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How to Use Medical Marijuana

Start low and go slow.

Medical marijuana can offer significant benefits for patients, but the effects of marijuana aren’t always immediately felt. Everyone responds differently. Finding the most effective product and optimal dose may take time and varies with different illnesses. Methods of using marijuana can be discussed with a PharmaCannis pharmacist and patient care representative to find a method that will manage your symptoms while working with a method of delivery that is comfortable for you to use. Finding a balanced ratio of CBD and THC that creates the right combination of both cannabinoid compounds is the goal. The basic principle for dosing medical marijuana is “start low and go slow.”

Marijuana has a wide margin of safety and there is a limited risk of overdose. However, caution is warranted until you fully understand the effect that the marijuana may have. Dosage varies greatly among individuals, even when treating the same condition. Please consult with one of our pharmacists or patient care representatives with any dosing concerns.

There are many factors that impact the effect, including:

Amount used (dosage)

Attaining desired results relies on using individualized dosing. Using marijuana in excess of an individual’s optimal dose can lead to diminishing returns and adverse outcomes.

Strain used

A strain is the variety of plant within a species. Strains define a specific cannabinoid profile—the mixture of THC, CBD, etc. within it. Each strain has its own physical characteristics, or phenotype, such as height, leaf structure and color. Depending on the strain and its corresponding cannabinoid profile, the plant will deliver varying effects and possible benefits. See a list of strains and possible effects

Method of consumption

It is important to choose a delivery method that works best for you and your condition. Absorption rates vary based on your chosen method of consumption.

Ratios

Ratios appear on all of our packaging for greater transparency. THC is used to affect pain relief as quickly as possible. CBD is used as an adjunct to the pain relief offered by THC; and has been shown to help reduce systemic inflammation, as well as help regulate the symptoms of neurological conditions and cancer. You can ask your PharmaCannis pharmacist or patient care representative more about ratios during your consultation.

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Inhalation Overview

Inhaling through the lungs through:

Vapor inhalation
Battery-powered handheld vaporizer
Disposable handheld vaporizer with replacement cartridge options
Electronic vaporizing device

Effects are felt almost immediately, within minutes

Effects peak in 10–30 minutes, tapering off after approximately 2–4 hours, lasting about 4–12 hours in total.

With inhalation, the dosage is easily adjusted for maximum benefit.

Vaporization: A vaporizer heats marijuana oil to a temperature that is high enough to extract cannabinoids, but too low to release the potentially harmful toxins that occur during smoking.

Vaporization may reduce some of the health risks associated with smoking. Please discuss the risks with your practitioner and pharmacist.

Oil: Marijuana oil is a thick substance made up of cannabinoids that are extracted from the marijuana plant. It is obtained by separating the resins from marijuana flowers. Oil can be administered through a vape.

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Oral Overview

Taking marijuana in through the mouth, it is absorbed via the digestive system or blood vessels in the mucous membranes in the mouth:

MCT Oils
Tinctures are liquid oil concentrations of marijuana extracts. They are typically stored in a bottle and ingested by mouth with a dropper.

Pill
Pills containing marijuana oil extract are consumed orally and enter the bloodstream quickly.

Offers a faster onset than edibles but much slower absorption than inhalation, with 15-40 minutes before effects are felt.

Patients see lower, more delayed peak THC levels with oral administration, with effects lasting approximately 45 minutes-2 hours.

Many patients are more comfortable with oral administration of medical marijuana.

Oil: Marijuana oil is a thick substance made up of cannabinoids that is extracted from the marijuana plant. It is obtained by separating the resins from marijuana flowers using a solvent extraction process. Oil can be administered through a tincture.
 
Capsule/Tablet: Capsules and tablets provide a steady dosage of marijuana to the patient. Patients who do not like the smell of marijuana  or have respiratory illnesses tend to favor this form of product.
 

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Have Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

No matter your level of comfort or knowledge with medical marijuana, we can help answer your questions. Our friendly patient care representatives are happy to talk.

Our hours are 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST.

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Did you know that most medical marijuana information is state-specific? We have dispensaries in each of the above states, along with state-specific resources for patients. For the best experience, please select a state.