Medical Cannabis
  • November 14, 2019
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Start low and go slow.

Medical cannabis can offer significant benefits for patients, but the effects of cannabis aren’t always immediately felt. Everyone responds differently. Finding effective products and doses may take time, as it does for many types of treatment for illness. Methods of using cannabis can be discussed with a Verilife 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 compounds is the goal. The basic principle for dosing medical cannabis is “start low and go slow.”

Cannabis 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 cannabis may have. Dosage varies greatly among individuals, even when treating the same condition.

There are many factors that impact the effect, including:

Amount used (dosage)

Attaining desired results relies on using the correct dosing. Using cannabis in excess of an individual’s ideal dose can lead to diminishing returns and adverse outcomes.

Strain used

A strain is the variety of plants 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 phenotypes, 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.

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.

Inhalation Overview

Inhaling through the lungs through:

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

Oral Overview

Taking cannabis in through the mouth under your tongue, absorbs via the digestive system or blood vessels in the mucous membranes in the mouth.

Ingestion Overview

When taking cannabis in through the mouth, it enters the bloodstream after being digested or broken down in the stomach and absorbed into the digestive system.

Topicals Overview

A topical medicine is applied to the skin directly ‘on top’ of the place where it is needed.

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