Will Medical Marijuana Work For Me?
Will it Cause Bad Side Effects?
Will it Help Me Be More Active?
Will it Increase My Appetite?
Will it Relieve My Pain?
These are all questions that will never be answered without a trial.
Any time you start a new medication there are always
risks ranging from trivial to catastrophic.
You can have an allergic reaction to any new medicine. A new drug may cause stomach upset, itching, nausea and vomiting, and a long list of other possibilities.
"YOUR" Response Cannot be Predicted
This will depend on exactly how "YOUR" body reacts to the new treatment. In studies with large numbers of people there are always some people who will have some type of reaction to the placebo. When trying new medicines every person is an experiment of one.
If you decide to try marijuana as a medicine I would recommend that you start with a small dose and see what happens. If you start with a low dose, and you do have some sort of adverse reaction, it will likely be a small reaction and quickly resolve.
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Consider a Low Dose Supervised Trial
If the medication does not help, or if you do not like the way it makes you feel, or if there are other problems you can always stop the treatment.
Whenever you are considering any medical treatment or procedure it is wise to consider the risks and benefits and discuss them with your doctor. Your doctor knows your medical history. He knows what problems you have and what problems you are attempting to treat. He knows what medications you are taking and which medications you have tried.
He can help guide your evaluation of the risks and benefits in light of your particular medical situation. Ultimately, it is your decision. You need to be willing to accept the risks in order to reap the possible benefits.
The most common and most severe physical risks are related to smoking marijuana. As long as you avoid smoking the drug, and as long as you start with small amounts, the physical risks seem limited.
The biggest psychological risks that must be considered include addiction and adverse mood changes. With a short term low dose trial of medical marijuana these risks seem minimal.
You May Discover that it Helps
If you are otherwise healthy, and have a condition that marijuana has been shown to benefit, discussing a short term trial seems like a reasonable plan. You will never know how much it may help you if you don't give it a try.