Find your perfect dose of cannabis oil

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Cannabis oils, now widely available from many Canadian Licensed Producers, are quickly gaining in popularity for people who require long lasting relief from chronic pain, anxiety, sleeping disorders and other common health conditions.

One of the more confusing aspects of cannabis oil usage is how much to take. For people who are looking to manage their health condition, the answer is simple - take enough to manage your symptoms with minimal to no uncomfortable reactions.

Let’s break down what that actually means in terms of how much product to take.

The most important piece of information on the label of any cannabis oil product is mg per ml of THC and CBD. This number is the lab-measured potency of the product.

Cannabis oils typically come with a 1 ml dropper or 1ml oral syringe. By reading the label you can determine how much THC and CBD you will be ingesting with each dropper or syringe full of product.

For instance, if your product contains 25mg/ml CBD and 1.5mg/ml THC, by taking 1 dropper or syringe full you will be ingesting 25mg of CBD and 1.5mg of THC. If you take a half dropper or half syringe of the product you would be ingesting 12.5mg of CBD and 0.75mg of THC. If you take 2 droppers or 2 syringes of the product you would be ingesting 50mg of CBD and 3 mg of THC.

Now that you know how much THC and CBD is in each full dropper or syringe of your product, you need to determine how much to take. It can take a bit of time to discover your best dose, so don't give up. Be sure to seek the advice of a qualified health care practitioner to be sure that cannabis is the right choice for you.

CBD

A cannabis oil product is considered "CBD" if it contains less than 2mg/ml of THC. This small amount of THC is non-impairing for the majority of people and can be used during the daytime without risk.

CBD can take time to build up in your system, so it is important to take your product everyday, not just when your symptoms flair up.

Start with 10mg of CBD 1 - 3 times daily. If 10mg does not provide relief after 2 days, then up your dose to 15mg of CBD 1 - 3 times daily. Continue to increase your dose by 5 mg every 2 days until you are getting relief.

Note that most people find their symptoms are well managed with 25 - 75mg of CBD daily.

THC

THC has the potential to cause impairment in most people, so it is important that you know your limit. Many people prefer to take THC once they are in for the evening, 1 - 2 hours before bed.

The goal with medical THC is to have symptom relief without grogginess, or uncomfortable impairment.

Your starting dose of THC is 2mg. Stay with the 2mg dose for a few days. If you are not getting the results you require, up the dosage by 1mg every 2 - 3 days.

There is no standard dose of THC. Everyone has their own threshold, which can vary widely from person to person. One person may only require 3mg of THC, while another may require 20mg or more. It is important that you listen to your own body and always make sure you are in a safe place before increasing your dose.

Cannabis oil can take 30 - 90 minutes to take effect. Never double dose if you are not feeling effects, as both doses could kick in at the same time potentially putting you in an uncomfortable state of impairment for a several hours.

Always take your cannabis oil with a meal or a fatty snack. Good choices for fatty snacks include cheese, yogurt, milk, butter, peanut butter, nut butters, chicken, avocado, olives, nuts, salad with a dressing, eggs, etc.

Once you have found your perfect dose that manages your symptoms without causing discomfort or impairment, stick with that dose for 3 months or longer for best results. Medical cannabis should always be used under the supervision of a medical professional who is trained on cannabinoid medicine.

Learn more in Discovering Cannabis online course.