Marijuana is a controlled substance but has been made legal for use under the laws in Maine. Medical use of marijuana has been decriminalized under the Maine Medical Marijuana Act. For marijuana use to be considered medical, it must be used to treat diseases or health conditions. The law governing the medical use of marijuana does not have limitations on the type of health condition the user can be suffering. However, the user must suffer from a debilitating health condition recommended for marijuana by a physician registered with the Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP). Medical marijuana is composed of different compounds like delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). These compounds, amongst others, serve different purposes like pain relievers, appetite stimulants, or reduction in the severity of seizures, etc. The physician will recommend the appropriate doses of medical cannabis on the printed patient certification that will alleviate these associated symptoms.
A patient may use an MMJ card issued by the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program (MMMP) through the Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP). The Office of Marijuana Policy is administered by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS). Otherwise, the patient may use a printed patient certification.
Yes, but it depends on the method of delivery of marijuana. It is unlikely for smokers of marijuana in Maine to get an overdose. However, other delivery methods such as edibles (eating) can lead to marijuana overdose. However, these events of marijuana overdoses have never proven directly fatal to the patients involved. It does not mean that taking too much cannabis does not present adverse effects. Marijuana contains varying levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which gives it its psychoactive properties and can cause various adverse reactions. These include:
Other symptoms of marijuana overdose are what is known as Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) and Marijuana Induced Psychosis (MIP). CHS causes the overdosed person to suffer from severe vomiting and abdominal pain.
It is important to note that the quantity of marijuana considered enough to cause an overdose is relative. It varies from person to person and also depends on the potency of the marijuana consumed.
No, the use of marijuana is contraindicated in pregnant women, lactating mothers, and women trying to conceive. Cannabis having been legalized for medical use in Maine, pregnant women in the state may resort to the use of marijuana to treat nausea. It is, however, recommended that pregnant women not use marijuana during the entire course of their pregnancies. According to the Center for Disease Control, the active chemicals in marijuana, especially tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can harm the unborn child's health and development.
Usage of marijuana during pregnancy may lead to complications for the pregnant woman and the unborn child, including;
Even the growth in popularity of vape pens has seen some people switching from smoking to vaping. A pregnant woman who consumes weed or through vaping still poses a threat of harm to the baby. It is because the water vapor from vaping still contains THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
Pregnant women are advised against the use of marijuana, even if it was recommended for a medical condition. They can work with their doctors to identify an alternative treatment for their nausea or any other condition.