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.
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 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.