Unlike a lot of pharmaceutical medications, cannabis dosing is extremely individual and finding the right dosing plan, uptake method, or strain for a patient may take months to get right. Your dosing plan should be done with consistency. Don’t be worried if you start with a lot of trial and error. This isn’t uncommon in this field of cannabis medicine. So keep a notebook handy to write down positive and/or negative reactions to a particular product. Much like a food allergy journal, the more you document the better your results will be in the future. Accurate dosing is an important part of cannabis medication and should be taken with precaution to make sure a patient’s condition is being properly treated and to limit the negative side effects associated with paranoia.
The medical terminology for self-administering medication is known as “self-titration”. Self-titration is something that sets cannabis medication apart from many pharmaceuticals “one size pill fits all” model. With cannabis dosing, it is up the user to determine the optimal dose for their condition or desired effect. Seasoned users may have an idea of what works for them and what doesn’t in terms of uptake method and dosing.
For new users, it is recommended to start with high CBD: low THC. This seems to be the best way to attain the medical benefits of cannabis without unwanted psychoactivity or the side effects of THC, which are largely associated with heightened paranoia. It is recommended that new users start with products that have a 20:1 CBD to THC ratio. Regardless of the uptake method; inhaling, ingesting, topicals, and tinctures. As individuals start to feel more and more accustomed to the use of a high CBD/low THC products, they should feel free to venture into higher doses of THC such as a 10:1, 5;1. or a 1:1 CBD:THC ratios. As users move through different uptake methods it is recommended that this same process, of high CBD: low THC, is utilized as uptake variations may be metabolized in an individual’s body differently. So just be cautious. Whether you are using cannabis medicinally or as an adult use product please use responsibly.