Confusion Around Dosing?

We get lots of feedback from customers, which we always appreciate. Most of it is overwhelmingly positive. Treatment for insomnia, anxiety, and inflammation-related pain are the ones we hear about most. It’s great to hear that our products have helped someone. But some comments are not always so positive. When that happens, we have to quit pounding our chests and do a reality check.

Last week a customer who had purchased a Large Breed Pet Tincture emailed us. His issue was that, although the label advises how much to give at one time, it doesn’t advise how many times a day. And he was right.

I admitted that the information was incomplete. More than that, I had to say we shouldn’t have had a recommended dose on the label in the first place. We don’t put dosing recommendations on products for human consumption. We shouldn’t put them on pet care products. It was an oversight on our part. We made a mistake.

There are two reasons why dosing shouldn’t be on labels. The first is that there just isn’t enough solid information on medicinal cannabis. Hopefully, with the legalization of cannabis in Canada, this will change with more clinical testing. With more research will come more information about what cannabis products, in what doses, are best for particular conditions and ailments.

The second reason is that many variables affect the results of any product. These include, age, weight, the condition being treated, etc. As such, there is no “one size fits all”. Finding the right product and dose requires trial and error.

The upside, at least for products that only have CBD in them, is that CBD isn’t known to have any negative side effects. Therefore, there shouldn’t be any risk with taking more than necessary. Nevertheless, it’s preferable to start with a small dose, say 5 or 10 mg, 3 to 4 times a day, and gradually increase the amount and/or the frequency, until you start to feel a benefit.

When you’re starting to get some relief, you’ll know. By gradually taking more, your body will also tell you when more product isn’t getting any more results. That’s when you’ll have reached the optimum dosage.

THC can get you high. Some people are comfortable with the feeling. Others don’t like being even mildly high. For some, anxiety, paranoia, and even physical side effects can be quite acute. THC also impairs motor skills. This can affect the ability to safely carry out certain tasks. So, if there’s THC in the product, it’s essential to start low, and gradually increase the dose until the effects can be determined.

If possible, it’s good to talk to others who have used medicinal cannabis. You can also do your own research; just keep in mind that what works for someone else, might not work for you. Even when you find evidence that a particular product might be good for you, you’ll still need to find the right dose.

In closing, we offer this encouragement: although there’s still much to learn, the future of medicinal cannabis looks very good.

If you have any questions, contact us at sales@budtanicals.ca. We’re here to help.

Patrick and the Staff at Budtanicals

 

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