all drugs it must be used safely, in the lowest effective doses, and only for the medical purpose for which it was recommended.
Side Effects And Precautions
The “high effect”
Patients using cannabis, particularly first time users may experience any combination of the following effects:
Sense of well-being or euphoria
Heightened sensual perception
Talkative and laughter alternating with periods of introspection
Loss of sense of time
Short term memory loss-this can make cohesive conversation difficult because of inability to remember what was just said.
These effects are most pronounced in first-time users, are dose dependent, and tend to diminish with repeated use for a medical condition. The high effect lasts about one to three hours with inhaled cannabis and up to six hours with ingested cannabis.
As with the high effect, negative effects are most common in first-time users, are dose dependent and also diminish with repeated use.
Anxiety and paranoia
Rarely delusions or hallucinations