Medicinal Cannabis Primer

There’s been little research regarding medicinal cannabis. However, people using medicinal cannabis report benefits for a range of conditions and ailments. We regularly receive encouraging comments about how medicinal cannabis has helped people. As word of these benefits spread, Budtanicals staff is often asked two questions: a) which product is best? and b) how big a dose to start with?

At the outset, it’s not possible to be precise about what product is best, or how much to consume. However, there are some rules of thumb that should help when choosing a product and determining appropriate dosage:

1. A product’s effectiveness varies from person to person. Effectiveness depends upon many factors. These include a person’s age, weight, metabolic rate, etc.
2. You should begin with a small dose and gradually increase it until the optimal level is found. As with any medication, you will need to consume it consistently, preferably at regular intervals throughout the day, to achieve the optimal benefit.
3. CBD is one of 2 key ingredients found in cannabis products. The other key ingredient is THC. Medicinal products can be made with CBD as the only medicinal ingredient. You can also find products that have only THC in them. And you can find products that have both CBD and THC in varying proportions, e.g., 0:1, 1:1, 1:0, (where the first number is the proportion of THC and the second number is the proportion of CBD).
4. CBD isn’t known to have any side effects. As such, any kind of psycho-activity or impairment of motor skills, i.e., “getting high”, shouldn’t be an issue.
5. Any product with THC can get you high. Again, it depends upon how much THC you consume, as well as the variables mentioned above (age, weight, etc.).
6. Given that a THC product could get you high, only take it when you don’t have to perform tasks that require motor skills or a high-degree of concentration, e.g., driving a vehicle or using power tools, etc. If you find you need THC, start with a small amount and work upward until you find the amount that is effective but allows you to function in your normal activity.
7. Because CBD won’t get you high, and because it seems to have such good effects, it might be best to start with a product that only has CBD in it.
8. Higher doses do not always mean a better result. “Too much THC can amplify anxiety, paranoia, or mood disorders. Too much CBD could be less effective therapeutically than a moderate dose. ‘Less is more’ is often the case with cannabis therapeutics.” From CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis, Leonard Lienow and Juliana Birnbaum, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley CA, 2017.

We hope this helps guide you towards the right product. Feel free to contact us at sales@budtanicals.ca if you have any questions.

Cheers,

Patrick and the Staff at Budtanicals

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