There have been increasing numbers of doctors prescribing marijuana for medical conditions as a way to manage pain.Â EspeciallyÂ since it has become legal in a few states. These doctors often believe that this is a more natural approach to treating specific types of pain and that the results are equal to or more superior than prescription drugs. While marijuana may have miraculous effects on managing pain, it is still a substance that impairs abilities and should be used sparingly and only under a doctorâ€™s supervision.
1.Â HarmfulÂ effects.Â Using too much of the prescribed drug can have harmful effects. Short-term effects of marijuana usage include, but is not limited to, an exhilarated high, an increased heart rate, weakened motor skills/coordination, reduced concentration, disorientation, an amplified appetite, and difficulty in thinking and problem solving. Long term effects include, but are not limited to, memory loss, respiratory problems such as emphysema, lung infections, higher risk of airway constriction, and frequent acute chest illnesses.
2. Police Raids.Â Unfortunately, many legal patients have had their homes raided, or have been arrested, because of questionableÂ tips given on the account of neighbor complaints. Once patients have been charged, it is up to the courts to pass judgment on their medical claim.Â Patients should be discreet when using thisÂ medicationÂ in public and the best way to do so is to consume oral preparations.Â Users should also store this medication in a secure location to minimize the possibility of theft. Most importantly, just like with any other prescription drug, never share your medication. Depending on the state in which you live, sharing medical marijuana is seen as drug distribution and carries criminal penalties.
2. Random Drug Testing.Â Patients can be tested at work. Some state legislatorsÂ have ruled that employers have a right to drug test and fire patients who test positive for marijuana, regardless if usage is medically related. Some employers will excuse patients if they present a valid recommendation. Others wonâ€™t.
What To Do If You Are Prescribed Medical Marijuana:
1. Make Certain It Is Necessary.Â Another thing to consider is if it is really necessary for you to use medical marijuana to manage your condition. Some doctors will prescribe this type of treatment for any type of pain because they believe it is harmless. Marijuana, however, is not completely harmless. It is an addictive substance and should be used with caution. Prescribing this type of treatment without careful consideration is medical negligence. You should seek representation if you believe you have a case.
2. Educate Yourself.Â If prescribed this type of pain management take the time to discuss and askÂ thorough questions aboutÂ the treatment plan with your doctor and use only as prescribed. Ask about addiction, side effects, and most importantly other options for managing pain. Depending on the medical problem you have, less intense types of therapy and prescriptions may help the pain more effectively.
3. Prepare For Life With Use.Â If you proceed with this type of treatment, you will need to make arrangements with family and friends for transportation. Never get behind the wheel of a vehicle or operate machineryÂ while you are using this treatment option. You may need to make arrangements with a local medical transportation company or find a public transportationÂ sourceÂ to help you make your office appointments and grocery trips, if friends and family members are not available.
An Overall Look At This Type Of Pain Management
Marijuana impairs the ability of the user to make decisions in the same manner of someone who has not used the substance. You must refrain from alcohol when using medical marijuana because it will enhance the effects.Â If you drive while using this prescription, or if it is found in your system, you could be charged with driving under the influence and arrested. And to go a stepÂ further,Â if you are involved in an injury accident, you could be charged with reckless driving or vehicular homicide. AÂ Virginia DUIÂ lawyer states that in the state of Virginia, “A first offense of driving under the influence is aÂ class 1 misdemeanorÂ and is punishable by up to 12-months in jail, a mandatory 12-month loss of license and anywhere from a $250 to a $2,500 fine.”Â The punishment in your state could be worse. These are serious offenses that can significantly change the lives of all parties involved, voluntary as well as involuntary and should be takenÂ seriously.
There have been many positive outcomes for patients in debilitating pain when they use pharmaceutical grade marijuana to treat the problem. Under a doctorâ€™s care, this type of pain management can have very positive effects. However, as with any treatment plan, it should be used within guidelines and for only as long as necessary. Remember, there are responsibilities to yourself and others when you decide to use this type of treatment to help your pain.Â
About the Author
Researcher Nickey Williams contributes this article for those who might be looking to useÂ pharmaceutical grade marijuana as treatmentÂ toÂ alleviateÂ pain. The Wilson Law Firm has highly skilledÂ Virginia DUIÂ lawyers who offer first-rate defense to those stopped throughout the CommonwealthÂ of Virginia for DUI. Their attorney profile states that they have more than twenty years of combined knowledge defending those charged with driving under the influence.