All medicines, including medicinal cannabis can have side effects.  Side effects can vary between individuals based on their body, and the type and dose of medicinal cannabis product prescribed.

Known side effects from medicinal cannabis treatment include:

  • fatigue and sedation
  • dizziness
  • confusion
  • nausea and vomiting
  • decreased or increased appetite
  • dry mouth
  • diarrhoea

Products containing THC have been associated with:

  • feeling ‘high’
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • confusion
  • hallucinations
  • paranoia
  • psychosis

There are other side effects that may occur in some people whilst taking medicinal cannabis. Side effects are commonly dose-dependent, so it’s important to follow your doctor’s dosing recommendation and to tell your doctor as soon as possible if you do not feel well while taking medicinal cannabis.

What should I do if I experience side effects?

If you have experienced a medicine-related side effect or adverse event, you must contact your doctor.  If the side effect or event is serious, call 000 for emergency services.

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