WeedMD: Using Medicinal Marijuana: Important Do’s and Don’ts

For those who have recently been given the "OK" from a doctor to begin using medicinal marijuana, however, there are some important guidelines that still need to be followed to ensure safety and compliance with state laws.

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These days, an increasing number of states across the country have begun to allow citizens to obtain medicinal marijuana cards, which allow them to legally obtain and use marijuana for the treatment for any number of medical conditions. For those who have recently been given the “OK” from a doctor to begin using medicinal marijuana, however, there are some important guidelines that still need to be followed to ensure safety and compliance with state laws.

DO Choose the Right Strain
For those using medicinal marijuana, it’s important to realize that not all marijuana is created equal. There are three main types or strains of marijuana, and each of them has its own benefits when it comes to the human body. For example, some strains are better for dealing with chronic pain, whereas others are ideal for treating nausea symptoms. It’s best to speak with one’s doctor and determine which is best for any specific medical condition.

DON’T Forget to Obtain a Card
For states that require users of marijuana to obtain a medicinal card, it’s important that this step is followed first and foremost before even trying to buy marijuana from an approved dispensary. The specific steps to follow in order to legally obtain a card can vary from state to state, so it’s best to inquire with a doctor to find out what needs to be done. Furthermore, understand that these cards can expire, so it may be necessary to renew from time to time.

DO Follow Doctor Recommendations
Doctors’ orders should be followed at all times when it comes to using medicinal marijuana. This is especially true when it comes to the recommended dosage. While it’s not possible to overdose on marijuana, too much of it at once can cause undesirable effects, so it’s always best to stick with a doctor’s dosage recommendations for ideal results.

DON’T Operate a Vehicle or Share
It should go without saying that driving under the influence of marijuana is never a good idea, but it’s still a good reminder to have. Furthermore, those with medicinal marijuana should never share their marijuana with others—not even with those who also have a card or even at marijuana events. Doing so could lead to arrest and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law (which carries heavy fines or even jail time), so it’s generally not worth the risk.