Updated on January 29, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
While medical marijuana offers several benefits to patients, such as pain relief, it also poses several side effects, like many other medicines available today. One side effect some patients have experienced when using medical weed is fainting.
For medical marijuana physicians, the goal is to ensure you’re receiving treatments that offer you the maximum benefit. Because of that, they weigh the potential side effects of medical marijuana for your condition and consider your medical history to predict how you may respond to medical weed.
In some cases, you and your doctor may decide to incorporate medical cannabis into your treatment plan because of its side effects. People with insomnia, for instance, have benefited from using medical weed in the evening, as it can cause drowsiness.
Fainting from medical weed is caused by several factors, including:
While standing doesn’t affect how medical weed interacts with your mind, it can make you more prone to fainting.
If you’re at home with loved ones, they may notice you becoming pale or unresponsive before fainting.
In most cases, fainting doesn’t cause any long-term side effects. One of the risks with fainting, whether it’s after giving blood, standing up too fast or using medical weed, is harming yourself when collapsing, such as by hitting your head. If this happens, don’t hesitate to go to the hospital. Should you faint on multiple occasions, it could be a sign of a more serious heart-related condition.
For most patients, fainting isn’t a tolerable side effect, and physicians agree. Because doctors understand why medical weed can cause fainting, they’ve developed several techniques for preventing it, including:
If you’re having fainting spells when you use medical weed, consult with your physician before altering your treatment plan.
Because physicians understand the cause of fainting from medical weed and how to prevent it, it’s often still beneficial for patients to continue their treatment. But, it’s crucial that you continue meeting with a licensed, knowledgeable and compassionate medical marijuana doctor to discuss your symptoms and any potential changes to your treatment plan.