5 Questions You Should Ask About Medical Marijuana

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Medical marijuana is a big deal right now. 25 U.S. states have already legalized it, and three more states will vote on legalization in November.

With so many attitudes shifting on whether or not medical marijuana should be legalized, you might be thinking about using it to treat your own illness.

If you are, you’re certainly not alone, but there are some questions you need to consider before deciding if medical marijuana is right for you.

Here are five questions you should ask and have answered before you take the big plunge.

1. Can Medical Marijuana Resolve My Health Issue?

There are a number of illnesses that medical marijuana is adept at treating. Here they are, in no particular order:

  • HIV
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Arthritis
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Chronic Pain

2. What Are My State’s Medical Marijuana Laws?

Medical marijuana laws vary from state to state. Most require that you get an official recommendation from a doctor before making any purchases.

State laws can also affect how much medical marijuana you can possess at any given time and whether or not you can grow your own plants. Take the time to learn your state laws, and if you’re confused about anything, consult a lawyer.

3. Is Using Medical Marijuana Still a Violation of Federal Law?

The short answer to this question is “yes.”

However, the Justice Department has stated that it will not prosecute state residents who use medical marijuana provided that they obey their state’s medical marijuana laws.

This is why it’s so important educate yourself on what your state actually allows you to do and what it doesn’t. It will help ensure that the federal government leaves you alone.

4. What Sort of Medical Marijuana Will Work Best For Me?

Not all medical marijuana is created equal. There are a wide variety of plant strains being used to treat various types of illnesses. Whatever illness you have will determine the type of medical marijuana that you need.

There’s also the issue of how to ingest the medicine. Some people prefer smoking or vaporizing. Others prefer marijuana-infused baked goods, lotions and lozenges. Consult with a doctor and a marijuana dispensary representative to find the method that works best for you.

5. Are There Any Side Effects to Using Medical Marijuana?

Drowsiness is the most common side effect of medical marijuana, which is why it’s illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence. Another negative side effect is paranoia, but there are specific medical marijuana strains that contain biochemicals that can counteract this effect.

Have you ever thought about using medical marijuana? Are you currently using it to treat an illness? What has your experience been like? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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