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What Side Effects Come Along with Medical Marijuana Treatment?

Many people in South Carolina are excited about a potential medical marijuana program! Even though there isn’t a medical marijuana program in the state right now, you can still reserve an appointment for an evaluation for your medical marijuana card. That way you are ready once the program is up and running!

While we have some down time, let’s get all your questions answered! We know one that South Carolina residents are concerned about is the possible side effects that can come with medical marijuana treatment. So are there side effects of marijuana?

Just like with any medication, yes, there are side effects. But instead of asking yourself if there are side effects, you should instead ask yourself if you can handle them better than the side effects of traditional prescription medications. For many people the answer to this new question is a resounding “yes”!

The Side Effects of Medical Marijuana Treatment:

The Munchies

The munchies are the most well known side effect that often comes along with medical marijuana use. This side effect makes you feel like you have an empty stomach and the cannabinoid THC is to blame!

THC binds to many receptors including the smell and taste receptors. This is what triggers the hunger you may feel!

In order to manage this side effect in the future, you can try products that are either high in CBD content or have a more balanced ratio of THC to CBD. CBD is a buffer of the negative side of THC. This means with a well balanced strain, you can get all the benefits of THC without dealing with the unwanted side effects!

Red Eyes

Zombie red eyes are a major side effect that many patients want to avoid. Medical marijuana treatment can be a touchy subject for some so they prefer to keep their use to themselves. Red eyes become a problem because they are a dead giveaway that you have been using marijuana.

Not to worry! This side effect can be managed too! Try using CBD products or well balanced strains like with the munchies. If you prefer to use strains with more THC then you can try purchasing over the counter eye drops that will help with the redness!


When you use medical marijuana you can get dehydrated which can cause dry mouth. This is uncomfortable but not actually harmful. THC again is the cannabinoid that we are pointing our fingers at!

One trick you can use to help with this is to suck on a sucker or some kind of hard candy while you are medicating. This will help you produce more saliva so that your dry mouth won’t be so extreme. Also you can grab a glass of water to help even more!

Things to Keep in Mind. . .

You should try to keep in mind a few things when you are thinking about the side effects that can come with medical marijuana.

One, marijuana affects everyone differently. The side effects one person may experience may not be the side effects that you will experience with that same product or strain.

Second, what you may consider a side effect can be another person’s therapy. For example, if you have a healthy appetite, you most likely view the munchies as a negative side effect. But there are people that use medical marijuana treatment for that exact side effect such as those with HIV/AIDS or cancer.

To help with any side effect you may experience, just talk to your doctor. They are here to help you. With your doctor's assistance, you will be able to find the right strain and product for you!


Doctors Who Care. Relief You Can Trust.

South Carolina Marijuana Card’s mission is to help everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

If you have any questions, call us at (833) 781-6670, or simply reserve an appointment to start getting relief you can trust today!

Check out South Carolina Marijuana Card’s Blog to keep up to date on the latest medical marijuana news, tips, and information!

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