Consumption Methods & Dosing

The goal of cannabis medicine is relief of bothersome symptoms while minimizing intoxication. Dosing recommendations vary for all patients and may need to be adjusted, slowly, under the guidance of a medical professional. Cannabis often has beneficial therapeutic properties at very low doses, but may produce opposite negative side effects at high doses. This is part of the principal of cannabis medicine called micro-dosing.

Start low and go slow! The micro-dosing principal starts with the lowest possible dose that might produce an effect, and slowly titrate or adjust dosage from there. Keep a journal to document your dose, frequency, results of treatment and side effects. This will help you find the perfect dose and strain that provides the most relief.

*It’s important to note: The grams per day listed on the container determines the amount a patient is eligible to order from a Licensed Producer (LP), but is not representative of a recommended dose.*

Ingestion

Many new cannabis patients prefer oral ingestion, which can include edible oil extracts, gelcaps and sublingual sprays. Alternative oral formulations will likely be available in the future.

1 – 2 hours

6 – 8 hours

Do NOT re-dose for at least 3 – 4 hours

Powerful full-body effects

2.5 – 5 mg  (Unless otherwise instructed by a physician)

1 – 2 times per day under the tongue.

Slowly titrate, increasing dose by 1 – 2 drops (0.1ml) every 2 – 3 days as needed. Observe and record effects.

It is important to read the label on each cannabis product. LP’s may have different potency levels of cannabinoids per volume of oil. Make adjustments to the amount in milliliters (ml) so you are taking a known dose in milligrams (mg).

Example: CBD oil comparison – LP1: 10mg/ml  vs  LP2: 25mg/ml

Therefore, LP1 = 0.1ml of CBD oil is a dosage of 1mg of cannabinoid, which may have next to zero effect. LP2 = 0.1ml of CBD oil will have 2.5mg of cannabinoid, a 150% increase in dosage from the exact same ml consumed.

IMPORTANT: Never smoke or vaporize oils purchased from your LP. These products are meant for oral consumption and may cause serious health issues if combusted.

Vaporization

Inhaled cannabis has a rapid onset and a shorter duration of effects than ingestible forms. Vaporization boils cannabinoids into a vapor rather than combusting it into smoke. As effects are of shorter duration, the titration or adjustment regime may also be shorter.

10 – 20 minutes

1 – 3 hours

Don’t repeat dose for 20-30 minutes until full effect determined.

One inhalation of average potency cannabis delivers approximately 5mg cannabis medicine, but actual dose absorbed depends on many factors including potency of cannabis, vaporizer temperature, inhalation depth, etc.

1 – 2 Gentle/mid inhalations (puffs)

Deep aggressive inhalation may produce unpleasant coughing

Every 2 – 3 hours

Slowly titrate by observing and recording effects and increasing by 1 more inhalation when necessary.

Smoking or Combustion

Traditional smoking is not recommended for health reasons. However some patients believe it is still an effective way to achieve benefits of the whole plant effect (Cannabinoids/Terpenes, chlorophyll, etc.).

10 – 20 minutes

1 – 3 hours

Don’t repeat dose for 20 – 30 minutes until full effect determined.

One inhalation of smoked cannabis contains approximately 5mg of cannabis medicine but actual dose absorbed depends on many factors including potency and amount of cannabis, depth inhalation, etc.

0.5g dry herb per joint or pipe/ bong bowl OR 1 – 2 Gentle/mid inhalations (puffs)

Deep aggressive inhalation may produce unpleasant coughing

Slowly titrate by observing and recording effects and increasing by 1 more inhalation when necessary.

As stated above, smoking is NOT recommended.

If you have any questions or for more information on other consumption methods such as topicals, suppositories and edibles, please talk with your physician, your LP, or with a Patient Educator at our Education Centre.

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