Does Medical Marijuana Thin Your Blood?

Medical marijuana (MMJ) has become increasingly popular across the US as more and more people become aware of its health benefits. MMJ can relieve the symptoms of a variety of health conditions, and is an effective treatment for many mental and physical illnesses. For many patients, MMJ provides essential pain relief and is an important step on the road to recovery.

The best way to access MMJ safely, legally, and easily across the US is through use of a valid MMJ card. Each state has its own laws surrounding the sale and purchase of MMJ. It’s important to research individual state regulations to find out more about qualifying conditions, where to purchase MMJ, what form it is sold in, and how much you can buy. For more information on state-by-state regulations and on accessing your state’s MMJ card through MMJRecs, check out this page.

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What are the qualifying conditions for an MMJ card?

Some of the conditions that usually respond well to MMJ treatment, and that often qualify for a state MMJ card, include:

  • AIDS
  • Anorexia
  • Arthritis
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Migraines
  • Persistent muscle spasms
  • Seizures, including those associated with epilepsy
  • Severe nausea

Of course, the qualifying conditions for an MMJ card vary from state to state, so be sure to check out the conditions applicable to your own state to see if this applies to you.

Side effects of MMJ

MMJ, including both THC and CBD, can have side effects. Of course, this is true of almost any medication. These side effects can be both short-term and long-term, and differ between THC and CBD. THC is more likely to cause increased anxiety, increased heart rate, dry mouth, and altered judgement. CBD has been linked to short-term effects such as dizziness, fatigue, weight loss, and diarrhea.

However, most people do not suffer from severe side effects, and find that the positive effects of MMJ outweigh the negatives. Fortunately, a wide range of MMJ products now exists, allowing access to multiple strains and ways of dosing – from vapes to edibles to pre-rolls and even lotions. This variety means users of MMJ have more choice in finding the product that suits them.

Medical marijuana and blood thinning: does medical marijuana thin your blood?

CBD may interact with some blood thinning medication, increasing its effects. It’s very important to discuss this with your physician. They will ask about your medical history and the medications you are prescribed during your evaluation for an MMJ card. It is important that you’re truthful about your medical history during this process, as it ensures your safety.

Is CBD considered a blood thinner? There is ongoing research into the effects of CBD on its own in terms of thinning the blood. CBD affects the same systems at blood thinners do. However, research is ongoing into all its potential effects. It’s not totally clear at this stage whether CBD can thin the blood on its own, or to what extent this may occur. It is true, however, that CBD has the potential to exaggerate the effects of blood thinning medication. That’s why it’s so important to discuss your MMJ treatment with a medical professional.

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How can I access an MMJ card?

Each state has its own rules surrounding MMJ, and some states are more restrictive than others. If you have one of the qualifying conditions for your state’s MMJ card, you can set up a quick and easy online consultation through the MMJRecs portal. This typically takes up to ten minutes, and can be done from the comfort of your own home.

The application process is generally relatively simple and involves registering with the relevant state body upon your physician’s approval. Once you have your MMJ card, you’re free to purchase MMJ at the dispensaries in your state (and sometimes you can use your MMJ card to purchase in other states, too – though this varies). So what are you waiting for? Book your online consultation today!

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4 Ways Medical Marijuana Affects Men And Women Differently

Medical marijuana (MMJ) provides a host of benefits for people with a variety of medical conditions. Those who need help for mental health conditions such as anxiety or PTSD may benefit from MMJ, but it can also be useful for those suffering from physical ailments too. MMJ has been proven to relieve chronic pain, so can be a very effective treatment for arthritis or joint pain. Men and women can each benefit from the positive effects of MMJ, and the risk of side effects of medical marijuana in comparison to many other medications is relatively low.

Although medical marijuana is legal and safe to use in most states, it is still a relatively new and constantly evolving field. There are still many studies to be done on the effects of MMJ on the body, including the differences in its effects on men and women. The effects of MMJ can differ from person to person, which is why it is important to undergo a clinical evaluation (which MMJRecs can help you with) before getting your MMJ card. During this trial, a licensed physician will decide whether MMJ could be a helpful treatment for you.

So how does cannabis affect men and women differently? Few studies have been done specifically on the difference in effects of MMJ on male and female users. While it is almost impossible to have a 100% conclusive study on the relationship between sex and MMJ effects (as we know that MMJ can have various effects, and not everyone will benefit from it the same way), several studies have been carried out that can point us in the right direction. Below are some insights on the differences in MMJ effects on men and women.

1. Men may require more frequent use and higher quantities of MMJ than women

Similarly to alcohol, several studies indicate that men may require higher doses and more frequent use of medical cannabis than women to get an effect. This may be due to differences in body composition.

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2. Women are more likely to treat anxiety with MMJ

More women than men report suffering from anxiety in the US. Studies have found that women are more likely to use cannabis as a means to relieve their anxiety than their male counterparts.

3. Women may use MMJ for relief of period pain

Many women benefit from medicated body rubs contacting MMJ or CBD for the relief of pain associated with periods or endometriosis. This particular form of treatment is usually highly effective.

4. Some women may benefit from improved memory performance

Research indicates that women are more likely to benefit from improved spatial working memory performance when under the influence of THC (one of the components of MMJ) than men.

While it is difficult to draw up a concrete list of the differences in effects of MMJ on different sexes, it is important to remember that it offers the same benefits to anyone suffering from a medical condition that can be effectively managed and treated by MMJ. As more and more research is carried out into the effects of MMJ on men and women’s bodies, any sex-based differences will become more obvious.

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How long do the effects of medical marijuana last?

This depends on the strength of MMJ and frequency of use. For many, the effects of marijuana can last 2–3 hours, though for some this may last up to 15 hours. Your physician, as well as those at your local dispensary, can help you find what suits you. Women generally metabolize THC slower than men, as they typically have a higher percentage of body fat.

The benefits of MMJ are clear for people of any gender who suffer from a variety of conditions. The best way to access MMJ safely and easily is to avail of an MMJ card. To find out more about the regulations and facilities in your state, you can check out MMJRec’s online resources. When you’re ready, you simply need to register for an online clinic. Meeting your licensed physician is a quick and simple online process. Once you receive your MMJ card, you can purchase MMJ at your local dispensary, where there is a wide variety of MMJ products available. MMJ is becoming more and more accessible for any person who needs it, so book your consultation today!

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