Dosing with Cannabis: Full Spectrum Hemp Extracts
We are all individuals with unique bodies that require different nutrition and supplements to maintain our health. Cannabis plants and extracts are also all unique; with unique terpene, cannabinoid, and other constituent profiles varying from plant to plant and extract to extract!
This is the most important thought to keep in mind when thinking about Cannabis use and dosing. There is no one size fits all to dosing with Cannabis.
FINDING YOUR THERAPEUTIC DOSE
Best practice recommendation for ingesting cannabis is to START LOW AND GO SLOW. Begin with a small dose and work your way up, or titrate slowly, until you find the most relief for your symptoms with the least possible dose (mg).
Tinctures are a great way to put this method of dosing to practice, as you can usually tell how many milligrams of medicine are in 1ml of the tincture— especially if your brand is informative and provides a graduated dropper for more accurate dosing!
How to titrate a dose: begin with 1-5mg of your tincture. Take this dose under your tongue, let the liquid sit in your mouth under your tongue for 30 seconds-1 minute and then swallow. This is called SUBLINGUAL INGESTION. The constituents of the tincture will absorb through the lining of your mouth and be introduced directly into your bloodstream. This METHOD OF INGESTION will allow for more bioavailability of the medicine to your body, as opposed to an edible form which will be broken down in the digestive juices of your stomach and filter through liver before entering into your bloodstream to travel to the rest of your body. From sublingual ingestion you will usually feel the effects of the dose within 15-30 minutes. If you have no effects from your dose, add another 1-5mg in the same fashion every 15-30 minutes until you feel relief for your symptom(s).
This least possible dose is VERY important! Often times we think, “more must be better” or will provide greater relief. However, in cannabis medicine this is not the case!
Cannabis can have a BIPHASIC EFFECT. What does this mean?
It means that low and high doses can have the OPPOSITE EFFECTS— i.e. if you are using cannabis medicine or CBD to help with anxiety, there may be a dosing point at which you have taken too much and the higher dose can be stimulating and create anxiety instead of the desired relaxation achieved at a lower dose.
MICRO DOSING is a great way to maintain the cannabis (and desired relief) in your system, and cut out peaks and valleys of unwanted symptoms.
How to micro dose: once you have found your therapeutic dose for relief, take small doses throughout the day until you reach your therapeutic dose to allow for build up in your system — i.e. If your therapeutic dose is 20mg, try taking 2 x 10mg doses 4-6 hours apart, and then another half dose before bed.
ISOLATES vs. FULL SPECTRUM EXTRACTS.
CBD Isolate products are single molecule products (sans terpenes and other beneficial cannabinoids) and require much higher doses to achieve relief or effects— some people have reported using hundreds of milligrams of ISOLATE as opposed to tens and twenties milligrams of a full spectrum product. FULL SPECTRUM products provide an ENTOURAGE EFFECT of other plant constituents that work together to provide more and different relief for your body, and help each other more effectively bind to endocannabinoid receptor sites… see further our terpene and cannabinoid informational sections for more in-depth understanding of just a few of the other plant properties at play in full spectrum plant extracts. One of these factors is THC. FULL SPECTRUM HEMP EXTRACT PRODUCTS CONTAIN THC— legally it must contain below .3% THC, but it could still be detected in a blood test. This is important to keep in mind if you get drug tested for any reason. If this is the case, use these full spectrum products at your own discretion and know that you can always ask the lab to provide specific levels for the detection of THC in your system to prove that you are not consuming THC recreationally or at intoxicating levels. This THC, even in trace amounts, helps CBD and other constituents more effectively bind to endocannabinoid receptors in your body to create more symptom relief at a lower dose.
You will not get high from CBD products within the legal limit of THC concentration when taking the product at your therapeutic dose, but it is important to be mindful of the difference between therapeutic use and recreational use or use and abuse— i.e. think of the studies that discuss the possible healthful consumption of one glass of red wine vs. the effects of a whole bottle of red wine.
MOST IMPORTANTLY WHEN DOSING WITH CANNABIS: LISTEN TO YOUR BODY AND HONOR YOUR OWN UNIQUE EXPERIENCE!! (& RESPECT OTHER’S EXPERIENCES)
Topical Application of Cannabis Products
Topical applications of CBD in the form of salves, oils or lotions provide inflammatory and pain relief directly to the site at which it is applied, and bind to the CB2 receptors in the upper dermis tissues of your skin, muscles and joints. It is possible for the medicine to enter the bloodstream through the largest organ of your body (your skin)!
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