Addressing Common Misconceptions about Medical Cannabis

Addressing Concerns and Misconceptions about Medical Cannabis

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In the UK, medical cannabis is regularly a topic of debate, surrounded by a number of misconceptions. Let’s take a look at some of the common misconceptions to alleviate fears and allow you to make confident, informed decisions when considering medical cannabis as a potential treatment option.

In this blog, we’re going to address some of the common myths head on to alleviate fears and support everyone’s right to make informed decisions about medical cannabis as a potential treatment option.

Medical Cannabis is highly addictive

One of the most common misconceptions about medical cannabis is its addictive potential. 

Although cannabis contains psychoactive compounds, the risk of addiction is significantly lower when compared to substances such as opioids or alcohol. As well as this, the risk of addiction to medical cannabis is also much lower than street cannabis, as levels are able to be controlled and tailored to your specific needs.

Research suggests that the addiction potential of cannabis is around 9%, significantly lower than the estimated 23% for heroin and 15% for alcohol. 

Importantly, medical cannabis is often used in controlled and regulated environments, with trained healthcare professionals – such as our Treat It specialists, who are able to monitor its use and help minimise the risk of misuse or dependence.

Medical Cannabis Always Causes Impairment

Another key misconception associated with medical cannabis is that it always causes impairment and cognitive decline. 

Whilst this may sometimes apply to high-strength recreational cannabis, medical cannabis treatment is typically tailored to minimise these effects. At Treat It, our specialist doctors adjust dosage and administration methods to ensure patients experience symptom relief without significant impairment. 

The cannabinoid CBD is specifically known for its non-intoxicating properties. Studies have shown that low to moderate doses, particularly those high in CBD and low in THC, have a lower likelihood of causing impairment.  

Medical cannabis patients should always follow their healthcare provider’s guidance regarding dosage, timing and responsible use to achieve the desired therapeutic effects while minimising impairment. 

Medical Cannabis has Severe Long-Term Effects

As with any medication, patients are often concerned about the potential long-term effects that may accompany medical cannabis treatment. 

This is a misconception we hear a lot. However, research suggests that the risks of long-term use are relatively low, particularly when compared with other prescription medications. In reality, the majority of medical cannabis side effects are both mild and temporary and most people don’t experience significant issues when using their medication.

A study published in the Journal of Pain found that medical cannabis use over one year was associated with mildly adverse effects, with no significant negative impact on cognitive function.

It’s also important to distinguish between medical cannabis use under the supervision of healthcare professionals and long-term recreational use. Medical cannabis treatments are designed to prioritise patient safety, with close monitoring by healthcare professionals to identify and address any concerns.

Separating fact from fiction is essential when it comes to addressing misconceptions surrounding medical cannabis. By debunking these myths, we are committed to promoting a better understanding of medical cannabis as a treatment option.

Consultations with healthcare professionals and adherence to their advice are crucial to ensure safe and effective use of medical cannabis. This is why our Treat It specialists are available now to learn more about your pain symptoms, treatment preferences and medical history, so they can suggest the appropriate treatment options for you.


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