THC Oil Side Effects

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THC and marijuana can benefit some people in profound ways. It can address nausea and other unpleasant symptoms associated with chronic pain and other illnesses. However, with any substance, there’s a risk of misuse. Misuse will likely differ for every individual. How much THC oil it takes to experience side effects will also vary by the individual. THC oil side effects can be described as those that arise with either short-term use. If you experience side effects that persist or are concerning to you, it’s best to seek medical attention.

What happens when you use THC oil and potential side effects

Ingesting THC oil in an edible or using THC oil in some other way will cause you to feel effects within about 30 minutes. Though 30 minutes doesn’t really sound like that long of a wait, some people may over-indulge rather than allow this “slow-release” to ensue. Of course, effects are felt much quicker via other methods of use, such as inhalation.

Not only does the method of using THC oil determine how it affects people, but everyone’s biome is different, too. THC has the ability to mellow some people out while it may make others feel a bit paranoid. This will also depend on the strain of marijuana used, and you may find that you prefer one over another. And, of course, as marijuana becomes more (or highly unlikely, less) legal, more studies will unearth more, as well as the likely development of varied THC oil products.

In addition to problems with memory, coordination, etc., the short-term effects of THC also include:

  • Distorted perception
  • Increased heart rate
  • Anxiety, paranoia, and panic attacks
  • Dilated pupils
  • An “odor” of marijuana
  • Changes in appetite

Risk of dependence

You may wonder if THC oil and marijuana are gateway drugs. There is evidence to suggest marijuana users go on to use harder drugs. However, there are also plenty of incidences where that is not the case. THC or marijuana use leading to the use of harsher substances isn’t much different than alcohol use or nicotine use leading to the same.

However, THC oil side effects, as unpleasant as they can be for some people, can result in minimization. That is, people who actually have a usage problem may fail to seek adequate care. In fact, in 2015, 138,000 people attempted to receive treatment for marijuana abuse, yet an estimated 4 million people were addicted. This disparity may have something to do with THC becoming even more potent and concentrated than years ago. As with anything, “the hallmark sign of addiction in compulsive use despite adverse effects.” If this sounds like you or someone you know, it’s time to get help.

What to do if you experience side effects

First, if you experience persistent or concerning side effects, stop using the products in question immediately. Most side effects of THC are mild and will likely subside soon. However, if you’re experiencing heightened symptoms or other troubling reactions, contact your doctor or a local clinic. Similarly, if you are taking medication to manage your conditions and worry about how they’ll interact with THC oil, talk to your physician before beginning to use these products of all forms.

You should also check the ingredients in your products to make sure your reaction isn’t actually due to other factors. Your body may be more receptive to THC oil in another form or strength, and will likely be a learning process. If you do so responsibly, there’s no reason why you can’t find THC oil enjoyable and worthwhile.

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