Frequently Asked Questions
Possibly. There are few known serious interactions between cannabis and prescription medications. But there are hundreds of medications out there and more information is coming out all the time. Make sure you ask your doctor, a Qualified Medical Professional (QMP) or a pharmacist whetherit’s OK to use cannabis alongside your other medications.
We always recommend a “start low and go slow” approach to using Medical Cannabis, especially products with THC. See our “Find Your Just Right Dose” guide for information on getting started with Medical Cannabis and finding the minimum effective dose that works for you.
We think of a cannabis overdose as any use resulting in uncomfortable or unpleasant reactions like a rapid heart rate and feelings of panic or paranoia caused by using too much THC. Cannabis overdoses, while unpleasant, are never fatal. In rare cases, you can get sick and need medical attention.
If your cannabis medicine seems less effective for you than it used to be, you might havedeveloped an increased tolerance for the drug. Fortunately, you can reset your tolerance by following this guide. Taking regular breaks from cannabis is an important part of making cannabis work for patients over the long term. Ask your provider about this at your next visit.
UtahMarijuana.org and the Discover Marijuana YouTube channel are both great resources for information on Medical Cannabis. If you still have questions, you may want to reach out to your doctor, a Qualified Medical Professional (QMP), or a cannabis pharmacist.
Federal law prohibits transporting THC across state lines, even if traveling between two states where cannabis is legal. Traveling abroad with cannabis is never a good idea, as many countries have very serious penalties for people caught with cannabis.
It's a good idea to have a physical copy of your card on you when visiting a dispensary. Most will accept a digital copy on your phone, but better safe than sorry!
In a nutshell, cannabinoids are chemical compounds, such as THC and CBD, that can interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. THC provides the most psychoactivity (the euphoria or “high” associated with cannabis). CBN, a cannabinoid known for its sedative properties, is also mildly psychoactive.
Cannabinoids ending in the letter “A” are acid precursors of other cannabinoids. For example, THCA becomes THC when it is decarboxylated (heated to its boiling point). Cannabinoids ending in the letter “V” are “varins,” or variant cannabinoids with slightly different molecular structures.
The entourage effectrefers to the synergistic pharmacological effects that different cannabinoids and terpenes have when used together. For example, using THC and CBD together can provide better pain relief than using either one alone.
Cannabis flower is raw, unprocessed cannabis meant for inhalation with the aid of a dry herb vaporizer. Gummies provide cannabis medicine in an edible form. There are also differences in absorption and duration of effects. Gummies tend to last 6-8 hours while flower lasts 3-4 hours.
Medical cannabis is not for everyone. People in the following groups are advised to avoid cannabis:
- Women who are pregnant or nursing
- People with heart or liver disease
- Teenagers and young adults below the age of 21
- People with a personal or family history of psychosis
- People susceptible to Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (nausea and vomiting associated with chronic cannabis use)
- People susceptible to Cannabis Use Disorder / cannabis addiction