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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 Possible Effects of Medical Marijuana

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

Patients report medical cannabis may be an effective painkiller, but its effects may extend further.


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.


Potential Unintended Benefits

Among medical marijuana’s side effects are a number of possible health benefits for patients. 

Patients report that marijuana may reduce stress. While stress will not be the primary reason you seek medical cannabis, medical marijuana’s potential 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 may benefit these patients by providing them relief from stress and depression while addressing their other medical concerns.

Since patients report medical marijuana helps them relax, it may also be a great choice for those suffering from insomnia. The medication can may lull you to sleep so you can get a better night’s rest.


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 claim to promote focus and motivation.

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

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


Weight Management

Another surprising entry on the list of possible marijuana benefits is weight management. Most people are familiar with the pop culture caricature of a cannabis user who’s almost always drowsy, insightful, and hungry.

Cannabis may make you hungry, which is good news for those who deal with a suppressed appetite. Certain strains, however, may actually suppress the appetite. Whether you want to suppress your appetite or amp it up, medical marijuana might be able to help you. 


Safety

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

Medical cannabis is also considered less addictive. It should be clear: Medical marijuana may benefit your health in more ways than one.


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