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  • Ashley Slimak

5 Reasons Why To Use A Cannabis Journal

Updated: Jul 7, 2023

Reasons Why You Should Keep a Cannabis Journal

When it comes to using cannabis, the experience will differ from patient to patient. While

one product may bring you feelings of relaxation, that same product may cause anxiety

for another patient. Medical marijuana patients will notice that each type of product,

such as flower, edibles, tinctures and vapes, will produce different effects.

With such a wide variety of marijuana products available, it can lead to a lot of trial and

error to find the products that work best for you. However, documenting your experience

in a journal can be a beneficial method to help make the process easier.

1. Find the Right Products

When you take a trip to the dispensary, you will be presented with an assortment of

options. While this can be overwhelming for new patients, budtenders will be able to

help pick out products for you to try based on your needs. By documenting in a journal,

you can track the product, consumption method, dosage and how long the effects lasted

for each product you try. If you are using marijuana for medicinal purposes to help

alleviate a specific symptom, this is an ideal way to track which products provide you

with the most relief.

2. Remember Which Products Work

After a visit to the dispensary, you may purchase a new product that you thoroughly

enjoy. The last thing you want is to forget the name of that specific product. By making

note of each product name in a journal, you can identify previous products that worked

well for you.

3. Find the Correct Dose

For patients who are new to using medical cannabis, one of the most important factors

is finding the correct dose. The right dosage varies based on the product, the symptoms

you are experiencing, and what time of the day you consume a product. Trying to

remember the right dose while considering all of these factors can be challenging.

Fortunately, a journal can be used to 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 cannabis treatment is considered safe, there is still a possibility that you

experience drug interactions or side effects. Make a note in your journal if you

encounter any interactions or side effects with specific medications. Then, you can then

discuss these with your doctor and work out a plan.

5. Relieve Stress

Journaling can be a very therapeutic activity, as it allows you to write down your

thoughts and keep them organized in one place. Jotting notes in a journal can also be

beneficial in improving your memory since your brain is more likely to remember

information when it is written down.

Overall, keeping a journal is a useful method to help you find the right cannabis therapy.

By evaluating your results, you can narrow down which products you enjoy, eliminate

the ones you don’t, and learn the best way to take medical cannabis to ensure you have

a positive experience!


If you are a West Virginia resident suffering from a medical condition you think may benefit cannabis, you're likely eligible for medical marijuana treatment. Click here to learn more about what West Virginia Marijuana Card's state-certified medical marijuana doctors can do for you, or give us a call at (877) 303-8424 and our friendly support team can walk you through the entire process and schedule you for an evaluation appointment.


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