While medical cannabis is a breakthrough in the health and technology industries, it’s important to remember that, like all prescription medications, it’s not an end-all-be-all solution to your qualifying condition.
As a patient, you’re responsible for honest, open communication with your physician about how to supplement medical marijuana with healthy habits to reach a prognosis. To start, take a few generic health tips from the team at Peninsula Alternative Health:
Use medical cannabis responsibly.
As with any prescription drug, medicinal cannabis requires you to use responsible judgment before operating a vehicle, performing hazardous activities, or watching children. While medical cannabis is safe in its prescribed amount, a higher dosage without the consultation of your physician is dangerous.
Talk to your physician about the importance of managing cannabis responsibly. Topics of discussion should include method of consumption for slower or faster release, THC and CBD regulation levels, and your daily activities.
Click here to view Peninsula Alternative Health’s blog about why you should remain responsible and avoid sharing medicinal cannabis.
Depending on your qualifying condition, regular exercise can complement the natural effects of cannabis. It has positive effects on post-workout recovery rates, as reported by Men’s Fitness, and can help you tolerate discomfort to perform one more rep or run an extra half-mile, according to Buzzfeed.
Again, it’s important to talk to your physician about using medicinal cannabis in conjunction with a regular workout routine. You may want to consult the advice of a certified trainer, too.
The “munchies” are a well-known side effect of smoking cannabis, and it’s because certain levels of THC and CBD stimulate appetite. This is a key component for battling anorexia, Wasting Syndrome, and cachexia, all of which are qualifying conditions for medical cannabis in the state of Maryland.
However, the urge to eat fatty meals and sugar-filled processed foods should be avoided. It can lead to weight gain and obesity, if you’re not careful about your indulgences. Instead, discuss with your physician about a healthy meal plan when prescribed medical marijuana.
You may also want to seek the advice of a registered dietitian or nutritionist for organic, low-calorie options in lieu of the “munchies”.
Regulate your sleep patterns.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and anorexia are two qualifying conditions in the state of Maryland that have symptoms of insomnia and nightmares. Medicinal marijuana can help alleviate these symptoms, but the prescription should be complemented by regular deep sleep patterns.
Avoid napping during the day, and try sleep-inducing activities like meditation. Also, talk to your physician about regulating your prescription level of THC and CBD based on your condition.
You may also want to speak with a sleep specialist if your condition worsens.
Consider extra vitamins.
Actual supplements are a great addition to any diet, exercise, and sleep routine. This is because every vitamin and mineral has a bioavailability percentage (how much of it can be absorbed from food), which makes it tricky to reach every vitamin and mineral requirement each day.
Consult your physician to see if and where your body has vitamin deficiencies and which supplements will work best with your cannabis prescription. This combination can strengthen your immune system, boost your cognitive abilities, and improve your overall mood.
Even when you’re prescribed this alternative treatment, patients should continue to practice healthy eating, regular exercise, deep sleep patterns, and supplemental nutrients to elevate their quality of life and safeguard their overall well-being.
These tips should lead to a happier, more productive lifestyle, but if you need more information about medical marijuana in the state of Maryland, contact the team at Peninsula Alternative Health in Salisbury of Wicomico County.