Medical Marijuana: The Hidden Dangers

There have been increasing numbers of doctors prescribing marijuana for medical conditions as a way to manage pain. Especially 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 doctor’s supervision.

1. Harmful effects. 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.

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2. Police Raids. Unfortunately, many legal patients have had their homes raided, or have been arrested, because of questionable 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. Patients should be discreet when using this medication in public and the best way to do so is to consume oral preparations. 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. Patients can be tested at work. Some state legislators 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 won’t.

What To Do If You Are Prescribed Medical Marijuana:

1. Make Certain It Is Necessary. 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. If prescribed this type of pain management take the time to discuss and ask thorough questions about 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. 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 machinery while you are using this treatment option. You may need to make arrangements with a local medical transportation company or find a public transportation source 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. 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 step further, if you are involved in an injury accident, you could be charged with reckless driving or vehicular homicide. A Virginia DUI lawyer states that in the state of Virginia, “A first offense of driving under the influence is a class 1 misdemeanor 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.” 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 taken seriously.

There have been many positive outcomes for patients in debilitating pain when they use pharmaceutical grade marijuana to treat the problem. Under a doctor’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. 

About the Author

Researcher Nickey Williams contributes this article for those who might be looking to use pharmaceutical grade marijuana as treatment to alleviate pain. The Wilson Law Firm has highly skilled Virginia DUI lawyers who offer first-rate defense to those stopped throughout the Commonwealth 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.

Nickey Williams

A writer and mother of two with a degree in management who home schools.

12 thoughts on “Medical Marijuana: The Hidden Dangers

  • May 1, 2013 at 12:12 pm
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  • March 9, 2013 at 4:16 am
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    i can honestly say this artical is good knowledge.i spent a large part of the last 20 years being a very heavy smoker.i am now free of any kind of drug,natural or not.i can say that given the chance our bodies can adjust its tolerence levels.we are taught from an early age that we need these “miracle” cures.not so.our own minds hinder our bodies wonderful natural abilities.i suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome among other pains.there are a lot of times that i no longer notice it.i know it is there.please do not get me wrong,i understand some are in severe states.what i am saying is we do not need them as much as we are lead to believe.i agree with your article.if someone is going to take any prescription drug,please do research first.i have done other drugs as well,legal and not.my body is letting me know what adverse affects i have caused it.thank you for bringing these things to the attention of people.speaking from experience i say this to all reading.KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.if i had known the affects i would later experience from long term use of any drug,i would have not used at all.

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  • March 7, 2013 at 5:25 pm
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    Bottom line — yeah, anything you ingest can cause problems. About 100 people die every year from drinking too much water.

    However, overall, marijuana is a negligible threat to both individuals and society. A friend of mine was head of the Dept. of Pharmacology at the University of Texas. He was hired by the DEA to find the lethal dose of marijuana in rats. He said that, no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t find a dose of mj that was big enough to kill a rat. He would give them huge doses. They would fall asleep for a long time and then wake up much later no worse for wear.

    According to which US Govt. authority you want to believe, the lethal dose of mj in humans is either one-third your body weight, or 1,500 pounds, consumed in 15 minutes. Google “What is the lethal dose of marijuana?”

    So two things are true about the problems from marijuana:

    1) Yes, it is possible to have some of these problems with mj but, for most people, you are going to have to try pretty hard to achieve it.

    2) Whatever problems you have, quit the marijuana and wait a maximum of 24 hours, and you should be fine again. It isn’t going to kill you or do you any permanent harm (unless a truck full of marijuana rolled over on you.)

    Anyone interested in further information can find the full text of every major government commission report on the subject from around the world over the last 100 years at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer under Major Studies of Drugs and Drug Policy. They all reached the conclusion that mj is simply not a serious threat to either individual or public health.

    The main part that is correct about this article is the fact that the laws are more dangerous to individuals than the marijuana is.

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  • March 7, 2013 at 10:36 am
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    I have done book research of my own but the following sites have info that you may find interesting. I did not go in depth with this article because I write on a lot of topics. This is just one that hit home. Not taking sides just creating awareness. Thanks for reading and your comments.

    http://www.drugs.indiana.edu/publications/factline/marijuana.pdf
    http://easyread.drugabuse.gov/marijuana-effects.php
    http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/dope/body/effects.html

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  • March 7, 2013 at 9:40 am
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    Well a lot of your warning is false. Or do you not want to face that fact? Also you do know that most recreational users are self medicating & don’t even realize it?

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  • March 7, 2013 at 9:06 am
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    This article is not intended for persons using for recreational use and yes if you research you will find the answers that you are looking for. I am naturalist just putting out this warning. You must think before you do anything…thanks for reading this article and for your comment!

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  • March 6, 2013 at 11:43 pm
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    “an increased heart rate, weakened motor skills/coordination, reduced concentration, disorientation,” These symptoms are only for novice users. I play golf(the most coordinated movement on earth) while using cannabis & know many others that do as well. We are in the top 3% of golfers worldwide for skill. Lack of coordination huh?

    “difficulty in thinking and problem solving.” These are hugely subjective & can’t be proven.

    “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.” The longest study ever done on cannabis use refutes these claims. It showed that even heavy smokers of cannabis show none of these signs & in fact likely have less of a chance than non-users(Cannabis cures you know) to develop lung issues.

    I really don’t like that your suggesting people choose prescription medicine when available over cannabis. Meds kill, Cannabis doesn’t, hasn’t & never will. Cannabis is safer than pure water. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/16614865/ns/us_news-life/t/woman-dies-after-water-drinking-contest/

    Please make sure you are sharing facts when you choose to write on a subject such as this. Spreading lies is no way to make your case, that is how we got here.. I’d just like to state that cannabis was grown all over the world without issue for thousands of years before our stupid gov decided against it. It was no trouble to society then & isn’t now.

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    • March 7, 2013 at 8:14 am
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      Who suggested prescription medicine?

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  • March 6, 2013 at 9:03 pm
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    Thank you Clara for you comment! I like to know a little practical information about everything!!!

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  • March 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm
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    Thank you for this practical information. No matter what side of the issue you’re on, there’s always the practical side of things to consider.

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