How Do I Measure My Dose?

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Due to their genetics, some people metabolize THC faster than others and may require much higher doses to get the same effect as other patients. This can be an expensive source of frustration.

Cannabis is an unusual medication in many ways compared to typical pharmaceuticals. One of the big differences is that effective medical marijuana dosage can vary widely from person to person. Factors include method of ingestion, concentration of THC & CBD, and personal tolerance, and many others.

No matter how complicated it may seem, it’s important to try to be consistent. Not only is it cost effective to use as little medicine as needed, it also helps avoid building up tolerance to the medication.

Fortunately, consistent options do exist, and it is possible to purchase pills or transdermal patches if you want to get a consistent amount of THC.

Another great option is to use tinctures. Tinctures are the liquid preparation of cannabis, with THC that is already activated and does not need to be heated.

Using a pharmacy dropper, patients can easily measure out their desired dose of THC and/or CBD each time. By placing the drops of oil under the tongue, the medicine quickly absorbs through their mucous membranes for fast and precise administration.

Edibles enter the body through the mouth and are absorbed through the gut.

Using tinctures also opens up the option of microdosing with a 4-5 mg dose of THC. Instead of getting a few big doses of cannabinoids throughout the day, some patients prefer to take a very small amount of THC at around two-hour intervals.

Doing so allows patients to keep a steady level of cannabinoids in their bloodstream at a dose that is so small, they don’t feel psychoactive effects. It’s possible that this method also prolongs the time it takes to develop a tolerance to THC. Of course, adding in CBD is another great way to curb the psychoactive effects of THC.

Cannabis is a safe and forgiving medicine. Figuring out how to make the most of its health-enhancing properties may involve some trial and error. No worries! At least cannabis isn’t harmful like so many FDA-approved pharmaceuticals.