Finding the Right Dosage for Your Medicinal Marijuana

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Medical marijuana (MMJ) is effective in treating symptoms associated with various conditions, such as Crohn’s disease, glaucoma, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), and multiple sclerosis (MS). Since Ohio’s adoption of legal MMJ on September 8th, 2017, many patients in the state have researched how much cannabis they need to consume to experience maximum relief of their symptoms.

In this article, we present the facts regarding MMJ dosages. We also discuss factors to consider when determining how much MMJ to incorporate into your integrative treatment plan.

Therapeutic Compounds in Marijuana

THC and cannabidiol (CBD) are two of the most well-known components of MMJ. However, there are more than 100 different chemical compounds, each with its own beneficial effects.

Also, different strains of marijuana can exert various effects on people. One strain may be too energizing, whereas another could act more like a sedative. Also, slightly increasing or lowering the dosage could alleviate or change the experience.

Determining the Right Dosage

Unfortunately, knowing how much of any supplement you need to treat a specific condition is anything but straightforward. Most supplements either undergo rigorous clinical trials or have a significant textbook history that demonstrates how much of a dosage is adequate.

On the other hand, studies investigating proper dosages for medical marijuana are ongoing, as any local medical marijuana provider will tell you. Another sticky issue is that many marijuana supplements lack standardization, which means that you can’t be sure all products consistently contain a minimum percentage of the important therapeutic compounds.

To further compound the dosage issue, you can take MMJ through multiple delivery methods—edibles, sublingual, vaporizing, transdermal, and smoking. Dosages will vary among these delivery modes as well. It can be difficult for patients to find out what works for them without first experimenting.

Marijuana pills may be an option as certain companies are beginning to standardize the dosages. As with any supplement, consider using marijuana pills in conjunction with other therapies and remedies for maximum benefits.

If you use CBD oil for pain, it’s a good idea to start at the lowest dosage indicated on the bottle, placing it under your tongue sublingually. Patients have reported that even just one milligram of CBD produces significant pain-reducing effects. If you do not notice any effects, increase your dosage by another milligram. Continue adjusting until you find the dosage that works best for your situation.

Medical Marijuana Recommending Practitioner Close to Home

Blatman Health and Wellness Center has been a proud participant in the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program since it was established on September 8, 2017. For questions about dosage and other MMJ-related issues, our team of integrative professionals is happy to help. We’re certified to offer recommendations and provide guidance in obtaining your Ohio MMJ card.

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