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  • Ashley Slimak

5 Benefits of Keeping a Cannabis Journal

Updated: Jul 7, 2023

When it comes to cannabis, the effects differ from patient to patient. While one product may bring you sensations of relaxation, it may cause anxiety for another patient. Medical marijuana patients will notice that each type of product such as flower, vapes, edibles and tinctures produce different effects.

With such a wide array of cannabis products available, it can lead to a lot of trial and error to find which products work best for you. Fortunately, documenting your experience in a journal can be a beneficial method to help this process.

Top Journal Habits For Cannabis Journaling

1. Find The Right Products

When you walk into a dispensary, you will be presented with a variety of options. This can be overwhelming for new patients, but your doctor and budtender will be able to suggest products for you to try and document. By documenting products in a journal, you can track the product, dosage, consumption method, your reaction and how long the effects lasted. If you are using cannabis for medicinal purposes to help alleviate a specific symptom, this is also a great way to see which products provide you with the most relief.

2. Helps You Remember Which Products Work

After a trip to the dispensary, you may purchase a new product that you thoroughly enjoy. But the last thing you want is to forget the name of that specific product. By taking notes in a journal, it can help you identify previous products that worked well.

3. Find the Right Dose

For patients who are new to using medical marijuana, one of the most important factors is finding the right dose. The correct dosage varies based on the product used, what symptoms you are experiencing, and what time of the day you consume a product.

Trying to remember the right dose based on a variety of factors can be challenging. However, a journal can be used to help you document your dosage after every use until you find the amount that is right for you.

4. Identify Potential Side Effects or Drug Interactions

While medical marijuana treatment is considered safe, there is still a possibility you can experience side effects or drug interactions. Make a note in your journal if you experience any interactions with medications or side effects. You can then discuss these with your doctor.

5. Relieve Stress

In general, journaling can be a very therapeutic activity for many. It can help you write down your thoughts and feelings and keep them organized in one place. Jotting down notes in a journal can also be beneficial in improving your memory as your brain is more likely to remember information when you write it down.

Keeping a journal is a useful method to help you find the right cannabis therapy. By reviewing your results, you can narrow down which products you like, eliminate the ones you don’t, and learn how best to take medical marijuana to ensure you have a positive experience and find relief.

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