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What effect does medical cannabis have on me?
Medical cannabis can affect your body and mind in different ways. That's why an individualized and personalized treatment is essential for establishing and maintaining your health. The possible effects range from calming to blocking pain impulses to regulating and brightening your mood.
What side effects can occur?
The most common side effects include fatigue, dizziness, headaches, dry and irritated eyes, and dry mouth. Furthermore, the use of cannabis can also lead to poor concentration, mood swings, increased appetite or a slight drop in blood pressure. Rarer more serious side effects need to be discussed with the doctor during counseling due to individual risk factors. In the long term, cannabis-based medications are considered to be well tolerated, as tolerance develops after regular use. As a result, the possible side effects decrease in frequency and intensity.
Is medical cannabis addictive?
The use of medical cannabis in the course of medically supervised therapy has so far not triggered cannabis dependence, provided that no contraindications existed.
How is medical cannabis dosed?
At the beginning of a cannabis therapy, ready-to-use medicines as well as cannabis flowers and extracts are dosed gradually. The amount of the initial dose depends on the THC content and is slowly increased. The maximum prescription quantity is 100 g per 30 days.
How is medical cannabis administered?
Medical cannabis can be inhaled or taken orally. The way it is taken depends, among other things, on whether it is a ready-to-use medicine or a cannabis flower. While finished medicinal products such as Sativex and Canemes as well as cannabis extracts are taken orally, patients can inhale cannabis flowers via a vaporizer. Ingestion via smoking is not recommended due to the harmful substances. Furthermore, it is possible to take the cannabis flowers as a tea.
What are the costs for appointments for treatment with medical cannabis?
Due to the health care mandate, it is not possible to specialize and be registered with statutory health insurance. Therefore, only private medical treatments can be offered. The costs for private medical treatment with doctors are always charged per appointment with the doctor. For medical treatment with cannabis, costs amount to 100-140€. Billing is done according to GOÄ standards. The costs are possibly reimbursable by private health insurance companies. Follow-up appointments take place every 4 weeks on average for ongoing treatment. There are no other hidden costs for ongoing care, so it is always transparent and plannable for you. From the 6th appointment onwards, the cost for the doctors decreases, and reduced costs (<100€) are then passed on to the patients.
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