The active substances in cannabis are dronabinol (= delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol = THC), cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabidiol (CBD). These substances work through the brain and suppress pain, nausea and vomiting (eg after cancer chemotherapy), reduce cramping (= spasticity of muscles (in MS) and suppress tics and compulsive behavior (in Gilles de la Tourette).
Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) Delta-9
GROUP Cannabis and cannabinoids (hemp, marijuana, weed)
For oral use: each tablet contains 10 mg of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol.
WHEN TO USE?
Applications (= indications) of medicinal cannabis products (among others):
- Chronic and nerve pain
- Gilles de la Tourette
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other autoimmune diseases, to relieve symptoms of muscle stiffness, also called
spasticity, in multiple sclerosis.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Sleep apnea
- Persistent (= Chronic) pain
- Complaint relief (= palliative therapy) in cancer and AIDS
- Nausea and vomiting with chemotherapy, radio and HIV therapy
- Spinal cord damage
- Gilles de la Tourette
The cannabinoid strengthens the immune system and turns itself into a powerful anti-inflammatory. THC (Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol) also stimulates hunger pangs by triggering the release of certain hormones and kick-starts your metabolism. The substance can also have a sedative effect by making you feel blissful and sleepy.
WHEN NOT TO USE?
Hypersensitivity or allergy to this medicine.
If you or a close relative has mental health problems such as schizophrenia, psychosis or any other serious mental illness.
PREGNANCY AND BREAST-FEEDING
Do not use this medicine during pregnancy unless your doctor advises you to.
You must use a reliable method of contraception while taking this medicine, whether you are male or female. Keep taking this for at least 3 months after your treatment has stopped.
not breast-feed while taking this medicine.
Some medicines can have a harmful effect on the course of pregnancy or on the unborn child. However, this is not yet exactly known for many medicines.
A lot of drugs pass into breast milk and reach the infant.
Therefore, only use prescription drugs during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Also, tell a replacement doctor or medical specialist if you plan to become pregnant, are already pregnant, or are breastfeeding. This prevents you from being prescribed medication that should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Consult your doctor first if you plan to use old medications, over-the-counter medications or alternative remedies during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Also read the Patient Information Leaflet for information on the use of this medication during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
TRAFFIC, WORK AND SPORTS
You should not drive or operate machinery when you first take cannabis, and until you are on a stable daily dose.
This medicine can cause dizziness and blurred vision as possible side effects.
This can seriously hinder all kinds of daily activities, such as activities in and around the house, participating in traffic and operating or driving machines.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
For severe complaints of pain, muscle cramps or muscle twitching. The active ingredients in cannabis appear to have an effect on the processing of pain signals in the brain. There is also influence on the vomiting center, on the memory and the control of the skeletal muscles (motor skills).
How quickly and for how long cannabis works differs from person to person and also depends on how it is used. The inhalation works quickly, within minutes. The tea starts to work after half an hour and a half; the effect lasts for 4 to 8 hours. It can be assessed after 1 to 2 weeks whether the medicine is effective against your complaints.
You may experience a high feeling, dizziness and confusion. These side effects will disappear on their own within hours. If you have cardiovascular disease, heart palpitations and high blood pressure can be a problem. Have you had a psychosis before? Then you can suffer from this again. Consult your doctor before use.
- Depression / confusion
- Speech problems
- Constipation / diarrhea
- Nausea / vomiting
- Energetic and full of life
- Pain relief
- Heavy body
- Red, dry eyes
- Dry mouth
- Increased heart rate
- Disturbed sense of time – often seems to slow down
- Poor short-term memory
- Lower body temperature
- Fear or paranoia – especially with sativa cannabis strains without CBD.
Medicines that reduce anxiety (sedatives) or make you
sleep better (sleeping pills ). These drugs can worsen the side effects of cannabis and increase the risk of falls and other accidents.
Medicines to relax your muscles, such as baclofen or diazepam.
This is because using cannabis with these drugs can increase the risk of you falling.
The drugs with which the main interactions occur are other drugs that reduce reaction time. These medicines often have a yellow warning sticker on the packaging . The effects on, for example, driving skills reinforce each other. Do not drive if you are taking 2 or more such drugs.
HOW TO USE?
The dosage is different for each patient (see label) and can be adjusted if necessary based on the complaints.
Tablet: 1 tablet orally with sufficient water.
Usual dosage: 1 or 2 times a day in the evening about 1-2 hours before going to sleep. Effective 60-90 minutes after ingestion.
Tea: 1 gram of cannabis powder per liter of water.
Usual dosage: 1 x daily in the evening one glass or cup (approx. 0.2 liters) of tea.
Cigarettes: use 0.5 grams of cannabis powder per cigarette.
Usual dosage: wait about 15 minutes after each puff and repeat if necessary.
Extinguished cigarettes (this goes without saying with rice rolling paper) when reused, first remove the tip (to avoid inhalation of harmful combustion substances).
HOW TO STORE?
Store unopened cannabis oil in a refrigerator (2 ° C to 8 ° C). If it is not kept in a refrigerator it will become unstable and likely not to work.
Store in the package at room temperature after opening.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children
Check that it is legal for you to take this medicine with you in the countries you are going to and the countries you are traveling through. Cannabis is a
regulated drug and its legal status may vary from country to country.
Driving while using cannabis may be illegal in some countries.
In principle, the risk of side effects is greater after an overdose (see there).