Getting the Right Dose of Medical Cannabis

If you are a patient used to dealing with medical cannabis, then you are probably well aware of the importance of finding the right dosage to provide you with relief. Too little and you’re left suffering. Too much and you over do it and your tolerance builds faster. However, if you’re new to medicating yourself with cannabis, you might be confused. With so many delivery methods and the differences between THC and CBD, it’s natural to want to know how  much to take. So, we’ve prepared a quick guide to help you determine what the right dose for you might be. However, it is always best to see a doctor and speak with him about medical cannabis before treating yourself with it. Try and find a doctor who is medical marijuana savvy and who can recommend the best method and best dosage for you.
  • Flower
When it comes to flower, you need to decide if your therapeutic needs require a strain that is more THC or CBD. Once that decision has been made, then you need to decide on a dose. A ‘dose’ is usually between .25 and 1 gram of either high THC or high CBD flowers. Pre-rolled joints are generally weighed out at 0.5 grams. When starting out, start with half of a standard joint. Smoking a joint or from a bowl is not the most recommended way to ingest medical cannabis. It can be harsh on the lungs. Consider buying a Puffco Peak Desktop vaporizer and investing in a digital scale to measure out the same dose that you would use in a joint.
  • Edibles
First, a warning. Consuming oral cannabis is one of the stronger ways for cannabis to be consumed. So, it can be easy to overdo it with edibles. Most edibles come in doses of 10 mg. Based on what your physician has recommended, begin with the initial dose. Then wait for at least 30 minutes to 2 hours, preferably two hours. Depending on your metabolism, it can take that long for edible cannabis to kick in. If after that long you still have not obtained relief, consume 5mg at a time until your symptoms have been relieved. It is also never recommended to take a cannabis edible on an empty stomach.
  • Full-Extract Medical CBD Oil
This is one of the more potent forms of medical cannabis available. Doctors prescribe this oil to patients with conditions like cancer, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. It is highly concentrated and considered extremely powerful. Pediatricians prescribe small does to children suffering from epilepsy, autism, and cerebral palsy. The typical dose of this product is the size of a grain of rice. That dose is then repeated three to four times a day. For patients with more advanced medical conditions, up to a gram per day is prescribed, then divided into multiple doses. It is not recommended to self-medicate with this product.
  • Hemp Based CBD Extracts
If you are taking CBD oil extracts orally, a standard dose begins at 10mg. Some patients find relief taking microdoses of 2.5 to 5 mg daily. Some conditions require higher doses. CBD oil products sold in stores and online should have their own dosing guidelines. However, CBD oil products can vary widely across brands and manufacturers, so contact the company you purchased the oil from with any questions.
  • BHO And Other Extractions
Butane Hash Oil, also known as BHO, shatter, wax, and dabs, is an extraction of either THC or CBD from the cannabis plant. It is a concentrated form of the cannabinoid, and therefore stronger than flower buds. Typically sold in 0.5 or 1 gram increments, a typical dose is measured out by size than by weight. A half-gram serving of BHO should provide approximately 20 doses.  If you’re using vapor cartridges, dosages can vary depending on the individual product. Try an inhalation or two and wait ten to fifteen minutes and see how you feel. These are just some guidelines about the different medicinal cannabis products and the way that they can be used in treatment. Dosing is always best left to a physician who is aware that you are medicating with cannabis and has the knowledge to prescribe a dose that is good for you. Always inform your physician of any medications you are taking, whether they are prescribed or holistic.  When it comes down to it, you are always better off starting with the smaller dose and working your way up.

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Never thought I'll become an enthusiastic smoker and an active promoter of the legalization "movement". I write for Private Seeds, sometimes on BuzzFeed and never for New York Times. I like traveling and I especially like to be where cannabis is legal. Soccer and especially Netherlands national team is my passion.