Types of medical cannabis
- There are several types of medical cannabis with a different ratio of active ingredients and quantity thereof, and hence with various effects. Designation of the optimal type of medical cannabis depends on the symptoms of the illness.
- The type of medical cannabis and manner of its use is always determined by the physician.
- The physician prescribes medical cannabis to the patient only if it is beneficial to support the patient’s current treatment with the effects of the substances contained in medical cannabis.
- At the start of use, a smaller quantity of the individually prepared medicinal product containing medical cannabis is usually prescribed. If the effect is insufficient, the physician may increase the dose up to a quantity of 180 g/month.
- Before you start using medical cannabis, the physician will conduct a thorough examination of your medical condition and assess your previous treatment.
- In come cases, the use of medical cannabis may lead to a reduced dose of medicinal products used to treat the primary disease, or reduce side effects of this treatment. The physician prescribes medical cannabis only if it is beneficial to support the current treatment with the effects of the substances contained in medical cannabis.
- The effects of medical cannabis depend not only on the primary disease, but also on differences in perception of the effects among individual patients.
- Inform your physician if you suffer from any heart disease or have genetic predisposition to psychosis (e.g. schizophrenia) or other psychic disorders.
- The attending physician will check your medical condition regularly to determine whether you may continue using medical cannabis, and will alter the dosage if necessary.
- Adhere to the prescribed dosage and never change the recommended dose without consulting your physician.
Medical cannabis may be used to alleviate the following symptoms:
- Chronic unstoppable pain (particularly pain related to cancer, pain related to degenerative diseases of the motor system, system diseases of the ligaments and immunopathalogical conditions, neuropathic pain).
- Spasms and associated pain resulting from multiple sclerosis or damage to the spinal cord.
- Nausea, vomiting, stimulation of the appetite in relation to treating cancer or treating HIV disease.
- Gilles de la Tourette syndrome.