Dosing and Deliveryof CanniMed Medical Cannabis
The amount of medical cannabis that you take, or your dose, will vary based on the type and severity of your condition, the level of experience you have with cannabis, and the delivery method you choose for your medicine.
The one important recommendation to follow: Start low and go slow.
You will likely need to experiment with a few different products before finding the product and dose that works best for you.
It is important that clients rely on advice from their healthcare practitioner to employ sound clinical judgement for their specific conditions. This information is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a healthcare practitioner nor a recommendation of any particular treatment plan. Please consult with your physician or healthcare practitioner for professional advice pertaining to your particular disease state.
Dosing for medical marijuana is still relatively uncertain. Further efficacy and safety studies are required to determine an exact dosing regimen for individuals and their specific conditions.
Whether smoking, using a vaporizer or ingesting edible oil, the general guideline is to start low and go slow. Patients should start with a very low dose and stop therapy if any undesirable or unacceptable effects occur.
When smoking or using a vaporizer, patients should wait between inhalations for a few minutes to gauge the strength of the effect. With edible oils patients allow at least an hour for the product to work through the digestive track and notice effects. Wait at least four hours before taking a second dose.
Several surveys have shown that the average dose of medical marijuana is 1 to 3 g/day when smoked or vaporized. In one recent Canadian study, 25 mg of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis with a THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) content of 9.4% was effective in reducing intensity of pain, improved sleep and was well tolerated when smoked as a single inhalation 3x/day for five days.
Vaporization is the optimal delivery method for dried flower cannabis. Unlike smoking, vaporization is achieved by heating the cannabis to a temperature that vaporizes, but does not burn the cannabinoids, virtually eliminating the health risks associated with smoking. The effects of inhaled cannabis – whether smoked or vaporized – will be felt in a matter of minutes. It is recommended to pause between inhalations to let the dose be fully realized.
CanniMed is pleased to offer our patients the ability to purchase a vaporizer through our online store.
Patients who are new to edible cannabis oil should begin their therapy with a dose less than 0.5 ml
It is important to remember that cannabis taken orally has a slower onset time than when it is vaporized because it is absorbed through the digestive system. Wait at least four hours after the first dose before taking a second of cannabis oils.
Patients should follow extreme caution when dosing cannabis oils for the first time.
Cannabis Oil Equivalency Factor
Health Canada requires Licensed Producers to share the product’s “Equivalency Factor” – which will help patients calculate the number of grams of dried cannabis has been converted into the oil.
All of the CanniMed® Oils have a very simple equivalency factor of:
1 gram dried cannabis = 6 mL cannabis oil.
For ordering purposes, each 60 mL bottle of CanniMed® Oil is equivalent to 10 grams listed on a patient’s 30 day order limit.
The equivalency factor, however, should not be used as a guide for dosing.
Cannabis Oil Precautions
When ingested, cannabis oil is processed through the liver. Compared to when cannabis is inhaled through vapor or smoke into the lungs and takes effect almost immediately, CanniMed® Oil will have a much slower onset time and the effects will last longer.
It can take anywhere from 1-1.5 hours before you will begin to notice the effects and can take 2-4 hours to reach its peak effect.
To avoid overconsumption, wait 4 hours after the first dose before taking a second.
Start low and go slow.