Article by Julia Veintrop, Cannabis Life Network
If you go to Health Canada’s website to find out information on dosing cannabis, they will tell you, “There are no precise doses or established uniform dosing schedules for products such as fresh marijuana, smoked/vaporized marijuana, or cannabis oil”.
If you plan to smoke or vaporize your cannabis, it’s a lot easier for a person to get a sense of the strength because of the quick release effects. If you want to try edibles, everyone will tell you to start low and go slow. But, what exactly does that mean? Should a 250lb trucker start at the same place as an 85lb senior?
I love edibles and I am not quiet about the fact that they saved my life. Edibles are currently banned in Victoria; leaving the patient with the daunting task of guessing the potency of their homemade edibles. If you suffer from pain, or have other medical conditions that may benefit from a slow release form of cannabis, edible cannabis may help you.
Here are some guidelines to help you, “start low and go slow…”
Think about the milligrams, but take them with a grain of salt
In this day and age, we are used to being able to go to the doctor for an ailment and have a certain amount of medicine prescribed to treat the condition. We are trained to think of the number of milligrams as being uniform from product to product, that if it has the amount on the bottle that we take, then, the brand doesn’t matter. The difference in effectiveness of generic to brand name drugs is an example of this, and we think of both as equally sufficient. Because of all the factors associated with growing cannabis, you should always look at the milligrams tested, yet take into account the possibility that it may be slightly stronger or weaker, depending on the quality of the product.
Rather than seek to relate dosing cannabis to a prescription, think about trying cannabis like trying a new type of exercise for the very first time
You would never jump into a new sport without any instruction on the rules, the proper equipment or without knowing your physical limits and you should approach edibles with the same attitude. Make sure you get advice from a reputable medical cannabis dispensary, from someone who knows about the product to advise you on what to do and what to expect.
Trying it for the first time, make sure you are in a comfortable environment and have no pressing matters. Take your time; listen to your body and the way it feels before increasing the dose. Plus, don’t assume that what you experienced in the past will work ideally for you now.