The Beginner’s Guide to Consuming Medical Cannabis

 Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

Beginning a medical marijuana regimen can seem like a daunting task. Not only does the efficacy depend on a wide variety of factors, like the cannabinoid composition, vehicle, frequency, and dose of the medication, but the therapy also varies from patient to patient. For patients who don't know where to begin, here are some good tips across the board. Remember to start with a low dose and go slow when considering increasing it. The efficacy of the dosing regimen is highly dependent on the vehicle of administration one chooses. With some vehicles, like smoking, you will be able to gauge how effective your dose is fairly quickly. Smoking is also a fairly inexpensive method to dosing, but combustion can be harmful to the lungs and is not ideal for patients suffering lung damage, asthma, or emphysema. Similarly, vaporization offers almost instant relief, and it's much less harmful to the lungs. 

Other methods, like edibles, can take a long time to take effect, so you may not want to increase your dose until you have waited at least an hour. Once in effect, however, the relief they produce can last for hours. Many thing edibles can be measured at a more precise level than other methods, and they are a great alternative for patients who do not want to inhale their medication. The effects can be radically different from other methods of administration, and can be longer lasting and stronger. Patients should use caution when trying edibles for the first. time. 

Fortunately, if you're just starting out with medical marijuana and fear experimentation, our tool can help you along the process. As you begin to experiment with your regimen, you can keep track of it by journaling on a daily basis so that you can monitor what does and does not work for treating your symptoms. You can use our Medical Officer approved base guidelines for specific symptoms, and then titrate your dose until they adequately meet your needs. This post has been provided in part by the Medicinal Marijuana Association and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.