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Most medications come with a lengthy list of unpleasant side effects. Opioids, for example, can make you drowsy or nauseous.

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It won’t surprise you to learn medical marijuana has side effects too. While some of them aren’t exactly pleasant, others are actually beneficial!

The Effects of Medical Marijuana

Many people seek medical cannabis for its painkilling properties. Cannabis is also effective in the management of a number of conditions, including epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. It’s often given to cancer patients to assist them with the management of treatment.

Medical cannabis is an effective painkiller, but its effects extend further. It’s also used in the treatment of some mental health issues, such as depression, PTSD, and anxiety. Medical marijuana is known to ease stress, giving patients a sense of relief and ease.

The Side Effects of Medical Marijuana

What about the side effects? Most medications come with some side effects, and medical marijuana isn’t really an exception to the rule. It does come with a few side effects. The list is short, though.

The side effects are also relatively minor. Most users report side effects such as hunger, drowsiness, and red eyes. In rare cases, patients may experience nausea, dizziness, or vomiting.

The Unintended Benefits

Among medical marijuana’s side effects are a number of health benefits for patients. One of the most prominent must be the medication’s ability to uplift people and provide a sense of relaxation.

Basically, marijuana benefits include the fact that it’s a great stress buster! While stress may not be the primary reason you seek medical cannabis, medical marijuana’s ability to ease your mind and help you relax is a definite plus.

Many patients seeking treatment for other issues experience elevated levels of stress. Some people may experience depression as well. Medical marijuana benefits these patients by providing them relief from stress and depression while addressing their other medical concerns.

Since medical marijuana can effectively help people relax, it’s also a great choice for those suffering from insomnia. The medication can help lull you to sleep so you can get a better night’s rest.

Providing Focus and Motivation

Few people would associate medical cannabis with going out for a run, but the patients who use sativa strains wouldn’t be surprised if you felt like it. While most people think of indica strains, which are more likely to put you to sleep, sativa strains of medical marijuana are known for providing focus and motivation.

Patients who want to lead more active lifestyles may benefit from sativa or sativa-dominant hybrid strains. These strains provide mental focus and clarity, which make them better choices than mind-clouding opioid treatments.

Many people also find sativa provides them with motivation. They may be motivated to finish a task or to get up and move. Medical marijuana can also help you derive more pleasure from those activities you do partake in.

Weight Management

Another surprising entry on the list of marijuana benefits is its ability to help you manage your weight. Most people are familiar with the pop culture caricature of a cannabis user who’s almost always drowsy, insightful, and hungry.

Cannabis can indeed make you hungry, which is good news for those who deal with a suppressed appetite. Certain strains, however, can actually suppress the appetite. Whether you want to suppress your appetite or amp it up, medical marijuana can help you. Appetite control can help you maintain a healthy weight, no matter your needs.


One of the biggest marijuana benefits is the fact that it’s safer than many other treatments—and more effective. You need less medical marijuana to effectively treat chronic pain than a similar opioid treatment.

Medical cannabis is also less addictive, making it less harmful to your health. It should be clear: Medical marijuana benefits your health in more ways than one.


Marisa Cornacchia

Marisa Cornacchia

Marisa Is a Registered Nurse with over two decades of experience in both Critical Care and Occupational Health nursing. She is also an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner. Marisa also holds an MBA with a concentration in Project Management and a Certification in Risk Management from The University of Toronto. Marisa has experience with clinic management and program design, having lead a successful growth strategy for a national leader in primary care and chronic pain clinics. Marisa brings her expertise to the team with the highly desirable experience in the business of managing health clinics and benefit programs. Marisa is the recipient of the Robert Saulter Humanitarian Award for the Hospital. Previously Marisa sat on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability.