Mayflower believes in the power of knowledge. Below we have outlined some critical educational elements to ensure that patients have the fundamental information about medical cannabis.
Please view / download our Patient & Consumer Education for more detailed information.
TOLERANCE, DEPENDENCE AND DISCLAIMERS
Regardless of the type of medication, some patients may experience dependence or addiction to a substance. It is important to recognize the signs of addiction and abuse. When a patient becomes dependent on a substance and stops use, physical and mental symptoms will occur. Below are some symptoms and signs of dependency or substance abuse:
- Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities, or cutting back on social or recreational activities because of drug use.
- Continuing to use the drug, even though you know it’s causing problems in your life or causing you physical or psychological harm.
- Over time, needing more of the drug to get the same effect.
- Making certain that you maintain a supply of the drug.
- Doing things to get the drug that you normally wouldn’t do, such as stealing.
- Driving or doing other risky activities when you’re under the influence of the drug.
- Failing in your attempts to stop using the drug.
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to stop taking the drug.
If you are concerned that you are developing a dependency please contact your physician immediately. Although Mayflower has no affiliation with the below programs, these may prove to be a good resource if you need help with dependency.
- Addiction Treatment Center of New England 77F Warren St, Bldg 5 Brighton, MA 02135(617) 254-1271 www.atcne.net
- MA Substance Use Helpline800-327-5050 www.helpline.org
- Learn to Cope508-738-5148www.learn2cope.org
Marijuana has not been analyzed or approved by the FDA. There is limited information on the side effects of using marijuana and there may be associated health risks. Marijuana use during pregnancy and breastfeeding may pose potential harms. Marijuana should be kept away from children. When under the influence of marijuana, driving is prohibited by M.G.L.c. 90, Section 24. Do not drive or operate machinery when under the influence of marijuana. The claims in this Patient Guide have not been analyzed or evaluated by the FDA for safety or efficacy. Suggested effects and benefits of cannabis varieties and product types are based on anecdotal evidence.